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Robert & Virginia Tambur

The reward for a life of giving

tamburRobert and Virginia Tambur have a long and storied history with Geisinger that spans more than thirty years. The Tamburs support Geisinger because they want to help ensure that medical services and patient care remain an option for everyone in their community, particularly newborn infants.

The Tambur’s connection to Geisinger can be traced back to Leonard Bush, MD, the system’s second chief executive officer. Virginia’s grandfather was a friend of Dr. Bush, so it was natural that when Robert and Virginia had a family, they would turn to Geisinger. Both of their children, Robert and Liza, were born at Geisinger Medical Center, and their first grandchild, Samuel, was born at Geisinger Wyoming Valley.

“We have always had a high regard for Geisinger, and that opinion has grown even further now that I have had the chance to serve on the Board of Directors for the past eight years and become involved with making Geisinger’s vision for the future a reality,” Bob explains.

In 2005 Bob and Ginny founded the Tambur Family Foundation to support organizations working in their community. The foundation recently made a significant gift toward a new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. This generous donation allowed Geisinger Health System to move forward on securing the additional funding necessary to make the Tambur Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Geisinger Wyoming Valley a reality.

“There is a great need for a NICU in the Wilkes-Barre and surrounding area,” he says. “Ginny and I are thankful that we can help provide such a resource for families in need.”

To honor the Tamburs for their tireless generosity, Geisinger recently nominated the couple for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, 2010 Award for Outstanding Philanthropists. Geisinger is pleased to congratulate them on this prestigious award. 

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