Veronica R. Chiesi Brown
Clifton Springs, NY - Longtime, local donors Marjorie B. Morris and G.W. Lisk, Co., Inc. have committed a combined $3 million to Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic.
Morris and Lisk’s support will go toward a $32 million renovation project that will expand and improve the hospital’s primary and preventive care facilities, creating a new 75,000-square-foot outpatient medical village. Construction will begin on November 14.
At the same time, the gifts effectively kickoff the boldest concerted fundraising effort in the hospital’s history, as part of Rochester Regional Health’s Because Care Matters Campaign.
“Marjorie, as well as her family, and G.W. Lisk continue to demonstrate extraordinary philanthropic leadership in Clifton Springs,” said Eric Bieber, MD, president and CEO of Rochester Regional Health. “We are incredibly fortunate to have benefited from their generosity for so long.
“And while gifts of this magnitude are transformative, our goals in Clifton Springs and the rest of the health system will not be achieved by an individual effort. To realize our vision for the region’s healthcare, we need broad community support.”
Bob Woodhouse, board chair and former chief financial officer of G.W. Lisk agrees. Woodhouse volunteered to be the Clifton Spring’s vice-chair for the Because Care Matters Campaign to lead efforts to engage the community in the hospital’s fundraising initiatives.
“We’re hoping our investment helps shine a light on the great things that are happening here and inspires others to join us,” Woodhouse said on behalf of Lisk and Marjorie Morris. “We can’t do this alone.”
Dustin Riccio, MD, president for Rochester Regional Health’s Eastern Region provided that the medical village will open the door for several new programs including dental, women’s health and pulmonary rehabilitation. He added that it’s also the first of several planned projects, among which is the addition of oncology services, through the expansion of the Lipson Cancer Institute.
“We’re entering a new era at Clifton Springs,” Riccio said. “The changes we’ll be making over the next several years will help us deliver the best care experience possible, start to finish, regardless of our patients’ illnesses or injuries. I’m very grateful for Marjorie and G.W. Lisk’s leadership.”
Marjorie Morris is the wife of the late I. A. “Drew” Morris, who took over operation of G.W. Lisk in 1946. From that point forward, the Morris family and G.W. Lisk have provided unparalleled support to Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic and the community it serves. That legacy continues to be built today.
“This is the community’s hospital,” Woodhouse said. “And I think this is a great opportunity for the community to take more ownership of it by making a gift, talking about the hospital with others or doing anything else they can to help ensure we have access to quality healthcare locally. Bottom line is we have to do this together.”
Rochester Regional Health is an integrated health services organization serving the people of Western New York, the Finger Lakes and beyond. The system includes five hospitals; primary and specialty practices, rehabilitation centers, ambulatory campuses and immediate care facilities; innovative senior services, facilities and independent housing; a wide range of behavioral health services; and Rochester Regional Health Laboratories and ACM Global Laboratories, a global leader in patient and clinical trials. Rochester Regional Health is the region’s second largest employer.