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Utica National Foundation donates $1 million toward MVHS downtown Utica hospital project

By Eric Reinhardt

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Utica National Group Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Utica National Insurance Group, awarded a $1 million grant to the Mohawk Valley Health System’s (MVHS) downtown Utica hospital project. Pictured here (from left to right) are Bonnie Woods, chairman of the board of directors at MVHS; Bernard Turi, senior VP, general counsel, general auditor and chief risk officer at Utica National; Richard Creedon, chairman of the board of directors and CEO of Utica National; Darlene Stromstad, president and CEO of MVHS; Kristen Martin, president and COO of Utica National; John Forbes, VP of philanthropy at MVHS; and Terri Mielnicki, who chairs the MVHS Foundation board of directors. (Photo credit: Mohawk Valley Health System)

UTICA, N.Y. — The Utica National Group Foundation on Wednesday announced a $1 million grant to support the project to build a $480 million, 373-bed, 672,000-square-foot hospital in downtown Utica, which is currently under construction.

Utica National Group Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Utica National Insurance Group, awarded the funding to the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundation, MVHS said in a Wednesday news release.

“Having such a top-level, health-care facility will bring substantial benefits to the people in the community where we live and work,” Richard Creedon, Utica National CEO and chairman of its board of directors, said. “In addition to serving the medical needs of the community, it will provide an economic boost through jobs to the downtown Utica area, which in recent years has been a hub of growth and activity. We’re pleased that the foundation’s grant will assist with those efforts.”

“We are extremely grateful to the Utica National Group Foundation for their generosity,” John Forbes, VP of philanthropy at MVHS, added.

Beyond the economic stimulus the project provides, updated and improved health-care services will attract the technology companies and employees Utica needs to continue its growth, MVHS contends.

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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