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F.F. Thompson Foundation

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Together we are the foundation of our future

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Support Comes in Many Ways


Christopher B. Mahan

On the Cover Top: (From left) Gala participants Rose Benoit, Charles Benoit, Elaine Jackson, Diane Griffith, Andy Griffith, Lauren Dixon, Michael Schwabl. Bottom left: Heather Enos, 15th Annual Better Life 5K participant. Bottom right: (From left) Mickey Sands, F.F. Thompson Foundation Board member; William Kenyon, Esq., Chairman, Thompson Health Board; Lauretta Kenyon.


hat a difference a few years – and many loyal supporters like you – have made. In 2006, our first issue of this newsletter was only two pages. Since then, it has grown to 12, but there still is not enough space to share all of the wonderful stories of our community’s support. Community members of all ages support Thompson Health in a variety of ways for many different reasons. An 11-year-old girl fills gift bags for young hospital patients. An Eagle Scout makes shadow boxes for residents at the M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center. Families give in memory of loved ones. Dedicated friends donate toward leading-edge technology. And many others support our events, annual fund or capital projects. We are forever grateful to all of these individuals, families, organizations and corporations. Our 2011 event calendar was also full of fundraisers ranging from golf tournaments to a grand Gala in the Gardens. Each was extremely successful thanks to high levels of participation, sponsorship and support. In fact, Gala in the Gardens alone raised more than $55,000 to help fund state-of-the-art technologies that are needed to ensure medical excellence. Thompson’s Building a Healthy Future Capital Campaign continued to be a major focus this year. Early in March, we achieved our $14 million goal through leadership gifts obtained during the “quiet” phase of our Campaign. Later in the year, our Associates and hundreds of community members joined in by giving generously – taking the total over the top! At Thompson Health, we rely on friends like you to keep our Foundation strong. Your generosity helps make it possible for Thompson to provide exemplary health care. It is what helps make the difference between a good health system and a truly great regional resource. As we look ahead to the future, we look forward to your continued support. On behalf of the entire health system, thank you. Together we are building a solid foundation for a healthy future. Sincerely,

Christopher B. Mahan Senior Vice President, Development and Support Services, Thompson Health

Building a Healthy Future


ll of us at Thompson Health are pleased to report that Project Excel is on time, on budget and slated for completion in December 2012! Thanks to generous leadership gifts, we officially reached our Building a Healthy Future Capital Campaign goal of $14 million in early March. Since this time, we invited our Associates and community members to show their support – and the response has been overwhelming! To date, we have surpassed our goal by more than $300,000.

Medical Laboratory

Rehabilitation Services Center

When completed, our expansion and renovation project will encompass three key patient areas: Surgical Care, Rehabilitation Services and our Medical Laboratory, as well as integral support services like Nutritional Services.

Surgical Care Center

Associate Capital Campaign In just five weeks during the spring of 2011, nearly 400 Thompson Associates donated hours of paid time off, pledged a portion of their paycheck or gave a one-time gift to our Building a Healthy Future Capital Campaign. These funds, which totaled more than $212,000, will be used toward Project Excel, Thompson’s 103,000-square-foot expansion and renovation project. This undertaking is the most extensive in Thompson’s history and includes construction of the new Constellation Center for Health and Healing, as well as major renovations within the existing hospital.

“We are honored by our Associates’ selfless commitment to Thompson. Their generous gifts will help our health system provide the highest level of care and service to our community for generations to come.” Christopher B. Mahan, Senior Vice President, Development and Support Services, Thompson Health

Associate Capital Campaign Co-Chairs: (From left) Donna Fulmer, Nurse Manager, PeriOperative Services and ICU; Charlie Blake, Groundskeeper; Robert Carlson, Program Manager, HealthWorks & Urgent Care Center.


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Investing in Leading-Edge Technology


t Thompson Health, we are truly fortunate to have the unwavering support of so many individuals and families in our community who understand the importance of staying current with state-of-the art health care technology. These loyal friends give generously to ensure our staff has the latest equipment to assist in providing our patients with the highest level of care.

Proceeds from this year’s Thompson Guild Fashion Show supported the purchase of our full-field digital mammography system. This invaluable diagnostic tool offers patients the benefits of ultra-safe, ultra-fast imaging with never-before-seen clarity and accuracy.

“ The Thompson Guild is committed to helping Thompson Health remain current with the latest diagnostic technology. We are very passionate about our cause and are so proud to know that our work touches so many lives here in our community” Judy Reader, Thompson Guild Board Treasurer, Fashion Show Co-Chair

(From left) Wendy Mulholland, Director, Digital Imaging; Judy Reader, Thompson Guild Board Treasurer, Fashion Show Co-Chair.

