The WMHS Foundation

The Western Maryland Health System Foundation supports the work, mission, and values of UPMC Western Maryland through fund development, public interface, and ambassadorship. Primary support has been directed to capital purchases, equipment and technology, scholarships, and care for patients in need.

Our Mission and Core Values

We are dedicated to providing patient-centered care and improving the health and well-being of people in the communities we serve.

  • Integrity – Demonstrate honesty and straightforwardness in all relationships
  • Innovation – Pursue continuous improvement through creative new ideas, methods, and practices
  • Compassion – Show care and kindness to all we serve and with whom we work
  • Accountability – Ensure effective stewardship of the community’s trust
  • Respect – Demonstrate a high regard for the dignity and worth of each person
  • Excellence – Strive for superior performance in all that we do

About the Foundation

Relationships are the foundation of UPMC Western Maryland. Just as you are a valued supporter, we value teamwork and collaboration as inherent to our success.

The work of UPMC Western Maryland and the Foundation are completely integrated and unified. We work in concert, shoulder-to-shoulder, arm-in-arm, and hand-in-hand. Keep in mind, we want to leave you satisfied and gratified, knowing that your contribution, no matter the size, has been used wisely and well.

Whether you are a long-time supporter of UPMC Western Maryland or are new to the family, we consider you just that: family. The entire region owes a great debt of gratitude to you for helping us improve the health of patients throughout our community and well beyond.

In reflecting upon our success, we are ever mindful that UPMC Western Maryland would not exist as it does today without your help. Whether you are a healthcare provider, a dedicated advocate, or loyal donor, you demonstrate what the UPMC Western Maryland family does best: Caring for What Matters Most.

2021 Annual Report

Our Donations

In the past decade, Foundation fund development has exceeded $20 million, providing a reliable source of revenue for UPMC Western Maryland endeavors, and supporting UPMC Western Maryland as a well-positioned leader in healthcare now and into the future. Primary support has been directed to capital purchases, equipment and technology, scholarships, and care for patients in need.

All donations to UPMC Western Maryland are processed through the Foundation, where donations are carefully recorded, donors are recognized, and funds are designated for specific programs. Each year, those donations make a significant impact, as the Foundation provides a minimum of $250,000 to UPMC Western Maryland for capital purchases, approximately $100,000 in scholarships to students in healthcare fields, approximately $100,000 for patient needs, and additional thousands of dollars to support emerging strategic needs of the system.

We have gift options for everyone: very modest gifts to the gift of a lifetime.

Ways to Give


Sources of funds coming into the Foundation for disbursement include one-time or recurring individual gifts, Oncology Tribute Wall blocks, corporate contributions, third-party group donations, grants, gifts of real estate, insurance policies, or charitable trusts, planned “Legacy Gifts,” and the annual Golf Classic.

Strategic Plan

  • Enhance clinical collaboration to effect patient-centered care
  • Expand patient-centered care delivery model
  • Coordinate care to provide comprehensive population health management
  • Engage patients and families to improve personal health status
  • Focus on business model discipline through fiscal responsibility


Foundation board members are selected for their outstanding commitment to the community, to healthcare, and to philanthropy. They represent some of the most engaged leaders in our region, working to advance philanthropic partnerships, and ensure our ability to provide quality patient care. UPMC Western Maryland is honored to have them serve as ambassadors, sharing good news with the community.

The Foundation is governed by a board of directors and full-time staff members, including Barry Ronan, President of UPMC Western Maryland, and Karen Johnson, Chief Development Officer & Executive Director.

Our Vision

Shaping dynamic partnerships in advancing health and well-being.

Board of Directors

Western Maryland Health System Foundation, Inc. is a Maryland non-stock Corporation (tax ID #35-2289841). It is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a tax-exempt charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). The WMHS Foundation is considered a “public charity” by virtue of its direct support of UPMC Western Maryland, which is also tax-exempt. It is governed by the Board of Directors, who serve without compensation.