It was then that a group of local visionaries united to address our county’s healthcare needs through the creation of a hospital in the county seat, changing the regional landscape through both the centralization of services and economic opportunity.

Today, that rich tradition continues through the 1897 Society, a group of philanthropic leaders who are committed to shaping the future of health and wellness in Washington and Greene County.

Membership in the 1897 Society is open to individuals, families, and corporations who make or pledge a gift of at least $10,000 to the Washington Health System Foundation that is fully realized within a three-year period. Gifts may be fulfilled using a variety of vehicles including but not limited to cash, appreciated securities/stock, qualified charitable distributions from an IRA, or even real estate.

Benefits for Members

  • EDUCATION: Participate in exclusive education opportunities, both in-person and online. Behind-the-scenes tours offer a new perspective on how local health and wellness needs are being addressed. While our new “Give SMART and with Heart” webinar series for donors, which highlights planned giving strategies and philanthropic trends, is led by local professional advisors.
  • FELLOWSHIP & FUN: Join like-minded individuals for socialization opportunities, such as our annual dinner, in unique and intimate settings.
  • RECOGNITION: Be recognized as an 1897 Society Member at events, on our website, in print and digital publications, as well as on social media. There are also opportunities for members to be featured in special member spotlights. Donors are welcome to offer their support anonymously if they so choose.

The 1897 Society offers a unique experience for those who are committed to better understanding and addressing local healthcare needs, and we invite you to join us!

To learn more, contact the Foundation office at (724) 223-3875.

photo of Sandra and Bill Stoute with Tom Northrop

1897 Society Annual Recognition Event

Bill and Sandy Stout with Tom Northrop, 1897 Society Committee Chairman

photo of Dennis Dutton, Sara Schumacher and Jim McCaffery

1897 Society Annual Recognition Event

Dennis Dutton, Sara Schumacher, and Jim McCaffrey

An 1897 Society Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of the Rice Energy Family Simulation Center

The future of healthcare education is being forged in the classroom.

During the 1897 Society’s annual education event and behind-the-scenes tour, members and special guests were given exclusive access to UPMC Washington’s School of Nursing and Rice Energy Family Simulation Center. The innovative technology and training tools available in the facility have helped to position UPMC Washington as a leader in healthcare education and simulation; however, ongoing investments are necessary to stay on the cutting edge.

The 1897 Society Steering Committee Members

Tom NorthropChair
Jeremy Dudczak
Dennis Dutton
Mary Lea Dutton
John Finley
Ami Hillebrand
Jim McCaffrey
Ed Morascyzk
Pat O’Brien
Alex Paris
Bill Stout
Sandy Stout
John Swiatek
Tom Uram
Brook WardCEO, WHS
Carol Wilson
Mindy Zatta