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Horizon Family Medical launches campaign to boost diabetes awareness

GOSHEN (August 23) - Horizon Family Medical Group wants your family healthy and has launched an effort to further raise awareness of diabetes among its patients, providers and staff.

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA,) almost 30 million children and adults in the US have diabetes, and 86 million more Americans have prediabetes. In the US, someone is diagnosed with the disease every 23 seconds, the ADA says.  A total of 850,000 people don’t know they have the disease, according to

Horizon’s awareness initiative kicked off in May with a Mother’s Day fundraising basket that included a voucher for services at a local wellness center. Funds raised were used to send a child to Camp Aspire in Rochester, NY. The camp is a place where children with diabetes enjoy camaraderie, learning about their disease and fun. The balance of the funds were donated to the ADA Research Fund.

Horizon’s diabetes awareness-raising campaign will continue with a fundraising bowling event and a virtual walk in September. There will also be a continuing series of quarterly breakfasts and lunches done in conjunction with Shop Rite, where seniors will learn how to eat healthy and lower their diabetic risk.


St. Christopher’s, Inc., expands development department; hires director of institutional advancement

DOBBS FERRY (August 23) – With the need to pursue more funding opportunities and grow its programs, St. Christopher’s, Inc. has announced the appointment of Julie Wynohradnyk as the new Director of Institutional Advancement.

Full details on our Education Page


Dr. Nemec

Health Quest Medical Practice adds physician in Poughkeepsie

POUGHKEEPSIE (August 9) - Dr. Carolyn Nemec joined Health Quest Medical Practice’s Division of Primary Care in Poughkeepsie.

"I am very excited to bring my expertise in women's health to Health Quest.” Nemec said. “I enjoy spending time with patients and I feel everyone should have a good partnership with their primary care provider."

Most recently, Nemec served at a private practice in Bellmore, N.Y., and as director of women’s health at MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American Medical Women’s Association, and the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health.

Nemec graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Notre Dame College in Cleveland. She received her doctorate in medicine from the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo in 1985, and completed her Family Medicine Residency at Akron City Hospital, in Akron, Ohio, in 1988.

She has completed a Medical Breast Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in 2006, and a fellowship for Physicians for Reproductive Health in 2013. Nemec has been practicing medicine since 1980 and is a native of Cleveland.

The Division for Primary Care is at 1 Pine Street, Poughkeepsie. Make an appointment with Nemec by calling 845-483-0447 (TTY 1-800-421-1220).


VA Hudson Valley offers caregiver telephone education groups

MONTROSE (August 1) – The Department of Veterans Affairs Hudson Valley Health Care System will conduct three telephone education groups titled “Setting Boundaries: Defining What is Best for You, the Caregiver,” in the month of August.

The groups will be offered Tuesday, August 9, 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 17, 7:00 p.m., or Wednesday, August 24, 3:00 p.m. The VA Caregiver Support Line will facilitate the sessions, which are open to family caregivers of Veterans of all eras. People who wish to participate should register now by calling (845) 831-2000, John Imundo at extension 5487 or Anne Milliken at extension 5122.

Transcripts and handouts from past groups can be found at


Middletown dentists partner practice

MIDDLETOWN (August 1) - Dr. David Ainbinder, Dr. Joann Cassimatis, and Dr. Robert Amante have combined their dental practice with Mondovi Dental effective May 31, 2016. All three doctors, who received their dental degrees from various well-renowned dental schools, have been providing care to the Middletown area for many years and are excited to continue serving their patients under this new partnership.

“I’ve made a commitment to providing excellent, comfortable dental care to patients and their families so that bright, beautiful smiles are the end result,” said Dr. Cassimatis. “By combining our practice with Mondovi Dental, we can focus even more of our efforts on patient care as we spend less time on the administrative details.”

Features of the dental practice in Middletown include general dentistry care to patients of all ages with services such as preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and children’s dentistry.


Orange Regional Medical Center supports World Breastfeeding Week

MIDDLETOWN (July 26) – On August 5, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Rowley Family Birthing Center will participate in The Global Big Latch On in support of World Breastfeeding Week. The Global Big Latch On takes place at registered locations around the world, where women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. The event will be held in Orange Regional’s Conference Center, located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. Participants must register by calling 1-888-321-6762 or online at Check in begins at 10:00 a.m. and The Big Latch On begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.

The Rowley Family Birthing Center also offers a New Moms’ Support Group which meets every Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott located at 24 Crystal Run Crossing in Middletown. The support group welcomes new mothers and their babies to share experiences, discuss questions with other new moms, exchange ideas and challenges, gain knowledge and learn skills regarding newborn care and parenting. Fathers, grandparents and caregivers are welcome.

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated every year, August 1 through August 7, in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

For more information on the Rowley Family Birthing Center, visit

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


Health and Technology Camp for young adults at HealthAlliance Hospital

KINGSTON (July 18) - The Benedictine Health Foundation received a generous grant from Ulster Savings Bank to fund a Health and Technology Camp at HealthAlliance Hospital, Member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, to be held July 25 - 29. 

"We're very pleased to provide funding in support of the 2016 HealthAlliance Health & Technology Camp," said Jeffrey Wood, Ulster Savings Bank Vice President and Chair of the Ulster Savings Bank Donations Committee.  "The Camp provides an excellent educational opportunity for these students, as well as offering them insights into the clinical and complementary services provided to patients throughout the HealthAlliance health care system."

