Valley Hospital Foundation president dies at 61

In Ann Swenson, Valley Hospital on January 23, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ann Swenson, president of The Valley Hospital Foundation, died yesterday at age 61.

A resident of Franklin Lakes, Swenson came to Valley in February 1994 as executive director of the foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of The Valley Hospital and Valley Home Care. She was also Valley’s vice president of development, serving as a member of the hospital’s executive staff.

During her tenure, Valley undertook two comprehensive capital campaigns. The first, “Our Next Century of Caring,” raised $17.3 million, and the second, “A Commitment to Health and Hope,” raised $30.6 million. Swenson also was instrumental in securing the largest gift ever given to a New Jersey hospital, when Ridgewood philanthropist David F. Bolger donated $30 million last May toward Valley’s plans to renew its campus.

In a letter to the hospital’s directors and trustees, Audrey Meyers, Valley’s president and CEO, expressed “utmost sadness” at Swenson’s passing and chronicled her many contributions to the hospital and its surrounding community.

“In addition to her many contributions to Valley, Ann will best be remembered for her passion and commitment to the organization, her quick smile, warm laugh, kind heart and gentle demeanor,” Meyers said. “She was a devoted wife and mother. She will be missed by all who were privileged to know her.”

Meyers said Swenson’s family will receive visitors at a casual gathering from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Ridgewood Country Club.

Swenson is survived by her husband, Jim; her children, K.C., Tom and his wife Sushene, and Andrea; and a brother, John Nett.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Swenson’s memory to The Valley Hospital Foundation, 223 N. Van Dien Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

  1. Why is it that every other month there is a story in the Ridgewood News about Susan Zuloff? My God! I just read another edition of the RWD News and it’s as if she’s making herself out to be a saint in running!
    Enough of this self serving bull…”mother to triplets, artist, gardener, fathful parishoner, doer of good,”…give me a break!
    We know all about her accomplishments already. We’ve heard them month in and month out for years!
    Maybe she should the new Foundation President? Jeeez!

  2. And this has to do what with Anne dying? Anne was awonderful women! she will be missed

  3. We need more Anne Swensons. Her death was a loss to the community.

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