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Honoring a Friend Close to the Heart

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

Doylestown Hospital and the Friends of the Heart Institute honored longtime supporter Herman Silverman for his dedication to the hospital and for his devotion to advancing cardiac care for our community.

The year was 1978 and local businessman Herman Silverman and two of his peers decided to start a club. The goal of the $100 Club was to ensure that Doylestown Hospital, their community hospital, could provide excellent cardiac care for years to come.

This club evolved into The Friends of The Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital. Growing from the seed funds of 1978, this group has raised more than $1 million over the years. The Friends of the Heart Institute is a volunteer, membership-driven organization dedicated to the promotion of heart-healthy lifestyles and the financial support of cardiac care at Doylestown Hospital.

To thank Herman, Doylestown Hospital commissioned a special plaque that now resides in the halls of The Richard A. Reif Heart Institute, named for longtime Doylestown Hospital CEO Rich Reif who retired in 2012.

"It's such a pleasure to work with so many wonderful people. I feel so privileged," said Herman when he got his first look at the plaque.

The plaque reads, "In 1978 Herman Silverman, local business leader and philanthropist, recruited three other businessmen-Elmer Cates, Frank Galinski and John Knoell—to found the $100 Heart Club. Each year they would enlist 100 members, resulting in an annual commitment of $10,000 to improve the delivery of heart care at Doylestown Hospital. Dr. Bruce Applestein and Dr. Joseph McGarvey, Sr. were the first cardiologists supported by the new organization. Herman served as Chairman through 1999 and thanks to his leadership and dedication, over $1 million has been raised by the group he founded. Today, The Heart Institute is recognized nationally and has received numerous awards for advanced cardiac care."

The Friends have helped the Heart Institute grow into the world-class program it is today. Doylestown Hospital is a regional center of excellence for cardiology and cardiac surgery. The team has extensive experience with valve repair and replacement, including minimally-invasive valve surgery and TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement).

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 Richard A. Reif Heart Institute is dedicated to providing the highest level of quality care and patient safety.

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