PLATTSBURGH — For the past quarter-century, the Foundation of CVPH Medical Center has strived to build a healthier North Country.
Established in 1989, the organization was born out of a capital campaign to fund the creation of the hospital’s FitzPatrick Cancer Center.
Because the effort was so successful, raising $3.2 million and garnering the support of the community, a board was formed with the intention of raising funds for other CVPH projects, as well as local health initiatives.
“I think we’re a little bit unique in that we’re a hospital foundation, but we don’t just focus on what’s inside the hospital walls,” said Kerry Haley, the foundation’s executive director. “We look at what the health needs are of our community and how we can help meet those needs.”
REACHING OUT TO COMMUNITY
Over the past 25 years, the organization has raised $19 million for various health-related projects and programs.
“We’re trying in general to improve the health of the North Country in many, many, many ways,” said Ralph Boire, a past president and original member of the foundation’s Board of Directors.
After sitting on the board for 18 years, Boire now volunteers for the organization, helping with fundraisers and serving on the Plan Giving Committee, which encourages people to remember the hospital in their wills.
“I’ve been involved in many organizations,” he said. “This is the one that if I could only be in one of them, it would have been this one without a doubt ... it does a lot for the community.”
Since its inception, the foundation has reached 10,000 people with its 250 community health lectures, and has assisted 750 patients and families with its Travel Fund.
The fund, Haley noted, helps cover the travel expenses of income-eligible individuals who require specialized care that can’t be provided in Plattsburgh.