The History and Structure of DEBORAH Hospital Foundation
Deborah Heart and Lung Center and Deborah Hospital Foundation may have two different names, but neither organization could fulfill its mission without the work and support of the other. Based on their combined reputations, spanning nearly nine decades, the Center and Foundation have both achieved major successes which have been instrumental in making Deborah a widely-known and highly-respected name in the region.
Dora Moness Shapiro founded what is now the Deborah Heart and Lung Center in 1922. Since its beginnings, the Center has been caring for and healing critically ill patients without ever issuing a medical bill. Today, the Center is the leading cardiac and pulmonary specialty hospital in the area, offering services like endovascular medicine, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. The Center is able to provide the necessary facilities, equipment, medical staff and financial resources required to deliver the highest quality inpatient and outpatient services for the diagnosis and treatment of heart, lung and vascular diseases through the work of the Deborah Hospital Foundation.
Since its inception, in 1974, the Foundation and its grassroots chapters and volunteer network of over 20,000 members have served as ambassadors for the Center, providing information for communities and spearheading fundraising activities that help maintain the hospital. The Foundation prides itself on its alliances with individuals, corporations, labor organizations, service organizations, foundations and others, all of which work together to ensure that Dora Monness Shapiro’s philosophy that “there can be no price on life” will always be upheld.
The Deborah Family – Center and Foundation staff, board members, volunteers, Chapter members, as well as past and present patients and their families – may not work side-by-side every day or even know each other’s names, but each individual is collaboratively involved in continuing Deborah’s history as the premier provider of cardiovascular and pulmonary services.
These two entities are fundamentally bound to the vision and mission of one remarkable woman who believed that every human being has a right to quality, affordable healthcare. Together, the entire Deborah Family works tirelessly and daily to carry out the dream of our founder.
To provide substantial funding to support the highest quality of patient care by Deborah Heart and Lung Center; to provide for treatment of children with congenital heart disease in the United States and around the world; and to provide for clinical research for cardiac, pulmonary and vascular diseases by fostering and maintaining the Foundation’s grassroots volunteer movement, its alliances with corporations, labor organizations, service organizations, foundations and others and by its initiation and enhancement of planned giving programs and other fundraising activities. In partnership with the Center, the Foundation will continue to heighten awareness of the name of Deborah and its unique healthcare and fundraising activities to serve more people without distinction as to race, gender, sexual preference, creed, color, religion, age, national origin, handicap, or ability to pay.