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V.I.A. Health System

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

President’s Perspective: Coming Together

The Village Improvement Association and our hospital have long been cornerstones of the Central Bucks community. Generations of local families have been served by not only Doylestown Hospital, but also our affiliated organizations including the Pine Run Community and its Skilled Nursing Facility, Lakeview Personal Care, our Visiting Nurse and Hospice programs, the Surgery Center in the Health and Wellness Center in Warrington, and the physicians who are employed through VIA Affiliates.

Today's consumers and the modern marketplace increasingly demand "value" when choosing goods and services, and the healthcare market is no different. Patients are better served when care is coordinated across settings, and payors want to deal with providers who demonstrate efficiency and quality outcomes. Doylestown Hospital and our affiliated entities, along with our local physician community, have been continually recognized at local and regional levels as high value medical providers. But it's time to proactively come together to relate to our patients and the market in new ways.

As part of our pledge to the continuous pursuit of quality and value, we have taken recent steps to reinforce our commitment to our community. We have spent the past year in an intense strategic planning initiative to find ways to better serve both our patients and the purchaser market. To emphasize our deliberate focus on providing a continuum of quality care and value for patients and families, we have taken several key actions:

  • We will use the name "Doylestown Health" to describe all of affiliated entities under one umbrella. People have known us by our parts, but now they will recognize that we are an interconnected system of health services, dedicated to caring for our community at all levels. You will still see "Doylestown Hospital" and "Pine Run Community" on our signs and literature – those brand names have deep roots that are recognized for quality service. But now "Doylestown Health" will become the brand name for the board continuum of services available.
  • The Board of Directors also approved an expanded mission and vision statement for our combined system: the mission of Doylestown Health will be "to continuously improve the quality of life and proactively advocate for the health and well being of the individuals we serve." The vision is "the enthusiastic pursuit of healthcare excellence through collaboration and innovation.

To accomplish this expanded mission and vision, we will continuously assess the range of services available to our community and take steps to close any gaps. An early example of our desire to serve the full care continuum focuses on pediatrics. We have long cared for children in our Emergency Department and outpatient centers, but we lacked an inpatient pediatric unit for children whose clinical condition required an overnight stay.

In Fall 2014 we will open The Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center, a six-bed unit staffed by pediatric hospitalists and specially trained nurses and staff. We are very excited to offer this expanded pediatric service to our community, and to work with our medical community to ensure that appropriate pediatric specialty services are available.

Working collaboratively as Doylestown Health, we are proud to build on our heritage of service to our community's needs. We will continue to identify and respond to those needs by enhancing our care continuum across both inpatient and community settings. We are coming together in exciting new ways to provide value to our community through a system of dedicated health care professionals. We are Doylestown Health.

Jim Brexler

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Gift of Hope

It’s no surprise that one of the top stressors in a person’s life is finances. Cancer patients are no exception when dealing with financial stress.

Patti’s Gift of Hope, a fundraiser to benefit The Bridge Fund at Doylestown Hospital Cancer Institute, raises money to assist cancer patients and bridge the gap for those who cannot afford some aspects of their care not covered by insurance.

Gift of Hope Event Details

Sunday, October 5th, 2014


Spring Mill Manor
171 Jacksonville Road
Ivyland, PA 18974

$50 per person include buffet dinner, beer and beverages

If you are interesting in attending, please email Sandy Panuccio at ivylandsandy@verizon.net or call (215)-603-3067.

The fundraiser was created in memory of Patti Barrile, who passed away this past Thanksgiving of breast cancer. Donna Angotti, MD, was Patti’s breast surgeon oncologist. Dr. Angotti was more than just a doctor to Patti from the very beginning of her diagnosis. Dr. Angotti’s warmth and caring ways, coupled with her skills, helped Patti through some very difficult times.

For those of us who were blessed to know her, Patti was truly an inspiration of hope.

Giving Opportunities

Each gift to Doylestown Hospital helps us fulfill the hospital's mission "to provide a responsive, healing environment for our patients and their families." For more information or to pledge your support, please contact our Development Office at 215-345-2124 or make a donation online.

About the Breast Center of Doylestown Hospital

The Breast Center of Doylestown Hospital combines the compassionate care of experts with state-of-the-art technology to offer personalized breast cancer and well-breast care, close to home. Breast care services include early detection and advanced screening options at the Women's Diagnostic Center of Doylestown Hospital . Experienced surgeons offer complex treatments including nipple-sparing mastectomy. The Breast Center of Doylestown Hospital is your resource for total breast health, close to home.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Hike, Bike, Have Fun this Sunday!

