Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program Gala

The Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) honored Cary W. Akins, MD, a renowned cardiac surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and clinical professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, with its Dr. Jim O’Connell Award. Dr. Akins  is being recognized for his role as a champion of the organization. The ceremony took place at BHCHP’s Medicine That Matters Gala, Monday, April 29th, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

Dr. Akins helped launch BHCHP’s capital campaign for a new home through a simple, but profound, gesture. When his friend and former patient Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, and his wife Suzy offered to make a gift of $1 million to his favorite charity, he named BHCHP.

“We are so grateful to Cary for connecting the Welch’s with BHCHP,” said BHCHP Executive Director Robert Taube.  “Their generosity laid the groundwork for BHCHP’s first-ever capital campaign to renovate what became Jean Yawkey Place – our clinical and administrative hub that has transformed the way we’re able to care for our patients.”

Like Dr. Akins, the Boston Red Sox have championed Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in numerous ways.  “From their early support of our successful capital campaign, to hosting us annually at Fenway Park for our Sox for Socks donation drive, the Red Sox have given BHCHP a platform to connect with a much larger community of supporters,” said Taube. “We are profoundly grateful to them.”

Founded in 1985, BHCHP has evolved into the largest and most comprehensive health care for the homeless program in the country, delivering services to more than 12,000 homeless men, women and children a year at more than 80 shelters and sites. For more information, visit

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