A lifetime of generosity

New Sports & Orthopedics Center to be named for two of Baylor Scott & White’s most dedicated supporters.

For the past four decades, Ted and Sue Getterman have dedicated their talents and resources to helping Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest provide high quality care to patients in the Waco area. Now, in recognition of a lead gift, a new facility will bear their name: the Ted & Sue Getterman Sports and Orthopedic Center.

Mrs. Getterman and her late husband met while they were both attending Baylor University. They have two sons together, Louis Theodore III “T” and Holt Emerson, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

“I just love them all so much,” Mrs. Getterman says. “They bring excitement into my old age and keep life interesting and fun. Family has always been so important to me and Ted, and both of our sons have continued to bless us with beautiful families.”

After graduating, Mr. Getterman joined his father-in-law’s business, the first exclusive 7UP bottling company in Texas. Their sons also joined the family business in the late 1970s. After Mr. Getterman served two terms as mayor of Waco, the couple sold the franchise and set out to see the world, visiting more than 30 countries.

“The planning is the most fun part of traveling,” Mrs. Getterman says, “but there’s truly no place like home. Of all the places we’ve been, we love Waco the best, although Pebble Beach was a close second.”

Pillars of the community

Mr. and Mrs. Getterman are among Waco’s most respected and generous citizens. Through the years, they played key roles in numerous organizations like Meals on Wheels, The Salvation Army, United Way, and of course Baylor Scott & White. Mr. Getterman served on the board of trustees at Hillcrest from 1993 to 2002.

“We’ve always loved Waco, loved our friends, loved the people,” Mrs. Getterman says. “When we sold the business to a large company, they brought in executives from big cities. One of them asked me where we’ll be going now that we’re free from the business. I looked him in the eyes and said, ‘No, sir. We love Waco and we are going to bloom where we were planted.’”

Personal experience

In the early 1990s, Mr. Getterman underwent major heart surgery following a series of heart attacks. His own experience in rehabilitation inspired the couple to fund the Baylor Scott & White Getterman Wellness Center, offering cardiac, pulmonary, and stroke rehabilitation, as well as massage therapy and a fitness program.

“I have more people than I can count tell me how much the Wellness Center has helped them and their families. We have always been so proud of the center and the incredible people who work there.”

The Gettermans have also supported hospice care, pastoral care, the emergency department, the McClinton Cancer Center, and various other initiatives at Baylor Scott & White in Waco. Mrs. Getterman continues this legacy with her gift to the Sports and Orthopedic Center.

“Sports have always been a big part of our lives, and when I was asked to serve on the fundraising committee for the new Sports & Orthopedic Center, I immediately said yes,” Mrs. Getterman says. “As our fundraising efforts went on, the Lord continued to prick my heart about supporting this project in a significant way. It’s such an exciting project and an incredible facility that will help so many in our community.”

Through their generosity, the Gettermans have helped shape healthcare in the Waco community. “The Lord has been good to our family and we have been blessed every step of the way,” Mrs. Getterman says. “Giving back and being involved in your community is just what you do. Ted and I never thought about it any other way.”

To learn more about how you can help support the Ted & Sue Getterman Sports & Orthopedic Center, please contact Jeremy Ksionda, director of philanthropy, at 254-202-9553.

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