Remember our past. Support our present. Shape our future.

Big or small, we are dedicated to providing Orleans Community Health/Medina Memorial Hospital with funding for equipment, renovations, repairs, and more when needed.  It is our mission to support the initiatives and needs of Orleans Community Health so that they may continue to provide quality and continuous healthcare services throughout Orleans County and the surrounding areas.

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Current Projects

IV Infusion Pump Replacement Campaign

The OCH Foundation Board and staff are excited to announce that this year they will be raising funds to replace 60 intravenous infusion pumps that are used throughout Orleans Community Health and Medina Memorial Hospital.  Our current pumps were generously donated by Sigma back in 2011 and it is time to make a complete upgrade.  At any given time we could be using up 50 pumps with the remainder being serviced or sterilized.  Our goal to help meet this need for OCH is to raise $150,000 through our special events, grants, and individual gifts.

These pumps are used in both dialysis locations, our emergency room, our operating and recovery rooms, for infusion treatments, in radiology, in our long-term care center (North wing) and on our patient care floor.  At times a patient may use only one, but sometimes they could be using multiple pumps at a once.  They are always in need and provide vital medical care to our patients who either need them for hydration, life saving medications, antibiotics, or infusions.  Having new pumps means having new technology that will provide easier and simpler programming, which always leads to improved quality of care.

To contribute a private gift to our campaign, please click here to donate.  Thank You!!


Nancy Albanese Memorial Renovation Project

Nancy Albanese served our community for over 40 years at Medina Memorial Hospital. Most of her time was spent taking care of patients after they came

out of surgery, maybe even you or a close family member. She was there to comfort, to care for and to make sure you were ready for the next step of your journey towards recovering and healing.

We will be renovating the post-anesthesia unit by applying a fresh coat of paint, purchasing a new nurse’s desk and chair, a new privacy curtain system, and new storage cabinets. Additionally, we would also like to install new lighting, flooring and patient lockers. The extent of this project will be solely based on the funds raised. Our fundraising goal to complete the work is $30,000.

*UPDATE* This project has been fully funded through generous memorial donations, participants in special events during 2020, a very successful yard sale hosted by Kathy Vicknair, and the family of Nancy Albanese.  At this point in time, we have not begun construction due to delays that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused.  We are hopeful to begin before summer 2021.

Planned Giving

Planned Giving Program
“Bowen Legacy Society”


Leave your own legacy.

In 1905, Bowen’s young son Irving was trampled by a horse leaving him with crippling injuries that required him to travel to Rochester for treatment for years. Bowen realized the need for good care closer to home. This reality led him to charge the effort to bring a fully-functioning, modern hospital to Medina.

It took 15 years for George Bowen’s dream for a hometown hospital to become reality. Spearheaded by Bowen himself, dozens of clubs and organizations held fundraisers to finance the hospital project, which was built from 1924-1925. He worked tirelessly for the hospital and was such a familiar figure visiting patients, doctors and even in the operating room, so much so that he was fondly referred to as “Doctor”.

George Bowen’s legacy is kept alive by the Orleans Community Health Foundation through the generous gifts and financial support of local community members who are also passionate about keeping a thriving healthcare system at home. The Foundation’s Bowen Legacy, named for George A. Bowen, is a bequest and endowment fund that continues the tradition of caring passed on by George Bowen.

You too can keep George Bowen’s dream alive when you become a member of the Bowen Legacy Society by remembering Orleans Community Health Foundation in your will.  No matter what the amount, your gift will help keep quality healthcare close to home.  Please contact the Executive Director if you have questions on how to leave a planned gift or to notify us of your decision to name Orleans Community Health Foundation in your will.


Gifts “in Memory” or “in honor”

Gift a gift to Orleans Community Health Foundation in Memory of or in Honor of a family member, loved one, friend, co-worker, or favorite healthcare provider.  It’s a wonderful way to share your appreciation for them and also support your local healthcare system.  Any gift can be given to a specific fund, campaign or department within the system.  You can make this designation at the time of your gift.  If you don’t see an area listed that you want give your gift to, then please contact us at (585) 798-8426 and we will help make those arrangements.


Community Fundraising

Community Fundraising


Throughout the years we have been blessed by thoughtful community members wanting to know what they can do to help.  They often share that they want to do something either for a specific project or campaign that is close to their heart, however they don’t have the means to donate themselves or they just love coordinating events.  That’s when they usually get creative and blow us away with their gift for raising money.

Recently we were surprisingly tagged in a Facebook post by Brandie Fidanza-Carson who was selling repurposed furniture and donating the proceeds to us.  She sold her four pieces in less than an hour and has offered to do more.

For years Kathy and Vic Vicknair hosted the “Pink Crystal Ball”.  They put together an amazing team of volunteers and created an annual party that featured basket raffles, great food and music.  Each year the committee would decide which two organizations would benefit from the proceeds and for several years in a row they generously donated to our mammography department and raised enough funds to renovate the unit.  You can read more about that event and project here.

At the early onset of COVID-19 our community quickly grasped on to the #MEDINASTRONG hashtag.  A local group of business owners from Canalside Tattoo Co. and The Shirt Factory decided why not put it on a t-shirt.  They paired the launch of the t-shirt sale with National Nurse’s Week and also announced that they would be donating all of the proceeds to Orleans Community Health Foundation.  Due to their strong presence on social media these shirts are selling nationwide!!  Read more about this project on the In A DC Minute blog.

The Medina Lions Club has hosted a community yard sale in the Village of Medina that has grown into a destination event throughout not only Orleans County but Western New York.  The proceeds from that event are split by several local charities including the OCH Foundation.  Here is a great article about the yard sale with details on what the event entails and how large it has grown.



Employee Giving

Employee Giving

The EMPLOYEE GIVING PROGRAM as an opportunity to contribute to projects and campaigns that directly benefit departments and services at Orleans Community Health.

In 2021 OCH employees committed $8,500.

Over the years, your generosity has raised over $100,000 just in employee contributions!

We have designed this program with three options that give you the flexibility to choose how you would like to participate.  Enrollment is always open.

     1. Payroll deductions either weekly or one-time gift(s) deducted post-tax from your paycheck.

     2. Private One-time donation either by credit/debit card or a personal check.

For these two you need to complete the Employee Pledge Form and return it to the Foundation office.

     3. Online donations – make a one-time donation or you can set up an account to make a monthly or annual gift commitment.  You may do this by clicking here.

Other Ways To Participate

We understand that not everyone is able to give a monetary donation, but you still want a way to give back.  How about with your time?  Please consider joining me at a community volunteer project or at an event.  We always have a blast no matter what we are doing, especially if we join forces and do it together!

  • Community Volunteer Projects – Helping with food distributions, working the United Way Day of Caring event, volunteering to work at other community events and more.
  • Event Volunteers – Our fundraising events would not be possible without the support of our volunteers.  We are always in need of event volunteers to help with planning, setting up, help on the night of and taking things down afterwards.


For more information, please contact Megan at 798-8426

or stop by my office located in the lobby.


Attend An Event

Attend an Event

 Stay up to date with the events we are hosting this year by visiting our event calendar.

EVENT Calendar