Transforming the Business of Health Care
“The health care space is in a transformative period,” says Chris Smith ’91, MBA ’92, P ’19/’20 ’24, cofounder of Aspect Health, a health care real estate platform. Now is the time, he adds, to be progressive and innovative. Says Greg Smith ’91, president and CEO of the Maplewood and Inspīr senior living brand: “There is a crossover between health care and technology that was accelerated by the pandemic and it’s going to explode. Only a handful of institutions have been keeping up, and Bentley is one of them.”
Inspired by President Chrite’s commitment to addressing real, human needs through smart business, and the timely, critical work of Bentley’s Health Thought Leadership Network (Health TLN), Chris and Greg have made a gift of $5M to the university to help grow and transform the business of health care education; give new graduates and researchers a head start in this exciting space; and make Bentley a household name in the industry.
With this extraordinary investment — one of the largest by a living donor in the university’s history — they join the university’s Great Benefactors, and have pushed Be a Force: The Campaign for Bentley University to $87M of its $100M goal.
“Chris and Greg’s generosity is a bold bet on Bentley — one that I know will have a strong ROI for the university, our communities and the greater health care business landscape,” says President Chrite. “With this incredible investment, Bentley has the backing to further the Health TLN’s impressive work, to create a robust and scalable platform that will be a force for innovation and impact with renowned health care organizations in Boston, and beyond.”
Says Greg, “This is our way of making a transformative gift that we could be a part of to help Bentley, our industry and anyone who is facing the challenges of the health care system.”