Long Time Physician Donates 50k to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
Legacy of service and gift honored with room dedication
Darby, PA (February 11, 2011) - A retired physician, who practiced in Delaware County for fifty years, presented a $50,000 check to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital (MFH) officials during a room dedication ceremony at the hospital yesterday.
Norman N. Cohen, MD, a gastroenterologist, was honored for his long-time service to the patients and medical community at MFH.
The hospital re-named the auditorium in its Medical Science Building the Norman N. Cohen Auditorium. The multi-purpose auditorium is used for medical education conferences, administrative and community meetings and celebratory gatherings.
"How appropriate is it for the room that have held so many different memories for people to now bear the name of a man who has meant so many different things to those around him," said Kathryn Conallen, interim chief executive officer of MFH. "Dr. Cohen was a fixture in these rooms and his legacy of service will continue with the generous gift he has made to support the programs and services for the community he long served."
Over the course of his career, Cohen treated tens of thousands of patients. He held various positions at MFH including Chairman of Medicine, Chief of Gastroenterology, President of the Medical Staff and Founder of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program. He spent many days in the auditorium, lecturing to the medical students and residents and attending numerous events throughout the years.
"What you don't realize is that this is all possible because of you," Cohen said to the more than 100 attendees, including his family, former students and hospital physicians and staff. "You made this fun everyday and for that I thank you."
Dr. Cohen (seated) is surrounded by his GI Fellows and former
secretary during the room dedication.