Philanthropy Enhances a Healing Environment

This 2015 story from our Asbury Foundation FOCUS Magazine archives is one of many inspiring stories sharing the actions of our donor family.

Wilson Health Care Center has provided excellent skilled nursing and rehabilitation services to the community in Gaithersburg, Md., for nearly 40 years.

In 2014, Asbury undertook the first major renovations at Wilson in its Transitional Care neighborhood, creating an open, light-filled healing environment that complements the quality of care. A number of generous donors have helped support Asbury’s investment in Wilson.

Asbury Guild members were the first to step forward, committing to a gift to name the amenity station in the Transitional Care neighborhood’s Bistro. Between Elves Day, birthday parties, the gift shop and a host of other resident activities and programs, the Guild has been vital to the care provided at Wilson. “I’m glad the Guild was able to be part of the renovations,” said Jean Hefner, Asbury Guild president. “This is a nice addition to all we do to support Wilson residents.”

Betty Yeide first moved to Asbury Methodist Village from Silver Spring to be closer to her husband of 56 years as he was being cared for at Wilson Health Care Center. “It meant so much to me to see Harry being treated so well by everyone at Wilson,” Betty said.

Betty is very happy that she stayed at Asbury following Harry’s passing in 2013. She recently made a gift to name one of Wilson’s new private suites in his memory. She views the gift as an extension of what he would have done to thank those who supported him in his time of need.

Artha Jean Snyder may be the most recognizable face at Asbury Methodist Village. Her regular programs for the on-campus AVTV television station endear her to residents and associates. When she’s not busy in the TV studio or writing for her memoirs class, she is finding a way to help others. Her gift to support the Wilson renovations was the most recent chapter in her philanthropy at Asbury.

“Wilson is a very important part of this community,” Artha Jean said. “It should be the best it can be.” Artha Jean’s gift is recognized with a plaque at the fireplace in the Transitional Care Bistro, a warm and friendly location suitable for the personality it honors.

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