At the June meeting of the Bethesda Foundation's Board of Directors, a $5000 pledge to the YMCA pool fund in memory of Dr. Joseph McCormick was approved by the members.

At the June meeting of the Bethesda Foundation's Board of Directors, a $5000 pledge to the YMCA pool fund in memory of Dr. Joseph McCormick was approved by the members.  Dr. McCormick, a surgeon in the Hornell community since 1979, served on the staff at St. James Mercy as well as the former Bethesda Hospital prior to its closure in 1986.
"The mission of the Bethesda Foundation is to support community health needs in the geographic area once served by the Bethesda Hospital," said Foundation Board member Bill Loree whose motion for the $5000 pledge won unanimous support at the meeting. "Our pledge allows us to honor a physician and friend who contributed so much to community health while at the same time supports the effort to provide this area with a very much health-related swimming pool."
Bethesda Foundation President Phil Loree explained that contributions by the Foundation are restricted to not-for-profit organizations, and that the Foundation had in recent years contributed $100,000 to the YMCA for health-related exercise equipment in its new facility. He further noted that Dr. McCormick, who was chair of the Ethics Committee at St. James, had worked closely with the Foundation as sponsor of the Bethesda Lectures, including the April 24 program on medical ethics which Dr. McCormick chaired. "The success of the Bethesda Lectures in recent years was directly attributable to Dr. McCormick who gave so much of his time and effort and in so doing inspired others to do the same," the Foundation President said.