Passavant Hospital Foundation

Our Mission

Passavant Hospital Foundation supports UPMC Passavant in McCandless and Cranberry, advancing health and wellness through education, outreach, and grant making.

Our Vision

Passavant Hospital Foundation will be a visible extension of the Passavant legacy of caring, making the region a leader in healthcare awareness, accessibility and quality.

Our History

Passavant Hospital Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation in 1981. Funds contributed by the community are used exclusively to develop new hospital services and facilities at UPMC Passavant in McCandless and Cranberry and to provide health education and outreach programming in the community.

Passavant Hospital Foundation has been supporting UPMC Passavant and providing free outreach, health, and wellness programs throughout the community since 1981.

Passavant Hospital Foundation may have impacted you or one of your family members if you or a loved one has received treatment at UPMC Passavant in McCandless or Cranberry, or if you have attended one of the Foundation’s free health and wellness programs, medical screenings or support groups offered throughout the northern region.

Passavant Hospital Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance the health and wellness of our community by providing grants for facilities, technology, and equipment to support excellence in patient care at UPMC Passavant, as well as a vast array of health education seminars, medical screenings and support groups that are free and open to all. Since its inception in 1981, the Foundation has formed
strong community partnerships for a greater impact on health concerns that affect all of us, ultimately helping you, your family, friends, and neighbors lead healthier, happier lives.

$175 for 175 Year's Campaign


We invite you to recognize Passavant Hospital’s 175th anniversary of providing world-class care in our region through our “$175 for 175 years” campaign. Your gift of $175 will ensure a Legacy of Caring at Passavant for years to come.

Passavant’s rich history began when opening its doors in the hills of Pittsburgh in 1849. Relocating to the North Hills in 1964, Passavant fulfilled the community’s need for a local hospital and continues to provide quality health care in 2024 and beyond.

Passavant Hospital Foundation has served the hospital for 43 years and continues to support UPMC Passavant’s excellence in health care and advance the health of all in our community through:
✓ Patient Assistance Fund - aiding financially struggling patients who cannot afford the medication or equipment they need at discharge.
✓ Cancer Care Fund - supporting oncology patients by providing basic needs such as shelter, food, or transportation during treatment.
✓ Nursing Education Fund - offsetting the costs for UPMC Passavant nurses to earn certification in their medical specialty areas to improve patient experience and outcomes.
✓ Bridge to Hope – providing peer support for families affected by a loved one’s addiction.
✓ Community Initiatives - partnering to support the health of all in the community.
✓ Outreach Education – facilitating FREE programs, both virtual and in-person, for all to attend.

Just as a community needs its hospital, the hospital continues to need its community to grow. Any amount is appreciated, but might we suggest $175 to help us grow for another 175 years and more. Your gift is an investment for our community’s health today and for generations to come.

Donate A Legacy Gift of $1,750 and receive a UPMC Passavant 175th Anniversary Commemorative Coin!       


To Donate

Mail a Check to: 
Passavant Hospital Foundation
9100 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Donate Online

Building off a rich history,

UPMC Passavant looks to a bright future.


UPMC Passavant is an advanced tertiary care center in the heart of northern Allegheny and southern Butler Counties, offering patients access to more than 400 board-certified physicians across 22 specialties. It is home to state-of-the-art surgical procedures and diagnostic testing with robotic capabilities. And it offers a phlethora of specialty services, such as UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, emergency care services and more — all with a patient-and-family-centered atmosphere that has become a hallmark of UPMC Passavant.

Rev. Dr. William A. Passavant, a Lutheran minister born in Zelienople, founded the hospital in 1849 to serve Mexican War soldiers. Known as the Pittsburgh Infirmary, it was the first Protestant hospital built in the United States and was located in what is now the Hill District of Pittsburgh. In the 1960s, North Hills community members banded together to relocate the hospital north of Pittsburgh because no hospital existed in the northern suburbs. They signed petitions and conducted door-to-door fundraising to make it possible and, in 1964, the hospital moved to its current location in McCandless Township. It was re­named North Hills Passavant Hospital and began serving as a full-service hospital for residents of northern Allegheny County.

Now under the helm of UPMC Passavant President Susan Hoolahan, MSN, RN,NEA-BC, the hospital continues to grow exponentially in both size and services. In recent years, a $36 million expansion project brought a retail pharmacy, a new UPMC Heart and Vascular patient care area, an expanded UPMC Magee-Women’s Specialty Services and breast imaging center, a pre- and post-surgical testing center, a strong affiliation with UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for emergency pediatric care, and more to the UPMC Passavant-McCandless campus. Another large expansion project is currently underway at the UPMC Passavant-Cranberry campus.

Read More About UPMC Passavant's History in the Spring 2024 Northern Connection Article



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