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Edgerton hospital to name room after Shearer

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Stacy Vogel
January 6, 2008
— Dr. Thomas Shearer received a late Christmas present from his son Bob Shearer last week.

A few days after Christmas, his son called to tell him he’d just donated $50,000 to the Edgerton Hospital Capital Campaign in honor of his father. Bob requested that the hospital name one of its operating rooms after Thomas, who spent 45 years as a surgeon there.


“He totally surprised me and overwhelmed me by his generosity,” Thomas said.


Bob lives in New Jersey but grew up in Edgerton and appreciates the value of Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, he said in a news release from the hospital.


“After living on the East Coast for over 20 years, including nine years in New York City, one really appreciates the attention that is given in local health care facilities,” he said in the release.


The hospital is raising money for a new, $26 million facility on Highway 59. It hopes to raise between $2 million and $2.5 million from the community and now has a little more than $1.4 million, said Nancy Hoffman, director of marketing and the hospital’s foundation.


Bob’s donation isn’t the largest gift the fund has received so far—it received an anonymous donation of $100,000 and an estate gift of $200,000—but it is the first donation to take advantage of the hospital’s naming-rights opportunities.


Bob isn’t the first out-of-state person to donate to the campaign, either, said Jim Schultz, chairman of the hospital’s foundation. Donations from former Edgerton residents show the community’s loyalty to the local facility, he said.


“This is a good example of commitment by people to a small hospital facility,” he said.


Thomas said he’s seen the need for a new facility firsthand. Besides practicing surgery at Edgerton Hospital until his retirement in 2002, he also co-founded the local Shearer-Cohen Clinic, now the Edgerton Dean Clinic.


He’s also an honorary member of the Edgerton Hospital Capital Foundation.


Thomas said he hopes his son’s donation spurs more giving.


“The community will back this up, even if he hadn’t done this, but I think this is going to be a real contribution along that line,” Thomas said.



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