Neighborhood Trail Awareness Day gives local residents a chance to check out the natural beauty of our community.

The Doylestown Bike & Hike Committee will host the first annual Neighborhood Trail Awareness Day on Sunday, September 28. Events will be held from 8 am to 4 pm and start at the Doylestown Hospital Parking Lot A-2, which is at the base of Memorial Drive off of route 202, next to the parking garage.

Doylestown Hospital is proud to be part of this event to promote fun physical fitness for local residents of all ages. It’s a great way to spend the day with family, or come out and meet your neighbors!

Neighborhood Trail Awareness Day gives community members of all ages and abilities the chance to get out and experience the extensive bike and hike trails in Doylestown. This is an opportunity for community members to really get active in their neighborhoods and learn how to get around in a fun and safe way. There will be guides and maps so you can easily find your way.

This is a free event open to the young and young-at-heart! No registration is required.

For more information, visit the Doylestown Township website.

Tour Details

All tours begin at Doylestown Hospital
8:00 AM
10K Run. Run will start at the Hospital and go to Del Val (expected to last 1.5 hours)

9:00 AM Two Lakes Ride
This ride will cover the two lakes in the area: Lake Galena and the Pine Run Reservoir. It be a great workout for a more experienced rider as the terrain will include several inclines. (expected to last 1.5 hours)

10:30 AM Circle the Town Ride
Ride wiII start at the Hospital and “circle the town.” Riders will take the Hospital access route to Doyle Elementary, past Delaware Valley College, over to the beautiful Neshaminy Creek, and back through Central Park. (expected to last 1 hour)

12:00 PM Ice Cream Ride to Del Val
This family-fun ride will start at the Hospital and make its way on 202 to the Market at Del Val for ice cream. (expected to last 1.5 hours)

2:00 PM Borough Bounce
The ride will explore some of the smaller streets and trails in bike-friendly Doylestown Borough. (expected to last 1.5 hours)

4:00 PM
Doylestown Hospital Garden Walk. This 2-mile walk will meander through the Hospital gardens, down through the scenic access route and back. (expected to last 1 hour)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Della Penna Pediatric Center Opens This Fall

Expert inpatient care at Doylestown Hospital extends to all ages, including infants, children and teens.

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Recognizing Our Roots

When the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA) founded Doylestown Hospital in 1923, growing families were a focus of their mission. The women saw that maternity care, child health clinics and an active visiting nurse service met vital needs of families in the community.

While maternity services have remained at the heart of the hospital throughout its history, Doylestown has not had an inpatient children's unit in recent years. Most pediatric visits have been for either emergency care or same-day surgical procedures.

Time For a Change

Doylestown Hospital strives to improve the quality of life for all members of the community. That commitment spans a patient's lifetime. Recognizing the need for pediatric inpatient care, Doylestown Hospital developed plans for a family-centered, child-friendly, unit to provide care for its youngest patients.

The Fall 2014 opening of The Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center of Doylestown Hospital marks a new era in providing quality care for all members of the family, close to home.

Jason Komasz, MD, is the lead pediatric hospitalist and medical director of the Della Penna Pediatric Center of Doylestown Hospital. "This new center allows us to bring something back that was part of this institution in the beginning. We're coming full circle. We've always had excellent community pediatricians, and now we have excellent hospital care when the kids need it."

About The Della Penna Pediatric Center

  • Secure inpatient pediatric unit with private rooms designed for kids
  • Specialized staff with board certified pediatricians or pediatric nurse practitioners and pediatric nurses available 24/7
  • Clinicians certified in pediatric life support
  • Outpatient and inpatient medical and surgical options
  • Direct access to CHOP neonatologists on site
  • Overnight accommodations for parents (in-room with child)
  • Dedicated pediatric medical equipment and supplies
  • Advanced imaging services, including low-dose CT scans and 3T MRI designed to reduce stress or anxiety
  • Expedited access and referral to pediatric specialists
  • Coordination with regional children's hospitals for advanced care needs

Pediatric Conditions Diagnosed and Treated

  • Respiratory problems like asthma, pneumonia or RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)
  • Complications from high fever
  • Minor trauma/concussions
  • Sports injury
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Pain management
  • Dehydration

Can Being in the Hospital Actually Be Fun?

