The Samuel D. Riddle Society 2019 Thank You Celebration

More than 100 Samuel D. Riddle Society supporting members enjoyed a celebratory event on October 22, 2019 at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield. Riddle Hospital President Shelly Buck, Main Line Health President and CEO Jack Lynch and Riddle HealthCare Foundation Board Chair Don Saleski thanked attendees: “This evening is a tribute to our leadership donors whose generous support helps Riddle in its mission to provide quality care to the Delaware County community.”

View photos from the 2019 Riddle Society celebration (Google Photos)

37th Annual Riddle Hospital Pro-Am Golf Classic Tournament

The 37th Annual Riddle Hospital Pro-Am Golf Classic Tournament, led by presenting sponsor The Safegard Group, Inc., took place on September 12, 2019 at DuPont Country Club. This year, a record 56 generous sponsors and 190 golfers came together to raise more than $106,000 in net proceeds benefiting Riddle’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS). We are pleased to congratulate the winning teams! DuPont Course First Place Winners: Team Wawa with Mark Agnew, Anthony Augustine, Mike Eichinger and Paul Hess. Nemours Course First Place Winners: Team UNITEX with Ken Adkins, Dave DiNino, Joe Hughes and Eric Rubin. As Main Line Health President and CEO Jack Lynch stated at the shotgun start: “On behalf of Riddle Hospital, The Riddle HealthCare Foundation, and Main Line Health, thank you to our generous sponsors, golfers, and volunteers who came together and supported this successful event that helps us provide quality care to the communities we serve.”

View photos from the 2019 golf classic (Google Photos)

2019 Man O’War – An Evening at the Races

The 2019 Man O’War – An Evening at the Races event was held on Saturday April 6, 2019 at the Springfield Country Club with 530 guests in attendance and a record $300,000 raised. The popular annual event draws extraordinary support for Riddle Hospital, with attendees dressed in festive Kentucky Derby-style dancing, cheering on their horses, shopping the silent auction, and much more. Chaired by Riddle HealthCare Foundation Board Member Kelly Conlan and her husband Jim, Kelly stated, “We are thrilled that you have joined us here tonight as we celebrate one person who has been instrumental in Riddle Hospital’s dramatic transformation over the past decade: Mr. Gary Perecko. We are grateful for our highly engaged Board of Directors, more than 65 sponsors, and countless supporters who made this incredible night possible.” Main Line Health CEO and President Jack Lynch added his congratulations, thanking Gary for his leadership, presence and contributions to Riddle Hospital. Jack announced that “Riddle’s gala this year benefits The Birthplace renovation project at Riddle, where construction begins on April 8, 2019! We fittingly honor Gary, who has steadfastly been one of the biggest advocates for this project. On behalf of everyone at Riddle Hospital, The Riddle HealthCare Foundation, and Main Line Health, we are exceptionally grateful for your incredible commitment to helping us continue to provide the very best care in our communities.”

Special thanks to our major sponsors and generous supporters for the 2019 Man O’War gala.

View photos from the 2019 Man O’War Gala (Google Photos)

Preview Party for Riddle Hospital's 2019 Man O'War Gala

Guests looking forward to our premier event, "The 2019 Man O'War – An Evening at the Races," enjoyed a preview party with derby-inspired cuisine and glamorous, festive hats hosted by Maria and Dan Doyle in Media, Pennsylvania.

This year's Man O'War event chaired by Kelly and Jim Conlan, honors Riddle Hospital President Gary Perecko for his ten years of dedicated service. The gala will be held on April 6, 2019 at the Springfield Country Club and benefits The Birthplace renovation project at Riddle Hospital.

Interested in joining us? You can purchase tickets by calling 484.227.3504.

View photos from the 2019 Man O’War Gala preview party (Google Photos)

Run for Riddle 5K and Family Fun Walk 2018

Ready. Set. Run for Riddle! Riddle Hospital’s first-ever Riddle 5K: Run for Riddle and Family Fun Walk was held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 8:30 am at beautiful Ridley Creek State Park. This family-friendly event supported the Riddle Hospital Neonatal Intensive-Care Unit (NICU), which specializes in the care of ill or premature newborn infants.

Honoring Riddle’s finest: Man O’War – An evening at the races 2018

The Riddle HealthCare Foundation hosted nearly 500 guests on April 21 at the 2018 Man O’War – An evening at the races event held at Springfield Country Club. The event benefited The Birthplace at Riddle Hospital. We’re pleased to share a video from the event, which highlights our honorees, four very special individuals who have been vital to Riddle’s success:

  • Eustace and Susanne Mita for their generous support of Riddle Hospital
  • Dr. Doris Tirado of Riddle OB/GYN Associates
  • Ken Kirby, retired SVP of Development for Main Line Health

Video credit: Rip Roarin Productions

Riddle Hospital EMS benefits from 35th Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the 35th Annual Riddle Hospital Pro-Am Golf Tournament, held on Thursday, September 14, 2017, raised close to $77,000 to benefit the Riddle Hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Unit.

