That Was Then
When Bob and Betty Waltz moved into their first apartment on Church Street in the late 1940’s, Frederick was a different place. Housing, shopping and dining options were few and far between, and—unlike today with the Frederick bypass in place– traffic went straight through town. Frederick Memorial Hospital was a small, acute-care facility located on the edge of town whose capabilities were basic at best.
“In the early years, it was a consolation to have any kind of hospital nearby,” recalls Betty . “But the care was pretty much restricted to emergencies,” adds Bob. “If you needed major surgery, you had to go into the city.”
This Is Now
All that’s changed today, say the couple, who have been involved with the FMH Development Council for
many years, helping to garner support for the hospital’s many expansion and renovation projects. Longtime
supporters of FMH through the Order of the Good Samaritan, the Waltzes recently stepped forward to make a signature gift to the hospital’s Transforming Healthcare in Our Community campaign.
“Over the years, we have been extremely impressed by Frederick Memorial Hospital’s commitment to
stay at the forefront of healthcare,” says Betty.
“FMH has come such a long way to become the high quality institution it is today. When a hospital makes that kind of commitment to the community, we feel it’s important for the community to match that commitment with its support.”
Words to Live By
One of the first hospital-sponsored events the Waltzes remember attending featured Johns Hopkins’ cardiologist, Dr. Ben Carson. A selfmade man who has built a worldwide reputation through hard work and persistence, Carson spoke to the group about the importance of continually moving forward.
“I’ve thought about that message many times over the years,” says Bob, “and I think Dr. Carson’s words
really reflect what FMH has done. The hospital’s leadership has never stopped moving forward. They
are continually improving. They understand how crucial it is to keep up with the latest in healthcare
treatment and services. They just keep getting better and better all the time, and all of us in the Frederick
community are better off because of it.”
“Today, it’s a whole new day at FMH,” concludes Betty. “You can get anything you need there, with the confidence that it’s high quality.”
For information on how you can make a difference in your community through a gift to FMH, call the Office of Development at (240) 566-3478, or visit www.fmh.org/developmentcouncil.