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Forward-thinking Donor Helps Advance Care

May 17, 2020
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Paul Cohen has excellent foresight. It’s what has made him a successful businessman – still working and seeking out new opportunities at age 86 – and spurs his generosity to Baystate Health.

“Look how much medicine has advanced over the years,” says Paul, co-founder and CFO of Planned Furniture Promotions. “Giving back to Baystate Health makes a direct impact on the health and quality of life for the community.”

For Paul, having access to quality care close to home is a true gift:

“With the high caliber of Baystate Health,” he says, “there’s no need to go beyond Springfield for ongoing health maintenance and for specialized expertise.”

Born in Springfield, Paul and his late wife Harriet were deeply engaged with their communities throughout their lives. A committed philanthropist now residing in Simsbury, CT, Paul still travels to Baystate Medical Center for his care.


“The pain management team at Baystate helped my late wife through cancer treatment; I continue to experience the best in care for my own post-cancer treatment; and I now walk pain free and have my energy back thanks to vascular surgeon Dr. Marc Norris and the team at the Davis Family Heart & Vascular Center.”

Strategic giving

Excellent care inspired Paul’s charitable gift to Baystate Health Foundation, which will ultimately support pain management in honor of Harriet and heart and vascular care. His latest gift annuity is in honor of Dr. Marc Norris, whom he credits with giving him back his life after a health scare last April.

Innovation from the heart

Through his gifts, Paul’s been able to have a hand in ensuring Baystate Health continues to provide innovative and accessible treatment. “Innovation is key to the advancement of heart & vascular care, just as it has been key to Paul’s business,” says Dr. Aaron Kugelmass, Vice President & Medical Director, Heart & Vascular Program and Chief of Cardiology. “Paul is a wonderful partner and his support will help lead us in innovative new directions.”

“If you don’t have your health, all of the money in the world isn’t going to help you. To keep this stellar level of care close to home, we all need to support Baystate Health,” noted Paul.