Several years ago, Stephen and Ruth Palmer were sitting on their porch reflecting on the state of the world. In that moment, they decided to make a point of remembering those who had helped them in challenging times. Shortly after, they made a $1,000,000 gift to McLean Hospital to establish the 3East Endowed Director Fund.
The gift was in honor of Dr. Michael R. Hollander as a pivotal leader of the hospital’s clinical care for children and adolescents. McLean’s adolescent dialectical behavior therapy programs, collectively known as 3East, provide specialized care for teens and young adults.
“Receiving the endowed directorship was both a surprise and an honor,” Hollander said. “I was truly moved by the Palmers’ gratitude for my work and their willingness to provide tangible support going forward.”
“The problems Michael helps families address are often not susceptible to a direct fix with a family’s resources, sacrifices, and best efforts,” Ruth Palmer said. “But, with Michael and his team acting as a catalyst and as agents of change, solutions can be and often are found. We wanted to ensure that his life’s work will continue to benefit future generations.”