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Friends of Einstein

The Friends of Einstein Healthcare Network is a group of caring and committed individuals working to support and enhance the programs and services provided by Einstein Healthcare Network.  Dedicated to community, service and philanthropy, The Friends are actively involved in efforts across the network to assist patients, their families and the staff who provide much-needed care.

There is an opportunity for all to get involved as your schedule permits. Support activities include:

Flowers from FriendsDoctors’ Day Celebrations – Holiday festivities for patients – Community outreach & partnerships – Youth education programs – Fundraising events – Health education events

The benefits of membership are far-reaching and impactful. To learn more about how you can become involved with The Friends of Einstein Healthcare Network and share your time and talents, please contact Kimberly Gross at 215-456-6172.

The Many Faces of The Friends

Grace Begets Strength

Beautiful and Iconic Strickland Columns
a Symbol of Endurance Through Time

For nearly 100 years, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia was home to the historic Strickland Columns, until building modifications forced them into storage.

Strickland Columns

Originally, the columns graced the entrance of the second United States Mint at the corner of Chestnut and Juniper Streets in Philadelphia, dedicated in 1829. Designed by well-known Philadelphia architect William Strickland, the columns were modeled after the Temple of Ilyssus in Athens. The Mint was demolished in 1902. The fate of the famed columns was in doubt until architect Frank Furness and real estate broker Felix Isman collaborated to have the columns donated to what was then known as Jewish Hospital, now Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. Erected flanking the hospital’s main entrance, they remained there until November 2000 when building modifications and traffic pattern changes required de-installation.

For more than a decade, the columns remained in storage. The Friends of Einstein Healthcare Network stepped in to help restore the columns to their original grandeur and place of honor on the grounds of the Delaware Valley’s largest independent academic medical center.

“The Friends always been very enthusiastic about supporting both programs and facility improvements at the hospital,” recalls Phyllis Bernstein, a long-time member. “Many years ago we (the Friends) restored the Frank

Friends of Einstein Board Memebers

Synagogue because historic pieces celebrating Einstein’s past should be preserved. The columns are representative of the history of Einstein that has brought us to where we are today. The Friends are proud to help sustain our history and keep us connected to our past.”

Originally kick-started by funds obtained through a Pennsylvania History and Museum Grant administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the project to reinstate the columns was completed in April 2013 thanks to a generous grant from The Friends. Landscaping and lighting to enhance the majestic qualities of the columns and the beauty of the Einstein Philadelphia campus will be completed this fall.

“Einstein Healthcare Network has a long and distinguished history in Philadelphia,” states Barry R. Freedman, president and CEO of Einstein Healthcare Network. “Similarly, the columns have long been a part of the architecture of the city. Almost 200 years old, the columns storied history is only slightly older than Einstein’s almost 150 year commitment to the health and well-being of Philadelphia residents. It is only fitting these enduring symbols of strength again grace our campus as they did for so many years.”

Standing 24-feet tall and three-feet wide, the columns vary in weight anywhere from 10,400 pounds to 29,000 pounds. Now fortified with a strong foundation, the columns greet Einstein Philadelphia’s more than 10,000 daily visitors.

Charlotte Rosenthal, a member of The Friends for almost 30 years, is proud to see the columns back where they belong.

“My husband, Lou, was a long-time member of the Einstein Board of Trustees and Overseers so I and my family have a long association with the columns,” says Rosenthal. “To me, they represent the stability Einstein has brought to healthcare in the Philadelphia area. My husband loved Einstein. He would be so happy to see the columns restored to their rightful place, and I am so proud The Friends were able to help make it possible.”

For Einstein physicians and employees alike, the columns serve as a physical representation of the network’s commitment, not just to the city of Philadelphia, but to the region.

“Einstein is committed to finding innovative and unique ways to best serve all patients,” explains Freedman. “Einstein believes the impossible is possible. Our employees and physicians strive to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families across the Philadelphia region each and every day. The columns serve as a reminder of the history and tradition sustaining us.”

The Friends of Einstein Healthcare Network Host the 65th Annual Harvest Ball

Another wonderful night and overwhelming success! With your generous support of the 65th annual Harvest Ball, The Friends of Einstein Healthcare Network raised over $1.1 million for Einstein’s Electrophysiology Center for Excellence.

The Harvest Ball is the crown jewel of The Friends’ fundraising efforts. Since its inception 65 years ago, Harvest Ball has raised millions of dollars to support the needs of Einstein Healthcare Network and enhance the care provided to its patients.

Building on Einstein’s leadership in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, the new Electrophysiology Lab will include advanced 3D mapping techniques, innovative heart failure therapies and stroke reduction procedures. These cutting-edge technologies will support Einstein’s ability to treat electrical heart abnormalities and allow more patients to access life-saving care.

