January 24, 2019
Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Foundation and St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation
Officially Merge Fund Raising Activities into the MVHS Foundation
UTICA, N.Y. – On Monday, December 31, 2018, the State of New York Department of State accepted a Certificate of Incorporation to officially consolidate the fund raising activities of the Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) Foundation and the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) Foundation into the newly named Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundation.
In June 2016, following the affiliation of FSLH and SEMC, the two foundations began holding foundation board meetings together which allowed for both boards to share ideas and hear information simultaneously. In April 2017, the two foundation boards elected to create a mirror board which enabled the FSLH Foundation and SEMC Foundation to essentially operate as one board.
In September 2018, a letter was submitted to the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) requesting approval of a plan to merge the fund raising activities of the two foundations. In October 2018, the foundations received news that the PHHPC approved the request. Following the approval, a petition was filed with the Oneida County Supreme Court seeking approval of the plan. In December 2018, a Justice of the Supreme Court granted the request. The filing of a Restated Certificate of Incorporation with the New York Secretary of State made the changes official.
The change in status will allow for a standardization of protocols, investments and shared processes among the MVHS Foundation and will provide an easier process for donors to give. Donors will still be able to direct their gift within the organization.
“The merger of the fund raising activities of the FSLH Foundation and SEMC Foundation will have tremendous benefits for the community and allow us to better contribute toward providing the best possible care to our patients and residents,” said John Forbes, vice president of Philanthropy at MVHS. “We couldn’t have reached this point without the generosity from our past donors and are eager to have the ability to expand the scope of funding we can provide and make it very easy for our donors moving forward.”
In addition to the operational efficiencies, the change in status also means changes for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals at FSLH. CMN at FSLH will now be CMN at MVHS and as such able to direct funds throughout MVHS. Prior to the change, funds could only be directed to FSLH.
The mission of the MVHS Foundation is to build relationships and partnerships that inspire generosity in support of MVHS.
“The merger of the foundations’ fund raising activities will make it much easier to achieve our mission,” said Terry Mielnicki, president of the MVHS Foundation Board. “Donors no longer have to choose between the two foundations when making a donation. However, they still have the option to direct gifts to a specific hospital, nursing home, affiliate, service or department. Additionally, they can now choose to support MVHS as a whole.”
For more information about the MVHS Foundation, visit mvhealthsystem.org/foundation.