New Women’s Board Lobby

Welcomes Patients and Visitors to MedStar Montgomery

Gifts of Light
Hospital president T.J. Senker, past Women’s Board president Anne Willson, Women’s Board president Carole Derrick, & Gabriel Pinski, vice president of philanthropy

A new and spacious lobby now welcomes patients and visitors to 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 through the Board’s energetic philanthropic activities to benefit the hospital. The renovation gives new prominence to the welcome desk and the Women’s Board Gift Shop, a major source of funding for the organization.

“The Women’s Board plays an essential role at MedStar Montgomery," says Gabriel Pinski, vice president of philanthropy at MedStar Montgomery.

“At key moments in the life of the hospital, the Women’s Board has made it possible for us to take the next best step to improve patient care. Our building is aging. A modern environment inspires confidence and improves the hospital experience for patients and families. Our new lobby will provide a better start to each patient’s healing process."

“This important new space would not have happened without the Women’s Board. We cannot thank them enough,” Mr. Pinski says. The lobby renovation campaign is the second-largest contribution in the Women’s Board’s 96-year relationship. 

TheBoard’s largest gift, a $1.75 million campaign, purchased the da Vinci Surgical System — making MedStar Montgomery one of the first medical centers in the area to offer the robot-assisted advanced technology. Women’s Board campaigns have also supported updating the Pediatric Emergency Center and building a new cardiac care wing.

“There are other hospitals in our area that have updated buildings and grounds,” says Carole Derrick, president of the Women’s Board. “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. 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 Women’s Board Gift Shop, which supports capital campaigns, 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 two of the most beloved Women’s
Board fundraising activities.

Women's Board
1970 - Gift Shop opens; 1983 - 63rd annual Picnic and Bazaar; 1985 - First annual Gifts of Light Ceremony