The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship announced today that Richard Holbrook, Chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank, will receive the Boston Schweitzer Leadership Award from the Schweitzer Fellowship program in Boston. The award recognizes the achievements of an individual who has contributed to efforts to mitigate the social determinants of health in Greater Boston or Central Massachusetts, and whose commitment to service has influenced and inspired others.
Holbrook has been the Chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank since 2007. He is being recognized for his outstanding leadership of Eastern Bank, and its community outreach through the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation to community based organizations working for health equity in Boston and throughout the Commonwealth.
“Under Rich’s direction, Eastern Bank has supported a broad range of organizations working for health equity, and associated causes such as racial justice and LGBT equality. The ripple effect of this support has a profound impact on the people served by Eastern Bank grantees and their broader communities,” said Sylvia Stevens-Edouard, executive director of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. “Rich also volunteers on behalf of several health care organizations. This life example and commitment to service is aligned with Dr. Schweitzer’s legacy of ‘Reverence for Life.’”
Holbrook joined Eastern Bank in 1996 as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President and was named President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank and the Holding Company in 2001. He started his banking career in 1980 at the Connecticut Bank and Trust Company in Hartford, Connecticut, as a commercial credit trainee. He serves on the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve and is a director of Partners HealthCare and of Neighborhood Health Plan. He also serves as chairman of the North Shore Medical Center and is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Anti-Defamation League of New England.
“I am honored to be recognized with the Schweitzer Leadership Award,” said Holbrook. “As a local bank dedicated to its customers, colleagues and community, Eastern Bank understands the importance of supporting efforts to create healthier environments in the cities and towns we serve.”
Founded in 1991, the Boston Schweitzer Fellows Program is the oldest program of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (http://www.schweitzerfellowship.org/ ) and one of 14 Schweitzer Fellowship programs throughout the United States and in Lambaréné, Gabon, at the site of The Albert Schweitzer Hospital. Fellows are graduate students who commit to a year of service, learning effective strategies and leadership skills to address the social factors that impact health. In doing so, they model their service after the life example set by pioneering physician-humanitarian and Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who was one of the 20th century’s most admired global citizens.
Boston Fellows have contributed nearly 100,000 hours of service since 1992 to vulnerable populations in Massachusetts. The program is hosted and sponsored by Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center. Other sponsors have included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Boston University School of Public Health, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, DentaQuest Foundation, Eastern Bank Foundation, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation, New England College of Optometry, Novo Nordisk, Tufts University, and Walgreens. More information is available at http://www.schweitzerfellowship.org/chapters/boston/