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Boston event raises money for Bethlehem hospital


Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation Chairman Ellen Shafer and Director Jennifer McNulty present Ambassador Ray Flynn with statue of the Holy Family, March 2. Pilot photo/Mark Labbe

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BOSTON -- Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem (HFH), located in the West Bank, helps the "forgotten few," said Jennifer McNulty, director of the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation. Yet, at the Second Annual Boston Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation reception, March 2, those helped by the hospital were anything but forgotten.

A Catholic teaching hospital, HFH provides maternal care and neonatology services for poor and at-risk mothers, infants, and families. Staff at the hospital deliver upwards of 3,400 babies annually, including more than 350 premature babies.

Only $2.1 million of its $3.7 budget comes from patient payments, while the remaining $1.6 million comes from donors across the globe. The HFH Foundation, since 1997, works to distribute and generate funds for the operating expenses of the hospital.

The Boston reception, held at the Seaport Hotel in Boston's Seaport District, served as a way to generate awareness in the hospital's programs, as well as raise funds.

About 100 people attended the event, which was hosted by the HFH Foundation in conjunction with the Order of Malta Boston and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. The Order of Malta has a lengthy history of providing aid and support to the needy and those requiring medical services, and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre has long worked to assist the Catholic Church and Christians in the Holy Land.

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