The Crouse Hospital family extends its congratulations to Frank Smith, MD, who was honored this week by the Central New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Philanthropist Award.
Dr. Smith is a partner in Pediatric Cardiology Associates, the only practice of its kind in central and northern New York. He has been a member of the Crouse Hospital Medical Staff since 1985 and currently serves as its Chief of Pediatrics. He is also a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and is a member and has served as an officer of a number of professional societies and organizations. He has also conducted research and authored a long list of professional publications.
His commitment to caring for others goes well beyond being a nationally-known physician. He is a Trustee of the Crouse Health Foundation, and he personally and generously contributes to a wide range of charitable organizations in our community including Crouse Hospital, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Children's Miracle Network, Ronald McDonald House, Syracuse Opera, American Heart Association, Casey’s Place, ARC of Onondaga, Aids Community Resources and the former Syracuse Symphony.
Dr. Smith does medical mission trips to treat children in third-world countries, and he responds in a very generous and heartfelt way when he hears of a loss or tragedy in someone’s family. And for several years, he sacrificed his beautiful head of hair during St. Baldrick’s fundraisers to raise money and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.
According to Crouse Health Foundation President Carrie Berse, "When he sees a need, Frank becomes a man on a mission. At Crouse, he has spearheaded fundraising efforts to improve the facility and purchase equipment, and, recently, he was the driving force behind the purchase of a new lighting system for our landmark clock tower. Even before joining our board, he frequently chaired and served on committees that successfully solicited donations from other physicians for capital projects and special events."
For years, Dr. Smith has been a vocal proponent of the need for a new Ronald McDonald House in our community, and he has been a passionate fundraiser and lobbyist for that project (which will have its ribbon cutting Monday, Nov. 21.) He served as a board member for Ronald McDonald House for thirteen years and continues today to serve on several committees. For all he has done for the organization, he was honored at Ronald McDonald House's annual gala in October 2011.
"Frank will not ask someone to get involved or give financially without first setting an example, and that has made him a very effective solicitor and leadership volunteer," says Berse. "He is always thinking of new fundraising ideas and, more importantly, ways to get people to come together to be involved in a cause. He inspires and influences others through his passion and giving nature."
Thank you, Dr. Frank Smith, for your caring and co-do spirit on behalf of Crouse Hospital and our community!