The Wells Philanthropic Society

In 1884, a group of community leaders formed the Hospital Aid Association whose object was to secure a hospital for New Brunswick. The New Brunswick City Hospital operated out of a small rented cottage, and then a larger house on Commercial Avenue.

The Association committed themselves to raising $3,000 to purchase a lot on Somerset Street and in 1889, a widow named Grace Tileston Wells used her own funds to construct a proper hospital building on that lot, establishing The John Wells Memorial Hospital in memory of her husband. That initial gift gave rise to what we now know as New Jersey’s premier academic medical center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

To honor Grace Wells, whose generosity and forethought contributed so significantly to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital of today, The Wells Philanthropic Society has been established to recognize and pay tribute to those individuals who have made an investment in the future of the hospital.

As a member of The Wells Philanthropic Society you will become part of a circle of supporters who recognize that philanthropy helps ensure the future health of RWJUH and our community. Wells Society members sustain the Hospital’s mission to provide excellence in patient care, effect positive impact on the communities we serve, enhance leading-edge research into the causes and cures of medical issues, and advance the education of the next generation of talented caregivers.

Ambassador Circle - $1,000+ Annually

  • Recognition on RWJ University Hospital Foundation electronic donor wall
  • Recipient of quarterly Healthy Together Magazine
  • Acknowledged in the Healthy Together Magazine
  • Invitation to annual Donor Recognition event
  • Token of appreciation (RWJ Pin)

President’s Circle - $5,000+ Annually

  • All Ambassador Circle benefits described above
  • Provide 2 Flu Shots through Executive Health or other program

Founder’s Circle - $10,000+ Annually

  • All President’s Circle benefits described above
  • Invitation to exclusive events with Hospital Leadership

Legacy Circle – for donors who have documented an estate gift for RWJUH

  • All Founder’s Circle benefits described above
  • Recognition on RWJ University Hospital Foundation website

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