Published on March 16, 2018

Public Invited to March 23 Friday with Friends Event

Join The Friends of Reading Hospital for Friday with Friends, an evening of live music, conversation, good food, beverages and specialty drinks to celebrate and learn about community public health initiatives. Music will be provided by the Cliff Starkey Duo.

The fundraiser event will be held on Friday, March 23, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Canal Street Pub and Restaurant, 535 Canal St., Reading. Tickets are $65 and may be purchased online in advance at

A philanthropic group, The Friends of Reading Hospital provide help and financial support to initiatives that improve the quality of healthcare in greater Berks County.

Some community health initiatives funded by The Friends include:

  • Street Medicine – Providing a van and modified ambulance for medical professionals to visit and treat patients in shelters, soup kitchens and tents. Wound care, diabetes, hypertension and other medical issues are addressed.
  • Reading Recreation Commission – Providing a van and purchasing fresh fruit to support healthy snacks and meals for youth participating in commission programs. In 2016, 38,000 meals and 16,000 snacks were provided.
  • Farm Bucks – Redesign Reading – Offering fresh fruit and vegetables at the Penn Street Market program for purchase by low-income buyers.
  • Telemedicine – Installing iPads in Berks County ambulances to provide a real-time connection between the transport team and the stroke team doctors to begin diagnosis and treatment of patients on emergency transports.
  • HeartSAFE Berks County – Providing 500+ defibrillators to schools, first responders, theaters, malls, and non-profits to improve survival rates of people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Sensory Toys for Reading Hospital Emergency Department – Purchasing sensory toys to help children with disabilities cope with the fear and anxiety of being in an unfamiliar hospital environment.
  • NICU Cycled Lighting and Cameras – Funding cycled lighting transitions from light to dark to allow for more restful sleep/wake patterns for infants, and cameras, so parents can view their infants while they are away from the hospital.
  • Stop the BLEED – Equipping 600+ law enforcement officers with tourniquets to stop life-threatening bleeding in emergencies.