Dr. Charles S. Bollman was beloved!
That key word was among the many used by Geary Community Hospital Trustee Beth Clark to describe the late surgeon during the virtual dedication ceremony for the Dr. Charles S. Bollman Surgery Center at the hospital. Bollman passed away in 2019, but during his career spent 43 years as a surgeon at GCH.
Clark told the audience at the dedication ceremony which was watched by among others, Bollman's family members in Florida, that Charles Bollman was a great surgeon, kind, humble, caring, quiet and unassuming. "Charles was beloved." Clark added Charles would always fix it. "We trusted him and he never ever let us down."
Video tributes were played during the ceremony.
Lois Fegan noted that Bollman was deserving of having the surgery center named in his honor. For his years of dedicated service to the hospital and surrounding community. I think he would have been humbly honored." Fegan called Bollman a great mentor adding that he kept current on new procedures, made their job interesting and the hospital very progressive.
Mark Edwards noted that Bollman was a lifelong learner. "He especially loved to learn about new surgical procedures. I can remember many times that he would talk about all the challenges and all the new skills that he was seeking when he would go to conferences. Edwards added. " Charles loved our hospital. He served it with compassionate enthusiasm and a genuine love of people. His presence will remain with us by renaming this surgical center in his name. It's a much deserved honor."
Bollman came to GCH in 1974 after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. He performed thousands of general surgery cases during his tenure at Geary Community Hospital.
There was a ribbon cutting for the surgery center at the conclusion of the ceremony.