Honoring Our Healthcare Heroes Gala
Each year, the Healthcare Hero Award is presented during the annual Gala celebration, hosted by the Arnot Health Foundation. The Healthcare Hero Award identifies an outstanding leader(s) affiliated with Arnot Health and is someone who personifies the term "hero." The Award recognizes those who care deeply about the health and well-being of our community, and share their time and resources to ensure it. They inspire others to continue the mission to heal, comfort, and care for the people they serve, making them true healthcare heroes.
Funds raised from the Gala are used to enhance the quality of care offered to Arnot Health patients, acquire the latest medical technology and equipment, provide highly qualified physicians, nurses and staff, and give our patients comforting facilities to heal.
2017 Healthcare Heroes, Dr. Mark Gibson and Dr. William Bishop
Dr. William "Bill" Bishop was born and raised in Penfield, New York. He met Ann on their first day of school at Ohio Wesleyan University. After graduation, they got married and moved to Western New York for medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Afterwards, Bill became a General Surgery and Orthopedics Resident at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Bill and Ann have two daughters; Shannon, who lives on Long Island with her husband Bill along with their three children and Colby, who resides in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Mark Gibson grew up on an Iowa hog farm. He attended Iowa State University with intent to study veterinary medicine. But a change of heart brought him to the University of Iowa School of Medicine, followed by his Residency in Orthopedics at the University of Michigan, where he and Sandy met the Bishops. Mark and Sandy have three children; Kate who lives in Rochester with her husband Casey and their three children Elizabeth who resides in Elizabethtown, PA with her husband Tim and their two, soon to be three, children and Jeffery, who is stationed in San Diego, CA and is a pilot in the United States Marine Corp.
While both were in residency, it became apparent that Bill and Mark worked and played well together. When they graduated, the natural next step was to investigate locations to work. After considering potential post-graduate options, Mark and Bill elected to take the road less traveled and start their own practice. The two couples thought of Elmira as a viable option. The area offered the appeal of a small city, providing a comfortable place to raise a family, two hospitals, a population to support two new orthopedic specialists, an airport, and plenty of open country, forests, and lakes to enjoy.
They opened their practice, Bishop & Gibson, in August 1981 in the Elmira Medical Arts Center building at St. Joseph's Hospital. As years passed and their patient volume increased, they welcomed additional partners: Dr. Kevin Coughlin, Dr. Tom Bomanm, and Dr. Matt Brand, In 1987, they moved to Hoffman Street and became Finger Lakes Orthopedic Surgery. Then in 2009, they joined the Arnot Ogden Medical Center under the new auspices of Arnot Health Orthopedics.
When they weren't practicing medicine, they both kept busy with a various list of hobbies and service roles. Mark enjoys woodworking, bee-keeping, gardening, fishing, making maple syrup, and the company of his friends. He always has at least one project underway! Mark has served as Treasurer, Vice President, and President of St. Joseph's Medical Staff. Both Mark and Bill recieved the Spirit Award from St. Joseph's and Mark was employee of the month on two occasions at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.
Bill has served as President of the Chemung County Medical Society, Chairman of Surgical Quality Assurance and also Treasureer, Vice President, and President of Arnot Medical Staff. Bill's retirement has allowed him to enjoy Seneca Lake with his dog, Rudder, and pursue his many hobbies such as hunting, fishing, bird watching, gardening, photography, and golfing. During the winter months, he keeps busy with woodworking, downhill skiing, and traveling to experience various ecologies and wildlife.
It's safe to say that Elmira has not been disappointed with Bill and Mark's choice to work and raise their families here. We walk taller, bend better, and limp less because they have healed our bones and have enhanced our lives by making us stronger and more resilient. Thank you, Bill and Mark, for your years of dedication, service, and influence on medicine... and for choosing Elmira!
Ways to Give
To support the event through Sponsorship or tickets, contact:
Chemung Canal Trust Company
Elmira Savings Bank
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
First Heritage Federal Credit Union
GCP Discount Liqours & Wines
The Hilliard Corporation
Thurber & Thurber, DPM PC
Gifts in Honor of Drs. William Bishop & Mark Gibson
Dr. Kenneth & Mrs. Louise Herzl-Betz
Dr. Marc & Mrs. Karen Immerman
Learned, Reilly, Learned & Hughes
Lynda S. Brand
Mrs. Peggy Streeter
Corning Credit Union
Dr. Bryan and Janice Jarvis
Dr. Darryl & Mrs. Maggie Hoffman
Dr. G Alan & Mrs. Barbara Preucil
Dr. Mark & Mrs. Jane Ivanick
Dr. Matthew & Mrs. Anne Brand
Dr. Paddy & Mr. Gillett Welles
Dr. Ralph & Mrs. Carolyn Moore
Dr. Thomas & Mrs. Vicki Boman
Drs. Kevin Coughlin & Mary Muse
Drs. Paul Donnelly & Mary Nevin
Mr. Alan & Mrs. Maria Winston
Mr. Dan & Mrs. Jane Burke
Mr. Donald & Mrs. Joanne Quick
Mr. Richard & Mrs. Lindy Van Brunt
Mr. Richard Simons
Mr. William & Mrs. Shannon Harrison
For 2018 Sponsorship opportunities, contact: