The Lexington Medical Center Foundation received a $50,000 gift Tuesday from an Irmo man who wanted to recognize the hospital and its staff members for the outstanding care they provided to his wife. This significant donation will establish a fund called “Linda’s Love” that will help patients in need receive specialized medical care.
Jeffrey Angstadt presented the gift to the Lexington Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors today in honor of his wife Linda, who died in 2014. Linda had received extensive treatment at Lexington Medical Center for cancer, congestive heart failure and complications from the flu, totaling more than 100 days in the hospital.
Jeffrey Angstadt with his family and Lexington Medical Center Foundation board members.
“During that time, I learned the impact that other people can have on a life,” Mr. Angstadt said. “For me, those people are the doctors, nurses and staff at Lexington Medical Center
. The medical care was perfect, but it went far beyond that. The compassion, support and love that was shared with my children and me was life sustaining.”
Since then, Mr. Angstadt worked to support Lexington Medical Center and its Foundation. He began volunteering in the hospital’s Emergency department. He also became a member of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Heritage Society; a group whose members bequeath planned gifts from their estates to help fulfill the mission of the Foundation in our community in the future. And, he honored the clinicians who cared for his wife in the hospital’s Medical Intensive Care Unit through the Foundation’s Grateful Patient program, recognizing the 32 staff members who showed compassion to him and his wife during her illness with a wall plaque there.
And now, Mr. Angstadt hopes his generous donation will help patients in need to receive treatment for underlying conditions, encourage preventative care, and achieve long-term health and well being.
Jeff and his wife Linda
“The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is tremendously grateful for the kindness, generosity, and vision of Jeffrey Angstadt and his children as they honor the legacy of his wife and their mother,” said Barbara Willm, Vice President of Development and Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “Through the generosity of this family, we will be able to provide expanded access to care for our most vulnerable patients.”
The Lexington Medical Center Foundation works to provide programs and services that enhance the health and well being of hospital patients, family members and the community.
Programs include assistance for patients battling cancer, scholarships to encourage students to further their education in health care, tools that help families to cope with difficult times, wellness workouts for cardiac rehabilitation patients, a program that provides transitional care to patients returning home from a hospital stay, and a pastoral care fund that helps provide resources to assist families in the grieving and healing process.
The Angstadts were married for 35 years. They had two children and two grandchildren.
“Through everything that’s happened, I’ve come to realize that I’m part of something great at Lexington Medical Center. It’s a great hospital – my involvement with the Foundation has given me a glimpse of just how great,” Mr. Angstadt said. “I am and will be involved in every way possible to help others and honor Linda. The Foundation is helping me do that.”
To learn more about how to contribute to the Linda’s Love fund, visit LMCFoundation.com.