Hudson, New York – The Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) Foundation recently announced it had received a $50,000 grant from the Hudson River Bank & Trust (HRBT) Foundation to support the construction of a new Center for Breast Health at CMH. The new center is scheduled to open in February 2023. The CMH Center for Breast Health will provide screening and diagnostic breast health services in a dedicated, modern, and comfortable location in the Medical Office Building on the hospital’s Hudson campus. Services planned for the center include screening and diagnostic 3D mammography; diagnostic ultrasound; ultrasound-guided biopsy; and stereotactic breast biopsy. Education on breast health, consultation on treatment decisions, and support groups for patients and their families will also be provided. “CMH has continuously evolved to meet the ever-changing health needs of our community, and by our side throughout this challenging journey has been the HRBT Foundation,” said CMH Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dorothy M. Urschel. “This donation in support of the Center for Breast Health is the most recent of many generous gifts the HRBT Foundation has made that have had an immediate, profound, and lasting impact on CMH’s ability [...]
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Hudson, New York – The Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) Foundation today announced Fenimore Asset Management has made a generous donation to support the construction of a new Center for Breast Health at CMH, scheduled to open in January 2023. The CMH Center for Breast Health will provide state-of-the-art screening and diagnostic breast health services in a dedicated, modern, and comfortable space located in the Medical Office Building on the hospital’s Hudson campus. Services planned for the center include screening and diagnostic 3D mammography; screening and diagnostic ultrasound; ultrasound guided biopsy; and stereotactic breast biopsy. Education on breast health, consultation on treatment decisions, and support groups for patients and their families will also be provided. CMH physician and breast health expert Dr. Rakel Astorga said: “Breast health requires specialized care. The planned Center for Breast Health will allow CMH to offer seamless, technologically advanced care in a convenient and welcoming environment. The donation from Fenimore Asset Management plays a critical role in completing the center and turning this vision into a reality.” Renee Barratiere, Senior Relationship Manager at Fenimore Asset Management and CMH Foundation Board Trustee, said: “CMH has been a vital community resource [...]
Hudson, New York — 130 golfers from across the region took to the fairways at the Columbia Golf and Country Club on Aug. 1 to raise a record breaking $65,500 to support Columbia Memorial Health’s (CMH) network of health care services in Columbia, Greene and Dutchess counties. The CMH Foundation is grateful to Featured Sponsors: Metzwood Insurance, CDPHP, Humana, Laurel Oztemel, LeChase, and USI Insurance Services; Platinum Sponsors The Armstrong Family, Carrier, Fenimore Asset Management, FirstLight, Kozel’s, ProPrinters, and Winnie Thorn, and to all generous sponsors, players, and raffle prize donors that contributed to our most successful year. To make a contribution or to learn more about the CMH Foundation visit: www.givecmh.org/events or contact Barbara Klassen at email@example.com. Pictured above is one of the many teams who turned out to play a round for the cause. From left to right are Linda O’Mara, Terry Ackerman, Beth Gavin and Fran Reiter.
Hudson, New York – Framed by a setting sun on a nearly perfect spring evening, the Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) Foundation’s Annual Ball, held on June 4th at the Locust Hill Barn, reunited hundreds of CMH benefactors and friends to raise $500,000 to support CMH’s network of health care services in Columbia, Greene and Dutchess counties. The annual gala honored longtime CMH orthopedic surgeon Dr. Louis DiGiovanni and featured a live auction to raise funds to support the CMH Center for Breast Health that will provide state-of-the-art screening and diagnostic breast health services in a dedicated, modern, and comfortable space. Anne Schomaker, Chair of the Columbia Memorial Health Foundation, said: “We are so pleased and grateful for the tremendous turnout at this year’s Ball. The enthusiasm, friendship and generosity shared by all made it clear that the bond between Columbia Memorial Health and our community remains strong. The proceeds and the positive energy generated by this event will further strengthen CMH’s commitment to providing comprehensive health care services to everyone in our region. Thank you to everyone who joined us or contributed to the tremendous success of the event.” The CMH Foundation is [...]
Hudson, New York – March 24, 2022 – The Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) Auxiliary continued its long history of providing support to the CMH hospital in Hudson recently by donating $70,000 for the purchase of essential medical equipment. The generous donation will allow the purchase of a number of items including: a transport monitor for post-surgical patients; an EKG machine for the emergency department; a bariatric bed; and assorted furniture for care spaces throughout the hospital. Since its inception in 1953, the all-volunteer CMH Auxiliary, known as “The Pink Ladies,” has donated more than $1.5 million to CMH and provided tens of thousands of volunteer hours to aid CMH and its patients. Jay P. Cahalan, CMH President and CEO, said: “The generosity, compassion and giving spirit of the CMH Auxiliary are boundless. Their many gifts, including these important items, and their everyday presence in the hospital and medical office building are woven into the very fabric of our organizational identity and our community. We are tremendously grateful for their ongoing support and dedication.” Margie Laurie, CMH Auxiliary President, said: “You will not find a more generous, persevering and community-minded group of women than [...]
