Honoring Their Caregivers
Roberta and Larry Colin moved to the Bay Area from Utica, New York in 1954 so Mr. Colin could attend Stanford University and earn his Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Soon, Mr. Colin found employment with NASA-Ames Research Center in Mountain View.
Employer insurance led them to then-Palo Alto Medical Clinic on Homer Avenue. "We didn’t know any doctors here, no one recommended it to us," Mr. Colin says. "We just lucked out."
Forty-nine years later, no longer bound to employer insurance, the couple still chooses to go to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation for all their health care needs. "The doctors at PAMF have cared for our entire family," Mrs. Colin says. "From his parents, to us, to our children, to our grandchildren— we have all experienced exceptional care by compassionate doctors who don’t treat us like a case number; they never lose sight of the human being."
Many examples stick out in their memories of the countless times PAMF physicians went above and beyond to bring the best of both worlds—high-tech and high-touch—together. But one stands head and shoulders above the rest. "I distinctly remember the time my 95-year-old father was on a ventilator," Mr. Colin recalls. "Dr. Tony Marzoni advised us to take him off, and we did. As we sat there waiting for him to breathe his last, Dr. Marzoni sat with us for a couple of hours holding my wife’s hand."
Tears in her eyes, Mrs. Colin adds, "His being there made all the difference."
To honor this exceptional patient care experience and the superior medical services provided by a variety of PAMF physicians over the years, the Colins established a Charitable Remainder Trust with PAMF listed as the remainder beneficiary.
"It is just our way of commemorating and celebrating these wonderful physicians," Mrs. Colin says. More than anything else, the Colins hope their gift will inspire others in the community to support the world class health care that is available right here in their neighborhood.