Lower Bucks Hospital has honored State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson with the Dee Brown Lifetime Achievement Award. The accolade is reserved for those who have demonstrated a life-long dedication to the hospital.
Located on Bath Road in Bristol Township, Lower Bucks Hospital has a storied past. Its success, and bumps, reflect on ups and downs of the community around it.
Dee Brown herself helped to present Tomlinson with the award. The special reception Thursday night brought up many memories of times past, and Tomlinson’s impact.
“Many times we were about ready to close the doors here at this hospital but we could always count on Tommy figuring out a way that we could be able to find some money to keep the doors open,” said Brown. ”
Tomlinson’s involvement with the hospital began as a young child. His mother volunteered with Dee Brown and other community members on behalf of the Lower Bucks Hospital.
“I can remember being a little kid and you guys were having coffee klatches in the neighborhood to raise money for the hospital. That’s amazing,” Tomlinson said. “It’s you, my mom, and that whole generation that inspired me.”
Since then, Tomlinson has worked in Harrisburg and at home to keep the hospital open for the community.
Tomlinson, a Republican, also sang the praises of a former colleague. He credited former State Rep. Tommy Corrigan, a Democrat, with working across the aisles for the sake of Lower Bucks. Together, they worked to secure grants to pay for infrastructure like roofing and air conditioning.
“I couldn’t have done it without him,” Tomlinson said. “We went arm in arm many a time to go get that money.”
But maybe most importantly, the duo worked to make the PA Gaming Bill benefit Lower Bucks Hospital. Over the years, they helped retire the hospital’s debt and make it affordable so it could join a hospital network.
Dr. Sonia Mehta, Regional CEO and Corporate Chief Medical Officer with Prime Healthcare, also presented Tomlinson with the Dee Brown award.
“It’s been said, of this year’s honoree, that he has for some time, and continues to, put
his whole heart and soul into our community and our hospital,” Mehta said.
“It’s crucial to this area that this hospital be successful,” said Tomlinson.
Among those who attended includes:
- Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick
- Mayor of Bristol Borough Joe Saxton
- State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo
- Bucks County Rescue Squad, Chief Marty Liczbinski
- Administrator, Kim Dickerson
- Borough Manager, James Dillon,
- President, Raising the Bar, Ralph DiGiuseppe Jr., Ralph DiGiuseppe 3rd , Bill Pezza,
- Executive Director of the Grundy Foundation, Gene Williams,
- President at CBM/Bristol Fuel, Louis Quattrocchi and his wife Sissy,
- Executive Director at Bucks County Community College, James Sell,
- Kurt Schroder and Amanda Fuller from Gilmore Engineers,
- Former County Commissioner, Sandra Miller,
- Merle Winslow,
- from Gaudenzia, Kathy and Jeanine,
- Boy Scots Executive and CEO, Magne Gundersen