NDH FOUNDATION LAUNCHES $10 MILLION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN WITH $2 MILLION GIFT FROM MARTIN AND TONI SOSNOFF FOUNDATION, SINGLE LARGEST GIFT IN HISTORY OF NORTHERN DUTCHESS HOSPITAL
Rhinebeck, New York — The Campaign for Northern Dutchess Hospital has launched with a goal to raise $10 million for the $47 million medical pavilion now under construction at the Rhinebeck medical center.
The campaign was announced June 14 in front of 450 guests at the Starlight Ball by Lewis Ruge, co-chairman of the Northern Dutchess Hospital gala at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.
“This project will allow us to continue to deliver unsurpassed quality of care to our patients,” stated Ruge. “With the help of our community, we will meet our ambitious but totally attainable goal of ten million dollars, and will be well-positioned to sustain our role as a regional leader in healthcare for years to come.”
Ruge noted that $4 million has already been raised, including the single largest gift ever made in the 110-year history of the hospital, $2 million, given by the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, for whom the new building will be named.
The other $2 million raised to date has been secured through a variety of sources, including the NDH Auxiliary, the Thomas Thompson Trust, the Frost Memorial Fund and the NDH Mothers’ Club, as well as a group of board members and community donors.
The 86,500-square-foot medical pavilion, when complete, will add six state-of-the-art operating rooms, accessible medical office space and a new private-room patient wing to replace the existing medical/surgical unit.
Ruge, who serves on both the NDH Foundation and the hospital boards, and Kenneth Giek, a former member of the hospital, foundation and Health Quest boards, will co-chair the capital campaign.
“We are thrilled that the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation has set the stage for success with their incredibly generous donation, and there is no doubt that the investment made by everyone who contributes will enhance medical care for our community, and overall quality of life, for generations to come,” said Dawn Morrison, executive director of the NDH Foundation.
The evening also featured special recognition for Dr. Michael Moses and Gregory W. Rakow, both of whom were honored for ongoing service and leadership provided to Northern Dutchess Hospital. Moses is an anesthesiologist from American Anesthesiology of New York, and Rakow owns Fraleigh and Rakow Insurance and Real Estate in Rhinebeck.
The Starlight Ball raised close to $150,000. Event sponsors included American Anesthesiology of New York, Northern Dutchess Hospital Auxiliary and Northern Dutchess Hospital Medical Staff, among others.