About the Foundation

The Shadyside Hospital Foundation is an independent, volunteer-led organization that supports and inspires world-class care for every patient at UPMC Shadyside.

Louise R. Brown, Executive Director, and Torrence M. Hunt, Jr., Chairperson

Welcome to the Shadyside Hospital Foundation

Torrence M. Hunt, Jr., Chairperson, and Louise R. Brown, Executive Director

A warm welcome to our website, where we invite you to discover how Pittsburgh’s premier hospital foundation and our generous donors enhance every patient’s experience at UPMC Shadyside, one of the outstanding hospitals in the nation. Since 1975 our volunteer board has successfully stewarded the gifts of generous donors, putting their dollars to work to help create a world-renowned hospital that makes our community strong. Supporting projects for quality care, education, and research that lie beyond the hospital’s normal operating budget, the Shadyside Hospital Foundation changes lives. We thank all those who bring our vision to life, and the UPMC Shadyside physicians, nurses, staff, and administration who work with such commitment and innovation for every patient. And we urge you to make a gift now to the Foundation, where your generosity will go to work for world-class care for you, your family … and all those who turn to a great hospital in times of need.

Serving patients and the community since 1866, UPMC Shadyside is one of the preeminent hospitals in the United States.

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Shadyside Hospital Foundation Board of Directors

  • Officers
  • Torrence M. Hunt, Jr.
  • H. Vaughn Blaxter III
  • Mark J. Laskow
  • John M. Pierce, DDS
  • Mikell Cooper Schenck
  • Nancy B. Foster
  • W. Craig Esterly
  • Louise R. Brown


  • Members
  • Lawrence N. Adler, MD
  • Caroline D. Barmen
  • William W. Barrington, MD
  • Dorothy B. Beckwith
  • G. Nicholas Beckwith III
  • Courtney B. Borntraeger
  • Mary Brignano
  • A. H. Burchfield III
  • Jennifer G. Calihan
  • Robert B. Challinor, MD
  • William M. Cooper III
  • Patricia M. Duggan
  • Paul Euwer, Jr.
  • Steven Evans, MD, FACS
  • Nancy C. Fales
  • Sheila Fine
  • Mona N. Generett, PhD
  • James A. Gleason, MD
  • Clinton E. Guyaux
  • Nina Fisher Hamilton
  • John F. Hensler
  • James F. Hilliard
  • Aura R. Hulme
  • Leo A. Keevican, Jr.
  • Donna L. Knupp, MD
  • Louis E. Leff, MD, FACP
  • Kate W. MacVean
  • Charles V. Masterson III
  • Jennifer Gonzalez McComb, MD, MPH
  • W. Duff McCrady
  • John McSorley III, MD
  • Cooper Schenck Munroe
  • Jennifer J. Muse
  • Joel B. Nelson, MD
  • Richard A. Pagliari
  • Daniel W. Pituch, DMD, MD
  • William M. Robinson
  • Fred H. Rubin, MD
  • John A. Rudolf
  • S. Murray Rust III
  • Blake L. Ruttenberg
  • Mark A. Studer
  • William M. Swartz, MD
  • Joseph C. Walton
  • W. Dennis Zerega, EdD
  • David S. Zorub, MD

“Shadyside Hospital Foundation directors are engaged in channeling the gifts of generous donors into creative ways to improve the quality of health care.”

- H. Vaughan Blaxter III, Chairperson

“Nurses see that they are making a difference with their patients—and that is what nursing is all about.”

- Denise Stromoski, RN Coordinator, Sepsis Prevention Program

“The Shadyside Hospital Foundation has helped us gain national recognition—and our second Magnet® designation—for remarkable innovations in nursing.”

- Sandra L. Rader, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer and vice president, Patient Care Services, and vice president, Operations

“As part of several teams involved with quality improvement projects supported by the Shadyside Hospital Foundation, I’m proud that I have helped to make patient care at Shadyside safer and more efficient.”

- Timothy D. Herzer, MSN, RN, CCRN

“This course changed my life.”

- Nicole Weimer, Certified Healthcare Transporter, after a course sponsored by a grant from the Shadyside Hospital Foundation

“The Foundation gave us the start, like the pebble you toss into the water.”

- Denise Stromoski, RN, coordinator, Sepsis Prevention Program

“A grant from the Shadyside Hospital Foundation helped us to develop the first smartphone app of its type in the world for telepathology.”

- Anil V. Parwani, MD, PhD and Liron Pantanowitz, MD
  • Louise R. Brown

    Executive Director
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  • Margaret J. Laughlin

    Foundation Manager
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  • Rebecca Gruseck

    Administrative Coordinator
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