Reading Hospital Foundation announced today that it raised $41,746 through the annual “No Shave November” event. Nearly 300 individuals donated to the month-long event that helps raise awareness for men's health and shows support for patients undergoing cancer treatment and experiencing hair loss. Tony Forino, a grateful patient and Founder and CEO of Forino Co., L.P., provided $25,000 in support of the initiative.  

Donations support the McGlinn Cancer Institute at Reading Hospital. One participant, Robert McMurtrie, MD, donated the funds he raised to the Phoenixville Hospital Cancer Center.

At the end of the month, individuals voted for the best beard, best mustache, best goatee, and most creative selfie. This year, the best beard is Michael Macciocca, MD, Tower Health Medical Group Cardiology – West Reading; the best goatee and best mustache are Michael Coveney, RN, Associate Vice President of Nursing; and the most creative selfie is awarded to Christopher Cosce, MS, LDN, RD, Nutrition Services.  

“The team at Reading Hospital is so appreciative of Mr. Forino’s generous gift that will go a long way to provide aid to our patients,” said Charles F. Barbera, MD, Reading Hospital President and CEO. “I’d also like to thank the Reading Hospital team members. Each day, they come to work with the health of our patients and community as the top priority,” said Dr. Barbera. “Through ‘No Shave November,’ they also provided financial support for the programs that help our patients and their families.”  

Katherine Thornton, President, Reading Hospital Foundation, said, “I’d like to thank Anthony’s Barbershop, Wilson High School, Allegro Dance, and American Barber & Beauty Academy for their support of ‘No Shave November’ this year. Because of their kindness and the generosity of our community, team members, and participants, the Reading Hospital Foundation can continue to provide programs and services for the patient at McGlinn Cancer Institute.”


About Reading Hospital

Reading Hospital is the flagship, Magnet Recognized, acute care hospital of Tower Health. Located in West Reading, Pa., Reading Hospital is a 697-bed hospital that is home to many top-tier specialty care centers, including Reading HealthPlex, McGlinn Cancer Institute, Miller Regional Heart Center, Emergency Department, Level I Trauma Center and Beginnings Maternity Center, which houses the region's only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With more than 1,000 physicians, specialists, and advanced practice providers across 49 locations, Reading Hospital has been recognized for its quality outcomes and clinical expertise across service lines. It is listed as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for four consecutive years (and moving up to America’s 50 Best Hospitals in 2022) and received a 5-Star Rating from CMS two years in a row. For more information, visit

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