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Meet Our Donors

We thank all our planned-gift donors for their generous support. Here are some of their stories.

Norma "Jean" and Dave Wiley

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Norma "Jean" and Dave Wiley were very private people and as a couple, not well-known in the Houston community. Together they managed Dave's business, Wilco Supply, Inc., an industrial parts supplier.

After Dave passed away in February 2003, Sam Gainer, family friend and executor of Jean Wiley's estate, suggested to Jean that she start volunteering at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. Jean would greet patients and visitors at the hospital information desk as well as at the Memorial Hermann Wellness Center. "This was the perfect place for Jean," Sam shares. "She had a beautiful, winning smile and such a warm personality. Jean had the ability to make people feel comfortable immediately."

When Jean stopped volunteering in December 2006, she had logged more than 1,000 hours at Memorial Hermann Southwest. "Jean was a dedicated, friendly volunteer who loved welcoming people as they entered the hospital," states Steven Williams, former volunteer coordinator at Memorial Hermann Southwest and current director of patient relations at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

When Jean created her estate plans, she knew she wanted to give back to the community. Jean passed away in May 2009, and through her estate, a bequest of $1 million was made to the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, a part of the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System that is dedicated to providing quality education and preparing residents to become exceptional physicians.

Using the generous funds from Jean's estate, the residency program built a medical simulation center where residents can perfect their procedure skills using highly sophisticated mannequins. These simulators are able to duplicate many of the life-threatening emergencies experienced by patients in the hospital. Residents can practice each procedure until they are expert, which enhances their education and leads to better patient care. Simulation sessions are recorded for feedback and discussion, making the sessions even more valuable. The bequest also enabled the residency program to invest in state-of-the-art video conferencing technology, which allows residents to access and participate in educational sessions from both the ambulatory facility and the hospital.

David W. Bauer, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, shares, "Thanks to the amazing generosity of Jean Wiley, we have been able to propel our residency program to even greater heights. We continue to be committed to excellence in education and the use of cutting-edge technology and innovation. Philanthropic support helps ensure that the program continues to offer the best community-based healthcare and the finest graduate medical education. We are truly grateful!"

We invite you to include the Memorial Hermann Foundation in your estate/financial plan through your will, trust, charitable gift annuity, retirement plan or life insurance policy. All gifts, no matter their size, are appreciated. When you notify us of your intentions to make a planned gift, you will be honored as a member of the Memorial Hermann Foundation Legacy Society. The Legacy Society pays tribute to those individuals whose generosity and foresight have made Memorial Hermann's extraordinary achievements possible and are ensuring its standards of excellence. If your name should be included in the membership of the Legacy Society or you would like information about making a planned gift to Memorial Hermann, please contact 713.242.4400 or mh.foundation@memorialhermann.org.


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