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President's Perspective: Growth is in our DNA (and VIA)

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017
Jim Brexler, CEO Doylestown Health

From our beginnings, the founders of Doylestown Health searched for ways to improve the health of the community. A home health program with visiting nurses was among the early efforts. Later, the first Doylestown Hospital opened in 1923 with six beds in three small wards. In four short years, the needs of our community required an addition to more than double our size in 1927 to 14 beds.

The work underway today, both to our physical appearance and in our programs, is preparing for a future that complements our illustrious past. Our second century arrives in the next few years, and we already have a glimpse of the future.

Growth was a constant from the start. Our founders, the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA), continued to respond to the healthcare needs of our community throughout the years by adding services and expanding facilities.

Doylestown Health continues that tradition today. We're making additions to our hospital and retirement community campuses, and we are a growing destination for an expanding region – in need of access to complex care without the extended commute into the city. The broad scope and high quality of our services, as well as the convenience of a nationally-recognized health system close to home, fulfills the VIA's vision and meets the needs of our patients and retirement Villagers.

Our first urgent care center near the intersection of Routes 313 and 611 in Doylestown joins our array of healthcare services this year. This new model in the delivery of care treats minor injuries and ailments efficiently, with all ages welcome. Patients have increased access to care with extended hours and at a cost less than a visit to the Emergency Department, where more serious injuries and illnesses are treated. What sets our urgent care center apart from others is connectedness. Patients see a Doylestown Health physician and, details from your visit, and your previous health record with other Doylestown Health physicians, are instantly shared among all of our providers to ensure continuity of care.

Similarly, we are adding new specialty services to ensure you receive a full spectrum of care. New to Doylestown Health is a highly specialized procedure, available at only a few regional hospitals, that uses a woman's own tissue for breast reconstruction [DIEP flap] after mastectomy. We've added new cardiac clinical trials, a reflection of the increasing sophistication of our expanding and award-winning Heart and Vascular services. New methods to ensure the quality of life for patients with memory disorders are making a difference for residents of our Pine Run and Lakeview long-term and assisted-living centers.

From our roots with nurses on bicycles and a Victorian house, our branches now extend further to bring innovative, state-of-the-art services to an ever-expanding region.

Growth is only natural for us. It's in our DNA.

Jim Brexler

About Doylestown Health

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