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Tri-County nursing building endowment

Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center board of trustees President Karen Smith said at the fundraiser gathering, “You are our friends, and we need you.”

Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center board of trustees President Karen Smith said at the fundraiser gathering, “You are our friends, and we need you.” Photo by John Grybos.

— The Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center board of trustees decided that a fundraising challenge from the Adirondack Community Trust wasn’t challenging enough, and are chasing a $20,000 fundraising goal to match a $10,000 grant two-to-one.

The grant is to help the center establish an endowment at a time when state and federal sources of income are shrinking, said center board of trustees President Karen Smith.

Center Administrator Hal Payne said Medicaid reimbursements have been cut 11.1 percent, and the future of government payments isn’t rosy. The endowment will help fill the gap left by receding Medicaid and Medicare funding.

Cali Brooks from the Community Trust said that her organization appreciates the center’s initiative in seeking philanthropists to contribute to the endowment when government program’s purse strings are tightening.

At the event, the nursing home auxiliary presented a $2,000 donation, the Minerva Service Organization contributed $1,000, and Front Street added another $1,000.

“My goal is a million, if I don’t die before then,” said Smith.

The event was hosted by FrontStreet developers at one of the recently-completed units near the center.

“We have a good relationship with our neighbors, and we were happy to help,” said FrontStreet’s Mac Crikelair.

The center employs 125, with a total payroll of $3,300,000 that stays within a 25-mile radius of the center, said Payne.

Those interested in donating to the center’s endowment fund can contact Administrator Payne at 251-4712.

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