Thank you to Natalie Ross for her gifts supporting life-saving technology at Thompson Health

Natalie Ross


Since Natalie Ross moved to Canandaigua with her family in the early 1930s, Thompson Health has played an important role in her life. “When I was admitted to the ‘old’ hospital on Main Street in 1938, the nurses were just wonderful,” says Natalie. “I had severe asthma and the staff did everything possible to get me ready for my high school graduation.” Over the years, Natalie, along with her family members and friends, continued to receive high-quality care at Thompson. Most recently, the late Betty Harvey, Natalie’s housemate for 50 years, was a patient at the hospital. “Betty was treated exceptionally well by doctors and nurses alike in the Emergency Department,” adds Natalie. “When she was transferred to 3East, the nurses checked on her frequently to make sure she was comfortable. They really went the extra mile.” As a former physical therapist, Natalie felt a special connection to Thompson’s new Rehabilitation Services facility and decided to give a generous donation toward it. In addition, she recently gave a gift in memory of her dear friend Betty that will be used to purchase an EKG machine for the Emergency Department Triage Area and a vital signs monitor for 3East. “I can’t imagine giving to a better place that can use all donations to the greatest advantage,” Natalie comments. “Thompson Health is truly a jewel in our community.”

Thank you to our many friends who together contributed more than $55,000 in support of state-of-the-art technology during the 2011 Gala in the Gardens live auction and cash call. Steve and Maureen Bills Chuck and Pam Caranci Constellation Brands Bob and Marj Cunningham Richard and Joanne Davis Jim and Barbara Day Mike and Lisa DeGaetano John and Mary Lou Dredger Jeff and Joan Eckert Mitchel and Robin Evans Dan and Mary Beth Farchione, Jr. Jack and Kathy Goodrich Paul Harvey Paul and Patty Hudson

Gala in the Gardens cash call donors: (From left, front row) Ken Ogden, Rosemary Hunt, Marj Cunningham, Nancy Siewert, Bob Cunningham. (From left, middle row) Jack Goodrich, Hazel Robertshaw, Jean MacKay. (From left, back row) Jeff Siewert, Mike DeGaetano, Paul Harvey.

Rosemary Hunt Charlie and Marie Kenton Kraig and Sue Kummer Ted and Karen Lenz Will and Sharon Mack Greg and Jean MacKay

Ken and Lee Ogden Tim and Lori Richenberg Jeff and Nancy Siewert David and Karen Sorce Bryan and Donna Williams Mike Zanghi and Hazel Robertshaw

“ We are proud to help fund leading-edge technology that Thompson Health needs to stay competitive and draw physicians to the area. A strong Thompson will help sustain and foster the health of this region.” Julie and Brian Gambill Julie and Brian Gambill


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Creative Community Support


hompson Health supporters put a lot of thought, effort, heart and creativity into the ways they give. Thank you to the many wonderful individuals, businesses, schools and organizations that continue to support Thompson’s vital programs and services, as well as the people we serve every day. Your generosity and amazing acts of kindness do make a difference! In May, National Elementary Honor Society 5th-grade students at Midlakes Intermediate School decorated donation jars and delivered them to classrooms, raising more than $100 to purchase items for children treated in Thompson Health’s Surgical Care Center.

(From left, front row) Lucas Smith, NEHS Vice President; Magdalen Hamilton, NEHS President; Hannah Peisher, NEHS Secretary. (From left, back row) Hazel Robertshaw, RN, PhD, CENP, Vice President, Patient Care Services/CNO, Thompson Health; Susan Smith, RN, Surgical Care Center; Rebecca Black, Clinical Secretary; Inday Carter, RN, PACU.

(From left) Bronwyn Ship, RN, Staff Nurse, PACU/SCC; Kenneth Nesbitt, RN, Staff Nurse, PACU/SCC/PATC; Abreana Mattice.

Eagle Scout Tyler Beyea and a few boy scouts from Troop 37 made a total of 25 shadow boxes for residents at the M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center. According to Tyler, “It is very rewarding to do something good for people who have greatly contributed to this community.” Plus, the residents enjoy seeing their small treasures on display!

When 11-year-old Abreana C. Mattice had surgery in June, Dr. Centonze and the Thompson Health staff were friendly, told jokes to calm her and even managed to put a smile on her face. Abreana was so appreciative of the care she received, as well as a special gift from her parents, she wanted other children to feel the same way. She began asking her family, friends and members of her church to donate money, new toys and gift bags for young patients at the hospital. Abreana is often found filling the bags herself – blue for boys, pink for girls!

Since Julie Jugle worked at Thompson Health’s BodyMind Center for four years, she is aware of the diverse needs of cancer patients. This past spring, Julie, along with fellow members of the West Bloomfield Congregational Church, held a daffodil sale, raising $200 for the Sands Cancer Center Patient Needs Fund. The Church members wanted to keep their donations local – and selected a charity that would put every dollar raised into the hands of cancer “warriors.”


