Cooley Dickinson Hospital – Why give a legacy gift?

Cooley Dickinson Hospital opened its doors on January 1, 1886, thanks to a generous bequest from Caleb Cooley Dickinson, a farmer from Hatfield. Many years later, we have continued to receive bequests varying in size and purpose, with one thing in common: a commitment to investing in the health of our community and to improving care for future generations.

Sometimes these gifts are made in honor of a caregiver, a beloved family member, or because health care is a cause close to your heart. But one thing is true: our community hospital runs on a small margin, leaving very little room for new programs or services. Legacy gifts enhance our care and ensure we’re here to serve the next generation.

Learn about both former and current members of our community and the gifts they have made through their legacy pans:

  • Take a look at Paul M. Craig’s long career, and you will see a life filled with variety, action, and a commitment to helping others.
  • As a longtime Northampton and Easthampton resident, Marjorie Magner, understood the importance of a strong hospital for the well-being of a community. 
  • A husband’s deep desire to honor his wife led Ernest Vitkauskas to bequest $1,700,000 in support of cancer care at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.