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UHS Chenango Memorial celebrates $100,000 campaign gift from hospital Auxiliary 

October 03, 2019

Katharine Mirabito Voss smiled as she handed a check to UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital leaders.

“The ink is still wet,” she cautioned.

The check, in the amount of $20,000, is the first installment of one of three multi-year pledges that helped lay the groundwork for the Norwich hospital’s first capital campaign in nearly three decades.

“We are excited and proud to support the Chenango Medical Neighborhood Capital Campaign project,” said Voss, who serves as president of the Chenango Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

The Auxiliary’s commitment of $100,000, to be paid over five years, was one of three leadership gifts announced at the Capital Campaign kick-off in August. The other foundational gifts came from the hospital’s own board of directors and the Chenango Memorial Hospital Foundation.

“We have a long history of unwavering support for Chenango Memorial Hospital and our community. Through the generosity of our volunteers and friends, we feel very fortunate to be able to contribute to the future endeavors of Chenango Memorial and the advancement of services that it will provide right here at home,” Voss said.

The volunteer organization, which traces its roots to the early 1900’s, is dedicated to supporting patient services and programs at Chenango Memorial through fundraising and volunteerism.

“We understand the important role our local hospital plays in our community and beyond, and our Auxiliary volunteers work tirelessly to help in providing the quality care that CMH is known for,” Voss explained.

Dr. Drake Lamen, President & CEO of UHS Chenango Memorial, accepted the gift on behalf of the hospital.

“We are grateful for the CMH Auxiliary’s leadership gift to the Capital Campaign, and all they do for our hospital and community,” Lamen said. “For more than a century, their purpose has been to ensure we are able to provide exceptional, patient-centered care to those we serve. Their creativity, advocacy, volunteers and fundraising enhance the services we provide to our community. We would not be able to do what we do every day without their efforts.”

According to Lamen, the capital campaign will support construction of a new Emergency Room and Walk-In Center, as well as strategic investments in Diagnostic Imaging and infrastructure to support the growth of future services. The work is part of the first phase of the hospital’s Chenango Medical Neighborhood Plan, which will transform the delivery of care at UHS Chenango Memorial.

“This is the largest concentrated investment in our facility in nearly fifty years,” he explained. “The money we raise with this campaign will help us fully leverage $9 million in state funds and the hospital’s own resources to ensure we can do the work necessary to transform care delivery and ensure the sustainability of our hospital for generations to come.”

For more information on the 2019 Chenango Medical Neighborhood Capital Campaign, contact Melissa Stagnaro, Director of Fundraising and Business Development at UHS Chenango Memorial, at (607) 337-4183 or via email at melissa.stagnaro@nyuhs.org.

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is a member of United Health Services, a locally owned not-for-profit 916-bed hospital and health care system serving the Greater Binghamton region from more than 40 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.