The Hays Medical Center Foundation announced Tuesday it has surpassed its $3 million goal for a Powerful Technology capital campaign following a $500,000 gift from the estate of the late Bob and Pat Schmidt.
The gift will be added to the foundation’s Robert E. and Patricia A. Schmidt Endowment fund. Proceeds from the capital campaign will be used to acquire a new CT scanner, patient monitors and update cath lab equipment.
“The check that I’m about to give from Bob … is a reminder that although Bob and Pat are not in our physical presence, they are in our spirit,” said Joe Jeter, co-executor of the Schmidt estate and attorney. “And I assure you they will be with us in spirit for decades to come.”
Bob Schmidt, former president of Eagle Communications, died in August. The Schmidts are well-known for their community philanthropy, including several previous gifts to Hays Medical Center.
The Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute is named partly in their honor, as is the Bickle/Eagle Health Complex. Bob Schmidt had served on the HaysMed board of directors and the foundation board.
“HaysMed has always been top of mind for Bob and Pat,” said Jeter, who also told stories from Bob’s younger years as a college student and young professional. “They knew the importance of HaysMed, not only to the Hays community but to all of western Kansas. Nowhere else in western Kansas can the public receive the care and treatment they can receive at HaysMed.”
HaysMed President and CEO Eddie Herrman expressed appreciation for the Schmidts’ gift and the community support he has seen throughout the capital campaign. Herrman said the hospital strives to provide the best possible care and technology for residents in their most vulnerable hours.
“There are emerging technologies, and they’re not cheap. And we know that as a not-for-profit organization, that becomes more and more difficult to do,” he said. “So having tremendous support from Bob and Pat Schmidt really helps us do that. It helps us reinvest in our community and in this region because we are the tertiary care for the whole western part of the state.”