The Woodall Family Challenge for the health system’s One Vision campaign met with generosity, enthusiasm
July 9, 2019
DOYLESTOWN – The $2.5 million transformational investment the Woodall family made to ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health came with a challenge to the community to double their investment during the month of June. Formally announced on June 2 at an event hosted at Dark Hollow Farm in Furlong, PA, owned by friends of Doylestown Health, Bill O’Donnell and Rick Farris, Marv Woodall shared what inspired his family’s $2.5 million commitment to the hospital and challenged the community to join him in their support for the One Vision Campaign.
Donors across the community responded quickly, generously and enthusiastically to the challenge, adding another $3.15 million to the campaign.
“Marv and Dee Ann Woodall have a long history of philanthropy and support of Doylestown Health. It is their dedication to improve the quality of life in our community that influenced so many donors to meet the challenge and make an investment – or a second or third investment – in our ONE VISION campaign,” said Jim Brexler, President and CEO, Doylestown Health.
Many throughout the community – individual donors, local organizations, volunteers, physicians, and Associates of Doylestown Health – answered the challenge. Several events, including those hosted by Richard and Angela Clark and Alex and Pat Gorsky, co-chairs of the ONE VISION campaign, helped to raise awareness.
Mr. Clark is the retired Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co.; Mr. Gorsky is Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson. The Clarks and Gorskys each made transformational investments of $5 million to ONE VISION.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the community’s response,” Mr. Woodall said. “Likewise, we are not surprised by the outpouring of generosity. This is a community that knows and appreciates high quality healthcare, whether through personal experience or news of the national recognitions for quality care that Doylestown Health earns.”
Approximately $57 million of the $75 million ONE VISION goal has been raised to date. The campaign publicly launched just over one year ago, and will end in 2023, in time for Doylestown Health’s centennial anniversary. Campaign priorities include the Center for Heart and Vascular Care, the Center for Critical Care Medicine, and an Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, as well as Pine Run’s new Community Center – familiarly known as the “Hub.” Additional priorities of the comprehensive fundraising campaign for Doylestown Health, include: new and expanded operating suites, upgraded and enhanced amenities for patients and families, a new main entrance and community-learning space, along with an endowment to secure Doylestown Health’s future well beyond its centennial.
Construction is underway on the new, state-of-the-art Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion on the Hospital’s flagship campus. Slated for completion later this year, the pavilion will house the new Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care, as well as the Clark Center for Critical Care Medicine.
As a comprehensive, world-class cardiovascular program, the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care will continue to provide advanced care with seamless coordination, delivering routine and emergent cardiovascular treatment and prevention services with a personalized approach. Encompassing the Reif Heart Institute, General Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery, the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care will set the stage for Doylestown Health’s next century of innovation and excellence in healthcare.
“We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health and helped us achieve early success. We continue to rely on the generosity of our community to help us realize all of our goals for this campaign, designed to meet the growing needs of the people who live, and work in Bucks County as well as the thousands of people who visit each year,” says Laura Wortman, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Doylestown Health.
ABOUT DOYLESTOWN HOSPITAL AND DOYLESTOWN HEALTH
Doylestown Health is an award-winning comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 232 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.
Doylestown Hospital is ranked 150th in the U.S. in a new World’s Best Hospitals ranking list released by Newsweek. Doylestown Hospital was the only hospital in Bucks and Montgomery counties, and one of few in the region, to receive national ranking.
Doylestown Hospital is also ranked among the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2019 by Watson Health, the only hospital in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to earn this honor. In 2019, Doylestown Hospital earned a sixth consecutive ‘A’ grade in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality and safety.
ABOUT THE VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION OF DOYLESTOWN
Founded in 1895 to support and enhance the quality of life in Central Bucks County, the VIA established Doylestown Hospital in 1923 for the benefit of the community. Today, members of the VIA continue to oversee the governance of Doylestown Health.
ABOUT ONE VISION: THE CAMPAIGN FOR DOYLESTOWN HEALTH
One Vision unites the many dimensions of Doylestown Health’s network of care especially as we imagine our future. Our ambitious plans begin with expanding our best-in-class services with new facilities in heart and vascular care, critical care medicine, surgery, outpatient services and retirement living while enhancing our capabilities across our system. To honor our centennial, Doylestown Health has launched an ambitious $75 million comprehensive campaign, ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health to elevate the patient experience to new heights and unlock our full potential to deliver exceptional care.
Philanthropic support of ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health will fund transformational renovation and expansion across the Doylestown Hospital and Pine Run campuses and will help chart the course for the next generation of patients, providers, and technology. For more information, visit the Doylestown Health Foundation website or call 215-345-2009.