People in the News

Friday, February 3, 2017

Robert Friedberg

Health Quest Systems Inc. President Robert Friedberg has been appointed CEO of the leading nonprofit healthcare system in the Mid Hudson Valley. Friedberg is the successor to Luke McGuinness, who retired at the end of 2016.

Friedberg has more than 30 years of healthcare management experience. He joined Health Quest in January 2014, first serving as the president of Vassar Brothers Medical Center and executive vice president of Health Quest and then as President of the health system. Before coming to the Hudson Valley, he was executive vice president of operations at Cadence Health in Winfield, Illinois, and president of Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois.

During his tenure, Friedberg has been instrumental in the rapid growth and expansion of the Health Quest system, including the planning of the $510 million, 696,000-square-foot, seven-level inpatient pavilion at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Construction began in 2016 and is expected to be completed in June 2019.

As President and CEO, Friedberg oversees Health Quest’s network of facilities throughout Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, Orange, Columbia and northern Westchester counties. These include three award-winning hospitals — Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie — along with multiple Health Quest Medical Practice primary care and specialty locations, two Urgent Care locations, and affiliates including the Thompson House, a 100-bed skilled nursing facility on the Northern Dutchess Hospital campus, Health Quest Home Care and The Heart Center, a leading provider of cardiology services in the region. Health Quest will add Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Connecticut, to its family in 2017.

Friedberg received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester in New York and his master’s degree in health administration from Cornell University in Ithaca.



From left: Foundation Chair Richard A. Mantey, Executive Director Steffen Kraehmer, and new board members John Bonavita-Goldman, MD, Rocco J. Pucino III and Joe Murphy. At right, front, advisory committee member Andrew Lewis welcomes new committee members Amethyst Meyer, in red, and the Rev. Kendra VanHouten.

This year marks the HealthAlliance Foundation’s 35th year of raising funds for health care in Kingston. The nonprofit organization, which supports the programs and facilities of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), kicks off a yearlong celebration with the addition of three members to its board of directors and two to its advisory committee.

The new board members are John Bonavita-GoldmanMDJoe Murphy and Rocco J. Pucino III. The new advisory committee members are Amethyst Meyer and the Rev. Kendra VanHouten.

Dr. Bonavita-Goldman is a former radiologist who moved to the Hudson Valley after retiring from his position at NYU Langone Medical Center, affiliated with New York University.

Murphy, a Rondout Savings Bank residential mortgage originator, joins the board after serving on the foundation’s advisory committee. He is a lifetime area resident and serves as the Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix course director.

Pucino, a Newburgh native, is an Assistant Vice President and multisite manager of Ulster Savings Bank. His volunteer experience includes four years with the New Paltz Rotary Club, as vice president and treasurer.

Meyer, a longtime Kingston resident, is a financial services representative at the Bank of Greene County.

VanHouten has been the Fair Street Reformed Church’s minister since 2011.



Gerda Maissel, MD

Gerda Maissel, MD, has been named Chief Medical Officer of Health Quest Medical Practice.

Dr. Maissel has more than 25 years of experience as a physician in healthcare management. She most recently served as chief medical officer for St. Elizabeth Physicians, the multispecialty physician group of St. Elizabeth Healthcare in northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Dr. Maissel previously served as chief medical officer for both Baystate Health Northern Region and Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Dr. Maissel received her medical degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. She completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

She is a certified physician executive and medical director. She is also board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation.



Stacy Lynn Britsch, MN, RN, CRNP, CPNP, CPN, CPST, BSN

Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the promotion of Stacy Lynn Britsch, MN, RN, CRNP, CPNP, CPN, CPST, BSN, to Nursing Service Administrator of Women and Children’s Services.

In this role, Britsch oversees the Inpatient Pediatric Unit, Children’s Emergency Department, Child Life Program and Rowley Family Birthing Center, including the Neonatal ICU and Lactation Program. Britsch joined the Orange Regional team in 2014 as a pediatric nurse, where she later accepted the role of Advanced Practice Nurse, Pediatrics Navigator in January 2015. In her most recent role, she served as the nursing unit director for the Inpatient Pediatric Department and the Children’s Emergency Department.

Prior to joining Orange Regional, Britsch worked as a patient care technician at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center while obtaining her Bachelor of Science in nursing. She was also a registered nurse in the Pediatric Medical/Surgical/Oncology Unit at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Washington.

Britsch earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a member of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, the New York Organization of Nurse Executives & Leaders, as well as the American Nurses Association. Britsch is also an obstetric and pediatric Adjunct Clinical Professor at SUNY Orange in Middletown.



Rosemary Galvin, RN

Helen Hayes Hospital (HHH) in West Haverstraw, New York, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rosemary Galvin, RN, to the position of Patient Relations Director and Administrative Representative for the Helen Hayes Hospital Volunteer Corps. As Patient Relations Director, Galvin will act as a liaison between hospital patients and staff, developing and administering policies that ensure excellent patient care.

As Administrative Representative of the HHH Volunteer Corps, she will lead the hospital’s dedicated corps of volunteers in their work to raise funds for hospital programming, equipment purchases and research.

Galvin has worked at HHH for over 20 years, serving as a nurse on each of the hospital’s specialty rehab units. She received her BSN from Dominican College and has extensive experience working with patients across all fields of rehabilitative medicine, including patients with traumatic brain injuries, amputations, stroke, spinal cord injuries and tracheotomies.



Timothy Gramann

Health Quest has named Timothy Gramann Chief Operating Officer of Health Quest Medical Practice.

Gramann has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare management, having most recently worked for Inova Health System in Virginia as both vice president of the system and chief operating officer of Inova Medical Group. He previously served as chief operating officer for TriHealth Physician Partners in Cincinnati and vice president of business operations for Group Health Associates, also in Cincinnati.

Gramann graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree and master’s in business administration.



David L. Smith, FACHE

The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), made up of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce the appointment of David L. Smith, FACHE, to the newly created position of Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Planning.

Smith has over 35 years of healthcare experience in hospitals and healthcare systems. Prior to joining GHVHS, he was senior vice president, chief strategy and network development officer at Stamford Health in Stamford, Connecticut.

Smith previously served as senior vice president, system development, and executive vice president, suburban health enterprises, at Suburban Hospital Health Care System in Bethesda, Maryland; senior vice president, planning and marketing, at Franklin Square Hospital Center, Baltimore; and director of regulatory affairs at Alta Bates Health System, Berkeley, California.

Smith has a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Missouri. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, and has held numerous board leadership positions in local community agencies.