Mover & Shaker of the Month: Anthony R. Savannah

Anthony Savannah
President of Passavant Hospital Foundation

President of Passavant Hospital Foundation

           Passavant Hospital Foundation plays a vital role in making UPMC Passavant a world-class hospital in McCandless and Cranberry townships.  The man who oversees its day-to-day operations is Anthony R. Savannah.

           Savannah joined the Foundation in 2014 as the director of Community Engagement, and last year he was named as its president.  He has 20 years of experience in development, business and brand marketing, corporate, and community fundraising.  Savannah is committed to fulfilling the Foundation’s mission of advancing the health and wellness of our community through education, outreach and grant making.  “It has been a passion of mine to utilize my gifts and talents to help make a difference in the community and the lives of others,” said Savannah.

          The Foundation opened its doors in 1981.  Over the past 38 years, they have been instrumental in making an impact and helping people to improve their quality of life. “We provide funding for advancement in surgical services with items that improve patient care and comfort.  Help is available for out-of-town patients’ families, who might need lodging for the night.  These people can receive assistance through our Care Management Department, and our partnership with Kearns Spirituality Center.  We also help patients with groceries through our patient assistance fund that works with North Hills Community Outreach,” Savannah added.

         “We are also committed to educating our employees.  Our Nursing Education Fund allows nurses to advance their knowledge and skills.  They receive education and training to become certified experts in their field.  This positive experience for our staff benefits the patient experience.  It is a win-win situation.  We have also partnered with Club Julian, where we have doctors speak on health-related topics.  The Foundation teams up with Community College of Allegheny County, and we provide a variety of free health and wellness education programs for the public,” said Savannah.

        Thanks to the contribution from the Foundation, the Cancer Care Fund helps qualifying patients receive free wigs, medication and transportation to and from appointments.  They also help families affected by a loved one’s addiction through their Bridge to Hope program.  These critical programs allow patients and their families to know that they are not alone in their treatment.

        The Foundation is dedicated to grant making, which is now in its eighth year.  UPMC Passavant staff members submit proposals for their departments.  This year, 19 projects are being funded thanks to a valued partnership among the Foundation, the Auxiliary and the Hospital.  The 19 projects range in cost from $500 to $60,000 for a total of $240,023.

         Savannah is encouraging people to participate in the Foundation’s upcoming fundraising events.  Their 32 annual Golf Outing will be held on June 10 at Treesdale Golf and Country Club.  On Friday, August 16, they are hosting the 7th annual Run/Walk at North Park Pool Loop.  

         Savannah graduated from Geneva College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Marketing.  He resides in Butler County with his wife Jennifer and their daughter Harper (3) and their one- year-old son Rocco.  For more information on the Passavant Hospital Foundation, visit http://www.passavanthospitalfoundation.org/.