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Community Highlights: Charitable Foundations


The charitable foundations affiliated with Highmark Health fund programs that improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals in the communities that we are privileged to serve. In 2014, support from the foundations provided a positive impact for community members as follows:

  • With funding from Highmark Inc., the Highmark Foundation supports programs that are intended to promote the health and well-being of the communities served by Highmark Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. The Highmark Foundation’s focus is on chronic disease, family health, service delivery systems and healthy communities.
  • The Highmark Caring Foundation, funded primarily by Highmark Inc., supports the Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families. With facilities in Erie, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Warrendale, Pa., the Caring Place makes a positive difference in the lives of grieving children and their families.
  • The foundations of Allegheny Health Network, the lead health care provider affiliate of Highmark Health, are associated with individual hospitals and are an important part of the network’s commitment to delivering high-quality care close to home for patients. Grateful patients, friends, donors and community leaders connect through these foundations to invest in research, education and patient care, as follows:

    • The West Penn Hospital Foundation supports education, research and patient care at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.
    • The Forbes Health Foundation supports education, research, and patient care at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Pa., and patient and family support at Forbes Hospice in Pittsburgh (Bloomfield area).
    • The Allegheny Valley Hospital Trust supports education, research, and patient care at Allegheny Valley Hospital, in Natrona Heights, Pa.
    • The Suburban Health Foundation supports patient services at the AGH (Allegheny General Hospital) Suburban Outpatient center in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.

2014 foundation highlights included the Highmark Caring Place's introduction of new school-based grief support groups for children; the West Penn Hospital Burn Center's support of 28 kids for a week of healthy camaraderie at its annual summer camp; and the Highmark Foundation's funding of healthy programs to benefit children while at school.

Fast Fact

80,000 individuals

The Highmark Caring Place, a Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, has served more than 80,000 individuals since 1996.

From your eyes

"I write to commend the Highmark Foundation on its remarkable achievement in bullying prevention. …"

Dr. Susan Kressly, M.D.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Pennsylvania Chapter
Media, Pa.

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In our words

"Just knowing that you're not alone, just realizing that someone else understands what you're going through…"

Terese Vorsheck
The Highmark Caring Place

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