Donor Recognition: New Designs for a New Millennium

Princeton HealthCare System Foundation Princeton HealthCare System Foundation

In keeping with the spirit of innovation that characterizes the new hospital, donors to the Design for Healing campaign will now be recognized through unique fused-glass plaques created by Presentation Design Group of Eugene, Oregon.

“This campaign is about embracing the future of health care, the centerpiece being our new state-of-the-art facility that will be the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP),” explained Barry Rabner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS). “And when it came to donor recognition, we chose a firm that could produce a recognition system that would reflect the sophistication of our new hospital. We know our donors will be as excited as we are about the recognition opportunities.”

The artisan-crafted colorful displays have subtle imagery embedded into each plaque. “The colors and themes represent the four seasons and are expressed through rich art glass,” asserted Denise Wood, (pictured above) PHCS Foundation Director and Co-chair of the PHCS Foundation Leadership Gifts Committee. 

“The resulting gemlike plaques provide a beautiful medium to honor the generous support of our donors.” A highlight of the north-south concourse located on the ground floor will feature beautiful, large-scale donor walls.

“The plaques are a wonderful way to show how the community comes together. The spirit of giving is just as important as the act of donating funds,” added Ms. Wood.

A major donor to the campaign, Ms. Wood worked with PHCS Foundation to identify an area to name, ultimately selecting the elevator lobby in the main concourse for the location of her plaque.

Ms. Wood, the former owner of Princeton BMW, made her gift to the campaign in memory of her grandparents, her mother, and her uncle. She credits her late grandfather, a former internist in Montclair, for inspiring her to get involved in the community. “I grew up in a family that was always concerned with taking care of people and providing toward the overall well-being of the community. My parents taught me about giving back. My gift is a tribute to them.”

Giving back and inspiring others to give is also what motivated Harvey Rothberg, MD, (pictured above), and his wife, Nancy, to support the campaign and to name a patient room in the new hospital. “My wife and I are very pleased and proud to have our names attached to the new UMCPP. In fact, our names are on this colorful plaque, which fits in with the décor of the state-of-the-art patient room. I worked at the hospital as an internist and medical oncologist for forty years; in fact, I was the first medical oncologist to practice in Princeton. My wife, Nancy, was the hospital’s first radiation technician. We are very familiar with the hospital’s grand tradition of state-of-the-art medicine and surgery, and its reputation for compassion and personal care. I’ve had surgery twice in Princeton Hospital, and our daughter was born here 36 years ago. I had the opportunity to put our name on one of the patient care rooms in the new hospital. I could have put my name in an oncology room, but I decided instead to have it on a general medical-surgical room. Why? Because that choice emphasizes what brought me to the practice of medicine, and what characterized the way that I related to my patients. It speaks to the concept of care and caring, which is what medicine is all about, and what PHCS represents. We hope that our example will encourage others to support our great new hospital in important and meaningful ways.”

Thinking of making a donation to PHCS Foundation? Names of individuals who pledge $1,000 or more to the Design for Healing campaign before December 31, 2011, will be listed on the UMCPP Donor Wall. Check here if your name is already included.

Article as seen in Foundation News Fall 2011.