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12/13/10: Winifred Bush makes generous gift to support Emerson Hospital

Winifred Bush recently made a generous gift to support Emerson Hospital’s fundraising initiative aimed at enhancing care at the Bethke Cancer Center.  Mrs. Bush’s gift of $200,000 specifically supports the installation of a new linear accelerator—technology used to provide radiation treatment—and related improvements in radiation oncology.

The project represents a joint venture between Emerson Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, whose Department of Radiation Oncology provides the Bethke Cancer Center with radiation oncology services.

The Concord resident, known to her friends as Winkie, visited the cancer center to see the new linear accelerator, which will begin treating patients in January, as well as the associated upgrades.  “The technology is impressive, and the new facility gives patients and their families much greater comfort and privacy,” Mrs. Bush said.

Her motivation to support the center stems in part from her own experience.  Her husband, Walter, died of cancer in 1993, before the Bethke Cancer Center existed.  “He had to travel to Boston for treatment,” she explains.  “Now the Bethke Center, with its outstanding facility and superb professional staff, can give the best care without the need for patients to make the trip into Boston.  I felt it was important that I make this gift to help assure continued outstanding cancer care at Emerson right here in Concord.”

Her generous gift lifted the hospital’s fundraising total for the initiative to more than $2 million.  The hospital will recognize Mrs. Bush’s major gift with a plaque installed outside the linear accelerator control room.

Mrs. Bush was in business for 39 years as a certified public accountant, continues to work part-time with selected clients and attends seminars to keep up with the changes in taxes.  She served as treasurer of the Trustees of Town Donations for 35 years and volunteered her services as treasurer to the Concord Chamber of Commerce, Concord Family Service Society and Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.  At Emerson, she has volunteered at the front desk during the evening.

Mrs. Bush is a long-time member of the Concord Garden Club and life member of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary, Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and Concord Art Association.  She continues to play golf at the Concord Country Club and plays bridge with several groups.

Pictured left to right: Christine Schuster, president and CEO, Emerson Hospital; Dr. John McGrath, medical director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology at Emerson Hospital; Winkie Bush