Meet Our Donors
Since our doors opened over 125 years ago, Cortland Regional has been fortunate
to receive gifts from countless generous donors who support our mission
of providing high-quality, compassionate care to our community. Their
generosity has taken on many forms -- from planned gifts and donations
to employee scholarships that enable our staff to develop and expand their
clinical expertise to serve our patients. On behalf of themselves and
their loved ones, these donors have paid it forward and helped us to continue
innovating and delivering expert healthcare to friends, family, neighbors,
and future generations.
Here are some of their stories.
“We have an excellent source of healthcare here at Cortland Regional.
We shouldn't take it for granted."
- - John Burns
John and Agnes Burns
John Burns included a bequest to the Cortland Memorial Foundation in his
estate plan for many reasons but one stood out: the memory of his late
wife, Agnes. Agnes and John moved to the Cortland area in the early 1960s.
Agnes worked as an executive secretary and John worked at Agway until
their retirement. When Agnes fell ill, John never forgot the compassionate
care she received at Cortland Regional. This care extended to John during
those difficult times when his wife needed medical treatment. "We
always had the best care," he said. "Agnes was a long–time
supporter of the medical center, but it was when she became ill that our
relationship with Cortland Regional was really cemented."
John and Agnes were active members of the Cortland community and generous
donors to the Foundation. Following Agnes’ death in 2000, John continued
the couple’s philanthropic support through leadership gifts for
the annual Higgins Society campaign, and through a trust Agnes and he
created in their estate plan. Agnes and John leave behind a legacy of
good healthcare for future generations through their generous gifts to
Cortland Memorial Foundation.
“I have shared my name to create the Charles Gibson Legacy Society
so that people in Cortland will be encouraged to look ahead to the future
and help preserve and grow this great health care institution.”
Charles “Charlie” Gibson cared for this community like his
family. Involved, consistent, and loving in his commitment to many causes,
he gave the very best of his time, effort, energy, and financial resources.
Cortland Regional Medical Center, Cortland Memorial Foundation and many
of our neighbors and friends continue to enjoy a better quality of life
because of Charlie's nurturing care. He was a founding board member
of the Cortland Memorial Foundation, and served on it for 18 years. For
seven consecutive years, he generously opened his home for the Harvest
of Gold, a major fundraising event of the Foundation.
In addition to a generous gift from his estate, perhaps Charlie's greatest
gift to the Foundation was in giving his name to The Charles Gibson Legacy
Society. The Legacy Society honors and recognizes donors to the Foundation
who have made a gift to the future of healthcare in Cortland through a
bequest in a will or other planned gift.
Today, Charlie's priceless gifts of time, talent, and charitable donations
continue to strengthen our community's health.
Margaret E. Reynolds Scholarship Loan for Nursing
Established in 1991 by Frank H. Reynolds in memory of his wife and in recognition
of the nursing staff at Cortland Regional Medical Center. This program
is designed to assist employees of Cortland Regional Medical Center who
wish to enter or advance in the field of nursing.
Annette Atkinson Education Assistance Scholarship Fund
Established in 2006 by Kenneth Atkinson in memory of his wife, Annette
Atkinson, who was a registered nurse at Cortland Memorial Hospital for
41 years. Its purpose is to assist a Cortland Regional Medical Center
employee with non-tuition related expenses. Starting as a staff nurse
for acute care, Annette progressed to nurse manager of the Swing Bed Unit,
before concluding her career as the nurse manager on Misty Glen in the
Cortland Rehab and Cortland Memorial Nursing Facility.
In 1995 Annette was recognized for her dedication to her patients and
her profession when she was presented with the CMH Nurse of Distinction
Award. She retired from the hospital in 1996.
For more information about donations, planned giving and scholarship, please
contact the Foundation office at (607) 756-3757 or by email at