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Grants Made for Calendar Year 2024

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 $714,888.14 in grants in alignment with the organization's strategic priorities of: 1) Patient Access, 2) Patient Education and 3) Patient Experience-Independence.


“It’s been a hard year for our community and our hospital staff,” said Mary Lee Gannon, president. “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. We fill in those heartbreaking gaps with hope and healing for patients of St. Margaret.”


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                               $240,940.00

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

Free Shuttle to Alle-Kiski Valley Area                                                                                                                                          $96,800.00

Complimentary Valet Services for Patients with Disabilities                                                                                                   $45,000.00

2. Patient Education

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

Ortho & Stroke Program Bags for Community Events                                                                                                                   $972.00

Nourish to Flourish                                                                                                                                                                               $600.00

Seasonal Missalettes for the Hospital Chapel                                                                                                                                  $211.00


3. Patient Experience - Independence

Bed Fund to help Under-Resourced Patients                                                                                                                            $75,000.00

Family Health Center Requests                                                                                                                                                     $44,418.60

Kathleen’s Cupboard Free Food Pantry                                                                                                                                       $20,000.00

Free Flu Immunizations to the Underserved Elderly                                                                                                                  $13,584.56

Family Emergency Fund                                                                                                                                                                  $12,000.00

Comfort Items & Disability Resources for Patients                                                                                                                       $9,991.00

Health Fair Screenings for the Underserved Communities                                                                                                        $8,500.00

Massage Chair for Meditation Room                                                                                                                                               $4,599.98

Blood Pressure Cuffs for Community Health Screenings                                                                                                           $4,476.00

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

Creating Inclusive Environments and Educational Opportunities in the Hospital and the Community                             $2,000.00 

Teddy Bears for Patients                                                                                                                                                                   $1,665.00

Good Catch Program for Improved Patient Safety                                                                                                                         $755.00


Appreciation T-Shirts for St. Margaret Employees                                                                                                                       $6,000.00

Volunteer Recognition Luncheon Gifts                                                                                                                                           $2,000.00

Nursing Recognition: DAISY Scholarships                                                                                                                                      $1,625.00 

                                                                                                                       Total: $714,888.14

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