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Dr. Roman

Catskill Regional Medical Group welcomes Lauren Roman, M.D.

HARRIS (August 2) – Lauren Roman, M.D. joined Catskill Regional Medical Group as a Board-certified family medicine physician servicing both the Callicoon and Livingston Manor medical offices of Catskill Regional Medical Group.

Dr. Roman earned her medical degree from the University at Buffalo. She completed both her internship and residency at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, TX. She is the recipient of an Army Achievement Medal (AAM), an Army Commendation medal (ARCOM) a Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) and a Superior Civilian Service Award recognizing her military service, which includes serving in the Medical Corps at Imam Ali Air Base in Tallil, Iraq and the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity in Fort Drum, NY.

Prior to joining Catskill Regional Medical Group, Dr. Roman was Medical Director of River Hospital and a staff family physician at River Family Health Center in Alexandria Bay, NY.

Dr. Roman is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Association of Physician Leadership. She is author or co-author of multiple abstract publications.


Dr. Kumar

General Surgeon Dr. Pranat Kumar joins Health Quest Medical Practice

POUGHKEEPSIE (July 28) - Dr. Pranat Kumar will join Health Quest Medical Practice in its Division of General Surgery on Aug. 1.

Kumar will work out of the HQMP General Surgery offices in Poughkeepsie, 21 Reade Place, suite 3100, and Rhinebeck, 6511 Spring Brook Ave., suite 101.

Kumar received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and a masters of public health in epidemiology from George Washington University.

He completed his general surgery residency at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. He also completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery from St. Luke’s — Roosevelt Hospital Center, a teaching affiliate of Columbia University.

“I am looking forward to joining Health Quest Medical Practice and to serving the community as part of an organization that I feel is making great strides toward advancing healthcare in the Hudson Valley,” Kumar said.

Kumar has been in practice in the Hudson Valley since 2012. He has interests in robotic and minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of colon cancer, rectal cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis.

Kumar holds board certifications in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery. He has extensive research experience and has been published in several medical journals.


Vital signs monitor in operation

HealthAlliance adds eight vital signs monitors

KINGSTON (July 28) - HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley added eight new vital signs monitors, at a cost of more than $23,000, to its Kingston clinical operations.

Six of the advanced touchscreen monitors have been added to the three medical-surgical floors of HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus, the seventh to the campus’s inpatient dialysis unit and the eighth to the outpatient HealthAlliance Dialysis Center on Albany Avenue.

“The new monitors help us deliver excellent patient care with ease and enhance clinical decision-making,” said medical-surgical unit Director Carol Schrowang, a registered nurse. “The devices give nursing staff members the flexibility to monitor a wide range of patients concurrently and with advanced clinical measurement technologies that provide consistently accurate and reliable readings, even in challenging conditions.”

The monitors, paid for by the Kingston Auxiliary of HealthAlliance Hospital, augment 29 vital signs monitors already in use on the medical-surgical floors and eight in HealthAlliance’s dialysis programs.

HealthAlliance Hospital now has 65 vital signs monitors at its Broadway and Mary’s Avenue campuses and Dialysis Center.

The new monitors, made by Philips Healthcare, measure a patient’s heart rate, breathing rate, body temperature and blood pressure -- the four primary vital signs healthcare providers routinely record -- as well as the amount of oxygen in a patient’s blood.

Nursing staff members typically wheel the monitors into a patient’s room to take the patient’s vital signs. The measurements help clinicians assess a person’s general physical health. They also give clues to possible diseases and show progress toward recovery.


Crystal Run Village receives CQL Accreditation

MIDDLETOWN (July 20)  - CRVI (aka Crystal Run Village, Inc.) has been awarded the three year CQL Quality Assurances Accreditation from CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership. This award confirms that the organization shares CQL’s vision for person-centered solutions to improve the quality of life for people receiving supports and services. 

CRVI is a not for profit organization that provides supports for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities; offering comprehensive service coordination, traditional and non-traditional residential opportunities, free-standing overnight and hourly respite, day habilitation, supported employment, and other programs.  The organization’s mission focuses on Person Centered planning which nurtures an environment of personal growth

“We’ve been preparing for this since the inception of our New Directions…New Lives initiative in 2010,” said Executive Director Bill Sammis.  “Being a CQL accredited organization demonstrates that our person centered approach in all we do to allow individuals to choose their own path and as a result achieve their highest levels of self-fulfillment is a winning strategy.  We are proud to have earned this certification and CRVI will continue to work hard to maintain CQL standards.”

When CRVI partnered with CQL to pursue accreditation, it undertook a rigorous process to review and improve services and supports.  CRVI’s efforts were focused on empowering the people who receive support from their organization to make choices in how they live their lives … where they work, where they live, how they create a community. 

CRVI has been awarded CQL accreditation as a result of demonstrating proficiency in the following areas:

  • Basic Assurances ( ensuring fundamental safeguards related to health, safety and human security)
  • Personal Outcome Measures® (supporting and empowering people to achieve their goals and dreams)
  • Person-centered Excellence (demonstrating organizational commitment to continued enhancement of systems directly related to person-centered services)

“CQL commends CRVI for its success in increasing the quality of life for the people it supports,” CQL President and CEO Cathy Ficker Terrill, said.  “We are pleased to partner with them on this journey.”


