Grateful Family Gives Back to Baystate
Thirteen years ago, Hector Toledo’s daughter, Rebecca, was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Baystate Children’s Hospital. Toledo, who is today vice president of Hampden Bank, remembers walking the halls, feeling helpless. He donated blood. “I had to do something,” he says. “I’m used to being able to fix things.”
Toledo has been giving to Baystate ever since – as a member of the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee of Baystate Health and as a donor to the Children’s Specialty Center with his wife, Danielle, a quality management coordinator in the Baystate Breast & Wellness Center. Rebecca and her brother, Hector Jr., are patients at the Center.
“Baystate is a place that changes your life,” says Toledo. “It has a huge impact – in our community and beyond. I remember meeting a man from upstate New York whose baby was in the NICU with my daughter. It was the closest facility that offered the expertise his child needed.”
“Baystate’s quality is second to none,” he continues. “Philanthropy is absolutely critical to sustain that. As a Baystate Health trustee, I know how expensive it is to run a health care organization of this scale. As a father, I know the long-term impact Baystate has on people’s lives. To support Baystate is to support our community.”