Wuesthoff Health System Foundation: Building Community Relationships

FOUNDATION SPOTLIGHT: Wuesthoff Health System Foundation

ACTRESS & COMEDIENNE Fran Drescher was the keynote speaker for a Wuesthoff Health System Foundation gala. Pictured from left are G. Melvin and Linda Mills, Fran Drescher, Dotty Allen, and Gina and Emil Miller.

ACTRESS & COMEDIENNE Fran Drescher was the keynote speaker for a Wuesthoff Health System Foundation gala. Pictured from left are G. Melvin and Linda Mills, Fran Drescher, Dotty Allen, and Gina and Emil Miller.

The Journey Begins

SOME SAY that the best part of life is not the final destination, but the journey itself. If you are already a Wuesthoff donor, or if you are considering joining our family of supporters, you are in for a treat.

Dorothy Allen, President, WHS Foundation

Dorothy Allen, President, WHS Foundation

We offer you a donor experience like none other. We offer you a chance to have a “window seat” on the dynamics of a fantastic health care system that really meets the community’s needs.

As you travel on your donor journey, ask yourself, “Is there anything about health that worries me – keeps me up at night – brings a tear to my eye?”

If you could make a difference, an improvement, in any health issue, what would it be? Is there something you could do as a donor of your time and your financial resources that would move that health issue forward to a better place? Would you be willing to get involved?

At Wuesthoff Foundation, we believe that it is all about you. Of course, we have funding needs that interest many donors, but it is always the donor’s interest that drives their involvement – not the fact that Wuesthoff has these needs. Given that perspective, we work with you to help you clarify your interests.

whsf-33-wSometimes, they are not just health issues. For example, if you have concerns about heart disease, but also have a burning desire to help animals, we can work with other organizations to help you achieve both goals. We believe that philanthropy is a cultural value that embraces the full, diverse complexion of our community.

Philanthropy is best served when you consider the following:

  1. Identify your real concerns and interests
  2. Assess resources that you might invest – your time, talent, and/or treasure
  3. Make decisions that serve your most important needs.

We will show you how your gifts touch the lives of our patients, our associates, our physicians, and the community-at-large. And we will offer you an incredible opportunity to create your own journey of giving to achieve your greatest dream.

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WHEN WUESTHOFF Memorial Hospital opened its doors in December 1941, it was housed in a six-room building with only 10 beds. The hospital staff consisted of three doctors, two nurses, an orderly, a cook and an administrator. The orderly was also the janitor and yard man. Ambulance service was provided by funeral homes.

In 1941, Wuesthoff began its legacy of giving. Eugene Wuesthoff and a group of community leaders generated the funds to build the first 10-bed Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital in Rockledge. In the many years since Wuesthoff’s founding, the relationship between the community and the hospital has endured. Philanthropy – gifts of time, talent, and treasure – has supported the hospital’s growth every step of the way toward its current status as a comprehensive health care system that serves nearly all of Brevard County. When Eugene Wuesthoff made his original gift of $12,000, he and his colleagues may have dreamed of the future of their fledgling hospital – if so, their dream came true.

Eugene Wuesthoff

Eugene Wuesthoff

Wuesthoff Health System today is on a mission to provide the best, most affordable health care to our community, and Wuesthoff Foundation’s mission is to support these efforts by building relationships throughout the community and encouraging philanthropic partnerships. You can help us achieve success and, at the same time, achieve some of your own goals regarding improvements in community health.

You and other donors make annual gifts to support Wuesthoff’s daily mission and, when possible, you might consider increasing giving over time or perhaps making specific major gifts to support health issues that you care about the most. Every successful program is a combination of current giving and sowing seeds of future gifts. These resources make possible the growth and innovation that are Wuesthoff’s hallmarks in its role as a community health care organization.

Giving is never guaranteed. It is never about the request for funds or the organization’s need. It is about you as the donor and your identification with our organization and its programs. It is all about how Wuesthoff’s mission fulfills your needs. When we are able to partner with you, learn more about your interests, discuss options, and build a strong, trusting relationship, the mutual rewards can be priceless.

Donor Recognition: Societies and Clubs

nisbet-33-wOne of the most prominent ways that we honor donors is through our recognition societies and clubs. Individuals and businesses that give $1,000 or more in a calendar year are named in donor displays in our hospital lobbies. Cumulative gifts of $10,000 or more are also inscribed in our donor displays as well as members of the Legacy Society. Donors of $100+ are listed in our annual report of giving. Other donors at lower annual levels of giving are thanked individually throughout the year for their gifts. The Benefactors Society recognizes cumulative giving beginning at the $10,000 level. Individual and corporate donors have their name inscribed in beautiful corian in our hospital lobbies.

• Annual Giving Recognition. Through the years, Wuesthoff Health System has grown because our community recognized and supported a higher standard of healthcare. We honor those who share the same vision and generosity as our founders.

• Society of 1941 members and our generous Corporate Partners support our healthcare system’s medical outreach through annual gifts of $1,000 or more. Donors at this level are recognized annually at a special event hosted in their honor.

• Individual annual giving is recognized through the Society of 1941 at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels. Businesses and organizations are recognized at the same levels through our Corporate Partners society.

