PLATTSBURGH An estimated 200 people were in attendance at the dedication of the Alice T. and William H. Miner Medical Arts Building (MAB) on Thursday evening Aug. 30th. The building, which is located on the Cornelia St. side of CVPH, was named in honor of the Miners who bankrolled the Physicians Hospital in the early 1900s, and supported it yearly thereafter. After their deaths the Miners have continued their yearly support of the hospital through the Miner Foundation. The amount they have bestowed on CVPH now totals $13 million (or $86 million in 2007 dollars) Most recently the Miner Foundation sent out the challenge to pledge up to $1.5 million dollars to match donations to the CVPH capital campaign to construct a new surgery department. Invitations to the Miner MAB dedication were extended to all who had made those donations.
The ceremony began shortly after 5:00 pm. Michael Zurlo, the Secretary of the Board of Directors of The Foundation of CVPH Medical Center, welcomed the guests and extended appreciation for their financial gifts.
Stephens Mundy, President and CEO of CVPH, dedicated the Miner MAB. He also expressed his sincere gratitude to the guests and gave a brief history of the building. Groundbreaking was in May 2006 and in May 2007 the pharmacy moved in followed by the lab in July, the cardiology department has yet to complete their move. The first day working in their new facilities, Mundy noticed one of the employees walking around with a sign on her back. The sign read, "Pinch me, I think I'm in heaven."
Dr. Joseph Burke, president of the William H. Miner Foundation Board of Directors, and former president of PSUC, spoke on behalf of the Miners. "The story of William Miner's life could be called The Tail of Two Cities, he said. Miner lived between Chicago, where he worked and made his millions, and Chazy where he grew up and his heart was. He was concerned for Chazy and the surrounding North Country.