The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust and Lehigh Valley Health Network have created the Leonard Parker Pool Institute for Health to improve the quality of medical care in Lehigh Valley.
A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit subsidiary of LVHN led by a governing board of trustees, the Leonard Parker Pool Institute for Health will work with partners who seek to achieve the goal of influencing all factors that contribute to health, with specific emphasis on root challenges related to education, housing, food security, community well-being and access to medical care.
“The health of our overall community is only as good as the least healthy segments of our community, and these are often our most vulnerable citizens,” said Brian A. Nester, LVHN president and chief executive officer.
The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust was formed in 1975 upon the death of Leonard Parker Pool, founder and longtime chief executive officer of Air Products and Chemicals Inc., who was the driving force behind the construction of what is now Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest and directed that the Trust be named as a memorial for his wife, Dorothy Rider Pool, who died of cancer in 1967.
“In almost every way, Pool’s original vision has been satisfied. However, the conditions that allow communities to become healthier go well beyond hospital care, and it is LVHN’s responsibility to enable those conditions as well. Just as the mission of the Pool Trust stated that ‘the resources of the Trust will be utilized by LVHN to have a dramatic, demonstrable and sustained more impact on the health of the citizens of the Lehigh Valley,’ the new Institute for Health will utilize Pool Trust funds to create opportunities to identify and develop evidence-based methods to improve health status,” Nester said.
Pool’s vision was for LVHN to serve as “a superior regional hospital” that would provide “superior regional health care for the citizens of the region,” according to a LVHN statement.
Pool established a 50-year lifespan for the Trust to support that vision. With the planned termination of the Trust approaching in 2025, the Trustees of the Pool Trust and LVHN board and executive leadership created the Leonard Parker Pool Institute for Health to carry on Pool’s legacy.