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Paying It Forward

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016
Paying It Forward; Donor Story

Driven by their gratitude for exceptional care, Bill and Mary Lee Lieser's decision to include Doylestown Health in their estate plans will benefit patients well into the future. Like so many of our donors, their generosity is the cornerstone of our success.

A Heartfelt Gift to Future Patients

Growing up in a small town in California, Bill Lieser always understood how important a good hospital is to the community. In fact, his parents were very involved in the successful effort to establish a hospital in his home town in the early 1950s. As an adult, Bill experienced the truth of his parents' lessons when, after a major heart attack and other health issues, his life was saved at Doylestown Hospital. Today, in a truly heartfelt gesture of gratitude — and in his parents' spirit of service — Bill and his wife, Mary Lee, are paying it forward by making a planned giving bequest that will benefit future patients.

A Spirit of Caring

"My parents always emphasized that to have a nice community, the residents had to work hard at making it happen," says Bill. "Their effort in getting the hospital going in my town has never left my memory."

When Bill and Mary Lee moved to Doylestown and learned about the hospital's founding by the women of the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown, they felt an immediate connection. That connection grew stronger through the years as the couple benefited from the hospital's exceptional care during times of health crises, and became more involved in service to the hospital as each health issue was resolved. Both are regular donors to Doylestown Health programs and Bill currently serves as a community member of the Doylestown Health Foundation Board of Directors as well as on the Foundation's Development Committee.

Bill has a special appreciation for Doylestown Health's Richard A. Reif Heart Institute, currently serving as a member of Friends of the Heart Institute's Steering Committee, and as co-chair of the Membership Committee. "The Heart Institute has a truly unique team of cardiac specialists, surgeons, nurses and clinical professionals," says Bill. "They do a great job of helping people stay healthy, and of course, saving lives. It's wonderful to be able to support them as a member of this fundraising committee." This year, Friends of the Heart Institute raised $183,000 designated to support cardiac equipment and services.

Looking Ahead. Giving Back.

As Bill and Mary Lee move along in what they laughingly refer to as their "advancing youth," they've reflected on their experiences at Doylestown Health. "The positive results we both gained enabled us to continue our active lives with minimal interruption and left us with feelings of deep gratitude," notes Bill.

That gratitude will now touch the lives of patients for years to come. As part of their estate planning, Bill and Mary Lee have included a bequest to Doylestown Health. "It's a good feeling to know that we can provide support even after we're gone," says Bill. "We hope that our bequest, along with our other current financial support, will help the hospital to continue providing high-quality healthcare to others in the community well into the future."

Join Our Cornerstone Society

Doylestown Health is especially grateful to individuals – such as Bill and Mary Lee Lieser – who have generously provided a legacy of care by naming Doylestown Health in their estate plans. Our Cornerstone Society honors these donors who have pledged their support through:

  • Bequests
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Life-Income Gifts
  • Life Insurance Gifts
  • Pooled Income Fund

Members of the Cornerstone Society are invited annually to a recognition luncheon, and are acknowledged each year in our Report to the Community for their commitment. If you have already incorporated Doylestown Health into your estate plans, or if you would like more information about making a planned gift, please contact Director, Donor Relations, Garrett Owen at gowen@dh.orgor 215-345-2802

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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 improves the quality of life for all members of the community. Now, in the public phase of an ambitious $75 million comprehensive campaign, Doylestown Health is beginning a bold new chapter as it approaches its second century of healthcare delivery. Philanthropic support of ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health will fund transformational renovation and expansion across the Doylestown Hospital and Pine Run campuses and will help chart the course for the next generation of patients, providers, and technology.

For more information, visit the Doylestown Health Foundation website or call 215-345-2009.      

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