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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Joan Patterson, RN, MSN, Director of Operations — Sullivan County, for Crystal Run Healthcare, has been appointed to the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce 2018 Board of Directors.


Joan Patterson, RN, MSN, Director of Operations — Sullivan County, for Crystal Run Healthcare, appointed to the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce 2018 Board of Directors

Patterson, a licensed registered professional nurse and registered nurse practitioner, joined Crystal Run in 2011. She earned her Master of Science degree as an acute care nurse practitioner from the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York. In addition to her recent appointment to the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Patterson serves on the following bodies: Sullivan County Health Services Advisory Board, SUNY Sullivan Advisory Board and Hudson Valley Walk to Cure Arthritis Committee. She is Vice President of the SullivanArc Foundation board.

The mission of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce is to assist, support, promote and advocate on behalf of the business community. Serving as a point of contact and an information center, the chamber aims to bring together the business and professional interests of the county in order to grow and retain member businesses and other enterprises.


Two high school seniors with aspirations of careers in health care received the Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary’s continuing education scholarships. Junior volunteers Michelle Kushner and Nora Maerean each received $500 toward their educational pursuits.


Director of Volunteer and Pastoral Services Michelle Piazza with junior volunteers Michelle Kushner and Nora Maerean

Kushner, a Somers High School senior, will attend the State University of New York at Binghamton to study nursing. She has volunteered at Putnam Hospital Center for two years, accumulating more than 189 hours of service. She volunteered mostly in the Rehabilitation Department. Her mother is a physical therapist at the hospital.

Maerean, a senior at Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, will attend Rice University in September, where she plans to study medicine. She has volunteered at Putnam Hospital Center for about three years, providing more than 198 volunteer hours in various units, including the Emergency Department and radiology.

Kushner and Maerean were selected by a committee. This is the third year the Auxiliary has awarded these educational scholarships.


Adele El Kareh, MD, PhD, FACOG, CareMount Medical OB/GYN, has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2018 Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (TouroCOM) Preceptor of the Year Award. This award is given to a physician in recognition of outstanding clinical service and commitment to medical education. Honorees are selected by the Clinical Dean from nominations provided by the graduating class. Dr. El Kareh was presented the award at TouroCOM Middletown’s inaugural commencement ceremony May 31 in Middletown, New York.


Kenneth J. Steier, DO, Executive Dean at TouroCOM, and Adele El Kareh, MD, PhD, FACOG, CareMount Medical OB/GYN

Zarina Nestor, MD, and Noble Jacob, MD, represented Crystal Run Healthcare at the 2018 Power of Age Conference at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York. Dr. Jacob, a specialist in family medicine, answered questions for attendees, and Dr. Nestor, a specialist in pulmonary and critical care medicine, provided a free screening for attendees on sleep apnea risk.


Zarina Nestor, MD, and Noble Jacob, MD, celebrate older adults in Rockland County.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Director of the Office for the Aging Tina M. Cardoza-Izquierdo presented the event for seniors, including free workshops, exhibits, programs and awards. Thirteen informative workshops were offered to attendees on a variety of topics, ranging from Alzheimer’s awareness to step-by-step painting. Visit rocklandgov.com/departments/aging/ to find out more about services offered by Rockland County’s Office for the Aging.

Dr. Nestor earned her medical degree from SUNY Upstate University in Syracuse and completed her residency in internal medicine at Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine in Manhasset, New York. She is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine and completed her fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. Dr. Nestor provides care in Crystal Run’s Monroe and West Nyack locations.

Dr. Jacob earned his medical degree at Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, West Indies, and completed his residency in family practice at New York Medical College at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Yonkers. He is board-certified in family medicine and is seeing patients in Crystal Run’s West Nyack location.



Richard Yonke, LAc, MSOM

Middletown Medical welcomes licensed acupuncturist Richard Yonke, LAc, MSOM, to its team of healthcare professionals. Yonke sees patients at Middletown Medical’s Physical Therapy Center at 1219 Dolsontown Road.

Yonke is experienced in diagnosing, treating and preventing illness through the administration of acupuncture. He operates a private practice in Carmel, New York. Prior to joining the Middletown Medical care team, Yonke worked alongside physiatrist Hoon J. Park, MD, where he treated patients for pain management without the use of medication. He also worked with orthopedists at OPTY Medical (now closed), with a focus on pain management and physical rehabilitation.

Yonke earned his Master of Science in Health Science/Oriental Medicine degree from the New York College of Health Professions in Syosset.


Crystal Run Healthcare’s Chief Operating Officer, Michelle A. Koury, MD, and Chief Human Resources Officer, Mary DeFreitas, BBA, MPS, presented Middletown High School senior Alexis Oppong with the annual Crystal Run Healthcare Scholarship. The $1,500 scholarship was presented at the Middletown Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Club scholarship award dinner at The Eagles Nest in Bloomingburg, New York. 2018 marks the sixth consecutive year Crystal Run has offered the scholarship, in partnership with the Middletown BPW. It is one of several scholarships the practice has given since 2005 to local high school students pursuing higher education in health care.


COO Michelle A. Koury, MD, and Chief Human Resources Officer Mary DeFreitas, BBA, MPS, present the Crystal Run Healthcare Scholarship to the parents of Alexis Oppong.

Oppong is a 2018 graduate of Middletown High School and will attend Stony Brook University this fall. She was selected to receive the scholarship based on her academic performance, community involvement and interest in health care.



A. Garvey Rene, MD, FACC, FSCAI

CareMount Medical announces that A. Garvey Rene, MD, FACC, FSCAI, clinical and interventional cardiologist, has been named a 2018 recipient of the Business Council of Westchester’s Rising Star 40 Under 40 Award. The annual Rising Stars program is modeled after the national business recognition program 40 under 40. Rising Stars honorees are chosen based on professional accomplishments, professional and business affiliations, and demonstrated leadership skills.

Dr. Rene joined CareMount Medical’s Cardiology Department in 2017. He is responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of a full range of heart-related illnesses and conditions. He is board-certified in interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with a minor in management from Johns Hopkins University. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Weill Cornell Medical College and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. Following his training, Dr. Rene went on to complete his general cardiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania.



James M. Feeney, MD, FACS, Director of Trauma Services, MidHudson Regional Hospital

MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), welcomes trauma and general surgeon James M. Feeney, MD, FACS, as Director of Trauma Services.

Dr. Feeney is responsible for leading MidHudson Regional Hospital’s trauma team and ensuring injured patients at the hospital’s Level II trauma center receive the safest, most appropriate care. He is also involved in professional and public trauma education and training through WMCHealth’s trauma program.

Board-certified in general surgery and surgical critical care, Dr. Feeney brings battlefield medical experience as well as civilian clinical expertise and academic credentials to MidHudson Regional Hospital. A U.S. Navy commander since 1988, Dr. Feeney was the director of surgical services and chief of trauma at a military base in Qalat, southern Afghanistan, in 2013. Before his Afghanistan deployment, Dr. Feeney was a U.S.-based military physician for 13 years in the Navy’s Medical Corps.

Receiving his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, now Geisel School of Medicine, Dr. Feeney completed a fellowship in trauma surgery and critical care at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, part of the University of Maryland Medical Center.