Grateful Patient Mark Allen


When Mark Allen moved to Boston, he was excited about the city’s reputation for walkability. He was pleasantly surprised to find Boston Medical Center in the heart of his new South End neighborhood. Allen had always admired the 15-minute city movement, an urban planning model in which schools, shopping, and health care are all a short walk or bike ride away. Over the years, he has developed a strong relationship with his BMC physicians, and he continues to be impressed by the quality of care and the convenience of having all his specialists under one roof.

“BMC truly is an anchor to the vision of world-class health care just a 15-minute walk away,” Allen explained.

Allen takes pride in being a part of a hospital that values its patients’ diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences. Allen witnessed the hospital’s unwavering commitment to serving its diverse community, especially during unprecedented times like the COVID-19 pandemic. He watched BMC swiftly adapt and expand its services, working hand-in-hand with the community to make vaccines accessible. He proudly gives to the hospital through The BMC Fund, which puts resources toward the hospital’s greatest needs and supports BMC’s health equity initiatives that work to eliminate race-based health disparities. “I believe BMC is the kind of institution every person should have access to,” he emphasized.

Today, more than 30 years after his move to Boston, Allen continues to walk through his neighborhood to his appointments at BMC, knowing that his contributions are making a real difference in the lives of his neighbors and the broader community. “I want to do impactful things with my time and resources—it’s why I give to BMC,” he said.

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