Ask Bob Warner about medical emergencies in the Vail Valley. He will tell you he has seen it all. And as a Vail firefighter and ambulance driver for three decades, he definitely has.
Vail in the Beginning
Bob was here in Vail from the very beginning. Throughout Vail’s early years – the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s – he helped build a compassionate community by caring for injured people.
“We didn’t have very sophisticated care then, so I drove injured skiers to Denver all the time,” he explains. “With the diversity of medical services at Vail Health today, people can get the care they need right here. And that takes funding.”
Bob is backing up these words with a planned gift through his will.
“Philanthropy is in my DNA,” he says. “Giving back was always important as I was growing up. It’s been a part of my life for 50 years.” To be sure, Bob has been a supporter of Vail Health with his time and dollars almost that long.
Keeping Vail Health Independent
Bob adds that planned giving is also a critical part of allowing Vail Health to remain an independent health system.
“Being independent allows the hospital to keep the community’s best interests at heart, providing an incredible number of specialties for a community our size,” he says.
Bob’s planned giving contribution also helps Vail Health provide cutting-edge equipment and facilities to all Eagle and Summit Counties residents and visitors. “We have to have the best to attract top physicians,” he adds.
Bob and his family can attest to this top-notch care. His children made multiple trips to the emergency department over the years. And his wife has had several surgeries at Vail Health – all with excellent outcomes.
For five decades, Bob has watched Vail Health evolve from a tiny community clinic into one of the most modern mountain health systems in the world.
“It’s exciting to think about where we started and how much more can be done,” he says. “I want to be part of that.”
Being independent allows the hospital to keep the community’s best interests at heart, providing an incredible number of specialties for a community our size.