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There are numerous ways to donate and support Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. Below you can learn more about various ways to improve healthcare services in our community.

Rekindle the Café

Time and heavy use have taken its toll on the space that means so much to so many. With your help, we can rekindle our café and provide healthier, more convenient options; improve throughput times; and update foodservice equipment.

When people are going through rough times, a good cup of coffee or meal with family, friends or co-workers can help provide a much-needed respite.

For CHMC, this is what the Cornerstone Café is: a dedicated place that gives our employees, patients and their families a warm, nourishing and familiar sanctuary during treatment.

It is also a place for the local community—from service organizations to area business associations—to gather and plan for the contributions they make to benefit the greater Ogdensburg area. With its easily recognizable location, quality food offerings, and friendly staff, the Cornerstone is a hub for social interaction.

Whether in good times or bad, the Cornerstone Café is truly the cornerstone for the heart of the hospital: the community that uses it.

Help us Rekindle the Café

The Renal Renaissance at the Dr. Ravinder N. Agarwal Renal Center

The past

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center has been at the center of kidney care in the North Country since the 1960s when CHMC opened the first dialysis unit north of Syracuse. Building on this tradition of meeting needs where patients need them met, the Dr. Ravinder N. Agarwal Renal Center opened in 1998. The $2.2 million, 24-station unit was the first facility dedicated to dialysis treatment in St. Lawrence County. Supported by over $1.2 million in contributions from our local community and a generous naming gift from Dr. Ravinder N. Agarwal, former chief medical officer, and long-standing physician at CHMC, this center changed the scope of kidney care in the region.

The present

Today, the Agarwal Renal Center is dedicated to providing the very best in patient-centered kidney care. With personalized treatment plans, caring professionals, and a strong support network, the center is recognized for its exemplary patient care. Their unique care team includes two full-time nephrology-trained physicians (Dr. Michael Seidman and Dr. Mansavi Jaitly), a social worker, a dietitian, home-care coordinators, a nurse manager, and a clinical coordinator, all focused on the best possible treatment outcome.

The future

The future for many patients will be home dialysis care, a training and treatment program being championed at the Agarwal Renal Center. Over 25 percent of CHMC patients are on home programs, well above the national average of 10 percent. This focus on home dialysis gives patients more freedom to live normally, with less time spent in transit to and from the renal center. With plans for telehealth options, more and more renal patients will experience a level of freedom and control over their care not possible in the past.

By supporting the Renal Renaissance and our goal of $180,000, you enable the Agarwal Renal Center to invest in:

  • More home dialysis machines to increase the number of patients experiencing the freedom and benefits of the home-care program.
  • New nursing call system for improved efficiency.
  • Patient power chairs for improved comfort and safety.
  • Energy-efficiency improvements throughout the facility for maximum patient comfort and safety.

Support the Renal Renaissance at CHMC

Grateful Patients

Make your gift today in honor of someone that cared for you

Our Grateful Patient program is an opportunity to say thank you to someone that cared for you during your stay at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center.

Did a nurse, caregiver, doctor, or staff member make a positive difference in your stay? Recognize them with a gift in their honor. Help us keep defending tomorrow and providing quality patient care. Caregivers and teams identified by you will receive special recognition on a quarterly basis.

Tell us your story

We want to know about those that provided outstanding care to you or your loved one during your time at CHMC. Email us at to share your story of excellence in care.

Make a Gift in Honor of your Caregiver

Another way to say thank you in a meaningful way to excellent caregivers is to make a gift in their honor.

Annual Fund & Defender’s Fund

At Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, taking care of you and your neighbors is our first priority, and we recognize our role as a safety net for the people we serve. Claxton-Hepburn turns no one away and sets aside a certain amount each year to cover expenses for patients who cannot pay for services they have received.

The Annual Fund helps Claxton-Hepburn continue to fulfill its mission to meet our region's healthcare needs with compassion and excellence by providing a sustainable and flexible source of funds to be allocated to our most critical areas of need. It ensures the long-term viability of our hospital as a resource and safety net for our community.

Every donor counts toward building a better tomorrow. A donation of any size helps ensure that Claxton-Hepburn can continue to offer the quality care and service innovations the North Country needs. Giving also gives you access to the benefits of The Defenders Society, our distinguished group for those who invest in the foundation.

Garfield Claxton, M.D. Honor Society ($25,000+)

Dr. E. Garfield Claxton, MD, gave an extraordinary and transformational gift to Hepburn Medical Center, creating what we now know as Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. His generosity and investment in our community allows the hospital to grow, change, and meet the needs of its patients to this day. Joining the ranks of this society helps to ensure Claxton-Hepburn can continue this legacy.


  • Acknowledgment as member in the published Annual Donor Recognition List
  • Access to The Defenders Society Store
  • Receive an Annual Report about foundation activities and see your donation at work
  • Invitations to special donor celebration events and activities
  • Opportunities to interface with hospital leadership and staff
  • Invitation to The President's Society Meeting
  • Invitation to a special session of the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation Board Meeting
  • Naming opportunities

The Grey Nuns Founders' Society ($10,000 - $24,999)

The Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart have deep ties to the Ogdensburg community going back generations. They served as volunteers and nurses at the hospital now known as Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, offering comfort and care to its patients. By becoming a member of this society you can ensure the Grey Nuns' tradition of service.


