Alex and Pat Gorsky, honorary chairs of One Vision: The Campaign for Doylestown Health, have made a new $5 million commitment to Doylestown Health that will accelerate programmatic enhancements with far-reaching effects in the community.
The gift from the Gorskys will be designated to support two of the health system’s most impactful service lines both locally and regionally – $4 million will support the Gorsky Heart and Vascular Suite (established as part of the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care in December 2017) and $1 million will support Children’s Village, the early childhood education center being rebuilt on the Doylestown Hospital campus this year.
“Doylestown Health is deeply honored by the philanthropic partnership we have with Alex and Pat Gorsky,” says Jim Brexler, president and chief executive officer of Doylestown Health. “They have stood alongside us since the beginning of this campaign, and their leadership, generosity, and counsel have been invaluable as we continue to expand programs and facilities to better serve the evolving needs of our community.”
The One Vision Campaign is a comprehensive capital campaign investing donor contributions in programs, technology, facilities, and medical expertise throughout the health system. With nearly $92 million in contributions toward its $100 million goal, the campaign is set to conclude in 2023, coinciding with the centennial celebration of the first Doylestown Hospital.
“As we near the completion of our campaign,” continued Brexler, “we are especially grateful to the Gorskys for this new visionary gift, and the renewed demonstration of their commitment to advancing the future of healthcare excellence in our community.”
Alex Gorsky, executive chairman of Johnson & Johnson, and Pat Gorsky, a trustee of Doylestown Health Foundation and formerly a nurse at Doylestown Hospital, joined the One Vision Campaign in 2017 with their initial $5 million donation – then the largest single gift in the health system’s history. Their visionary support was designated to cardiovascular care, allowing Doylestown Health to invest heavily in one of its leading services early in the campaign.
The Gorsky Heart and Vascular Suite at Doylestown Hospital includes a state-of-the-art hybrid operating suite that opened in 2017, and encompasses the oldest cardiac catheterization laboratory (cath lab) still online at the hospital. Current plans – accelerated by the Gorskys’ latest gift commitment – include building a new hybrid procedural suite before renovating the cath lab and equipping it with the latest technology and equipment. The addition of a procedural suite and the renovated cath lab will help meet rising demand for cardiac services in the region.
In addition, part of the Gorskys’ gift will support Children’s Village, an accredited early childhood education center which originally opened on the Doylestown Hospital campus in 1985 as a daycare for employees’ children. Since then, it has expanded to an integral part of Doylestown Health’s services, welcoming children from across the community starting at age six weeks, and up to and including kindergarten.
“Our son, Nicholas, was enrolled at Children’s Village as a student many years ago,” said Pat Gorsky. “We want to see it thrive as a new home for infants and young children of community members and Doylestown Health employees alike. It speaks volumes for Doylestown Health that during the height of the pandemic, Children’s Village extended its hours to accommodate the needs of first responders, nurses, physicians, and others whose professional demands increased as they led the fight against COVID-19 on the front lines of care.”
The original school was destroyed by a tornado in 2020. It has since been operating out of a leased location on Ferry Road in Doylestown and temporary classrooms on the hospital campus. Construction on the new Children’s Village will commence this year, with plans to reopen in 2023. The center will be rebuilt on the original site, featuring new amenities and enhancements to accommodate the growing program and the latest advances in design for children’s educational facilities.
The One Vision Campaign is approaching its final year and its goal thanks to continued support from a broad community of donors. Learn more at DoylestownHealthFoundation.org/OneVision.