Former Phillie Jamie Moyer Draws Crowd of Over 750 to Grand View Hospital Health Event
|“Oldest man in baseball” credits “good choices” and an active lifestyle for family’s good health
(April 22, 2013) Sellersville, PA - World Series champion pitcher Jamie Moyer returned to hometown Souderton Friday, drawing more than 750 attendees to the seminar and health fair hosted by Grand View Hospital. Jamie and his wife Karen were keynote speakers at “Well into the Future,” an event held at Calvary Church in honor of Grand View’s centennial celebration.
Jamie Moyer, who was born at Grand View Hospital and became the oldest pitcher to win a Major League Baseball game, mentioned the relationship he and his family have had with Grand View over the years. He recalled one particular game between Souderton High School against rival Pennridge in which he seriously lacerated his knee while sliding into third base. Jamie joked that, while in pain, he rolled off the bag only to have his father, the third base coach, remind him to tag the bag. The injury later became infected and the 16-year-old high school student spent 18 days in the hospital. Jamie then thanked Richard W. Godshall, MD, and Carl A. Hansen, MD, of Upper Bucks Orthopaedic Associates, who were both in attendance, for the excellent level of care he received at Grand View.
The Moyers spoke on behalf of their charitable organization, the Moyer Foundation, created to help children in distress and has strong ties to the Upper Bucks area. The Moyer Foundation was a generous donor to Grand View’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which opened in 2012. Camp Mariposa, a free, weekend camp experience for children who are living with addiction in their families, is offered in the Sellersville area through a partnership with the Penn Foundation. The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin, the nation’s largest network of bereavement camps specifically designed for children who have suffered the loss of a parent, sibling or other significant influence in their lives, has now expanded to every city with a Major League Baseball team, including Philadelphia. Camp Erin will also be offered in Newtown, Conn., to children whose lives have been touched by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
Karen Moyer shared stories of what it was like to be the wife of the “oldest man in baseball,” quipping that perhaps that made her the oldest wife. She talked about the challenges and joys of raising six biological children and two adopted children and how they remained close despite moving 84 times over the course of her husband’s career.
Karen, the daughter of former Notre Dame basketball coach Richard “Digger” Phelps, said sports and staying fit have always been important in her life. As a wife and mother, she has made good nutrition and staying active priorities for everyone in the family. The couple adopted two children from Guatemala who have both become stronger since receiving proper nutrition and plenty of exercise. One of the children, Kati, who turned 7 on Thursday, accompanied her parents to the event. Both Jamie and Karen talked about the importance of staying active, eating right, and making good choices.
Former Phillies pitcher, Jamie Moyer, and wife Karen speak to a crowd of over 750 people at the Well Into the Future Seminar hosted by Grand View Hospital
Jamie Moyer signs autograph for young fan, Jacob Schlosser, at the Well Into the Future Seminar celebrating Grand View’s 100th Anniversary
Jamie Moyer speaks to fans Erin and Barbara Grubb at the Well Into the Future Seminar
“It’s all about choices,” said Jamie Moyer, who credited the 2008 World Series Champion Phillies for being one of the first professional baseball teams to hire a nutritionist, “and when you make good choices, you’re going to feel better.”
Karen says that she instills the importance of personal responsibility in her children. “Instead of saying, ‘Have a good day,’ I say, ‘Make it a good day.’ We have that control in our lives to make it a good day.”
Following the keynote address, physicians Megan Zakarewicz, DO, Raquel Tomaine, DO, and Kim Kuhar, DO, gave tips on family safety in and around vehicles and the pool, and the benefits of living an active lifestyle. All three doctors are members of the GVH Medical Staff. An energetic demonstration by the award-winning Bungee Jumpers Jump Rope Team closed out the auditorium show.
Uniformed baseball players from local-area high school teams greeted guests at the door. In the health fair area, WNPV radio broadcasted live from the event with host Darryl Berger and cardiologist Todd Alderfer, MD, of the health program The Beat Goes On
. Event-goers enjoyed free blood pressure checks and cholesterol screenings, and met one-on-one with physicians and medical professionals on topics including sports medicine, heart health, and women’s and children’s health. A sports medicine lounge allowed guests to talk to physical therapists, orthopaedic surgeons from Upper Bucks Orthopaedic Association, and a coordinator from Grand View’s Joint Replacement Center.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Now a century strong, Grand View offers a range of care – particularly emphasizing the areas of cancer treatment, women's and children's health, surgery, orthopaedics, and heart and vascular care. Visit www.gvh.org
for more information about the hospital, its programs, and services.
About The Moyer Foundation
The Moyer Foundation was founded in 2000 by World Series Champion pitcher and Souderton native Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen with a mission to help children in distress. In addition to community grants, the Foundation created and supports Camp Erin®, the largest national network of bereavement camps for grieving children and teens, and Camp Mariposa®, a first-of-its-kind program for children ages 9-12 living with addiction in their families. For more information, visit www.moyerfoundation.org