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Donations Make a Difference

Thursday, Feb 02, 2017

As an independent, non-profit hospital, Doylestown Hospital is fortunate to have many generous donors who support our mission and services throughout the year.

Each donation is special and every donation is a testament to the caring of individuals and groups within our community. Here is a look at some of the generous acts that helped close out 2016.

Supporting self-esteem

For many women undergoing chemotherapy treatments, losing self-confidence is a common side effect of losing their hair. The right wig can bolster self-esteem to help women through a difficult time in their lives.

A local realtor recently donated funds to help purchase wigs for patients undergoing treatment at Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute. Deana Corrigan and the Deana Corrigan Team at Realty One Group Legacy raised nearly $1,000 at a celebrity bartending event in the fall at Chambers 19 Bar and Bistro in Doylestown. The funds will be used to help purchase wigs from Ribbons Studio.

Located on the ground floor of Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute, Ribbons provides a full range of wigs and hairpieces. Staff includes two licensed cosmetologists who can custom design wigs for each individual.

"Our Real Estate team believes strongly in giving back to the communities that we serve and call home," says Corrigan. "We are thankful to all that participated in our fundraiser to support Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute."

Angels among us

Colin’s Angels is an organization whose mission is to make children smile. A recent donation to Doylestown Health's Della Penna Pediatric Center will do just that.

Just before the holidays, Colin’s Angels delivered 20 "feel better monkeys," 58 "comfort pillow cases," 30 "hero capes" and a check for $500. All of the items are handmade by Marianne Sifer, who along with husband, Bill, run the non-profit organization "committed to fostering happiness to children in need of a smile" to "directly help the sick and disadvantaged children of the Delaware Valley." The group takes its name from the infant son of Bill and Marianne who passed away in 1984.

Colin's Angels visits hospitals throughout the Philadelphia region. Children of all ages will benefit from the kindness of the individuals who make these donations possible.

Support for survivors

Members of Doylestown Country Club, through its annual Women's Charity Day fundraising event, recently donated over $18,000 to Doylestown Health’s Cancer Institute to help establish a new exam room for the Survivorship Care Program.

As part of the continuum of care, upon completion of treatment survivors receive survivorship care — an important component of quality cancer treatment, as it identifies important milestones for follow-up and provides patients with resources and information to keep them well.

The Country Club made a multi-year, $25,000 pledge to help launch the survivorship program and establish the special exam room for cancer survivors to discuss their care plan with Cancer Institute professionals. Survivorship care plans include treatment summaries, post-treatment recommendations, follow-up care referrals, and information about community resources.

"Already our patients and clinical staff are benefitting from our new exam room," said Doylestown Health's Director of Cancer Services Cathy Benner. "It gives us additional private space that is so necessary in the care and environment that we provide for our patients. Everyone appreciates what the participants in the Women’s Charity Day event have done to make this space possible."

The healing power of books

Young readers at Doylestown Hospital will enjoy choosing a new book from a recently donated collection that includes dozens of children's favorites. Michele Millar is an independent consultant with Usborne Books & More and, with the help of friends, family and area businesses, raised more than $1,000 to purchase new books. Through its Literacy for a Lifetime grant program, Usborne Books provided a 50 percent match allowing the total donation to reach $1,650.

The books are available to patients in The Carol & Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center as well as throughout Doylestown Hospital in areas where young patients are found, including the Emergency Department.

"I just wanted to make someone's child smile this holiday season," said Millar. "Books are so powerful and provide an escape to a magical, wonderful, fun world. If I can make one child just a little bit happier by providing a great book for them to 'escape' into, then I've accomplished what I set out to do."

"Our young patients love to read and will certainly be thrilled to choose a book from this new collection," said Doylestown Health's Director of Maternal-Child Services Kathy Donahue. "We appreciate this generous act and thank those in our community who continue to keep our patients in their thoughts."

Doylestown Hospital relies on the donations from its caring community to support all of the hospital's programs and initiatives. If you were one of our donors this year, thank you. You have made a great impact on our organization and those we serve.

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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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