Early supporters of the campaign witness symbolic opening and illumination of major donor recognition installation.
Doylestown, PA — Doylestown Health celebrated a monumental milestone on December 17 with the ribbon-cutting for the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care and the illumination of a three-story major donor recognition wall honoring early major gift supporters of the One Vision philanthropic campaign. The event was held in the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion, rapidly approaching functional completion for planned patient move-ins early next month, and one of the $75-million campaign’s central priorities for the last two years. Major donors and their guests, as well as local dignitaries and members of the cardiovascular team at Doylestown Hospital, attended the reception that marks the symbolic expansion of the hospital’s nationally-recognized cardiovascular program.
The Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care was named in recognition of the generous commitment made by Dee Ann and Marvin Woodall and their family, and represents the comprehensive cardiovascular program of Doylestown Health. “Leading with Heart,” the cardiac-centered priority of the One Vision campaign, represents the collective interests of an expanding and nationally-ranked heart and vascular program.
“Leading with Heart truly sets the stage for the future of clinical excellence in heart and vascular care at Doylestown Health,” said Jim Brexler, President and CEO of Doylestown Health.
The Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care encompasses the soon-to-open second-floor 28-bed patient unit, named the Della Penna Cardiovascular Intensive Care/Interventional Unit (CVIC/IVU), which was generously funded by Carol and Louis Della Penna and family. Additional features include an endovascular hybrid surgical suite that sets the standard for vascular care in the community, as well as an expanded cardiac procedural suite, named for Alex and Pat Gorsky, honorary co-chairs of the One Vision campaign, and a new pre- and post-procedural suite.
“What you see today and what our patients will experience is state-of-the-art clinical care delivered with compassion,” said Eleanor Wilson, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Doylestown Health. “I’m proud that we are nationally recognized for this and even prouder that the program will grow because of the support of our donors.”
Doylestown Hospital was named a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital for 2020 by IBM Watson Health, the second consecutive year to earn the honor and the third time overall, and the only community hospital to receive this distinction in PA, NJ, NY and DE.
Marvin Woodall was present to cut the ribbon, accompanied by his wife, Dee Ann, and their family. Other participants included Dr. Joseph Auteri, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Doylestown Hospital and Medical Director of the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care; Pat Gorsky; Joan Parlee, Board Chair for both Doylestown Hospital and Doylestown Health Foundation; and Joyce Hanson, President of the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown, as well as members of senior leadership of Doylestown Health.
“Today, we are here to celebrate the realization of our shared vision and truly marvel at what we can accomplish together as a community with a shared goal,” said Woodall at the ribbon-cutting.
Prior to the ribbon-cutting, the 30-foot-tall major donor wall was ceremoniously lit, highlighting the etched names of 173 major donors who made early contributions to the campaign. Their gifts directly supported the construction of the new 100,000-square-foot building.
“‘Thank you’ doesn’t capture the gratitude we feel,” said Jim Brexler. “Our donor wall will serve as a constant and lasting reminder of the tremendous partnership and generosity of our supporters.”
The third floor of the building will be home to the Clark Center for Critical Care Medicine, generously funded by Angela and Richard Clark, co-chairs of the One Vision campaign, as well as the 32-bed Putman Intensive Care/Intermediate Unit funded by Paula and Kevin Putman. The third floor is still under construction and slated for opening in late 2020.
Read more about the opening in the Philadelphia Business Journal.
About the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care
The Woodall Center for Heart & Vascular Care is a comprehensive, world-class cardiovascular program providing advanced care with seamless coordination, delivering routine and emergent cardiovascular treatment and prevention services with a personalized approach. Woodall Heart and Vascular comprises the Reif Heart Institute, General Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery.
Doylestown Health is beginning a bold new chapter as we approach our second century of health care delivery. To honor our centennial, we 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.