The St. Mary's Hospital Foundation is an independently governed, charitable arm of the not-for-profit hospital. The Foundation spearheads the hospital's capital campaign and runs special fundraising events, including the Foundation Gala each fall. The group funds special needs for the hospital, from expansion projects and special medical equipment to annual healthcare scholarships.
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital launched its first Annual Giving Campaign to support the purchase of a new mobile Outreach Center for our Get Connected to Health program. Since forming in 2008, under the direction of the late Dr. J. Patrick Jarboe, the program has provided primary health care services to more than 2,000 uninsured and under-insured St. Mary's County residents. Learn more about how you can contribute to the Annual Giving Campaign.
Why I Give: St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation
Rick Tepel, Foundation Board Member Rick moved to St. Mary’s County in the late 1970s when he was seven. He graduated from St. Mary’s Ryken High School and went to college at Drew University to study American Studies. He thought he wanted to pursue a career in teaching, but started working in business and enjoyed it. He returned to St. Mary’s County in 1990 and is currently chief executive officer of Raley Watts & O’Neill Insurance in California. He has been on the Foundation for five years.
“One of my favorite things about working with the Foundation is being on the scholarship committee. We actually get to talk to smart, interesting kids. They are a diverse group of high achievers. It is a touching experience – different than sitting in a board meeting because we are able to make a real connection with these people. In addition, I donate financially to the hospital because my family has always had great experiences with the hospital. It just feels natural for me to support something that is such a tremendous asset to our community.”
- Rick Tepel (pictured far left with members of the Foundation)
Foundation Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Foundation a 501(c)(3) organization?
A: Yes. MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Foundation was recognized as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1975.
Q: What is MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Foundation's tax identification number (TIN)?
A: The Foundation's Federal TIN or EIN is 52-1051368.
Q: Where is the Philanthropy office?
A: The Philanthropy office is located on the 2nd floor of the Outpatient Pavilion in the Marketing Department.
Q: What does the Foundation support?
A: The Foundation raises funds for its scholarship program, capital projects and hospital equipment. The Foundation also contributes some funds to the MedStar St. Mary's Affiliates program, which partners with the University of Maryland to bring medical students to St. Mary's County for a rural rotation lasting from four to eight weeks. Additionally, the Foundation sponsors the DAISY Award program, which recognizes a nurse a few times a year based on the individual's outstanding clinical skills and the compassionate care he or she provides to patients and their families.
Q: How do I make a donation?
A: We appreciate your generosity! There are a number of ways to donate to the Foundation. Please call our Philanthropy Officer at 301-475-6010 to learn more.
Q: Will I receive a tax receipt?
A: Yes. We provide a tax receipt for monetary donations in accordance with Internal Revenue Service rules.
Q: Is it possible to make a monthly donation?
A: Yes. Please call our office at 301-475-6010 so we can assist you.
Q: I want to leave MedStar St. Mary's Hospital a bequest in my will. What is the next step?
A: If you intend to leave a gift in your will - large or small - to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, Inc. (our proper legal name), the process is very straightforward. Simply prepare your will or codicil and include a phrase about your intention. Call our Philanthropy Officer at 301-475-6010 if you have additional questions.
Q: If I make a donation, will you give or sell my name to other charities?
A: No. At MedStar St. Mary's Hospital, safeguarding our donors' privacy has always been a top priority. The personal information you provide is used solely to process the donation, maintain a record of contributions, and to help keep you informed of the latest news and fundraising initiatives. We do not trade or sell donor names.