Giving to FMH

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Bob and Betty Waltz
Why We Support FMH

Throughout their 62 years of marriage, Bob and Betty Waltz have raised a family, built several successful businesses, volunteered throughout the community, traveled extensively and welcomed two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. During their full life together, however, there were also some rough spots, during which the couple learned the value of quality healthcare—insight that has led them to take a leadership role over the years in making sure our local hospital is the best that it can be.

In 1977 at the age of 51, Bob had his first heart attack. His recovery was slow and incomplete, prompting the family to consult with a cardiologist from Johns Hopkins. "He told me I was a candidate for bypass surgery," Bob recalls. "Bypass was very new at the time, but I went over to Hopkins and got it done."

Sixteen years later, another heart attack sent him to Washington Hospital Center—this time for a series of antioplasties--and eventually another bypass.. Home in Frederick again, Bob decided to participate in his recovery and make some lifestyle changes to manage his risk factors better.

With 17 years since his last heart attack, Bob is feeling good and staying active. But given his 30-year history with heart disease, the Waltzes have understandably followed the emergence of the Interventional Cardiology service line at FMH, including the recent opening of a state-of-the-art Interventional Cardiology and Elecrophysiology Suite with two cardiac catheterization labs.

Longtime supporters of FMH through the Order of the Good Samaritan, the Waltzes recently stepped forward to make a signature gift to the hospital's Transforming Healthcare in Our Community campaign. In addition, the couple has also served on the FMH Development Council's Special Gifts committee, helping to garner support throughout the community for the hospital's many expansion and renovation projects.

"Over the years, we have been extremely impressed by Frederick Memorial Hospital's commitment to stay at the forefront of healthcare. FMH has come such a long way to become the high quality institution it is today. When a hospital makes that kind of commitment to the community, we feel it's important for the community to match that commitment with its support."

"It's important for any organization to be committed to moving forward and getting better," says Bob. At FMH, the leadership understands that. They never stopped moving forward. They are continually improving, constantly finding the resources to keep up with the latest in healthcare treatment and services. They just keep getting better and better, and all of us in the Frederick community are better off because of it."

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