Thompson Health has a number of GEC members who help our health system respond quickly to new opportunities and unexpected needs by designating their GEC gift to impact Thompson Health.
The timing couldn’t have been worse: Kelly Meath went into labor 12 weeks early and the contractions began at 3 a.m., just as the epic ice storm of March 1991 began to wreak havoc throughout the region.
More than 80 years after his death, the legacy of Eastman Kodak founder George Eastman continues to thrive, and Patrick Coleman is among those nourishing its growth.
A benefits broker, Coleman in 2016 joined the George Eastman Circle, a leadership giving society created by the University of Rochester 11 years ago. Collectively, its nearly 4,900 members have donated more than $80 million by making five-year, unrestricted pledges to funds representing their greatest passions.
With more than 200 funds to choose from for an annual gift of $1,500 or more, Patrick chose Thompson Health.
“Every community needs a great hospital it can rely upon for quality care and medical services. We have that in Thompson Hospital, which is unique in that it provides excellent care while maintaining the feel of a community hospital,” said Patrick, who was born at Thompson and lives in Victor with his wife Kelly and their sons Evan and Andrew.
George Eastman Circle members enjoy a host of benefits, including invitations to select events and lectures, special access to the George Eastman Circle Hospitality Suite during Meliora Weekend, networking opportunities with other members and updates on major University news, as well as recognition on Honor Roll listings and at University events.
Annual Fund gifts made through the George Eastman Circle provide unrestricted, current-use resources giving Thompson the flexibility to respond quickly to new opportunities and unexpected needs. These generous gifts help strengthen the health system’s primary and secondary care services, upgrade and enhance medical technology as well as attract and retain the best clinical staff.
Patrick appreciates the convenience of the George Eastman Circle, as well as the ability to help shape the future of the region, for his family and for other families as well.
“Thompson really stands out in providing a higher level of care,” he said, “and Kelly and I are proud to help that level of exceptionalism continue.”