The Margaretville Health Foundation continues to play a growing role in helping to provide resources for current needs and to strengthen the long-term finances for Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. The organization balances two scales in its role as a fundraising arm for Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside. The Margaretville Health Foundation was set up to ensure the future of the two health care facilities. Secondly, the foundation works to provide support for the current needs of upgrades to the facilities and for advanced medical technology in this era of ever-changing, innovative healthcare. The Margaretville Health Foundation was established by mandate in 2009 and is a recognized New York State charity. The foundation’s Board Chairperson Heather Brighton refers to it as an organization still in its infancy.
“We look upon the foundation as being in its infancy of recognition in the community and the infancy of developing programs that will endure and be supported by the people it serves,” Ms. Brighton commented. While the foundation was only started seven years ago, the organization’s accomplishments include: funding of a CT-Scan, upgrading residents’ rooms, upgrading the Ambulatory Suite, awarding scholarships to local students pursuing careers in health fields and purchasing GPS units for the ambulances. “These are no small feats in a sparsely populated rural community made up of a diverse mix of residents whose roots span many generations, along with many second homeowners and visitors to the region,” Ms. Brighton commented. “The foundation reaches out to all of these groups to raise awareness and involvement for today, for tomorrow and just as importantly for the future availability of healthcare in our beautiful region.” This year the Foundation presented to the community the blueprint of a Planned Giving program with an outlook to the future. Along with this they were privileged to also introduce the Dr. Gordon B Maurer Legacy Circle to recognize and honor those visionaries who have committed to leaving a legacy by bequests in wills to the Margaretville Health Foundation benefiting Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. This legacy program will help build a fund to secure health services to an underserved area of New York State.
Ms. Brighton said the Margaretville Health Foundation’s Board of Directors welcomes participation in its endeavors “for what will be a year of past and new traditions built for community awareness and support.”