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October 2020

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

2020-10-30T14:21:27+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 TECHNOLOGY2020-10-30T14:21:27+00:00

September 2020

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

2020-09-04T17:16:24+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-RAY2020-09-04T17:16:24+00:00

August 2020

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

2020-09-03T19:35:59+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 FOUNDATION2020-09-03T19:35:59+00:00

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

2020-08-22T00:54:38+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 3RD2020-08-22T00:54:38+00:00

July 2020

“RADIOLOGISTS WITHOUT BORDERS” DONATES EQUIPMENT TO COLUMBIA MEMORIAL HEALTH

2020-08-20T15:09:36+00:00

Ultrasound Devices Will Aid Diagnosis of COVID-19 and Other Ailments in CMH’s Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit and Rapid Care Centers in Valatie and Copake Hudson, N.Y. July 21, 2020 Columbia Memorial Health today announced it has received three ultrasound scanning devices donated by “Radiologists Without Borders.” Useful in many applications, the handheld devices are particularly well suited to be used at the bedside to generate chest scans of COVID-19 patients, eliminating the need to move patients to other areas where traditional scanning equipment is installed in fixed locations. The devices will be used in CMH’s Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit in Hudson, and at its Rapid Care Centers in Valatie and Copake, further enhancing CMH’s advanced diagnostic capabilities. Founded by Dr. Tariq Gill (who is also CMH’s Chief of Radiology), Radiologists Without Borders (RWB) is an American-based, non-profit organization committed to improving health and livelihood by supplying diagnostic imaging equipment, services, training, and support. “This technology is very helpful in the diagnosis of COVID-19 and can be employed in a manner that reduces patient movement and the potential exposure risks associated with that movement,” said Dr. Gill. This is not the [...]

“RADIOLOGISTS WITHOUT BORDERS” DONATES EQUIPMENT TO COLUMBIA MEMORIAL HEALTH2020-08-20T15:09:36+00:00

February 2020

CMH 10th ANNUAL “WINTER BLAST” RAISES $110,000

2020-08-18T20:59:47+00:00

COLUMBIA MEMORIAL HEALTH’S 10th ANNUAL “WINTER BLAST” RAISES $110,000 Adored Community Leader Winnie Thorn Honored at February 1st Event Hudson, N.Y. February 5, 2020 A packed Club Helsinki was the scene on Saturday, February 1st for a night full of moving tributes to Winnie Thorn, one of the community’s most generous, gracious and adored benefactors, and the honoree of Columbia Memorial Health’s (CMH) 10th Annual “Winter Blast” event. With nearly 250 guests in attendance, the largest crowd ever for Winter Blast, Ms. Thorn was presented with CMH’s prestigious Clara Kellner Award for public service. Clara Kellner was a long-standing volunteer and benefactor of CMH and former chairwoman of the CMH Board of Trustees. The award carries her name to recognize individuals who continue Mrs. Kellner’s legacy of volunteerism and philanthropy on behalf of CMH and the greater community. Saturday’s program included proclamations honoring Ms. Thorn’s dedication to CMH and the community presented from Congressman Antonio Delgado, New York State Senator Daphne Jordan, Assemblymember Didi Barrett, and Assemblyman Chris Tague. The evening featured dinner, dancing, a popular silent auction, and a live performance by Thee Mr. E Band. Anne Schomaker, Vice Chair of the [...]

CMH 10th ANNUAL “WINTER BLAST” RAISES $110,0002020-08-18T20:59:47+00:00

December 2019

William A. Roos Named to CMH Foundation Board

2020-08-18T21:05:42+00:00

Hudson, N.Y. December 17, 2019 William A. Roos, IV, Esq. of Kinderhook has been named as a new member of the Columbia Memorial Health Foundation Board of Trustees, the philanthropic arm of Columbia Memorial Health. Roos is an attorney admitted in 1969 to practice law in New York State and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of NY. He received a BA from Trinity College, Hartford CT, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA. Roos was in private practice for 37 years at the Wall Street law firm of Reynolds Richards, serving as managing partner for many years. He also served as outside general counsel of the American Horse Shows Association and USA Equestrian. Roos currently serves as Assistant Secretary and General Counsel to USA Equestrian Trust, Inc., and as Secretary and General Counsel to the NYS YMCA Foundation. He also formerly served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the United States Equestrian Federation, the current national governing body for equestrian sports in the US. Columbia Memorial Health Foundation Vice Chair Anne Schomaker said: “It is critical that we engage [...]

