DANSVILLE — The community came out to support the next chapter at the Noyes Hospital, which is soaring into a new era courtesy of a big donation.
On Sept. 29, the Noyes Takes Flight Fundraiser took place at the Dansville Municipal Airport with basket raffles, silent auction, live auction, and a very generous donation from the Saunders Foundation.
E. Philip Saunders donated $1 million to UR Medicine/ Noyes Health for the creation of the E. Michael Saunders Medical Imaging Services in honor of his late son. This department will be in the Physical Therapy Department, and the Physical Therapy Department will begin moving to Brae Burn this year.
Noyes Health CEO Amy Pollard said the new department will add a PET/CT and Interventional Radiology.
“Mr. Saunders is donating $1 million in memory of his late son Michael. He donated money for our emergency room in memory of his late daughter,” she said. “This money will go to expand the radiology room. Physical Therapy will be moved to Brae Burn. We hope to start the move by the end of the year.”
Pollard said that the hospital plans on having this new section done by the summer of 2019.
“This event represents what wonderful organizations and community members we have,” she said. “We are in the midst of another project, and are always expanding our services."
Dr. David Lee Waldman, UR Medicine Imaging Sciences department chair, talked about the importance of the imaging services at Noyes Hospital. He said that having this technology at the hospital will allow a stronger and better care for the cancer center. These patients will no longer have to travel far for these kinds of tests.
Mercy Flight Central came to allow community members to take a tour of the helicopter and talk to some of the flight crew. Airigami Balloons made a Hot Air Balloon that was on display for photo opportunities. SUNY Geneseo's “Between the Lines” performed for the event. Kyle Tracy along with his grandpa and uncle did the live auction.
Butterflies by Filipe Rocha was commissioned by David Smith for the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center. This donation was made possible from the L. Ruth Bornt-Smith Foundation in honor of Smith’s mother. This butterfly custom bench and sculpture will find its way at the walkaway of the cancer center.
“Kyle Metal Shop made the sculpture and the bench for me,” he said. “People that have cancer are sad already, so I wanted them to have something that would bring a smile to their face and joy to their hearts. The bench says ‘Hope, Peace, Love and Faith’ and that is what I want people to feel.”
Smith said the way the sculpture looks in the sunlight will show multiple colors, representing the multiple cancers that exist.
“I love Dansville so much. I told them that 80 percent of the L. Ruth Bornt-Smith Foundation when I die will go to a Dream Fund for Dansville education. These are the little things I can do,” he said. “My hope is that these things I do will encourage someone else to do it too. I want all of it to go back to the community.”
Mercy Flight Nurse Jason Camilo has been with Mercy Flight Central for two years now. He said that he worked at Strong Memorial Hospital, and always wanted to be part of the Mercy Flight.
“We are a full service medical airbourne ambulance,” he said. “We handle ICU level transfers and really bad accidents. We take one patient at a time, and can have up to four care providers.”
There is a significant amount of training done on base before the flight crew can be certified to do what needs to be done. For the pilots it can take up to six years. This becomes a full-time paid commitment for the flight crew. The care providers work 24 hour shifts and the pilots work 12 hour shifts.
Mercy Flight Paramedic Dan Courtney worked in the ambulance department for many years, but finds working as flight crew is a lot better.
“This is the highest level of paramedic care, and a lot of us aspire to work here,” he said. “Most of us work this and a part-time job, but some of us just work a couple of days here. This is more of a challenge, so I prefer this over ambulance.”
Clair Ryan, 87, of Geneseo is a four time cancer survivor. He makes models that he enjoys giving away to staff members and fellow patients. He donated his time and models to the fundraiser, and put a lot of smiles on everyone’s faces.