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2nd Annual Oswego Health Foundation Gala Raises Over $90,000 to Improve Healthcare in Oswego County

Foundation news | Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Contact: Jamie Leszczynski

(Oswego, NY – December 3, 2019) Over 250 people attended the sold-out “An Evening on the Red Carpet” gala fundraiser that was held on November 2nd at the beautifully decorated American Foundry. A total of $91,573 was raised by the Oswego Health Foundation to benefit local healthcare services in Oswego County including transforming behavioral health and modernizing inpatient care with renovations on the third and fourth floor of Oswego Hospital.

During the festivities, Oswego Health presented its Community Physician Award to Francis Clifford Arce, MD, for his dedication to his patients and the community. Dr. Arce first arrived in the community in 2003 where he worked alongside Dr. Renato Mandanas for nine years providing coverage for internal medicine at his practice, Oswego Hospital and the VA satellite clinic in Oswego.

Then in 2012 Dr. Arce started Endocrine Associates of Oswego PC, a specialty focusing on endocrine and metabolic disorders. They are committed to providing quality care for adult patients with endocrine conditions that include diabetes, thyroid disorder, osteoporosis, and a broad spectrum of hormonal disorders. Endocrine Associates of Oswego PC continues to be recognized year after year by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Diabetes Recognition Program and Level III Patient Centered Specialty Practice. This voluntary program is designed to recognize clinicians who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes.

The Community Physician Award recognizes a dedicated physician whose skills in their clinical practice align with the mission, vision and values of Oswego Health. Dr. Arce consistently achieves high standards in the practice of medicine.

In fact, Endocrine Associates of Oswego PC is the only endocrinology practice recognized at this level throughout New York State and one out of eight endocrinology practices recognized across the entire country.

In addition, Oswego Health also recognized the Richard S. Shineman Foundation with the Community Partner Award.

The Community Partner Award is designed to recognize a corporation or a foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take a leadership role toward philanthropy and community involvement.

Before his death in 2010, Richard and Barbara Shineman quietly made the decision to donate $22 million to establish a foundation that serves the broad needs of the people living in Oswego County and improves the quality of life for its residents.

The foundation focuses on several areas: education, arts and culture, civic benefit, environment, health and human services, historic preservation and economic revitalization. Grants are awarded for programs or specific projects.

A true catalyst for change, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation was formed in 2012 and began awarding grants in 2013 and has positively impacted the lives of so many Oswego County residents through a total of $7,205,361 funded grants to 119 organizations. In just seven years, the Foundation has kept Richard’s legacy alive and you can see it in the revitalization of some Oswego city neighborhoods, in the classrooms at Oswego State and in almost every corner of Oswego County where people are dedicated to improving the lives of others.

Oswego Health is honored to be one of those recipients as the Richard S. Shineman Foundation awarded the Oswego Health Foundation a $500,000 grant to support the construction of the new 42,000 square foot Behavioral Health Services Facility which will be located at 29 E. Cayuga Street, in the former Oswego Price Chopper Building.

For more information about the Oswego Health Foundation, call 315-326-3473 or visit Save the date for the 3rd Annual Oswego Health Foundation Gala which will be held November 7, 2020 at the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center.