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Named in honor of Dr. Rugge’s visionary commitment to the health of our communities, the John Rugge Legacy Society is comprised of members whose foresight and generosity help to ensure high-quality health care throughout our region.

Dr. Rugge 1978

“We began with a single health center in Chestertown in 1974, a time when communities north of Glens Falls faced an acute shortage of health care providers. Physicians were retiring; small hospitals were closing. Only Hudson Headwaters was able to answer the calls for help, establishing health centers in other Adirondack communities and the Glens Falls area. Today, our health centers care for thousands of people each day. We provide essential health care services, often in areas with no other options.``

– Dr. John Rugge, Founder, Hudson Headwaters

Join Us

Your legacy gift is an opportunity to make the impact of a lifetime by investing in Hudson Headwaters’ vital mission to provide high-quality health care, and access to that care, for everyone in the communities we serve. To join, simply let us know of your intention to include Hudson Headwaters in your will or estate plans by filling out and returning the Membership Form.

Examples of qualifying gifts for membership in the John Rugge Legacy Society:

Please consult with your estate planner or attorney regarding these and other legacy giving options.

John Rugge Legacy Society Member Benefits

1) A lasting impact on health care in our communities
2) Commemorative member recognition gift
3) Recognition in Hudson Headwaters’ annual Community Report
4) An annual member luncheon featuring guest speakers
5) Special invitations and insider communications from Hudson Headwaters

For more information, please contact Jessica Rubin, Vice President of Philanthropy and Communications, at 518-761-0300 ext. 31112 or

Click here to download the John Rugge Legacy Society brochure and membership form.

John Rugge Legacy Society Members

Fred Alexy
Thomas Bowes*
Frank Doberman
Zenna Bonnie H. Emerson*
Leo and Martha Fishel
Thomas E. Hafer
Lisa and Tony Hall
Jim and Sue Himoff
Herbert B. Hudnut, Jr., MD
Carol Kafin
Tom Kershner
Elisabeth Mahoney
Ann Breen Metcalfe
James Morrissey, MD
Mary Murphy*
Anne Poole*
John Rugge, MD
Ronald Robert*
Michael and Hazel Schultz
Elizabeth and Roy Shinn*
H. Craig and Lora B. Treiber
Ann Walker*
Robert Wemett*
John Wilson*
Ike Wolgin
Dona J. Yeskoo
Anonymous* (5)

*honored posthumously

John Rugge Legacy Society Virtual Event

A virtual conversation on attracting the next generation of providers to our region with CEO Dr. Tucker Slingerland, Founder Dr. John Rugge and Physician Recruitment Lead Dr. Suzanne Bergin. This event is sponsored by the John Legacy Society.