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Utica National Group Foundation Announces $1 Million Grant to Mohawk Valley Health System Foundation

NEW HARTFORD, New York – The Utica National Group Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Utica National Insurance Group, today announced that it is awarding a $1 million grant to the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundation to support the brand new, state-of-the-art medical center in downtown Utica, New York, currently under construction.

“Having such a top-level healthcare facility will bring substantial benefits to the people in the community where we live and work,” said Richard Creedon, Utica National chairman of the board and CEO. “In addition to serving the medical needs of the community, it will provide an economic boost through jobs to the downtown Utica area, which in recent years has been a hub of growth and activity. We’re pleased that the foundation’s grant will assist with those efforts.”

“We are extremely grateful to the Utica National Group Foundation for their generosity,” said John Forbes, vice president of Philanthropy at MVHS. “This is truly a celebration because this grant will impact so many lives in such a positive way.”

The MVHS project is a critical piece of the downtown Utica rejuvenation and will be one of the largest draws for people and businesses in the region. As refurbished warehouses and factories attract residents back to the downtown area, Utica and the Mohawk Valley region requires a hospital network that can ensure top-of-the-line care in a modern facility. Beyond the economic stimulus the project provides, updated and improved health care services will attract the technology companies and employees Utica needs to continue its growth.

About the Utica National Group Foundation
Founded in Utica, New York, in 1914, Utica National is one of the largest and long-standing employers in the Mohawk Valley. The company employs more than 1,300 people countrywide, including more than 700 in the Utica area. They dedicate thousands of volunteer hours to the community each year toward a variety of causes and organizations, including the Utica National Kids’ Run, a part of Boilermaker Road Race weekend. The Utica National Group Foundation was established in 1989, in advance of the company’s 75th anniversary. Since then, it has provided grants totaling several million dollars to hundreds of agencies and projects making positive contributions through their programs and services as they assist children, adults and families.

About the MVHS Foundation

The MVHS Foundation partners with dedicated friends and donors to achieve our commitment to our patients and our community. It is governed and represented by a Board of Directors made up of community-based volunteers, including business leaders and individuals who hold MVHS and health as a personal priority.

For more information about the new regional medical center, visit mvhealthsystem.org/downtown-hospital.

 

Photo Caption: From Left to Right: Bonnie Woods, chairman of the Board of Directors, MVHS; Bernard Turi, senior vice president, general counsel, general auditor and chief risk officer, Utica National; Richard Creedon, chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, Utica National; Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, president/CEO, MVHS; Kristen Martin, president and chief operating officer, Utica National; John Forbes, vice president of Philanthropy, MVHS; Terri Mielnicki, chairman of the MVHS Foundation Board of Directors.

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Media Contact: 
Millie Condon
Manager/Media Specialist
315-624-5602
mcondon@mvhealthsystem.org