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Doylestown Health receives $2.5 million from Woodall family


Almost one year to the day of the public launch of One Vision: The Campaign for Doylestown Health, the Doylestown Health Foundation announced another transformational investment with a leadership gift of $2.5 million from philanthropists and longtime supporters Marv and Dee Ann Woodall.

Representing one of the largest gifts in Doylestown Health’s history, their gift will name the new Center for Heart and Vascular Care at Doylestown Hospital.

Along with their gift, the Woodalls and their family have issued a challenge to the community, the Woodall Family Challenge, to double their gift to Doylestown Health by June 30, 2019.

“The Woodall’s support of Doylestown Health goes back decades and this gift builds on their already transformational generosity to the hospital and to our community. Their partnership and enthusiasm for innovation has helped to advance our Heart and Vascular programs to national renown. We are deeply grateful to Marv and Dee Ann and the entire Woodall family for this significant investment in the future of healthcare in our community,” said Jim Brexler, president and CEO, Doylestown Health. “This gift will allow us to continue to innovate and provide access to world-class heart and vascular care close to home.”

An advocate for innovation given his career as the president of Johnson & Johnson’s Interventional Systems (JJIS), Woodall, now retired, led the team that developed balloon expandable stents, one of the most significant medical devices in recent history. The Woodall family’s involvement at Doylestown Health spans decades with investments in signature programs such as the Woodall Chest Pain Center and the BSN 2020 initiative that supports continued nursing education.

“Both Marv and Dee Ann are incredibly supportive of our nursing staff through the BSN 2020 initiative which provides funding for nurses to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree,” notes Eleanor Wilson, vice president and chief operating officer. “The Woodalls know that leading-edge medicine will be most effective when it’s delivered by staff who are trained in the latest advancements and therapies. Their generosity benefits patients across Doylestown Health, in addition to the heart and vascular programs.”

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