The innovative, week-long summer program will provide 10 - 12 year old children with the opportunity to observe many different aspects of healthcare.  Campers will be grouped in teams and attend classes on CPR and summer safety.  They will shadow medical professionals and visit clinical areas including nursing, emergency medicine, maternity, and mental health, as well as non-clinical including engineering, security and information technology. 

"Due to the generous support of Ulster Savings Bank, the Benedictine Health Foundation is honored to fund the Health and Technology Camp,” said Robert Ryan, Jr., President of the Benedictine Health Foundation Board.  “This is a memorable experience for the campers and the hospital staff, and exemplifies our Foundation's tradition of supporting compassionate care for the people in our community."

A graduation and awards ceremony will be held at the end of the week where campers will present PowerPoint presentations on their team's favorite area of healthcare.  


Dr. Kamthan

Catskill Regional Medical Center welcomes medical oncologist

HARRIS (July 12) Catskill Regional Medical Center announces the appointment of Board-certified Medical Oncologist, Arvind G. Kamthan, M.D., M.R.C.P. (U.K.), F.A.C.P. to lead our Hematology, Oncology & Infusion Services Department at Catskill Regional Medical Center. Dr. Kamthan is an Oncologist with Catskill Regional Medical Group.

Dr. Kamthan completed his medical training at SMS Medical College in India and residency training at Charleston Area Medical Center at West Virginia University with a fellowship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. Dr. Kamthan has been practicing medicine for over 23 years. His clinical research in oncology has appeared in multiple publications and is a Travel award winner for Research in Oncology by American Society of Clinical Oncology. 

“We are very excited to have Dr. Kamthan join our team. His expertise will be a great addition to our oncology program and a great benefit to our patients,” said Chief Executive Officer & Chief Medical Officer, Gerard Galarneau, MD.

Catskill Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. For more information about Catskill Regional Medical Center, visit


St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital earns third straight Most Wired distinction

NEWBURGH (July 12) - For the third straight year, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) has been included on the list of Health Care’s Most Wired® hospitals, ranking among the nation’s best in using information technology to improve patient care. 

The survey, recently released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum, is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. Conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2016, the survey of 680 participants representing an estimated 2,146 hospitals—more than 34 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.—examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration. 

This year’s survey focused on the use of telehealth to fill gaps in care, provide 24-hour, 7-day-per-week care, and increase access to medical specialists. In redefining the way that they provide care in their communities, Most Wired hospitals are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual’s lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team.

“With our current focus on population health and community education, it is more important than ever to find new and creative ways to reach the people we serve,” said SLCH Interim President and CEO Joan Cusack-McGuirk. “Technology will continue to evolve and provide new ways to provide value-based care, making it imperative that we be at the forefront of these emerging opportunities. I am proud of how our clinical and support teams are working together to make sure we are providing our patients with the highest possible standard of care.”


SUNY Orange Radiologic Technology Program receives JRCERT accreditation

MIDDLETOWN (July 12) - SUNY Orange’s Radiologic Technology program recently gained accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Full details on our Education Page


VA Hudson Valley offers caregiver telephone education groups

MONTROSE (June 8) – The Department of Veterans Affairs Hudson Valley Health Care System will conduct two telephone education groups titled “Finding Your Voice: Self Advocacy in Medical Settings,” in the month of June.

The groups will be offered Tuesday, June 14, 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 22, 3:00 p.m., or Wednesday, June 29, 7:00 p.m. The VA Caregiver Support Line will facilitate the sessions, which are open to family caregivers of Veterans of all eras. People who wish to participate should register now by calling (845) 831-2000, John Imundo at extension 5487 or Anne Milliken at extension 5122.

Transcripts and handouts from past groups can be found on the website:


Free monthly support groups for Sullivan County caregivers

FERNDALE (June 8) - Monthly family caregiver support groups are offered throughout Sullivan County, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Caregiver Resource Center (CRC). These groups are intended to provide both support and new resources to the informal family caregiver who assists an aging, ill, or disabled adult relative or friend. Bonnie Lewis, RN, CCESC dependent care educator, uses the AARP curriculum “Caring for Those You Care About” to facilitate meetings, along with various other educational resources.

There are four CRC support groups open to the public:

  • “Share the Care” group meets at 10:00 am on the first Wednesday of each month at Lander’s River Café in Callicoon, NY.
  • “Caring for the Caregiver” group meets at 10:00 am on the second Tuesday of each month at Eureka Café in Grahamsville, NY.
  • “Caregiver Conversations” group meets at 6:00 pm on the last Wednesday of each month at CCESC’s Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center in Liberty, NY.
  • “Alzheimer’s Support” group meets at 10:00 am on the third Thursday of each month at Action Toward Independence in Monticello, NY. This group is intended for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. 

These meetings provide an opportunity to listen, learn, and share in a comfortable space while finding assistance with caregiving concerns. The support groups offer a safe place for:

  • Sharing feelings, frustrations, and practical ways of coping
  • Meeting other caregivers who are in similar situations and can offer practical advice
  • Discovering new information and resources

Registration for these meetings is not required in advance but is encouraged in case of a schedule change. More information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180, emailing, or visiting In the event of special needs, please contact the office.

The Caregiver Resource Center is a co-partnered program between Cornell Cooperative Extension and Office for the Aging of Sullivan County and is supported by a grant from the NYS Office for the Aging’s Caregiver Program.





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