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Philanthropy Propels Doylestown Health’s Second Century Transformation

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DOYLESTOWN – Doylestown Health is preparing for the dawn of its transformative second century with the launch of a comprehensive $75 million philanthropic campaign.

"One Vision," the theme for the campaign, unites all aspects of Doylestown Health and is designed to support renovations and program expansion throughout the health system and on the Doylestown Hospital and Pine Run Retirement Community campuses.

The One Vision campaign, publically launched on June 1, will raise funds to complete the transformation already underway to ensure Doylestown Health remains an independent and indispensable part of the region's fabric for the next generation of patients and a growing marketplace.

Fact Sheet: One Vision and the Second Century Fund
$75 million philanthropic campaign launched publicly on June 1, 2018.
Approximately $30 million in gifts and pledges already made during the quiet phase of the campaign which began on July 1, 2016.
Largest philanthropic campaign in nearly 100-year history of Doylestown Health to support $100 million in investments and establish an endowment.
Goals: Build for the future, transform healthcare delivery for the next century, and invest in people and programs to ensure Doylestown Health remains independent, indispensable and relevant.
Gifts can be made for specific programs or services, or to the general Second Century Fund.
Donors can make outright gifts of cash, securities, IRA distributions or matching gifts from corporations and businesses.
Multi-year pledges with recurring monthly or annual payments (maximum: five years) are welcome.
Planned gifts (bequest, charitable gift annuity, life insurance, real estate, etc.) also welcome.
Additional information:
For information about the campaign and available naming opportunities, contact Laura Wortman, Doylestown Health Foundation, at or 215-345-2122.

The public announcement of the campaign was preceded by a quiet phase that yielded more than a third of the final goal in donations and pledges, including two $5 million gifts – the largest ever received by Doylestown Health in over 95 years.

"Doylestown Hospital was founded in 1923 by the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown, and we're building on the VIA's vision for our second century as a comprehensive, community-based health system with capabilities for complex procedures and services in addition to the excellence and compassion that earns Doylestown Health national recognition," said Jim Brexler, President and CEO.

According to Joan Parlee, chair of the Doylestown Health Boards and a VIA member, "We're taking the founder's vision to promote the health and welfare of the community to the next level."

While comprehensive in scope, the One Vision campaign has identified five fundraising priorities to meet Doylestown Health's mission to proactively advocate for the health and well-being of patients and community:

Construction of the 100,000-square-foot Center for Heart and Vascular Care is already underway and planned to open in 2019.

A new Outpatient Pavilion will be built on the hospital's campus, outfitted with signature highly-specialized outpatient services, including rehabilitation medicine.

Renovation and expansion of Doylestown Hospital's surgical suites to accommodate the latest technologies, equipment and procedures.

Construction of a new Community Center at Pine Run Retirement Community with an indoor pool, fitness center, auditorium, learning spaces and dining venues is underway; to be completed this year.

A new main entrance, wayfinding and Community Education Center on the hospital campus are in planning for the 2023 centennial celebration of the health system.

"Philanthropy accelerates the pace at which our non-profit health system can innovate and bring new technology and programs to benefit our patients and community," said Laura Wortman, Vice President of Development. "Individuals and businesses make our ambitious but achievable goal possible through their generosity and leadership."

Richard and Angela Clark serve as chairs of the campaign; Alex and Pat Gorsky serve as honorary chairs. Mr. Clark is the retired Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co.; Mr. Gorsky is President and CEO of Johnson & Johnson. Each couple pledged $5 million for the One Vision campaign.

"In the 37 years we've lived in this community, Doylestown Health has taken care of four generations of our family," Richard Clark said. "Each one of us experienced the outstanding clinical care and compassion for which Doylestown Health is known."

While Doylestown Health is leading the One Vision campaign with "heart" in both character and clinical capabilities, the comprehensive nature of the campaign mirrors broad recognition the health system has received, such as two consecutive years as one of less than 50 "Top Hospitals" by The Leapfrog Group, and top 100 for cardiovascular and orthopedic services by Becker's Hospital Review.

"We are steadfast in our commitment to caring for our patients like members of our own families," added Brexler. "Our national reputation and our ability to remain an independent, non-profit health system is a source of pride, but even more important is the strength of our relationships with our community who have supported us in so many ways throughout our history."

A campaign video describing the projects as well as personal patient stories can be viewed on the Doylestown Health Foundation and ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health website.

About Doylestown Health Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of Doylestown Health, Doylestown Health Foundation raises funds to safeguard the future of excellence in patient care and to improve the quality of life for all members of the community. Philanthropic support of an ambitious comprehensive campaign, ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health, is transforming the delivery of superior healthcare in our community, both in new and expanded facilities, and through advancements in cutting-edge programs and state-of-the-art technologies. Contributions also support bold investments in innovative treatments, process improvements, and community resources to enhance the patient experience well into Doylestown Health's second century of healthcare excellence.

For more information, visit or call 215.345.2009.

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