Dr. Abraham Azan to be honored at Bothwell Benefit

October 10, 2012

Mothers and babies will be the theme of the biannual Bothwell Benefit, which raises funds for the hospital, set for Nov. 3.

“We hold these fundraisers every other year with a different focus each time,” said Lisa Church, executive director of the Bothwell Foundation and director of marketing and communications for the health center. “This year we wanted to highlight women’s health. We recently finished our $1 million renovation of our Women’s Health Unit, adding two labor and delivery rooms and refreshing two others and also refreshing 17 patient rooms.”

In addition, the foundation wanted to highlight the work of Dr. Abraham Azan, who will retire Dec. 31 after more than 30 years as an obstetrician and gynecologist.

“The benefit is named Generations of Stars because of the thousands, literally thousands, of babies Dr. Azan delivered,” said event chair Robyn Wadley. “He delivered two of my three kids and I remember he was always so positive, so encouraging. He told me, and I’m sure he told every mother, ‘I’m so proud of you.’ “

Azan’s wife, Marcia, is an honorary chairperson for the event and noted when the couple first moved to the area in 1980 and he set up his practice, “the first five years he never went anywhere.”

“He couldn’t go anywhere more than 20 minutes away, just in case he was called,” she said. “We used to plan vacations out nine months in advance so we could tell mothers, ‘OK, if you’re due around this week, you can go to another doctor or take that risk your baby will start coming when we’re gone.’ We didn’t have many that went to other doctors.”

The benefit will feature a sit-down dinner served by members of the Student Nursing Association from State Fair Community College and a live auction, during which participants will have the chance to bid on naming rights for medical equipment.

“All of the equipment will be used in the Women’s Health Unit, pediatrics or the Emergency Department,” Church said. “We’ll have a variety of things ranging from smaller priced, like a bassinet, to a larger ticket item such as equipment used to run a hearing test on a newborn or a machine that will allow doctors to better see veins in infants or small children for starting IVs.

“Even if we don’t collect the entire cost of a machine, it will still go a long way to helping our needs.”

A special naming event for the Women’s Health Unit will also take place, Church added.

“Sometimes people forget how lucky we are to have a hospital like this one right here in our community,” Wadley said. “I know my husband will run into patients at Walmart or they’ll call him at home; that’s unusual to still have in this day and age. I think it’s important to highlight the importance of the partnership between a community and it’s hospital, and this benefit is a great way to do that.”

Tickets to Generations of Stars are $175 per person and available by calling 826-6263 or emailing