PHCS Physicians: Supporting Health, Supporting the Hospital’s Futurealth

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Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) is fortunate and proud that so many of its physicians have stepped forward to support the Design for Healing campaign. Like others, Margaret Lancefield, MD; Donald Denny, MD; Harvey Smires, MD; and Peter Yi, MD, have gone above and beyond.

In addition to being generous donors to the Design for Healing campaign, Drs. Lancefield, Denny, and Yi serve on the Physicians Development Committee (PDC), encouraging other members of the PHCS Medical Staff to support the new hospital. To date, the PDC has raised more than $2.4 million from the Medical Staff toward the capital campaign.

Through the PHCS Foundation, Dr. Lancefield solicits financial support for the Outpatient Clinic (which cares for nearly 6,000 uninsured and underinsured patients) from the community. Thanks to her efforts in helping secure a $6 million gift from Bristol-Myers Squibb, the clinic will re-open in the new hospital as the Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center. “I might be a shy fundraiser, but as a spokesperson for the clinic and the patients it serves, I am passionate,” stated Dr. Lancefield, Clinic Director. Dr. Lancefield was also the catalyst in securing gifts totaling $1.5 million from Bill and Judy Scheide for the establishment of an endowed fund to support clinic operations.

Also committed to the new hospital is Dr. Smires, attending Orthopedic Surgeon at the University Medical Center at Princeton and founder of Princeton Bone and Joint, which opened its doors in early 2011. As a member of the Medical Equipment and Technology Committee and the Surgery Center Board of Managers, Dr. Smires has been involved with planning the operating rooms and the surgery center at the new hospital.

Dr. Smires made a gift to the capital campaign in memory of his wife, Trish Smires, who tragically passed away last year. “I could think of no better way to commemorate Trish’s lifelong service in nursing and hospitality than to dedicate the gathering and lecture space in her name, and for the good of the hospital staff,” said Dr. Smires.

The exceptional dedication of our physicians comes from a deep-seated commitment to PHCS and its soon-to-open facility. Dr. Smires said of the new hospital, “It’s a dream come true. A tremendous amount of work has been done, and it’s been amazing to be part of it.” 

Pictured above, left to right:
Drs. Margaret Lancefield, Don Denny, Harvey Smires, and Peter Yi.

Article as seen in Foundation News Winter 2011.