On Wednesday, April 3, Robert I. “Bob” Schueler was honored for his generous philanthropy and support of St. Mary’s Hospital. St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation recognized Schueler by renaming the Same Day Surgery unit the Robert I. Schueler Same Day Surgery, and a reception was held in his honor.
Mr. Schueler has been a resident of Centralia since the late 1990’s. Over the years, he has become quite impressed with St. Mary’s Hospital. “People here like St. Mary’s Hospital. I know it has a good reputation in Centralia,” says Robert “Bob” Schueler, “I know I am not just throwing my money away for something that doesn’t do anything good.” With the belief that quality health care is important to the community, he continues to help the hospital and his community.
In 2005, Schueler made an initial generous contribution of $860,000. This gift helped fund the technology and construction of the $2 million Same Day Surgery unit that opened in 2006. In 2010, he contributed another $25,000 to support construction of the new Intensive Care Unit, which was completed in late 2011. In 2012, he became a sponsor of the Foundation’s annual golf tournament, and in 2013 he made another gift of $50,000 to assist the hospital with the renovation of its Telemetry unit. To date, Mr. Schueler has gifted nearly $1 million to St. Mary’s Hospital.
Throughout the years, Schueler has become a close friend of St. Mary’s Hospital, its employees, physicians and volunteers. “Perhaps the most amazing thing about Robert Schueler’s generosity is his philosophy that drives it – ‘I would like to live well and die broke’. He is a very special and humble philanthropist. It is with sincere appreciation for his support of the hospital’s mission, ’to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ,’ that we say thank you and honor him today,” says Bruce Merrell, President St. Mary’s Hospital.
For more information on St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, please call the Foundation Office at 618.436.6455 or visit smgsi.com.
Bruce Merrell, President St. Mary’s Hospital, Robert I. “Bob” Schueler, Dr. Maryann Langenfeld, Foundation Board Member, Scott Niermann, St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Director, Rev. Ron Johnson, Foundation Board Chairman and Phil Gustafson, President and CEO St. Mary’s Good Samaritan
Dr. Maryann Langenfeld helps tell Schueler’s story of generously giving to St. Mary’s Hospital and the community of Centralia. Schueler was honored in a naming ceremony and reception at the hospital on Wednesday, April 3.
Bruce Merrell, President St. Mary’s Hospital and philanthropist Robert I. “Bob” Schueler stand in front of the newly renamed Same Day Surgery unit at St. Mary’s Hospital.