Friends of the Heart Institute Donate Funds for Cardiac Care at Doylestown Hospital 07/12/2013 The Friends of The Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital recently held their annual meeting to allocate funds they’ve raised throughout the year. Once again, they will put money towards the purchase of state-of-the-art medical and surgical equipment. However this year they will also be investing in something a little less tangible – continuing medical education for the people who provide excellent cardiac care to the community.
“The reason Doylestown Hospital is great is because of the people we have here,” said Joseph Auteri, MD, Medical Director of The Richard A. Reif Heart Institute. “They elevate the quality of care.”
The Friends of the Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital is an all-volunteer, organization whose mission is to raise financial support for the full range of hospital-based cardiac programs and services. The group hosts special fundraising events and disseminates information to patients. Since its inception as the $100 Heart Club in 1978, the group has raised funds for cardiac equipment and programs totaling more than $1.1 million.
The Friends allocated a total of $115,700, including monies from membership dues from 238 households including 35 lifetime members. Special events garnered even more funds, including $18,000 from last October’s biennial Cardiac Cook-Off and more than $16,000 from the annual Heart Brunch in April. The Cornerstone Clubs in Warrington hosted a 5K race in April that raised $15,416 for the Friends.
At the recent allocations meeting, Doylestown Hospital’s Executive Director of Cardiovascular Services John Mitchell presented the group with a list of medical and surgical equipment needed to continue and expand cardiac care. The group decided to fund several items, including three pieces of new exercise equipment for the hospital’s cardiac rehab program at the Health & Wellness Center in Warrington; a phlebotomy cart; minimally invasive surgical instruments; a defibrillator for the Cath/EP labs, the renovation of the Heart Institute waiting room and customized communication boards for patient rooms in the Heart Institute. In addition, Friends lifetime member Louis Della Penna offered to donate the $7,700 to purchase seven new laptops for the CVICU.
In the end, one of the largest allocations made was $32,000 to fund continuing medical education (CME) for the staff of The Heart Institute, which prides itself on being able to offer the community leading-edge treatments and services not often found at a community hospital.
“Every time there is a new procedure, there needs to be training,” said Doylestown Hospital COO Eleanor Wilson. “Technology is constantly changing. Education is so important to keep everyone on board.”
“A lot of other places have the equipment,” said Della Penna. “It’s the people who make the difference. This is a commitment to ensuring the staff of the Heart Institute receives the best training.”
Friends co-chairperson Sara Moyer thanked the group’s members and all those from the community who participated in fundraising events. “The funds raised will help provide quality cardiac care to patients and their families and Doylestown Hospital’s tradition of excellence,” she said.
John Mitchell also thanked the group. “Without your efforts, we wouldn’t have this money,” he said.
For information about The Friends of The Heart Institute, visit www.dh.org/FHI or call 215-345-2122.