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Friends of the Heart Institute

Through membership, donations, and fundraising events, Friends of the Heart Institute is committed to ensuring patients and their loved ones have access to the very best cardiac and vascular care close to home.

Who We Are

Friends is an organization consisting of dedicated community volunteers, caregivers and Doylestown Health Associates who are committed to advancing the highest quality cardiac and vascular care to patients and their families. Herman Silverman, the driving force behind establishing this group in 1978 as the $100 Heart Club, was joined by Bruce Applestein, MD, Elmer Cates, Frank Galinski, John Knoell, and Joseph F.X. McGarvey, Sr., MD to raise funds vital to launching a much-needed heart program at Doylestown Hospital. Since then, over $2 million has been raised for the advancement of cardiac and vascular care.

What We Do

To keep Doylestown Hospital among the best in the country, Friends of the Heart Institute has committed to taking a leadership role in the upcoming renovation and expansion of heart and vascular facilities, services and programs. An ambitious $1 million fundraising goal has been set. With the support of membership contributions, donations and event participation, all monies given over the next five years will be directed to this exciting and transformational initiative.

Hybrid OR

In addition to earmarking all new gifts and pledges to the future of cardiac and vascular care at Doylestown Health, Friends of the Heart Institute remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting the health and well-being of those who choose Doylestown Health for their heart care. Friends is proud to continue to support Walk With A Doc a nationally-recognized exercise program, which encourages physical activity and camaraderie for the local community.

Walk With a Doc

Friends also supports the continuum of patient care by funding 100% of the patient-friendly exercise equipment used for cardiac rehabilitation. In addition, Friends of the Heart Institute lends funding support to the Woodall Education Fund which provides continuing education and staff training for the cardiac and vascular clinical teams.

Cardiac Rehab

Friends accomplishes all of this through annual membership drives and by hosting special fundraising events, such as the annual Heart Brunch and bi-annual Cardiac Cook-Off.

How You Can Help

Your Friends of the Heart Institute membership is a tax-deductible gift that will touch the lives of thousands who turn to Doylestown Hospital for heart and vascular care. Please consider joining Friends of the Heart Institute and become a Friend today. Thank you!

For more information about Friends of The Heart Institute, contact Dawn Pattyson in the Development Office at 215-345-2954 or

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FHI Steering Committee

  • Sara Moyer & C. Scott Moyer, Co-Chairs
  • Joseph S. Auteri, MD
  • Jim Bishop
  • Carol Counihan
  • Louis Della Penna
  • Krista Harper
  • Jean Leister
  • Joy Levy
  • Bill Lieser
  • Terri Long, RN
  • James B. McClurken, MD
  • Jeffra Nandan
  • Ephe Olliver
  • Garrett Owen
  • Renee A. Sangrigoli, MD
  • J. Doyle Walton, MD
  • Ron Watson
  • George F. Wiemann, MD
  • Eleanor Wilson, RN
  • Laura K. Wortman

Friends of the Heart Institute Lifetime Members

  • Maia and Joseph Auteri, MD
  • Joyce and Robert L. Byers, Sr.
  • Gwen and David Campbell
  • Barbara and Edward Cichewicz
  • Cornerstone Health and Fitness
  • Carol and Louis Della Penna
  • Carolyn and Joe Della-Rodolfa
  • Betty I. Diem
  • Sally and Leon Ephross
  • Sandra C. Fickes
  • Frances L. Finkle
  • Nancy and Bill* Galardi
  • V. Elaine and Robert Gilmore
  • Mary Jo and Karl Gimber
  • Sandy and Bill Goble
  • Molly and John Gribb, MD
  • Joyce and Steve Hanson
  • Howard E. Heckler
  • Carol and Steve Hirt
  • Jeanne and John W. Hubbard, PhD
  • Deborah and Jim Kmetzo, MD
  • Lynda and Ed Knopf, MD
  • Joy and Scott Levy, MD
  • Mary Lee and Bill Lieser
  • Judge Ed Ludwig*
  • Pat and Bill Marshall
  • Carol and Jack McCaughan
  • Rita and Jim McClurken, MD
  • Peggy and Joseph F.X. McGarvey, Sr., MD
  • Sara and Scott Moyer
  • Bonnie and Ephe Olliver
  • Joan and Don Parlee, MD
  • Doreen H. Paynton
  • Peddler's Village
  • Penn Color
  • Nancy and Wesley Pericone
  • Cynthia and Gary Porter
  • June Rea*
  • Karen and Richard Reif
  • Suzanne and Sean Reinhardt, MD
  • Fran and Tom Saldi
  • Taffy and Fred Schea
  • Patricia and Frank T. Shuman
  • Herman Silverman and Liz Serkin
  • Tracey and Stephen Sloan, MD
  • David L. Smith, MD
  • James Stumpf
  • Tom Thomas
  • Jean and Daniel Upton
  • Eleanor Wilson, RN
  • Dee Ann and Marvin Woodall


Friends of the Heart Institute Allocations Committee

Comprised of members of the Friends Steering Committee, Lifetime Members, Doylestown Health cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and vascular surgeons, the Friends of the Heart Institute Allocations Committee meets annually to determine how the donated funds from the previous year will be distributed to provide a meaningful impact to the top priorities of the Heart Institute.

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