Planting a Garden that Continues to Grow

Built on a dream to become a healthcare leader throughout the southeast region, Orlando Health’s vision has become a reality through the investment of individuals’ time and resources. Two such individuals were Bob and Mary Stonerock. 

Bob and Mary had a passion for volunteerism, but Bob was particularly drawn to the growing need for healthcare in our community. In the late 1970’s, he was appointed to the newly formed Board of Directors for Orlando Health, following the merger of what was then Holiday Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical Center. He later served as Chairman of the Board and was instrumental in helping us grow from a single community hospital to a regionally known healthcare system. 

In Bob’s 20 years of service, he provided guidance for an extensive list of projects. Some of the key developments he helped lead include selecting the site for Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, establishing Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and obtaining the accreditation to be the area’s only Level One Trauma Center. 

Bob was a man of many interests, one of which was cultivating rose gardens. Every place they lived, the first thing he and Mary would do was plant a rose garden. In some ways, Bob and Mary’s lives carried the intentionality of gardeners, where they worked to grow something bigger than themselves. They not only maintained this mindset in their service to the community, but also in their philanthropy. 

The Stonerocks also established several charitable remainder trusts to extend their giving beyond their lifetime. The trusts provided annual income to the Stonerock family before ultimately benefitting Orlando Health Arnold Palmer. In recent months, we received the benefit of their significant generosity, creating a legacy of life-changing care for the patients and families we serve. 


Benefits of a Charitable Remainder Trust 

A charitable remainder trust enables you to transfer appreciated assets from your estate into a trust, in turn generating income for you, your loved ones or your heirs. This transfer of assets also provides relief from multiple tax burdens. Once the term of the trust expires, the remainder of the trust’s assets are transferred to Orlando Health to further support life-saving care. Are you interested in planting the seeds of a healthier tomorrow? To learn more, visit 

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