Meet Our Donors
We thank all our planned-gift donors for their generous support. Here are some of their stories.
Ruby Jean Redman
Our family has had a close affiliation with South Florida Baptist Hospital since the late 1950s when Jim first got out of law school and was named to the board of directors. I was involved then, too, as a charter member of the hospital Auxiliary – we were called the pink ladies back then.
Over the years, the hospital became very close to Jim’s heart. He was president of the board for many years, as well as a member of the Foundation board and the finance committee. Our three daughters and most of our grandchildren were born at the hospital, too.
When Jim was battling cancer, the hospital became even more important to him. Shortly before his passing in 2006, we provided the leadership gift for the new Emergency Center and set up a charitable remainder annuity trust from our estate to benefit the hospital. This way, we can continue to support the hospital financially and benefit future generations of people in our community.
Plant City has been my home for 52 years, since my late husband Paul and I were married in 1957. It felt like the hospital was always part of our lives. I was a member of the hospital Auxiliary and many of our close friends were physicians. A hospital is such an important part of a community. Paul and I were happy and proud to have South Florida Baptist Hospital right here in town.
Over the years, Paul needed to be admitted to South Florida Baptist Hospital on numerous occasions. It was a comfort to know that we didn’t have to go far from home and that it was easier for our friends to visit him there. Few of us go through life without needing a hospital at some point. We decided to include South Florida Baptist Hospital in our estate planning because we wanted to do what we could to ensure that the hospital would always be there to support the community’s needs.