The 1897 Society

The 1897 Society
Members of the 1897 Society

Members of The 1897 Society at the group’s annual dinner: Bill Stout, Sandy Stout, Dr. Lisa Cibik, Diann Stout, Dr. E. Ronald Salvitti, Bernie Kobosky.

What is The 1897 Society?


Since the 1890’s and the fundraising efforts of community volunteers to build the county’s first hospital, the people of Washington have supported this institution and have helped it grow into one of the region’s best health systems.


Today a new group of philanthropists is helping lead the way into the future.  Members of the 1897 Society provide a much needed source of revenue to Washington Health System that will enable it to continue to provide a full range of health care services to the residents of our community while remaining an independent health care provider.


Society Members will support the mission of Washington Health System and Washington Health System Foundation through a one-time gift of $10,000 or more. This gift may be paid in cash, stock, securities or real estate over a period of up to three years.


Additional recognition for gifts made at higher levels are:


Membership Levels: 

  • $10,000
  • $25,000 (Sapphire)
  • $50,000 (Ruby)
  • $75,000 (Emerald)
  • $100,000 (Diamond)


Among the benefits of joining the 1897 Society are invitations to the annual Society dinner and exclusive educational forums.


As of March 1, 2016, sixty-seven 1897 Society members have committed to almost $2.4 million. Member donations have helped fund the following:

  • Creation of the Stout Conference Center
  • Creation of the Rice Energy Family Simulation Center
  • New Laboratory Draw Station in Washington Hospital
  • Women’s Health – (through sponsorships to Ladies golf)
  • Educational opportunities for clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Hospice Care
  • Unrestricted support that gives Washington Health System the flexibility to support our greatest capital and programs needs