About Us2019-04-25T11:03:10-04:00

Who We Are

1889 Foundation supports innovative programs and initiatives that improve and transform the overall health and wellness of our region, and is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors drawn from the community.

Our Story

1889 Foundation

Our organization actually began decades ago. We were officially founded in 1993 as Conemaugh Health Foundation. We were the philanthropic arm of the hospitals of Conemaugh Health System. In September 2014, Conemaugh Health System was purchased by Duke LifePoint Healthcare. At that time, Conemaugh Health System became a for-profit organization. Months later, on March 1, 2015, the Conemaugh Health Foundation was reborn as 1889 Foundation, a completely independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Our Staff

1889 Foundation

Susan M. Mann, President

Debra Costlow, Director of Programs & Development

Wendy Reitnauer, Director of Finance

Barbara Hull, Administrative Assistant

Our Board

Amanda Artim
Michael Barletta
Scott Becker, Vice Chairman
James Cascio, Chairman
Kim Craig, Treasurer
Bruce Duke, III, MD
James F. Hargreaves
Krista Mathias
Frank Quitoni, Secretary
Donald Ratchford, MD
John Saracena
Michael Smith
Rowland H. Tibbott, Jr.
Susan Williams, MD

Ex-Officio Member

Susan M. Mann, President

Our Name Reflects A Rich History

Built on our foundation.

Our name instantly connects our foundation to two things that are central to our community’s rich history: the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889, and the hospital born from the world’s generosity after that great disaster. It is appropriate that the name 1889 Foundation reflects the history and the spirit of giving that created and maintained the Conemaugh Health System for more than a century.

Latest News

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The Chef Auction is coming up, 10/9!

The Chef Auction is celebrating our 12th anniversary this year, and the event’s proceeds will benefit mental health programs for children in Cambria and Somerset Counties. We are

“Those who are the happiest are those who do the most for others.”
Booker T. Washington
“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”
Mother Theresa

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