Horizons – Summer 2022

A publication for friends and supporters of McLean Hospital

September 16, 2022

In our summer edition of Horizons, we share stories that highlight the myriad ways legacies can be built—from philanthropy to service to innovative clinical care.

Our cover story highlights one donor’s three-decades-long trust in McLean and willingness to associate the family name with McLean through several substantial gifts.

In another, we share the story of a very special man whose gratitude for years of care inspired him to leave a generous bequest to McLean. His sister shares his story and her plans to continue his legacy.

We also welcome three fantastic new trustees to the McLean family. Their commitment to advancing our mission and their tremendous range of expertise will benefit the hospital for years to come. They will build on the leadership of three outgoing board members who each served 12 years—the maximum tenure—and will remain associated with McLean in honorary roles.

And finally, we share an update on one of our treasured and highly innovative child and adolescent clinical programs—the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program—which redefined itself during COVID-19 and, through innovation and hard work, is stronger and more effective than ever.

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Horizons Summer 2022 Cover

A Lifetime of Giving: One Family’s Legacy
For nearly three decades, Nancy Black Simches has been an ardent and steadfast supporter of McLean Hospital. Thoughtful and strategic, her philanthropy has furthered the tripartite mission of McLean and its commitment to improving the lives of people and families affected by psychiatric illness.

A Bequest and Two Books From a Grateful Patient
There are very few photos of Bob Peebles. An avid photographer, Bob was always the person behind the camera. He was attached to his three bulldogs and was happiest while outdoors—playing tennis, skiing, and fishing for trout in the Adirondacks, where his family had a summer home. But most of all, he loved his family and friends, and was extremely proud of his daughter.

MAMP Teaches Kids How To Manage Anxiety, and Families How To Help
As some reports suggest that anxiety disorders may have more than doubled during the pandemic, the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program (MAMP) has been at the vanguard of treating children and adolescents who struggle with a wide range of disorders, including social anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia, separation anxiety, and specific phobias. MAMP also treats obsessive compulsive disorder, which often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and responds to some of the same types of treatment.

McLean’s Three New Trustees Bring a Wealth of Experience and Expertise
Cathy E. Minehan, former board chair of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and former president of the Federal Reserve Bank, Valerie Mosley, CFA, founder of BrightUp and former partner at Wellington Management Company, and Chandra Ramanathan, PhD, MBA, executive-in-residence at Mass General Brigham (MGB) and former global head of Pharma R&D Open Innovation at Bayer, have joined McLean Hospital’s Board of Trustees.

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Supporting a Hospital That Gives So Much Back

Thrassos Calligas, MD, has been working at McLean for three decades. Even before he began his faculty tenure at the hospital, he completed both an adult psychiatry residency and child psychiatry residency at McLean in the 1970s and 1980s, respectively.

Throughout his career, Calligas has dedicated himself to working with children with complex psychiatric and psychosocial disorders. His current leadership role of associate medical director at the McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program is a reflection of his compassion and expertise.

He is also one of many sustaining donors to McLean and has been making monthly gifts to the hospital for years. He began this practice decades ago, and says his giving is largely in gratitude for the education he received at McLean and in recognition of the excellent treatment patients receive at the hospital.

“Monthly giving seems like an easy and organized way to support a hospital that gives so much back,” said Calligas. He also shared how moved he has been by the hospital’s tireless efforts to address the pandemic and resultant mental health crisis.

Join Dr. Calligas in making monthly unrestricted gifts to McLean. Email Ben for more information about becoming a McLean sustainer.

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