Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Each year, the Pittsburgh Business Times honors the individuals and organizations who are instrumental in making the region one of the premier health care centers in the world. Out of over 100 applicants vying for a 2017 Health Care Heroes award, fifteen were were chosen including Westminster College alumna Jennifer Neuman March representing the organization Family House. March currently serves as executive director of Family House, a non profit organization that provides convenient, safe, affordable and home-like accommodations for patients and their family members who are traveling to Pittsburgh to receive medical care.
The awards were presented Sept. 14th at the Healthcare Heroes 2017 event at the Omni William Penn in Pittsburgh.
“It is my honor to accept this award on behalf of the Family House Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and hospital partners who brought the organization to this level of excellence, deserving of this award,” said March. “Family House relies on, and is fortunate to have, relationships with hospitals and healthcare partners whose doors are always open to us to garner information that we need to stay relevant and to provide the highest standard of guest services for our unique population.”
Before getting her break in the non-profit sector, March said she tried corporate America but did not believe that was her calling. After graduating from Westminster in 1987, she moved to Washington D.C., with the hopes her degree in Spanish would land her a job at an Embassy. She ended up taking a job at the front desk of the DuPont Plaza Hotel while she figured out what to do next. Although her dream of working for an Embassy did not pan out, her Spanish did come in handy when she was put in charge of visiting tour groups. Soonafter, March landed her first “real job” with a national non-profit, the American Society for Industrial Security, and she absolutely loved it.
“I always say major in what you love and are good at,” March offered. “Life will sort out the rest for you! I never even knew about the development field when I was a student. But, as I followed my path, I fell into the development field.”
She moved to Pittsburgh a few years later, and it was not until she landed in the arts and culture arena there that she found her “people” and really felt at home in Pittsburgh. Over her 30 year career in fundraising and development, March found herself in numerous roles serving the Pittsburgh area before settling into her current role with Family House since April.
“It’s been a whirlwind of learning and connecting, cultivating relationships that will ensure Family House thrives while it continues to serve the current needs of patients and families who stay with us in today’s quickly evolving healthcare environment.”
View the rest of the winners here.
For more information, contact Tom Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-946-7190.