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One of the Hospital's founding physicians, retired orthopedic surgeon Ralph T. Lidge, MD, had a leadership role in setting the high standards of quality that have ensured the Hospital's long-term success. Dr. Lidge helped establish physician credentialing procedures back in 1959 to make sure only the very best doctors joined the staff. At the same time, Dr. Lidge's wife, Jackie, was active in the Women's Auxiliary and helped produce its annual fashion show fundraiser for decades.
Longtime donors, the Lidges joined the NCH Foundation's Living Legacy Society in 2011 by making an estate plan commitment. All donors who make bequests or any type of planned gift are eligible for membership in the society.
"Our decision was based on a shared belief in the Hospital's mission to improve our community's health," Dr. Lidge says. "We want NCH to continue providing comprehensive, patient-centered care that surpasses every expectation for excellence."
Jackie adds, "We are committed to NCH, not only because of Ralph's 50-year career there, but also because we've both received excellent care at the Hospital over the years." The Lidges agree that family comes first in making estate plans. But for those with the capacity to also make philanthropic gifts, they recommend NCH as "one of the very best choices" for a charitable investment.