To support emergency and breast cancer services, Northern Dutchess Hospital recently received about $30,000 from Ruge’s Subaru through the automaker’s annual Share the Love campaign.
The generous donation will be used to enhance the hospital’s ability to provide emergency medical care and launch a breast cancer survivorship program.
“Share the Love funds will help with expanding patient rooms in our emergency department, which means we can keep wait times short and provide more privacy,” hospital President Denise George said.
“Survivorship is one of the most complicated parts of having cancer,” said Dr. Lisa Curcio, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon, who sees patients in Rhinebeck and Kingston. “We’re going to use some of these funds to support our cancer patients’ well-being long after their last treatment.”
During December’s Share the Love campaign, anyone who purchases or leases a new Subaru can designate $250 to be given to a national charity or the dealer’s local one of choice. Ruge’s has selected Northern Dutchess Hospital as its hometown charity recipient for eight consecutive years, awarding $29,575 from this campaign and about $200,000 over time.
Lewis Ruge, whose father founded Ruge’s Automotive, has been a member of the hospital’s board of directors for 47 years and the hospital’s foundation board for 38 years. His daughter and Ruge’s CEO, Kristin Hutchins, is co-chairwoman of the foundation board.
Photo caption: From left, hospital President Denise George, Nuvance Health breast surgeon Dr. Lisa Curcio, Ruge’s Automotive Founder Lewis Ruge and CEO Kristin Hutchins, with Subaru Distributors Corp.’s James Foley and Joseph Wolak.