OLATHE, KAN. (Sept. 16, 2016) - Sam and Connie Perkins, long-time residents of Olathe and supporters of Olathe Medical Center (OMC), have pledged a $1 million gift to the medical center.
"Connie and I are pleased to provide this gift to Olathe Medical Center," Mr. Perkins said. "We have admired the vision and work of Frank Devocelle and his team as they have grown the health system to meet the needs of our fast-growing community. The benefits provided our patient base are evidenced by the designation of OMC as one of 'America's Best Regional Hospitals' U.S. News and World Report and many other awards and rankings by national authorities."
Mr. and Mrs. Perkins will be recognized with prominent signage in the new Olathe Medical Center entrance and lobby currently under construction. The new entrance is part of a four-story, 105,000 square foot wing dedicated to obstetrics and neonatal intensive care. The new wing will open this Spring.
"We are so thankful and humbled by the generosity of Sam and Connie Perkins," Frank H. Devocelle, President/CEO of OMC, said. "Honoring them near the new main entrance of the medical center will be a fitting tribute considering their tremendous support over more than four decades."
Sam Perkins served on the Olathe Medical Center Board of Trustees from 1972 to 1980, a pivotal timeframe in the development of Olathe Health that started as Olathe Community Hospital in 1953. He was also one of the original Board members of the Olathe Health Charitable Foundation (OMCCF) founded in 1993. He is now in his 23rd year of service to the OMCCF.
"Even back in the 1970s, it was apparent that our hospital was one of the things that make Olathe and surrounding area a great place to live, but we never dreamed of the extraordinary expansion and the benefit that OMC has become," Mr. Perkins said.
Sam retired in 1991 after 36 years in the banking business in Olathe. Sam worked in nearly every role over his years with Patrons State Bank and Trust. He was named President of Patrons in 1978 and served in the leadership role of the bank as it became Bank IV-Olathe and later Bank IV-Kansas City.
Connie has been involved with fundraising activities for Olathe Community Hospital over the years, including co-chairing the High Fever Follies in the early 1970s. Connie and Sam also share a passion for the arts. Connie served as a docent at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for 35 years, including a two year term as Chair. She also spent several years as an art education coordinator and Kindergarten teacher for the Olathe Public Schools.