Grateful patient leaves $2.3 million to Kenmore Mercy Hospital | Health
During the season of giving, it is often the gifts we least expect that can have the most meaning.
The Kenmore Mercy Foundation received a special gift this Christmas from a grateful patient who has left a lasting legacy to Kenmore Mercy Hospital for years to come. The local resident, John M. Repetski, left a $2.3 million bequest to benefit the hospital. It is the largest gift from an individual donor in the hospital’s 65-year history.
While the significant size of the bequest astonished hospital officials, receiving a gift from this donor, who had contributed to Kenmore Mercy in the past, did not. The foundation staff knew Mr. Repetski for more than five years, and had forged a strong relationship built on his deep Catholic faith and ties to the local community.
He grew up and resided a short distance from Kenmore Mercy in Buffalo’s neighboring Riverside community. As a member of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Repetski served in both World War II and the Korean War. After the war, he began his 34-year career at General Motors, first as a lab technician, then working his way up to chief metallurgist. He enjoyed traveling to fascinating locations such as South America, Alaska, Hawaii, and Europe, in addition to most of the continental United States. He was a charter resident of Asbury Pointe, where he lived out his retirement years.
“John had become a friend to Kenmore Mercy Hospital and our foundation staff,” said Susan Jandzinski, executive director of the Kenmore Mercy Foundation. “I think he recognized something special in the hospital and wanted to leave a gift that would have a major impact on the care we provide and inspire others to support the wonderful work we do to bring hope and healing to those we serve.”
The Foundation Board and hospital officials will meet over the next few weeks to determine the best use for the unrestricted donation. The generosity of donors helps Kenmore Mercy Hospital provide the facilities, technology and services necessary to ensure the highest quality and most compassionate care to individuals in the community.
“We cannot express how grateful we are for Mr. Repetski’s kind decision to support Kenmore Mercy Hospital in such a significant way,” said James M. Millard, president and CEO of the hospital. “This gift will support the continued growth and development of the hospital’s key priorities.”
Currently, the hospital is in the process of enhancing its Surgical Services Department, which includes the construction and relocation of the Preoperative Holding Unit, upgrades to the Sterile Processing Department, and renovation of the Post Anesthesia Care Unit.
Kenmore Mercy Foundation is part of the Foundations of Catholic Health, which also includes Mercy Hospital Foundation, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Sisters of Charity Hospital Foundation and the St. Joseph Fund, and Catholic Health Home & Community Based Care Foundation. Through charitable gifts, bequests and corporate donations the foundations support the advancement of programs and services throughout Catholic Health.