We are grateful to the following individuals for allowing us to share their stories about their legacy gifts. If you are interested in sharing your story that will provide inspiration for others, please contact Gisele Seguin at 519-254-5577 ext. 52008 or Gisele.Seguin@wrh.on.ca.
Elizabeth Phillip has lived in Windsor her entire life. She understands the importance of building a strong community and supporting organizations that benefit our friends and family. As such, Elizabeth has named Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation as a beneficiary in her estate plans.
A Chrysler retiree, Elizabeth has been a loyal donor to several charitable organizations. However, she realized that by leaving a bequest she would have the opportunity to make an even greater impact to an organization that she feels passionate about.
Over the years Elizabeth has been both a patient and visitor to Windsor Regional Hospital. She was a loyal companion to her best friend Jean and her sister Mary as they dealt with devastating illnesses that ultimately ended their lives. Through it all, Elizabeth was always impressed by the caliber of care that was offered at Windsor Regional Hospital.
"It is comforting to know that when situations arise that require medical attention there is a first-rate hospital in our own community to meet these needs. My bequest to Windsor Regional Hospital will ensure that funds stay in this community to benefit future generations."
In Leaving A Legacy to Windsor Regional Hospital, Elizabeth’s gift will be used to fund vital equipment and services ensuring that "Outstanding Care - No Exceptions!" is a reality for the future.
Giving Starts at "Home"
For twenty-four years Karen McCullough has been a valued member of the Windsor Regional Hospital family. Karen's passion and dedication to this organization is evident from the various roles she has held over the years including; Staff Education Coordinator at Riverview Hospital before the merger, Manager of Education, Director of Learning Resources and Director responsible for program transfers. Today Karen applies her leadership and skills as Vice-President, Acute Care Services/Chief Nursing Executive.
It is not surprising to anyone who knows Karen to find out that she wanted to ensure that outstanding care continues to be available for residents of Windsor and Essex County long after she is gone. As such, Karen chose to set up a life insurance policy that names Windsor Regional Hospital as the beneficiary. This legacy gift option not only provides for the future, it also benefits Karen as well since she can claim the premiums she pays on her income taxes annually. Furthermore, by establishing a legacy gift to Windsor Regional Hospital, Karen is able to make a significant gift to an organization she is passionate about.
Many individuals favour this legacy gift option because of its simplicity and the fact that it allows some tax relief immediately. Anyone who is interested in setting up a charitable life insurance policy simply has to meet with a life insurance provider. Once the paperwork is completed the life insurance provider will inform the charity who will then ensure that the proper tax receipt is issued to the individual on an annual basis. Most importantly, the charity will receive a significant gift in the future. Often times this gift is much more substantial than a gift that one can make while they're alive.
In the case of Windsor Regional Hospital, legacy gifts have an enormous impact. To keep up with the latest technologies and medical advances there is always an extensive equipment list along with capital needs. Currently, Windsor Regional Hospital is involved in a $122 million renovation project that will drastically transform its Western campus that provides care to rehabilitation, mental health and complex continuing care patients. Already, a couple of legacy gifts have made a tremendous impact by contributing to this project that will benefit the entire community.
These are legacy gifts left by people like Karen who believe in giving back to their community. "Windsor Regional Hospital is an organization that I take great pride in being a part of. It stands for quality, safety and a commitment to caring for our patients and the community at large. I want to be sure that I have done all that I can to keep the hospital's vision moving forward now and into the future."