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Jerry and Beverley Whitten

Whitten Respect for Every Individual, Personal Care for Generations

Every person has a basic need for respect. And when respect is blended with sincerity and compassion, it’s a formula for success. That formula is what has kept Jerry and Beverley Whitten committed to Metro Health Hospital for years, first as patients and now as donors and founding members of the Metro Health Hospital Foundation Legacy Society.

Serving as President of an automotive parts manufacturing company for 23 years, Jerry, now 77, has a special appreciation for the value of the individual. He applied his philosophy of mutual respect to every area of operation in his business. As a result, he led a floundering 28-employee company back from the verge of bankruptcy, transforming it into a thriving enterprise with a workforce of over 600 upon his retirement in 1992.

One of Jerry’s secrets to success was maintaining an open-door policy with his employees and constituents. It’s a policy he sees reflected at Metro and one of the attributes he appreciates most as a patient.

“You have to keep your door open for people to share their opinions,” stated Jerry. “It makes a difference when you treat people like a name, not just a number. And that is the kind of treatment we get at Metro.”

Since moving to the greater Grand Rapids area from Fenton in 1996, the Whitten’s have found a dependable and caring ally in Metro. As Beverley has faced repeated hospitalizations for illness and injury in the last decade, they have come to rely on the personal care that bonds them closely with the doctors and nurses they have encountered.

“The staff treats you like family. And they give their patients the respect they deserve as individuals,” Jerry said.

As the Whitten’s planned for their future, it was important to share their success by supporting community organizations that reflect the same values that they have held close through their 38 years of marriage. Metro was on the top of their list, and they generously chose to name the Metro Health Hospital Foundation as a beneficiary in their will.

“Because of the respect that we have consistently received over the years, we wanted to do our part to help Metro carry on its tradition of personal care,” said Jerry. “And I hope that others will follow our lead and do the same.”

Following their lead couldn’t be easier. Anyone can amend their will, trust, life insurance policy or retirement plan, to give a gift that will improve the health and lives of future generations.

The Whitten’s gift was born out of appreciation for a different kind of care – care that offers respect and dignity to every individual. Your gift today will carry your message of inspiration and the promise of personal care to individuals and families, tomorrow. For more information on becoming a Metro Health Hospital Foundation Legacy Society member, please contact the Foundation at (616) 252-5000 or foundation@metrogr.org.

 

Dr. Paul Dwyer and Jennifer Dwyer

Dwyer A Moment of Planning, A Legacy of Care

Living in the moment, but preparing for the future. It’s how they’ve learned to live every day. Dr. Paul Dwyer, an emergency physician at Metro Health Hospital, and his wife Jennifer have a special appreciation for the delicate, transient nature of life.

In seventeen years of emergency medicine, they have been repeated witnesses to life’s uncertainty. And in their own lives, they have experienced it firsthand in the care of their 12-year-old daughter Emma, who faces the challenges of living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

“We are continually reminded, with Emma and with Paul’s job, that life is tenuous. You just never know what one day will bring,” stated Jennifer. “And we need to be prepared.”

Being prepared for the Dwyers meant establishing a trust that would ensure Emma, along with their other three children, would be taken care of when they are gone. The Dwyers are committed to a better future not just for their own children, but for the entire community. That commitment led them to go one simple step further in their planning, choosing to name the Metro Health Hospital Foundation as a beneficiary in their trust.

“We understand the importance of not just planning for the future, but doing what we can to secure a better future,” said Jennifer. “And to do it in this way was just so easy.”

Like the Dwyers, anyone can amend their will, trust, life insurance policy or retirement plan, to give a gift that will improve the health and lives of people in our community. By planning now and designating the Foundation as a beneficiary, families can demonstrate their commitment to community and to life with a final, important gift that will be treasured by those who follow them.

“I can’t emphasize enough how easy it was to include the Foundation in our trust.” Jennifer continued, “Everyone needs to do this. Metro has started something very important-something that affects our children, as well as their children. To be able to fund that for the future is an easy thing for us to do.”

To honor the Dwyers and other donors who have included the Foundation as a beneficiary in their will, trust or other financial vehicle, the Foundation formed the Metro Health Hospital Legacy Society. The Legacy Society is an exclusive benefit for those whose foresight and generosity is helping to fund the future of health care at Metro. By making a gift that extends beyond their own lifetime and telling the Foundation about their investment, this special group of donors is entitled to receive invitations to special events and educational programs, a history book of Metro Health Hospital, a membership gift, and exclusive hospital updates. In addition, the names of each member will be inscribed on our society plaque. This is the Foundation’s way of recognizing today, the future good of their gift.

Have you named Metro Health Hospital or Foundation as a beneficiary in your will, trust, life insurance policy or other financial vehicle? If so, we want to hear from you. For more information on becoming a Metro Health Hospital Foundation Legacy Society member, please contact the Foundation at (616) 252-5000 or foundation@metrogr.org.

(Dwyer family photo is courtesy of Jill Wolfert Photography, jillwolfert.com)

It's a simple act, but one that can heal, improve and save lives. A moment of planning now is a future of health and a legacy of caring in your name. Experience the joy of giving now, with a gift that can help change the future.
   
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