To serve as leaders, volunteers, and stewards of the Baystate Health mission is almost second nature to David and Evie Woods. Dedicated to the health system for decades, the couple has now found a way to extend their support.
Giving back through service
“You can only accumulate so many things in life,” Evie Woods told a reporter when speaking about her service to Baystate Health back in 1998. “You begin to look at your values and realize you can only get your time to mean something from giving of yourself.”
Already busy with work and family, for Evie, it was her work as a volunteer at Baystate Medical Center, particularly in the emergency department and as a “cuddler” for newborn babies in the Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, that added an extra dimension of meaning to her life.
For David, an insurance agent and business leader, it was the connections he had made and the experience he could bring to the table initially through Baystate Health’s finance committee, and eventually as the chair of the former Baystate Medical Center Board and then of the Baystate Health Board, that drove his service for more than 40 years.
Baystate Health’s lifesaving mission and the compassion and integrity of its leadership inspired David to stay engaged.
“We are so lucky as a community to have healthcare at this level,” shared David as he spoke about the medical professionals and specialists available in western Massachusetts.
“The health system has stayed ahead of the future of medicine, always committed to bringing the best in care.”
Continuing their values
The Woods have provided many gifts of time, talent and treasure to Baystate Health. This year, they added one more contribution to that list – the inclusion of Baystate Health Foundation in their estate plan.
“We have always made both annual and major gifts to support Baystate Health and we want to ensure that our support and dedication continue even after we’re gone,” says Evie.
“We were happy to include a gift in our estate plans because maybe someone will benefit in the future,” said David. “People are always going to need medical care and Baystate Health is there for people from the first moment of life to the last.”
In providing enduring support for Baystate Health, the Woods are leaving a lasting legacy of their own.
“The integrity of this institution just shines through,” said David. “We want to help that continue.”
Learn more about how you can leave your legacy at Baystate Health.