  • Acknowledgment as member in the published Annual Donor Recognition List
  • Access to The Defenders Society Store
  • Invitations to special donor celebration events and activities
  • Opportunities to interface with hospital leadership and staff
  • Invitation to The President's Society Meeting

The President's Society ($1,000 - $9,999)

Bishop Edgar P. Wadhams served as the first president of what we now know as Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center starting in 1885. The hospital features a long line of successful, strategic leaders. Joining The President's Society helps our current leadership fund the projects and programs that will fuel the future of Claxton-Hepburn.


  • Acknowledgment as member in the published Annual Donor Recognition List
  • Access to The Defenders Society Store
  • Invitations to special donor celebration events and activities
  • Opportunities to interface with hospital leadership and staff
  • Invitation to The President's Society Meeting

The Seaway Society ($500 - $999)

The St. Lawrence Seaway has long been the lifeblood of this area, bringing industry, entertainment and access to the community. Support at this level allows Claxton-Hepburn to invest in improvements and services that will allow us to provide the best care possible.


  • Acknowledgment as member in the published Annual Donor Recognition List
  • Access to The Defenders Society Store
  • Invitations to special donor celebration events and activities

The Maple City Club ($1 - $499)

The numerous trees populating Ogdensburg have led to it being dubbed "The Maple City." We hope that supporters of Claxton-Hepburn are as numerous as these honored trees. Investing in this society allows us to support health and wellness efforts beyond the hospital walls, bringing prevention and education to our Maple City community.


  • Acknowledgment as member in the published Annual Donor Recognition List
  • Invitations to special donor celebration events and activities

The Society Store

All levels of membership have access to The Society Store, a personalized stewardship initiative that allows you to pick an item from our catalog that means something to you. If you do not want a gift in recognition for your support, simply do not choose one. The catalog will be sent out once a year to our Defenders.

Helping Hands Volunteers

Take the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life, including your own.

Find the Right Fit

You might be interested in volunteering in areas with direct patient contact or are more comfortable in a supporting role. Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center offers a variety of options for you to find the right opportunity to give back:

  • Guest services - Help make the hospital warm and welcoming to all who enter. Assist patients, families and visitors during their stay.
  • Magazine cart – Make a dull day brighter for patients and their guests with our mobile magazine cart.
  • Clerical support – We value your service. Volunteering with Claxton-Hepburn gives you:
    • A complimentary meal in the Cornerstone Café each day of service
    • Free access to our gym
    • An invitation to our Annual Volunteer Celebration
    • Eligibility to join the ED-Med Federal Credit Union

Need Volunteer & Service Hours? We Have Work For You!

Make your volunteer hours meaningful. Hours given at Claxton-Hepburn are well-spent and help enrich the lives of our patients and their families.

Contact us if you are interested in becoming a Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center volunteer!

Planned giving

Leave a lasting legacy

Remembering the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation in your estate plans creates a lasting legacy. You will be providing quality, compassionate care to your family, friends, neighbors, and community that Claxton-Hepburn serves.

By simply naming the foundation in your estate plans, you are providing the financial support that will be seen beyond your lifetime, ensuring that tomorrow is defended.

Let the foundation know of your plans, so we can recognize your contributions.

Consider a Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity is an agreement between you and the foundation that provides you with a regular income for life in exchange for transferring assets to the foundation.

How does it work?

  • You transfer cash or securities to the foundation. A minimum of $10,000 is required.
  • The foundation pays you a fixed amount on a quarterly or annual basis. Payments begin at age 60.
  • You make a valuable charitable gift to defend the future of Claxton-Hepburn with whatever remains after the payment obligation is satisfied.

How does it benefit you?

  • An income after tax deduction
  • Fixed lifetime payments of which a portion are tax-free
  • A gift to ensure quality healthcare in the North Country by supporting the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation

Plan for the future. A charitable gift annuity guarantees a return for you and a gift for tomorrow. Help meet your needs for retirement and support the foundation through your investment.

For more information on estate planning or how a charitable gift annuity benefits you today and defends the futures of tomorrow, contact Amanda Hitterman, Executive Director, at 315.713.6173.


Are you a frequent shopper?

By switching to AmazonSmile and selecting Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation as your favorite charitable organization, you can give without spending an extra penny.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Foundation every time you shop, at no cost to you. Shopping at is exactly the same experience as with, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation.

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

How do I select Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, select Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation as your charitable organization, and we’ll receive donations from eligible purchases you make at

How Much of My Purchase Does Amazon Donate?

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, they may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to from the web browser. You use the same account information as on

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Team CGSW Racing was formed with two goals in mind: Get the North Country Moving and give back to our community. In 2019, Team CGSW Racing is looking forward to honoring those goals as members of the team will be competing in various endurance races, while raising money for, and bringing awareness to, Routine Cancer Screening.

All donations collected by Team CGSW Racing will be given back to the Richard E. Winter Cancer Treatment Center in Ogdensburg through the Claxton Hepburn Foundation. Gifts will then be used to help pay for Cancer Screening as well as support and transportation for patients currently undergoing treatment. By supporting an athlete’s journey, donors will be making a direct and lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of North Country patients.

We hope you will consider being our partner in this cause and thank you for your generosity. Support team CGSW and keep the North Country Strong here.