Elizabethtown physician's gift helps ensure enduring legacy

Baptist Health Hardin. February 19, 2024
Elizabethtown, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2024) – George Bauer, MD, dedicated his life to caring for mothers and babies. In his 30-year career as an OB/GYN with Elizabethtown Physicians for Women, he delivered over 5,000 babies and provided healthcare to countless women in central Kentucky.
Now Dr. Bauer and his wife Rene, have ensured that his service to the community will endure long into the future. The Bauers have recently announced that they will be providing a planned gift from their estate to the Baptist Health Foundation Hardin.
Baptist Health Foundation Hardin strives to provide leadership and resources to keep the hospital strong for future generations. Donations help provide advanced technology and equipment, specialized training for nurses and staff, extra services that make a patient’s hospital stay more comfortable, and even pet therapy.
"Rene and I love this community and want to financially support Baptist Health Hardin so they can take the very best care possible of women and babies," said Dr. Bauer. “We also want to share our plan in the hope that others will donate to Baptist Health Foundation Hardin now and join us in the new Legacy Society. Naming the foundation in your will or estate plan is simple, but it can help so many people.”
The Legacy Society has been established by Baptist Health across all of its foundations for the purpose of recognizing donors whose generous contributions will leave a legacy in patient care for years to come. The Bauers’ gift is the first legacy gift bequeathed to the Baptist Health Foundation Hardin and is the inaugural gift that will help establish The Legacy Society with the Elizabethtown-based foundation.
“It is certainly easy to see why George Bauer was beloved during his tenure as a physician given his unselfishness and his genuine love for patients,” said Mike Bowers, chair of Baptist Health Foundation Hardin. “Just as it was when he was practicing medicine, Dr. Bauer’s heart and generosity serve as an example of true servant leadership. Our foundation leaders have long wanted to start a legacy society recognizing donors like the Bauers who leave estate gifts to the hospital. Thanks to George and Rene, our dream is now a reality.”
Planned giving is a powerful way to leave a legacy in your community. If you are interested in making a planned gift, talk to your legal and financial advisors. To learn about planned giving benefitting innumerable patients through Baptist Health Foundation Hardin, visit baptisthealth.planmygift.org