UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) today announced that the Maternal Child Services floor at the Wynn Hospital will be named the Sammon Family Birthing Center, after a generous gift of $1.5 million was made to the MVHS Foundation’s Campaign by John and Deanna Sammon and their daughter and son-in-law Karen Sammon and Will Cardamone.

“The Birthing Center is a priority for my family,” said John Sammon Chair Emeritus and Founder of PAR Technology Corporation in New Hartford, New York. “It will offer our community a range of services and support for expectant mothers including prenatal care, childbirth education and lactation support – all of which promote healthy pregnancies, successful childbirth experiences and positive outcomes for both the mother and baby. We are honored that the floor will carry our family’s name as it provides care to future generations, and we are so grateful to be able to give back to the place we call home.”

MVHS’s commitment to providing the best care to its littlest patients and their families will continue in the Sammon Family Birthing Center in the Wynn Hospital, which will see more than 1,250 babies born each year.

Located on the fourth floor, it will include:

  • Two antepartum rooms
  • Three triage rooms
  • Eight LDR Rooms (Labor, Delivery & Recovery)
  • Two Operating Rooms (for C-Sections) with three recovery rooms
  • Twenty private postpartum rooms
  • Eight individual Level II NICU rooms
  • Butterfly room

“We deeply appreciate the Sammon Family’s extraordinary gift,” said Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, president/CEO of MVHS. “Their commitment to this project reflects their dedication to the health of those in the Mohawk Valley, especially to our littlest patients and their mothers. Their belief and support in our mission and vision for healthcare in our region is reflective in their generosity and I know our Maternal Child Team, our patients and hospital leadership share in my gratitude for their philanthropic investment.”

MVHS also recently announced that the new OB/GYN Residency Program was approved and will enhance coverage within the health system and in the Sammon Family Birthing Center. This four-year program has been granted initial accreditation status for 16 residents in total (four per year) with the first four residents starting on July 1, 2023.

About the MVHS Foundation and the This is for You Campaign

The $30 million This is for You Campaign is the largest fundraising campaign in the history of MVHS, as we embark on a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a new healthcare campus in Utica to better serve our region and transform healthcare in Central New York. The Wynn Hospital, scheduled to open in October of 2023, will be the flagship of our new clinical campus and will bring existing hospital services, currently located on two different campuses, to one modern downtown campus that will offer advanced medicine and technologically progressive care. It features a 703,000 square foot hospital and Central Utility Plant located on a 25 acre parcel adjacent to the downtown Utica business district, 373 private patient rooms and a 63 bed Emergency Department with a Level III Trauma Center capable of 90,000 patient visits each year.

MVHS has also made a bold commitment to strengthen our role as a major medical teaching campus. Building off our foundation of Family Medicine and Dentistry, we have received approval for residency programs for Psychiatry, General Surgery, Podiatry, Obstetrics/Gynecology as well as a Transitional Year Program. As these programs come on line, there will be more than 200 physician learners on the Wynn Hospital Clinical Campus and throughout our Medical Community.