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L A N C A S T E R M E D I C A L S O C I E T Y.O R G

Perspectives

Foundations Provide
Crucial Support
FOR LANCASTER COUNTY HOSPITALS

SUSAN SHELLY,
Writer

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hilanthropic support has always
been critically important for
hospitals. Indeed, the very first
hospital in the fledgling United
Colonies-Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia-was funded by Benjamin Franklin
and other citizens who, according to Penn
Medicine's history of the hospital, supported
the idea of building a facility "to care for the
sick-poor and insane who were wandering the
streets of Philadelphia."
Since then, religious groups, business leaders,
community groups, celebrities, and others across
the country have stepped up to initiate and
finance hospitals and other medical institutions.
Once established, those same institutions often
are sustained by foundations that work tirelessly
to raise funds to support the quality and growth
of hospitals in service to patients, their families,
and the community at large.
Circumstances are no different in Lancaster
County, where medical foundations are established to support hospitals and other health
care organizations with the goal of promoting
community health and well-being.

Lancaster Physician reached out to representatives of the Lancaster General Health
Foundation, the Ephrata Community Health
Foundation, the UPMC Pinnacle Foundation,
and Penn State Health development to learn
more about the role of medical foundations and
their efforts throughout the county.
Lancaster General Health Foundation
Created long before Lancaster General Health
became part of the University of Pennsylvania
Health System in 2015, the Lancaster General
Health Foundation works with philanthropic
community members who value the work of the
health care system and the benefits it provides
to area residents.
Led by Jennifer Groff, vice president, the
Lancaster General Health Foundation serves to
connect donors with the causes and initiatives
they wish to support.
"I see our role as being a connector," Groff
explained. "We build donor relationships, and
then we look at LG Health's greatest needs and
discern what our donors are willing to align
with. Many have specific passions in areas they
want to support, so we work to connect certain

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donors with what is most important to them."
The Foundation recently completed a
$9.6 million campaign to create the Seraph-McSparren Pediatric Inpatient Center at
Lancaster General Hospital and continues to
seek funds to support the center's Child Life
Program. That program, which launched in
November 2018 and now operates in both the
inpatient center and the hospital Emergency
Department, supports children and their
families emotionally and socially as it helps
them to understand and cope with illness,
injury, treatment, and hospitalization.
"We feel the Child Life Program is extremely
important as it helps children to understand
in an age-appropriate way what they should
expect," Groff said. "We are continuing to seek
support to expand the benefits of this program
across our health system."
The Lancaster General Health Foundation
also provides support to patients who are
struggling financially and is establishing funds
to provide mammograms for those who cannot
afford them.



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