Governor Tom Wolf announced a $1 million grant to Doylestown Health for the construction of a state-of-the-art Center for Heart and Vascular Care currently under construction on the Doylestown Hospital campus. The grant was secured with the support and assistance of Rep. Marguerite Quinn and Sen. Chuck McIlhinney.
The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical projects. Grant awardees demonstrate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity.
"The support of the governor, Rep. Quinn and Sen. McIlhinney is a tremendous boost to the transformative renovation and expansion of our heart institute," said Jim Brexler, President and CEO of Doylestown Health. "They join a growing list of community, Board and staff donors and supporters that recognize the need for enhanced cardiac, cardiothoracic and vascular services, and the contribution Doylestown Health makes to the economic vitality of the region."
The top steel beam for the 100,000-square-foot renovation and expansion of the Center for Heart and Vascular Care will be placed next week. The floors and walls of the new structure comprise the next phase of construction, scheduled to be completed in Fall 2019. The total cost of the project is estimated at $42 million.
"This $1 million grant is great news, not only to Doylestown Hospital, which will help it expand and enhance its clinical heart and vascular medicine services, but also to hundreds of families and individuals who are in need of superior cardiac and vascular care closer to home," said Rep. Quinn. "I am pleased, especially as we watch the steel being erected to complete this phase of Doylestown Health's vision, that an investment of this size is being made in our hospital. This type of project not only enhances health care but created good, family-sustaining jobs."
Doylestown Health is the sixth largest employer in Bucks County. Construction activity is supporting 252 jobs and an additional 209 indirect and induced jobs that already exist within the commonwealth's economy. Within five years of construction, the Center for Heart and Vascular Care will create 35 permanent positions for Registered Nurses, Vascular Ultrasound Techs and Respiratory Therapists.
"The Center for Heart and Vascular Care provides life-saving treatment to many local patients, and this grant will allow Doylestown Hospital to do even more to support the health of surrounding communities," Sen. McIlhinney said. "In addition to creating jobs, the renovation and expansion project will also enhance excellent outcomes for patients who need specialized care."
The Center for Heart and Vascular Care is essentially a hospital within a hospital with expanded patient treatment areas, private cardiac intensive care and patient rooms, new and upgraded equipment and technology, and enhancements for patient and family support. A new state-of-the art endovascular hybrid operating room– one of the first in the region – was recently built within the existing Richard A. Reif Heart Institute as part of the expansion of heart and vascular services.
The new Center for Heart and Vascular Care is a key element in the $75 million One Vision campaign, a comprehensive investment program by Doylestown Health that includes a new and expanded community center at Pine Run Retirement Community, expansion of the surgical suites at Doylestown Hospital and construction of an outpatient pavilion on the hospital campus. A new main entrance and community education center is planned for the start of Doylestown Health's second century of service to the community in 2023.
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.