DOYLESTOWN, PA–Doylestown Health announced today that it has reached and exceeded its goal of $100 million in philanthropic commitments for ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health. Now celebrating a century of care—Doylestown Hospital was founded in 1923—the convergence of the centennial and this philanthropic milestone deepens the health system’s connection to the community.
The One Vision Campaign is a comprehensive campaign investing in programs, technology, facilities, and people across the health system. Support from more than 8,000 donors —nearly half, first-time donors—contributed nearly 40,000 gifts totaling $100.3 million. “With exceptional generosity, the people of our community have come together to strengthen Doylestown Health as we launch our second century of care,” said Jim Brexler, President, and CEO.
Philanthropic investments in One Vision have included the largest single gifts in Doylestown Health’s history, including visionary gifts from campaign chairs Dick and Angela Clark and honorary chairs, Alex and Pat Gorsky. Of note, funding from estate gifts comprised nearly $23 million of the campaign total. “By investing in Doylestown Health, our donors are investing in the health of our community,” says Marianne Chabot, Chair of the Boards of Trustees for Doylestown Hospital and Doylestown Health Foundation.
A planned gift from anonymous donors pushed the campaign past the $100 million goal mark. “It’s very meaningful to us that this is the gift that helped us reach this milestone,” said Chabot. “This couple supported the hospital for the past decade through modest annual donations. Their consistent support, together with their estate gift, strengthens healthcare delivery now and in the future,” she said. A portion of each planned gift is designated to support immediate needs while the balance is invested to help grow Doylestown Health’s endowment.
“Thousands of gifts from our own Medical Staff, nurses, Associates, and volunteers have been truly awe-inspiring,” says Laura Wortman, Vice President, and Chief Advancement Officer. “Our teams have already demonstrated their compassion and dedication through serving at the toughest times—especially the last three years,” she said. “It’s a milestone moment for philanthropy at Doylestown Health and our community. We are truly and deeply grateful to everyone who made an investment in our award-winning healthcare system.”
“Doylestown Hospital has been here for this community for one hundred years and cared for four generations of our family with compassion and excellence. We are personally grateful to everyone who answered our invitation to support the future of healthcare in our community,” said Angela and Dick Clark, One Vision campaign chairs, and Hospital Trustee.
Within the last few years, the completion of the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion, Doylestown Health’s Ambulatory Center, the Pine Run Community Center, and other capital projects has accelerated the hospital’s growth and expanded the health system’s ability to deliver care across a wide spectrum of preventive, routine, and acute care. Additional initiatives supported by philanthropy also include:
- New patient units featuring universal beds, advancing Doylestown Health’s commitment to transition to an all-private bed hospital.
- The Clark Center for Breast Imaging, established in a new location on the ground floor of the hospital, offering advanced technology, and expanded space to accommodate more patients in a comfortable setting.
- Rebuilding Children’s Village after tornado damage rendered the former location unusable.
- The Morel Family Foundation Center for Prenatal Care, an expanded and enhanced suite for diagnostics, prenatal care, and education.
- The growth of the Doylestown Health Legacy Endowment Fund, securing a permanent source of funding and safeguarding the future of Doylestown Health.
“This achievement reflects our entire community’s desire for high-quality healthcare and the unwavering support for the people who deliver it,” said Alex and Pat Gorsky, Honorary Chairs and Doylestown Health Foundation Trustee. “The success of the One Vision Campaign sets the stage for us to continue offering world-class care in a community setting that is easily accessible to many patients and their families.”
One Vision is the first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign for Doylestown Health. Since the public launch in June 2018, Doylestown Health has seen record-breaking generosity from its supporters, inspired by a wide range of campaign priorities to sustain its tradition of excellence and build for the next century of award-winning care. The initial campaign goal of $75 million was increased to $100 million in 2021, three years into a five-year campaign. “While we’ve reached this tremendous goal, we have raised the bar higher,” said Dick Clark. “Now we have more to accomplish, and philanthropy will help lead the way.”
According to Laura Wortman, “there is no question that the sheer magnitude of this campaign is historic for Doylestown Health, yet what truly matters is the impact created by thousands of donors who have stepped forward to ensure our health system is here for the next generation of families.” Sharing that vision are dozens of local businesses and individuals who invested early in ONE VISION and chose to make a second or even third commitment throughout the course of the campaign. “Renewed support is a sign that our donors are reassured by the positive impact of their giving,” said Wortman.
In addition, Wortman acknowledged the visionary role of the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA), which founded the first hospital in 1923 and continues to serve as the health system’s governing body. Through annual fundraising events like the Bucks County Designer House and Gardens and other initiatives, the VIA has made a significant impact on the progress of the One Vision campaign.
Reaching this milestone comes at a pivotal time for Doylestown Health. Like many hospitals and health systems nationwide, the global COVID-19 pandemic had a significant negative impact on the health system’s financial position. “During uncertain times, now and throughout our history, the generosity of our community has moved this hospital and health system forward,” said Chabot. “Every gift matters and makes a difference.”
“This campaign has changed Doylestown Health in truly profound ways,” said Wortman, “Patients, physicians, nurses, Associates, and volunteers—now and in the future—will benefit from the vision and generosity of the donors who care deeply about our mission and the work that we do.”
About ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health
Doylestown Health is beginning a bold new chapter as we enter our second century of healthcare delivery. Honoring our centennial, ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health, has elevated the patient experience to new heights and unlocked our full potential to deliver exceptional care. Philanthropic support of the One Vision Campaign funds transformational renovation and expansion across the Doylestown Hospital and Pine Run campuses and charts the course for the next generation of patients, providers, and technology. For more information, visit DoylestownHealthFoundation.org or call 215-345-2009.
About Doylestown Hospital
Doylestown Hospital is part of a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient, and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of the local and regional community. The flagship of Doylestown Health is Doylestown Hospital, an independent, not-for-profit, community hospital with 247 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. Renowned locally, regionally, and nationally, Doylestown Hospital provides superior healthcare and offers advanced surgical procedures, innovative medical treatments, and comprehensive specialty services as it has for over one hundred years. Doylestown Hospital is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report: eighth in Pennsylvania and 122 in the United States and is the only hospital in Pennsylvania and one of only 102 hospitals nationwide to achieve thirteen consecutive ‘A’ grades for patient safety from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade—placing it in the top three percent of all rated hospitals.