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Transforming Medicine Campaign

CHaD marks Hendricks family's generosity

By Kate Villars

AThe Family Center provides a bright and welcoming place within the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) for children and their families to unwind between appointments or during long hospitalizations. Its play area features a play structure and is stocked with toys, books, and games for children of all ages, while for parents it offers information about community and health resources as well as simply a place to relax with a cup of coffee or to breast-feed a baby.

Since its inception six years ago, the CHaD Family Center has been supported by generous gifts from the Hendricks-Felton Family Foundation. Now, the Family Center has a new name—Molly's Place—in recognition of that support. A ceremony in October marked the naming of the Family Center in honor of Amalia "Molly" Zacharias Felton, the loving grandmother of Dr. Leslie Hendricks Fall, vice chair of pediatrics at Dartmouth and a member of the Hendricks-Felton Foundation.

Three generations of the Hendricks family were at CHaD for the event, which included a naming ceremony and a series of talks by Fall and others on "The Joy of Giving Back." The sounds of children playing could be heard in the background as CHaD leaders—including MHMH President Nancy Formella; Dr. John Modlin, chair of pediatrics; and Dr. Bill Boyle, chair of the Boyle Community Pediatrics Program—thanked the family for their vital role in creating the Family Center. Parent Paul Zaslaw and CHaD volunteer Betty Barba added their personal stories about the value of Molly's Place to CHaD patients and their families.

The entire Hendricks family was on hand for the naming ceremony in October.

Paul and Yvonne Hendricks, rear, watch as their grandchildren Ian and Sarah (plus Lauren, not pictured) unveil a new plaque marking Molly's Place.

Drs. Leslie Fall, left, and Bill Boyle, right, were instrumental in starting CHaD's Family Center in 2003.

This new plaque now serves as a reminder of the family's generosity to CHaD.

Raising the bar
The financial goal of the Transforming Medicine Campaign for Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is to raise $250 million by 2009. Even more far-reaching is its goal of "raising the bar" in medicine. Of questioning assumptions—respecting tradition but not following it blindly. Of erasing boundaries—translating science from the lab bench to the bedside by connecting researchers with clinicians. Of creating solutions to the nation's most critical health-care issues. Of transforming medicine.

Campaign update
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is here for its patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, because of the generosity of thousands of friends throughout the communities we serve. Whether helping a child to recover from a traumatic brain injury, providing compassionate end-of-life care, bringing new discoveries to the bedside of cancer patients, or preparing doctors who will be leaders in patient care and medical discovery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock is there for you. We thank our donors for being there for us.

During 2008, more than 31,000 donors made gifts to the Transforming Medicine Campaign—the highest-ever participation in a single year. With contributions for 2008 surpassing $30 million, the Campaign closed the year with a total of $225 million toward its $250-million goal.

Learning more
For more about the Transforming Medicine Campaign, visit http://transmed.dartmouth.edu

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Kate Villars is assistant director of development communications for DMS-DHMC.

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