On Friday, May 17, 2019 our colleagues from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital joined us at the Family House for a special luncheon to celebrate an amazing milestone in our partnership—a $250,000 pledge from their hospital to support the Family House mission. As part of this pledge, Jefferson Hospital underwrote our “Family Community Center” on the lower level of the Family House, which includes our laundry and fitness facilities, salon, Volunteer Center, and Activity Center.
During the luncheon, special remarks were made by Richard Webster, President of Jefferson Hospital, Howard M. Nathan, Founder and President of Gift of Life Family House, and Ed Carman, a liver and kidney recipient treated at Jefferson and former Family House guest. Following the program was a ceremony to unveil the “Family Community Center” plaque in Jefferson’s name.
“Jefferson saved my life and I will always be thankful for that,” Ed said during the event. “While I was staying [at the hospital], my wife had a safe place here, and a caring place here. I didn’t have to worry about that for her. I knew she was OK.”
Jefferson was the first transplant center to financially support the Family House. In their first pledge, they underwrote the Family House’s dining area where families can meet and connect over their experiences while sharing a warm, home-cooked meal.
“I feel committed to the Family House because I see the impact it has across the community,” said Mr. Webster. “We are so fortunate that it’s here for our patients.”
Mr. Webster, Ed, and his wife, Gail, were also presented with the Family House challenge coin, which is a token of thanks given to members of our community who represent values we hold dear, including family, community, compassion, generosity, service, and commitment.
Through their compassion, commitment, generosity, and service to our mission, our colleagues at Jefferson Hospital have made incredible efforts to strengthen patients, families, and the transplant community. We are so thankful for their support!
After the event, Jefferson Hospital staff participated in a team-building baking competition in the Family House kitchen as part of our Home Cook Heroes Program. We have had more Home Cook Hero volunteers from Jefferson Hospital than any other hospital in our region—just another way Jefferson demonstrates their loyalty and commitment to our mission.
We are so thankful for our partnership with them!