William A. Roos Named to CMH Foundation Board2020-08-18T21:05:42+00:00

CMH to Honor Winnie Thorn at Winter Blast

2020-08-18T21:06:25+00:00

Hudson, N.Y. December 12, 2019 Community volunteer and philanthropist Winnie Thorn will receive the prestigious Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) Clara Kellner Award for public service. Ms. Thorn will be honored at the CMH Foundation’s annual Winter Blast at Club Helsinki on Saturday, February 1, a fundraiser to benefit CMH. Clara Kellner was a long-standing volunteer and benefactor of CMH and former chairwoman of the CMH Board of Trustees. The award carries her name to recognize individuals who continue Mrs. Kellner’s legacy of volunteerism and philanthropy on behalf of CMH and the greater community. Ms. Thorn currently serves on the CMH Foundation Board of Trustees. She has served on the CMH Board of Trustees and as Vice President of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Her volunteer service extends to numerous organizations including the American Cancer Society, Columbia-Greene Community Hospice, Fund for Columbia County Committee at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Friends of Olana, Columbia-Greene Community College, Columbia County Council on the Arts, Hudson Junior Service League, Jaycees, Boys’ Club Auxiliary, and on the Vestry of Christ Episcopal Church in Hudson. Ms. Thorn has been the recipient of several prestigious American Cancer Society (ACS) awards including [...]

CMH to Honor Winnie Thorn at Winter Blast2020-08-18T21:06:25+00:00

Columbia Memorial Health Foundation Announces New Board Appointment

2020-08-18T21:07:09+00:00

Hudson, N.Y. December 5, 2019 Ryan Scott of Saugerties had been named as a new member of the Columbia Memorial Health Foundation board of trustees, the philanthropic arm of Columbia Memorial Health. Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1996. Scott is the general manager at Pro Printers, a family-owned business in Hudson, which his father founded 30 years ago. Under his leadership, Pro Printers has won numerous awards for best business practices, including "Highest Customer Loyalty Award" by Survey Advantage for the second quarter of 2019 and "Best Graphic Design Company" in the 2019 Best of Columbia County Awards sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Columbia-Greene Media. He is active in the business community and is a member of four regional Chambers of Commerce, including Columbia, Greene, Ulster and New Paltz. Additionally, Scott, who believes in putting people first, has served as a member of the Hudson Rotary Club for five years, including two as president. In that role, he has made it his mission to grow the chapter by implementing more manageable service projects and strategic changes [...]

Columbia Memorial Health Foundation Announces New Board Appointment2020-08-18T21:07:09+00:00

October 2019

Medical and Community Leaders Unveil Life-Saving 3D Biopsy Technology at CMH

2020-08-18T21:07:53+00:00

Hudson, N.Y. October 24, 2019 Medical and community leaders joined today in Hudson to unveil state-of-the-art 3D breast biopsy technology that will significantly improve the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for breast cancer patients in Columbia and Greene counties. The stereotactic 3D biopsy system, known as Affirm, will provide more precise targeting of tissue abnormalities identified through CMH’s 3D mammography capabilities, yielding earlier and more accurate detection of breast cancer. The technology was acquired through the generosity of community members who contributed to the Columbia Memorial Health Foundation. “This life-saving 3D biopsy technology, paired with our 3D mammography service, provides our patients with the most advanced diagnostic care available in locations that are comfortable, convenient and close to home,” said CMH President and CEO Jay P. Cahalan. In addition to offering 3D mammography and 3D biopsy services, CMH has significantly augmented its radiology and pathology expertise through its affiliation with Albany Med. The Albany Med and CMH radiology and pathology services are now fully integrated, which means that mammograms, and all imaging and diagnostic studies, are interpreted by the region’s leading experts. Tariq Gill, M.D., Chief of Radiology at CMH said: “Each year in [...]

Medical and Community Leaders Unveil Life-Saving 3D Biopsy Technology at CMH2020-08-18T21:07:53+00:00
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