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Kahlert Foundation Gift Supports GBMC’s Spiritual Services Department

June 16, 2015
Greg Kahlert is president of The Kahlert Foundation, a charitable organization with an interest in supporting healthcare, and his family has long been involved with GBMC. In 2007, the foundation generously gave a gift to establish the William E. Kahlert GBMC Chair in Urologic Research in honor of Greg’s late father. In 2015, it announced a $1 million gift in honor of his late mother. The Yvonne Kahlert Endowment will aid GBMC Spiritual Support, provide monetary assistance to add a second chaplain to the staff and also commemorate GBMC’s 50th Anniversary.

"While Mom was a patient at GBMC, my wife Roberta and I visited the chapel to pray and seek spiritual comfort,” says Greg. “This gift will enable more patients and their family members to benefit from the spiritual services provided by Chaplain J. Joseph Hart and a second chaplain.”

Chaplain Hart has been the director of GBMC Spiritual Support for over 20 years. With the help of his team, Chaplain Hart provides spiritual support and emotional reassurance to more than 35,000 patients and family members each year.

"In some areas of the country where spiritual support in hospitals is being reduced or even eliminated, it is reassuring to know of GBMC's ongoing commitment to the whole-life care of patients,” says Chaplain Hart. “Through the generosity of the Kahlert Endowment, the addition of a chaplain will support GBMC’s patients physically, mentally and spiritually."

The newly named, non-denominational Yvonne Kahlert Chapel at GBMC’s main campus is a place of welcoming for all faith traditions. It is utilized on a regular basis by patients, families and staff seeking spiritual solace, serving as a safe place for those in need during health and life transitions. The chapel also commemorates the legacy of Yvonne Kahlert, a woman whose steadfast commitment to her family, faith and community will not be forgotten.

“We are grateful for the Kahlert Foundation’s generosity and honored to keep Mrs. Kahlert’s memory alive through our beautiful chapel,” says John Chessare, MD, President & CEO of GBMC HealthCare. “Her comforting spirit will continue to help thousands of patients and families for years to come.”

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