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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Hudson, N.Y. July 9, 2019 James Lapenn of Hillsdale and Richard Byrne of Kinderhook have been named as new members of the Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation board of trustees, the philanthropic arm of Columbia Memorial Health. James Lapenn has served on the Columbia Memorial Health Board of Trustees since 2009 and is currently Treasurer of the Board. Lapenn also serves on the Board of Directors of Kaaterskill Commons, Inc., the Columbia Economic Development Corporation and the Workforce Development Board of Columbia and Greene Counties. Lapenn spent 35 years with the international law firm, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae (including predecessor and successor firms), specializing in municipal and project finance. Richard Byrne enjoyed a long career as an operatic soloist with over 600 performances in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. He sang for seven seasons at the Metropolitan Opera and 18 seasons at New York City Opera and also appeared with the opera companies of Washington, Houston, Dallas, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and other major cities. In 1995 he made his European debut in Nice and went on to perform in Geneva, Marseille, Vienna, Toulouse, Dublin, Tokyo, Santiago, Chile, Hong Kong and cities [...]
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 [...]
Hudson, N.Y. April 23, 2019 Columbia Memorial Health today announced it will conduct a special auction at its 31st Annual Hospital Ball with proceeds earmarked for the purchase of innovative 3D breast biopsy technology for CMH’s Women’s Health Services. The Hospital Ball “Le Cirque,” hosted by the Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation (C-GHF), will be held on June 1 at the Point in Catskill. Columbia Memorial acquired 3D mammography technology earlier this year through a generous donation from the C-GHF. The ground breaking technology, currently available in both Hudson and Catskill, provides superior images that make it possible to identify early breast cancer abnormalities within a three dimensional plane. Suspicious abnormalities identified by mammography are subsequently biopsied, ideally with a minimally invasive technique. Proceeds from the Ball’s special auction will be used to acquire an advanced 3-D breast biopsy system that will allow physicians to precisely sample the abnormalities identified by CMH’s 3-D mammogram. The stereotactic 3D biopsy system, known as Affirm, will provide precise targeting of a mammographic abnormality in a safer, accurate and more comfortable environment for the patient. Most importantly, this system will help save lives by yielding earlier and more accurate detection [...]
Hudson, N.Y. March 19, 2019 Columbia Memorial Health today announced it is now offering advanced, lifesaving 3-D mammography at its Catskill and Hudson campuses. The leading edge imaging technology generates a three-dimensional picture of the breast, giving providers a more complete view of tissue compared to conventional two-dimensional mammogram images. Several studies have found 3-D mammography to be more effective than conventional mammography in identifying cancers earlier, which can lead to more effective and less aggressive treatments that yield better outcomes for patients. It is particularly more effective with denser tissues, and has been found to reduce the number of false positives. “This technology is at the leading edge of medicine and is a true game-changer in the detection and treatment of breast cancer,” said Tariq Gill, M.D., CMH’s Chief of Medical Imaging. “More than 100 women from Columbia and Greene counties are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. This technology will help us detect these cancers earlier, giving our patients earlier access to treatment options that are most effective and best suited to their needs. “We believe this technology absolutely will save lives through earlier detection,” Dr. Gill said. The acquisition of [...]