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Making an Enduring Impact through Planned Giving

May 17, 2017
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Retirement is one of life’s sentinel crossroads – a moment when one finds oneself looking both backward and forward.
What have I achieved?
What gives my life meaning?
What will my legacy be?

For Bernadette and Jan Piepul, post-retirement estate planning led to a generous, lasting gift to provide future support for Baystate Children’s Hospital. Lifelong Springfield residents, the Piepuls have always had a special connection with Baystate Health and a desire to help children – the youngest, most vulnerable members of our community. Jan grew up near Baystate Medical Center and enjoyed getting to know many Baystate care providers who came to his family business, Piepul’s Camera Center. Bernadette recently retired from a distinguished 36-year career in surgical nursing – a long and fulfilling adventure that took her from the operating room to post-operative care to management of General Surgery at Baystate Medical Center. By including a gift to Baystate Children’s Hospital in their estate plan, the Piepuls are providing crucial future resources to improve children’s health and well-being.

Supporting a shared mission

Bernadette and Jan have been making charitable contributions in support of patient care at Baystate Health for more than 25 years. A few years ago, they joined other members of
our community in making our Children’s Specialty Center possible – a facility for outpatient specialty care. By including Baystate Children’s Hospital in their will, the Piepuls have now planned their largest and most lasting gift. Leaving a legacy at Baystate Children’s Hospital was a natural decision for the Piepuls. They share a profound sense of personal and professional mission with the healthcare professionals there, as well as deep compassion for the children who are struggling with health challenges. “You see the impact of philanthropy everywhere at Baystate Children’s Hospital – from life-saving equipment to the clinical and Child Life services provided throughout the hospital,” says Bernadette. “You feel the commitment of the nurses and other staff members. They love their jobs and they love their patients. We love the idea of supporting all that they do with an estate gift.”

Spirit of caring

Through their bequest, Bernadette and Jan Piepul will ensure that the vital work of Baystate Children’s Hospital will be sustained at the highest level for years to come. And they will help advance innovations beyond imagining for young patients and their families. “We’re so happy that our estate will be helping the children of our community long after we’re gone, in ways that we can’t even begin to envision today,” says Jan. “New, life-saving technologies will transform the care provided by a new generation of healthcare professionals. And we’ll be part of it through our legacy.”

“The care you receive at Baystate is the best care you can receive anywhere,” says Bernadette. “I was proud to devote my nursing career to Baystate Health’s patients, and we are
proud to sustain that care through our bequest.” Bernadette and Jan’s generosity epitomizes the spirit of community at Baystate Health, says Mark Keroack, MD,
president and CEO. “Healthcare is more than a career, it’s a calling,” says Keroack. “We are grateful that some of the nation’s finest healthcare professionals – nurses like Bernadette Piepul and men and women in an array of other professions – choose to dedicate their lives to our patients. We’re grateful to their families, as well – people like Jan Piepul – who make this all-encompassing life commitment along with their loved ones. To punctuate decades of service with an enduring legacy gift, as the Piepuls have done, is a powerful act of generosity.”

What will your legacy be?

The Baystate Health Foundation Legacy Society celebrates the generosity of people in our community who have included Baystate Health in their long-term philanthropic plans. To learn more about joining Bernadette and Jan Piepul as a Baystate Health Foundation Legacy Society member, or for more information about how you can make a lasting impact on high-quality healthcare through a planned gift to Baystate Health, please contact: Kylie Johnson at (413) 794-7789 or