The Baldwin Makepeace Emergency Center
Southcoast Health Announces Name of Future Emergency Center at Tobey Hospital
WAREHAM, Mass. – Southcoast Health President and CEO Keith Hovan and Tobey Hospital Emergency Department Campaign and Stewardship Committee Co-chairs Alice Rice Perkins and Mark Perkins announced this week that the new Tobey emergency center will officially be named the Baldwin Makepeace Emergency Center.
Anticipating completion in early 2022, the Baldwin Makepeace Emergency Center will expand Tobey Hospital’s current emergency center from 17,500 sq. ft. to 25,000 sq. ft., providing space to accommodate 40,000 visits annually. A $5 million capital campaign is underway to bring this project to completion.
“I want to express my sincere gratitude to all donors, partners, and community members who have made this project possible. Ongoing community support is integral to the growth and ongoing success of our community health system,” said Hovan. “Support from the community enables us to take on critical projects such as this one that advances emergency care. Additionally, I want to thank the Baldwin and Makepeace families. Their continued dedication of time, talent, and philanthropic support of Tobey Hospital dates back to the early 1900s, and has been instrumental in making Tobey Hospital the valued community resource it is today. Our entire community is forever grateful.”
The new emergency center name reflects decades of support from both the Baldwin and Makepeace families, recognizing their commitment to the community.
“The naming of the emergency center is really in honor of Ian Michael Baldwin (Mike), a long time Tobey Hospital trustee and board chair for a number of years. Mike led the first campaign for the hospital soon after he became involved in the early 1970s. He then led the effort that established the original emergency department campaign in the early 1980s,” said his son Michael and daughter-in-law Margie Baldwin in a statement. “Mike engaged so many people in the greater Wareham area to support community health care needs and to set Tobey Hospital up for the future. It is a wonderful tribute to our family’s legacy and many decades of support to Tobey.”
Last renovated in 1987 to care for 15,000 patients per year, the current emergency center serves an average of 30,000 patients annually.
The Baldwin Makepeace Emergency Center addresses a critical need in the region and the expansion will double the number of treatment rooms available.
“When given the naming opportunity for the new Tobey emergency center, my sister Joanna and I talked and thought a lot about our grandfather, John, and our dad, Maurice. John was chosen with several others to carry out the vision that Alice Tobey Jones conveyed to them: to build a hospital in Wareham,” said Chris Makepeace. “That dream obviously came to pass in 1940. Although he continued to serve and support Tobey until his passing, our dad served on the board of trustees for years and supported the hospital his entire life. We are proud to recognize their legacy and fortunate to be able to carry it forward.”
Tobey Hospital has a rich history of community support beginning with Alice Tobey Jones. Over the decades, the Baldwin and Makepeace families, as well as many other families across the South Coast region, have been instrumental in ensuring Tobey Hospital’s continued growth and expansion.
“Southcoast Health is proud to honor these contributions with the naming of the new emergency center,” said Michelle Loranger, Executive Director of Philanthropy at Southcoast Health. “As we build a new and expanded Tobey emergency center to serve our greater Wareham region, it is fitting that the names Baldwin and Makepeace will grace this critical community resource.”
To learn more about the new Baldwin Makepeace Emergency Center please visit https://www.southcoast.org/philanthropy/tobey-hospital-expansion/