Meet Our Donors

Since our doors opened over 125 years ago, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center has been fortunate to receive gifts from countless generous donors who support our mission of providing high-quality, compassionate care to our community. Their generosity has taken on many forms -- from planned gifts and donations to employee scholarships that enable our staff to develop and expand their clinical expertise to serve our patients. On behalf of themselves and their loved ones, these donors have paid it forward and helped us to continue innovating and delivering expert healthcare to friends, family, neighbors, and future generations.

Here are some of their stories.

BurnsJohn and Agnes Burns

John Burns included a bequest to the Cortland Memorial Foundation in his estate plan for many reasons but one stood out: the memory of his late wife, Agnes. When Agnes fell ill, John never forgot the compassionate care she received in Cortland. "Agnes was a long–time supporter of the medical center, but it was when she became ill that our was really cemented."

John and Agnes were active members of the Cortland community and generous donors to the Foundation. Following Agnes’ death in 2000, John continued the couple’s philanthropic support a trust Agnes and he created in their estate plan. Agnes and John leave behind a legacy of good healthcare for future generations through their generous gifts to Cortland Memorial Foundation.

“I have shared my name to create the Charles Gibson Legacy Society so that people in Cortland will be encouraged to look ahead to the future and help preserve and grow this great health care institution.” --Charles Gibson


Charles Gibson

Charles “Charlie” Gibson cared for this community like his family. Involved, consistent, and loving in his commitment to many causes, he gave the very best of his time, effort, energy, and financial resources. Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, Cortland Memorial Foundation and many of our neighbors and friends continue to enjoy a better quality of life because of Charlie's nurturing care. He was a founding board member of the Cortland Memorial Foundation, and served on it for 18 years. For seven consecutive years, he generously opened his home for the Harvest of Gold, a major fundraising event of the Foundation.

In addition to a generous gift from his estate, perhaps Charlie's greatest gift to the Foundation was in giving his name to The Charles Gibson Legacy Society. The Legacy Society honors and recognizes donors to the Foundation who have made a gift to the future of healthcare in Cortland through a bequest in a will or other planned gift.