Frederick Memorial Hospital Building

More than a century ago, Emma Smith’s vision and the generosity of the Frederick community led to Frederick Health Hospital being built on a solid foundation of philanthropy. Today, this tradition continues with philanthropy still playing a vital role in the hospital’s ability to meet the ever changing healthcare needs of our community.

At the heart of the hospital’s fundraising efforts is a core of volunteers called the Frederick Health Development Council. Since 1989, this dedicated group has raised more than $87 million to help the hospital expand programs and services, fund renovations and construct new facilities and purchase state of the art medical equipment. This effort is currently led by Development Council Chair Karlys Kline (photo).

Roughly 70 volunteers serve on one of five committees, which comprise the Frederick Health Development Council. Each committee is responsible for providing healthcare advocacy and education to the community, providing recognition programs for donors, and generating cash and deferred gifts from individuals, businesses and foundations - all to help the hospital carry out its mission and strategic goals.

Frederick Health is grateful for the hard work of its Development Council volunteers, and for the goodwill and spirit of philanthropy that we enjoy within the Frederick community. Charitable support always has, and always will, be vital to assuring that our community continues to have access to the very best healthcare services, technology and programs available.


ReEnvisioning Critical Care Campaign

Artist rendering of Frederick Health Hospital upon completion of the ReEnvisioning Critical Care project.

As the area’s sole provider of critical care services, it is imperative that we position ourselves to meet the healthcare needs of our growing community. Our ReEnvisioning Critical Care campaign, focused on the renovation and expansion of our critical care services, will do just that.

Frederick has ranked among the fastest growing cities in Maryland for the past five years. As our population grows, we’re seeing an even greater demand for healthcare services-especially among the elderly who typically have more serious conditions and are more frequent utilizers of our hospital.

To prepare for this ever-increasing demand, we are positioning Frederick Health Hospital for the future by:

■ Reimagining our adult and pediatric Emergency Departments to integrate care, improve access, and create a more patient-centered experience

■ Enhancing our Intensive Care Unit to provide additional capacity, larger rooms, and a family-friendly waiting area

■ Relocating and expanding the Cardiac Catheterization Lab to accommodate current demand as well as prepare for future growth

This $45.8 million project will make the environment at Frederick Health Hospital even more comfortable, convenient, and patient-centered for you and your loved ones. Most importantly, the enhancements we are making will ensure that when you or a loved one is experiencing a medical emergency, the critical care services you need are available right here, close to home.

Members of the hospital’s Development Council have committed to raising $14.75 million of the estimated $45.8 million cost of the ReEnvisioning Critical Care project. Click here to view our Case for Support for this exciting campaign.

You can help bring this vision to life! Make a gift the ReEnvisioning Critical Care Campaign today.



Starting September 21, 2020, Frederick Health will begin to renovate and expand the critical care service areas. As a result, changes will be made to traffic patterns accessing the hospital from 7th Street through April 2022.


Giving Clubs

Order of the Good Samaritan

The Order of the Good Samaritan is a group of caring and engaged individuals whose charitable support is essential to helping Frederick Health achieve its mission. Members contribute $10,000 or more, either through a one-time gift or a pledge paid over a period of up to 10 years. The financial support provided by Good Samaritans positively impacts countless lives in our community. Frederick Health Good Samaritans are truly the community’s most generous philanthropists.

For more information or to join, download a copy of our Good Samaritan Membership Form (PDF)

Make your pledge payment online, please select “Order of the Good Samaritan” as your designation.

Corporate Honor Roll

The Corporate Honor Roll is a network of community-minded businesses, large and small, whose philanthropic support is key to helping Frederick Health achieve its mission. Members contribute $5,000 or more, either through a one-time gift or a pledge paid over a period of up to five years. Foundations and civic organizations are also invited to become members of the Corporate Honor Roll. Members of the corporate honor roll are truly making an investment in the health and well-being of our community and its workforce.

For more information or to join, download a copy of our Corporate Honor Roll Membership Form (PDF)

Make your pledge payment online, please select “Corporate Honor Roll” as your designation.

1902 Club

Members of the 1902 Club are carrying on a tradition of charitable giving that the hospital has relied upon since its founding. By making an annual gift to the hospital at one of the following levels, 1902 Club members are helping to ensure that everyone in our community has access to innovative, quality healthcare when and where it is needed.

