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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

From left: Tulip Ball Honorees Beverly and Frank Finnegan, Tulip Ball Chair Marisa Perez-Rogers, and HealthAlliance Foundation Executive Director Steffen T. Kraehmer

The HealthAlliance Foundation’s 28th annual Tulip Ball raised more than $180,000 to support the acquisition of new technology and equipment, high-quality treatment services, and training for hospital staff at HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).

The April 29 event at Lazy Swan Golf and Country Club Village in Saugerties drew 350 people, who celebrated the achievements of Frank and Beverly Finnegan, Sandra A. Horan, RN, BSN, and the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice.

The Finnegans were named Tulip Ball Honorees for their involvement in community fundraising, cancer care activism and not-for-profit leadership. Horan received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her 40 years of guidance and service to HealthAlliance. The Festival of the Voice earned the Community Service Award for its contributions to the arts community and local economy.


Orange Regional Medical Center has partnered with Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, to create the Cheryl L. Walker Nursing Scholarship. The award will be presented annually to a Mount Saint Mary College nursing student enrolled in the School of Nursing Baccalaureate RN Program. A fundraising event in support of the scholarship took place May 6 at Mount Saint Mary College.

The Cheryl L. Walker Nursing Scholarship honors the memory of Cheryl Walker, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CWCN, whose devoted mission over a nearly 40-year career was to advocate for, support and educate new nursing graduates. Walker did this in her role as assistant professor of nursing at Mount Saint Mary College, as well as during her employment at Vassar Brothers and Orange Regional Medical Center.



From left: Ricardo Esquitin, MD, RPVI; Alan Slater, MD, FACC; Patrick Thomas, MD, FACC, FAHA; Glenn Hamroff, MD, FACC; John Koval, RPA-C; Craig Hametz, MD, FACC; Frank Dorsa, MD, FACC; Howard Tarkin, MD, FACC; and Benjamin Spooner, RPA-C

NewYork-Presbyterian is proud to announce that Hudson Valley Cardiology is now part of NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley, in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center. The group of highly skilled cardiologists specializes in all facets of cardiac, diagnostic and medical care, including nuclear, vascular and interventional cardiology, echocardiography, and internal medicine.

Hudson Valley Cardiology has operated in northern Westchester and at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital for more than 30 years. These highly regarded physicians are affiliated with both NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor and NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville.

The group will continue to practice at its current locations in Cortlandt Manor, Putnam Valley and Yorktown Heights. It also will operate out of a new office opening in Cold Spring in the coming months.


Mountainside Residential Care Center, operated by HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, was honored with the American College of Health Care Administrators’ (ACHCA’s) highest leadership award “for achieving excellence well beyond the Five-Star rating system.”

The 82-bed skilled nursing facility, with 115 clinical, administrative and service staff, earned the 2017 ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award for “being one of the top-performing skilled nursing facilities in the nation for 2016,” the college says.

ACHCA noted, for instance, that in the past three years, Mountainside had no regulatory inspections that showed any potential for patient harm.



Orange Regional Medical Center Chief Information Officer Brian Tew

On May 11, Orange Regional Medical Center held a Red Team Cyber Security Training Seminar for the Mid-Hudson School Study Council, which represents five counties and 25 school districts. The training seminar was led by the Chair of Orange Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors, Don Beeler, and Orange Regional Medical Center Chief Information Officer Brian Tew, who was the keynote speaker.

In the world of information technology, Red Teams challenge operations in order to discover any weaknesses in electronic systems before real adversaries do. They test existing conditions, temper complacency and identify future training needs within organizations.

Red Team training is geared toward technical directors and supervisors, office personnel, and technical teams. The purpose of the training is for organizations to learn best practices and tools needed to mitigate exposure to cyber breaches and security lapses. Additionally, the training provides tips on how to motivate all staff to adhere to security protocols and how to test the effectiveness of staff training. Additionally, Tew talked about the impact and evolution of cybersecurity and Orange Regional’s approach to protection.



Peggy Nelson, MD, endocrinologist at Crystal Run Healthcare, poses with Diane, S.T.E.M Program Coordinator at On My Way Early Learning & Childcare Center, during a monthly S.T.E.M. Program lecture.

Crystal Run Healthcare continues to partner with On My Way Early Learning & Childcare Center to progress its S.T.E.M. — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — program with monthly lectures from Crystal Run Healthcare physicians. The program puts an emphasis on providing students with education and skills beyond the classroom curriculum in order for them to explore, discover and learn. Each month, a Crystal Run physician volunteers his or her time to present to pre-K3 and pre-K4 students hands-on lessons ranging from audiology and cardiology to internal medicine and pediatrics — part of the childcare center’s science initiative.



From left, Sharon Maurer, Kelly Mosher, Rita Perkins and Elaina Aierstok made up the winning women’s team during the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation Golf Classic on May 19 at Red Hook Golf Club.

Nearly $43,000 was raised at the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation Golf Classic to support healthcare services in the community. Held at Red Hook Golf Club on May 19, the tournament attracted 32 teams, including medical providers, local dignitaries and friends of the hospital. The day featured breakfast, lunch, dinner, raffle prizes and fun contests.


With over 20 years of experience as a New York state-designated Level II trauma center, MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, recently passed a rigorous peer review process to become the Hudson Valley’s first and only trauma care program verified as Level II by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

MidHudson Regional Hospital joins Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital as ACS-verified trauma centers in the Hudson Valley, with Level I designation for adult and pediatric trauma care, respectively.



Denise Atkinson, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist at Crystal Run Healthcare and main liaison with Orange-Ulster BOCES, accepts the Business Partner Award from Neal Wilkinson, Assistant Principal of Orange-Ulster BOCES, during the annual partnership breakfast May 3.

Crystal Run Healthcare is a proud recipient of this year’s Business Partner Award from Orange-Ulster BOCES, which was given to the practice during an annual partnership breakfast on May 3 at BOCES’ Goshen, New York, campus. Each year, the award recognizes a partnership that continuously provides students with a variety of clinical learning opportunities and experiences.

Crystal Run Healthcare has partnered with Orange-Ulster BOCES for over a decade as part of the organization’s Career and Technical Education programs. Crystal Run provides clinical experiences for students enrolled in the Medical Administrative Assistant, Allied Health (Medical Assistant), Pharmacy Technician and Practical Nurse programs. Specifically, the Allied Health program that Crystal Run participates in provides students with experience and skills in patient services, health information management, radiology, laboratory services and more. In the first year of the program, students are exposed to a large number of settings and occupations, and in year two, students ultimately pick their field of choice. Crystal Run Healthcare also participates in the Practical Nurse program and mentors students in a variety of clinical settings, assisting them in their coursework and clinical rotations and ultimately leading them toward a license in nursing.