(Hudson, NY) Fran Reiter of Ancram has been named as a new member of the Columbia Memorial Health Foundation Board of Trustees, the philanthropic arm of Columbia Memorial Health. Following a 15-year career as a marketing executive in the television industry, Fran Reiter served as NYC Deputy Mayor for Planning and Community Relations and, subsequently, for Economic Development and Planning during Mayor Giuliani’s first term. Fran left government service to run Mayor Giuliani’s successful 1997 re-election campaign then returned to the private sector serving as President and CEO of the NYC Convention and Visitors Bureau (now NYC & Company) and Executive Director of the Joseph Papp Public Theater/NY Shakespeare Festival. In 2003, she was a founding partner of lobbying firm Reiter/Begun Associates, which merged with J. Adams Consulting in 2011, creating RG Group. At the request of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Fran returned to government service in November 2012 to serve as Executive Deputy Director of State Operations. She returned to RG Group in September 2014 to head the firm’s Albany office. In early 2021, she retired from RG Group and established Reiter Consulting, LLC, providing strategic advisement to businesses and organizations doing or [...]
Gala to Raise Funds for State-of-the-Art Cardiac Technology Hudson, New York – Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) announced it will be hosting its 33rd Annual Ball as a virtual event on September 25th. Hosted by the Columbia Memorial Health Foundation, this year’s event—themed “Inspired by the Past, Building our Future”—will feature a special online auction to support CMH’s acquisition of state-of-the-art cardiac technology known as “View Point.” The technology will significantly improve the processes for reading and interpreting an echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound of the heart used to diagnose symptoms or to assess the health of the patient’s heart before and after surgery. It is a critical tool to diagnose, treat and prevent major cardiac illnesses. Acquisition of the View Point system will enable CMH’s Cardiology team to gain access to patient images and reports from nearly any location, and will provide direct capabilities to colleagues at Albany Medical Center for image and report access, expediting any urgent patient care needs. View Point will also augment CMH’s long term cardiac data storage capabilities. “We are very excited to connect, even if virtually, with so many of our great friends and generous supporters,” said [...]
Funds for the acquisition provided by the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation and the Potts Memorial Foundation. Portable Devices Allow Safe Transport of Patients Hudson, New York — The Columbia Memorial Health Foundation today announced that it has received generous grants from the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation and The Potts Memorial Foundation for the purchase of two state of the art portable ventilators that are essential for the care and transport of critically ill patients. The gifts, totaling $30,000, funded the purchase of two new HAMILTON-C1 portable ventilators by the Columbia Memorial Health Foundation. The new units will replace equipment that is out of service and no longer cost effective to repair. The advanced technology of the new devices is a significant upgrade offering safe, individualized ventilation and maximum mobility. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the need to transport patients. The new ventilators will adapt to a variety of settings such as the intensive care unit, emergency department, recovery room or intermediate care, and will ensure adequate air supply during intra-hospital transport. They offer a closed system which provides a safe transfer without increasing the risk of transmitting COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases, [...]
Photo: CMH staff and nursing leaders share a quiet moment in the hospital's new "Serenity Room." Hudson, New York – Columbia Memorial Health has opened a "Serenity Room" in the main hospital at 71 Prospect Avenue. The room is intended as a resource for any person seeking a quiet place to reflect, pray or calm their mind. The new room on the first floor of the hospital across from patient registration, is adorned with artwork donated by Patricia Lemmerman and the family of Jeanette Winant, and a quilt handmade by CMH Pharmacist Kim Plass. The room was also designed to incorporate the original pews and stain glass window panels from the former CMH Chapel. "We are so very thankful to everyone who made this room possible. Sometimes the simplicity of just a moment or two of quiet reflection can be extraordinarily helpful in coping with stressful or trying moments in life. This room is both a symbol of the caring the CMH team provides to our community, and a special place of healing for many of our families, friends, neighbors and colleagues," Mary Ellen Plass, CMH's chief nursing officer said in a press [...]
New Nuclear Camera Improves Diagnosis of Cardiac Conditions Patients Benefit From More Accurate Diagnostic Imagery, Shorter Scan Times (Hudson, NY) Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) today announced the acquisition and installation of state of the art scanning technology that will significantly improve the diagnosis of numerous common and rare cardiac conditions. The scanner was purchased with the support of the Columbia Memorial Health Foundation, which relies on the generosity of community donors. The new scanning device, known as the Symbia Evo Excel, is a single-photon emission computerized tomography device -- commonly called a “nuclear camera” -- that provides real-time scans of patient heart function. According the Dr. Hiral N. Amin, MD, a cardiologist at CMH’s Twin County Cardiology practice, the new technology is instrumental in testing heart function via “stress tests.” The machine can accurately measure blood flow in the hearts of patients to diagnose any irregular circulatory activity. Importantly, the device can be used on patients who can exercise and on patients who, due to their cardiac condition, cannot exercise. “This new imaging technology significantly improves the quality of images we use to make a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan. It also [...]