Regional Healthcare and Expansion: Investing in the north country

Christopher Lenney/ NNY Business
St. Lawrence Health System’s newest building Leroy Outpatient Center, in Potsdam, a 20,000 square feet, $10.5 million structure across the parking lot from the Canton-Potsdam Hospital, home to four physician practices, 16 clinical exam rooms, four infusion bays, three surgical suites and a cardiology testing area.

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The Value of the Unrestricted (Broadly Specific) Gift

Rande Richardson

“The great use of a life is to spend it for something that outlives it.” — William James, American philosopher 

I’m often asked what I see in trends in charitable giving. It has become evident over the past decade that the interest in unrestricted giving has been trending downward. Donors have been expressing their interest in being more directed in their support of their communities. 

    When the Community Foundation was incorporated 90 years ago it was done with the premise that making communities better belongs to everyone and that a donor in 1929 could not possibly fully anticipate the needs of the community nearly a century later. Their founding gifts were made with only one restriction —geography. Because of the foresight of these donors, their support has enabled: 

    ▪ Start-up grants to help establish Hospice of Jefferson County, North Country Children’s Clinic, Watertown Teen Center, Thousand Islands Performing Arts Fund (Clayton Opera House), Volunteer Transportation Center, and the North Country Children’s Museum.  

    ▪ Transformational grants to advance the work of Watertown Family YMCA, Samaritan Medical Center, Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, Thompson Park Conservancy, Lewis County General Hospital, Carthage Area Hospital, River Hospital, Gouverneur Hospital, Clifton-Fine Hospital, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, Thousand Islands Land Trust, Children’s Home of Jefferson County, Disabled Persons Action Organization, and Jefferson Rehabilitation Center. 

    ▪ Ongoing support of organizations such as the Orchestra of Northern New York, Jefferson Community College, Jefferson County Historical Society, Frederic Remington Art Museum, Thousand Islands Arts Center, SPCA of Jefferson County, and WPBS. Support is provided each year to food pantries, soup kitchens and school programs across the three counties. 

    Many of the grants have come at pivotal points in the evolution of these organizations when there might not have been other resources available. They would not have been possible without the trust of an unrestricted gift. They were enabled by the willingness of community-minded donors who saw an avenue to focus their generosity in the broadest way with the highest degree of impact. Unrestricted giving remains the cornerstone of the ability to respond with flexibility to emerging needs at times when they are most needed. 

    This type of giving requires a deeper level of trust between the donor and the organization. While it is easy to resist the notion of leaving a gift at the discretion of an organization’s board, unrestricted giving is critical to almost every nonprofit organization. Even if a donor is supporting a specific program, those programs cannot thrive without the underlying health and supporting structure unrestricted giving provides. Full commitment to an organization helps ensure its health so the things donors care about most can be ably implemented. 

    For those unable to overcome the thought of a totally unrestricted gift, some Community Foundation donors have taken a hybrid approach. “Broadly specific” giving has seen the number of donor-directed funds at the Foundation grow substantially. Many of these funds support certain fields-of-interest (education, health care, environment, children and youth, history, arts and culture, animal welfare). There has also been a trend toward geographic-specific giving. A donor can restrict the use of the gift to a certain city, town or village, or county. Recently, six separate charitable funds have been established at the Community Foundation to benefit St. Lawrence County, including specific provisions for Gouverneur, Canton, Massena, Potsdam and the CliftonFine region. These join other funds that focus on specific communities such as Lowville, Boonville, Constableville and Westernville, Clayton, Cape Vincent, Alexandria Bay and the Six Towns of Southern Jefferson County. Some of those geographic-specific funds also have directives within them for certain focus areas. 

    Many donors have created endowments to benefit multiple nonprofit organizations in perpetuity in the spirit of an unrestricted gift with the accountability of a directed gift. These funds also contain field of interest language in the event a specific organization ceases operation. This certainly proves the point and has helped provide middle ground. 

    Whether it is unrestricted giving or broadly specific giving there are mechanisms available to help ensure the gifts are good for both the donor and community and are enduring and relevant far into the future. 

    While causes may come and go, we need strong charitable organizations to be nimble enough to meet the changing needs of a region bolstered with undesignated gifts. They provide both the fuel for growth and the proper execution of specific programs, projects and endeavors. Knowing the variety of options to support the work of nonprofits and affect change ultimately helps ensure that whatever way you choose to see your values and interests perpetuated, there are a variety of options to better guarantee lasting energy and actions with stewardship both broadly and specifically. In this way, every gift goes further. 

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October 2016: People on the Move

Child psychiatrist joins Children’s Home

Dr. B. Harrison Levine, M.D.

Dr. B. Harrison Levine, M.D.

Dr. B. Harrison Levine, M.D., has joined the staff at the Children’s Home of Jefferson County. Dr. Levine is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, teens and young adults.

Dr. Levine’s expertise is in anxiety and mood and psychotic disorders with a focus on clarifying diagnoses and treating debilitating symptoms. Most recently, Dr. Levine was in private practice in Denver, Colo. He has also served as medical director, psychiatric consultation/liaison and emergency services, Bridge Clinic, and Med/Psych Clinic — all at The Children’s Hospital, University of Colorado at Denver.

For the past five years, Dr. Levine has been selected a “Top Doc” by Denver’s 5280 Magazine. In 2010, he was honored by The Children’s Hospital, University of Colorado at Denver, for the “Development and Implementation of the Behavioral Assistance Resource Team.”

