Preferred Mutual Offers UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, $250k Pledge
Published: May 27th, 2024

Preferred Mutual offers UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, $250k pledge Pictured at the donation, in front: PMIC Board Member Heidi Hoeller, President and CEO/CMO of UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital Dr. Drake Lamen, PMIC Board Member John Mitchell, PMIC President and CEO R. Benedikt Sander, PMIC SVP – Chief Customer Officer Michele Graham, PMIC SVP – CFO/Treasurer Jeff Fasoldt, and PMIC Board Member Patrick Flanagan. In the back row: PMIC Board Member William Craine, PMIC VP of Business Compliance & Research Ron Martin, PMIC SVP – Chief Claims Officer Michelle Raue, PMIC SVP – Chief Underwriting Officer Mike DeHetre, PMIC EVP/CHRO/Chief DE&I Officer Pauline Ashworth, PMIC Board Member David Emerson, PMIC SVP – Technology David Smith, PMIC Director of Marketing Strategy & Operations Robert Murrer, and PMIC SVP – Chief Actuary Ray Muller. (Submitted photo)

NORWICH – On April 23, the Preferred Mutual Insurance Company Foundation presented its fifth donation of $50,000 to UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, completing its $250,000 pledge from the 2019 Chenango Medical Neighborhood Capital Campaign.

“We are immensely proud to fulfill our pledge of $250,000 to our UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, reinforcing our commitment to the health and well-being of our community,” said Preferred Mutual President/CEO R. Benedikt Sander. “At Preferred Mutual, we know the importance of supporting vital community resources and are proud to help ensure they thrive for generations to come.”

The Chenango Medical Neighborhood Capital Campaign has helped support the construction of a new Emergency Room and Walk-In Center, as well as strategic investments in Diagnostic Imaging and infrastructure to support the growth of future services. In 2019, the Preferred Mutual Insurance Company Foundation pledged $250,000 to the campaign to be paid in annual installments of $50,000.
“We are incredibly grateful to Preferred Mutual for their generous support of our hospital and community. Their commitment of $250,000 so early in our capital campaign made all the difference as we started on this path to transform health care in greater Chenango County,” said Melissa Stagnaro, Executive Director of the Chenango Memorial Hospital Foundation.

For more information on the Chenango Medical Neighborhood Capital Campaign, contact Melissa Stagnaro at (607) 337-4183 or via email at

Preferred Mutual Insurance Company provides property and casualty insurance coverage to more than 232,000 individual and business customers through a network of more than 560 independent agents located throughout New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. In business since 1896, Preferred Mutual is rated “A” by AM Best Company and is headquartered in New Berlin, New York. Learn more at

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is a member of United Health Services, a locally owned not-for-profit 916-bed hospital and health care system serving the Greater Binghamton region from more than 40 locations around New York’s Southern Tier. Learn more at

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