Life Legacy Society Member Stories-Karen McCullough

Giving Starts at “Home”

For twenty-four years Karen McCullough has been a valued member of the Windsor Regional Hospital family. Karen’s passion and dedication to this organization is evident from the various roles she has held over the years including; Staff Education Coordinator at Riverview Hospital before the merger, Manager of Education, Director of Learning Resources and Director responsible for program transfers. Today Karen applies her leadership and skills as Vice-President, Acute Care Services/Chief Nursing Executive.

It is not surprising to anyone who knows Karen to find out that she wanted to ensure that outstanding care continues to be available for residents of Windsor and Essex County long after she is gone. As such, Karen chose to set up a life insurance policy that names Windsor Regional Hospital as the beneficiary. This legacy gift option not only provides for the future, it also benefits Karen as well since she can claim the premiums she pays on her income taxes annually. Furthermore, by establishing a legacy gift to Windsor Regional Hospital, Karen is able to make a significant gift to an organization she is passionate about.

Many individuals favour this legacy gift option because of its simplicity and the fact that it allows some tax relief immediately. Anyone who is interested in setting up a charitable life insurance policy simply has to meet with a life insurance provider. Once the paperwork is completed the life insurance provider will inform the charity who will then ensure that the proper tax receipt is issued to the individual on an annual basis. Most importantly, the charity will receive a significant gift in the future. Often times this gift is much more substantial than a gift that one can make while they’re alive.

In the case of Windsor Regional Hospital, legacy gifts have an enormous impact. To keep up with the latest technologies and medical advances there is always an extensive equipment list along with capital needs. Currently Windsor Regional Hospital is involved in a $122 million renovation project that will drastically transform its Western campus that provides care to rehabilitation, mental health and complex continuing care patients. Already, a couple of legacy gifts have made a tremendous impact by contributing to this project that will benefit the entire community.

These are legacy gifts left by people like Karen who believe in giving back to their community.

“Windsor Regional Hospital is an organization that I take great pride in being a part of. It stands for quality, safety and a commitment to caring for our patients and the community at large. I want to be sure that I have done all that I can to keep the hospital’s vision moving forward now and into the future.”