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Grants Made for Calendar Year 2023

The St. Margaret Foundation Board of Directors voted to approve the following grant disbursements in support for valuable projects for 2022. St. Margaret Foundation announces $763,665.78 in grants in alignment with the organization's strategic priorities of: 1) Patient Access, 2) Patient Education and 3) Patient Experience-Independence.


“The reason we exist is because when you’re sick it’s difficult enough without having to worry if you have a ride to chemotherapy or treatment, or if you can pay for the expensive medicine, home oxygen, walkers, insulin, and other items you need that aren’t covered by insurance. Your gift fills in those heartbreaking gaps of suffering with hope, healing and independence for patients at St. Margaret so they can go back to living their lives and not the crisis,” said Mary Lee Gannon, president. “We are here to ease the burden.”


The Foundation's board of directors is dedicated to the organization's motto of 'Filling in the gaps with hope.' “In a flash your health can turn into the biggest challenge of your life,” said Ms. Gannon. “The last thing we want is for you to forgo filling your prescription because you need to feed your family or for you not to replace a broken walker because Medicare won’t provide one for five years. Our donors have answered the call of their neighbors in their hour of need,” said Ms. Gannon. “Because of them we are able to fill the gap.”

Approved Grants

1. Patient Access

The Rod Rutkowski Bed Fund & Transportation to Fill in the Gaps for Under-Resourced Patients                               $291,200.00

2 Free Rides for Seniors Shuttles (Sharpsburg/Aspinwall/Blawnox and Etna/Tarentum/Hampton/Millvale)          $109,090.00

Free Shuttle to Alle-Kiski Valley Area                                                                                                                                          $90,500.00

Complimentary Valet Services for Patients with Disabilities                                                                                                   $45,000.00


2. Patient Education

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Community CPR Classes                                                                                                           $7,643.85 

Martha Mack Lewis Foundation Patient Library Equipment and Free Resources                                                                $3,000.00

Seasonal Missalettes for the Hospital Chapel                                                                                                                                  $211.00


3. Patient Experience - Independence

Bed Fund to help Under-Resourced Patients                                                                                                                            $91,840.00

Family Health Center Requests                                                                                                                                                     $34,045.00

Portable Ultrasonometer for Community Health Screenings                                                                                                  $16,080.00

Kathleen’s Cupboard Free Food Pantry                                                                                                                                        $15,000.00

Free Flu Immunizations to the Underserved Elderly                                                                                                                  $12,412.35

Family Emergency Fund                                                                                                                                                                  $11,000.00

Health Fair Screenings for the Underserved Communities                                                                                                        $8,500.00

Blood Pressure Devices for Community Health Screenings                                                                                                       $5,223.58

Appreciation Gifts for St. Margaret Employees                                                                                                                             $4,000.00

Hospital Flower Planting and  Beautification in Courtyards and Rehab Patio                                                                         $3,000.00

C.A.R.E. Channel: Relaxing Programing in Every Patient Room                                                                                                  $2,760.00

Gifts for Patients in the Hospital on Holidays Mother’s Day/Thanksgiving/Christmas                                                         $2,000.00 

Teddy Bears for Patients                                                                                                                                                                   $1,665.00

TV Guide Stands for Patient Rooms                                                                                                                                                  $900.00


Appreciation T-Shirts for St. Margaret Employees                                                                                                                       $5,000.00

Volunteer Recognition Luncheon Gifts                                                                                                                                           $2,010.00

Nursing Recognition: DAISY Scholarships                                                                                                                                      $1,625.00 

                                                                                                                       Total: $763,665.78

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