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March 2022

CMH Auxiliary Donates $70,000 for Medical Equipment

2022-03-24T18:48:07+00:00

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 [...]

CMH Auxiliary Donates $70,000 for Medical Equipment2022-03-24T18:48:07+00:00

February 2022

CMH Foundation Announces New Board Appointment

2022-02-15T20:08:53+00:00

(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 [...]

CMH Foundation Announces New Board Appointment2022-02-15T20:08:53+00:00

September 2021

Columbia Memorial Health 33rd Annual Ball to Be Virtual Event

2021-09-13T16:56:24+00:00

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 [...]

Columbia Memorial Health 33rd Annual Ball to Be Virtual Event2021-09-13T16:56:24+00:00

August 2021

Columbia Memorial Health Foundation Donates New Ventilators to Aid Critically Ill Patients

2021-09-08T16:51:07+00:00

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, [...]

Columbia Memorial Health Foundation Donates New Ventilators to Aid Critically Ill Patients2021-09-08T16:51:07+00:00

March 2021

CMH ACQUIRES STATE OF THE ART HEART SCANNING TECHNOLOGY

2021-09-08T16:51:14+00:00

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 [...]

CMH ACQUIRES STATE OF THE ART HEART SCANNING TECHNOLOGY2021-09-08T16:51:14+00:00

CMH’S COMMITMENT TO CLEANLINESS AND PATIENT SAFETY RECOGNIZED BY NATIONAL ORGANIZATION

2021-03-15T19:02:04+00:00

Awarded “Clean Facility” Certification by the Association for the Health Care Environment (Hudson, New York) Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) today announced its hospital in Hudson has earned a “Clean Facility” certificate from the Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE), a national authority on health care environmental services, and professional membership group of the American Hospital Association. The certification is part of the AHE’s Pathways to Clean Certificate Program that was initiated in response to COVID-19. The extensive national program includes training and education on a number of critical topics including: infection prevention strategies, cleaning, disinfection, sanitation, emerging pathogens, and preparedness for biological events. Columbia Memorial Health President and CEO Jay P. Cahalan said: “This certification is a meaningful recognition of the professionalism and impact of CMH’s environmental services team. They are our unsung heroes who are every bit an essential part of our patient care team. It’s also a testament to the critical importance of employing the best practices for proper sanitation and hygiene in the health care setting. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our patients.” About AHE The Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE) is a Professional [...]

CMH’S COMMITMENT TO CLEANLINESS AND PATIENT SAFETY RECOGNIZED BY NATIONAL ORGANIZATION2021-03-15T19:02:04+00:00

October 2020

CMH FOUNDATION AND THE STEWART’S SHOPS/DAKE FAMILY FOUNDATION JOIN FORCES TO SECURE CUTTING EDGE BONE SCANNING TECHNOLOGY

2021-03-15T18:52:51+00:00

(Hudson, NY) The Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) Foundation recently funded the latest in Bone Densitometry technology for CMH’s Greene Medical Imaging Center with the support of a generous grant of $25,000 from Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family Foundation. The cutting edge technology, known as the Hologic Horizon DXA System, does more than just measure bone density. The multi-faceted system help clinicians assess bone health, body composition and other critical elements that will help patients stay healthy, strong and active. Standard X-rays cannot be used in place of bone density tests as they are not able to show osteoporosis until the disease is well advanced. This new scanning technology allows earlier diagnosis, which provides greater opportunities to mitigate osteoporosis and prevent broken bones. The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recommends that all women over 65, younger post-menopausal women with certain risk factors, and men over 70 talk to their doctors about undergoing a bone density test to diagnose osteoporosis. The test usually takes less than 15 minutes and is non-invasive. CMH Foundation Chair Anne Schomaker said: “We are enormously grateful to Stewart’s Shops/ Dake Family Foundation for their support in acquiring this technology. This gives our clinical [...]

