October 21, 2014 – Amsterdam, NY – St. Mary’s Healthcare, Amsterdam blessed the site for its newest health care facility at a formal groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday. The project is the latest addition to the facility’s comprehensive service network, with the focus of the new site on making health care services more accessible. A new 40,000 square foot building, currently identified as the St. Mary’s Outpatient Pavilion, is under construction next to the Memorial Campus on Route 30.
A warm welcome from Vic Giulianelli, President and CEO of St. Mary’s, was followed by an invocation given by Sr. Joan Mary Hartigan, CSJ, Vice President for Mission Integration at St. Mary’s. In his comments, Mr. Giulianelli spoke about the community need for services to which St. Mary’s was compelled to respond. He also thanked all those who have helped to bring this project to fruition. “Any historic project of this magnitude requires extraordinary vision, commitment and significant philanthropic partnership with your community. Today would not be possible without the early and unprecedented generosity of several key individuals. On behalf of St. Mary’s Board of Trustees and St. Mary’s Foundation Board of Directors, I want to especially recognize and thank St. Mary’s Auxiliary, Millennium Medical Imaging and Dr. Noy Militar, Dr. Govind Rao, and Stewart’s Shops and Susan Dake for their extraordinary financial commitments, their firm belief in the value of this project, and their leadership in shaping the future of healthcare in the Mohawk Valley”, stated Giulianelli.
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger offered remarks prior to initiating the formal blessing. In a prayer that started, “As we bless this ground, we stand at a sacred intersection where medicine and technology meet grace and humanity”, participating readers included a diverse representation of those who help lead St. Mary’s now and who will encourage us to continue to live our mission far into the future.
Those participating included in the blessing included:
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
Sr. Mary Anne Heenan, CSJ, Provincial Director, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet
Dr. Ronald Marsh, Chairman, St. Mary’s Board of Trustees
Mrs. Barbara Cope, President, St. Mary’s Healthcare Auxiliary
Greg Abbattisti, Chairman, St. Mary’s Foundation Board of Directors
Victoria Catucci, St. Mary’s Associate, Senior Medical Technologist, Cancer Medicine Center
Brent Phetteplace, St. Mary’s Board of Trustees and former member of the Amsterdam Memorial Hospital Board of Directors
Dr. M. R. Ghazi-Moghadam, St. Mary’s Board of Trustees; Immediate Past President, St. Mary’s Board of Trustees
Andy Heck, St. Mary’s Board of Trustees
Peter Capobianco, member of St. Mary’s Board of Trustees and Foundation Board; Past President and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital
Susan Dake, President, Stewart’s Foundation
The formal blessing included a prayer for the many individuals, patients, associates, physicians, neighbors and critical others who will come to see the new facility as a “beacon of hope and healing”. As stated in a portion of the blessing, “Bless the patients who will come here for healing. May this Outpatient Pavilion be strong enough to hold together their suffering with hope so that when they leave its doors they will know that they will be whole again.”
After closing remarks by Vic Giulianelli, guests attended a reception near the construction site of the new Outpatient Pavilion. Susan Dake, President of Stewart’s Foundation, later commented on behalf of Stewart’s and their donation to this project. "Stewart's Shops have served Montgomery and Fulton Counties since 1974. We are happy to be able to help provide better healthcare in the new Outpatient Pavilion with a $250,000 donation."
In his final comments, Mr. Giulianelli stated. “This project will have a lasting effect on healthcare in our community, moving us forward, and offering better access to all of us, including the elderly and the underserved. We are proud to say that St. Mary’s will be able to offer excellence in care within these walls for those who are sick and vulnerable, and we will be honored to offer our compassion to each of them”.
In the groundbreaking photo:
In the center, Dr. Ronald Marsh, Chairman of the St. Mary’s Board of Trustees (red tie);
On Dr. Marsh’s left as you look at the photo and go back, starting far left:
Mrs. Barbara Cope, President, St. Mary’s Auxiliary (purple suit with scarf)
Vic Giulianelli, President and CEO, St. Mary’s Healthcare (maroon tie, blue suit)
Greg Abbattisti, Chairman, St. Mary’s Foundation Board of Directors (purple shirt and tie)
On the left of Dr. Marsh coming forward:
Matt Ossenfort, Montgomery County Executive Director (white shirt, blue tie)
Victoria Catucci, Medical Technologist, St. Mary’s Cancer Medicine Center, SMH Associate Representative (white lab coat)
Sister Mary Anne Heenan, CSJ, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Provincial Leadership (blue and black jacket)
To the right of Dr. Marsh, starting on the outside of the dirt pile and moving back:
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany (white collar)
Andy Heck, St. Mary’s Healthcare Board of Trustees (green tie)
Dr. Mo Ghazi, Past Board Chair of St. Mary’s Board of Trustees; current Board member of the Board of Trustees (glasses)
On the right of Dr. Marsh coming forward:
Brent Phetteplace, St. Mary’s Board of Trustees, Former Board member Amsterdam Memorial
Hospital (striped tie)
Peter Capobianco, Former President and CEO of St. Mary’s Healthcare (blue breast pocket
Susan Dake, President, Stewart’s Foundation (red jacket)
For more information, please contact:
Director of Community Relations
St. Mary’s Healthcare
427 Guy Park Ave.
Amsterdam, NY 12010