New UMCPP Spurs Commitments to the Design for Healing Campaign

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The year 2012 has been truly remarkable for Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) with the opening of University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) in May. Volunteerism at the hospital, fundraising, and community awareness have increased enormously. More than 10,000 gifts of all sizes have been raised thus far, bringing the campaign total to $149 million as of October 2012.

March 2013... 

Plans are under way to celebrate the success of the Design for Healing campaign and to recognize the most generous donors who have made gifts or pledges of $100,000 or more to the campaign. Invited guests will be informed of details of our planned celebration, which will take place in the spring of 2013. At this event we will announce the final total of commitments to the campaign, which concludes March 31, 2013.

“The year speaks to the tremendous support PHCS enjoys from the community—patients, staff, physicians, local businesses, community leaders,” said Design for Healing campaign Co-chair Bob Doll. “We’re gratified by the amount we’ve raised, but the impact is more important than the number itself. Our donors care deeply about what we do here—about the patients we treat, about the lives we improve.”

Launched in 2008 to help build the new UMCPP and to secure a promising and productive future, the Design for Healing campaign will conclude in March 2013. It has been a well-orchestrated effort, wonderfully performed by all. Thanks to the resounding success of the campaign, we have deepened our long-held commitment to healthcare excellence, expanded our reach to patients and families in the broader central New Jersey region, embarked on innovative treatments, and enhanced the overall quality of patient care. 

By the end of the campaign, PHCS Foundation will have raised funds to facilitate new clinical and operational efficiencies and to enhance PHCS’s capabilities in cardiac care, trauma services, maternity and neonatal care, and surgical interventions, among other initiatives outlined by UMCPP President Mark Jones in the Fall issue of our newsletter.

We invite you to see firsthand the ability to transform healthcare delivery at PHCS and to explore opportunities to help accelerate this transformation with your charitable support. Many special naming opportunities, both large and small, are available at UMCPP in recognition of your gift to the campaign.

For more information, you may contact Tim Mathiasen at 609.252.8717 or to discuss gift options of interest to you. You may also peruse a range of gift opportunities online at PHCS Foundation’s GiftMap, an exciting new interactive tool that allows you to see images (and the gift ranges) of areas within UMCPP that are available for donor recognition. Please contact Linda Hill at 609.252.8708 or for more information.

The opening of the new hospital was a catalyst for new gifts and pledges from numerous individuals and families in the community. Recent Annual Fund and capital gifts to the Design for Healing campaign have touched every aspect of the new UMCPP. UMCPP Design for Healing Donors
Neena Patil and Prashanth Jayachandran with their children. The family’s commitment to the campaign earlier this year funded a pediatric exam room in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center.

“We have a commitment as a family to make contributions to our local community, and our focus is primarily on children’s health issues. We feel blessed with our two boys, both of whom were born at University Medical Center of Princeton, and we realize that there are people in our community with challenging health and financial circumstances who fight battles every day in behalf of their children. One of the things that impacted our decision to make a gift is the hospital’s commitment to serving all people within our community—patients from different cultural backgrounds, of all ages and economic circumstances. The healthcare model that PHCS has put into place enriched our community. With the opening of the new hospital, we thought it was a good time for us to become involved, and we view our gift to UMCPP as way to support the community in a powerful way.”  
Dr. Rachel Dultz Dr. Rachel P. Dultz, breast surgical specialist, board-certified surgeon, and member of PHCS Foundation’s Physicians Development Committee.

“I consult with patients at the PHCS Breast Health Center in East Windsor, but I perform surgical procedures on patients at the hospital. The new surgical facilities are outstanding, equipped with technologies that provide patients with more surgical options in an operating environment for physicians and staff that allows for greater safety and efficiency. To me, one of the most positive aspects of the new hospital is that we have the same operating room staff and physicians that we had before we moved to the new hospital, which has enabled seamless continuity of care for our patients. And now our staff is working in a facility that can better support their great work. We have the highest quality medical staff for a hospital of our size—people in our community can rest assured they can get quality care close to home. Investing financially in the new hospital is a way for me to ensure its future sustainability and success.” 
UMCPP Donor Marc Brahaney Marc Brahaney of LasleyBrahaney Architects reflects on his family’s gift to the campaign in memory of his late wife, Janet Lasley.

“There are many reasons our family chose to support PHCS Foundation’s Capital Campaign, and they all tie back to Janet’s experience with all of the wonderful people at PHCS. Janet was very involved with the hospital and served on the PHCS Foundation Board, which she found rewarding. She was also a patient there for many years, and, as a patient, she received wonderful care from many individuals at the hospital who helped her and our family greatly. These individuals were positive and thoughtful, which Janet appreciated. We wanted to offer our support in light of the hospital’s embarking on a fundamental change in what the Medical Center is and where it is. The cancer program was where Janet had most of her experience with the hospital. The specific naming opportunity of the fireplace in the new Edward & Marie Matthews Center for Cancer Care was especially attractive to us because it epitomizes a sense of community and sharing. Janet enjoyed sitting by the fireplace and enjoyed the feeling of warmth; and she was above all warm—and welcoming. Warmth and love radiated from her. The fireplace is a tribute to Janet and the lives she touched.”
The cumulative campaign total from PHCS physicians was an impressive $2.9 million when this newsletter went to print. The Foundation thanks members of the Physicians’ Development Committee and its Co-chairs, Dr. Peter Yi and Dr. Don Denny, for their outstanding contributions to the campaign effort.
Dr. M. Darryl Antonacci Dr. M. Darryl Antonacci, a spine and scoliosis surgeon on the Medical Staff of PHCS, chose to make a campaign commitment to UMCPP during the summer of 2012, after the new hospital opened.

“I am very impressed with the new hospital. This environment is very conducive to patient comfort and healing, and the quality of the nursing care is unparalleled, both in the operating room and on the patient floors. The anesthesiologists I work with here are superb, and the safety ratings for the facility are outstanding. I used to split my surgical schedule between here and Manhattan, but I plan to do more of my surgeries right here. UMCPP is much easier for my patients and for me, and the care is exceptional. I even have some patients coming from New York to have their procedures here. In fact, I have patients coming from well beyond the tri-state area, including from Florida and even overseas, to be treated right here in central New Jersey. I am proud to be associated with UMCPP and proud to support the Design for Healing campaign.”

Article as seen in Foundation News Winter 2012.