Deborah Hospital Foundation

Rating: 4.14 stars   43 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 20 Pine Mill Road Browns Mills NJ 08015 USA

Mission: In partnership with DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center, founded in 1922, DEBORAH Hospital Foundation, established in 1974, continues to heighten awareness of the name of DEBORAH
Programs: DEBORAH Hospital Foundation exists to support DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center and its 139-bed hospital, with more than 5,000 admissions and nearly 41,000 outpatient visits recorded in 2004. Its goals are to provide the necessary facilities, equipment, medical staff and financial resources needed to deliver the highest quality inpatient and outpatient services for the diagnosis and treatment of heart, lung and vascular disease within the DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center service area.
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am a person with a name, Donna McArdle, and a phone number, 609-893-1200 ext. 5845. I am not afraid to publicly post my opinions and I welcome calls about all these allegations. I am sickened by all these malicious anonymous posts. I am very thankful that there was no internet when Ms. Shapiro founded this hospital. With a NIMBY attitude she had a hard time finding a town that would let TB patients recuperate. I can imagine what the chat room would have been like then. I am also thankful there was no internet around during the Depression when Clara Franks and her staff had to avoid the milkman because they couldn't pay the bill and the hospital was nearly foreclosed on because they couldn't make the mortgage. What a field day Deborah detractors would have had then! Deborah has done an admirable job of caring for thousands of patients over the years, and if people have built careers and made a living along the way, that is a good thing. There are more pressing problems facing the hospital today than nasty posts from disgruntled former associates, including a stagnant employment market which each day leaves more people without health insurance as they lose jobs and time-out on COBRA benefits, and federal and state governments that have no monies for health care. Deborah continues to deliver as one of NJ's 17 licensed cardiac centers, day after day. Major companies, with astute savvy to analyze Foundation financials, continue to fund the hospital. It is an institution many people are proud of. I do not doubt that these comments will fuel another bout of malicious hate posted. I am thankful that in America we have the freedom of choice. Choice for you to pick your hospital and Foundation, and choice for me not to enter a negative internet site. Deborah is a wonderful hospital and a great community asset.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

delivering health care to many

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

22 people found this review helpful

Please read word by word from " Sandlady" on July 22 2010,she is extremely insightful about Deborah's situation.I and my family donated to Deborah before,but to realize how the top administration and VPMA squander the money into their own pockets and pour it down the drain,I swear I'll never donante one more dollar to this failing institution. With all the experienced cardiologists gone, I will not risk my life there even if it's for free.I give it 5 stars because I want everyone to read this.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I agree with the last post. I also know that these review sites can be terrible. The only people who ever take the time to review something are the ones who had a bad experience. It seems like every time I travel I read reviews on hotels and it is always the people whose reservations were wrong, whose room was not right, or who had a problem that write a bad review. I have stayed at places that were great, but if you read it online, it sounds like the worst hotel in the world! I don't know about the boards and the reports and other things written here, but I know in my heart that Deborah is a good hospital that cares for people and I will keep selling car raffle tickets to help people who have no insurance get the heart care they need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping children all over the world get life-saving surgery they needed, and my neighbors without much money.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to find a way to get more Chapter volunteers. Our meetings are getting smaller and smaller.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Besides helping people making great Chapter friends

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very, very nice

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help even more people

Ways to make it better...

We had more help

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Chapter members getting too old to help out

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I am very confused by all these comments I am reading. The Deborah I have known as a patient (and my friends have come to) is a wonderful hospital that has cared for us. It has also taken care of other people in my retirement community. The care was always wonderful. I am reading these mean gossipy things people are writing and just can't believe them. I think that Deborah, like most hospitals, is under state and federal control, so I am sure that their finances and services are monitored for soundness and safety. When all the other hospitals in New Jersey were going out of business, we heard about it. Since I am not hearing these terrible things about Deborah anywhere except here, I can only believe the posts that say the people writing these things are trying to hurt the hospital. Why would anyone want to do that in today's day and age? Deborah represents the best of the best in a time when there is not enough for everyone. I am sad to see this meanness. The people who don't like Deborah should go their own way. I can't believe that people are writing about things that they say happened five or six years ago and that ruined the hospital today. When I was there for my last check-up it seemed like the hospital was still just doing fine. If you feel this way, go to another hospital, but leave the Deborah we love alone!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

wonderful care

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it bigger

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the care

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring and sweet. Lots of time to talk to old people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open another hospital in Hudson County

