MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Unveils New Women’s Board Lobby

LobbyOlney, MD — On Sunday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., MedStar Montgomery Medical Center (MMMC) and the Women’s Board invite the community to visit the hospital’s spacious, new lobby.

The new lobby provides a welcoming space for patients and visitors at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, thanks to a $1.5 million, 10-year capital campaign pledge from the Women’s Board. It is the latest in a long list of gifts endowed by the Board’s energetic philanthropic activities to benefit the hospital’s patients. The renovation provides prominence to the new pharmacy and the Women’s Board Gift Shop.

The open house will highlight the longstanding partnership between MMMC and the Women’s Board, emphasizing key accomplishments and sharing the impact of patient care made possible by support of the Women’s Board. Also, the new annual donor wall, made possible through the Boyer family’s generous philanthropic support, will be on display.

Guests are invited to independently tour the lobby, gift shop and pharmacy throughout the day; as such, there will be no formal program. Refreshments will be served in the tented space outside the hospital entrance. Members of the Women’s Board will be available throughout the day to greet guests and speak with them about the legacy of their accomplishments.

“We’re very grateful to the Women’s Board for their commitment to our hospital,” says TJ Senker, president of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. “Throughout our 96-year partnership, their generosity has helped our hospital grow and thrive, and ultimately live our mission to enhance our community’s health and well-being. I’m especially grateful for their donation to renovate our main lobby, as I truly believe that great experiences begin at the front door. I’m proud that our lobby now beautifully reflects the level of safe, high-quality care that our patients receive at MedStar Montgomery.”

The lobby renovation campaign is the second largest in the Women’s Board’s 96-year relationship with MedStar Montgomery. The Board’s largest gift, a $1.75 million campaign, provided funding for the da Vinci Surgical System – making MedStar Montgomery one of the first medical centers in the area to offer the robot-assisted advanced technology. The Women’s Board campaigns have also supported additions to the Emergency Room with a $1 million pledge, as well as other major improvements including renovations to the Pediatric Emergency Center and building a new cardiac care wing.

“When hospital leadership asked our executive board to consider the lobby renovation campaign, we determined that it would be a great project for us to tackle,” said Carole Derrick, president of the Women’s Board. “We understood the importance of welcoming patients into a new and updated space. First impressions are an important part of building a good patient relationship.”

Other fundraising projects maintained by the Women’s Board include the Gift Shop and Thrift Shop at MedStar Montgomery which support projects and a scholarship fund for students interested in pursuing a medical profession. The nondenominational Gifts of Light Ceremony, and the Annual Picnic and Bazaar are some of the most beloved Women’s Board fundraising activities.

Gabriel Pinski, vice president of philanthropy at MedStar Montgomery stated, “We hope the community will come to see the new Women’s Board Lobby and learn more about the tremendous impact of the Women’s Board on the hospital over the last 96 years. This important new space, along with several other major improvements to patient care and experience, would not have been possible without the support of the Women’s Board. We cannot thank them enough.”

About MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is a 138-bed not-for-profit hospital serving the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. A proud member of MedStar Health, MedStar Montgomery is committed to delivering the latest in modern medicine and medical technology.

Celebrating 10 Years of Nursing Education and Excellence at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

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The Irving T. Boker Memorial Fund was established by Richard and Rebecca Boker in 2007.

Through generous philanthropic support of the Irving T. Boker Memorial Fund at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, Richard and Rebecca Boker have helped nearly every nurse at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney to advance skills and better serve our community.

Olney, MD — For nearly a year before his death in December of 2006, Mr. Irving T. Boker, a resident of Leisure World, spent a great deal of time as a patient of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Mr. Boker’s family was extremely grateful for the compassionate care he received and decided to honor his memory with a charitable gift to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center.

Brookeville residents Richard Boker and his wife Rebecca chose to establish the Irving T. Boker Memorial Fund to help nurses at the hospital to advance their education and skills. “Because my father, a very giving and kind man, received first-class care from the nurses of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, my wife and I decided to establish a memorial fund to offer ongoing educational support to the nurses and to keep my father’s name, ideals and memory alive,” explains Richard Boker.

Since 2007, the Irving T. Boker Memorial Fund has helped nearly every nurse at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center to advance their practice, some with formal education, all with a focus on safety and quality of care. Nurses have also benefited from pursuing certifications in nationally recognized nursing specialties, participating in the Maryland Hospital Association Healthcare Leadership Institute and University of Maryland nursing education sessions. 

“Through support from the Irving T. Boker Fund, I was able to attend The National conference of Perioperative Nursing. As a result I have obtained my National Certification.  The conference attendance has allowed me remain current and up to date to enhance the care I give at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center.” – Mary Johnson Rn. CPAN

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Irving T. Boker

Over the past 10 years, Mr. and Mrs. Boker have continued to support the fund and have been joined by other members of the community as well. Eleven local businesses such as Ledo’s Pizza and Brooklyn’s Deli, and over 90 individuals in the community have contributed to the fund over the last 10 years. 

This support in memory of Mr. Boker helps MedStar Montgomery Medical Center continue to provide our community with the highest quality of care. In 2017, for example, 30 nurses will, though support from the fund, participate in training courses provided by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses on critical care for acutely or critically ill patients.

Gabriel Pinski, vice president of philanthropy at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center states, “The Irving T. Boker Fund has made a huge difference to our exceptionally dedicated nurses at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Through the generous philanthropic investment of the Boker family and the broader community, our nurses have resources to become the absolute best they can be. This community-minded approach, involving expressions of gratitude that improve patient care, is at the heart of why, for over 96 years, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center has set the highest standard for health care. Most of the major advancements at our hospital were made possible through philanthropic investments. This is truly a wonderful community.”

If you would like to explore contributing to the Irving T. Boker Fund, please visit: MedStarMontgomery.org/BokerFor more information about the fund, contact Gabriel Pinski at 301-774-8804 or [email protected].