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Riddle Hospital announces new executive director of development, Rebekah Sassi

Riddle Hospital February 15, 2017 News Releases

Rebekah Sassi has been named executive director of development at Riddle Hospital and the Riddle HealthCare Foundation (RHCF), part of Main Line Health. In her new role, Sassi will be responsible for organizing and implementing a development program which includes fundraising, solicitation and other philanthropic endeavors. Sassi replaces Steve Derby, who spent 20 years in this role and was instrumental in the formation of the RHCF. During his tenure, Derby contributed to the Foundation’s steady growth and success in filling its purpose of supporting and advancing the mission of Riddle Hospital through philanthropy.

“Rebekah’s experience in successfully leading the fundraising activities at one of Philadelphia’s most iconic cultural organizations made her a most suitable choice for the Director of Development role at Riddle Hospital,” said Kenneth Kirby, Senior Vice President, Development, Main Line Health. “I am certain that Rebekah will continue to help us foster strong donor relationships to support Main Line Health’s mission of providing a superior experience to the communities we serve.”

Sassi comes to Riddle Hospital from Philadelphia’s historic Walnut Street Theatre, where she was director of institutional advancement. During her 19-year tenure at the theatre, major gifts from individuals dramatically increased. She produced more than 50 fundraising events, authored five strategic plans and developed programs garnering support from regional and national funders.

Prior to her position at the theatre, Sassi was director of development and interim managing director of the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In addition to managing major fundraising operations, Sassi is a frequent speaker on the topics of philanthropy, board development and non-profit careers.

Gary Perecko, president, Riddle Hospital, commented on Sassi’s appointment: “The Riddle Healthcare Foundation has enjoyed steady growth and success in fulfilling its purpose of supporting and advancing the mission of Riddle Hospital through philanthropy. I am confident that under Sassi’s directorship, the foundation will continue to attract key community members to its board and will play a significant role in the growth of our hospital.”

Sassi is a graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing. She has served on the board of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia and has guest lectured with numerous colleges, universities and non-profit organizations. She was selected as one of Leadership Philadelphia’s 76 Culture Connectors and was named a leadership fellow from the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

About Riddle Hospital

Riddle Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a not-for-profit, acute-care hospital with 204 inpatient beds and 23 Transitional Care Center beds. Riddle has been nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers and other health care rating organizations for its high quality patient care. For the fourth year in a row, Riddle has achieved designation from the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. Riddle was ranked the 13th best hospital in the Philadelphia region by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2019–20, and was ranked as high performing in the following common core specialty areas: heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. The hospital offers a full range of services including maternity, orthopaedic care and cardiovascular care—aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and advanced technology. Riddle Hospital recently expanded and enhanced its emergency department to better suit the growing needs of the community it serves. Health Center 4, a LEED-Certified Gold building, houses the Rothman Institute, the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center, a variety of outpatient programs and a state of the art surgical center. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.