C&N Donates $50K To Hospital Campaign

October 21, 2013

Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital has received a major donation for its historic multi-million dollar expansion project from Citizens & Northern Bank. C&N donated $50,000 to the hospital’s Building for the Future Capital Campaign, which kicks off publicly next month. From left: Thomas Rudy, C&N EVP/Director of Branch Delivery; Charles H. Updegraff, Jr., C&N Chairman, President & CEO; Harold “Hal” Hoose, C&N EVP/Director of Lending; Janie Hilfiger, President of Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital and Donald Shaw, DO, Medical Director for the Emergency Department.


WELLSBORO, PA — Citizens & Northern Bank has donated $50,000 to the Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital multi-million dollar expansion project. The check was presented to leaders of the hospital’s Building for the Future Capital Campaign.

Citizens & Northern sought to create momentum for the fundraising effort in advance of the public kickoff, which will be officially announced next month. The campaign is raising funds to support the recent two-story expansion at Soldiers +
Sailors Memorial Hospital.

Developed as part of the hospital’s strategic plan, the expansion project is the result of ongoing research into the current and anticipated healthcare needs of Tioga County residents. The two-story addition to Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital is
the largest in its 70-year history, guided by long-term vision and planning for the future needs of the community.

The first floor of the 36,000-square foot expansion houses a new, state-of-the-art Emergency Department while the second
floor accommodates a new Same Day Surgery Unit which houses endoscopy suites and an infusion area. “The number of patients our Emergency Department treats is expanding and will continue to grow in the future,” added Janie Hilfiger, President of SSMH. “The development of a new emergency department and Same Day Surgery unit were necessary in order to continue providing high quality emergency care and outpatient surgical services for all of our communities.”

Hilfiger continues, “In order to realize such a large-scale project, we needed to obtain funds through a variety of sources to
build our addition, including state grants, fundraising and a structured loan similar to a mortgage. Our Building for the Future campaign is currently raising donations to re-pay the loan and ensure capital will be available for future necessary projects. Thanks to long-term strategic planning, these projects place SSMH in an excellent position to meet the expanding needs of our community for the next 10 to 20 years."

“Citizens & Northern has been committed to the well-being of its residents for nearly 150 years,” said Charles H. Updegraff, Jr., C&N chairman, president and CEO. "This contribution solidifies that commitment. We're fortunate to have a facility such as Soldiers + Sailores in our community. It is essential that we all support its ongoing efforts to provide our residents with state-of-the-art health care."