Ways to make it better...

there was more transportation back and forth

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a bigger waiting room

One thing I'd also say is that...

it's good to know we have a place where every person is special

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I have worked at Deborah for over 20 years, and as great a place it is, Deborah has unfortunately had three chiefs of cardiology in the last five years. Such turnover in department chairs is uncustomary even for Deborah, but like anything in life there is an explanation. The last chief of cardiology left this year to return to practice in California, his home state and that of his family. Two years ago, our chief of cardiology at that time took another position in the southern part of our country. It has been common practice at Deborah to not hold physicians back from any position that they may perceive as a great opportunity in their career. And lastly, the prior chief had to depart in 2005 when it was discovered that he was performing patient procedures that, quite frankly, he was not good at. Deborah did what it always does in a situation that may be harmful to a patient, and that is, to make the State Department of Health aware of any shortcoming physicians appear to have. While it is doubtful that any harm came to any patient at Deborah, safety is always first and the matter is in the hands, as it should be, of the Department of Health. Although this cardiologist, after leaving Deborah in 2005, joined a physician group in Mt. Laurel, he now only provides patient services that the State of New Jersey will allow. So when you hear there is excessive turnover at Deborah, you need to know their mantra ~ "Patient Safety First."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the great care I have seen provided to patients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 1 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I agree with the previous post. This type of exchange is crucial to our decision making process as donors. We look at the posts on this site carefully and screen each potential donation site carefully. The kind of the numerical facts presented in some of these posts are too detailed to be inaccurate or false. A hospital foundation that allows its assets to be depleted from over $ 30 million to less than $7 million in 3 years, is simply negligent. This is a lack-of- good-management issue and the responsibility for oversight lies with the respective Boards of the foundation and hospital. We welcome more posts that expose such facts. We also welcome any rebuttal of these numbers by others who may have a different view.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

2004-2005. The numbers seemed to add up then.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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12 people found this review helpful

On the contrary, I visit this site often as a representative of a donor foundation, and think that this is EXACTLY the type of back and forth that is necessary, in order to get a better view of things. I think that these are different posts by different people, except for one post that was repeated yesterday; probably an error. These are also people INSIDE the hospital with knowledge of the way things are really run there. I don't see anyone disputing the facts presented by these so called "negative", "axe to grind" reviews with facts of their own? Why is that? If every organization was given 5 stars all the time by every reviewer, how would we know whether the place was really worth giving to? Seems to me that the hospital desperately wants to control the message. So, keep posting people, whoever you are! You are doing us a service! We learn when you post!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

2005. It was a different place back then. Seems a lot has changed for the worse there since 2007.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-5-01

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3 people found this review helpful

These back and forth posts are not helpful to me as I try to evaluate the Foundation. The negative posts appear to have been written by someone with an axe to grind. Why air your laundry here? The rest of us want unbiased information, please.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Just looking for unbiased information

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One time

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2010-7-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Read more carefully. USNWR data was from 2006-2008. State Report Card Data was from 2007. Same timeline. USNWR data was incomplete: "mortality reported for certain selected admission diagnoses" It was more a patient satisfaction survey. What patient isnt happy exceeding length of stay in a hospital? But those satisfaction numbers should give Deborah satisfaction. I think state data more complete and accurate.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the hospital daily. Go with the State data!

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Hum...what should I weigh more heavily...state data that is 3 years old or federal data that is current...? I'll stick with the current stats.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Great place to get care

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Great care

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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