President's Perspective: The Heart of Doylestown Health
President's Perspective |
Welcome to Spring where we must endure the ever-present pollen so that we may enjoy the beauty of blooming flowers and trees. With nights staying lighter longer as the season progresses, the increasing sunlight also triggers birds to sing. I’d like, then, to take this opportunity to “sing the praises” of Doylestown Health.
- This past month Newsweek published its annual list of World’s Best Hospitals for 2021. Doylestown Hospital ranked 8th in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and out of approximately 6000 hospitals in the US, Doylestown ranked 142nd. We improved our ranking from last year, when we were ranked 10th in Pennsylvania and 173rd in the U.S.
- Last week we were notified by Leapfrog that for the 10th consecutive reporting period we received an “A” for Patient Safety and Quality.
- The electrophysiology team at Doylestown Health’s AFib Center are among the first in the United States to test a new type of ablation technology for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation. Three patients were treated in the investigational device exemption (IDE) pivotal trial called PULSED AF. The trial uses a breakthrough technology currently being studied to treat atrial fibrillation.
- On Wednesday, April 14, Doylestown Health held a small but successful ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Clark Center for Critical Care Medicine. Patients began moving into this 32-bed wing as of this Monday. Although the number of attendees was limited due to Covid restrictions, it served as a great opportunity to honor donors with named areas and showcase our new center to elected officials and the press.
Our focus on clinical and programmatic excellence continues to be the driving force behind the many accolades we receive. While we are an independent health system, we are far from isolated. We have established ourselves as an attractive destination for the delivery of the best and most efficient system of care, which has led to our outstanding reputation as a regional center for specialty care.
The support of the Board has been essential to our success. I had the honor and pleasure to be on Doylestown Fire Company’s 1923 fire engine (same year as the founding of the hospital), which led a VIA caravan through Doylestown Borough celebrating the VIA’s commitment to the community and their expression of appreciation and support to our Doylestown Health heroes!
On Friday, April 16, Doylestown Health hit another milestone -- 50,000 doses of COVID vaccines administered. So this Spring, as our community continues to receive Covid-19 vaccinations and the incidence of this disease begins to decline, I am reminded of a phrase that comes from my favorite sport – baseball. I feel that we may be “rounding third and headed to home” in our fight against Covid.
Here’s to brighter days ahead!
▪ Jim Brexler
Health System Highlights
- April is Donate Life Month for Organ Donation Awareness.
- Classes and education continue to be virtual.
For a complete listing of upcoming events, visit https://www.doylestownhealth.org/classes-and-events.
About Doylestown Health
Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 271 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.