Bos­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter re­ceives $25 mil­lion to fight drug abuse

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Steven Ross John­son

Bos­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter has re­ceived a $25 mil­lion do­na­tion—the largest in its his­tory—to help open a new opi­oid treat­ment cen­ter to com­bat the drug abuse epi­demic.

The do­na­tion from bil­lion­aire in­vestor John Grayken and his wife, Ei­lene, will fund the Grayken Cen­ter for Ad­dic­tion Medicine. It is the largest do­na­tion in Bos­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s his­tory and also marks the largest pri­vate gift made in years toward ad­dress­ing the is­sue of ad­dic­tion.

BMC Pres­i­dent and CEO Kate Walsh said it’s unique for some­one in phil­an­thropic cir­cles to make a con­tri­bu­tion of that size toward the re­search, ed­u­ca­tion and pre­ven­tion of drug abuse.

While the opi­oid epi­demic has drawn in­creased at­ten­tion to ad­dic­tion is­sues in re­cent years, pri­vate do­na­tions for com­bat­ing the dis­ease have been few and far be­tween over the past 20 years. Walsh called the Graykens’ do­na­tion a “lead­er­ship gift” that she hopes will en­cour­age oth­ers to pro­vide sim­i­lar phil­an­thropic sup­port.

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