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News Release

Michael P. Sullivan Joins Joslin Diabetes Center as Senior Vice President of Development

Former Partners Healthcare Fundraising Executive Brings Expertise to Joslin

February 13, 2008 – Joslin Diabetes Center today announced Michael P. Sullivan of Boston as senior vice president of development. Sullivan comes to Joslin from a successful program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network, with deep ties to the Greater Boston community and a strong track record in healthcare philanthropy, public affairs and government.

In making the announcement, Ranch C. Kimball, CEO of Joslin, said, “Michael brings the experience and passion needed to build a world-class development program that supports our growth and enables Joslin to remain at the forefront of diabetes research, care and education.”

In his new role, Sullivan will oversee Joslin fundraising and enhance relationships between Joslin and foundations, corporations and donors. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Joslin’s fundraising supports its mission “to improve the lives of people with diabetes and its complications through innovative care, education and research that will lead to prevention and cure of the disease.”

“I’ve joined Joslin at a very important time in its history,” said Sullivan. “Millions of Americans are at risk for diabetes, and it is imperative that the Joslin model of care be available to everyone who needs it, and that our lifesaving efforts toward a cure are successful.  It is my charge to orchestrate a development program that will allow our generous donors to find new ways to express their philanthropy in support of these efforts.”

Prior to joining Joslin, Sullivan served as vice president of philanthropy at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network, where he positioned Spaulding to be the fastest growing philanthropic program in the Partners Healthcare System and among the top two academic rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. Previously Sullivan served as chief development officer at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and vice president of public affairs at Saints Memorial Medical Center in Lowell, Mass.  He also worked for the Massachusetts House of Representatives as a communications manager and budget analyst.  He holds a B.A. in Communications from Suffolk University and earned a certificate in major gift planning from the Institute of Charitable Giving. 

 “Joslin has a big, bold vision and it needs a big, bold development program as well.  Major gifts will be key, and I’ll be hiring senior development staff to help me build a program that allows Joslin to expand our research program, update the clinic and serve the increasing number of patients who walk through our doors each year,” concluded Sullivan.