From left: Karen and Rob Hale

On Jan. 22, Brigham Health President Betsy Nabel, MD, announced BWH received a transformative gift – the largest individual gift in the institution’s history – from longtime benefactors Karen and Rob Hale.

Marking a major milestone in Brigham’s Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. campaign, the Hales’ generosity is an investment in the future of medicine and the lives of BWH’s patients and their loved ones, Nabel said.

“The Hale family’s extraordinary gift will enable us take a giant leap forward in our work to fuel discovery and eradicate disease,” Nabel said. “Words cannot adequately convey our gratitude and admiration for their generosity and vision.”

In recognition of the Hales’ gift, the Brigham will rename its clinical and research facility at 60 Fenwood Road the Hale Building for Transformative Medicine.

The Hales are prominent Boston-area philanthropists with deep ties to the Brigham. Karen currently serves on the Brigham’s Cancer Research and Care Advisory Board, and Rob, who is president and CEO of Quincy-based Granite Telecommunications, serves as a chair of BWH’s Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. campaign and is a member of the President’s Advisory Board.

In addition to their BWH gift, the Hales also gave a significant gift to Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). BCH will name its future 11-story clinical building in honor of the Hales.

Having seen devastating diseases directly touch many of their family member and friends, Karen and Rob said they’re committed to finding cures and helping more patients walk away with a victory.

“Karen and I see Boston as an epicenter for far-reaching medical advances,” Rob said. “Both Boston Children’s Hospital and the Brigham are international leaders in their research and understanding of diseases. With our investment in these two world-class institutions, we hope to impact millions of patients.”

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