Fairfield Medical Center
Public Relations Specialist
LANCASTER, Ohio (May 15, 2012) – Recently, Norman Wendell joined Fairfield Medical Center’s Grateful Patient Circle by becoming a member of the FMC Foundation’s Legacy Society. The Legacy Society is comprised of individuals who have remembered Fairfield Medical Center in their estate plans. Often referred to as planned gifts these contributions are written into trusts and wills, included as a beneficiary of an insurance policy, or as a bequest payable upon death.
Norman Wendell (left) with Tom Corbin, Attorney at Law.
Norman is known throughout the community as the maple tapping man from the Alley Park pancake festivals. Because of the compassionate care provided by the FMC Palliative Care Unit staff to both his spouse Edith, and daughter Kathy, Norman has made a planned gift to benefit FMC through the FMC Foundation.
The Palliative Care Unit made not one, but two very difficult times in his life more meaningful and memorable. Although Mrs. Wendell was in the Palliative Care Unit at FMC during the couple’s 60th anniversary, they were still able to celebrate thanks to the efforts of Colleen Tobin, B.S.-T.R.S. She brought them together by providing a special private dinner, a time to celebrate one more anniversary.
“Mr. Wendell is making a difference in our community through planned giving,” said Latricia Johnston, FMC Foundation Development and major gifts officer. “His donation has made quite an impact in the lives of others and he truly is a member of our FMC family. We will be forever grateful for his gift.”
As a tribute to both Edith and Kathy, a plaque will be placed in the Palliative Care Unit in “Norm’s corner,” where he returns quite often to be with those people who are like his family. When he becomes lonely and is going through a difficult time, he visits the small waiting area beside the Palliative Care reception area, sipping a cup of coffee, sharing memories and maybe a few tears. Celebrating holidays such as this past Easter are hard for Norman. “She was always the one who prepared the big meal, and all the family would come in. It is just so hard. I really miss her.”
To learn more about how you can join Wendell and the FMC Foundation’s Grateful Patient Circle, or to make a planned gift please contact the Fairfield Medical Center Foundation office at (740) 687-8107.
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