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A Family Tradition of Helping Others

Holden Family makes generous gift to benefit Valley’s future

Drs. Doug Holden and Jean Weng Holden raised their three children with a core set of values: treat people with kindness, work hard, and give back when you can.

Growing up on a farm in upstate New York as the youngest of six children, Doug recalls a modest upbringing that was rich in values and lessons that the Holdens pass on to their own kids.

"Our parents always taught us to do the right thing and to help where we could. Jean’s mother always says 'If you can feed someone, you should feed someone,' and I think that applies to much more than just food," Doug explains. "If you can help, you should. We believe in that."

Jean, a retired dentist and Doug, the Managing Partner at Garden State Orthopaedics and a member of Valley’s medical staff for more than 20 years, first met at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. They were both pursuing dental degrees before Doug went on to also earn his medical degree.

"As the first one in my family to graduate with a four-year college degree and progress in higher education, I realize that if it wasn’t for the generosity of others who provided scholarships and support, I would never have been able to achieve the success that I did," he says. "I believe people should always give to the best of their ability to help others."

Philanthropy and creating opportunities for others is important to the Holdens, who have started six endowed scholarships throughout the country to support students in achieving their goals.

The Holdens, who turn to Valley for their own family’s care, also believe strongly in the future of The Valley Hospital, and recently made a $500,000 gift to support the new hospital in Paramus. In recognition of their generous gift, the orthopedic unit in the new hospital will be named in their family’s honor.

"The care at Valley has always been excellent, and I know it will continue to be exceptional in the new hospital, with a heightened attention to detail and a family-friendly atmosphere where patients will feel comfortable," Doug says. "Jean and I are excited for what the new hospital will mean for our community, and we’re blessed to be able to give back and support it."

The Holden family (L to R): Alexandra, Samantha, Doug, Jean, and Austin.