At the quarterly meeting of the Oneida Healthcare Foundation, Marty Mallery, president of the hospital's auxiliary announced that the 2009 Follies production will be dedicated to Dr. Asa Smith and James Devine.
The Follies, a musical variety show featuring all local talent and a major fundraiser for the hospital, will be held on Oct. 22 to Oct. 24. All proceeds from the event will benefit the hospital's "Healthcaring Campaign" and, more specifically, the renovations to the emergency department.
These two individuals are being honored for their many years of dedication and service to the hospital and their community. Dr. Smith, who grew up in Canastota, returned to the Oneida area in 1959 after graduating from medical school at McGill University and his residency at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He served the Oneida area as an internist for 43 years, retiring in 2002. He was a member of many professional organizations and served on the hospital's Board of Trustees and the Foundation since 1985.
Smith was chief of the medical staff for several years and also served as president of the Madison County Medical Society. He was an alderman in the city of Oneida and is a very active member of St. Patrick's Church, presently serving on it's Board of Trustees.
Smith has four daughters and his late wife, Doris, served as president of both the medical auxiliary and hospital auxiliary. She was chairman of the first three Follies, beginning in 1978. Her success with this project encouraged the auxiliary to continue the productions every three years, making this year's show the twelth anniversary of Follies.
Also being honored with this dedication, Devine, originally from the Albany area, moved to Oneida in 1960 after graduating from Albany Law School. He has been serving this area with his law practice for over 45 years. He has two daughters and lives in Oneida with his wife Anne. Devine began his service to the Oneida Healthcare Foundation in 1979 and has served 20-plus years as president. Under his leadership, the foundation has strived to fund many of the technologically advanced services at the hospital.
In addition, Devine has served as a director for the Oneida Healthcare Corporation, the Oneida Chamber of Commerce and the New York State Dollars for Scholars. He has been a trustee for the Oneida Financial MHC and St. Patrick's Church. He was president of the Kiley Law Firm, the Oneida Community Chest, the St. Patrick's School Board and the Madison County Bar Association. Devine was also a founder and director of Kanon Valley Country Club, and chairman of the Madison County Mental Health Board. For many years, he chaired the Patron's Committee of the Follies for the Hospital Auxiliary.