CALL TO ACTION! Help Washington School District Students Graduate!

Washington Health System Teen Outreach and Washington School District are launching Teen Outreach’s ECHO mentoring program in the district in the 2015-2016 school year.  The goal is to improve attendance, academic performance, and the graduation rate.  In 2014, 1 out of every 3 Washington High School seniors did not graduate!

Teen Outreach’s ECHO (Educate Children for Healthy Outcomes) program is an educational mentoring program that empowers youth in grades 5-12 to make healthy choices and strengthens the family unit as a whole.  In this project, Teen Outreach will train forty culturally diverse community members as ECHO mentors, and match them with forty 8th grade students at risk for high school dropout with a special focus on minority students.  Mentors will spend 2-3 hours per week with their students and families over 5 years.  The ultimate goal is to increase graduation rate among these youth by 20%. 


How can I help?

  • Become an ECHO Mentor!  Contact Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski, Teen Outreach Director, at or 412-877-4906.
  • Become an ECHO Supporter and donate!  ECHO needs funds. We're looking for at least 10 individuals, businesses or agencies willing to commit $5,000 a year for five years to ECHO and to our community. No donation is too small, however. Every donation counts.

I would like to learn more about the Washington School District ECHO Program.


Rice Energy Family Simulation Center Announced

At the 2015 Charity Ball, Washington Health System Foundation announced that the Simulation Center currently under construction will be named Rice Energy Family Simulation Center.  Philanthropic gifts, including the Rice Energy Family’s donation, and a grant from the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation have funded the renovated and expanded Simulation Center, slated to open in September 2015.


The Simulation Center will use new life-like wireless mannequins to provide hands-on training for core skills in a safe, controlled environment.  Washington Health System School of Nursing students, Family Medicine residents, Health System staff, other healthcare professionals, community organizations, and emergency services will also use the expanded Simulation Center.


Mannequins include a portable adult male, a pregnant adult female which delivers a simulator baby, and a young child. The project is creating space for obstetrics, pediatrics, disaster training, emergency room, and operating room environments.


Donors: “Others Need Hospice Angels’ Care”

“Words can’t describe how compassionate everyone was,” long-time donor Charles Wagner said about Hospice Care after his wife Virginia stayed at Donnell House in May.  “They have to be angels to work there.”


After a hospital stay, Virginia wanted to return home for her last days.  However, her health was declining rapidly, and the family did not have the space or caregivers to make that work.  Her daughter-in-law suggested Donnell House, and it was an answer to their prayers.


Charles and his family felt that the staff was so loving, caring, and compassionate while providing 24/7 care to Virginia.  Virginia passed peacefully after a week at Donnell House.  It meant a lot to the family how the staff cared for them on the day of her passing, and that type of care continues. 


For the entire story of Virginia Wagner and her family’s experience of Hospice Care and Donnell House, read the Summer 2015 Journey.


Washington County Helps Fund New Morgue at Washington Hospital

As part of a joint effort, Washington County funded a portion of the construction of the new morgue at Washington Hospital.  This collaboration has provided our community with a state-of-the-art forensic facility. Read more about the project here.


Washington Health System Foundation publishes the Washington Health System Donor Report and The Journey newsletter.


The Journey is the Hospice Care donor newsletter containing a listing of gifts to Hospice Care made in memory or honor of others and stories of patients and families whose lives have been touched by Hospice Care.


Summer 2015 Journey

Winter 2015 Journey

Summer 2014

Garden Bricks Map (Sect I-II)

Garden Bricks Map (Sect III-V)

Garden Map Index

Both the Washington Health System Donor Report and The Journey are posted to this page after they have been published.