, Newburyport, MA


October 25, 2013

125 years and still giving


As for the resulting contributions to Anna Jaques Hospital in addition to the scholarship fund for students pursuing health care (four at $500 each), in total, the AID association donated $108,000 to Anna Jaques Hospital as follows:

Birth Center patient room upgrades and Gerrish Breast Care Center — $50,000.

Patient care coordination software — $30,510.

Two new Sapphire portable surgeon headlights — $4,990.

Pedi Psych patient visitor room — $12,500.

Fourth of five pledges to “Your Hospital” Capital Campaign — $10,000

I trust that those who read this are as grateful as I for what all volunteers and those responding to their fundraising activities mean to Anna Jaques.

Truth to tell, I was not much acquainted with the Anna Jaques during my first 21 years as a native Newburyporter. I came to know it as the hospital where, during and following the Second World War, emergency surgery would save the life of Susan, my late wife, on three occasions.

She would survive to become the mother of our four sons and one daughter, and a lifelong volunteer at the hospital as would my mother during the war and following it.

Considering the hardships of the times in which they had served, they would have been surprised by the numbers included in president Zerigian’s report, but not by the dedication it took to achieve them.

She concluded with gratitude for what had been achieved by members who give of themselves over and again as had those who began the making of this history a century and a half ago.

As for the future, the beat goes on and the door is open for those who would join in extending that history.


Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His e-mail address is

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