The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust came into being upon the death of Leonard Parker Pool on December 27, 1975. Mr. Pool amassed a financial fortune as founder and long-time chief executive of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. He directed that the Trust be named as a memorial for his first wife, Dorothy Rider Pool, who died of cancer in 1967.
During my lifetime I have had an intense interest concerning health care for my fellowman. This interest was first expressed as an active trustee of the Allentown Hospital Association and more recently, as a founder, director, and president of the Allentown and Sacred Heart Hospital Center, Inc. Because of this interest, upon my death, I wish to have the residue of my estate used for the continued provision of health care to the citizens of the Lehigh Valley and others served by the Allentown and Sacred Heart Hospital Center (now Lehigh Valley Health Network).
— Leonard Parker Pool
Mr. Pool’s specific intent for the Trust was to enable Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) to become “a superior regional hospital” that would provide “superior regional health care for the citizens of the region.” Today, LVHN unquestionably exceeds the expectations that almost anyone in the community could have held three decades ago, due largely in part to funding provided from the Trust.
The mission of The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust is to serve as a resource that enables Lehigh Valley Health Network to be a superior regional hospital and improve the health of the citizens of the region it serves.
The resources of the Trust will be utilized by LVHN to have a dramatic, demonstrable, and sustained impact on the health of the citizens of the Lehigh Valley. We will utilize Pool funds as “risk capital,” identify and develop evidence based methods to improve health status of the Valley, involve key parties that will facilitate programmatic success, and address racial and ethnic disparities.