Joan Brower

Hometown Heart: Building a Legacy

Hometown Heart: Building a Legacy

Hearts That Inspire - Hometown Heart: Building on a Legacy

Joan Brower moved to State College in 1944. Her parents were longtime supporters of the local hospital from it's inception. When Vera Hawbaker passed away in 2010, Joan and her brother, Samuel, designated their parents' estate gift to the east wing expansion of Mount Nittany Medical Center and named a new intensive care room in their honor.

Joan's parents taught them so much in their life, respectively. They both set good examples along the way. The example they taught through their generosity is most important to the whole family.

Joan and late husband, Ralph Brower, were also great supporters of the Medical Center. Joan was a longtime hospital auxiliary volunteer, and Ralph served on the Mount Nittany Health Golf Classic Committee since it's inception. The Browers also gifted monies to the Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion.

With Joan's most recent gift to the new cardiovascular pavilion at the Medical Center, she says, "I am truly blessed with great health. Having been surrounded by family and loved ones with health issues all of my life, I've become an advocate for quality healthcare in our community. This pavilion is a huge step in continuing to provide that for our region, and I'm proud to be a part of that.

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