Bryan And Gail

The CAMC Foundation Board of Directors announced R. Bryan Cummings as its new President in October 2021. With 11 years of experience at the CAMC Foundation, Bryan is a seasoned fundraiser and philanthropic leader, and possesses a wealth of experience and a passion for positive change within our community and state. Bryan has the qualifications and expertise to continue to grow the CAMC Foundation to create a lasting impact in our area. The CAMC Foundation plays an important role in our region, and Bryan will continue to work with vigor and enthusiasm to support the hospital, and the patients CAMC cares for everyday.

He succeeds E. Gail Pitchford who retired on September 30th, 2021, after leading the CAMC Foundation for 15 years. During her time as President, Gail created a legacy that will positively touch the lives of our family, friends, and neighbors for many years to come. Under her leadership, Gail directed the Foundation to new fundraising heights, including a successful capital campaign that raised more than $15 million dollars to build the CAMC Cancer Center. In addition to this career milestone, Gail oversaw the creation of new endowments, special events, mini-campaigns for service lines and clinical units, and provided leadership to a Board of Directors that inspired donors to partner with the CAMC Foundation to create change in our community. Gail lived the CAMC Foundation mission and we thank her for her service.


The birth of CAMC as a teaching hospital began nearly a half century ago. Today, the CAMC Foundation helps support that proud tradition by allocating philanthropic dollars to support educational assistance for nursing students, current CAMC employee educational expenses, and continuing education for health care providers at CAMC.

By doing so, the CAMC Foundation grants funds to help anticipate and prepare to meet our community’s medical needs both now and in the future. Working together with our community, and through generous donations, the CAMC Foundation awarded $3,500,000 in 2021 to educational assistance programs and to nursing students who will in turn complete clinical training at CAMC and become employees of CAMC upon graduation. In doing so, we affirm CAMC’s mission as a community based academic medical center. We will continue to expand our commitment of providing education assistance and learning experiences to professionals throughout our state. Partnerships in learning create benefits for our community – high quality health care, improved patient outcomes, population retention, and economic impact; the conduit for which is education.


Your loved ones don’t have to fight cancer alone. The CAMC Foundation cancer related grants help support oncologists, nurses and a comprehensive team of cancer specialists who are dedicated to helping patients get the care they need.

As West Virginia’s leading provider of cancer services, CAMC offers the highest level of care in a supportive environment close to home. Funds awarded support access to medications, chemotherapy, nutritional supplies, and survivorship programs that include psychological services for emotional issues as well as many other services associated with care.

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CAMC is committed to improving the well-being of our community through research, education, and health promotion. CAMC has collaborated on research to improve the lives of the people living in our local and surrounding communities for years.  2021 grant awards help provide continuing medical education to residents, students, and allied health professionals training at CAMC, and also provides research support to physicians and medical health professionals throughout West Virginia and the region.

The CAMC Foundation would like to thank the following donors for their generous contributions in 2021.

Chairman’s Cabinet $100,000 – $999,999

  • Pepsi-Cola Company
  • The Estate of James H. Walker, MD
  • Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Memorial Foundation

Benefactor $50,000 – $99,999

  • American Electric Power Foundation
  • McDavid Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Orders, Jr.
  • Truist West Virginia Foundation

Patron $25,000 – $49,999

  • American Cancer Society
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Descendants of John L. and Maude H. Dickinson
  • Dr. and Mrs. Art B. Rubin
  • West Virginia Junior College

Sustainer $10,000 – $24,999

  • AT&T
  • Mr. and Mrs. Edwin W. Barnett
  • Marty and Kathy Becker
  • Chad and Sarah Cobb
  • Electronic Specialty Company
  • The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
  • Mr. Philip Green
  • W. Baker Hall Memorial Fund
  • Lee and Angela Hill
  • Dr. Edward Howard and Family
  • Kernutson Foundation
  • Maier Foundation
  • Moses Auto Group/Moses Toyota
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Oskin
  • Dave and Billy Ramsey
  • Dr. and Mrs. Michael Robie
  • The Neil A. Smithson Foundation
  • Drs. James and Nancy Tierney
  • TriForLife Birth Tissue Recovery Group

