Published on April 21, 2014

Legacy Society Members Tie Genesis’ Past to its Future

The newest members of the Futuristic Society at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis were recognized recently for their generous support of health care in the region.

The new members are: Genevieve Babecki; Gail Glockhoff-Long and D. Jamieson Long, Jr.; Wilbur and Cora Miller; and Kathleen D. Ryan.

James Bull, M.D., featured speaker at this year’s luncheon, applauded the generosity of the 50 members and guests and affirmed the culture of quality care he found upon first coming to Illini Hospital more than 35 years ago. That culture remains a hallmark of Genesis health care, he said.  Dr. Bull retired Dec. 31 after having filled leadership roles as President of the Illini Medical Staff and member of the boards of Illini Hospital and Genesis Health System.

Steve Goebel, Planned Giving Officer for the Foundation, said: "This event gives us an occasion to celebrate the Genesis-Silvis mission of compassionate, quality health services for all those in need.”'

As health care changes rapidly in the United States, there will be a much stronger focus on keeping patients healthy so they don't need hospitalization or surgeries, he added. "Much more of what we do in health care will be done outside the walls of hospitals,'' he said.  "The generosity of donors will help us get where we need to go and will positively impact the needs of others for years to come."

The Genesis Legacy Society recognizes individuals and couples who plan to leave a legacy for the future through their will or estate planning. Membership includes the original Genesis 100 (contributors to Genesis Medical Center, Davenport) and the Futuristic Society (contributors affiliated with Genesis Medical Center, Silvis).

Newest members of the Futuristic Society were recognized for their ties to the beginnings of the former Illini Hospital as well as their generous commitments to the future care of patients at this facility:

  • Geneviève S. Babecki is the Foundation’s Development Officer for Major Gifts and the youngest member of the Genesis Legacy Society.
  • Gail Glockhoff-Long and D. Jamieson Long, Jr. of the Estate Planning & Elderlaw Firm of Jamieson Long & Associates. Gail’s father, attorney Roy Glockhoff, was the first attorney for Illlini Hospital.
  • Wilbur and Cora Miller, deceased, were represented by their sons Jeral and Joel. The family firm, Miller Trucking and Excavating, dug the footings and laid the foundation for the hospital and its various expansions.
  • Kathleen D. Ryan is Medical Affairs Manager for Genesis and served many years as a nurse in cardiovascular diagnostics. She is deeply appreciative of the care her child received at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House and is an ardent ambassador of hospice care for the terminally ill.

There are a variety of ways individuals and couples can structure legacy gifts to help Genesis continue to provide compassionate, quality health services for all those in need for generations to come. For more information, contact the Genesis Health Services Foundation at (563) 421-6865, or (309) 281-4392.

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