Friends of the Heart Institute is a nationally recognized, award-winning, all-volunteer community organization with more than 250 annual members. Over the last four decades, Friends has raised more than $3.7 million to support the top priorities of award-winning cardiovascular care at Doylestown Health, now embodied in the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care.
Contributions to Friends foster investments in community education and outreach, cutting-edge technology and equipment, and exceptional facilities. Friends relies on community support to help ensure that patients of Doylestown Health receive the very best cardiovascular care available, in a hospital close to home.
Friends was launched in 1978 by Herman Silverman as the $100 Heart Club. Silverman, along with Dr. Bruce Applestein, Elmer Cates, Frank Galinski, John Knoell, and Dr. Joseph F. X. McGarvey, Sr., worked to raise funds for a much-needed heart program at Doylestown Hospital.
In the 43 years since its inception, Friends has:
Today, through the tireless commitment of its members and the ongoing support of the community, Friends continues to work toward greater goals for the cardiovascular program.
In 2017, the American Hospital Association selected Friends of the Heart Institute as the winner of its Hospital Award for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) in Fundraising. The HAVE Awards are designed to:
• Highlight volunteer services that are engaged in improving health care.
• Encourage service that exceeds expectations as a result of innovation, creativity and leadership.
• Promote visibility and goodwill toward the hospital or health care system.
• Promote collaboration among provider organizations and community service entities to improve the quality of life of local citizens.
In 2017, Friends of the Heart Institute pledged to raise $1 million in contributions to support ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health and the development of the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion. In 2020, members voted to double that pledge to $2 million. All membership contributions, donations, and event proceeds through 2021 were directed to this exciting and transformational initiative.
Thanks to the generosity of the community and membership, Friends has surpassed its $2 million goal. Its early support was instrumental in funding the seed grant that kickstarted the exploratory research, design, and construction of the now-open Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion at Doylestown Hospital.
As we approach Doylestown Health’s centennial in 2023, philanthropic support is still needed to continue to advance and grow our cardiovascular program.