Friend in Deed

Upstate Foundation’s annual fund for Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Community Hospital is a great way to say thank you for exceptional care while helping others.

Friend in Deed has helped enable the Transitional Care Department to prevent delays in care, decrease our inpatient length of stay and facilitate hospital throughput. We offer dignity to our patients by discharging them in a timely way to the level of care that is most appropriate to meet their ongoing health care needs closer to the communities in which they reside. – Christine Reichel, BSN, NE-BC, director of case management in the Transitional Care Department


2024 Friend in Deed Co-Chairs

John Hoepner, MD
Professor and Chair Emeritus
Department of Ophthalmology
Upstate Medical University

This year, the hospital was able to provide home blood pressure cuffs to patients who wouldn’t be able to afford them any other way, thanks to Friend in Deed.

“When we can give needed supplies free, patients come back for the next visit, and they are grateful. That leads to a lot of job satisfaction. Thank you, Friend in Deed donors!” – Mary Jo Lakomski, BSPharm, CDCES, BCACP Center for International Health Upstate University Hospital


2024 Friend in Deed Co-Chairs

April Stone
CNY Infusion Services.

Many people embrace the new year with hope, especially after such a difficult year and as we continue to work through this ongoing pandemic. Some of us still hope to lose weight, quit smoking, or hope that somehow the new year will be better than the old. This year more than ever, most of us hope for good health. However, sometimes the unfortunate occurs, and hospitalization results. We would like to take this opportunity to tell you about the annual fund for Upstate University Hospital, which helps to provide for the needs of our patients and their families. We hope you will consider giving to the annual fund.

Called Friend in Deed, the annual fund is an important financial resource for many clinical programs and patient services at the hospital. In fact, it may surprise you to know that often it is the only potential source of funding for these programs and services, and many of those needs were made more severe because of the pandemic. Further, a gift to Friend in Deed reaches well beyond the hospital; it contributes to the overall health and well-being of our community. 

Every year, requests for funding from Friend in Deed exceed the amount raised, putting us in the very difficult position of deciding which worthwhile endeavors to fund...or not. Your donation is important, especially since Upstate University Hospital no longer receives any operating support from the state of New York. Thank you in advance for your gift to Friend in Deed!

Learn how Friend in Deed impacts patients and their families, click here.

Find out more about Friend in Deed awards, click here.

Application for funding

The deadline for applications is noon on January 12, 2024.

Click here to access the application.