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Bethlehem hospital foundation hosts inaugural event in Boston


Event co-chairs Thomas Driscoll and Thomas P. O'Neill III, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, and Ellen S. Shafer, chair of the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation. Courtesy photo

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BOSTON ? Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation marked its inaugural event in Boston and the beginning of its expanded outreach efforts into New England by hosting a reception at Boston College, Jan. 11.

Founded in 1888 by the French Daughters of Charity, today the hospital meets the health-care needs of nearly 22,000 women and children per year, providing critical care to nearly 400 infants per year with low birth weight and other health complications. In 1989, the Order of Malta, at the request of Pope St. John Paul II, took over the operation and management of the hospital. The foundation, which is based in Washington D.C., was organized in 1997 to generate and distribute funds for the hospital's operating expenses.

The event featured special guest Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, who offered a message of hope while speaking about the issues facing Christians in the Middle East and the importance of the hospital.

Also speaking was event co-chair the Honorable Thomas P. O'Neill III, former lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. "The hospital is a signature of what health care is about ? peace, hope, and great health," said O'Neill. "It is important for Catholics and other people of good will in New England to be aware of the critical work that Holy Family Hospital is doing to help infants in the birthplace of Jesus Christ."

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