“There was nothing more important to Susan and Barney than to give back.”
Susan and Barney Vavroch
The late Susan Vavroch was a patient at Hospital for Special Surgery for her entire life. As a young child, she was treated by Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus Dr. Philip D. Wilson, Sr. and throughout her adulthood she was under the care of his son, Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus Dr. Philip D. Wilson, Jr, last seeing him for a 19 year post-operative check-up in 2013.
Moved by the care she received at HSS — care that enabled her to live a full and active life as a writer, gardener, and volunteer in her Connecticut community — Susan and her late husband, Barney, included a bequest to HSS in their will. “There was nothing more important to Susan and Barney than giving back,” says Amy Schuchat, the Vavrochs’ longtime friend and neighbor.
“They wanted anyone who needed the Hospital’s care to have the same, wonderful experience that Susan had.”
Susan’s doctors at HSS saw beyond her disorder, caring for her as a whole person. She and Barney trusted HSS alone for orthopedic problems, and they recommended the Hospital to all of their friends.
The Vavrochs included HSS in their estate plan over 20 years ago. “Susan and Barney always intended for the majority of their estate to support the charities they loved,” says Amy. “They were regular people with significant empathy, and a bequest allowed them to make a large impact at HSS and to help people in need of HSS’ care.”