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Doylestown Health stages ribbon cutting for Woodall heart and vascular center


With about 100 major donors and supporters looking on, Doylestown Health held a celebratory ribbon cutting for the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care last week.

A towering, three-story donor recognition wall honoring contributors to the health system’s $75 million One Vision campaign was unveiled as part of the festive evening, held in the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion on the hospital campus.

“This is the culmination of everything we’ve worked for,” said Eleanor Wilson, chief operating officer for Doylestown Health, as friends and colleagues socialized, sipping on wine and enjoying hors d’oeuvres. “I’m so proud of this program and this staff. We’ve grown from seven beds in 2000, to 28 beds, today.” She also applauded the Village Improvement Association, which founded Doylestown Hospital in 1923, for its ongoing support.

Wilson is credited with the initial vision of creating the nationally recognized heart and vascular center, named in recognition of the generous commitment of Dee Ann and Marvin Woodall and their family, the hospital said.

“Leading with Heart,” as the cardiac-centered priority of the One Vision campaign is called, “represents the collective interests of an expanding and nationally ranked heart and vascular program,” Jim Brexler, Doylestown Health’s CEO, said, during the event. “Leading With Heart.” he continued, “truly sets the stage for the future of clinical excellence in heart and vascular care at Doylestown Health.”

The new center will soon open its second floor to patients, named the Della Penna Cardivascular Intensive Care/Interventional Unit, in recognition of the support from Carol and Louis Dell Penna and their family. The unit also features an endovascular hybrid surgical suite , as well as an expanded cardiac procedural suite, named for Alex and Pat Grosky, honorary co-chairs of the One Vision campaign.

The third floor, slated to open late next year, will house the Clark Center for Critical Care Medicine, funded by Angela and Richard Clark, co-chairs of the campaign, and the 32-bed Putman Intensive Care/Intermediate Unit, supported by Paula and Kevin Putman, according to a hospital statement.

Said Marvin Woodall, “Today, we are here to celebrate the realization of our shared vision and truly marvel at what we can accomplish together as a community with a shared goal.”

Looking out at the audience, the Rev. Maggie Ainslie, Doylestown Health’s director of pastoral care, said, “everyone is glowing with hope and gratitude. Bless this place and all who will enter here.”

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