It's been said that charity begins at home, and that home is where the heart is. Those well-known proverbs certainly ring true at Chilton, which was built upon the benevolence of its community.
Chilton Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital, was established in 1991. But its charitable roots date back to Chilton's inception. Long before the Foundation's Board of Trustees was formed, a local doctor by the name of Forrest S. Chilton II, and his wife, Elizabeth, donated a tract of land on Newark-Pompton Turnpike to construct a hospital in memory of their son. That single philanthropic act, in 1947, launched a campaign to care for the sick while providing a medical facility to address the post-war baby boom. As soldiers returned home from World War II, area residents needed a nearby hospital for their expanding families. The Chilton legacy was born.
Indeed, Dr. Chilton's generosity ignited the region's humanitarian spirit and ultimately inspired the longstanding mission of Chilton Hospital Foundation.
Chilton Hospital Foundation is solely dedicated to supporting the capital needs of Chilton Health Network, including Chilton Hospital and its family of affiliates. Much like our founding benefactors, the Foundation raises money to enhance the quality of health care available to those we serve - funding clinical services, state-of-the-art technology, facility construction and modernizations, outreach initiatives and other vital programs. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Foundation is led by a volunteer Board of Trustees that oversees the use of philanthropic donations and directs the organization in partnership with the hospital and representatives of our community.
A Growing Legacy of Success
Over the past two decades, the Foundation has raised more than $34.1 million for Chilton Hospital. These funds have benefited an array of essential services, such as our community-based Cancer Center, Intensive Care Unit, Mother Baby Center, Access Center and Emergency Department, along with several other clinical and Community Outreach programs.
More recently, Chilton Hospital Foundation received an unprecedented $2.4 million bequest from Clare R. Nash, who died in 2006. She and her late husband, Walter, formerly of Kinnelon, were strong community advocates and hospital supporters. In fact, Mr. Nash served as Chairman of Chilton's Board and two terms as Mayor of Kinnelon. As a lasting tribute, the bequest honors the memories of Mr. Nash and their son, Gary, who passed away due to cancer, by creating the Walter C. and Gary H. Nash Fund, an endowment for nursing education as well as treatment for heart disease, cancer, AIDS and other serious illnesses.
Chilton Hospital Foundation continues to advance its mission through an array of fundraising programs aimed at promoting a healthier community. In 2009, gifts exceeding $1.8 million allowed the hospital to expand its Breast Center, launch a $24 million renovation, and purchase groundbreaking robotic technology to enhance surgical care.
As the hospital embarks upon a new and exciting strategic plan, we invite you to step into Chilton's history - and future - with a charitable donation that will impact generations to come. Learn more about the many ways to give and current fundraising priorities by exploring our Web site, or call the Foundation at (973) 831-5165.