515 Main Street, Olean, New York 14760
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Olean General Hospital

Making a Difference


Mildred Milliman  

Mildred "Millie" Milliman: Mildred Milliman is the largest philanthropic donor in the history of Olean General Hospital.  She expressed her values and passions through gifts which transformed the complexion and quality of healthcare available to her neighbors and all those who live in her “hometown” and beyond. Click Here for More.


The Ferris Family  

The Ferris Family: Olean native, Carl Ferris, left to join the Navy shortly after graduating from Olean High  School but he also left a little of his heart here in his hometown.  After serving in the Navy, he graduated from CornellUniversity with a degree in Engineering. After working as an engineer at Dupont for 16 years, he decided to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.  He made his home in Chestertown, Maryland with his wife, Connie.  He became a highly successful restaurateur owning more than a dozen Burger King Franchises and was very involved in the stock market.   Click Here for More.



The Gelsimino Family: Catherine and Frank Gelsomino, Sr. immigrated to America and made their home on Wayne Street in Olean. Their two daughters, Josephine and Eleanor, were hard-working and very popular beauticians in a small beauty shop located next to their home.  Frank worked his entire life in the foundry at Clark Brothers, which later became known as Dresser Rand.   Frank lived a very simple and frugal life and was known as a regular and careful saver making weekly deposits in his investment account. Rarely did he splurge on anything for himself.  Click Here for More.




A Big Need & A Special Gift: Mr. Bud Fortner and family (daughters Susan & Cheryl and granddaughter Debbie) gathered with ER nurse Scott Stout to celebrate the ER's new Suture Cart.  The Fortner family gift of $1,400 funded this critically needed cart in full.



Hitchcock - Preston  

A loving daughter's tribute to her father provides funding for Dialysis TV's: Vanessa Preston Hitchcock wanted to do something special in her father's memory.  A dialysis patient for almost five years, Vanessa knew her father's four hour treatments were monotonous.  She also knew that TV's in close proximity to a patient could make the time pass with enjoyment and less anxiety.  As president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the local VFW, she set out to raise funds to help fund new TV's.  The VFW did not disappoint her.  They provided a gift of $750.  This gift was made in memory of Steve Preston, Sr. and so his goodness lives on.