Rye residents Helen and Neil Garvey donated $20,000 to name the Pediatric Exam Room in the new Women & Children’s Center at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital for many reasons, one is 27 years old. Their daughter Erin was born at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in 1985. Dad Neil beams with pride talking about his daughter and the exceptional care she received.
"We still talk about one of the nurses that took great care of us when our daughter was born," Garvey said. "We both think young people need every advantage and we wanted to name something to benefit young families. I’ve had a great career and Helen and I feel strongly about giving back to the community."
Garvey is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital; a highly respected volunteer role requiring a significant commitment of time and strong leadership skills. Asked to join other boards, he chose the Hospital’s Board because it was another way to give back to the community in a city where he once lived.
"This is a board where you can actually have input into what happens," Garvey said. "This is an outstanding hospital. I am constantly amazed at how employees are engaged. I’ve run several different businesses and I’ve never seen this kind of engagement. There’s a commitment to quality care and a vibrancy you don’t often see. This is especially important with the financial challenges all hospitals are facing."
Garvey met his wife Helen, a UNH nursing student, at a Manchester restaurant where they worked as wait staff during summer break. After Garvey graduated from St. Anslem’s College with a degree in business and economics he moved up to a management job at a Wendy’s restaurant. He laughs when he recalled how Helen prodded him to get a real job. He eventually found one as an accounting clerk at Simplex, a Tyco company. Over the next 24 years he took on more challenges and responsibility including roles as VP of Tyco International and CEO of their submarine system division, Tycom, Ltd.
By the time he retired Garvey had managed over $6 billion worth of business around the world. Helen took care of the family, daughters Erin and Courtney, during her husband’s lengthy business trips. Both daughters now live in downtown Portsmouth.
Today the Garveys enjoy traveling together, hiking the Grand Canyon and NH’s 4,000 foot mountains. This busy and generous couple has also set up a scholarship endowment at St. Anslem’s College to help the next generation succeed in their careers and one day give back to their communities.