Float for a Cure Raises over $2700 this year!

Float for a Cure Raises over $2700  this year!

More About Float for a Cure Raises over $2700 this year!

Float for a Cure Raises Awareness and Support for Cancer treatment at WMHS

Back for a second year, cancer survivors from Keyser raised more than $2,700 this year to aid patients undergoing cancer treatment at Western Maryland Health System. Corporate and individual sponsors in and around Mineral County supported cancer survivors Johnny Bauer and Steve Brill in 2019, who nearly doubled their contributions over last year.
The six-mile river trip and fundraiser was created in 2018 to honor the late Artie Hartman, founder of the Stray Cat Café, which closed after 30 years when Hartman lost his battle with colorectal cancer in 2016. Patrons and friends joined the paddlers for a picnic celebration at Riverdale Acres following the float this year in July, complete with food and live entertainment donated by Sue and Allan Biddle and Dave Clark. Johnny Bauer, Steve Brill, and George Tasker – all cancer survivors – coordinated the trip and raised funds, crediting a wide range of patrons for this year’s increase.
All proceeds benefit the WMHS Schwab Family Cancer Center patient assistance fund. The fund benefits area cancer patients experiencing financial challenges for basic needs while fighting a life-threatening illness.
For more information about Float for a Cure, contact Steve Brill at 304-788-0991. For additional information on the WMHS Schwab Family Cancer Center patient assistance fund, contact the WMHS Foundation at dmartz@wmhs.com or by calling 240-964-8003.


About Western Maryland Health System

Western Maryland Health System was formed in 1996 to strengthen the healthcare services in Western Maryland and the surrounding communities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In November 2009, WMHS opened a new state-of-the-art hospital on Willowbrook Road in Cumberland, Maryland.

The Western Maryland Regional Medical Center has over 200 beds and offers a comprehensive range of general and specialty services for medical, surgical, and obstetrical patients. In addition to hospital-based services, WMHS has a network of diagnostic centers, urgent care centers, physician practices, a skilled nursing facility, home care, and other outpatient specialty services.

WMHS has been at the forefront of value-based care and is continuously working to improve the overall health of the community with a variety of health initiatives, including: health screenings, classes on adopting healthy lifestyles, community education, and exercise programs. WMHS has also addressed the issue of underserved populations by opening Community Outreach Clinics that aim to help at-risk populations make more informed healthcare decisions.

As of February 2018, WMHS and UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) joined together in a clinical affiliation to work cooperatively to enhance healthcare services for local residents. The partnership enables WMHS to build upon its success in providing value-based care and to strengthen its ability to deliver quality care, transform care delivery and reduce the total cost of providing care in the community.

To learn more about Western Maryland Health System, visit click for details. Find us on social media at facebook.com/westernmdhealth, youtube.com/WMHSCumberland, Twitter @westernmdhealth, and Instagram @westernmarylandhealthsystem.
Pictured: Ben Kosewski, executive director of the Schwab Family Cancer Center, left, and Karen Johnson, chief development officer for the WMHS Foundation, receive a check from Johnny Bauer and Steve Brill,
representing the Stray Cat Alumni’s 2019 Float for a Cure.

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Date: September 26, 2019






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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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