The pediatric experience at Doylestown Hospital starts with expert care. It also involves a special kind of caring. The staff is committed to making every child's experience comfortable and stress-free.
  • Well equipped playroom for patients and siblings
  • Wagons instead of stretchers for transport
  • Art supplies
  • Volunteer-made pillowcases in fun fabrics that kids can take home
  • Pet therapy with a friendly dog
  • Special decorations on holidays

Della Penna Pediatric Center Services extend beyond the hospital setting to include health and wellness education, nutrition services and other support services within the community.

Donor Story

Recently, Louis and his wife, Carol, were presented with the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of all families served by Doylestown Hospital. Their generous gift helped make the hospital’s vision of an inpatient pediatric unit a reality.

Watch Carol and Louis Della Penna discuss their gift.

About Pediatric Care at Doylestown Hospital

Committed to providing family-focused healthcare to the community we serve, the Della Penna Pediatric Center offers private rooms designed especially for kids and round-the-clock care from board-certified pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners and pediatric nurses. When in need of compassionate, quality pediatric care close to home, look no further than Doylestown Hospital.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Gift for Families and the Future

Helping to keep children healthy for generations to come is a legacy Carol and Louis Della Penna hold dear.

It was nearly 20 years ago that Louis Della Penna first became acquainted with Doylestown Hospital. He came to the ER with chest pains, where doctors stabilized his dire condition.

"I was told I had two hours to live," said Louis. "They literally saved my life."

The life he has lived since has included service on the steering committee of The Friends of The Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital, as well as the hospital’s Foundation Board.

"Doylestown Hospital is a special hospital. They’ve attained a level of quality that is much higher than you’d find in most community hospitals. We’re very proud of what they’ve done," Louis added.

Family Comes First

"We’ve been blessed with four children and seven grandchildren," explained Louis. "Five of our grandchildren live in the Doylestown area."

Recently, Louis and his wife, Carol, were presented with the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of all families served by Doylestown Hospital. Their generous gift helped make the hospital’s vision of an inpatient pediatric unit a reality.

The Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center of Doylestown Hospital is scheduled to open later this Fall.

"It’s very exciting for us to think we’ve been able to do something for the community and for the hospital. We need a thriving, full-service hospital that covers all areas of healthcare," said Louis.

The grandchildren affectionately call Carol "Grammy." "My husband and I both really love children and watching them grow. This is an investment for my grandchildren and all the grandchildren and young families in the community," she said.

A View Toward the Future

The Della Pennas are eager to watch their namesake center grow.

"We really hope the community will embrace this and take great pride in it," Carol said.

"We are hoping that with our leadership gift, the community will embrace this and fully embrace the wonderful opportunity to enhance Doylestown Hospital and the community," Louis added. "This is something we believe in and we hope others in the community will as well."

Pediatric Giving Opportunities

By choosing to support Pediatrics at Doylestown Hospital, you can help to create a safe and comfortable environment for pediatric patients and their families close to home. Make a donation online or to learn more about giving opportunities at Doylestown Hospital call 215-345-2802 to speak with a development associate.

About Pediatric Care at Doylestown Hospital

Committed to providing family-focused healthcare to the community we serve, the Della Penna Pediatric Center offers private rooms designed especially for kids and round-the-clock care from board-certified pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners and pediatric nurses. When in need of compassionate, quality pediatric care close to home, look no further than Doylestown Hospital.

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Two Babies, One Great Experience

Thanks to an unexpected twist, The VIA Maternity Center of Doylestown Hospital delivered a special experience for this family. 

When the ultrasound showed that Ryan Nase and his wife, Katie, were expecting twins, he couldn’t hide his emotions.

"It was like he had scored the winning touchdown," said Katie.

Unfortunately, excitement later turned to frustration. As Katie’s pregnancy progressed, she and Ryan were disappointed when the prenatal care they received didn’t meet their needs. That’s when the Northeast Philadelphia couple made the decision to try Doylestown Hospital. A teacher in Warminster, Katie’s family in Bucks County recommended she try an ob/gyn practice associated with the Hospital. 

