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April 26, 2011
Carondelet Health Network Receives $4.5 Million Private Estate Gift
Carondelet Foundation has announced a $4.5 million estate gift. The gift is from the estate of Winifred Q. Witt and is designated for the benefit of Carondelet Hospice and Palliative Care.
“In 1977, St. Mary’s Hospital was home to the first hospice in Arizona, and one of the first three in the United States,” says Lupe Trieste, Executive Director of Carondelet Hospice and Palliative Care. “Support of patients and families facing end-of-life issues and bereavement has now become an accepted part of our national healthcare continuum. With this gift, Carondelet will be able to ensure enduring, quality programs of support and comfort.”
Carondelet Hospice and Palliative Care partners with patients and their families in Tucson, Green Valley, and Santa Cruz County to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of people living with a life-limiting illness. The professional hospice team creates an individualized plan of care for every patient. The team includes physicians, registered nurses, social workers, chaplains, counselors, home health aides and volunteers.
Winifred Witt, known to her friends as “Quiggy,” was an Iowa native. She came to Tucson after serving in the Women’s Army Corp in World War II. She met and married local builder and masonry contractor, Samuel O. Witt, and they created a full, active and philanthropic life in Southern Arizona. Mr. Witt was one of the original members of the Tucson Home Builders Association (now Southern Arizona Home Builders Association), serving as that organization’s president in 1958.
Quiggy Witt passed away in September 2010, at the age of 94. Mr. Witt died in 1987. Mrs. Witt’s estate is being handled by Gerald Hirsch, a retired attorney, formerly of counsel to the law firm of Monroe, McDonough, Goldschmidt and Molla. “The Witts were generous to Tucson and gave substantial sums with very little fanfare,” notes Hirsch.
Other nonprofit organizations that have benefited over the years from the Witts’ philanthropy include Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tucson Medical Center, the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management and the Arizona Cancer Center.
Carondelet Foundation raises and manages private support on behalf of Carondelet Health Network and its faith-based ministry.
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About Carondelet Health Network Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, nonprofit health care system dedicated to responding to the health care needs of Southern Arizonans. With a Mission to Heal, Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 130 years ago. Carondelet Health Network facilities include Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute and Carondelet Neurological Institute on the campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Other Carondelet services include nearly fourteen Carondelet Medical Group primary care locations, three Carondelet Specialist Group offices, an ambulatory surgery center and various outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit health care system. In Fiscal Year 2010, Carondelet provided nearly $50 million (8.3 percent of its net revenue) in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to health care. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at
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