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Marvin and Dee Ann Woodall endow first health system chair


A $1 million gift to Doylestown Health has established the Marvin and Dee Ann Woodall Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery, the first endowed chair in the health system’s nearly 100-year history.
The Woodalls have contributed generously to a broad spectrum of programs at Doylestown Health for more than 30 years, including the Emergency Department Campaign, Friends of the Heart Institute, the Woodall Chest Pain Center, and the Nursing Scholarship Program.
Their early support of One Vision: The Campaign for Doylestown Health established the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care, which centralizes all cardiovascular services at Doylestown Hospital within a single, comprehensive program.
“We are very proud to give our support to Doylestown Health and the excellent heart and vascular program that impacts so many lives,” said Marvin Woodall, who led the team responsible for pioneering the cardiovascular franchise at Johnson & Johnson in the 1990s. “We believe in the importance of high-quality care in our community, and Doylestown Health is providing care on a level of sophistication not usually seen outside of large cities.”

The establishment of the Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery marks a new milestone in Doylestown Health’s ongoing campaign of program enhancements. Doylestown Hospital has been recognized nationally for cardiovascular services, including a ranking by IBM Watson Health of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2020, and in multiple rankings of high performing hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 2021-22.
“As we continue to expand and grow our physical footprint, we are also investing in program and service line development,” says Jim Brexler, president and chief executive officer.
The One Vision Campaign will conclude in 2023, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Doylestown Hospital by the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown. To date, the $100 million campaign has received nearly $85 million in contributions and pledges from thousands of community donors.

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