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A Historic Moment for Doylestown Health

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Heart and Vascular Groundbreaking

Friday's groundbreaking for a new Center for Heart & Vascular Care marked a milestone in the history of Doylestown Health and the community it serves.

A ceremonial groundbreaking on September 15 set the stage for several years of growth and expansion for Doylestown Health to continue meeting the health and wellness needs of our community. The crowd of more than 300 clinical, community and health system leaders cheered the announcement of a $5 million gift towards construction, and laughed and cried as a patient described his heartwarming story of compassionate care.

Doylestown Health President and CEO Jim Brexler celebrated the momentous occasion.

"Doylestown Hospital has been leading with heart for more than two decades, and with the construction of this new facility, I can assure you that Center for Heart and Vascular Care will provide the space needed for our innovative programs and services to thrive and grow," said Jim Brexler, president and CEO of Doylestown Health.

In his opening remarks, Brexler announced that Pat and Alex Gorsky, who are co-chairing a comprehensive capital campaign to be launched next spring, have made a $5 million commitment to the campaign, the largest in Doylestown Health's history.

The groundbreaking took place in front of the current entrance to Doylestown Health's Richard A. Reif Heart Institute. The new, approximately 100,000-square-foot building will have expanded treatment areas and 30 private rooms. A new hybrid operating suite, renovated Cath and Electrophysiology labs and a central atrium to access all cardiovascular services is part of the design. The project is expected to be completed in 2019.

Brexler was joined by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, PA Rep. Marguerite Quinn, and Barbara Lyons, chairman of the Doylestown Township Supervisors.

"You are on the cutting edge here," said Rep. Quinn. "We thank you for all that you are doing for future generations."

Steve Novello, a patient of the Heart Institute, talked about the care he and his family received at Doylestown Health. During his emotionally charged comments, he singled out the many physicians, nurses and staff and said, "This is a community. They're not just doctors and nurses. When I'm receiving care it feels like my friends are helping me. You make us feel like family here."

Doylestown Health's nationally-recognized Heart Institute offers a broad range of services from patient education and preventive health programs to technically-advanced minimally-invasive valve replacements, endovascular procedures and delicate open-heart surgeries.

"Our heart and vascular program is nationally recognized, and ranks among the best in the region and the state. We have been consistently one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for survival after a heart attack," said Joseph Auteri, MD, Medical Director of the Heart Institute. "While our clinical outcomes are excellent, we often hear our patients and their families comment on the wonderful experience they had during this difficult time for them. We have been able to achieve these excellent results, while doing so in a warm and caring environment for patients and families.

"We have talented physicians and staff, performing highly specialized and complex procedures which are not ordinarily available in a community setting, with excellent outcomes. This is a factor of both the high quality team we assembled, as well as the vision of the cardiologists and administration who came before us and were determined to adopt new technologies and procedures, and committed to meet the cardiovascular needs of our community."

To learn more about Doylestown Health's future plans or for a list of naming opportunities, contact Laura Wortman at 215-345-2122 or

About Doylestown Health's Heart & Vascular Services

Expert cardiologists and cardiac surgeons assist patients and physicians with managing risk factors for heart disease, offer advanced treatment options and provide outstanding emergency cardiac care. Doylestown Hospital’s accredited Chest Pain Center is fully prepared to treat cardiac emergencies around the clock, focusing on rapid diagnosis and effective treatment. The multidisciplinary team at the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care is dedicated to providing the highest level of quality care and patient safety.

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