Hospital Foundation adds Giustra to board of directors


The Board of Directors of Rome Hospital Foundation has announced the addition of Dr. Lauren Giustra as a member to the organization’s Board of Directors.

Giustra is an obstetrician and gynecologist, who has dedicated more than 20 years to her patients and the Central New York community, the foundation said in an announcement.

Giustra and her husband, Dr. Ankur Desai, moved to Rome in 1996 and co-founded their privately owned medical practice, Mohawk Valley Women’s Health Associates. To date, Mohawk Valley Women’s Health Associates has delivered more than 9,500 babies at Rome Memorial Hospital.

A graduate of Saint Joseph’s College in Windham, Maine, Dr. Giustra received her medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Medical Association, Oneida County Medical Society and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Giustra is a past recipient of the YWCA Mohawk Valley’s Salute to Outstanding Women Award. In 2015, she and Desai were recognized by The Genesis Group and The Medical Societies of Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties and awarded Outstanding Physicians of the Year.

Giustra and Desai have been longtime supporters of Rome Hospital Foundation. Through Mohawk Valley Women’s Health, they have supported multiple fundraising events of the organization. In addition, for many years, Giustra and Desai have worked with Gretchen Sprock, first vice president of the Rome Hospital Foundation, to increase visibility and growth to the organization’s annual giving society, The Dorothy Griffin Society.

“Dr. Giustra was a natural choice to add to the foundation’s board of directors,” Sprock said. “Even with a very demanding professional and personal schedule, Dr. Giustra has given so much of her time and talent to Rome Hospital Foundation. We are thrilled that she has agreed to join us in an official capacity as a foundation board member.

Giustra will join eleven current board members already serving Rome Hospital Foundation, including:

  • Brian Miller, president;
  • Gretchen Sprock, first vice president;
  • Mark Vacca, second vice president;
  • Nick Mayhew, treasurer;
  • Kristin Grunder, secretary; and
  • Rich Artigiani, David Lundquist, Dewey Rowlands, Lou Viviani, Shawn Weiman and Lynne Williams, board members.

Rome Hospital Foundation provides philanthropic support to Rome Memorial Hospital. Rome Hospital Foundation is a separate, state-certified non-profit organization and an integral partner in Rome Memorial Hospital’s mission to provide quality healthcare with compassion. Rome Hospital Foundation accepts gifts on behalf of Rome Memorial Hospital and works to fund both present and future equipment and program needs.

Rome Memorial Hospital is a non-profit health care system which provides services to patients throughout Central New York. From primary care to long-term care, Rome Memorial Hospital delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life, according to the foundation announcement.

With its specialized Senior Behavioral Health Unit and Residential Health Care Facility, the hospital has become recognized as a valuable resource for senior services, the foundation said, adding that the RHCF has been ranked among the top 20 percent of skilled nursing facilities for three consecutive years and that the hospital has earned special designation as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) facility for providing quality care for older adult patients.

Rome Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health.


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