In her nearly three decades at Mass General, Jean Elrick, MD, has seen the hospital from nearly every side—student, physician, patient and administrator. She joined the medical staff in 1991 after completing a surgery internship, an anesthesia residency and a fellowship in critical medicine. Currently, as a senior vice president, Dr. Elrick is responsible for hospital operations and three clinical departments.
Having seen many changes in medicine, she laughs, recalling that in 1986, “the only scrubs stocked in the women’s locker rooms in the OR were dresses. Three other female surgical residents and I changed that.”
“I have also included Mass General in my estate plan,” adds Dr. Elrick, regarding her own decisions about how to best leave a legacy. “It is a good way to give back to an institution that has been so important to me.”
Yet the culture of Mass General has not changed. “There is tremendous respect for our patient care, research, education and community service mission,” explains Dr. Elrick. “People know that they are part of something great. Mass General is a place that has been made over 200 years. And each generation strives to make it a little bit better.”
In addition to working here, Dr. Elrick is an MGH donor. “Philanthropy allows you to create a legacy whether your name is put on something or not,” she says. “At Mass General, you know that your donations are put to good use to fulfill the hospital’s mission. In my role, I see firsthand the extraordinary breadth of activities at the hospital and how philanthropy supports those endeavors.
“I have also included Mass General in my estate plan,” adds Dr. Elrick, regarding her own decisions about how to best leave a legacy. “It is a good way to give back to an institution that has been so important to me. My gift is unrestricted, because times change, and MGH’s greatest needs when my gift is received might not be definable today. I would like to be a role model for colleagues to give back to the institution that has been so pivotal in their careers and to encourage others to step forward and become Phillips Society members.”