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65 Years of Excellence

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65 Years of Excellence

CONTACT: Michelle Aliprantis, Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications and Interim Regional Director over Suburban Community Hospital and Roxborough Memorial Hospital

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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 to home.”

“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 onsite.”

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.