Board of Director Information

We sincerely thank you for your time and interest in the Oneida Health Foundation Board of Directors!

Since our inception in 1971, our mission has been to provide funds for the improvement of patient care at Oneida Healthcare.

The Foundation meets quarterly in February, May, August, and December on the fourth Friday at 8:00 a.m. in the boardroom of the hospital.

It is expected that all board members will make a yearly financial donation to the foundation and will participate in our fundraising programs. These programs include annual campaigns, special events, and donor cultivation efforts. Additionally, board members are encouraged to leverage their personal and professional networks to help secure donations and sponsorships for the foundation. By actively engaging in fundraising activities, board members play a crucial role in ensuring the continued improvement of patient care at Oneida Healthcare.

In addition to financial support, board members are encouraged to actively participate on committees that traditionally meet throughout the year. Your time and expertise are highly valued by our organization, and we will work to use your gifts wisely. We understand that your role as a board member is not limited to financial contributions. Your active involvement in committees will allow us to tap into your expertise and diverse perspectives, ensuring the effective management and growth of our community hospital.

As a member of the board, you’ll be instrumental in the success of one of our region’s most important resources: our community hospital. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the well-being of our community.

Oneida Health Mission

The mission of Oneida Health is to plan, promote, provide and coordinate the highest quality progressive and comprehensive health care services for the greater Oneida area and surrounding communities.

Oneida Health Vision

A community of caring professionals with up to date skills, working together to deliver personalized, coordinated care, while employing advanced technology, resulting in a positive experience for patients, residents and their families.

How Your Gifts Help

Annual scholarships to high school seniors and current college students who are completing a degree or certification in a health-related field.

Programmatic funding for health-related education and services for individuals faced with a chronic illness, obesity, diabetes and cancer.

Capital funding for upgrades to necessary medical technology, which will provide patients access to the most efficient, advanced, and robust medical care.

Financial support to local community programs for youth, such as the YMCA’s Fit Kids Program.

Financial Assistance for patients to bridge the gap, while they are in active cancer treatment, including gas, groceries, child care, medical co-pays, durable medical equipment and so much more.

To help Oneida Health continue to build, expand and offer the best and most compassionate medical care for patients and families from our rural, farmland communities.

History of Giving

Five motivated community members founded the Oneida Healthcare Foundation (OHF) in 1971 with the goal of using public donations wisely to improve the standard of patient care provided at Oneida City Hospital. The Foundation was created as a distinct, independent organization with a clear purpose: to raise money to improve patient care at Oneida City Hospital. The hospital was a city-owned facility and OHF is a 5013c non-profit organization.

The OHF has now grown to include scholarships, medical technology grants, educational initiatives, and more. They are all intended to help Oneida Health patients, families, and staff members. The community’s kind gifts, business alliances, grants, and earmarks help the Foundation carry out its goal. The OHF works closely with the hospital administration to identify areas of need and allocate funds accordingly. Through their efforts, the Foundation has been able to make significant contributions to the education of the medical staff and provide state-of-the-art equipment for improved patient care at Oneida Health.

Our Corporate Partners

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is composed of dedicated individuals who are passionate about advancing healthcare in our community. They bring a wealth of experience and expertise from various fields and they are leaders in their industries. Together, they provide strategic guidance and oversight to ensure that the Oneida Health Foundation achieves its mission of supporting local healthcare initiatives and empowering the next generation of healthcare professionals.They bring diverse perspectives and skills to the table and work collaboratively to achieve our goals.

Our Board of Directors is accountable to our donors and is committed to delivering results. They regularly review and evaluate our programs and services to ensure that they are effective, efficient, and sustainable. They also monitor our financial performance to ensure that we are using our resources wisely and responsibly and they are committed to investing in the future. They are dedicated to ensuring that the Oneida Health Foundation remains a trusted and impactful organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of the communities in Central New York, Madison County and Oneida.

Daniel Huffer

Interim President

Henry Leo, Jr.


Bruce Ironside


Lori Dorsey

Asst. Treasurer

Sara Park


Joel Arsenault

Holly Foster

John E. Haskell

Joanne Larson

Dr. Rathika Martyn

Jonathan C. Pawlika

Brett W. Zielasko