“The first thing is to come to the realization that you want to give back,” says Phil Murphy, a lifelong Milton resident who gives back to Milton Hospital in many ways.
Phil is a member of the hospital’s President’s Council, which recognizes local businesses for their longtime support of the hospital’s fundraising goals. He is the Chair of the hospital’s Annual Fund Committee. He is a frequent speaker in the hospital’s Community Education series, where he speaks about basic estate, Medicaid and special needs planning.
He’s also held elected positions in Milton, is active in his profession, and while raising two kids, he’s found time to coach soccer and baseball. A busy schedule for sure, but as he said, it all started with deciding he wanted to give back.
“I remember I was just out of college, and a friend called to ask me to join him in donating to our alma mater,” Phil recalls. “I told him I didn’t have two nickels to rub together, and he asked if I could spare anything. I cut a check for five dollars.”
Small though it was, it was his first step into a life of generosity. For Phil, the act of giving – giving anything – creates a feeling of belonging to something.
“When I began specializing in elder and special needs law, I joined a professional association of others with a similar specialty. From the beginning, it has been very welcoming. I’ve given my time to become active in the group, and it’s been a valuable resource for me any time I’ve needed assistance.” Phil believes the same principle applies to any part of life. “When you give, in one way or another it always comes back to you,” he said.
Phil, like many, has seen community support help to reshape Milton Hospital over the years, and has reaped the benefit of having great healthcare very nearby. The hospital’s recent Generations Campaign helped make its expansion and renovation plans a reality. Now, more patients choose to seek care in the new emergency department than at any time in the hospital’s history.
“Milton Hospital is a great resource for the community and it just keeps getting better.”
Over the past year, contributions to Milton Hospital’s Annual Fund have nearly doubled. But as financial challenges continue to mount for hospitals, particularly community hospitals with fewer resources, the importance of fundraising will become even greater.
“I believe in putting positive things into your life,” he says. “By giving to an institution like Milton Hospital, you can be a part of something really positive.”