Co-executor of the estate and attorney for Schmidt, Joe Jeter, spoke about the generosity of Bob and Pat, his wife. “Throughout their lifetimes, Bob and Pat Schmidt were generous donors to charities, foundations, and building projects, not only in Hays but throughout the region,” Jeter said. “HaysMed played an important role in the lives of Bob and Pat. They both understood the need for a medical center in our region that offered not only primary healthcare but specialty care, particularly in cancer.”
The Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute at HaysMed was named in recognition of the significant donations received from the Leo J. and Albina Dreiling Charitable Trust, along with the Robert E. and Patricia A. Schmidt Foundation. The Bickle/Eagle Health Complex was also named in honor of contributions made by the Schmidts and their close friends, Don and Chris Bickle of Hays.
Schmidt served on the Hays Medical Center Board of Directors and the Foundation’s Board. He was a Director Emeritus at the time of his death. HaysMed President and CEO Eddie Herrman expressed his appreciation for the bequest in Schmidt’s estate plan.
“Through the generous and thoughtful estate planning by Bob and Pat, their bequest will be added to the Robert E. and Patricia A. Schmidt Endowment at the HaysMed Foundation,” Herrman said. “This endowment is permanently invested, and the income will provide unrestricted funding for equipment and other special projects at the medical center. Bob and Pat’s legacy of giving will continue in perpetuity to benefit the healthcare needs of our families and friends in western Kansas.”
The Chairs of the Powerful Technology Campaign announced that nearly $2.8 million had been received in gifts and pledges towards the $3 million goal prior to the Schmidt estate gift. The addition of the Schmidt bequest raises the current total to $3.3 million. The Foundation will continue to pursue donations for the Campaign that are essential in assisting with the acquisition of the new CT scanner, patient monitors, and cath lab equipment.
Reference: Hays Post (December 20, 2017) “Estate of Bob Schmidt will benefit health care now and in the future”