CMH Trustees V. Richard Back, MD.and Mary Gail Biebel, PhD

Hudson, N.Y.  June 4, 2019

The 31st Annual Hospital Ball hosted Saturday by the Columbia Memorial Health Foundation raised a total of $587,000 to support Columbia Memorial Health’s (CMH) mission of providing comprehensive, community-based health services to the people of Columbia and Greene counties.  Themed “Le Cirque,” the event featured a special auction that raised $180,000 to support CMH’s acquisition of 3D biopsy technology — an advancement that will augment CMH’s 3D mammography capabilities made possible through donations made at the 30th Annual Hospital Ball in 2018.

“This is the second year in a row that our community responded with tremendous generosity to help us provide the most advanced care possible for the detection and treatment of breast cancer,” said Foundation Board Chair Patti Matheney. “The combination of 3D mammography and 3D biopsy will mean that breast cancers can be detected earlier and treated far less invasively than ever before. We are enormously grateful to our donors for their gift of life and hope for breast cancer patients.”

CMH President and CEO Jay P. Cahalan said: “The staff at CMH provide care to our family members, friends and neighbors every day, making our connection to our patients very special.  The generosity exhibited by our Ball patrons is another example of how strong that bond is between us, and how we work together as a community to care for one another.”

Nearly 400 business and community leaders, public officials, CMH staff and CMH supporters attended the ball at Catskill’s historic Point to honor longtime supporters and dedicated CMH Trustees, Mary Gail Biebel, Ph.D., and V. Richard Back, M.D.

Columbia Memorial Health offered thanks to all Annual Ball patrons, especially: Host, Aven A. Kerr; Presenter, North American Partners in Anesthesia; and Major Sponsors, John B. Fraser and Nancy J. Kyle, Mid-Hudson Cable, USI Insurance Services and PMA Companies, and Community Care Physicians, P.C.