No gift is too small and it never hurts to ask. This could be the unofficial
motto for Mary Ellen Bloodgood, Chairperson of the Cortland Memorial Foundation
and her team. When the Foundation announced its 125th Anniversary Gift
Campaign earlier this summer, its goal was to raise enough money to buy
one mobile digital imaging unit for the hospital, but Bloodgood hoped
to raise enough funds to purchase two. To date, the Cortland Memorial
Foundation has raised $235,000 of the $280,000 needed to do just that.
Cortland Regional President and CEO, Mark Webster, said, “I’m
pleased that our community, once again, has risen to the occasion to invest
in our medical center. These digital imaging units clearly allow us to
“up our game” by arming our team of medical experts with the
best tools and technology to make precise diagnoses and administer swift
Mobile digital imaging units bring radiology and diagnostic capabilities
right to our patients’ bedside. These units can be used in a variety
of ways, such as taking life-saving images of a trauma patient in the
emergency department, gathering images of a critical newborn before transfer,
or taking pictures of an immobile ICU patient’s chest. Last July,
the Foundation reached out to the Cortland Regional family, hospital friends,
and business leaders for help raising the money to buy this critical technology
for our hospital.
“For over 125 years the citizens of Cortland and the surrounding
communities have been supportive of this hospital and 2016 was no exception.
We are excited that so many of our supporters went above and beyond their
annual giving for this special cause. Cortland Regional is truly “the
hospital the community built,” said Debbie Nadolski, Executive Director
of the Foundation.
In 1889, Reverend J.A. Robinson and The Loyal Circle of King’s Daughters
saw the need for a hospital to serve Cortland and it surrounding communities.
After two years of fundraising, the Daughters – women of prominent
Cortland County families – had raised enough money to open the city’s
first hospital. The modest, six-bed facility opened its doors on April
1, 1891. Cortland Regional Medical Center has been serving this community,
24 hours a day, seven days week ever since.
In honor of this founding investment, the current members of The King’s
Daughters matched their original donation, giving $1,300 to the 125th Anniversary gift initiative. “We are pleased to be able to make
this contribution. This new equipment will be a true asset to the maternity
ward for newborn infants with medical problems,” said Bonnie Heath,
President, The King’s Daughters.
When asked what inspired him to give so generously to the campaign, longtime
Cortland Regional supporter, Nick Renzi, says, “Seeing the effort
being put forth in advancing and improving patient care, I wanted to ensure
that I did as much as I could in making that effort successful. It has
been a rewarding experience to support the hospital over the years and
being able to help buy this new x-ray equipment was my way of saying ‘thank
you’ for doing the best you can for our patients.”
Cortland Memorial Foundation was established in 1978 to support Cortland
Regional’s effort to continue to expand services, develop new programs
and bring state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to the people of
Cortland and the surrounding communities. With the help of our generous
donors, the Foundation works to ensure that quality healthcare stays close to home.
Even though the Foundation is very close to meeting its goal, it will be
extending the 125thCampaign into early next year. So there’s still time to make a tax-deductible gift. Your gift – no matter how large or small – matters and makes
a difference. To donate,
Cortland Regional and the Cortland Memorial Foundation wishes to thank
the following leadership donors: