Upstate News

October 27, 2005
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Advocates for Upstate Medical University welcome new members; awards $80,000 in grants to University Hospital programs, projects

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Advocates for Upstate Medical University have awarded $80,000 in grants to University Hospital programs and projects, including the Central New York Children’s Hospital. In addition the Advocates announced their officers for the upcoming year and welcomed 11 new members. Total membership of the Advocates now stands at 200.

Advocates funding was awarded to Nursing Recognition and Appreciation Program, $5,400; 35 hospital programs, including clinical trial programming and education materials for the Central New York Poison Center, $60,000. Additionally, the Advocates issued its first payment of $15,000 on a $150,000 pledge to the children’s hospital.

New officers for the Advocates are co-presidents Cindy Dowd-Greene (Baldwinsville) and Debbie Gardner (Liverpool); vice presidents Karen Williams (Jamesville), Patricia Keefe (Fayetteville) and Suba Viswanathan (Syracuse); treasurer Charles Calligaris (Camillus); and secretary Lori Sliwa (Rome).

New members joining the Advocates this fall are Bob Andrews (Syracuse), Sydney Cunningham (Manlius), Barbara Curran (Syracuse), Candy Dowd (Baldwinsville), Cindy Gambell (Syracuse), Pam Greene (Camillus), Judy Richardson (Fayetteville) and Karl Schindler (Syracuse).

The Advocates is a volunteer membership organization serving SUNY Upstate and the area community with health education and other programming.

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