Aug 2, 2018

PLYMOUTH, MA – Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth (BID-Plymouth) has appointed Karen Wood of Duxbury, MA as the hospital’s new vice president of philanthropy. Karen succeeds Cindy Outhouse who is retiring after 17 years of dedicated service to BID-Plymouth.

Karen brings more than 20 years of nonprofit fundraising and senior level management experience to her role. Previously, she served as director of development at The Riverview School, Beaver Country Day School, and for Any Baby Can and LifeWorks in Austin, Texas. She has served on the boards of the Austin, Texas and Greater Boston chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has a Master of Arts from Rice University and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College.

“Karen has successfully led multimillion dollar fundraising efforts for several organizations. With her deep experience and close ties to the South Shore community, she brings unique insights about the opportunities ahead for the hospital,” says Kevin Coughlin, President & CEO, BID-Plymouth.

“BID-Plymouth is at a very exciting time in its history and I look forward to contributing to the hospital’s growth,” says Karen Wood, Vice President of Philanthropy. “The hospital has a compelling case to be made for philanthropic support from the community to further its award-winning innovation and excellence in patient care.”

One area of future expansion for the hospital is the eventual construction of a new, modern Emergency Department. The existing Emergency Department was built almost 30 years ago for 25,000 visits annually, and currently receives approximately 50,000 patient visits per year. The need for a new, larger, and modern Emergency Department is great and will take a few years of planning, fundraising, and construction.

“The hospital is experiencing tremendous growth as the largest member hospital in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center family of hospitals,” says Wood. “My focus will be on building philanthropic support for current programs while also supporting expanded programming and spaces such as the Emergency Department.”