Camps Recognized for Donation to WMH

(Honesdale, August 21, 2020)…A large display recognizing the donations of area camps to Wayne Memorial’s Second Century Fund was unveiled in the hospital’s Emergency Department waiting room this month. It recognizes a combined pledge of more than $300,000 by the  Wayne County Camp Alliance, a consortium of 30 area camps, and 18 individual camps. The Fund, launched last year, is designed to help the hospital meet future needs. Its primary goals are to recruit healthcare professionals with greater incentives; to purchase state of the art medical equipment; to implement future medical treatment modalities; and to acquire advanced information technologies.

“The Wayne County camps have had a long-standing history of partnering with Wayne Memorial to provide support to our campers, staff and the residents of the Wayne County community as a whole,” said Marc Honigfeld, Trails End Camp. “Our donation to the Second Century Fund is in recognition of our appreciation for all the hard work and dedication that the Wayne Memorial staff have shown to our camp community.”

Honigfeld said he was especially grateful to WMH CEO David Hoff, Patient Care Services Director Jim Pettinato, RN and Michele Churney, RN, nurse-manager outpatient services which includes the Emergency Department.  “They have consistently gone above and beyond to help us to ensure healthy summers for our campers and staff.”

WMH chose the Emergency Department setting for the display because it represents a  key element of the camps-hospital partnership. Many camps have their own medical staff, but in a true emergency – “We are here,” said CEO Hoff, who added, “We truly appreciate the camps’ support for the hospital and our Second Century campaign. They represent an important constituency for us and for Wayne County in terms of the economy and medical care, particularly emergency care. Area camps were behind us in our last capital campaign and we are pleased to count on them again.”

Hoff noted that even though many camps were forced to cancel their summer activities this year due to COVID-19, most of the hospital’s camp supporters have indicated they remain very committed to their pledges for the Second Century Fund. The campaign has a minimum goal of $3 million dollars and is already close to achieving that in pledges.

Photo, l. to r.: Marc Honigfeld, Trails End Camp; Leonard Schwartz, chairman Second Century Fund; Adam Baker, Camps Equinunk/Blue Ridge and a Wayne County Camp Alliance officer; Dan Kagan, Bryn Mawr Camp; WMH CEO David Hoff.