Sponsor $1,000 – $9,999

  • Dr. and Mrs. Ali F. AbuRahma
  • ABW Ministries of WV
  • AssuredPartners of West Virginia
  • Mrs. Marion Baer
  • Victor and Ellen Bastron
  • BBL Carlton
  • Bellaire at Devonshire
  • Bowles Rice
  • Mrs. Janie Bowling
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Branham
  • Brewer & Company of WV
  • Brooke Brown Barzun and Matthew Barzun
  • CAMC Federal Credit Union
  • CAMC General Hospital Auxiliary
  • CAMC Medical Affairs
  • CAMC Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
  • Senator Shelley M. Capito and Mr. Charles L. Capito
  • Carl Walker Construction
  • Mr. Joseph T. Carney
  • Charleston Gastroenterology Associates
  • City National Bank
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Clowser
  • Ms. Cynthia E. Coleman
  • CORE
  • The Courtland Company
  • CPS Solutions
  • Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Crotty, Jr.
  • Steve and Lynn Cvechko
  • DASCO Home Medical Equipment
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Del Giudice
  • Mrs. Lolita Delgra
  • Dougherty Company
  • Eastern Group
  • Elco Mechanical Contractors
  • Elder Aide Services Right At Home
  • Ernst and Young
  • Jennie and David Ferretti
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Kristy and Patrick Fidler
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Mr. and Mrs. B. Peyton Forbes
  • Dr. and Mrs. Daniel S. Foster
  • Dr. and Mrs. Dominic J. Gaziano
  • General Anesthesia Services
  • Dr. Elie Gharib
  • Jeff and Kim Goode
  • Gray, Griffith and Mays
  • Dr. Carl and Mrs. Abby Grey
  • Bill and Sharon Hall
  • Dr. and Mrs. William L. Harris
  • Highmark Mountain State Blue Cross/ Blue Shield West Virginia
  • Mr. William H. Hilborn, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. John R. Hoblitzell
  • Mr. and Mrs. Randall H. Hodges
  • HospiceCare
  • Humana
  • Ignite a Better World Foundation
  • Impression Products
  • Intalere (WV Health Services)
  • Drs. Michael and Sharon Istfan
  • Jackson Kelly PLLC
  • Marion and George Jones
  • Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Jubelirer
  • Kanawha Roxalana
  • Dr. Fred T. Kerns
  • Kokosing Construction Company
  • The Kroger Company Foundation
  • Lewis Glasser
  • Cole and Mary Beth Malcolm
  • Lesley and Andrew McCallister
  • Mr. John McCuskey
  • Ms. Lynn K. McGraw and Mr. Rodney Engle
  • Dr. and Mrs. Thomas P. McIlwain
  • Dr. Brittain and Judith H. McJunkin
  • Mr. and Mrs. Douglas P. Meeks
  • Mrs. Mary E. Meeks
  • Lillian and Gary Morris
  • Morrisons' Healthcare Food and Nutrition Services
  • Mr. Ronald A. Murad and Sons
  • Natera
  • Steven and Melinda Perry
  • Drs. Cyndi and Eric Persily
  • Pickering Associates
  • Progressive Electric
  • Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe
  • Cheryl and Tim Quinlan
  • Radon Medical Imaging
  • Mr. Steve Ruby
  • Dr. Marcus D. Shaffer and Dr. Elizabeth G. Shaffer
  • Shuman McCuskey Slicer
  • Mr. Don Smith
  • General and Mrs. Charles F. Stebbins
  • Stonerise
  • Summit Community Bank
  • Dr. Andy R. Tanner and Mr. Dewayne D. Duncan Target
  • Dr. Christine Teague
  • Todd Judy Ford
  • Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal Company
  • Dr. Richard K. Umstot
  • UniCare Health Plan of WV
  • United Bank
  • Valkyries Motorcycle Club
  • Vizient
  • Jason and Rashica Ward
  • Mr. and Mrs. S. Andrew Weber
  • West Virginia AFL-CIO
  • West Virginia American Water Company
  • West Virginia University Institute of Technology
  • William R. Wagner Foundation for Melanoma Cancer Research
  • Michael D. Williams and Brenda R. Williams
  • Woman’s Club of Cross Lanes (GFWC WV)
  • WV Appalachian Laborers' District Council
  • WVU School of Medicine - Charleston Campus
  • Mrs. Mary P. Ziebold
  • ZMM