CMH FOUNDATION AND THE STEWART’S SHOPS/DAKE FAMILY FOUNDATION JOIN FORCES TO SECURE CUTTING EDGE BONE SCANNING TECHNOLOGY2021-03-15T18:52:51+00:00

September 2020

COLUMBIA MEMORIAL HEALTH FOUNDATION FUNDS STATE-OF-THE-ART SURGICAL X-RAY

2021-03-15T18:53:00+00:00

Columbia Memorial Health recently upgraded it surgical X-ray technology with a new “C-Arm” machine. The device, pictured on the left, significantly improves the quality of images taken during surgical procedures, providing surgeons with real-time, higher resolution visual information to aid their work. The acquisition was made possible through a grant by the Columbia Memorial Health Foundation, CMH’s philanthropic arm. Pictured with the device, from left to right, are: Operating Room Registered Nurse Randall Silsby; Orthopedic Physician’s Assistant Rachel Rhyman; Surgeon Catherine Shin, MD; and X-ray Technician Tim Vedder.

COLUMBIA MEMORIAL HEALTH FOUNDATION FUNDS STATE-OF-THE-ART SURGICAL X-RAY2021-03-15T18:53:00+00:00

August 2020

HRBT FOUNDATION DONATES $50,000 TO COLUMBIA MEMORIAL HEALTH FOUNDATION

2021-03-15T18:53:07+00:00

Funds Will Secure Upgrade To CMH’s Cardiac Telemetry Technology Hudson, N.Y. August 20, 2020 – The Columbia Memorial Health Foundation today announced it has received a $50,000 grant from the HRBT Foundation to upgrade Columbia Memorial Health’s (CMH) state-of-the-art cardiac telemetry technology. The technology, known as the SPACELABS Telemetry System, has been in use at CMH for several years. The upgrade to the system to be acquired via the HRBT grant will offer improved real-time recognition of cardiac waveform changes and provide immediate notification to the CMH medical team of irregularities. The benefit to patients is an even more rapid response, diagnosis and treatment of cardiac related events. The system will further enhance CMH’s pursuit of constantly improving clinical outcomes by providing seamless data acquisition and exchange across the hospital, and affording providers remote access to patient data. The upgrade will also allow CMH to monitor patients on every hospital unit, including the Emergency Department and Rapid Decision Unit. This was a critical need identified during the COVID-19 health crisis that will continue to enhance the delivery of care into the future. Carl A. Florio, President of the HRBT Foundation said: “The Foundation [...]

HRBT FOUNDATION DONATES $50,000 TO COLUMBIA MEMORIAL HEALTH FOUNDATION2021-03-15T18:53:07+00:00

ANNUAL HOSPITAL BALL TO GO “VIRTUAL” ON OCTOBER 3RD

2021-03-15T18:53:13+00:00

Hudson, N.Y. August 17, 2020 – The Columbia Memorial Health Foundation today announced CMH’s Annual Hospital Ball will be a “virtual” event to best ensure the health and safety of participants. The October 3rd online event will be a very special recognition of CMH’s nurses, doctors and staff who have worked valiantly to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will feature a video dedicated to the heroic work of the CMH family of caregivers during the COVID-19 crisis. Their story demonstrates a steadfast commitment to CMH’s patients, and their resilience to quickly adapt to innovative and lifesaving solutions in emergency situations. Columbia Memorial Health Foundation Chair Anne Schomaker said: “We are pleased to announce the celebration will be in honor of the remarkable health professionals and healthcare workers of Columbia Memorial Health, who together met an extraordinary challenge with an even more extraordinary response. They are our heroes and we are forever grateful for their commitment and perseverance. Please join us in honoring them.” Columbia Memorial Health President and CEO Jay P. Cahalan said: “No one really knew the true dangers of the corona virus when the pandemic began, and yet every member [...]

ANNUAL HOSPITAL BALL TO GO “VIRTUAL” ON OCTOBER 3RD2021-03-15T18:53:13+00:00
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