Dr. Levine is a graduate of Columbia University Medical School for International Health, Beersheva, Israel, as well as the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, Pa. He completed residency in general Adult psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Mich., and held a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell universities, New York City.


New provider at Carthage Family Health Center

Kelsey Mollura

Kelsey Mollura

Kelsey Mollura, PA, has joined Carthage Area Hospital as the latest primary care provider at the Carthage Family Health Center, Carthage.

Ms. Mollura earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa., and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Arcadia University, Glenside, Pa.

Previously, Ms. Mollura worked in an internal medicine/geriatric office in Pittsburgh and in an ENT/sleep medicine office in Greenbelt, Md.




Named general manager at Watertown Olive Garden

North country native Tim Yoder was recently named general manager of the Watertown Olive Garden restaurant.

Mr. Yoder began his career with Olive Garden in 2004 as a line cook in State College, Pa. During the past 12 years, he has used his industry knowledge and leadership skills to advance with the company.

Mr. Yoder will lead 80 team members as general manager of the Watertown restaurant, 20988 Salmon Run Mall Loop West.

Before he was named general manager, Mr. Yoder worked in all areas of restaurant management at the Rochester, Big Flats and Watertown Olive Garden locations.


Carthage Area Hospital hires physical therapist

Karlye R. Eastman

Karlye R. Eastman

Carthage Area Hospital recently welcomed physical therapist Karlye R. Eastman to its Carthage Therapy Services staff.

Ms. Eastman completed her education at Clarkson University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 and received an Innovation and entrepreneurship degree with a concentration in pre-physical therapy. She completed a doctor of physical therapy in 2016.

She is an avid reader and enjoys incorporating evidence-based practice into her daily treatment sessions. Ms. Eastman has clinical experience with workers compensation, the military population, school-based pediatrics and acute care.



Historical Society appoints new director

The Jefferson County Historical Society Board of Trustees recently appointed Jordan B. Walker as executive director.

Jordan Walker

Jordan Walker

Ms. Walker will continue the transition begun under the leadership of interim executive director Peter J. Whitmore, who served in the position since mid-July, following the resignation of former executive director Diana Page Jordan.

Ms. Walker, a 2011 St. Lawrence University graduate brings more than five years managerial and curatorial experience after serving as manager of collections, archives and exhibits for the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority, Boldt Castle, Heart Island, Alexandria Bay.

Ms. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in history. She is also the Jefferson County Branch secretary of the American Association of University Women and a member of the EMERGE Professionals Group of Northern New York.



Antique Boat Museum names new curator

Claire Wakefield

Claire Wakefield

Claire Wakefield has been named permanent curator at the Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, a role she had filled on an interim basis since March.

As curator, she is responsible for building and guiding the course of the museum’s artifact, library and archival collections and for directing and developing content for exhibitions and public programs related to collections.

Ms. Wakefield joined the museum staff in 2010 as membership and marketing coordinator. In 2013 she became the assistant curator.

As assistant curator she worked on a variety of projects, including recent exhibitions such as the Antique Raceboat Regatta poster art installation, the history of the Matthews Boat Company, and The National Motor Boat Show. She has also led the first digitization efforts of the museum’s archives leading to the broader availability of important research materials to the general public.

“Claire brings a positive attitude and an eye for the details,” ABM Executive Director Rebecca Hopfinger said. “She will be a strong steward for the museum’s vast collection and I am proud to name her to the position of curator.”

An alumna of Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pa., with a degree in museum studies, Ms. Wakefield began her career as assistant registrar at the Juniata College Museum of Art, and also held a previous post at the Albany Institute of History and Art.  Ms. Wakefield lives in Clayton.

The Antique Boat Mueseum is open to visitors seasonally, May through October.


Robbins Family Grain/North Harbor Dairy names business manager

Robbins Family Grain Co. and North Harbor Dairy have hired Jennifer L. Hunter as the farm’s business manager.

Jennifer Hunter

Jennifer Hunter

In her new position, Ms. Hunter will be responsible for monitoring financial details of the businesses, acting as a business advisor, providing consultation to the dairy and assisting with labor management.

Ms. Hunter was most recently assistant branch manager of Farm Credit East’s Potsdam office. She was with Farm Credit for four years. She previously served as a dairy specialist with Cargill Animal Nutrition.

“I’m excited for this new opportunity where I can put my passion for agriculture and my experience in business and finance to work,” Ms. Hunter said.

“The Robbins family has built a successful, innovative business over the years,
and I’m looking forward to helping their operations continue to prosper into the future.”

Ms. Hunter holds an associate degree from SUNY Cobleskill in animal science, a bachelor’s from SUNY Cobleskill in agriculture business and a master of agricultural education from SUNY Oswego.

August 2016 Feature Story: Farm-to-Table

Farm-to-table wellness

James Good, of Down to Earth Garden Co-op, restocks produce bins at the Carthage Area Hospital farmers market. Mr. Good and his wife, Rebecca, have partnered with th ehospital to provide fresh produce from local farms to feed patients, hospital staff and visitors. Photo by Elaine Avallone, NNY Business.

James Good, of Down to Earth Garden Co-op, restocks produce bins at the Carthage Area Hospital farmers market. Mr. Good and his wife, Rebecca, have partnered with the hospital to provide fresh produce from local farms to feed patients, hospital staff and visitors. Photo by Elaine Avallone, NNY Business.

Carthage Area Hospital launches new initiative

By Elaine Avallone, NNY Business

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