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Friends of the Heart Institute Exceeds $2M Goal!

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Friends of the Heart Institute—the all-volunteer community organization that raises funds to support the cardiovascular program at Doylestown Hospital—has exceeded its $2 million fundraising goal originally set in 2017 at the groundbreaking of the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion.

Friends has received more than 3,450 donations since 2017, from more than 600 individual donors. All gifts support ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health and advancing the health system’s nationally recognized cardiovascular care. Specifically, this includes the design, research, and construction of the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion at Doylestown Hospital that opened in December 2019, and further program developments such as:

  • Funding “Walk With a Doc,” a nationally recognized community exercise and education program
  • Investing in updated priority equipment for cardiac rehabilitation and patient care
  • Expanding community outreach and education, including school demonstrations by Doylestown Health cardiologists
  • Funding continued education and training for cardiology staff through the Woodall Heart and Vascular Education Fund

“What Friends of the Heart Institute has been able to accomplish through community support is nothing short of remarkable,” says Sara Moyer, Co-Chair of the Friends Steering Committee. “We are so thankful for our generous supporters, who are willing to take that extra step to keep our heart and vascular care program strong and one of the best in the nation. But we are not done yet: with four months left in our five-year pledge, there are heart and vascular priorities on the horizon that still need significant funding. We can reach even higher with continued support.”

With the goal reached, Friends of the Heart Institute will continue fundraising for the existing priorities while setting sights on new priorities as well: creating a sixth catheterization laboratory (“cath lab”) to meet increased volume and demand, and renovating an existing cath lab with updated equipment, all within the Gorsky Heart and Vascular suite.

Since 1978, when it was established by Herman Silverman as the $100 Heart Club, Friends of the Heart Institute has raised more than $3.2 million to support the top priorities of cardiovascular care at Doylestown Health, including investments in community education and outreach, cutting-edge technology and cardiac rehabilitation equipment, and facilities commensurate with Doylestown Health’s reputation for excellence.

In 2017, contributions to Friends of the Heart Institute were instrumental in funding the seed grant that kickstarted the research, design, and construction of the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion. Since then, multiple construction projects have reached fulfillment as Doylestown Health continues to expand and enhance cardiovascular services.

First, in December 2017, Doylestown Health celebrated the opening of the endovascular hybrid operating room within the Gorsky Heart and Vascular Suite, newly named in recognition of the generosity of honorary campaign chairs Alex and Pat Gorsky. In December 2019, the second floor Della Penna Cardiovascular Intensive Care/Interventional Unit opened as part of the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care. This past April, the third floor Putman Intensive Care/Intermediate Unit opened as part of the Clark Center for Critical Care Medicine. Today, construction is underway on the first floor of the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion, which will house the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program.

Doylestown Health continues to seek support for Friends of the Heart Institute and cardiovascular care now that the $2 million goal has been reached. To learn more about how to support Friends of the Heart Institute by becoming a member, visit DoylestownHealthFoundation.org/Friends.

About ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health

Doylestown Health is beginning a bold new chapter as we approach our second century of healthcare delivery. In anticipation of our centennial in 2023, Doylestown Health has launched an ambitious $100 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 through Friends of the Heart Institute will fund new transformational projects in cardiovascular care at Doylestown Hospital, such as continued renovation and expansion of our catheterization labs within the Gorsky Heart and Vascular Suite. With your support, we will chart the course for the next generation of patients, providers, and technology. For more information, visit the Doylestown Health Foundation online or call 215.345.2009.

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