People in the News

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Patrice J. Koeneke, Esq.

Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP announces the Firm’s new Managing Partner, Patrice J. Koeneke, Esq.

Koeneke is a seasoned healthcare attorney with close to 30 years of experience in risk and litigation management, regulatory affairs, accreditation, ethics, patient care issues, quality management, and corporate compliance. She has served as the senior associate general counsel and director of risk management for NewYork-Presbyterian Weill-Cornell Medical Center, chief compliance officer and director of risk management for Nyack Hospital, and most recently as vice president of legal, risk and regulatory affairs and chief legal officer for Northern Westchester Hospital. The Firm believes Koeneke’s broad healthcare experience will be instrumental to the Firm’s continued success and client-oriented management approach.

As the Firm’s Managing Partner, Koeneke is the main liaison to our clients on all case-related and client management issues. She ensures that MCB meets the demands of our clients and that the Firm continues to provide effective, efficient and results-driven services to our clients. Koeneke oversees the professional development initiatives and activities for the attorneys and legal staff, along with supervising the intake of all new cases and managing attorney education, mentoring and training.

Koeneke holds a JD from St. John’s University School of Law and a BS in speech pathology from Nazareth College of Rochester. She was a speech and language pathologist at Cleary School for the Deaf prior to pursuing her legal career. She is admitted to practice in New York and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.


Putnam Hospital Center President Peter Kelly met with Putnam residents, leaders and elected officials recently at Putnam County Golf Course for his second annual State of the Hospital Community Breakfast.


Joseph DeMarzo, Barbara Ilardi, Peter Kelly and MaryEllen Odell

More than 60 community members attended the event to hear updates from Kelly on Putnam Hospital Center and its parent organization, Health Quest.

The presentation highlighted growing service lines, as well as Putnam Hospital Center’s recent accreditation as a comprehensive bariatrics center. Kelly spoke of the $9 million Emergency Department expansion project that will add 8,400 square feet to the existing facility, as well as the addition of 11 private treatment rooms, and separate ambulance and pedestrian entrances. More than 27,000 patients are seen in the Emergency Department annually.

Kelly concluded the breakfast with updates from the Health Quest system, including the addition of a graduate education program for medical residents that will launch in 2019. Psychiatry residents are expected to intern at Putnam Hospital Center starting in 2020. He also shared the recent announcement of plans to combine Health Quest and Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) to form a new health system that will provide residents across New York’s Hudson Valley and western Connecticut with more convenient, accessible, affordable care close to home.



Brian W. Murphy, MD

The Greater Hudson Valley Health System Medical Group announces that Brian W. Murphy, MD, has joined its team.

Dr. Murphy is a palliative care physician with Orange Regional Medical Group. He is board-certified in hospice and palliative care as well as family medicine. He received a medical degree from the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine in Denver and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Loyola College in Baltimore. Dr. Murphy completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Capital Hospice & Capital Palliative Care Consultants of Falls Church, Virginia, and participated in the Williamsport Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.


Karl Ziermann, DO, has brought The Institute for Bone Health and osteoporosis treatment to Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County.

Dr. Ziermann received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then performed his internal medicine residency at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, where he focused on high school, college and professional athletes. His primary role was as a team physician working directly with the University at Buffalo Division I athletics program.



Bradley D. Wiener, MD

Middletown Medical welcomes board-certified orthopedic surgeon Bradley D. Wiener, MD, to its team of healthcare professionals.

Dr. Wiener, a specialist in sports medicine, focuses on complex shoulder and knee conditions. As an Associate Clinical Professor with NYU Langone Medical Center’s Hospital for Joint Diseases, he has been actively involved in resident and fellow education within the shoulder department.

Dr. Wiener earned his Doctor of Medicine from New York Medical College in Valhalla after completing his Bachelor of Arts in biology at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He completed both his general surgery internship and orthopedic surgery residency through St. Vincent’s Hospital & Medical Center in New York, New York, before completing a fellowship in sports medicine and reconstructive surgery at the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia.