Elizabeth and Michael Drummond are an inspiring couple. Love brought them to Chester County, PA and the need for healthcare brought them to Chester County Hospital, PA. Over the years, their love and family have grown, and the Hospital has found a special place in their hearts.
Elizabeth and Michael are both native Pennsylvanians - Elizabeth grew up in Columbia County, PA and Michael was raised in Delaware County, PA. After they married in 1968, they moved to Chester County to start a new life together. They raised their children "up the hill" from the Hospital in West Whiteland Township, PA, where they lived for 25 years. Being close to the Hospital was convenient, not only for Hospital care, but to employ student nurses to baby-sit the children on the occasional opportunity for a night out. In the early 90's they were fortunate to build their dream home in Willistown, PA and it is here that they enjoy helping to raise their grandchildren. The couple agrees that Chester County, PA is the ideal place to live.
The Drummonds also have a long history with Chester County Hospital. They have been loyal supporters of the Hospital, using the services offered at the Hospital for more than 40 years, contributing to the annual giving program and special initiatives for 20 years, and volunteering for 18 years.
When they think of the Hospital, Elizabeth and Michael recount many stories of their past and current experiences. One of their most significant experiences with the Hospital was back in 1991 when they brought their 19 year old daughter to the Hospital. While at school in Virginia, she was incorrectly diagnosed with spinal meningitis, but after arriving at Chester County Hospital the doctors diagnosed her with Lyme disease. She was in the Hospital for six weeks. Michael recalls the team of seven doctors that cared for their daughter, "The Hospital did an unbelievable job. I was impressed with the magnificent care, and we have been committed to the Hospital ever since."
Since their daughter's treatment at Chester County Hospital, Elizabeth and Michael have been making annual donations for 20 consecutive years. They recognize that the Hospital needs support from the community in order to continue to provide superior care and a full range of services that meet the needs of our community. They have also supported special initiatives of the Hospital, such as making a major commitment to the Capital Campaign. In addition, the couple has opened the home that they built together, Tallwood, to the Hospital for special receptions for doctors and major sponsors.
Not only do the Drummonds support the Hospital by using the services and making monetary donations, but Elizabeth has been a dedicated member of the Women's Auxiliary for the past 18 years. She lights up when she talks about the wonderful people she has met over the years; all energetic, dedicated and supportive of the Hospital. In May 2011, she was elected President of the Women's Board. Elizabeth states, "I, like many others, always assumed that the Women's Auxiliary consisted of doctors' wives and the wives of Board members. When I was asked to join, I was surprised to meet so many women so dedicated to Chester County Hospital from all walks of life. The only requirement of membership is the willingness to be of service and have some fun in the bargain. Among our eleven branches and various projects no talent remains untapped. It is humbling to lead such an accomplished and energetic group of ladies."
Michael and Elizabeth note, "The Hospital has always been there for our family." The Hospital is fortunate that the Drummonds along with our many other supporters are part of Chester County Hospital family.