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Friends and Neighbors Helping Friends and Neighbors –

Announcing the Anna and James Lambdin Leadership Institute at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health.

Anna and James Lambdin

The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation (UCHF) has announced a $7.5 million endowment gift from Anna and James Lambdin to establish The Anna and James Lambdin Leadership Institute at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH), which marks the single largest gift ever donated to UCHF.

In addition to the institute, the medical office building on UM UCH’s new Aberdeen healthcare campus will be named the Anna and James Lambdin Ambulatory Care Center. The Anna and James Lambdin Leadership Institute will focus on building tomorrow’s leaders and will offer two programs: Professional Advancement in Nursing Leadership Fellows and The Lyle E. Sheldon Leadership Fellows.

“We are so deeply appreciative of the Lambdins’ gift. It is truly transformational and far reaching, particularly in a community hospital setting like ours,” said Jay Young, board chair of The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation. “Their investment in nursing education and leadership opportunities now and in the future will help us continue to provide quality health care for many years to come.”

Your Health, Our Mission

Caring for Our Families Together

Tomorrow… it’s a simple eight-letter word that defines the very reason we exist. The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation supports University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health’s (UM UCH) mission to improve the health of people in our community by providing high quality health care to all.

Our ability to maintain that commitment requires that we think beyond today and focus on our future—in essence, all of the “tomorrows” to come.

It is with your support that patients and their families know that when they choose UM UCH, they have access to highly skilled physicians who utilize the most advanced technologies in state-of-the-art facilities that are both comfortable and conducive to healing.

In July 2017, The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation launched Your Health, Our Mission: Caring for Our Families Together fundraising campaign in support of UM Upper Chesapeake Health’s community health care mission.

Since the launch of the campaign, more than $15 million has been raised in support of world-class health care programs and services provided for our neighbors and families during their time of need.

Philanthropy continues to support UM Upper Chesapeake Health’s ability to invest in technology and to enhance local service lines including Cancer LifeNet and the Senator Bob Hooper House.

In 2019, generous gifts from donors and community partners helped bring The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center to fruition. As the need for immediate access to mental health and addiction care remains great, philanthropy continues to allow our organization the opportunity to provide the very best care, at the right time, and in the right setting.

By supporting The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation with your gifts of time, talent, or treasure, you are making a significant difference right here in our community.

This is friends and neighbors helping friends and neighbors.

July 2021 campaign snapshot

million raised

Please make a gift, join your neighbors in support UM Upper Chesapeake Health’s vision of becoming the healthiest community in Maryland.

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Two Goals, One Health Care Mission

for Our Community


Strengthen Our Services through

Integrated Programs and Technology

Providing high quality care for our neighbors requires the collaboration and support of our entire community.
Private and philanthropic funding allows us to meet the diverse needs of Harford County, offering flexible and affordable care close to home.

Cancer Lifenet

Cancer LifeNet

As part of the Kaufman Cancer Center, Cancer LifeNet connects patients with experts, support teams, and communities of survivors to create a holistic approach to treatment and care for patients and families who need it.

Senator Bob Hooper House

Senator Bob Hooper House

At the Hooper House, professionals with specialized expertise serve both residents and their families with a coordinated program of hospice care and support services, helping them through issues with end-of-life care.

senator bob hooper house
Innovation & Technology

Innovation & Technology

Establishing a Technology and Innovation Fund at UM UCH will ensure that we have state of the art technology, equipment, and tools to provide the best local programs to patients and families when they need it.

innovation & technology

Reshape Behavioral Health Care

in Harford County

The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center

Through the The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center, UM UCH and its partners will move our community from a current state that lacks access to a future state of coordinated care which will make a difference, much like Cancer LifeNet does for so many.

The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center

Together we will pave the way for a
strong and healthy community.

Reported Last Year in Harford County

lives lost due to overdose;
third leading cause of death
lives lost
due to suicide
percent higher suicide rate
than the state average
percent more newborns exposed
to maternal drug and alcohol than the state average

“We share a responsibility to provide
compassionate care close to home.”

– Albert J. A. Young, Esq, Chairman of Foundation Board

“You are never taller than when you are bending over to help someone else.”

– Senator Bob Hooper

We need you, our friends and neighbors,

to join us in this effort to help care for families throughout our community.