Richard P. Burke Fund established to support older adults

Local health plan makes $150,000 initial investment in Worcester County’s aging population.

Worcester, Mass., December 15, 2023 ― Throughout his 25-year career with Fallon Health, retiring President and CEO Richard P. Burke has been a driving force behind the organization’s commitment to serving older adults. Now, the local health plan’s Board of Directors is honoring his significant contributions with a new fund established through the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Fallon Health made the initial investment of $150,000 in Burke’s name.

“Richard is one of the most kind and authentic leaders in all of health care. He has been a champion for older adults and caregivers in the communities Fallon Health serves since joining the organization in 1998 and continuing through the last eight years as President and CEO. We are pleased to be able to recognize the significant impact he has made on this important population and to continue his work in a way that aligns with our mission,” said Fred Misilo, Jr., chair of the Fallon Health board of directors.

The Richard P. Burke Fund to Support Older Adults will provide grants to support projects or programs focused on addressing the health and human services needs of older adults living in Worcester County.

“Establishing a field of interest fund at the community foundation is a wonderful way to honor Richard and his legacy,” says Pete Dunn, President & CEO of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. “This permanent fund will be a valuable source of funding for nonprofits serving older adults in the region, and we are grateful for Fallon Health’s support and partnership.”

Contributions to the Richard P. Burke Fund to Support Older Adults can be made by credit card online or by check mailed to Greater Worcester Community Foundation at 1 Mercantile Street, Suite 010, Worcester, MA 01608, with the name of the fund in the memo line.


Melissa Randall
Director, Corporate Communications
Fallon Health

About Fallon Health
Fallon Health is a company that cares. We prioritize our members—always—making sure they get the care they need and deserve. Founded in 1977, Fallon Health delivers equitable, high-quality coordinated care and is continually rated among the nation’s top health plans for member experience, service, and clinical quality. Today, guided by our mission of improving health and inspiring hope, we strive to be the leading provider of government-sponsored health insurance programs—including Medicare, Medicaid, and PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly).

About the Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Greater Worcester Community Foundation is central Massachusetts’ leading community foundation, employing its expertise and resources to address the region’s most urgent needs. Since 1975, it has worked in partnership with donors to build a $200 million endowment composed of more than 600 named charitable funds and award over $167 million in grants that have helped transform communities and build a strong and vibrant region. For more information on the Foundation’s programs and how to give, please visit