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Northern Dutchess Hospital gala honors two leaders

RHINEBECK (June 12) - With a festive Mardi Gras theme, the 18th annual Starlight Ball on Saturday, June 10, raised about $150,000 for Northern Dutchess Hospital.

The night of grandeur was held under a lavishly decorated tent on the lawn of the Dutchess County Fairgrounds — one of few venues in the area that will hold the 450 attendees.

 From left, co-chairs Mary and Dr. James Wing, Gale Wolfe; honoree Dr. Dean Bloch; hospital president Denise George;
Vincent Coluccio; co-chairs Joanne and Dr. Bruce Cuttler; Laurie Keil and honoree Brad Keil (Photo credit: John Halpern)

Honoree Dr. Dean Bloch, an obstetrician and gynecologist on the hospital’s medical staff who hails from Red Hook, was applauded for three decades of dedicated service and his outstanding commitment to his patients.

“Dean plays a critical role in the lives of the mothers and infants he treats, and we’re grateful to have such a skilled, compassionate physician,” hospital President Denise George said.

Also celebrated was Keil Equipment co-owner Brad Keil, of Rhinebeck, who served on the hospital foundation board for 12 years, including as chairman for six of them.

“There are few who have served and given to the hospital and the community the way Brad has,” George said.

Ball chairs Dr. Bruce Cuttler, a dentist, with his wife, Joanne Cuttler, and Dr. James Wing, a general surgeon with his wife, Mary Wing, gave touching tributes. Music was provided by The Mystic of Long Island with gourmet catering by Abigail Kirsch of New York City.

Northern Dutchess is an 84-bed, nonprofit hospital offering general and orthopedic surgery, a progressive birth center and more. For general information, visit


 Volunteer chair announced for Heart Walk event

POUGHKEEPSIE (May 30) - The Hudson Valley American Heart Association (AHA) has announced that Dr. Lori Morton will serve as Executive Champion of the Westchester Heart Walk event, set for Sunday, October 1st at Kensico Dam in Valhalla. The Heart Walk is the AHA’s largest annual event, raising more than $400,000 for AHA programs and research last year.

Dr. Lori Morton is the Director of Cardiovascular Research and Fibrosis Research at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.  Morton will appeal to local businesses and community leaders to support the American Heart Association’s mission through sponsorship of the Heart Walk event, and invite them to form teams to join the Heart Walk to build healthier lives free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

At Regeneron, Morton leads a team of scientists in the discovery and validation of new drug targets for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases affecting heart, kidney, lung and vascular function, as well as a number of diseases characterized by tissue scarring (fibrosis). Dr. Morton’s group collaborates with a number of other research groups at Regeneron to develop and test new medicines, determining the best candidates for new investigational clinical programs. 

Heart disease costs employers more than $3 billion annually, according to the AHA. It is the leading killer in the U.S. and New York State of both men and women.

“I have been a professional member of the American Heart Association for 11 years and I fully support their mission,” Morton said, “I’m looking forward to working with community leaders to engage their support of the AHA’s lifesaving work.  Every day, the AHA works to strengthen our community’s well-being, and due to their robust commitment to funding research, they will impact the broader future of healthcare as well.”

The Heart Walk is a celebration of year-round efforts by local organizations to create a “culture of health” in the workplace. The American Heart Association encourages worksites to support healthier behaviors at work through the AHA’s Workplace Health Solutions program. Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., and physical inactivity doubles the risk. Information is online at

Companies interested in supporting the Heart Walk with sponsorship or teams should call Jennifer Miller at 914-806-0962, or email To register online, please visit


ORMC holds cyber security seminar and training for the Mid-Hudson School Study Council

TOWN OF WALLKILL (May 30) - Orange Regional Medical Center recently held a Red Team Cyber Security Training Seminar for the Mid-Hudson School Study Council

Full details on our Education Page


 Beverly and Frank Finnegan with Perez-Rogers and Kraehmer

Tulip Ball Raises $180,000 for HealthAlliance

SAUGERTIES (May 23) - The HealthAlliance Foundation’s 28th annual Tulip Ball raised more than $180,000 to support the acquisition of new technology and equipment, high quality treatment services, and training for hospital staff at HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). 

Tulip Ball Honorees Beverly and Frank Finnegan, Tulip Ball Chairwoman Marisa Perez-Rogers, and HealthAlliance Foundation Executive Director Steffen Kraehmer

The April 29 event at the Lazy Swan Golf and Country Club Village in Saugerties drew 350 people who celebrated the achievements of Frank and Beverly Finnegan, Sandra A. Horan, RN, BSN, and the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice.

The Finnegans were named Tulip Ball Honorees for their involvement in community fundraising, cancer care activism, and not-for-profit leadership. Horan received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her 40 years of guidance and service to HealthAlliance.  The Festival of the Voice earned the Community Service Award for its contributions to the arts community and local economy.

