Catskill Regional

CEO Update

Catskill Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schiller

Dear Colleagues,

Winter has finally arrived! Special thanks to everyone who went above and beyond by staying late, coming in early, spending the overnight and otherwise helping to provide excellent care for our patients during our recent winter storm. It was great to see how many people planned ahead for childcare and family obligations and who made themselves available to care for patients and support co-workers.

With influenza now widespread across New York State and the Northeast, please take extra care of yourself by getting plenty of rest and by following a healthy lifestyle. Please help keep each other and patients safe by practicing good hand hygiene and minimizing the spread of germs.

We are excited that the construction of the new Harris Outpatient Pharmacy at Catskill Regional has been completed. We are busy obtaining the necessary permits and licenses before we can open this spring. It will be an exciting new opportunity to have prescriptions filled right here at the hospital. Stay tuned for details of the grand opening!

In Service,



Director of Patient Experience, Jodi Goodman, was featured in the 2018 Sullivan County Democrat’s Professional Women and Women in Business special section. Congrats Jodi and thank you for your service to our organization.

We Are # 1

Chief Activity Therapist, Kara Gould, Clinical Director, Christina Haff, and Registered Nurse, Yvonne Dirig won 1st place (female division) in the Live.Love. Serve 4-H 5K. They were joined by 4-H club leader and Registered Nurse, Jenny Phelps.

Creatively Yours

A special thank you to all who participated in the “sip and create” event which benefited the Woodland Wildlings refresh project.

Patient Safety Corner

Flu Prevention Is Everyone's Responsibility

Flu season is here and this year we are taking additional steps to prevent the spread of flu to our patients and throughout our hospital.

While an annual flu vaccine remains the single best method for preventing the flu, a surgical facemask, worn by employees, provides added protection to patients, employees, and visitors. Catskill offers the flu vaccine to all employees and also provides employees with surgical facemasks, as required by the New York State Department of Health.

Vaccinated employees must have a green dot on their ID badges.

All unvaccinated healthcare employees must wear a surgical mask upon entry into the Hospital. Masks are available in clinical unit clean supply rooms and in the Occupational Health Department.

As always, our hospital enforces universally-recognized precautions to prevent the flu. These include hand washing, the use of hand sanitizers, placed conveniently throughout the hospital, as well as goggles and gowns. In addition, we adhere to rigorous infection control guidelines and policies every day to ensure a clean environment for patients, staff, and visitors. These practices are especially important during flu season. Antiseptic wipes are located in patient rooms, work stations, hallways and other treatment areas and are easily accessible to hospital employees responsible for sanitizing medical equipment and surface areas.

Yet, despite all these precautions and proactive steps, the flu virus still manages to infect individuals. Employees suffering from the flu are instructed to stay home while sick and return to work 24 hours after their flu symptoms end. Visitors who suspect they may have the flu are advised to not visit the hospital. The signs and symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Vomiting/diarrhea

For more information about when and where to get your flu shot, please call the Occupation Health Department at 333-2060.

Wellness Wednesdays

Free cardiac risk assessments are being offered to CRMC employees and volunteers through the Healthy Heart Program in conjunction with Employee Health Wellness Wednesdays.

Results are tabulated immediately after your assessment to determine your risk for heart disease.

This brief assessment includes:

  • Review of your medical history
  • Height, weight/waist measurements
  • Small blood sample
  • Cholesterol & glucose screening
  • Blood pressure screening

The next few Wellness Wednesdays are February 6, March 6 and April 10.

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

CRMC – Rehab Waiting Area, 1st floor (Main building) For additional Healthy Heart Program information please call 845-333-1509.

Upcoming Events

Save The Date

2019 98.3 WSUL Heart-A-Thon presented by the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association

February 22, 2019

6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Woodland Garden Café , Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris Campus

All donations run through our Bold Gold Media fund with the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. This makes donations tax deductible. Checks are made out to CFOS Bold Gold Media Fund. Donations can be cash, check or credit card. More information can be found at https://www.boldgoldnewyork.com/heartathon and on the WSUL Facebook page. All proceeds will go to the purchase of an advanced cardio training mannequin, in addition to supporting the Grover M. Hermann Hospital Division in Callicoon.

Blood Donation Drives

Catskill Regional, in partnership with the American Red Cross, sponsors regular monthly blood drives. They are held from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at our main Harris Campus located at 68 Harris Bushville Road, 2nd floor boardroom, Ambulatory Services Building.

Donors must bring a form of ID. Repeat donors must wait 56 days between donations. For more information, call the Blood Bank at 794-3300 ext. 2269.

For more information or to make a submission for consideration, contact Senior Marketing and PR Specialist, Lauren Kropf-Zuckerman, at 333-2363 or lzuckerman@ghvhs.org.



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