Philanthropy Takes Center Stage for Zachary Covington

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Zachary Covington is no stranger to public service. In addition to his nearly ten years as Executive Director of the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin, he is an active member of the Franklin Rotary Club, assistant music director of the Clarion First United Methodist Church, and director of the Clarion Community Choir. Little do most know, however, he is also a proud supporter of the Northwest Hospital Foundation.

Zach first heard about the Foundation when he was invited to join the Corporation Board in 2018. As a Corporator, he learned about the many ways the Foundation supports UPMC Northwest. Local healthcare became personal for him in 2019 when he underwent emergency surgery for a broken leg. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jacob Smith went above and beyond for Zach, saving his leg right here at UPMC Northwest.

His personal connection to the hospital does not stop there. As Franklin Rotary Peace Chair, he was responsible for the installation and dedication of a peace pole during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Located along the walking trail near the pavilion, the peace pole was dedicated to hospital staff to show appreciation for their efforts. Zach also brought his musical talents to UPMC Northwest at the 2023 Light Up Night Kick-Off where he helped coordinate local high school choir performances in the hospital lobby.

Supporting the Foundation is important to Zach because he sees how his gifts directly benefit his family, friends, and neighbors. “It is essential to have quality care here in Venango County. Most people in our community cannot afford to make the trip to Erie or Pittsburgh in an emergency or for routine procedures. Our hospital saves lives,” Zach said.

He is continually impressed by the high quality of care available at UPMC Northwest thanks in part to the Northwest Hospital Foundation. “The Foundation is very transparent, responsible, and empathetic in how they allocate donor funds. It’s all about improving the quality of life for patients,” he said.

“I know I don’t have to give a huge amount to make a difference for others in my community. Every gift matters.”

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