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CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations’ Market Director of Proposal Development Recognized by Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2021) – Janell Samuels, Market Director of Proposal Development, CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations, has been named to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s (AHP) 2021 40 Under 40 list.

The 40 Under 40 program is designed to recognize the future leaders within the health care philanthropy community. AHP honors 40 young professionals who are shaping the future of the health care development industry. Collectively, these health care leaders are changing the world – one campaign at a time.

“We are extremely proud of Janell’s success,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations. “She has focused her career on driving a mission of helping those in need, and that is evident in the millions of dollars that she has secured for CHI Saint Joseph Health and its facilities. Her passion and dedication to serving her community have not gone unnoticed, and she is very deserving of this recognition.”

As a health care philanthropy professional specializing in grants, community relations and academic partnerships, Samuels has secured more than $21 million in funding and leads grant proposal development at a significantly higher rate than the industry. She is also an award-winning writer in both business and health care fields, and she has led increased grant revenue year-over-year by an average of 153%. Most recently, Samuels completed a $1.5 million fundraising initiative, including a $990,510 award from the Appalachian Regional Commission, to construct a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Saint Joseph London.

“These honorees are part of a select group who have demonstrated impressive career achievements, deep community involvement, and outstanding leadership in all they do,” said Alice Ayres, president and CEO, AHP.

Samuels will be recognized at the 2021 AHP Annual International Conference, being held virtually on October 20-21.

To learn more about the 40 Under 40 program and each of this year’s recipients, visit

About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About the CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations

The CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations support CHI Saint Joseph Health’s drive for excellence by inspiring donors to make a tangible difference through their philanthropic investment in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care. The foundations serving their individual communities are Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation, the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, the Saint Joseph London Foundation and the Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation.

About the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) is an international professional organization dedicated exclusively to development professionals who encourage charity in health care organizations. AHP's 4,500 members represent more than 2,200 health care facilities around the world. They collectively raise more than $11 billion each year for community health services.


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Monday, September 27, 2021

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