A Lifetime of Giving
Hewes and Susan Agnew
One of the greatest gifts one can leave is a legacy of giving that stretches far beyond their lifetime. It takes a true philanthropic spirit to make a commitment to help others today, while planning ahead to benefit future generations.
In 1972, Dr. Hewes Agnew was finishing his cardiac surgical residency at the prestigious John Hopkins Surgical Residency program in Baltimore, Maryland. Hewes and his wife Susan began looking out west for a smaller community with a strong medical presence. Billings Clinic and Deaconess Hospital were the perfect fit. Months earlier, Deaconess Hospital began an open heart surgery program and Dr. Agnew’s surgical expertise and experience was a welcomed addition. Together, Hewes and his partner Dr. John Heizer, with cardiologists Dr. Walter Degnan, Dr. John Burg and Dr. H. David Sorenson blazed the trail for delivering advanced cardiac care and cardiovascular surgery to Montana – a transformational step forward in bringing specialized medicine to the deserving citizens of our state.
Since arriving in Billings, Hewes and Susan have contributed their time, talent and support to important causes at Billings Clinic and throughout our community. Leading by example, they have taught colleagues and friends the importance of giving back, inspiring many to do the same. From board service, to chairing the Classic, to being an integral part of campaign efforts to build much-needed new facilities, the Agnews lead by example and are always among the first to step forward to make great things happen for our organization.
Just as Dr. Agnew and Dr. Heizer dedicated their professional lives to pushing boundaries and opening doors to world-class cardiac care, they wanted to ensure a lasting legacy to allow for the pursuit of cardiac excellence for generations to come. Together, these families have created the Heizer/Agnew Cardiac Services Endowment at Billings Clinic Foundation. This endowment provides support for cardiovascular services at Billings Clinic, giving a new generation of physicians the tools necessary to continue to blaze new trails in cardiac care for Montanans.