Donor Spotlight: Bob and Holly Miller
Learn how the Millers are helping UVM Medical Center create a better space for our patients.
“A hospital is a place that touches so many people,” says Holly Miller, describing why she and her husband, Bob, contribute to The UVM Medical Center. Supporters of various UVM initiatives since the 1980s, the Millers recently gave the largest gift in the history of The Medical Center: a 15-acre commercial site, “Holly Court,” valued at $13 million. In recognition of their outstanding generosity, The Medical Center will name the new Inpatient Building for the Millers.
“I grew up in a very humble home; my family didn’t have health insurance, but with five children, we were in and out of the hospital constantly,” recalls Holly, a founding member of The UVM Medical Center Foundation Board. “Every couple of weeks, someone from the Mary Fletcher Hospital business department would come to our door. My mother would give them what she could, but I doubt they were ever paid in full. I’m very grateful for all the care they gave us.”
Bob, who overcame the challenges of his own childhood to found the tremendously successful New England Air Systems and R.E.M. Development, hopes the gift of Holly Court will encourage others to support The Medical Center. “I hope it will have a far reaching impact on others,” says Bob. “They may think, ‘The Millers are hard workers. If they’re doing this, why shouldn’t we?’”