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Local physician oversees $300,000 philanthropic gift to Enloe
CHICO, Calif., Feb. 1, 2012 – Dr. Brian Boswell, retired gastroenterologist at Enloe Medical Center, recently facilitated a generous donation of $300,000 from the estate of his close friends Frank and B.J. Parker. As the person designated to distribute the gift, Parker decided to donate $50,000 toward needed equipment in the hospital’s GI department, with the remaining $250,000 given for unrestricted use.
“Frank wanted the majority of his estate to go to charity,” explains Dr. Boswell, one of three people who Frank Parker chose to handle his trust. Each executor of the trust was to make designated distributions and divide the remaining amount evenly between charities of their choice.
Dr. Boswell, who worked in Enloe’s gastroenterology department for 28 years, chose Enloe for the majority of his portion. He wanted a significant amount to be used to purchase needed GI equipment. That turned out to be carbon dioxide insufflations equipment, used for more comfortable colonoscopies and other endoscopic procedures; and a linear endoscopic ultrasound scope, which enables physicians to capture live video and ultrasound images to identify ailments in the gastrointestinal tract. This equipment will be in place in the Surgery Center at Enloe’s new Magnolia Tower, when it opens.
In honor of the generous donation, the gastrointestinal treatment area in the Magnolia Tower, Enloe’s new patient tower, will be named for Frank and B.J. Parker.
Frank Parker ran an electronics company, where he remained as president until his death at age 82 in 2008. His company’s projects included designing and manufacturing parts for the Apollo moon lander that’s still on the moon today, and designing electronic controls for strip-mining dump trucks, making them safer and easier to handle.
“I started working for Frank when I was 12,” recalls Dr. Boswell. “He’d just started his electronics business and was working out of his garage. He’d gotten an order that was bigger than he could handle. At 12, I could sand pretty well, so he would solder and I would sand the soldering beads. He would electroplate the unit, and it was a beautiful work of art, or so we thought.” Dr. Boswell worked for Frank Parker through high school and college. “He kind of adopted me as his son and he adopted two other guys under similar circumstances,” Dr. Boswell shares. “Frank didn’t have any children of his own, but he was like a second father to me. He asked me and the two other guys to be the executors of his estate.”
We at Enloe are grateful and honored to receive this donation that will become an enduring boon to the entire community.
Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at http://www.enloe.org. Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif. 95926.