Guthrie Awards $10,000 Community Grant to Friends of Stewart Park in Ithaca, N.Y.

October 8, 2018

Guthrie's Community Benefit Grant Program awarded $10,000 to Friends of Stewart Park in Ithaca, N.Y. in support of their project to revitalize the Stewart Park playground. 

Dr. Karen Kim, Guthrie Gastroenterologist and member of The Guthrie Clinic Board of Directors said, “Guthrie is proud to partner with community organizations such as Friends of Stewart Park to enhance the health and well-being of people of all ages who live in the communities we serve.”

Additions to the playground will improve accessibility for all children and their families in the community including those with mobility and sensory impairment. Elayne Nicholas, Friends of Stewart Park Campaign Manager said, “We are excited to bring a unique place for children and their families, regardless of skills or physical abilities, to the Ithaca community. This work would not be possible without financial support from Guthrie and many others.”

Laura Fitzgerald, Guthrie’s Vice President for Research and Education, said: “Guthrie is pleased to award funding to this community project to help support healthy lifestyles for children and families of all abilities. Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program supports projects that target health challenges facing our communities.”

This grant was awarded as part of Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program, which funds projects based on Guthrie’s Community Health Needs Assessment. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires non-profit hospitals to complete a community needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. The following areas of need were identified for 2016-2019: obesity, access to mental health providers, and cancer incidence with a focus on tobacco usage.

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Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 325 physicians and 210 advanced practice providers in a regional office network encompassing 47 sub-specialty and primary care sites in 21 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, Guthrie offers home medical equipment and respiratory therapy products at six convenient Med Supply Depot locations. Guthrie provides a wide range of services and programs to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.

People holding large check on playground
From left to right: DGF Community Benefit Committee Member Brooks Eldredge-Martin; FSP Playground Leadership Committee Member Nancy Malina; FSP Board Chair Diana Riesman; The Guthrie Clinic Board of Directors Member Nader Mehravari; Guthrie Gastroenterologist & The Guthrie Clinic Board of Directors Member Dr. Karen Kim; The Guthrie Clinic Board of Directors Member Don Hartman and VP Research & Education & DGF Community Benefit Committee Member Laura Fitzgerald.