For more information or to join, download a copy of our 1902 Club Membership Form (PDF)

Make your annual payment online, please select “1902 Club” as your designation.

Lasting Legacy

Create a personal or family legacy in support of the hospital by remembering Frederick Health in your estate plans. An estate gift can touch the lives of future generations of patients and caregivers. We are honored to recognize individuals making a planned gift to the hospital as members of our Lasting Legacy program.

Examples of legacy gifts include:

  • Bequests
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Assets
  • Charitable Remainder Trust/Annuity Trust
  • Charitable Gift Annuity/Lead Trust

Never in all the proud years of Frederick Health’s future will Lasting Legacy members be lost from our memory.

Download a copy of the Lasting Legacy Membership Form (PDF)

Grateful Patient Program

Share Your Story of Gratitude

At Frederick Health, our patients and families often ask how they can say ‘thank you’ after a positive experience with us. Whether you or a loved one had a simple procedure or an extended stay at our hospital, you may have found comfort and reassurance through one of our staff members or volunteers offering kind words or an encouraging smile. Perhaps your positive experience was due to the environment in which care was received. Many patients are grateful simply for the convenience of having a hospital that offers expert care, a wide-range of services and programs, and leading-edge technology right here in Frederick.

Our Grateful Patient Program provides a meaningful opportunity for you and your loved ones to say ‘thank you’ by sharing your personal words of gratitude. While every experience is unique, our mission always remains the same: to positively impact the well-being of every individual in our community. This mission is brought to life through each grateful patient story. We invite you to share yours today.

A grateful patient story is so much more than just an expression of thanks. When you share your words of gratitude, you are celebrating and encouraging all healthcare professionals and volunteers and those who support their efforts. It serves as a special reminder of why we do what we do. Most importantly, your story will serve as a source of hope and inspiration for others who seek our care.

Share Your Story

Make A Gift of Gratitude

Click Here to download the Grateful Patient Program brochure.

Donor Report

CLICK HERE to view our latest Donor Report.


Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, Frederick Health Hospital is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation so designated by the IRS. As such, donations made to the hospital are deductible from federal income taxes to the full extent provided by law.

What percentage of my donation is used to fund overhead or administrative expenses?

We are pleased to say that 100% of your gift to Frederick Health goes directly to support the cause. No portion of your donation is used to pay overhead costs or administrative expenses.

Why does a successful organization like Frederick Health need to raise money?

Maryland presents a difficult operating environment for any hospital, especially one that prides itself on its independence. The State sets rates for the majority of the services offered at Frederick Health. The population of Frederick County is growing and our population is aging. We are seeing higher volumes and sicker patients. As such, the hospital never enjoys large operating margin. Charitable support allows Frederick Health to continue to provide the citizens of Frederick County and the surrounding area the best healthcare possible. Without such support we could not expand and renovate our facilities, offer new and needed service lines, acquire new and replacement medical technology and provide the community with the resources to stay healthy and safe.

Isn’t the hospital supported by my tax dollars?

Frederick Health has two sources of revenue; fees from patients for services provided and charitable donations. Unlike many nonprofits, the hospital receives virtually no financial support from the city, county, state or federal governments.

Doesn’t the hospital get most of its donated funds from large foundations and corporations?

Frederick Health is indeed very fortunate to have many local foundations and businesses provide support to the hospital through membership in the Frederick Health Corporate Honor Roll. However, the majority of charitable support comes from individuals. National statistics show that of all charitable dollars raised, approximately 5% comes from foundations, 5% from corporations and the remaining 90% from individuals.

What are the leadership and staff of Frederick Health doing to support the hospital?

Members of the Frederick Health Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team are financially supporting the hospital, many at a very generous level. More than 900 of Frederick Health’s employees/staff are supporting the hospital through the employee giving program, the ACE Club (A Caring Employee). Additionally, many support the hospital and its programs through contributions to the United Way of Frederick County. During the Time is Now campaign to build the James M Stockman Cancer Institute, ACE Club members contributed nearly half a million dollars to the campaign. The Frederick Health Auxiliary is also very active in supporting of the hospital, contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to various programs and projects.