Sixty- five years ago many people worked together to build the community's hospital.
Lower Bucks Hospital's roots are firmly planted in the soil of this
community. In 1950, a group of local residents, concerned about the availability
of health care in their growing neighborhoods, decided that they needed
their own community hospital. Led by energetic visionaries in the local
rescue squad, a group visited Otto Haas, the president of Rohm and Haas.
He offered a $100,000 contribution to begin the hospital drive that built
Lower Bucks Hospital.
A community fundraising campaign was launched. It involved thousands of
volunteers and hundreds of companies, all working together to bring a
hospital to Lower Bucks County. Parades and rallies were held, hospital
volunteers went door-to-door, labor unions and management worked hand-in-hand
to promote payroll deduction. The funds were raised quickly to get the
Groundbreaking for the modern healthcare facility was held on a chilly
day, November 2, 1952, and construction began. On October 30, 1954, the
community gathered to formally dedicate its new hospital. Two giants of
the American economy, Ross E. Leffler of United States Steel and Walter
F. Ruether of the United Auto Workers, joined hands to dedicate this hospital
to serve all people . . . regardless of their ability to pay. On November
4, 1954, two years after the groundbreaking, Lower Bucks Hospital admitted
its very first patient. Now, Lower Bucks Hospital treats 150,000 patients
annually, remaining true to that pledge made nearly fifty years ago.
For sixty-five years, Lower Bucks Hospital has maintained its healing mission,
serving a population of more than 300,000 people. Our advanced cardiac
service has helped thousands of patients through interventional cardiology
and open-heart surgery. Over 300 physicians treat more than 150,000 patients
yearly in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.
Like the 1950 visionaries who saw the urgent community need for a hospital
and acted . . . it is now our turn to act decisively and provide the life-saving
medical services required by our growing needs.