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Make an Impact on Your Community

Every day, gifts from community members support Cooley Dickinson programs and services for those who depend on us by assuring the hospital’s greatest needs are met. Purchasing equipment, upgrading technology, renovating facilities, and sustaining and expanding programs are just some of the ways we’re making our community hospital stronger together.

Please show your support and make your annual gift today. If you are a first time donor to the hospital, thank you for including us as a charity of choice in your household. If you are a committed donor, consider becoming a recurring donor, with gifts spread out on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.

Every gift is meaningful and directly helps patients in our community. Please know that all money raised for Cooley Dickinson stays right here in our community.


Donor Recognition Levels

For over 100 years, members of our community have helped to support quality healthcare through their charitable contributions to CDH. Cooley Dickinson Hospital was established with a bequest left by Caleb Cooley Dickinson, who died in 1882.

On New Years Day in 1886, the first hospital in Hampshire County opened its doors with 12 beds, an operating room, wash rooms, a doctor’s room, dining room, kitchen, parlor, and the matron’s room. Today, CDH is a financially strong community hospital providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services to Pioneer Valley residents.

We invite you to become a member of our giving societies through your annual support of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and to learn more about our history to which those levels are attributed.

$500-$999  |  SHEPHERD SOCIETY

The Henry Shepherd Surgery wing opened in 1904 following a gift from Thomas M. Shepherd in memory of his father.

$1,000-$1,885  |  MCCALLUM SOCIETY

The McCallum Nurses Home and Training School, made possible by a gift from the McCallum family in memory of Alexander McCallum, providing nursing education to over 900 nurses.

$1,886-$2,499  |  1886 SOCIETY

Cooley Dickinson Hospital opened its doors on New Year’s Day in 1886.

$2,500-$4,999  |  CASTLE SOCIETY

Miss Emma Castle, the first matron, was responsible for patients and upkeep of the facility.

$5,000-$9,999  |  DAKIN SOCIETY

In honor of community leader Winthrop S. Dakin’s commitment to CDH.


In honor of Dr. Peter Merzbach, who delivered over 10,000 babies at CDH.


In recognition of our donors who, similar to our founding gift of $100,000, have made significant investments in the hospital.


In honor of our founder, this society recognizes those who have included
Cooley Dickinson Hospital in their estate plans.