T.J. Dermot Dunphy’s Tapestry of Giving

dermot-dunphy-(4).jpgT.J. Dermot Dunphy, CEO of Kildare Enterprises LLC, is committed to building healthier communities. More specifically, Dunphy, who was born in Ireland and raised in England, has donated more than $200,000 to Morristown Medical Center, mostly to women’s health and, most recently, art therapy.

“Women’s health is an area that is important to me because my mother and my two wives were very instrumental in my having such a meaningful life and my life is now blessed with wonderful daughters and granddaughters,” Dunphy, the 89-year-old Far Hills, New Jersey-resident said. “Also, women’s health and art therapy have smaller, more tangible projects, and I can see the impact that I am having more readily.”

In the last few years, Dunphy’s consistent giving has benefitted the Women’s Health Clinic at Morristown Medical Center. His generosity supports nutrition and fitness counseling, treating high-risk pregnancies, OB-GYN research and facilitating the purchase of the equipment necessary to monitor diabetes during pregnancy, as well as Urodynamic machines that diagnose various urinary tract issues.

Artfully Healed

If there is one other area Dunphy reveres as much women’s health, it is the art he has collected over the years, which led him to donate to the Art Therapy Program in 2020.Deirdre-and-Dermot-(1).jpg

“I love art,” Dunphy said. “My home is decorated with a wide variety of oil paintings, and the land surrounding my house is dotted between trees with sculptures, none of which are famous but all of which are beautiful to my eye. My interest in art is also stimulated by my daughter, Deirdre Dunphy, a successful artist and director of the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, Georgia.”

His contribution helped seed the funding of an art therapist position in the Psychiatric Unit in the Sameth Emergency Department who works with patients awaiting admission to the Head Family Inpatient Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Center. Going even further, Dunphy’s generosity has covered the cost of paint, chalk, construction paper and other supplies. Helping a patient to focus and feel safe, the art therapist engages patients’ senses with painting and sketching exercises that pulls them away from reoccurring thoughts.

Dunphy is pleased with the impact his giving has made. It is meaningful to him that creativity and healing are the tenets of the Art Therapy Program.

“I can see how I am helping to make a difference in a patient’s life and state of mind through the stroke of a brush,” Dunphy said. 

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