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About the Foundation

About Us

For over 60 years, West Jefferson Medical Center has been on a mission to provide the best possible care for families on the Westbank and surrounding areas. We've always been a hospital built for, and by, the local community; and we are proud to call the patients we serve family.

The West Jefferson Hospital Foundation (WJH Foundation) was founded in 2004 as a charitable organization created to secure philanthropic funds to help maintain and improve the extraordinary care received at West Jefferson Medical Center. Our goal is to support our community hospital and the patients and families that West Jefferson serves.

We are so grateful for the patients, friends, corporations, and foundations that support WJH Foundation. Your support helps us provide:

  • New Medical Technologies for the most state-of-the-art care at West Jefferson
  • Programs and Support Services to assists with the emotional, educational, and financial needs of our patients
  • Continuing Education to keep our healthcare professionals on the pulse of the latest cares and treatments

Founded in 2004, the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation (WJH Foundation) is a non-profit charitable organization created to provide financial support to West Jefferson Medical Center (West Jefferson). It is a legally separate entity from West Jefferson and serves as a support organization operated exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes within the meaning of 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the corresponding provision of any future United States tax code.

Philanthropy matters

West Jefferson constantly strives for innovative and groundbreaking healthcare services to benefit our region and the community at large. Through the generous giving of donors to WJH Foundation, we are able to support the mission of West Jefferson which is dedicated to providing quality care in a comforting and cost-effective manner.

Private support to the WJH Foundation enables us to provide additional resources to enhance the services at West Jefferson, on our campus and throughout the community to provide a better and healthier quality of life for all those served by West Jefferson. Giving, from grateful patients, friends, corporations and foundations helps to build upon the exceptional care West Jefferson is known for delivering.

Thank you for considering partnering with the WJH Foundation by investing in the people we serve.

For more information about investing in the exceptional care at West Jefferson Medical Center, call 504.349.6663 or email

Board & Staff

Foundation Board of Directors

  • Danica Ansardi, President
  • Lisa Ballay, Vice-President
  • Kelly Cowthran, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Tina Dandry-Mayes, Immediate Past President
  • Arthur Allen, Jr.
  • Rusty Autry
  • Chris Breaux
  • Emon Cobb, Sr.
  • David Daniels, II
  • Damon Dietrich, MD
  • Jason DiMarco
  • Dale Ivankovich
  • Jean Kass
  • Dan Kennedy
  • Susan Maclay
  • Andrew Richard
  • Diane Sieta
  • Teri Tucker
  • Rob Calhoun, Ex Officio, President & CEO, West Jefferson Medical Center
  • Barbara Gates, Ex Officio, President of the Auxiliary, West Jefferson Medical Center


  • Julie Escudier, Executive Director
  • Ariyon Julien, Development Assistant