Just when it seems the world is changing faster than we can keep up, we are often reminded of how certain things – important things – remain the same.
For instance, this fall we are rededicating the Doylestown Hospital VIA Maternity Center. We have new décor in the 22 private rooms and prenatal testing area, expanded neonatal intensive care nursery, and an additional C-section room. Coincidentally, the "reopening" of our birthing center is precisely 90 years after the Village Improvement Association first opened the doors of Doylestown Hospital with only eight beds on Oct. 9, 1923. One of the main purposes of the hospital was to provide a safe place for mothers to deliver their babies.
In the early years, Doylestown Hospital relied heavily on the support of donors and volunteers. The same invaluable support is critical to our continuing success today. The VIA raised $1 million through the annual Bucks County Designer House and Gardens for the improvements to the VIA Maternity Center. Today, the Doylestown Hospital Foundation supports our ongoing investments in technology and programs, and nearly 1,000 volunteers provide 125,000 hours of service every year to our patients and their families.
While some things may remain the same, there are always challenges. Healthcare reform is requiring that hospitals, doctors and health systems re-examine their role. Are they adequately focused on "health" care or "illness" care? It is a challenge to design a system of services that is both proactive in promoting health and yet is still responsive to patient needs when illness and disease are present.
At Doylestown Hospital, we're working to design and operate a healthcare system that addresses all the needs of our patients and their families. Our goal is to be a health system that is both relevant and indispensible to the communities we serve.
For almost 120 years, the mission of the VIA has focused on promoting health and meeting the needs of our communities. Sounds like our founders got it right from the beginning. It is our honor to maintain that legacy.