Stanley Urban awarded 4th Annual Dr. Edward L. Trudeau Award
Adirondack Health Foundation Gala raises over $137,000 to invest in capital improvements
SARANAC LAKE – Stanley Urban became the fourth recipient of the Dr. Edward L. Trudeau Award at the 2015 Crystal Ice Gala hosted by the Adirondack Health Foundation. Urban was honored for his 38-year career in top leadership roles at healthcare organizations throughout the U.S. and as chair of the Adirondack Health Board of Trustees.
Over $137,000 was raised at this year’s event, which is a 12 percent increase over last year. The funds are invested in capital projects and other programs to expand and enhance the quality services Adirondack Health provides to patients, residents and visitors.
“We are constantly amazed by the generosity of our region when it comes to supporting the programs and services of Adirondack Health,” said Hannah Hanford, Executive Director of the Adirondack Health Foundation. “However, thanks to the work of an extraordinary gala committee, this year’s event hit a new high-water mark. The success speaks to the vision we share for providing high quality care to those who live in and visit the Adirondack region.”
This year marked the 18th Annual Adirondack Health Foundation Gala. Generous donations from local businesses and community members made for an extensive silent auction, and exceptional items such as vacation packages and sports tickets had bidders raising their arms during the live auction at dinner. Attendees also enjoyed a custom ice sculpture and a surprise ice skating exhibition.
Urban, this year’s Trudeau Award recipient, began his career as a healthcare executive in 1968 at the University of Colorado Medical Center. He then went to serve as Administrator of a consolidated hospital in Portland, Ore., joined the Franciscan Health System in the mid-80’s and later became the first lay person to serve as President & CEO of the Sisters of Charity national health system in Houston, Texas. He relocated to Philadelphia in 1997 to assist in the creation of Catholic Health East and played a central role in the organization’s success until his retirement in 2006.
Urban shared his passion for quality healthcare with a love of ice skating. He spent eight summers in Lake Placid during his youth training as a competitive figure skater. He and his wife Sally won the title of U.S. National Dance Champions in 1963 and returned to the ice in 2000 to take the gold medal at the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, an accomplishment they repeated in 2004 and 2008. Stan has served on the U.S. Figure Skating Association Board of Governors and was recently recognized by the U.S. Skating Association for his 50 years as a figure skating judge.
In 2007, shortly after returning to Lake Placid full-time, Stan was elected to the Adirondack Health Board of Trustees and served as Chair from 2011-14. He now serves as Chairperson of Catholic Health Ministries and is on the Board of Directors for Trinity Health.
CAPTION: Stanley Urban, front center, poses with his family after receiving the Dr. Edward L. Trudeau Award at the 2015 Crystal Ice Gala hosted by the Adirondack Health Foundation.