Thank you again for attending the Harvest Ball. We are so grateful for your presence and support.

If you would like to learn more about our honorees, Sumeet Mainigi, MD and Allan Greenspan, MD, and Einstein’s Electrophysiology Center for Excellence click here.

1,000 Paper Cranes

1,000 paper cranes, a gift of recovery and good health from Central High School to Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia

Have you been in the cafeteria at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and wondered about the mobile hanging in the center of the seating section? The beautiful gift from the Origami Club at Central High School represents hours of hard work by the students to craft the 1,000 paper cranes which gently fly promoting recovery and good health. Inspired by the tale of Sadako Sasaki, the students partnered with the Auxiliary of Einstein Healthcare Network as a service project.

“The students challenged themselves to make 1,000 paper cranes and it evolved into a caring and compassionate gesture toward the patients at Einstein,” explains Randi Rosenberg, Vice President of Service Projects for the Auxiliary.

“They spent many, many hours creating this beautiful mobile and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with them to bring this work of art to Einstein.”

Sadako Sasaki was a young Japanese girl who lived in Hiroshima at the time of the atomic bombing. At the age of twelve she contracted leukemia and was only given a year to live. She began folding origami paper cranes with the goal of making 1000 for Japanese legend says one who creates 1000 paper cranes would be granted a wish. Since her passing in 1955, her story and the paper cranes have become synonymous with peace, good luck and longevity.

Recently, many members of the Auxiliary had the opportunity to view the mobile at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and are grateful to the 20 student members of the Origami Club of Central High School for creating and sharing this beautiful work of art.

Girls Scouts at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
Prepared for any emergency

Over 40 members of Girl Scout troops from Centennial, Hatboro-Horsham and Upper Merion School Districts were hosted by The Friends of Einstein Medical Center Montgomery to participate in activities to earn their first aid badge.

Under the direction of Bob Czincila, DO, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Einstein Montgomery, and the Emergency Department staff the young ladies made first aid kits, learned about what to expect when visiting the emergency department, how to treat minor wounds and respond when faced with a medical emergency.

Unique Partnership Brings Summer’s Bounty to Einstein Montgomery

The Friends of Einstein Medical Center Montgomery have teamed up with Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley to support an exciting vocational program which provides real-world job experience to students with disabilities.

“This is a partnership that benefits Variety students and the hospital, so it’s a win for everyone,” explains Jean D. Merkl, Director of ESY and Vocational Summer Programs at Variety. “We are grateful to partner with groups like The Friends of Einstein Montgomery who enhance our programs by offering real-world experience for our students.”

Throughout July and August, Variety crews are selling baked goods and fresh produce grown in their garden/greenhouse program on Fridays in the lobby of Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. In the 7-week summer vocational program, students rotate through different areas for vocational training.  From growing and cultivating the gardens, to harvesting the vegetables for sale, to making lunches and running the snack bar, the program offers hands-on experience. Produce is identified for retail sale, or made into delicious baked goods, like zucchini bread, Finally, the produce and baked goods are brought to market at Einstein Montgomery and program participants manage the retail and learn about providing good customer service.

“We are so pleased to partner with Variety and support the opportunities and experience they offer their students,” says Bobbi Wasserman, President of The Friends of Einstein Healthcare Network. “It is wonderful to have such an inspired group to work with and we hope that they are benefiting from this joint venture as much as we are.”

Nancy Collier, a member of The Friends of Einstein Montgomery and Norristown resident, loves being part of this partnership. “There is such a great sense of excitement among everyone who is part of the program. They know they are helping people and providing a great product which they have worked hard to bring to market.”

The students are just as excited to be part of the program. Dana, 18, says she likes coming to the hospital and selling vegetables that she and her friends picked. Danny, also 18, loves giving out samples of zucchini bread and cooking.

The Friends of Einstein Healthcare Network

Board of Officers

President  Bobbi Wasserman

Executive Vice President
  Karen Isard

Vice President, Behavioral Health
  Mimi Butler

Vice Presidents, Breast Cancer Advocacy Group  Linda Bloom and Linda Levitt

Vice President, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery  Shannon Czincila


Vice President, MossRehab  Nancy Shrier

Vice President, Service Projects  Randi Rosenberg

Vice Presidents, Membership & Special Events Susan Hyman and Adele Superfine

Vice President, Einstein Philadelphia  
Anastasia Zuccaro

Vice President, Men’s Health  Harris Lewin



Honorary Board Members

Phyllis Bernstein
Bridget Lininger
Shelley Menkowitz
Jackie Rosenberg


Charlotte Rosenthal
Andi Shiroff
Ronnie Somers
Ann Waldman