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Shineman Foundation Supports Oswego Health’s BHS Project

Foundation news | Monday, January 14, 2019

Contact: Marion Ciciarelli

The Shineman Foundation is supporting Oswego Health’s plans to construct a new Behavioral Health Services (BHS) facility and has made a major gift to the health system.

The new BHS facility will offer the latest model for providing high-quality behavioral health care locally. The health system will completely renovate the former Oswego Price Chopper store on East Cayuga Street. To assist those that utilize these services to become healthier overall, primary care services will also be available onsite, as will members of the Oswego Health Care Management Team, who help Medicaid patients manage their medical needs, from physician appointments to community support services.

Helping to make the project a reality is the Shineman Foundation’s generous gift. "On behalf of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, I am so pleased that our $500,000 grant to Oswego Health will act as a catalyst for change to meet the behavioral and mental health needs of Oswego County,” said Barbara Shineman.

Oswego Health President & CEO Michael Harlovic said the health system was very appreciative of the Shineman gift. “We are investing nearly $17 million to renew behavioral health services in an attractive and well-maintained facility that will be built specifically to deliver this specialized care and will likely become a model for similar facilities across the country,” Harlovic said. “The facility will also assist in improving Oswego Health’s overall financial condition and long-term sustainability.”

Pictured at the formal check presentation from left are Shineman Foundation Executive Director Karen Goetz, Shineman Foundation Chairman Kathy Fenlon, along with Oswego Health Foundation Executive Director Margaret Barclay, Shineman Foundation Founder Barbara Shineman; Oswego Health President and CEO Michael Harlovic and Oswego Health EVP and Oswego Hospital COO Jeff Coakley.