Yawkey Foundation Donates a Record $10 Million

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Yawkey Foundation Donates a Record $10 Million

Tidelands Health wouldn’t be what we are today without the longtime, generous support of the Yawkey family and its foundations.

Tom Yawkey was there from the beginning, donating $100,000 in 1945 to help build what is now known as Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital. That generous spirit has continued through the years to help fund crucial expansions, including the Yawkey Medical Park, Tidelands Health Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Center and the Yawkey Surgery Pavilion at Tidelands Georgetown.

Tom and Jean Yawkey were the longtime owners of the Boston Red Sox and earned a reputation for their philanthropic efforts supporting the communities they called home - Georgetown County and New England. The Yawkey Foundations, based in Massachusetts, have continued the couple’s legacy of supporting organizations that help improve health care, enhance human services programs and more.

Their generosity has helped fund expansions and improvements at Tidelands Health for nearly 75 years – and make history.

In 2018, the Yawkey Foundations donated $10 million to help fund major enhancements to Tidelands Georgetown. The donation not only is the largest in the history of Tidelands Health, it is one of the largest ever awarded to an organization in the region.

That historic donation comes after another $5 million gift in 2003 that helped fund construction of Yawkey Medical Park and the Tidelands Health Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Center.

The Yawkey Foundations’ support through the decades has enabled Tidelands Georgetown to expand its facilities and enhance its services to continue to serve as the premier health care provider in the region.

Tidelands Health has honored the Yawkeys and their gracious support since the health system’s beginning by naming several locations after the couple, starting in the 1960s with the Thomas A. Yawkey Wing at Tidelands Georgetown and continuing in 2018 with the opening of the Yawkey Surgery Pavilion.