Deborah Hospital Foundation receives $4M estate gift for pediatrics

A $4 million gift from the estate of Joan Dembeck Zdanowicz was made to the Deborah Hospital Foundation and commemorated with the unveiling of a plaque on the Browns Mills campus on Thursday to dedicate the newly named Joan Dembeck Zdanowicz Pediatric Cardiology Department.

Zdanowicz, as primary caregiver for her parents, was the sole beneficiary of their estate, which included a Charitable Remainder Trust established by her mother, Josephine Dembeck, a past volunteer member of a Deborah chapter.

This gift honors the philanthropic legacy of Josephine Dembeck and Joan Dembeck Zdanowicz while celebrating their commitment to Deborah’s youngest patients. It marks a significant milestone in the hospital’s progression to incorporate advanced diagnostic equipment, treatments and techniques to help patients with congenital or acquired heart conditions live long and healthy lives.