The event, co-chaired by Riddle HealthCare Foundation board members Bill O’Shea and Chris Smith, was held at the DuPont Country Club Championship Course in Wilmington, Delaware, welcoming 116 players including veteran Philadelphia Flyers players, teaching pros, and hospital employees, physicians, vendors, board members, and donors.

Prior to the start of the fivesome scramble format, Tawny Jackson, ‎director of quality and systems improvement initiatives with the American Heart Association (pictured above) recognized the Riddle EMS team as the recipient of the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for 2016. Riddle Hospital EMS received the award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Thank you to all of our sponsors and generous supporters!

Dr. Hassan Vakil honored by Riddle HealthCare Foundation

On Monday, May 22, 2017, The Riddle HealthCare Foundation honored the leadership and contributions of Hassan C. Vakil, MD to Riddle Hospital and formally dedicated the Hassan C. Vakil, MD Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center, located on Riddle’s campus in Health Center 4.

More than 150 colleagues, patients, friends and family members of Dr. Vakil gathered to participate in the dedication. Steve Derby, former executive director of The Riddle HealthCare Foundation served as the master of ceremonies, noting that “we gather to honor Dr. Vakil for his many contributions of time, talent and treasure to Riddle Hospital over his 40+ year tenure—and more specifically today in recognition of his generous support for the important work of the Wound Healing Center.”

Other speakers included Jack Lynch, president and CEO of Main Line Health; Gary Perecko, president of Riddle Hospital; David Thomas, DO, PhD, president of the Riddle Hospital medical staff and Dr. Vakil himself.

“Dr. Hassan Vakil has served Riddle Hospital and this community, in many ways,” said Gary Perecko, “chairing numerous committees; serving on the board of The Riddle HealthCare Foundation since 2005; chairing the division of surgery for 30 years; and currently serving as a member-at-large of Riddle’s Medical Staff Operating Committee. The impact Dr. Vakil has had on Riddle Hospital, the patients served over the years, the staff, our colleagues and the communities in which they live and work has been profound, beyond remarkable and certainly, immeasurable.”

Dr. David Thomas took the time to recognize and thank the members of Dr. Vakil’s family, particularly his wife Virgie, a successful attorney in Media, for their support and sacrifice over the years, allowing him to serve the community with great dedication.

Main Line Health president and CEO Jack Lynch praised Dr. Vakil for his dedication to the wound healing center. “Wound care patients require a time-intensive treatment process, and as a result, primary care physicians do not always have the time, nor expertise, to dedicate to their needs. That’s why it is so important to have a service like the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center and our well-respected physician champions, like Dr. Vakil, to bring a critical service like this to Riddle Hospital. He saw the benefit to the community and advocated the need for our patients.”

At the conclusion of the remarks, guests were invited for refreshments and to tour the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center.

View photos from dedication ceremony honoring Dr. Vakil (Google Photos)

Honoring Riddle’s finest: Man O’War – An evening at the races 2017

Man O’War – An evening at the races was held at Springfield Country Club on Saturday, April 8, 2017, welcoming over 400 guests honoring Thomas A. Bruder, Jr., Steven R. Derby, and Peter F. Sharkey, MD for their significant contributions to Riddle Hospital that have meaningfully enhanced the hospital’s service to the local community.

This year’s Kentucky Derby-themed event co-chaired by Mary Ann and Don Saleski and Tara and Rich Wood, raised more than $200,000 to benefit the Birthplace at Riddle Hospital.

Attendees enjoyed the sounds of jazz music, a delicious surf and turf dinner, and several simulated races with lots of cheers as they rooted for their favorite virtual racehorse.

Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. was honored for his many years of leadership, first joining the Riddle Hospital Board in 1989. He served on the Main Line Health Board of Governors when Riddle merged with Main Line Health and as chairman of The Riddle HealthCare Foundation from 2009 to 2016. Tom currently serves as chair emeritus.

Dr. Peter F. Sharkey of the Rothman Institute at Riddle was honored for his leadership in the field of joint replacement surgery. Dr. Sharkey has launched a series of quality initiatives for the hip and knee replacement program at Riddle, with the number one concern being patient safety and doing the best thing for all patients at all times.

Steven R. Derby was honored for 20 years of service as vice president and executive director of development. He retired earlier this year after many accomplishments including the creation of The Riddle HealthCare Foundation and successful completion of a capital campaign supporting the expansion of the emergency department.

View photos from Man O’War – An evening at the races (Google Photos)

The Wawa Foundation donates $100,000 for new Riddle ambulance

In 2017, The Wawa Foundation generously contributed a grant in the amount of $100,000 to Riddle Hospital in support of Riddle’s EMS program. The funds will help purchase a new ambulance that will enhance the hospital’s service to the surrounding communities. Wawa has generously supported Riddle Hospital for over 50 years through charitable contributions, the service of several executive team members on hospital and foundation boards, and by underwriting many special events.

View photo from the check presentation (Google Photos)