Oswego, N.Y. — The Lobdell household is donating $1 million to Oswego Well being’s Lakeview Middle for Psychological Well being and Wellness.
The reward is the biggest the Oswego Well being system has ever obtained, and among the many largest donations to a psychological well being facility in Upstate New York.
The household, who till not too long ago owned HealthWay Household of Manufacturers, the Pulaski-based firm that makes air purifiers, is making the donation in reminiscence of Rusty Lobdell. Rusty died by suicide in 1995 after battling psychological sickness.
Vinny Lobdell, Rusty’s youthful brother, stated the household wished to memorialize Rusty’s life whereas serving to others who have been struggling like him. The donation was introduced tonight on the Oswego Well being Basis Gala.
Michael Backus, vice chairman of Oswego Well being, stated that the Lobdell household’s resolution to not simply donate cash, but additionally communicate out about their son’s wrestle, will assist cut back the stigma of psychological sickness within the rural neighborhood.
“To have a neighborhood household that’s not solely been terribly profitable from a enterprise perspective, however has been immediately touched via Rusty … will actually go a good distance in direction of reinforcing the significance of what we do on daily basis,” Backus stated.
Vinny has been the face of HealthWay, together with their father, Vince. Vinny stated his household, which additionally contains his youthful sister, Amy, and mom Nancy, additionally wished the donation to honor Nancy and the work she has executed in the neighborhood following her son’s loss of life.
HealthWay grew exponentially throughout the pandemic after which offered to a non-public fairness agency for an undisclosed sum of money. The household nonetheless maintains a minority stake. The Lobdell household’s footprint has at all times included neighborhood service. They’ve invested closely in downtown Pulaski, together with a rehab of the Kallett Theater. Through the pandemic they gave each graduating senior at the highschool $250.
The Lakeview Middle, which has 32 inpatient psychological well being beds and offers outpatient psychological well being providers, opened final yr. Situated in Oswego, it additionally has outpatient providers and a main care workplace. Oswego Well being is a stand-alone nonprofit well being system.
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