CMF Closes In On Funding For Two Mobile Digital Imaging Units


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 treatment.”

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 125th Campaign 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, go to:

Cortland Regional and the Cortland Memorial Foundation wishes to thank the following leadership donors:

Auxiliary and Hospital Aid (Cortland Regional’s First Volunteer Organizations)
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Bloodgood
Cortland Community Foundation
Cortland Regional Senior Leadership
J. M. McDonald Foundation
The King’s Daughters
Dr. Manoj Kumar
Mr. and Mrs. Garrison Marsted
Dr. and Mrs. Sam Mason
Mrs. Merle McKown
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Renzi