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Masonic Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Donates $40,000 to Nemours

Gift will go towards purchase of telemedicine equipment

Monday, Nov 25, 2013

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

From left: Jay Smith, R.W. Grand Master for Pennsylvania; Tannia Foutch and daughter Ellie; Jay Greenspan, MD, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Chairman of Pediatrics; Col. Harris Brooks, Masonic Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

Wilmington, DE — The Masonic Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania has made a gift of $40,000 to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to purchase telemedicine equipment for use with pediatric patients in military families.

  • Telemedicine enables doctors to evaluate children from a distance by using cameras and computers.
  • For example, examinations and radiology studies conducted in Sussex County, DE, can be instantly transmitted for consultation with pediatric specialists at duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, saving the family a trip and additional expenses, and allowing for timely diagnosis and treatment.

Col. Harris Brooks, representing the Masons, said, “Our military families deserve the very best care. We are delighted to make this donation help to support them. It’s a win-win-win for the kids, their doctors, and the hospital.”

Jay Smith, R.W. Grand Master for Pennsylvania, added: “We are pleased and proud to make contributions that will improve the lives of all children, but especially those in military families. It is another way of thanking them for their service to all of us.”

Tannia Foutch and her 3-month-old daughter Ellie, who underwent open heart surgery at duPont Hospital in November, were on hand to represent military families. Tannia, a Navy aircraft technician, is based in Pensacola, FL.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.