Wilderness Health Care Foundation



The mission of the Wilderness Health Care Foundation is to connect the generosity of our communities with opportunities to support the Clifton-Fine Hospital and Primary Care Clinic to improve lives through better healthcare close to home.

Established in 1993 the Foundation’s purpose is to fund the most important needs at Clifton-Fine Hospital, as recommended by our Philanthropy Committee in consultation with Hospital Leadership. The Wilderness Health Care Foundation, through continued philanthropy and the outpouring of generosity from our community and extended community, supports Clifton-Fine Hospital in its mission to deliver Trusted Care, Close to Home.

Executive Director
Wilderness Health Care Foundation

Why should I give to the Wilderness Health Care Foundation?
Your tax-deductible gift ensures that New York’s smallest hospital remains open and fully equipped to deliver 24-hour emergency services, primary clinic care, lab and imaging services, telemedicine, physical therapy, long-term care and more. We are proud of the caring and dedicated team of professionals working to deliver care year-round in our Adirondack community. Supporting the Wilderness Health Care Foundation in its effort to raise money for Clifton-Fine Hospital represents a tangible act of support to provide quality healthcare in Clifton, Fine and the surrounding communities.

Your donations at work:
When you make a gift to the Wilderness Health Care Foundation, you are giving the gift of good health to your family, friends, and neighbors. Monies raised by the Foundation provide critical funding for facilities and equipment that benefit Clifton-Fine patients and our entire community.

Here are just a few recent examples of our donors’ dollars at work:

  • Medical gas (oxygen delivery) system upgrades
  • Vital signs machine for the Primary Care Clinic and Emergency Room
  • Fluid warming machine for the Emergency Room
  • Parking lot repaving project for the safety of patients entering and leaving the Primary Care Clinic, Emergency Room and Physical Therapy, especially those at high risk for falls.
  • Phlebotomy (blood draw) chair replacement for the Lab. The new chair reclines and is adjustable.
  • Ultrasound stimulation equipment replacement for Physical Therapy

The Golden Hour – 60 precious minutes
In emergency medicine, the golden hour refers to a time period lasting for one hour, or less, following traumatic injury sustained through a casualty or medical emergency, during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will prevent death. It is well established that the patient’s chances of survival are greatest if they receive care within a short period of time after a severe injury.

Click here to learn more about Clifton-Fine Hospital’s location and how it is critical for providing emergency care to many of our surrounding communities.

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