Mary Lee Gannon:
For more than a decade, Mary Lee Gannon has been leading the efforts of the St. Margaret Memorial Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of the University of Pittsburgh St. Margaret Hospital, a 250-bed teaching hospital near Aspinwall, approximately 10 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. In this role, Gannon not only raises funds for the hospital, but also for its network of family health centers, which offer comprehensive, high quality healthcare services and programs at sites with access to public transportation, near where people live and work.
“In a flash,” Gannon says, “your health can turn into the biggest challenge of your life, [and] we don’t want you to worry about transportation to your chemotherapy.” The family health centers help fulfill the St. Margaret Memorial Hospital Foundation’s strategic priorities to offer the best possible patient access, education, and experience. A $1 million grant from the Foundation will support construction of a new facility for the St. Margaret Family Health Center in New Kensington, which will relieve overcrowding and inefficiencies, as well as enhance the overall patient experience. Once completed, Gannon says, the new health center will reflect the organization’s motto: “Filling in the gaps with hope.”