2013 Philanthropist of the Year

02/04/14

Winchester Hospital Honors Philanthropists of the Year

The generosity of Winchester Hospital donors is a key factor in the hospital’s ability to invest in state-of-the-art technology, new facilities and programs. Dr. Adler - POY

At its 27th Annual Meeting, Winchester Hospital honored three recipients of the Eugene Joseph McCarthy Philanthropist of the Year Award at the Café Escadrille in Burlington. The award recognizes donors who embody the spirit of giving.

For his ongoing support of his patients and the hospital, as well as his own personal generosity, Jonathan Adler, MD was named the 2013 physician philanthropist of the year.

Dr. Adler, a primary care doctor and infectious disease specialist, has been practicing medicine in Winchester since 1971. In that time, he has earned the respect and adoration of his colleagues, hospital staff, and most importantly, his patients. Numerous patients have made generous gifts to Winchester Hospital in honor of their favorite physician – Dr. Adler. One of these patients described Dr. Adler as a “fierce advocate for his patients,” a professional who will “courageously and correctly provide second opinions and a man who openly shares in the joy of his patients when test results bring good news.

“There is such a thing as an excellent doctor,” the patient said. “There is such a thing as a caring doctor….His name is Jonathan Adler.”

Bob and Sally Willing of Winchester were selected as the individual recipients of the philanthropist of the year award, which honors a community member for his/her loyalty and philanthropic leadership.

“Bob and Sally rank among the most generous and consistent supporters of our hospital,” said Dale Lodge, president of Winchester Physician Associates.

Bob is one of the hospital’s three investment trustees serving since 1968, while Sally has volunteered at the hospital for more than 30 years. “The Willings exemplify what it means to be a philanthropist by supporting the hospital in multiple capacities.  We are privileged to have such loyal friends,” said Maribeth Canning, VP of Foundation.

“I have seen just how special the care is at Winchester Hospital,” said Sally. “Because I have been a patient myself a few times, I have had a chance to experience firsthand the wonderful care these nurses and doctors give their patients.”

Dennis Sargent of Woodbriar of Wilmington and Windsor Place of Wilmington was honored as the Business Partner recipient, which recognizes the generosity of local businesses for its charitable tradition and leadership.

“As a member of the Foundation board, Dennis has been an insightful advisor, bringing his passion for individualized customer service to all he does,” said Deborah McDonough, chair of the Winchester Hospital Foundation.

Both of his facilities and Winchester Hospital share similar values – they want to promote better health and wellness.

“Winchester Hospital takes pride in their work, puts the individual first and treats people like family,” Sargent said. “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

All of those honored share the common thread of investing their time, as well as resources, in Winchester Hospital through their generosity, leadership and volunteer activities.

“These generous donors and all who donate their time and money have allowed Winchester Hospital to continue to advance the health of the communities we serve,” said Kevin Smith, President and CEO of Winchester Hospital. “These great community relationships are important and ensure the care we provide to our area residents who come to us every year keeps getting better.”