Robert P. Colen, D. O.
Dr. Rob Colen was a talented surgeon, an engaging and enthusiastic medical educator and a warm and kind person dedicated to helping others. After Dr. Colen’s unexpected death in July 2012 at the age of 51, Botsford Hospital sought an opportunity to honor his memory and perpetuate his legacy. As a result The Botsford Foundation has undertaken a fundraising campaign to establish The Robert P. Colen, D.O. Education Center on the Botsford Hospital campus.
Dr. Colen embodied Botsford’s commitment to educating the next generation of physicians. Like nearly half of Botsford’s physicians, he was an adjunct faculty member of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. But everyone who knew him knew that he was someone special.
“Rob Colen loved to train residents,” said Germaine R. Fritz, D.O., who is heading up the fundraising committee, “so this is a most appropriate tribute to his dedication to those he taught and to Botsford Hospital.”
Funds from the $500,000 campaign will be used to completely renovate the Community Room adding new state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, furniture, and a quieter and more efficient heating and cooling system. Funds will also be used to renovate three smaller classrooms, and add a new 40-seat classroom and an eight-workstation computer lab.
“We provide superb medical education, but our facilities are dated,” said Botsford Hospital VP, Chief Clinical Officer and Foundation Board member, David Walters, D.O. “The Colen Education Center will bring our facilities up to the standards our residents experience at Michigan State University.”
To make a gift click here. For more information on how you can be a part of this effort to honor Dr. Colen by upgrading and adding Botsford teaching facilities please contact the Foundation’s Diana Kohler at (248) 442-2219.