Deborah Heart and Lung Center receives largest gift in 97-year history

By Emily Bader
Browns Mills | Nov 13, 2019 at 12:02 pm

Deborah Heart and Lung Center announced Tuesday it has received a $5 million donation from Gregory Olsen, the largest single gift donation in its 97-year history.

The funds will go to Deborah100: The Campaign, a multiyear initiate to add new patient floors all with private inpatient suits to the Browns Mills-based specialty cardiac, pulmonary and vascular hospital.

“Deborah has long stood at the forefront of ground-breaking medical care,” Joseph Chirichella, CEO and president of Deborah Heart and Lung Center, said. “But we have also stood for compassion and kindness through our philosophy that ‘there’s no price on life’. We are thankful for Dr. Olsen’s gift that will further elevate our care in the region.”

Olsen, a scientist and entrepreneur, is member of the Deborah Hospital Foundation board of directors and CEO and president of Princeton-based GHO Ventures.

“I’ve lived a lifetime setting high and adventurous sights, never allowing challenges to inhibit what I wanted to accomplish,” Olsen said. “I gained a clear perspective about health and the persistent commitment of those providing care. I could have selected any healthcare organization in the world to care for me, but the specialists at Deborah focus on treatments far beyond the imagination. I am the direct beneficiary of Deborah’s medical expertise and care, which allowed me the opportunity to go into space. Deborah is MY hospital, and like tens of thousands of other grateful patients I am deeply indebted to them.”

The gift was announced at Deborah Hospital Foundation’s 14th Annual Red Tie Gala in Philadelphia.

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | emilybader