About Samaritan Health

Ways to Give

There are so many ways to invest in your community healthcare system through the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York! For full details and questions, please download our complete Ways to Give brochure or call us directly at 315-785-5785.

  • Donations and Annual Giving Close

    Provide a donation to the Foundation once during your life or for many years.

    • Samaritan Society: Donors who pledge gifts of $15,000 or more are recognized through membership in the Samaritan Society. Download our Samaritan Society Pledge Form
    • Children’s Miracle Network: Samaritan is proud to be one of 170 hospitals throughout the United States and Canada affiliated with the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), an organization whose mission it is to ensure that all children have access to quality healthcare, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
    • Events: Sponsor our annual events, such as the Thousand Islands Golf Classic, Festival of Trees and other special events.
    • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Grants: Awarded to patients to provide the financial support they need to complete phases of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.
    • Circle of Hope Program: Grants are available for patients undergoing cancer treatment. Samaritan’s Circle of Hope Cancer Fund raises funds and allocates grants to cancer patients throughout Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.
    • Endowment Fund: Truly a gift that keeps on giving, endowment fund gifts are invested, and only the interest earned is used to support programs – the principal remains intact.
    • Naming Opportunities: As Samaritan continues to renovate and expand its facilities, this program creates an opportunity for donors to perpetuate the name of an individual, a family, a business or an organization.

  • The Healing Power of Progress Close

    As we look to the future, we see a need to build our sustainability and integrate our services so that we can continue to uphold our promise to provide the best possible care for every patient, every time.

    • A coordinated program to bring cancer services and specialists to one location. Providing care that is collaborative, multi-disciplinary and convenient campaign women and children
    • Bringing labor and delivery, postpartum and pediatric services together on one floor in keeping with our family-centered philosophy. Families can return to see the same trusted medical team that has been there from the start when needed. campaign sustainability
    • Funding to support continuing investments in our hospital will allow us to uphold our high quality of care for years to come.

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    Over the years, many community members have shared their experiences at Samaritan Medical Center and our network of care across the North Country. These individuals have told us how inspired they are by our talented staff, by the new programs and services offered, and by the cutting-edge equipment and technology offered at our facilities.

    These stories inspired the Inspiration Fund, an opportunity to support Samaritan by raising money for specific hospital initiatives. Inspiration Fund Pledge Card

    Your generous donations have made it possible to:

    Purchase innovative equipment such as AccuVein AV400 – This small, hand-held device projects a pattern of light onto a patient’s skin to illuminate the position of underlying veins, which improves the rate of successful first-time attempts to draw blood, thereby increasing the comfort and safety of our patients. Our goal is to implement this technology across the entire Samaritan organization, starting first with those areas caring for our youngest and oldest patients.

    Provide funding to make the Wound Care Center possible – Chronic wounds can be debilitating. With such a high rate of diabetes in Northern New York and other conditions that prevent wounds from healing, Samaritan recognized this need and opened a new Wound Care Center in August of 2015 to provide patients with local access to a specially trained team of wound care professionals and advanced treatment. As the Center grows, so will the need for additional equipment, staff and resources to ensure more patients’ lives are improved.

    Fund the Endowment – Through the generosity of your donations, the endowment enables the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation to create sustainable funding for the future. While the principal is strategically invested, interest from these funds generates significant annual income for the activities of the Medical Center and its affiliates.

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    A planned gift is a deferred donation, arranged well ahead of time, usually through wills, life insurance, charitable trusts, or gifts of property or stock.

    Stevens Society
    Individuals who have included the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation in their estate plans or have created a planned gift are recognized by membership in the Stevens Society. Today’s technological advances are saving lives and ensuring the health of our community, things we could not offer without the help of friends who support our vision for a healthier community. If you have supported the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation with an annual gift or a gift in memory of a loved one, we deeply appreciate your support and invite you to consider a planned gift to help ensure the future of this vital community resource. A planned gift to the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation allows you to arrange your philanthropic giving to meet your personal values while minimizing the after-tax cost.

  • Memorial Tribute Gifts Close

    Honor or remember a special relative, friend, neighbor or co-worker through a donation in their name.

    Heart to Heart
    The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation’s Grateful Patient, Family & Friends Program: Make a gift in honor of a Samaritan caregiver, perhaps someone who went the extra mile to care for you or a loved one.

