March 10, 2021 Montour Falls, NY – A joint effort between the Watkins Glen-Montour Falls, Hector & Ovid Lions Clubs and the Bermuda Lions Foundation resulted in the presentation of a $10,000 check yesterday to Schuyler Hospital for the purchase of a diabetic eye camera, a RetinaVue 700, for Primary Care.
“We are grateful for and humbled by this donation from the Lions Clubs local and national organizations, and for their continuous support of our community during this time, and always,” states Rebecca Gould, President & CFO of Schuyler Hospital. “This new state-of-the-art diabetic eye camera is used for early detection of diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in diabetic patients. It will be an incredible asset to our medical team and our patients.”
The donation stems from a coordinated effort begun in early 2020 when Jackie Collins, LPN, Schuyler Hospital Primary Care contacted Hector Lions Club member Rick Evans, which began the fundraising effort.
Evans coordinated with the Watkins and Ovid clubs during a challenging period when the Covid-19 pandemic greatly restricted fund-raising efforts. His and neighboring club members efforts resulted in $6,000 from their clubs and $4,000 from the Lions Foundation matching program.
“We are extremely grateful for Rick Evans efforts and beyond proud to be able to provide this funding for such a worthwhile cause,” states Phil Edwards, Kate LaMoreaux, and Paul McPherson, Presidents of the Hector, Watkins and Ovid Clubs respectively. “Service is our Lions Club mission, and our members truly stepped up and showed their support in a big way.”
About Schuyler Hospital Schuyler Hospital [part of Cayuga Health] is a 25-bed critical access hospital, with a 120-bed skilled nursing facility attached. Schuyler Hospital’s main campus – overlooking Seneca Lake – is located in Montour Falls, New York. For 100 years, Schuyler Hospital has been the primary healthcare provider in and around Schuyler County. They have evolved over the years into a network of providers, programs, and services that reaches throughout Schuyler County and into neighboring counties to meet the healthcare needs of a population of over 32,000 residents.
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Contact: Michelle Benjamin, Executive Director, Community Relations Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, New York (607) 210-1950
John Turner, Vice President for Public Relations (607) 274-4498 Cayuga Health