Connecting with John Dougherty and James Conner,
It may seem as though Safety and Security Manager John
Dougherty and Dispatcher James Conner work ‘behind the
scenes’ at Paoli Hospital, but in fact their work
touches all corners of our campus.
Their commitment to safety extends to every patient, staff member and
hospital visitor. With 60 surveillance cameras in use and 24/7 staffing,
the safety and security team are at the core of all hospital activity.
From responding to elevator alarms, to assisting a visitor locked out of
their car, or aiding in various drills at the hospital, each day brings
“Many people call us as a starting point—if they don’t know where else
to turn,” explains James Conner, Dispatch Coordinator. Having worked as
a hospital operator before moving to security, James is well-equipped to
respond to a variety of inquiries. One call he will never forget came in
from a trucker on a CB radio. He was having chest pain while driving.
James alerted the Emergency Department, stayed with the driver on the
radio and guided him in to the hospital. “It’s not every day that I have
an opportunity to be there for somebody like that, but that’s what I
enjoy about working here—every day is different.”
Employee Giving Kicks Off at Paoli Hospital
The Employee Giving Campaign, which encourages employees
to make a charitable gift to the hospital, kicks off
this week at Paoli Hospital and across Main Line Health
With a goal of $65,000 (from 425 employee donors), the funds raised will
support Nursing Excellence, the Regional Trauma Center, Always There
with Great Care (Highest Priority Needs), the Cancer Center and the
Maternity Unit. The Campaign runs through mid-June under the direction
of a committee of employees from Nursing, Labs, the Cancer Center,
Interventional Radiology, Volunteer Services, Patient Safety,
Engineering and Construction, Maternity, the Emergency Department and
the Paoli Hospital Foundation.
Employee donors can designate their contribution to any department or
service area that is meaningful to them. Gifts can be made
online or employees can elect to make their gift through payroll
deduction via PeopleSoft.
Paoli’s Donna Sinnott receives Barbara Tachovsky–5 Star
Paoli Hospital’s Lactation Consultant Donna Sinnott was
selected as the latest recipient of the hospital’s
annual Barbara Tachovsky– 5 Star Care Award.
The $1,000 award is presented to a Paoli Hospital employee who exhibits
5 Star Care Behaviors: Sensitive, Trusted, Action Oriented and
Relationship Driven. Recipients are selected by the senior management
team from managers’ nominations.
Sinnott was nominated by Childbirth Education Coordinator Mary
Gentleman, who stated in the nomination: “Donna has worked with the
medical team and administration to evaluate and amend policies to ensure
the best possible approach for bonding and breastfeeding in the first
hour after birth. The implementation of the Keystone 10 Breastfeeding
program would not have been possible without a driving force. The
driving force is Donna.”
State Farm Supports Main Line Health’s Mock Crash Events
State Farm Insurance Company has awarded Main Line
Health a $45,000 grant to support the Systemwide
expansion of Main Line Health System’s mock crash and
Cruisin Smart® demonstration programs.
The mock crash and Cruisin Smart demonstrations raise awareness of the
hazards of impaired and distracted driving.
The partnership between State Farm and Main Line Health extends back to
2007, when the first mock crash demonstration was presented by Riddle
Hospital. Previous grants have supported funding for Paoli, Riddle and
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospitals, but this year’s grant will allow the program
to expand system-wide to Lankenau Medical Center and Bryn Mawr Hospital,
The State Farm grant will allow Paoli Hospital to offer Cruisin’ Smart
and mock crash demonstrations for students at the following area high
schools this spring: Villa Maria, Downingtown East, Ridley, Henderson
and Collegium Charter.
Each mock crash offers students a first-hand perspective of a car crash
caused by an impaired and distracted student driver. Actors, emergency
medical services, police and fire companies bring the scene to life for
students with crashed cars, stretchers, equipment and the Jaws of Life
to convey to young drivers and passengers that driving distracted or
impaired can lead to negative outcomes.
As part of the grant, Bryn Mawr Rehab’s Cruisin Smart speakers will also
travel to area schools to fully engage students in smart driving
presentations, emphasizing what the results may be if they do not make a
“With prom and graduation season swiftly approaching, we are proud to
use this grant to educate young drivers in our region about the extreme
danger of distracted and impaired driving,” said Donna Phillips, Bryn
Mawr Rehab Hospital president. “This grant will help deliver an
impactful experience that we hope will encourage healthy habits and
decision making for teen drivers, ultimately preventing avoidable
tragedies from taking place.”
A Note from Paoli Hospital Foundation Trustee Joe
We all know that health care is changing. At times it
can seem difficult to navigate these changes and stay
informed. For that reason, it is important to us that we
stay close to Paoli Hospital and support this great
We do this through Joe’s involvement on the Paoli Hospital Foundation
Board of Trustees and by making charitable donations to support the
Hospital mission. We have also included Paoli Hospital as a beneficiary
in our will.
Two of our sons were born at Paoli and we like the idea that the
Hospital will be here, providing the same great care for generations to
come. Naming Paoli Hospital as a beneficiary of a will or living trust
is an easy way to make a lasting impact in this community—and it doesn’t
require great wealth.
Really, few things in life are more important than good health. It’s
comforting to know that, if we need it, Paoli Hospital is here. I hope
you will agree and consider including the Hospital in your will or
– Joe and Ellen McLaughlin
Will you consider Paoli Hospital in your estate plans? To help us better
understand your reasons and readiness for giving, please visit paoligift.org.
You will receive a free Paoli Hospital branded fleece blanket just for
Save the Date for these upcoming events!
Hershey’s Mill Showcase of Homes
Thursday, May 5 | 10:00 am–4:00 pm
$25 per person for the tour and $25 per person for lunch
Gifts support the hospital’s high priority needs, such as new facilities
and technology, or a gift can even be designated to support a clinical
area, such as the Cancer Center or the Maternity Unit. If you would like
to make a gift in honor of your caregiver, please visit our website mainlinehealth.org/phfoundation
and click on “Make a Gift” or call the Foundation at 484.565.1385.
Paoli Hospital Ways to Give
255 West Lancaster Avenue
Paoli, PA 19301
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.