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Lewis County Hospital Foundation names new director

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LOWVILLE — A former nonprofit director and grants officer at Jefferson Community College has been selected as the Lewis County Hospital Foundation’s new executive director.

JoAnne Rhubart, Lowville, who has spent the past five years seeking grant funding at the Watertown community college, replaces Timothy W. O’Connor, who retired after serving as the hospital foundation’s first director since 2005.

“I am honored to serve as the new executive director of the Lewis County Hospital Foundation,” Mrs. Rhubart said in a statement. “The hospital is an important community asset, and I look forward to cultivating and maintaining relationships with donors who wish to make an investment in the future of our hospital.”

Before working at JCC, she served as executive director of Hand in Hand Early Childhood Center and was instrumental in establishing the nonprofit organization in 1995. She is also an adjunct professor at JCC and serves on the boards of the United Way of Northern New York, Thompson Park Zoo and Watertown Urban Mission, where she heads the grants and foundations committee for the mission’s capital campaign.

Her professional affiliations include Council for Resource Development, Grant Professionals Association, Association of Fundraising Professionals and American Association of University Women, and she was a 2009 graduate of the Jefferson Leadership Institute.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Utica College of Syracuse University and an associate degree from SUNY Cobleskill.

D. Ross Wachowski, a foundation board member who headed the director search, said in a statement that the board was impressed with Ms. Rhubart’s nonprofit leadership experience and volunteer involvement.

Eric R. Burch, hospital CEO and president of the foundation board, added that Ms. Rhubart’s role will include “building and maintaining strong partnerships with the community to help build and sustain funding in support of new and emergent initiatives at the hospital.”

The nonprofit foundation was created in 2001 to help raise funds for capital projects, equipment purchases and other expenses at the county-owned hospital.

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