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Share Your Journey with Geneva General Hospital
Since opening its doors 115 years ago, thousands of babies have been born at Geneva General Hospital; physicians, therapists, and nurses have started meaningful careers; lives have been saved; and compassionate care has been provided within the walls of the hospital. We hope we’ve helped you on your journey, now we invite you to join ours.

Geneva General Hospital Auxiliary has committed to raise $25,000 to renovate and name one new private patient room as part of the “Journey to the Best” expansion and modernization project.

“This is the chance for all those touched by Geneva General Hospital, both near and far, of all ages and with varied financial means, to be able to be a part of this project,” said Molly Mahoney-Thurston, president, Geneva General Hospital Auxiliary. “We are so excited to be part of this historic project, and to facilitate a way for all members of our community to participate in shaping the future of this incredible community asset.”

Community members are invited to make a donation in any amount, beginning at $25, which will be earmarked to support the “My Journey Room” at Geneva General Hospital. To acknowledge the gift, a donor’s name will be listed in a commemorative booklet to be printed and distributed at the facility’s grand opening when the project is complete. For gifts of $50 and above, the donor may submit a photo for inclusion in the booklet. Long-time Auxilian, past Geneva General Hospital Auxiliary president and past Finger Lakes Health Foundation Board chair, Catherine Barnard, poses some questions for potential donors, including: “Were you born at Geneva General Hospital? Where are you now? Are you a movie star or a star achiever? Are you a role model or a runway model? Were you the first baby born during a particular year? Were you part of the only set of triplets born that year? Do you have the biggest family, the most generations, or have your life travels taken you the farthest from your beginnings at GGH?”

Others have already submitted their stories and donations.

“I made a donation in honor of my son and first granddaughter,” shared Bunny Bell, proud grandmother and long-time GGH Auxiliary member.

“I was born at Geneva General Hospital on May 5, 1976. I was a candy striper at the hospital from 8th-11th grade. After graduating from DeSales High School, earning my B.S. degree in medical technology, and M.S. degree in forensic science, I became a special agent with NCIS. I’ve worked in San Diego, Washington D.C., Iraq, and Kuwait, and now live with my husband, Jason, and our 23-month-old daughter, Leah, at my current NCIS post, in Okinawa, Japan. I am proud to support the hospital where I got my start,” shared Gillian Barnard Ruppert.

“Geneva General Hospital was the birthplace to all seven of our children (Nicole, Jennifer, Katrina, Jim, Margaret, Tom, and Adam) that range in age from 15-33. We know first-hand how improvements over the years have helped keep the hospital meeting the needs of patients and families. Our oldest daughter, Nicole was one of the first babies to use the new nursery opened in 1979, and our youngest son, Adam, was born in the present-day Family Birth Center. As our extended family continues to grow (now including eight grandchildren) we know the importance of having high-quality healthcare that is easily accessible in our community,” shared Meg and Mark Palmer.

Three unique donors will be honored on a plaque for the “My Journey Room,” including the person who lives the farthest away; the family with the most generations born at Geneva General; and the oldest, still living donor, born at Geneva General. Participants may tell his or her story and make a gift by donating online at For more information, call Finger Lakes Health Foundation at (315) 787-4050.

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