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Lifelong Connection to Mercy Prompts Generous Gifts

Lifelong Connection to Mercy Prompts Generous Gifts
"I'll probably start and end there," Robert Scarpino says about his lifelong connection to Mercy Medical Center and Bishop Drumm Retirement Center. Scarpino explains that he was born at Mercy when it was located on 16th Street in Des Moines. He then attended school at St. Ambrose across the street from the hospital, his daughter was born at Mercy and his parents both spent the last years of their lives at Bishop Drumm.

"The staff was excellent—we had no complaints," Robert says of the care his parents received at Bishop Drumm. In appreciation, he and his wife, Eloise, named Bishop Drumm in their will, and the couple recently established a charitable gift annuity (CGA) to provide annual payments for them and a gift to Bishop Drumm after their lifetimes.

"We're at the age where we explore estate planning options, but we're naturally conservative. The CGA gives us partial tax-free payments now, with some assets for the recipient organization when we're gone," Robert explains. "So many people explain estate options with generalities, but the staff at Mercy Foundation was very good about giving us good, specific dollars-and cents information."

Downplaying the couple's substantial financial support to Bishop Drumm, Robert simply says, "You have to give something back. We all have an obligation to do something responsible with our assets, and that's all we tried to do."

After 52 years with the Iowa Girls State Basketball Association producing tournament telecasts, Robert is now enjoying retirement. He says if he needs continuing care later in life, he wants to be at Bishop Drumm.

To learn more about how you can create a lasting legacy of support for valuable medical services through a planned gift with Mercy Foundation, contact Joan Bindel at (515) 643-8020 or jbindel@mercydesmoines.org.

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