More than a month before her due date, Katie went in for a routine prenatal test. Melanie Ware, DO, an ob/gyn on staff at Doylestown Hospital, discovered her blood pressure had skyrocketed due to preeclampsia. Left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious — even fatal — complications for mother and baby. The only remedy for this condition is to deliver the baby, so Dr. Ware informed Katie that it was time to deliver her twins. Six weeks premature, the babies could not wait. Katie had never even been inside Doylestown Hospital before.

Both she and Ryan were scared and unprepared. Their minds would soon be put at ease thanks to the expertise, personalized care and attention she received.

"It turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to us," said Katie.

Born on April 23, Kalynn weighed in at 5 pounds 4 ounces while brother Cadence weighed just over 3 pounds. They each spent over a week in the Intensive Care Nursery at Doylestown Hospital.

"The doctors were great. They went over everything with us. I really liked working with them," said Katie.

When it was time to start breastfeeding, Katie was supported and encouraged by the nurses. "Learning to feed a 3 pound 15 ounce baby was nerve wracking at first, but the nurses really helped. They were phenomenal."

Nurses brought the twins to see Katie throughout the day and even in the middle of the night. "They worked around our schedule," Katie said.

A few months later, with the twins doing well and weighing more than 10 pounds each, the couple reflected about the rather unexpected turn of events.

"We had such a great experience," Ryan said. "Luckily we found Doylestown Hospital."

About Maternity Care at Doylestown Hospital

The VIA Maternity Center of Doylestown Hospital is rated among the best in the region for maternity care with services available for every stage of pregnancy through the birth experience. The VIA Maternity Center features a 32-bed maternity unit that includes 9 labor, delivery & recovery rooms, 22 private post-partum rooms, and a Level II Intensive Care Nursery staffed by CHOP neonatologists.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Specialized Pediatric Care for Injuries from Head to Toe

The orthopedic experts of Doylestown Hospital provide specialized pediatric care for injuries from head to toe.

Keeping Bones and Joints Strong

Being active is great for children and teens, but there is a risk for injury. Common sports injuries include sprains, strains or trauma to joints or bones, fractures and repetitive motion injuries.

"When it comes to treating young people, it's important to keep a few things in mind," says Susan Griffith, DO, who is fellowship-trained in pediatric orthopedics.
  • Children are not 'little adults' and often their treatment differs from that of adults
  • An X-ray is almost always ordered to help with diagnosis
  • Sometimes what a parent thinks is an injury related to sports might be caused by something else (previous injury, illness, infection, even Lyme disease)
  • Pain relief for children is different than that for adults
Dr. Griffith looks forward to the opening of The Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center of Doylestown Hospital. "This will allow for faster treatment for our pediatric patients. And it helps the children feel more comfortable."

Dr. Griffith is a multi-sport athlete, former soccer coach, current marathoner and CB East High School graduate who practices with Doylestown Orthopaedic Specialists.

Could It Be a Concussion?

When you hear the word concussion, you likely think sports injury. But the fact is anyone can have a concussion – Sarah falls off the monkey bars, Mom has a fender bender, Jake flips off his skateboard onto the sidewalk.

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or upper body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth, explains Michelle Horn, DO, who is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and concussion management.

While concussions are essentially invisible (no brain scan can confirm a concussion), there are recognizable signs and symptoms. These may be subtle and not immediately apparent.

Concussion symptoms (may last for days, weeks or longer):

  • Physical – Headache, nausea, vomiting, balance issues, ringing in the ears, dizziness, fatigue and sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Cognitive – Mental fogginess, difficulty concentrating and/or remembering, and slowed thinking
  • Emotional – Increased irritability, sadness, nervousness, or feeling more emotional than usual
  • Sleep – Drowsiness, sleeping more or less than usual, trouble falling asleep

"Following a concussion, the brain requires cognitive and physical rest. I instruct patients not to do anything that can make symptoms worse," says Dr. Horn, who practices with Buckingham Family Medicine and Bucks County Orthopedic Specialists.

She adds, "Generally, most individuals recover fully and are back to normal function within two to three weeks." However, let your doctor tell you for certain when you’re ready to return to life as you know it.

About the Orthopedic Institute of Doylestown Hospital

The Orthopedic Institute of Doylestown Hospital is a collaborative program between the hospital and our affiliated orthopedic doctors, orthopedic surgeons and orthopedic rehabilitation specialists. The Institute offers a full range of advanced medical services to treat problems of the bones, joints and muscles.

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