Dr. W. David Kent

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My entire life has revolved around Chambersburg Hospital. Not only was I born in this hospital, my mother worked here both as a nurse and in her later years as a volunteer lay chaplain. Two of my children were born here. One daughter works here as a physical therapist. Another daughter has recently joined the medical staff. My oldest son will join the medical staff at the completion of his training.

I have been an active member of the medical staff my entire professional career of 37 years. Having a life time of intimate involvement with Chambersburg Hospital has given me the opportunity to see major advances in medical care:

  • I have witnessed the first laparoscopic gall bladder surgery. There has been the addition of MRI equipment and advanced radiological procedures.
  • Cardiac catheterization and stent placement was a tremendous improvement, saving patients’ lives.
  • More recently electrophysiologic studies have been added to our repertoire.
  • We have robotic surgery.
  • Telemedicine now instantaneously connects us to medical experts around the world to examine our patients in real time.

All these advances and achievement have improved the quality of care and expanded the medical services to our community. Chambersburg Hospital has been recognized nationally with various awards for being in the forefront of medical innovation and superior quality of care.

These advances come with a price. Although Chambersburg Hospital is fiscally sound, insurance payments for patient care only cover the cost of that care. It is charitable contributions which help to cover the cost of new equipment and advances in innovative care.

My parents taught me early that we need to share the blessings of life with others. God has blessed me and my family. Chambersburg Hospital has given me the opportunity to earn a comfortable living well past what any of us should expect.

I decided a life insurance policy was a good way to leave a legacy gift for the hospital. The policy is written on my life, but the hospital is both the owner and beneficiary. The premiums are paid up after 10 years and I’m committed to making those payments. However, the payments are considered charitable donations so I am able to count them as tax-deductible contributions on my tax returns. It’s a win-win for both me and the hospital.

I’ve also included a bequest to Chambersburg Hospital in my will. It was an easy decision. I can make a gift that costs me nothing today, and I know it will be used to impact patients’ lives into the future.

It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I enthusiastically financially support the work of Chambersburg Hospital for the advancement of medical care in Franklin County and the betterment of care for the citizens of our community.

Thank you for the opportunity to express my appreciation for Chambersburg Hospital publically and perhaps motivate many others to join us to support this institution.

W. David Kent, M.D.