Passing on Family Values
For the Blair family, strong values, volunteerism, and philanthropy have created a multi-generation relationship with Iowa Methodist Medical Center and UnityPoint Health - Des Moines that has helped generations of patients and families receive the very best care possible.
Their family legacy started with Dr. Donald and Leah Blair who began supporting Iowa Methodist Medical Center in 1951. Their generous support would grow over the next 60 years, helping in many areas of need throughout the hospital.
Dr. Donald and Leah set up charitable trusts, which provided income to them during their lifetime, with a gift to support the hospital at the time of their death. Leah's charitable trust helped to purchase state-of-the-art cancer treatment equipment and Dr. Donald's helped to build the new Emergency Department & Trauma Center, a place he spent many years as an orthopaedic surgeon.
By example, Dr. Donald and Leah taught their daughters, Barbara and Linda, the importance of making a difference in the lives of others. They are both continuing their family legacy by making gifts to support the hospital. Linda spent much of her career at Iowa Methodist and it was important to her that she show her support of the hospital and to inspire others to give as well. As a way to express their gratitude for the care their father received at the end of life, Barbara and Linda each made a gift in support of UnityPoint Hospice in his memory. In addition, they both made a leadership gift in support of the Emergency Department & Trauma Center project in honor of their parents.
Barbara and Linda's generous support will continue beyond their lifetime with a final gift through each of their wills. By doing so, they have joined the Legacy Society, which is comprised of donors who have let us know of a future gift through their estate. It is such an honor to thank and recognize them during their lifetime, both for the gifts they have made and the difference their future gift will have on the lives of those we have the privilege to serve.