Tyler Beyea

(Pictured) Julie Jugle and cancer survivor Bob Hobday, Head Deacon.

Have a seat! This past summer, the Thompson Guild and the Canandaigua Downtown Merchants Association joined together to sponsor “Chairs for Charity,” a creative fundraising initiative featuring 14 uniquely decorated Adirondack chairs. In August, the chairs – which were donated by Adirondack chair Brigitt Markusfeld and embellished painted by John Fladd by local artists – went home with lucky raffle winners, with proceeds of nearly $4,500 benefiting Thompson Health. Finger Lakes Gallery & Frame held a silent auction in June, raising $5,500 for Thompson Health’s Sands Cancer Center. The event featured framed photography, original art and prints by local artists including Pat Rini-Rohrer and Ruth Haas. Limited-edition prints by Charles Wysocki, Bev Doolittle, Mort Solberg and many other artists were also auctioned off to enthusiastic bidders. In total, more than 60 pieces of artwork were sold.

(From left, front row) Jane Alden, artist; John Fladd, artist; Karen Lustick, President, Thompson Guild. (From left, back row) Aimee Ward, owner, Finger Lakes Gallery & Frame; Tony Deleo, photographer; Pat Rini-Rohrer, artist; Brett Utter, Wegmans Canandaigua Store Manager and chair raffle sponsor; Barron Naegel, artist; Michelle Fernaays, artist.

Artists: (From left, front row) Virginia Braun, Alida Meyer, Kathy Hutchings. (From left, back row) Peter Blackwood, Keith Hutchings, Mike Sargent, George Wallace.

Gifts of Gratitude Barbara A. Lipari has experienced Thompson Health’s legacy of caring firsthand since she and her late husband John moved to Canandaigua in 2000. In addition to being a Chaplain volunteer at the hospital for approximately nine years, Barbara often found herself visiting family members at Thompson’s M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center. “The quality of care that was provided to both of our mothers, as well as to John, at the Gardens and Pines avenues at M.M. Ewing was extraordinary,” says Barbara. “The staff was respectful, compassionate and extremely kind.” While John was ill, Barbara would frequently stay overnight at the Continuing Care Center to be near him. “A staff member would bring a sleeper chair from the Gardens avenue since the Pines avenue did not have a chair of its own,” she explains. After her husband passed away, Barbara funded the purchase of two sleeper chairs – one for each avenue – in his memory. “I feel blessed to have a facility of Thompson Health’s caliber nearby and I know John felt the same way,” adds Barbara. “I’m happy to support Thompson and the M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center in any way I can. Hopefully I’m helping to make a difference in someone’s quality of life.”

Barbara Lipari


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Fun-filled Fundraisers!


rom bowling to bike races, to golf outings and a grand Gala in the Gardens, this year was filled with a wide variety of fundraising initiatives from the start to the finish line! All of us at Thompson Health extend our appreciation to everyone involved in organizing, participating in and supporting these events. You are the reason Thompson is able to grow, thrive and serve our community well.

The following 2011 fundraising events raised more than $160,000!

15th Annual Rose Walk

benefiting the Cardiac Rehabilitation Scholarship Fund

15th Annual Better Life 5K

benefiting the Wellness Program Scholarship Fund

1st Annual Canandaigua Moose Riders Dice Run

benefiting the “Wish Upon a Star� Program


9th Annual Tour de Thompson

benefiting the Rehabilitation Services Aftercare Program

7th Annual Margery Pawluk Golf Tournament benefiting the Pawluk Cancer Patient Needs Fund

11th Annual Sands Cancer Center Golf Classic benefiting the Sands Cancer Center


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Fun-filled Fundraisers! 4th Annual Croppin’ for a Cure

benefiting the Colorectal Cancer Awareness Education Fund

Gala in the Gardens

supporting the purchase of leading-edge technology

8th Annual Pink Fly Golf Tournament benefiting the Breast Health Patient Navigation Program


3rd Annual Bowl for the Cure

benefiting the Breast Health Patient Navigation Program

10th Annual Crosswinds 5K

benefiting the Sands Cancer Center Patient Needs Fund

14th Annual Yarger Memorial Golf Scramble benefiting the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program


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2011 Board of Directors

F.F. Thompson Foundation, Inc.

Thomas Kubiak Chairman Daniel P. Fuller Vice Chairman/Treasurer Linda M. Farchione, FACHE President/CEO, Thompson Health Christopher B. Mahan Senior Vice President, Development and Support Services, Thompson Health David G. Case Lauren M. Dixon R. Randall Farnsworth Lewis J. Gould, Esq. Dale L. Hunt Srinivas R. Kaza, MD Candy Obourn Wanda Polisseni Marilyn Sands Wade A. Sarkis Jeffrey P. Siewert

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Thompson Health Foundations Newsletter 2011  

2011 Newsletter for the Thompson Health Foundations