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Hurlbut Care donates new bus to MMS

From left are William P. McDonald, executive director of Medical Motor Service; Robert W. Hurlbut, president of Hurlbut Care Communities; Damon Mustaca, director of Operations for MMS; and Sam Barton, primary MMS driver of the new 16-passenger ambulatory bus donated to the nonprofit organization. Submitted photo

From left are William P. McDonald, executive director of Medical Motor Service; Robert W. Hurlbut, president of Hurlbut Care Communities; Damon Mustaca, director of Operations for MMS; and Sam Barton, primary MMS driver of the new 16-passenger ambulatory bus donated to the nonprofit organization. Submitted photo

Hurlbut Care Communities has donated a new 16-passenger ambulatory bus to Medical Motor Service of Rochester.

The donation began as part of a $100,000 challenge grant initiated by Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester, during his tenure as chairman of the board of the United Way of Rochester.  Robert W. Hurlbut, president of Hurlbut Care Communities, and his wife Sarah, saw the challenge as a great way to aid Medical Motor Service, a nonprofit member agency of the Al Sigl Community of Agencies.

The Hurlbuts brought the idea to Robert’s father, Robert H. Hurlbut, then-chairman of ROHM Services, parent company of Hurlbut Care Communities. Their fundraising efforts culminated in a portion of the Challenge Grant being allocated to purchase this new bus.

A plaque on the side of the bus reads: “Donated in memory of Robert H. Hurlbut,” who died before the purchase of the vehicle.

“Seeing this idea become reality would have greatly pleased my father,” said Robert W. Hurlbut. “He loved helping people and it’s wonderful that we can commemorate his generosity and memory in this manner.”

The new bus, one of two donated in MMS’s fleet of 140 vehicles, is driven mostly by Sam Barton, an MMS driver for 24 years.