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J. Harris Underwood founded Inspira Medical Center Woodbury in 1915.

James Harris Underwood was a doctor with an unwavering dream to bring quality healthcare to the residents of Gloucester County.  With a main focus in the field of obstetrics,  Dr. Underwood's high skill level and compassion for his patients ensured the services he provided were second to none.  

 

Dr. J. Harris Underwood was born on September 27, 1876 in Milroy, Pennsylvania, and when he was just four years old, his family moved to Woodbury, New Jersey.  

 

In 1905, Dr. Underwood graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, with a degree in medicine.  Following medical school, Dr. Underwood served as resident at Cooper Hospital for a year and then decided to open an office in National Park.  

 

In 1909, Dr. Underwood married Sadie Cliver and made a home with her at the corner of Broad Street and West Red Bank Avenue in Woodbury.  One year later, his new home turned into his second office, which better helped him serve the fast growing community's need for medical care.  

 

After being in practice only a few years, Dr. Underwood began to see that many patients needing to be hospitalized would unnecessarily suffer as a result of delays in care related to transport into Camden and Philadelphia.  It didn't take long for his compassion to take over, and he began to admit patients into his own home to provide them with the care they so desperately needed.  In 1912, with the help of his brother, Amos, Dr. Underwood purchased a hotel at the corner of Red Bank Avenue and Broad Street in Woodbury and turned his dream to reality as a transformed the building into Underwood Hospital.  

 

Dr. J. Harris Underwood would continue to serve this community until the day he died.  On November 15, 1957 Dr. Underwood passed away at the hospital he founded and loved.

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“A dedicated physician, a caring friend and colleague – his wisdom, love, and compassion inspired all who knew him.” This is how the placard reads below the portrait of Dr. Jack Love in the Emergency Department at Inspira Medical Center Woodbury. A man beloved by all who knew him had a lasting impact on the quality of care and the culture of our Emergency Department.

Kathy Suppa

A generous supporter of employee giving.

"I've always been told that if you give from the heart you will get it back some day. I feel great about supporting the health care needs of my community. I've already been more than repaid."

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Inspira Foundation Gloucester County

Dr. Bonner has served as Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Inspira Medical Center Woodbury since 1998, and in 2015 he was elected president of the hospital’s medical staff. A lifelong resident of Gloucester County, he is a strong supporter of Inspira Foundation Gloucester County.

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Founded in 1917, Paulsboro Refining Company has a long-standing commitment to the Gloucester County Community. Inspira Medical Center Woodbury is very grateful for their generous support through the years.

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2015 Employee Giving Campaign

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Jessie Pizarro

Nurse, Inspira Medical Center Woodbury

Jessie's passion for Inspira Medical Center Woodbury and her patients is clear to everyone around her. As a child, she dreamed of working in this hospital, and she made her dream come true.