“These award recipients have dedicated their lives to the health and well-being of our community,” said Kraehmer. 


Health Quest hospitals recognized with Excellence in Healthcare Award

POUGHKEEPSIE (May 23) - Health Quest hospitals received 11 national Excellence in Healthcare Awards from Professional Research Consultants, the patient-satisfaction-survey partner of the Hudson Valley’s premier healthcare network.

The Excellence in Healthcare Awards are based on the perceptions of care by patients who are surveyed about their experience.

Hospitals receiving five-star awards ranked in the top 10 percent of PRC’s database of national healthcare providers.

Five-star award recipients were:

  • Vassar Brothers Medical Center’s ambulatory surgery centers in Poughkeepsie and Fishkill, outpatient physical therapy services, the Dyson Center for Cancer Care’s mammography and ultrasound services, and the mammography and MRI services provided by DRA, a division of Vassar Brothers Medical Center.
  • Northern Dutchess Hospital’s emergency department services and for giving clear discharge instructions to hospitalized patients.
  • Putnam Hospital Center’s outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services and for giving clear discharge instructions to hospitalized patients.

“At Health Quest, our core set of values include respect, excellence, accountability, compassion and honor,” said Nan Apps, director of patient experience at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. “We embrace the ideal that our patients and their families come first and to always demonstrate integrity in everything we do.”

PRC is a nationally known healthcare market research company headquartered in Omaha, Neb.

For information about Health Quest, visit



Catskill Regional Medical Group adds infectious diseases to its growing services

Harris (May 22) - Catskill Regional Medical Group now offers services for Infectious Diseases.

The Infectious Diseases Department at Catskill Regional Medical Group led by Marina Keller, MD has physicians and healthcare providers who are trained to investigate and diagnose all manner of infections and fevers of unknown origin.

Director of Infectious Diseases, Marina Keller, MD, is Board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Infectious Diseases and the American Board of Medical Microbiology. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biophysics from Cornell University, and completed her medical degree, Residency in internal medicine, a Fellowship in infectious disease and second Fellowship in medical microbiology at McGill University. The Infectious Diseases Department at Catskill Regional Group and Orange Regional Medical Group has specialists who are trained medical diagnosticians with the knowledge base to treat:

  • Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff.) Infections through fecal transplant treatment. We are now the first location in the Hudson Valley offering fecal transplant by capsule.
  • Multi-drug resistant infection
  • Surgical infections, such as prosthetic joint infections, and spinal infections.
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tick borne illness, such as Lyme disease, travel medicine
  • Complicated fungal infections and much more.

Our Infectious Disease staff investigates and helps contain outbreaks of contagious pathogens in institutions and the community. Combing an in-depth knowledge of the microbiology of human pathogens with rigorous training in internal medicine and infectious disease, these specialists are the go-to physicians for complicated infections.

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ORMC offers healing yoga class for wellness

WALLKILL (May 23) - Orange Regional Medical Center will offer a 10-week healing yoga class from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Fridays, beginning June 2 and ending August 4, at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Community Health Education Center, located at 110 Crystal Run Road in the Town of Wallkill. The fee for this 10-week program is $40 per person. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please call 1-888-321-6762.

Orange Regional’s healing yoga classes utilize the practice of yoga therapy for those seeking wellness or those with chronic conditions, including but not limited to: cancer, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Yoga therapy acts as a complement to traditional medicine in an effort to improve an individual’s quality of life. The benefits of healing yoga include, but are not limited to, the promotion of stress reduction and relaxation, ease of depression and anxiety and encouragement of healthy decision-making. Registrants need not have cancer to enroll.

For more information and to register for the healing yoga class, contact Orange Regional Medical Center’s Health Connection Hotline at 1-888-321-6762 or visit and select “Healing Yoga” in the dropdown menu.


MidHudson Regional Hospital receives verification as Level II Trauma Center

POUGHKEEPSIE (April 24) - With over 20 years of experience as a New York State designated Level II trauma center, MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), recently passed a rigorous peer review process to become the Hudson Valley's first and only trauma care program verified "Level II" by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

"A trauma center receiving verification from the ACS is key, as New York State now only utilizes the ACS verification program as its standard to designate trauma centers," said Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, Director of the Department of Surgery at Westchester Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and MidHudson Regional Hospital, all members of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network. "This verification program applies a comprehensive review process that all centers interested in trauma verification must undergo for official status. No other trauma center in the Hudson Valley area has passed this strict scrutiny for Level II status."

MidHudson Regional Hospital joins Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children's Hospital as ACS-verified trauma centers in the Hudson Valley, with Level I designation for adult and pediatric trauma care, respectively.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the national verification program for hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers that provide not only the institutional resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care - from pre-hospital to rehabilitation - to address the needs of all injured patients.

For more information on MidHudson Regional Hospital, visit






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