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Physicians Continue Legacy with Donation to Capital Project
Drs. Hildegard and Erich Hirsch were both long-time physicians at Geneva General Hospital, she as a pediatrician and he as an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat specialist). They also each served as president of the GGH Medical Staff, Dr. Hildegard in 1954, as the first female medical staff president, and Dr. Erich in 1959.

Dr. Hildegard Hirsch was born in May 1912 and celebrated her 100th birthday in May 2012. The couple moved to Geneva in the 1940s and lived here for more than 60 years.

The Hirsch family wanted to continue their legacy to Geneva General Hospital and to positively impact quality healthcare in the Geneva community, so they planned a gift from their estate to support those efforts well into the future. When Dr. Hildegard passed away in March 2013, the Hirsch family estate made a gift that is being used to support the diagnostic imaging suite, adjacent to the new Emergency Department at Geneva General as part of the "Journey to the Best" project.

The Hirschs’ generosity is one example of the many ways to give and be a part of supporting accessible, quality healthcare in the community.

“When you donate to Finger Lakes Health, your contribution supports many vital programs and services – you can make the determination on how your gift is used,” explained Lara Chatel Turbide, vice president, Community Services, Finger Lakes Health, and executive director, Finger Lakes Health Foundation.

Finger Lakes Health Foundation offers multiple ways to give: the Geneva General Hospital Capital Project fund, which is supporting the current modernization and expansion project at GGH; the Annual Fund at Geneva General Hospital, which in 2013 is earmarked to the James J. Dooley Pediatric Suites; Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital Annual Fund. which supports access to care in Yates County, and to the Finger Lakes Health Fund that supports the area of greatest need at any of our facilities. All Foundation funds support special projects, such as the capital project, the purchase of specialized equipment, or programs. The funds do not support general operations.

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