Wuesthoff Legacy Society

Following in the footsteps of Eugene Wuesthoff and the other early health care pioneers who built our Rockledge hospital in 1941, Legacy Society donors are providing for the future of quality health care services in Brevard. The Legacy Society recognizes donors who make gifts to Wuesthoff as part of their estate planning. This includes will provisions, trusts, charitable gift annuities, retained life estates and many other special gifts. For more information about these giving opportunities CLICK HERE.

Giving Options: The most frequent methods donors use to make a gift to Wuesthoff is writing a check or making a gift with their credit card. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s tax deductible. And it’s only the beginning.

There are many other ways to make a gift to Wuesthoff including:

  • Securities
  • Real estate
  • Other real property such as collectibles
  • Retirement accounts
  • Life insurance
  • And more
IN DECEMBER 1960, Brownie Troop 284 met at the entrance of Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital to present Gil Slatton, hospital administrator, with a contribution to the Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital Expansion Fund. The members of Troop 284 were: (front row, left to right) Carol Deen Bilott, Linda Huff, Bonnie Matejeck, Sandy Lou Williams, Dorothy Tanner, Barbara Johnson (who presented the check to Mr. Slatton), Diane Zimmerman, Sally Howard, Renee Youngberg, Nancy Loring, Jane Cushing and Claudia Morewood; (second row, left to right) Mrs. W. A. Bilott, assistant troop leader, Mary Farris, Teresa Lee, Jolin Burkett, Becky Bennett, Molly Thomassen and Mrs. Joan Morewood, troop leader.

IN DECEMBER 1960, Brownie Troop 284 met at the entrance of Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital to present Gil Slatton, hospital administrator, with a contribution to the Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital Expansion Fund. The members of Troop 284 were: (front row, left to right) Carol Deen Bilott, Linda Huff, Bonnie Matejeck, Sandy Lou Williams, Dorothy Tanner, Barbara Johnson (who presented the check to Mr. Slatton), Diane Zimmerman, Sally Howard, Renee Youngberg, Nancy Loring, Jane Cushing and Claudia Morewood; (second row, left to right) Mrs. W. A. Bilott, assistant troop leader, Mary Farris, Teresa Lee, Jolin Burkett, Becky Bennett, Molly Thomassen and Mrs. Joan Morewood, troop leader.

Charitable giving is so important that the government provides special incentives in the tax code for donors to support organizations like Wuesthoff. These incentives provide a variety of opportunities for giving beyond writing a check.

We encourage you to visit our Planned Giving page to learn how your gift to Wuesthoff can make a major impact on health care while providing you with:

  • An Income Tax deduction
  • Capital Gains Tax avoidance
  • Estate Tax avoidance
  • Life income for you and a loved one
  • Tax-preferred asset transfer to your heirs

How Does One Choose?

Many donors support Wuesthoff through gifts that may be used where the needs are greatest. However, a growing number of people, especially if they are considering making a large gift of $10,000 or more, want to support a specific project or program. To help you make these decisions, we are presenting some of our current funding priorities. These are our needs; if they resonate with yours, we may have found a win-win situation. Of course, there are many other areas of Wuesthoff deserving of support that would gladly receive donations. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

whsf-34-w“Watch the pennies and the dollars take care of themselves.”

While this statement by Benjamin Franklin may be true, it is also a fact that each stamp saved provides additional funding for the wonderful programs and services of Wuesthoff Health System.

If you have email, we invite you to join our HotList, a vehicle that allows us to provide you with the latest news about important developments and activities of Wuesthoff Health System and the Wuesthoff Foundation. To join the HotList, CLICK HERE.

You will receive an automatic acknowledgement of our receipt of your submission and you will be immediately added to our HotList for future updates.

The Wuesthoff Foundation HotList is confidential and will not be shared with any outside organization for any reason. You may unsubscribe at any time by sending us an email and requesting that your name be deleted from the HotList.

You can contact the Wuesthoff Health System Foundation by calling 321-637-2606, or CLICK HERE.

Board of Directors – 2009

  • G. Melvin Mills, Chair
  • Susie Wasdin, Vice Chair
  • Sumant Pandya, M.D., Secretary
  • Dorothy A. Allen, FAHP, President
  • George Fayer , Treasurer

Chairman’s Circle Members

  • Patsy Clark
  • Charlotte Houser
  • Judy Molitor
  • Kurt D. Panouses
  • Phyllis Rice
  • Frank Sullivan, III
  • Al Trafford

Board Members

  • Roberta J. Agrama
  • Vips Alpizar
  • Julie Berke
  • Geraldine Blanchard
  • Patricia L. Carpenter
  • Mark C. Cobb
  • Michael L. Conn
  • Valora Gurganious
  • Dewie Harris, CPA
  • A. Scott Huff
  • Debbie A. Hunt
  • Janice Kershaw
  • Emil P. Miller
  • John Olinde, MD
  • Randy Owen
  • Gail Parrott
  • Steve Phelps
  • Monika Prasad
  • Ambika Ravindran
  • Daniel Roman
  • Chuck Scanlon
  • Deborah Duval Schenck
  • Lynn Strynchuk
  • Barbara Yandel

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