    Memorial/Tribute Gifts
    Honor or remember a special relative, friend, neighbor or co-worker. Gifts are given to provide a meaningful and lasting memorial or to celebrate a special occasion or accomplishment. Notification is sent to the honoree or, in the case of a memorial gift, to the family.

  • Scholarship Programs Close

    The Bethany Wright Remembrance Fund was established in memory of Bethany Wright, a nurse at Samaritan Medical Center for over thirty years, this fund provides continuing education scholarships to Samaritan Medical Center nurses.

    The Susan K. Peters Nursing Scholarship was established to assist with the education costs for a registered nurse (RN) who is continuing his/her education, specifically to pursue a Nurse Practitioner (NP) degree.

  • Corporate Giving Close

    Businesses of any size can demonstrate their support of healthcare in the North Country through a corporate giving program to benefit Samaritan programs, equipment and services. This can range from outright corporate gifts to event sponsorship or a matching gift program.

  • Matching Gifts Close

    Many employers or former employers (if you are retired) have matching gift programs through which your generosity to Samaritan can be multiplied. Check with your human resources office to see if your company offers matching gifts to non-profit agencies.

  • Real Estate Close

    Qualified gifts of real estate, such as undeveloped land, farms or personal residences, may be given outright to support the Foundation or as a planned gift.

  • Appreciated Securities Close

    Gifts of appreciated securities, such as stocks, bonds or mutual funds, provide the same benefits as money for the hospital and offer the donor the additional benefit of paying no capital gains tax.

Your Gifts At Work

  • The Healing Power of Progress campaign has raised over $3.8 million to date to support the new Walker Center for Cancer Care, the Center for Women and Children and the Foundation’s Sustainment Fund. This campaign is critical to allowing Samaritan to invest in the projects, technology and services needed in our community.
  • Annually, Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) provides more than $300,000 in grants allocated to local families for healthcare-related needs, as well as to Samaritan Medical Center for capital equipment purchases and the construction of the new Center for Women and Children
  • Purchased innovative equipment such as AccuVein AV400, a small, hand-held device that projects a pattern of light onto a patient’s skin to illuminate the position of underlying veins, which improves the rate of successful first-time attempts to draw blood, thereby increasing the comfort and safety of our patients
  • Provided funding to support the establishment of a Wound Care Center. With such a high rate of diabetes in Northern New York and other conditions that prevent wounds from healing, Samaritan identified the need for and opened a Wound Care Center to provide patients with local access to a specially trained team of wound care professionals and advanced treatment.
  • The Masimo Patient SafetyNet is a remote monitoring and clinician notification system that continuously and non-invasively monitors pulse rate, respiration rate, as well as other clinically valuable measurements. The system will send alerts directly to our clinicians if the patient’s condition requires attention. This is most often used on a postoperative patient who is prescribed pain medication, the system also helps us better manage the patient’s pain. This new monitoring system gives Samaritan Medical Center the opportunity to further enhance patient safety, improve outcomes, and avoid preventable patient transfers to higher levels of care.
  • The Inspiration Fund helped purchase remote telemetry for our patients. Many conditions or illnesses may affect the heart’s ability to function properly, however not all of these conditions require the intensive monitoring in the progressive care or intensive care unit (ICU). Remote telemetry allows a patient to be cared for on a medical/surgical unit while their heart is being monitored by trained staff located in ICU.
  • Fund the Endowment – Through the generosity of your donations, the endowment enables the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation to create sustainable funding for the future. While the principal is strategically invested, interest from these funds generates significant annual income for the activities of the Medical Center and its affiliates.
  • A new Beauty Shop for the residents of Samaritan Keep Home
  • $13.5 million raised by the Advancing Healthcare … Close to Home campaign in 2010, which supported the Pavilion and hospital renovations
  • $265,000 given toward the construction of the new Clayton Family Health Center
  • Read more about these programs in our Foundation brochure

To learn more about supporting Samaritan Medical Center Foundation with a gift, please contact us.

Beth Fipps
Vice President, Foundation & Community Services
315-785-5785

Bonnie Eppolito
Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving
315-779-6696

Michele RichterDonor Database Specialist
315-785-5725

Donations toward making a difference in your community can be made online or mailed by check to:

Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York, Inc.
830 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601

Every gift counts; every gift matters; every gift makes a difference and is greatly appreciated!