Dr. Charles and Lisa Loewe Make Estate-Plan Gift to Help Support the Future of Health Care
Longtime Healthcare Foundation supporters, Dr. Charles J. and his wife Lisa Loewe, recently joined the Legacy Society with their estate-plan gift to the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation. Charles is a former Foundation board member, and both he and Lisa have been sponsors of the Hospital Gala several times over the years.
When the Loewes met with their attorney to put their estate plan in order, it was an easy decision to include the Foundation as a beneficiary of one-third of their total estate. “We wanted to give to support the future of health care in our community,” Charles says. “We have left our gift unrestricted to be used for the areas of greatest need at the time.”
Charles was born in Melbourne, Florida. When he was very young, his family moved to New York City where he grew up. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Queens College in New York and his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He did his internship, residency and fellowship at The Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia.
In 1983 he and Lisa moved back to Florida to establish his gastroenterology practice. With hard work and a lot of networking, the couple was able to set up the Sarasota Center for Digestive Disease. “I went around to the physicians in the area and introduced myself,” Charles says. “I asked them to review my credentials and consider referring their patients to me.” They did, and his practice grew. For more than 30 years he has been on staff at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System as well as other area hospitals.
“We got involved with the Foundation because people we respect are involved,” Charles says, mentioning Alex Quarles, former president and CEO of the Foundation, and Jim Syprett, current chair of the board of trustees. “Lisa and I both have intimate knowledge of family members and friends who have been cancer patients, so contributing was very important to us.”
When asked what he would say to encourage others to consider what legacy they could leave for the future of health care in their community, Charles says, “There is a lot of research being done in illness and disease with exciting advances to come; and there are so many patients without insurance who are in need of medications, treatment, and access to technology. This is a way that we can help ensure they receive the care they need. We wanted to give back to the community that has given so much to us.”
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