Local News

Monday, April 10, 2017

Representatives from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation at the Helen Hayes Hospital Adapted Sports, Recreation and Living Expo

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will host its annual Adapted Sports, Recreation and Living Expo on Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. in the atrium of the specialty physical rehabilitation hospital. The special one-day event will showcase an array of adapted sports and recreation opportunities, as well as products and services designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and seniors. This year’s vendors include Push to Walk, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Freedom’s Wings International, and SureHands Lift & Care Systems. Representatives from the Helen Hayes Hospital Adapted Sports and Recreation Program will be on hand to discuss the array of sports opportunities they offer, including sled hockey, sailing, kayaking, gardening and more. The free event is open to the public.


During the last week of January, students from Pine Bush High School’s Excelsior Medical Academy had the opportunity to shadow physicians and other providers from Crystal Run Healthcare. The yearlong program focuses primarily on shadowing and field observation and is made up of 15 high school juniors and seniors who are in the top 10 percent of their class and demonstrate a strong desire to pursue a career in the field of medicine.

The program is the field study portion of the syllabus and allows students to gain knowledge through observing actual providers in their day-to-day settings.

Students observed Crystal Run providers specializing in cardiology, neurology, oncology and hematology, ophthalmology, orthopedics and sports medicine, plastic surgery, primary care, and urgent care.



Hospital administrators gather with Dr. Bear to announce the return of Kids’ Day.

Putnam Hospital Center’s Dr. Bear has come out of hibernation to announce the return of Kids’ Day. After a two-year hiatus, the popular community celebration is back and will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, on the hospital campus at 670 Stoneleigh Ave. This will be the 11th Kids’ Day hosted by the Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary.

The fun-filled day includes a host of interactive health and safety exhibits, along with crafts, child identification program and a teddy bear clinic. Hospital departments will be on hand to provide information about nutrition, emergency care, physical therapy and more. There will be demonstrations about car seat safety, proper helmet use and heart monitoring, as well as fire truck and ambulance tours.

Families can also enjoy a variety of games, inflatable bouncy attractions, face painting and balloon animals. Raffles and children’s baskets created by hospital departments will also be awarded.

For information about Kids’ Day or to volunteer, please contact Michelle Piazza at mpiazza@health-quest.org or 845-279-5711, ext. 4752. If you would like to set up an informational booth or learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Priscilla Weaver, Executive Director of the Putnam Hospital Center Foundation, at pweaver@health-quest.org or 845-230-4763.



Pictured, from left: Beverly and Frank Finnegan, Sandra Horan, RN, BSN, Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice Chief Executive Director Maria Todaro, and Tulip Ball Chair Marisa Perez-Rogers

The HealthAlliance Foundation will recognize community and hospital leaders at its 28th annual Tulip Ball on April 29. Frank and Beverly Finnegan are the 2017 Tulip Ball honorees, Sandra Horan will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice will be presented with the Community Service Award.

Frank Finnegan, a retired IBM business unit executive, and Beverly Finnegan, a retired American Cancer Society regional vice president, are longtime residents and Kingston community supporters. They have worked to raise funds for local nonprofits by helping organize bicycling events and golf tournaments, including the Michael B. Finnegan Golf Classic, named in memory of their son. The golf classic supports cancer care at HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Beverly Finnegan is Chair of the Woodland Pond at New Paltz board and a member of the HealthAlliance Foundation and Ulster Community College Foundation boards. Frank Finnegan is on the Wiltwyck Golf Club board.

Sandra Horan, a bachelor’s-prepared registered nurse, is HealthAlliance’s Chief Nursing Officer. She has dedicated 40 years of service to the healthcare system and its predecessor Kingston Hospital, including three years as executive director of Margaretville Hospital, a member of WMCHealth. The Tulip Ball will not only hail her success in overseeing HealthAlliance clinical programs but will serve as a farewell celebration. Horan is retiring May 1.



Crystal Run Healthcare pediatrician Jocelyn A. Dummett, MD, reads Oh, The Places You’ll Go! to Crystal Run pediatric providers and staff on National Read Across America Day on March 2.

On Thursday, March 2, Crystal Run Healthcare, led by its pediatricians, celebrated Read Across America Day and the birthday of Dr. Seuss with live readings to children and parents in waiting rooms across the practice’s pediatric offices. Pediatricians, members of the Executive Team and staff read Dr. Seuss favorites including Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, Green Eggs and Ham and more. This is the first year Crystal Run Healthcare participated in the event, organized by Jocelyn A. Dummett, MD, FAAP, Pediatrics Division Lead.

Read Across America, sponsored by the National Education Association, is the nation’s largest reading celebration, with upwards of 45 million students, parents, educators and others participating every year. The annual event emphasizes the need to impart to young readers a lifelong love of learning through reading, as reading is not only an essential academic skill, but the foundation of all learning.



2016 Golf & Tennis Classic Co-Chairs Eric Savacool (far left) and Jake Kriney (far right) congratulate the Bonura-sponsored foursome of Christian Vonn, Mike Bonura, Brent Caster and Patrick Mainey. They won first place gross in the 2016 Better Ball format at West Hills Country Club.

The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce its 2017 Annual Golf and Tennis Classic, which will take place Monday, June 19, at West Hills Country Club and The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge.

Renowned as one of the region’s finest golf outings, this 26th annual tournament will benefit the Orange Regional annual fund, which provides vital support for patient programs, services, and community and staff education.

Various levels of sponsorship packages are available for this year’s tournament. With their round of golf, golfers receive a delicious breakfast, a golf cart, full lunch and an appreciation gift, as well as a tremendous golfers’ hour and a buffet dinner at the awards ceremony. This year, there are also newly expanded sponsorship and play opportunities, including a Tennis Clinic and Tournament and a Par 3 Clinic and tournament.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities available, call the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation at 845-333-2333 or visit www.ormcclassic.org.


HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley (HealthAlliance), a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), and The Institute for Family Health, a federally qualified health center, are working together on a federally sponsored pilot project to see if patient follow-up reduces Ulster County’s suicide rate.

Under the project, an Institute-trained clinician provides risk assessments and other enhanced follow-up services by phone or in person within 48 hours of discharge from the HealthAlliance Psychiatric Emergency Department.

The three-year suicide-prevention collaboration between HealthAlliance and the Institute is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Researchers from Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry, another partner, are evaluating the success of the project as it progresses and reporting results to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.



A WMCHealth clinician monitors patients from the eHealth operations center.

State-of-the-art telemedicine technology linking HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), with the specialized WMCHealth telehealth operations center is now operational.

WMCHealth’s secure, high-definition eHealth Program offers HealthAlliance patients personalized care from advanced WMCHealth specialists without having to travel to visit them. The specialists complement — and do not replace — the healthcare teams at HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus in Kingston.

The new programs connect all HealthAlliance hospitals with WMCHealth’s 5,500-square-foot eHealth operations center.