Dr. Jane Cushing McCaffrey, a Geneva pediatrician, was named the 2006 recipient of the ATHENA Geneva Award at a dinner on Thursday, Sept. 21, at Club 86.
After the announcement McCaffrey told the audience, “I feel very lucky. It was very lucky that Geneva General [Hospital] was looking for a pediatrician when I was looking for a position. I was the first woman they recruited. I don’t think they quite knew how it would work out,” she said with a smile.
She opened shop in Geneva in 1973 as the area’s first board-certified pediatrician. Tending thousands of children as a solo doctor, she is said to have shaped the way colleagues would care for thousands more.
A member of the executive committee of Finger Lakes Medical Associates; she has served as president of the medical staff of Geneva General Hospital; as a University of Rochester assistant clinical pediatrician, as a Rochester General Hospital developmental pediatrician and as a clinical instructor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland.
A graduate of Cornell University and University of Maryland School of Medicine, she completed the University of Rochester fellowship program in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Her husband, Bill Crumlish, is chief librarian at HWS's Warren Hunting Smith Library.
McCaffrey was one of 10 women from Ontario, Seneca and Yates counties honored for their personal and professional leadership, community service, and mentorship of other women. Keynote speaker was Lauren Dixon, CEO of DixonScwabl Advertising Inc., and Patrice Walsh, 13 WHAM news reporter, served as master of ceremonies.
Other nominees — many of whom have ties to HWS — were Philomena Cammuso, executive director of the Seneca Falls Historical Society; Sandy Ansley, associate broker with Century 21 Steve Davoli Real Estate; Deborah R. Barbieri, a nurse at Huntington Nursing Home; Kathy Jans-Duffy, collection manager at Seneca Falls Historical Society; Lisa Ventura Stanton, director of long-term care admissions at Finger Lakes Health; Lynn Barbuto, owner of Caesar’s Pet Palace; Lisa Catherine Gage, an English teacher Geneva High School; Mary Luckern, supervisor of the Town of Geneva and a member of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors; and Joan Martin, former co-owner of Martin Music.
“I offer congratulations to all the recipients. You are all special people and we are grateful for having you in our community,” said Rob Gladden, president and CEO of the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, which presented the program locally.