Local artwork to adorn walls at Center for Hope and Healing

Local artwork to adorn walls at Center for Hope and Healing

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Local artwork to adorn walls at Center for Hope and Healing

Series highlights overcoming addition, mental health disorders

Pictured from left to right are WMHS Auxiliary President Julie Davis, Sandy Arnold, Darrin Isom and Auxiliary Past President Sherry Schmitt.

As the new Center for Hope and Healing prepares to open next door to UPMC Western Maryland and provide residential crisis treatment for patients struggling with substance abuse and behavioral health issues, the WMHS Auxiliary has redoubled its commitment to wellness in this critical area.
In 2019, Auxiliary President Julie Davis, Kim Kremer, President Elect and Past President Sherry Schmitt signed a $1 million pledge over six years toward construction and operation of the center. Now, as the center readies for opening, the Auxiliary brings yet another gift.
The Resilience collection features the work of photographer Darrin Isom and painter Sandy Arnold, who spent the summer of 2018 interviewing and culling stories from individuals who have faced and overcome a range of challenges and losses related to addiction and mental health disorders.
Initially exhibited at the Allegany Arts Council in the fall of 2018, the collection powerfully illustrates the strength and tenacity of overcomers sharing their individual journeys.
Past President Sherry Schmitt secured the exhibit to hang at the Center for Hope and Healing, which coupled with the Auxiliary’s $1 million commitment to the center, serves as a permanent reminder of their support and gratitude to UPMC Western Maryland for creating this powerful stop-gap treatment facility.
“I think more than anything else, we want the Auxiliary’s pledge and this unique art collection to demonstrate our commitment to the brave souls and families fighting substance abuse in our community,” WMHS Auxiliary President Julie Davis said. “So many people – whether indirectly or right at home – have been affected across our region, but through UPMC Western Maryland, hope is on the way.”
Jeff O’Neal, Executive Director of Clinics, Practices, and Behavioral Health Services – and the visionary behind the center – indicated the center has already gained statewide attention as a best practice for interventional care. The building will begin receiving patients in July.
Since 2006, the Auxiliary has contributed more than $2.75 million to UPMC Western Maryland, underwriting critical, cutting-edge equipment and patient services – all through the generous
participation of its member volunteer efforts. For more information about joining the Auxiliary or the work of the WMHS Foundation, contact 240-964-8051.

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Date: July 1, 2020


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In 2018, WMHS and UPMC joined together in a clinical affiliation to work cooperatively to enhance healthcare services and to strengthen the delivery of quality care, transform care delivery and reduce the total cost of providing care in the community. In March 2019, the Boards of Directors of both WMHS and UPMC signed a non-binding letter of intent to negotiate an affiliation agreement. Following a nine-month regulatory review and due diligence process by WMHS and UPMC, the Boards co-signed a binding integration and affiliation agreement on January 15, 2020, setting February 1, as the target date for finalizing the affiliation.

“Throughout our research and discussions with UPMC, we became increasingly confident and excited about becoming part of a world-class academic medical center which shares our vision for providing quality patient care,” said Rolf Haarstad, chair of the WMHS Board of Directors. “Our mutual mission is to continue to bring cutting-edge, evidence-based medicine to patients close to home.”

“UPMC has a long, successful track record of affiliations with like-minded hospitals. We know how much this hospital means to the region, and we are thrilled that WMHS has chosen to join UPMC,” said Leslie C. Davis, senior vice president, UPMC, and executive vice president and chief operating officer, UPMC Health Services Division.

UPMC has committed to make certain capital investments to enhance services and upgrade facilities in the Western Maryland region. These investments by UPMC, along with investments that the WMHS Foundation has made and continues to make, will help ensure that UPMC Western Maryland will continue to provide state-of-the-art, quality healthcare for residents as well as maintaining its position as one of the largest employers in the region for years to come.

The new affiliation does not affect patients’ insurance coverage. UPMC Western Maryland will continue to honor the contracts it has in place with regional and national insurers and has reaffirmed its commitment to continue working with multiple payors in the future.

The board of UPMC Western Maryland consists of 12 directors, including 8 appointed by the current WMHS board and 4 designated by the UPMC board.


About UPMC
A $20 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 89,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a nearly 3.6 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.2 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid $587 million in federal, state and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to UPMC.com.

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