Wednesday, May 9, 2018



VBMC to become teaching hospital

POUGHKEEPSIE – Health Quest’s Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie will be making the shift to a teaching hospital starting next year.

Hospital President Ann McMackin said at the annual President’s Breakfast on Tuesday that they have already been approved for general surgery residency for 2019 and are expected in the fall to be approved for some other residencies, including internal medicine, family medicine, OBGYN, orthopedics, emergency and psychiatry.

McMackin said having residency programs is a huge asset towards the continued evolution of the medical center.

“It takes us from being a community hospital with great, advanced tertiary care, to a teaching hospital and when you have residents, it raises the bar for everybody,” said McMackin. “It’s ongoing teaching, ongoing education and it also trains physicians who love the Hudson Valley and will hopefully stay here and grow their practices in our region.”

These new graduate residency programs will be spread across the four Health Quest hospitals, with the largest programs hosted at Vassar Brothers. Cumulatively, the programs are expected to have approximately 220 working residents when all is said and done.

Vassar Brother’s is also eagerly awaiting the completion of their new bed tower building, which McMackin said is the largest construction project in City of Poughkeepsie history.

Her “State of the Medical Center” updates show that the project is in its final third of construction and that they are due to be completed at the end of 2019.

Regarding the year to come for Vassar, McMackin said they will just continue to invest in new technologies, their employees and their community.

“I think we’ll continue to serve the community and grow the types of programs that they want here in the community. We see ourselves as a dominant provider of healthcare in the Hudson Valley,” said McMackin.


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