Bob and Susan Chandler, longtime benefactors of the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation, were recently inducted into the foundation’s Hall of Honor at Hamilton Medical Center.
Individual portraits of the couple were unveiled at a luncheon in their honor, and now hang in the hall at Hamilton Medical Center. Members of their family were present for the occasion, as Bob and Susan were feted by Hamilton and foundation leadership. The Chandlers join a stellar group of individuals who have made a significant impact on health care. The Hall of Honor was inaugurated in 1985 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of distinguished philanthropic leaders. Hall of Honor recipients "have contributed remarkable personal gifts of time, talent and resources to healthcare," according to the foundation.
A second generation family to receive the honor, Bob and Susan join Bob’s parents, the late Ethel and IV Chandler, along with 54 other loyal and generous benefactors, in the hall. Lamar Lyle, friend of the Chandlers and chairman of the Hamilton Health Care System board, maintains that the portraits in the Hall of Honor are symbolic of the leadership and commitment that has allowed Hamilton to evolve from a 54-bed primary care hospital in 1921 to the ever-expanding health care system of today.
The Chandlers' investment in health care has touched many lives in the community. Bob has served as a Hamilton Health Care System trustee since 1988, and has been vice chairman of the system board since 1993. He has chaired the Hamilton Medical Center board since 2000, serves as vice chair of the Hamilton Physician Group board, and is chair of the Anna Shaw Children’s Institute board. His first affiliation with Hamilton boards began in 1985, when he served as a trustee with the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation. Susan also served as a foundation trustee from 2000-2002.
In his remarks at the luncheon, Whitfield Healthcare Foundation Chairman Scott Sellers lauded the Chandlers' "extraordinary impact on health care."
“The Chandlers have demonstrated sustained excellence and leadership with their personal commitment to the highest levels of healthcare," Sellers said. "For three decades, they have helped us find and literally fund solutions for our community’s health care needs.”
Jane Snipes, executive director of the foundation, says the Chandlers lead by example with their legacy of selfless giving.
“Bob and Susan have supported the foundation through six major giving campaigns which have led to major capital improvements and new facilities at Hamilton," Snipes said. "They serve with humility and integrity, and have earned our utmost respect for having what we refer to as the ‘Heart of Hamilton,’ not to mention a huge heart for this community.”
Jeff Myers, president and CEO of Hamilton, says that the Chandlers have elevated Hamilton’s vision and inspired others.
“Bob and Susan have tirelessly contributed time and resources, and rolled up their sleeves to help make Hamilton a better place," Myers said. "I know I share our community’s sentiments in expressing my appreciation for their immense contributions to healthcare. We invite our community to walk through the Hall of Honor to enjoy and appreciate Bob and Susan’s portraits, along with portraits of other visionaries who have made us who we are today.”