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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.

Children's Mental Health Unit

Inpatient psychiatry services for children and adolescents is a growing need in the North Country. At Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, when we see a child or adolescent in the Emergency Department who requires more than outpatient care, we are forced to wait for an open space in one of the few hospitals in the state who offer inpatient children’s mental health. We recognize how challenging a child’s illness can be for the entire family, especially when parents cannot see or understand what’s wrong and there are so many factors that can influence a child’s emotions and behaviors. Childhood and adolescence are inherently challenging times, especially when children experience normal hormonal changes associated with growing up.

When children suffer from untreated anxiety, depression, or other behavioral health conditions, they can develop low self-esteem, perform poorly at school, have trouble with relationships, or struggle to reach their potential. The inpatient unit is specifically designed to meet the developmental and psychiatric needs of children and adolescents who require more than outpatient mental health services. This 12-bed unit will accommodate youth diagnosed with pediatric psychiatric disorders and will staff healthcare professionals trained to work in the field. The therapies and treatments provided at the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Children’s Mental Health Unit will improve quality of life and outcomes for patients. Patients will receive individualized, evidence-based treatment while also attending classes, meeting with their families, and expressing themselves through supervised activities. It is expected that demand for the unit will be high, with over 3,500 patient days during the first year of operation.

Help Us Keep Mental Healthcare Close to Home

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.


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What is AmazonSmile?

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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

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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.

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