UPMC Western Maryland Foundation Stories: A Leader’s Lasting Impact


The day Don Moran signed the steel beam to be placed atop the new Western Maryland Regional Medical Center was a day of celebration and achievement. A community of modest size and means had come together by the thousands as never before, and it was fitting that Don chaired the $10 million capital campaign that made it possible. Don Moran—athlete, businessman, and philanthropist—grew up with four brothers on the local family farm. He learned to work hard and play well, as he went on to star on the University of Maryland basketball team. He credits “nothing special, just hard work” with paving the way for business success which has taken him places he would never have imagined. Don says he finds real satisfaction in helping others achieve success, and UPMC Western Maryland is fortunate to be named among his friends.

The Western Maryland Regional Medical Center stands as a proud cornerstone of healthcare in our region, and individuals like Don Moran helped to make that possible. Don’s service spans decades, including Memorial Hospital Board membership and twenty years leading the Golf Classic, an event with a cumulative impact of $1.1 million. Don quickly declines credit for any accomplishments, noting the many others involved. But those fortunate to work with him know him as a motivator, a gentleman, and an idea man who works hard to make things happen. Our best thanks!

Don Moran says, “From a businessman’s standpoint, I’ve seen what it takes to run the [UPMC Western Maryland], and I give all I can because it is important to keep it here.” The UPMC Western Maryland Foundation relies on the support of our friends, and Don is a source of inspiration, giving a continual message of hope.

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