CONTACT: Michelle Aliprantis, Director of Business Development, Marketing
and Communications and Interim Regional Director over Suburban Community
Hospital and Roxborough Memorial Hospital
Bristol, PA (November 1, 2019)—On November 1, many hospital staff members from various departments gathered
in Founders Hall to commemorate 65 years of medical care in the area.
With some staff having as many as 30 years at Lower Bucks Hospital (LBH),
this was a special event.
LBH Business Development, Marketing and Communications Director, Michelle
Aliprantis, said the entire “LBH team was excited to be part of
the hospital’s legacy in the area.” She said that the “many
employees who have been with the hospital for over 30 years show that
it’s a great place to work.”
During the 65th anniversary event on November 1st, LBH Chief Executive Officer Michael Motte commented on the evolution
of the hospital. He thanked the employees for their support over the years.
"This is truly a special day," said Michael Motte, who joined
the hospital as its new CEO about 3 months ago. "Sixty-five years
is a long time. It shows resilience and a sustainability during some really
tough times. Health care has many challenges, but this hospital has done
a phenomenal job with braving the tides." “I could not be more
humbled to serve such an incredible organization and be part of the 65-year
legacy, it’s incredible,” Motte said. “This is definitely
the place to be, because it’s a family community - we just recently
celebrated that, and we will continue to celebrate that because it’s
just part of the great culture of Lower Bucks Hospital.”.
The event featured a photo collage that highlighted several members of
the LBH team and their experiences in the hospital. “They’re
the ones that make things happen,” Motte said. “The most important
ingredient in terms of a successful organization is its people and how
they love and feel about their organization.”
In 1950, a group from the Bucks County Rescue Squad approached Otto Haas,
the then president of Rohm and Haas, about a donation to help launch a
new modern local health care facility. Haas pledged $100,000 and a community
fundraising effort was launched with the goal of raising $1.5 million
from the 15 municipalities that the hospital would service. The "kick
off" campaign began May 15, 1951 with a gathering of 100 people at
Bristol High School.
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 2, 1954, two years after the groundbreaking, LBH admitted its
very first patient. Since opening LBH has grown from 150 beds to 175 beds.
LBH treats over 25,000 patients annually, remaining true to that pledge
made nearly sixty-five years ago.
In our latest addition, LBH opened a Podiatry unit. The complete unit offered
at 501 Bath Road, in the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center (behind the
hospital) is now accepting patients.
“We would like to provide our community with the best health care
possible,” says Aliprantis. “Having a podiatry unit is going
to benefit the whole community, by providing the care they need closer
“If they have a foot problem, they come through the wound care center
or emergency room. In the past, the patient would suffer the inconvenience
of a transfer, whereas they are now able to get the care that they need
About Lower Bucks Hospital: Lower Bucks Hospital is a community hospital, serving the Lower Bucks
County region with medical, surgical, and emergency care. Located in historic
Bristol, Pennsylvania, the Hospital is well-known for its knowledgeable
medical staff, including cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine, radiology,
and general surgery. A residency program affiliated with The Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine is well known for internal and family
medicine. The hospital has more than 200 physicians on staff, as well
as another 700 employees. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered
in Ontario, California, Lower Bucks Hospital is focused on becoming one
of the leaders in technology. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital
management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including
Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia and Suburban Community Hospital
in Montgomery County.