Anthony Dello Russo
I first learned of PFAC at a Jeanes Campus/Temple Hospital-sponsored seminar. It was of interest to me due to past personal experiences. In 2015, I had 3 emergency visits to Jeanes Campus/Temple – one a lifesaving bypass surgery. Temple actually sent their cardiac team to Jeanes Campus on short notice to perform the operation.
Post-surgery, the staff in the ICU was absolutely wonderful to my family and me. Years earlier, I lost some members of my immediate family. The care was fine but communication with the staff was non-existent. I hope that, in time, I can help patients and their families experience the same care and understanding I did in 2015, especially in critical situations and not what I encountered years earlier.
I have little or no medical background other than being the only medic at an isolated army missile base in Germany for 18 months.
My wife and I have been married for 46 years, have two adult sons, and live in the Fox Chase section of the city. I spent 37 years working in the retirement plan field specializing in company-sponsored benefit plans working with employers and their employees. I was honored by being asked to serve on the Board of the American Society of Pension Actuaries and Professionals and retired as VP from Wachovia Bank in 2007. I coached youth basketball in Northeast Philadelphia for 25 years and coordinated basketball programs for an entire community. I am very involved with the Fox Chase Civic Association and subcommittees and serve as a block captain for Rockwell Avenue.
I feel we all have a responsibility to give back, and hopefully, PFAC will provide me with that opportunity.