Bayshore Community Hospital and Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations today announced a $5 million charitable contribution from Mrs. Janice Mitchell Vassar, whose sole desire, in her words, is to "make my hospital the best hospital it can be."
Given in honor of the memory of her brother, Ashby John Mitchell, Mrs. Vassar's gift will propel Bayshore Community Hospital's vision to significantly grow cardiovascular services, as well as enhance access to services for the vision impaired throughout the communities Meridian Health serves. The donation stands as the largest single gift to Bayshore and marks the second $5 million dollar gift to Meridian Health within the last year.
"There is no more profound way to give back to a community in its entirety than to give to your community hospital," says David Flood, president of the Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations. "As we continue to grow the breadth and depth of services at Bayshore Community Hospital, Mrs. Vassar's gift will create a lasting legacy, and is already serving as a catalyst for other community leaders to lend their support."
At Bayshore, a significant portion of the donation will be used to fund the expansion of cardiovascular services, specifically the construction of two new state-of-the-art heart and vascular labs. As part of the Meridian Cardiovascular Network and through its strong relationship with Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a recognized leader in open heart surgery in New Jersey, cardiovascular services have become a signature service at Bayshore.
"Mrs. Vassar's gift supports our vision to continually advance care at Bayshore," says Timothy J. Hogan, FACHE, regional president of Bayshore Community Hospital and Riverview Medical Center, "and marks the beginning of a project that will change the landscape of cardiovascular care in our community."
The gift also continues Mrs. Vassar's dedication to helping the vision impaired with the remainder of the donation funding a dedicated outreach coordinator, free screenings, educational programs, access to community resources through the Taking Care of New Jersey mobile health unit, new technologies and aides for the vision impaired, and an
internship that will provide students with hands-on experience working with patients with disabilities including the blind and vision impaired.