Community Foundation Honors Sitrin Health Care Center

The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties presented Sitrin Health Care Center with the Community Impact Award on Tuesday, June 6. The Community Impact Award honors nonprofit organizations that serve Herkimer and Oneida counties, and show outstanding achievement in the charitable sector. The organization must have previously received grants from The Community Foundation and used the funds to fulfill its mission and purpose in an impactful way.

Sitrin provides a wide array of services ranging from comprehensive medical rehabilitation and skilled nursing to dental services, child care and medically-affiliated adult day health care. With a mission that emphasizes finding innovative solutions to meet the needs of those it serves, Sitrin has a long history of being the first in the area to offer in-demand programs and services.

The Community Foundation has awarded more than $750,000 in grants to Sitrin since their partnership first began in the late 1980s. True to its mission, Sitrin used many of these grants as start-up funding for the development or expansion of new and unique programs.

Sitrin’s most recent endeavor, the creation of a NeuroCare Program, was funded with the help of a $100,000 Community Foundation grant in 2015. The NeuroCare Program is the first and only long-term care program of its kind in Upstate New York for individuals with Huntington’s Disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Sitrin renovated an underutilized nursing unit, transforming it into a 32-bed long-term care program that created more than 40 new jobs.

More than a decade earlier, Sitrin created the STARS (Success Through Adaptive Recreation and Sports) program, an innovative adaptive sports program that provides individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to engage in a variety of sports on a recreational and competitive basis. This program works closely with the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) and Upstate Cerebral Palsy allowing clients of all three organizations to participate in sports programs.

In addition to providing support for these groundbreaking initiatives, The Community Foundation has also helped to fund the construction of the child care center, the acquisition of a mobile dental clinic, and renovations to Camp Sitrin in Frankfort over the years.

“As the needs of our community evolve, so too must the services and programs offered by our nonprofit partners,” said Alicia Dicks, president/CEO of The Community Foundation. “Sitrin has an unparalleled history of embracing innovation to meet these everchanging needs. The Community Impact Award is a testament to the organization’s pioneering spirit and dedication to our community.”

“Sitrin is honored to be the recipient of the Community Impact Award and we deeply appreciate the support The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties has given us over the years,” said Christa Serafin, Sitrin president and CEO.

Photo Caption: (from left to right) Eve Van de Wal, Foundation Board of Trustees chair; Michael Silverman, Charles T. Sitrin Board of Directors chairman; Christa Serafin, Charles T. Sitrin president and CEO; Alicia Dicks, Foundation president/CEO; Dave Manzelmann, Foundation trustee.