People in the News

Friday, September 27, 2019

Marla Koroly, MD, recipient of the Excellence in Health Care award, with Anthony Shih, MD, MPH, President of the United Hospital Fund

Marla Koroly, MD, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, and Chief Medical Officer at Northern Westchester Hospital, was honored with an Excellence in Health Care award at the United Hospital Fund’s (UHF) First Tribute to Excellence in Health Care. Approximately 500 colleagues, healthcare leaders and supporters attended the event.

Dr. Koroly was recognized for incorporating the best clinical practices to ensure the highest-quality care and exemplary patient experience. She was one of 57 “extraordinary quality improvement leaders” from 51 hospitals and long-term care facilities honored across the metropolitan region by UHF at its new annual event, recognizing personal efforts to champion quality of care, patient safety and patient experience.

In creating this opportunity for external recognition of excellence, UHF invited hospitals and long-term-care institutions to identify one individual at each site who has demonstrated vision and accomplishment in improving quality of care.


Elyse Carroll, BSRC, RRT, CTTS, Manager of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Orange Regional Medical Center, recently led the certification of 14 new Freedom From Smoking Facilitators. These individuals are from the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, which includes Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center, as well as the Orange County Department of Health, Sullivan County Department of Health, and several local healthcare providers and nonprofit representatives.


New Freedom From Smoking Facilitators from Greater Hudson Valley Health System

All newly certified facilitators will teach or take part in teaching the eight-week American Lung Association smoking cessation program, which has helped more than a million smokers quit since it was developed in 1980.

By the end of the workshop, participants will learn how to make the quitting process easier, better prepare for Quit Day, better manage stress, avoid weight gain, work toward developing a new self-image and more. As an incentive to attend all eight sessions, participants will be qualified to receive free nicotine replacement therapy — lozenges and gum — valued at approximately $50.



Carlos A. Charles, MD

Crystal Run Healthcare welcomes Carlos A. Charles, MD, dermatologist, to the practice.

Dr. Charles earned his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and completed his residency in dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami. He completed a pigmented lesions research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and is board-certified in dermatology. His clinical interests include medical dermatology and skin of color. Dr. Charles provides care in Rock Hill.



Lauren Carberry, Director of Employee and Labor Relations

Orange Regional Medical Center has promoted Lauren Carberry to Director of Employee and Labor Relations.

Carberry has been a member of the Human Resources Department since 2015. As Manager of Employee and Labor Relations, she served as the primary liaison between the Medical Center and unions. Carberry works closely with both staff and leaders to provide for an effective labor-management relationship and has played a pivotal role in building relationships with leaders to assist in managing day-to-day employee relations matters.

Carberry has more than 10 years of experience in the human resources field, and prior to joining Orange Regional, she was a Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, New York.



Moira Mencher

Moira Mencher has joined the Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) as physician liaison. Mencher’s responsibilities include building and strengthening relationships with all community physicians and their staff. Mencher will meet with physicians and practice managers to discuss patient care, referrals, new treatments and other services that may be pertinent to their patients.

Before joining GHVHS, Mencher worked at Bon Secours Charity Health System as a healthcare analyst. Mencher has a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and a master’s degree in human resources and healthcare management, both from Iona College.


The Greater Hudson Valley Health System Medical Group has added these new providers to its team:

Samuel Abourbih, MD, FRCSC (urology). Board-certified in urology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Abourbih works at Orange Regional Medical Group in Middletown.

Irvelyne Camille, MD, FACOG (women’s health). Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Camille works at Orange Regional Medical Group in Middletown.

Shravan Kooragayalu, MD, MBA, MHA (pulmonary, critical care, sleep medicine). Dr. Koor works at Catskill Regional Medical Group in Harris and Orange Regional Medical Group in Middletown. He is the Medical Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Catskill Regional Medical Center.

Mayur Paralkar, MD (hospitalist). Dr. Paralkar works at both Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris and Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown.

Ann Marie Bentsi-Addison, CNM, MSN (women’s health). Bentsi-Addison works as a midwife in the Women’s Health Department at Orange Regional Medical Group in Middletown and Catskill Regional Medical Group in Monticello.

David Morgan, FNP-BC, MSN (primary care). Morgan works as a family nurse practitioner at Catskill Regional Medical Group offices in Livingston Manor and Monticello.



John Bonavita-Goldman, MD, FABR

John Bonavita-Goldman, MD, FABR, of Kingston, has joined the board of directors of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network. Dr. Bonavita-Goldman has also served on the HealthAlliance Foundation board for three years and will continue in that role. He serves on the Ulster Community College Foundation board, the Ulster County Planning Board and the Kingston Zoning Board of Appeals.

A retired, board-certified radiologist specializing in abdominal and thoracic imaging, Dr. Bonavita-Goldman was most recently an Assistant Professor of Radiology at New York University School of Medicine, teaching at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Co-Director of the NYU Langone Faculty Radiology Practice. He earlier taught ultrasound to radiology residents, fellows and rotating medical students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, now the Perelman School of Medicine. Additionally, he was the school’s Section Chief of Emergency Radiology.

Dr. Bonavita-Goldman earned his medical degree at Penn Med.


Health Quest welcomes the following providers.

Internal medicine physician Anthony Basciano, MD, practices in the Rhinebeck primary care office. He completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Elizabeth Hospital, known today as Trinitas Regional Medical Center, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. His medical degree is from the University of Rome, and he earned his undergraduate degree in biology at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

Neurosurgeon Michael Cho, MD, will treat patients at the City of Poughkeepsie office, 21 Reade Place, Suite 3100. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, part of NYU Langone Health in Manhattan, and went on to complete his general surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at New York University School of Medicine.

Vinay Das, MD, has joined Health Quest as a primary care provider in Poughkeepsie. He will also serve as the health system’s Continuity Clinic Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is board-certified in internal medicine. As Director, he will be responsible for launching an effective and integrated curriculum in an outpatient care setting, ensure best practices for quality and outcome metrics, coordinate education for faculty development, and offer hands-on training and simulations for enhanced learning.

Luke Marji, MD, an internal medicine specialist, joined Health Quest Medical Practice at its primary care office in the City of Poughkeepsie. In addition, Dr. Marji will treat patients at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. Dr. Marji will also help cultivate the health system’s new internal medicine residency program as a clinical academic faculty member.

Cardiologist Sunny Intwala, MD, has joined Health Quest affiliate The Heart Center in Poughkeepsie. He will see patients at its Poughkeepsie location and has privileges at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Dr. Intwala is board-certified in internal medicine, general cardiology, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. He specializes in advanced cholesterol management, sports cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation.