by June Portnoy
Doylestown Hospital is proud to celebrate 90 years of excellence, serving this community with high-quality, cost-effective care. This regional healthcare leader provides 238 beds with over 420 physicians in more than 40 specialty areas.
In 2012 Thomson Reuters named Doylestown Hospital one of the top 100 hospitals in the country. From its inception the hospital’s goal has been to meet the healthcare needs and improve the quality of life of the community.
It was founded by the VIA (Village Improvement Association), a Doylestown-based women’s civic group who had community health as its mission. The VIA continues to own and oversee the hospital today.
In 1923 the VIA was instrumental in opening the Doylestown Emergency Hospital, consisting of eight beds located inside a Doylestown home. Over the years Doylestown Hospital has evolved to become a state-of-the art facility providing innovative equipment and procedures.
In 2010 it opened a new emergency department, expanding from 16 treatment areas to 39 private treatment rooms. It recently debuted the VIA Maternity Center, a completely redecorated and refurbished unit with 22 private post-partum rooms, plus two newly expanded C-section suites.
In addition to a well-baby nursery, the VIA Maternity Center also has a Level II neonatal intensive care nursery to handle both normal and high-risk deliveries.
Doylestown Hospital also offers the most advanced diagnostic imaging technology with its recently purchased 3T MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) with Ambient Experience.
“This MRI provides us with the highest quality images with increased clarity and resolution,” says Hospital COO Eleanor Wilson. “And, with double the magnet strength, most patients can spend significantly less time in the MRI, a major relief for people who suffer from claustrophobia or anxiety.”
Ambient Experience allows patients to choose special lighting, animations and music. Last year, “Becker’s Hospital Review” named Doylestown Hospital’s Cardiac Program one of the top 100 in the nation.
“We now offer Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure,” describes Eleanor. “It’s ideal for patients needing valve replacement who cannot have open-heart surgery.”
As an accredited Chest Pain Center, Doylestown Hospital excels in treating heart attacks.
“We are able to accomplish this because of how quickly we get our patients from the ER to the cath lab,” explains Eleanor. “The faster you open up the artery, the less muscle damage a heart attack victim will have.”
The hospital will debut a patient portal, myHealthDoylestown, in the spring, allowing patients to securely view their medical records online.
The hospital has over 1,000 volunteers, “which is unheard of,” adds Eleanor. “We create a culture where volunteers feel welcome and appreciated by staff and peers.”
Although much has changed since the opening of its Emergency Hospital, Doylestown continues to meet the healthcare needs of the community 90 years later, and is looking forward to the future.
“We’re always looking for new ways to provide or improve service,” says James Brexler, president and CEO. “We are ready and excited for change, unlike some who are nervous about what lies ahead. This is a place that is comfortable taking things in a new direction, as it has over its 90 years of existence.”
For more information about Doylestown Hospital, located at 595 W. State Street in Doylestown, call 215-345-2200 or visit www.dh.org.
PHOTO CAP: Doylestown Hospital, then and now