Funding was awarded to provide updates to the simulation facility as well as new, state-of-the-art equipment that provides for a safe training environment for medical students, nurses, and other health care workers.  Grants awarded will provide access to one new Glidescope for School of Anesthesia use, one Advance Pediatric Hal manikin, one Sim Man manikin, three Hal Skills Trainers, and one CAPSA Cart for School of Anesthesia use.


The CAMC Foundation Hospitality House provides free or significantly reduced cost lodging to adult patient families while receiving medical care away from their home communities.  Unlike a hotel, the CAMC Foundation Hospitality House provides opportunities for those going through similar stressful situations to come together as a group where they can support one another.

In 2021, grants were awarded to help provide for the physical comfort and emotional needs of families during a medical crisis so they could participate fully with the medical team as partners in care.


The CAMC Foundation honors brave little children facing big medical problems and celebrates the babies, children and families cared for at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. Grants awarded play a significant role in helping deliver healthcare to the children and families cared for at CAMC Women and Children’s.  Most importantly, these funds sustain a positive and healing presence in West Virginia and help provide the best possible start in life for these tiny patients.

Funding for CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital was directed to help support multiple medical teams and patients, including but not limited to the region’s largest and busiest Level IV (highest level) neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the Level I (highest level) pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), and the CAMC Children’s Cancer Center. Other recipients highlighted are the CAMC Family Resource Center, where community services in counseling, family-based health education, and Journey to Parenthood Classes are taught to welcome a new baby and help navigate the first few years of a mother and baby’s life together. In addition, funding from the CAMC Foundation helps the CAMC Children’s Advocacy Center; where children and families are treated with professional, compassionate care to reduce trauma often experienced by children who are victims of abuse.

2021 Grant Awards


Childbirth Education Program

Children's Advocacy Center

Family Resources
Center Support

Bereavement Services

Development and Calming
Equipment for NICU

Drug Addicted Mother
Baby Program (DAMB)

Gigi's Place

Teddy Bear Fair

NICU Grad Party

CAMC Children's Cancer Center
-End of Therapy Party

CAMC Children's Cancer Center
-Patient Support

NICU Family Centered
Development Care

WCH Parent Lounge

Specialty Clinic Support


CAMC Foundation
Hospitality House


CAMC Cancer Center
Survivorship Grant

CAMC Cancer Center
-Healing Garden

CAMC Cancer Center
-2nd Floor Improvements

Colon Cancer Patient Support

CAMC Cancer Center
-Waiting Area Improvements

Cancer Center - Patient Care
-Bill Young Fund


Employee Emergency Fund

CAMC Employee
Heart of the Holidays


Patient Simulation Center

Sepsis Research


Research Projects and
Research Related Travel

Geriatric Education
and Training Initiative

Geriatric Research

Guest Lectures

Mini Medical Schools

Tobacco Free for Baby and Me

Mou Lectureship Research Day

Cancer Center
Clinical Trials

Educational Assistance


ATV Helmet Project
-Trauma Services

Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Rural WV

Department of Medicine
Noon Didactic Conference

Faculty Support
- Pediatrics

Department of Surgery
Chair Support

Acute Therapy
- Mobility Chairs

Disordered Eating Center

Pediatric Body
Composition Analyzer

WV Chapter American
College of Surgeons

Rural Health Scholars

Congestive Heart Failure
-Patient Scales


We would like to express our thanks to all the sponsors and participants who helped ensure the success of the special events held in 2021. Thanks to you and your dedication to the those we care for, we were able to continue providing funding for the many programs and services that help make this community stronger and more resilient.