Catskill Regional, Orange Regional Medical Centers & Physician Groups nationally recognized with marketing and public relations awards

MIDDLETOWN (July 14) - The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Center, Catskill Regional Medical Group and Orange Regional Medical Group, announce national recognition from the 32st Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards and the Aster Awards. The competitions, judged by a national panel, award healthcare organizations who showcase exemplary quality, creativity and message effectiveness in the areas of marketing and public relations. This year, Orange Regional Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Group, Catskill Regional Medical Center, and Catskill Regional Medical Group were acknowledged for several awards, marking another successful year for the hospitals and physician groups, and the work of the Marketing and Public Relations Department.

L to R: Orange Regional Medical Group Marketing and Public Relations Director, Jolie DeFeis; Community Outreach Marketing and
Public Relations Specialist, Dominique Mohansingh; Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Rob Lee; Marketing and
Public Relations Director, Marcy Manheim; Marketing and Public Relations Senior Specialist, Lauren Kropf-Zuckerman

Orange Regional Medical Center was the recipient of two Merit awards for the Hospital’s Residency brochure and their Aromatherapy brochure citing outstanding quality from Healthcare Advertising. Orange Regional Medical Group was the recipient of a Merit award for their Primary Care billboard, also for outstanding quality. 

Healthcare Advertising also recognized Catskill Regional Medical Center with a Gold award for its Employee Newsletter, Staff Matters, and a Merit award for its Stroke Center ad, which showcased the highest standard of excellence.  Catskill Regional Medical Group received a Silver award for the Group’s monthly Health Tips e-newsletter, a Bronze award was given for its Breast Cancer Screening ad and a Merit award for its Primary Care radio spot.

The Aster Awards also recognized Orange Regional Medical Center with a Gold award and two Bronze awards. The Hospital received a Gold award for its Pediatric Emergency Department service line campaign and a Bronze award for its Aromatherapy brochure and its Spine/Orthopedic video. Orange Regional Medical Group was the recipient of a Silver award for its Primary Care billboard.

Catskill Regional Medical Center was honored by the Aster Awards with a Silver award for its May/June edition of the Employee Newsletter, Staff Matters. Catskill Regional Medical Group was recognized with a Bronze award for its Breast Cancer Screening ad and a Silver award for its monthly Health Tips e-newsletter

The GHVHS marketing and public relations department won the admirable healthcare awards in partnership with their local agency, Focus Media.

“We are honored to once again receive national recognition for our marketing efforts,” said GHVHS Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations Rob Lee. “Our hospitals provide critical services and it is our duty to effectively deliver internal and external communication to the community.”

Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center are members of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. For more information about Catskill Regional Medical Center, visit For more information about Orange Regional Medical Center, visit


New York Medical College School of Medicine adopts innovative admissions tool

VALHALLA (July 14) - In an effort to further broaden its balanced, holistic review of medical school applicants, the New York Medical College (NYMC) School of Medicine this week announced its adoption of a new online assessment tool for the pre-interview screening phase of the admissions process, known as CASPer.

Full details on our Education Page


Dr. Doyle

Vassar Brothers Medical Center names VP of medical affairs

POUGHKEEPSIE (July 8) - A United States Military Academy graduate, psychiatrist and experienced hospital administrator joined Vassar Brothers Medical Center on July 1 as vice president of medical affairs.

In this role, Dr. Michael Doyle of Cornwall, Orange County, works closely with hospital leadership to create a superior patient care environment through consistent clinical quality performance. He is an advocate for medical staff and disseminates best healthcare practice protocols.

“I look forward to being a partner with the medical staff in ensuring the Hudson Valley receives great patient care,” Doyle said. “With a $466 million new Vassar Brothers planned, it couldn’t be a more exciting time to join the team.”

Doyle joined the Poughkeepsie-based hospital from St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, where he was associate chief medical officer and case management medical director. Previously, he was chief medical officer for Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point, serving the cadets of his alma mater, the United States Military Academy.

He completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and is board certified in psychiatry. He holds a medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., and a master’s in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.


Emergency Department at MidHudson Regional Hospital now staffed by Emergency Medical Associates

POUGHKEEPSIE (July 6) - MidHudson Regional Hospital recently selected Emergency Medical Associates (EMA) to provide emergency department management services. The contract will begin on July 9, 2015.

MidHudson Regional Hospital is a 243-bed level II trauma center where approximately 30,000 emergency department patients are treated annually. The 35-bed emergency department offers emergency medical and psychiatric care.

“MidHudson Regional Hospital strives to provide our patients with the very best care available and our partnership with Emergency Medical Associates enables us to enhance the quality of care in our emergency department,” said Paul Hochenberg, Executive Director of MidHudson Regional Hospital. “EMA has been providing the highest quality emergency medical care at Westchester Medical Center for 10 years, so it was a natural choice to continue that relationship.”

Emergency Medical Associates, a physician-led medical practice, specializes in emergency, hospitalist and urgent care medicine.  EMA partners with hospitals in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and North Carolina and is recognized for clinical excellence, quality service and sustained improvement in patient satisfaction.

Ivan T. Miller, MD, FACEP, has been named regional medical director, overseeing both MidHudson Regional Hospital and Westchester Medical Center.  A fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine in India, Dr. Miller brings more than 10 years of experience as a medical director to his position.

“The Emergency Medical Associates team has made great strides at Westchester Medical Center, and we’re excited to bring that same high-quality, efficient emergency medical care to MidHudson Regional Hospital,” said Dr. Miller.

In addition, beginning on July 9, Dr. Mark Papish will take on the role of Associate Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at MidHudson Regional Hospital and will be the local physician leader for the Emergency Department. 

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