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September 20, 2018

Shineman Foundation Partners with CNYAHEC for MASH Camp Program


Oswego, NY – The Central New York Area Health Education Center was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation to support its Medical Academy of Science and Health (MASH) Camps that promote health career exploration for middle and high school students.

Lauren Pistell, executive director of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, presents the grant award to representatives from Oswego Hospital and CNYAHEC. From left are: Mary Lou Kritzman, Oswego Hospital Auxiliary board member; Sarah Weigelt, director of Auxiliary and Volunteer Services; Ann Gilpin, Oswego Hospital CEO and president; Pistell; Carol Tytler, CNYAHEC center director; and John North, CNYAHEC program coordinator.

Lauren Pistell, executive director of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, presents the grant award to representatives from Oswego Hospital and CNYAHEC. From left are: Mary Lou Kritzman, Oswego Hospital Auxiliary board member; Sarah Weigelt, director of Auxiliary and Volunteer Services; Ann Gilpin, Oswego Hospital CEO and president; Pistell; Carol Tytler, CNYAHEC center director; and John North, CNYAHEC program coordinator.

Through the MASH Camps, students have an opportunity to learn about various health professions by participating in interactive and hands-on activities that highlight job duties. Students will attend one of nine camps offered in collaboration with hospitals and nursing homes located throughout Central New York.

“The generous donation from the Shineman Foundation represents far-reaching impact for our communities,” said Richard K. Merchant, chief executive officer of CNYAHEC. “MASH Camps provide an exciting experiential entrée for our local students to explore and initiate pursuit of a healthcare career. This is an effective process for “growing our own” healthcare providers. By virtue of this donation, the Shineman Foundation has demonstrated the importance of investing in our youth to ensure the well-being of our communities into the future. The Central New York Area Health Education Center, its Board of Directors, and its many community partners are exceedingly grateful to the Shineman Foundation for their support of these very important programs.”

“Dr. Shineman believed strongly in the enabling power of education,” said Lauren Pistell, executive director of the foundation. “As a chemist, he was particularly passionate about encouraging students to love the sciences. We are delighted to partner with CNYAHEC to bring MASH camps to students in Central New York.”

The Central New York Area Health Education Center is a non-profit health workforce development organization serving a 14-county region of Central New York.  Established in 2001, their mission is to improve access to quality health care by promoting improvements in the supply, training, development and distribution of health care professionals.

CNYAHEC is one of nine centers supported by three regional and one statewide office which make up the New York State AHEC System.

In 2002, CNYAHEC offered its first health careers exploration camps.

The number of camps has grown from two in 2002 to 19 in 2013, with more than 350 youth participating in the program.  MASH Camp partners located in the Shineman Foundation’s five-county region include: Auburn Memorial Hospital, Community Memorial Hospital, Loretto, Oneida Healthcare, Oswego Hospital, Rome Memorial Hospital, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Upstate University Hospital at Community General.

For more information about CNYAHEC, please call (607) 756-1090 or visit www.cnyahec.org

The Richard S. Shineman Foundation is a private foundation established in 2012 by the bequest of Richard S. Shineman, a tenured professor of chemistry at SUNY Oswego. Its vision is to become a “Catalyst for Change” across Central New York and, in particular, Oswego County.

The foundation uses its financial resources to work towards this vision by building the capacity of not-for-profit organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.

Contact [email protected] or visit www.shinemanfoundation.org  for more information.

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