SMH Foundation

Nonprofit Profile


The SMH Foundation exists to help Slidell Memorial Hospital change and save lives by raising money to fund the mission of the hospital, which is “to improve the quality of life in our community.” One of the most important elements in fulfilling that mission is to educate our community. Another important part of our efforts is to help provide the highest quality care to patients. The SMH Foundation works with donors and partners to fund programs and services that help our community.

The Foundation provides funds for education and community outreach programs at SMH, including the SMH Regional Cancer Center and technologically advanced equipment for other areas of the hospital. Through annual fundraisers and direct donor cultivation, the Foundation has collaborated with the community to grant over $680,000 in funds to fill identified needs. One hundred percent of the annual donations we receive are used to fulfill our mission.


Our annual fundraising event, Rooftop Rendezvous, will take place on Saturday, April 9, and will account for a large portion of the financial support we receive this year. It’s a beautiful night under the stars on the rooftop of the SMH parking garage. Festivities are from 7-11 p.m. with libations, food from area restaurants and dancing to the sounds of MoJEAUX. All of the proceeds from Rooftop Rendezvous are granted back to the hospital for patient programs, services and equipment purchases.

The Louisiana Paradise Bridge Run, our fundraiser in February, benefited the SMH Regional Cancer Center and children’s programs, such as Fit as a Firefighter Summer Camp. With over 890 participants, the 13.1K race across the Lake Pontchartrain Hwy 11 Bridge awarded prize money to overall 13.1K finishers, and medallions for 13.1K and 2-Mile Fun Run finishers. The post event party was held at Cross Gates Family Fitness on Pontchartrain Boulevard in Slidell.

For more information on SMH Foundation events, please contact Laurie Panzeca at or (504) 884-7739.


• Become a Corporate Sponsor, and your tax-deductible gift builds healthcare programs and places to provide them.
• Donate to Rooftop Rendezvous or online at
•  Participate in an SMH Foundation event near you.

LEFT: LA Paradise Bridge Run RIGHT: Laurie Panzeca, executive director, SMH Foundation


The SMH Foundation was created to support Slidell Memorial Hospital and their efforts to improve the quality of life in our community. All of our efforts are focused on this mission.

(985) 280-8820
1111 Gause Blvd., Slidell, LA 70458



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