When Deborah Daye and her parents, James and Anna, moved to the Bridgewater area over 25 years ago, their only experience with health care was in the large city hospitals of New York and Northern New Jersey. Their initial impression of Somerset Medical Center was that of a small country hospital. That is until one evening when Anna was rushed to SMC and diagnosed with a GI bleed.
Deborah described their first patient experience at SMC as “quite impressive.” They were pleasantly surprised by the attentiveness and compassion of the staff and quality of care her mother received so close to home.
The Dayes followed the progress of SMC and watched its growth from that small country hospital into a premier regional medical center administering nationally-recognized programs. They decided to support SMC because they believed in its mission and felt it was “a small institution taking the right steps.”
Now that James and Anna Daye have passed, their daughter Deborah continues to generously support SMC.
“I feel that I am doing something worthwhile, and something that was important to my parents, too,” says Deborah. “I feel a genuine warmth from the staff at SMC and through my friends at the Foundation. And, I know that I am supporting an organization that strives for perfection by meeting its objectives, keeping costs down and being the best it can be for the community it serves.”
Photo Caption: Anna Daye, left, and Deborah Daye enjoy an evening together at Music at Moorland in 2008.