When Duke LifePoint Healthcare purchased Conemaugh Health System in 2014, the organization's fund-raising arm -- the Conemaugh Health Foundation -- was reborn as the 1889 Foundation. Utilizing its extensive assets, as well as expertise gleaned from over two decades of philanthropy, the 1889 Foundation exists to support innovative programs and initiatives that improve and transform the overall health and wellness of the Johnstown region.

What's in a name?

The foundation's name is steeped in Johnstown's rich history and a legacy of giving that has impacted the region for over a century. In the aftermath of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889, a worldwide outpouring of support helped build Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital, which has evolved into what is now Conemaugh Health System, the region's largest healthcare provider.

The 1889 Foundation is uniquely positioned to provide significant impact on the economy and wellness of Johnstown and the surrounding region, including a $7.5 million, five-year gift establishing the 1889 Foundation-Jefferson Center for Population Health in Johnstown. As a partnership with the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, the Center's purpose will be to identify, quantify and develop strategies for improving the health of the citizens of Cambria and Somerset counties.

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The future of the Foundation

The 1889 foundation serves its community through a host of other funding partnerships, collaborations and events, including an annual challenge grant with the United Way of Laurel Highlands that provides up to $500,000 to enhance the United Way's Community Impact grants; annual grants to the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance to support arts programs related to health and wellness; the 1889 Classic golf tournament, which raises funds for the foundation; and an annual Chef Auction, whose proceeds go toward programs addressing the health and wellness of children.

For more information on the 1889 Foundation, please visit www.1889foundation.org