Catskill Regional CEO UPDATE

From the CEO

Catskill Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schiller

Dear Colleagues,

It’s summer time in the Catskills! This is the time of year when our natural beauty calls many visitors to the region, and also a time when we are called upon to treat patients, at a higher volume, with our same exceptional service. I am excited to provide several updates that highlight our continued success.

Our transition to Garnet Health is taking shape. Since my announcement several months ago, much work behind the scenes has taken place. Our System name is Garnet Health. Entity names within our System have been decided and include: Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Urgent Care, Garnet Health Medical Center (for the Middletown campus), Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills (for the Harris and Callicoon campuses), and Garnet Health Foundation.

Simultaneously, a strategic and detailed brand activation plan is in motion consisting of nearly a dozen internal workgroups covering everything from exterior signage to ID badges and stationary. We anticipate launching Garnet in early 2020. I want to thank those who are involved in the rebranding process. It is a big undertaking and your support is appreciated.

The Harris Outpatient Pharmacy at CRMC opened on July 9. This is an excellent new service for our patients and community. The Outpatient Pharmacy is located in the Harris Campus main lobby and is available to our patients, employees and the general public, just like any other retail pharmacy.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognized Catskill Regional with the Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke GOLD Plus with Honor Roll Elite Achievement Award. This means that our Hospital has seen continued success using Get With The Guidelines® Stroke programs, which include providing the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment to improve patient care outcomes.

Congratulations to Laura Northrup, MSN, RN, NE-BC on her appointed as our Nursing Program Director, specifically for the SUNY Sullivan AAS Nursing Program. Laura is working with the College part-time leading this program, while still also leading our Oncology and Obstetrics services at CRMC.

There’s a lot happening during this exciting time. It’s important to care for yourself in addition to caring for your patients and families. As you continue to enjoy what our region has to offer this summer, please be safe. Remember to drink plenty of water and use sunscreen.

Yours in Service,

Jonathan Schiller

Our New Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Christopher Roman, DO

Catskill Regional Medical Group Physician, Christopher Roman, DO has been appointed as Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Christopher Roman has been a member of the Medical Staff at Catskill Regional for four years, serving as an attending physician in both the Harris and Callicoon Emergency Departments. Prior to joining the CRMC Medical Staff, Dr. Roman served in the United States Army for 10 years in Active Duty as a Staff Physician, Team Physician, Flight Surgeon, Brigade Surgeon and Senior Flight Surgeon. During this service, he received 16 medals and awards, including two Bronze Star Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal and Combat Medic Badge.

Dr. Roman is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and he completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas. Dr. Roman can be reached at croman@ghvhs.org.


CRMC Receives $12.9 Million in State Funding for Healthcare Enhancements

Catskill Regional has been granted $12.9 million in New York State funding through the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program.

“This is a terrific opportunity for Catskill Regional to strengthen and preserve access to high quality health care for the citizens of Sullivan County,” said Catskill Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schiller. “There are several administrative steps to go through before the grant funds are received and we will work closely with the State to administer this funding.”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced $187 million in funding to support 25 statewide projects that will protect and transform New York State's health care system. This funding from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program will improve patient care through the development of high-quality medical facilities and programs serving the inpatient, primary care, mental health, substance use disorder and long-term care needs of communities throughout the State.

Out of the 25 awards that were given statewide, only four were received in the Mid-Hudson region.

Director of Food & Nutrition, Colette Berger completed the 2018-2019 Leadership Sullivan Program. Newly installed members were presented with their certificates at the Villa Roma Resort on June 12 and were officially inducted into the Sullivan Leadership program. Colette can be reached at cberger@ghvhs.org.

Manager of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, Elyse Carroll, BSRC, RRT, CTTS, led the certification of 14 new Freedom From Smoking (FFS) Facilitators on June 28.

All newly-certified facilitators will teach an eight-week American Lung Association smoking cessation program. Developed in 1980, the program has helped more than a million people quit smoking.

We are proud of our new FFS Facilitators for completing this certification. For more information, contact Elyse at ecarroll@ghvhs.org.

Speech-Language Pathologist, Eva Varghese, completed her 9 month Clinical Fellowship and was recently awarded her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The Certificate of Clinical Competence is a nationally recognized professional credential that represents a level of excellence in the field Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and requires having voluntarily met rigorous academic and professional standards, typically going beyond the minimum requirements for state licensure. Eva continues to serve as one of our Speech-Language Pathologists at both campuses at CRMC. She can be reached at evarghese@ghvhs.org.

Physical Therapist, Ulysses Velacha, completed his transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Arcadia University last month. The post professional DPT degree is conferred upon completion of a structured post professional educational experience that results in the augmentation of knowledge, skills, and behaviors to a level consistent with current professional (entry-level) DPT standards. Ulysses continues to serve as one of our Physical Therapists at the CRMC Harris campus. He can be reached at uvelacha@ghvhs.org.

Leading the Way

Dr. Halana M. Finnie, PhD., RN, PMHNP, CNS-BC, FNP has assumed all administrative oversight for the Behavioral Health Unit at Catskill Regional. She is currently the GHVHS Senior Product Line Administrator for Behavioral Health and Addiction Services.

Halana has close to 30 years of experience in Behavioral Health Services including but not limited to Child and Adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry, crisis intervention, eating disorders and addiction. She has her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, specializing in child trauma and the collaborative problem-solving approach. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in Child and Adolescent. Halana received her post-masters certificate in Forensic Nursing, is currently studying for her certification as a Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner, is a Reiki Level Three Practitioner, and was a Certified Instructor for Nonviolent Crisis Intervention through the Crisis Prevention Institute. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Pace University as an Associate Clinical Professor. Additionally, Halana has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She can be reached at hfinnie@ghvhs.org.

Daniel Schmidt, MSN, RN has been promoted from Charge Nurse to Nurse Manager on the Behavioral Health Unit at Catskill Regional.

Daniel has worked at CRMC since 2006. In his new role as Nurse Manager, he will is responsible for clinical management of the inpatient behavioral health unit and for standardizing behavioral health policies and practices between Hospital campuses.

Daniel holds an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Education, and was a clinical instructor at SUNY Sullivan from 2006-2008. He can be reached at dschmidt@ghvhs.org.

25th Annual Celebration of Life Picnic

Oncology Staff and executive leadership from CRMC gathered on June 14 to celebrate cancer survivors at the 25th Annual Celebration of Life Picnic. The day featured entertainment by Bill and Debbie Hendrickson, Macaroni the Clown, an Ice Cream Bar, Raffles and so much more. It was a special day in recognition of our survivors.

Greater Hudson Valley Health System Celebrates Pride Month

On June 30, over 50 staff members of Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) supported World Pride Month by marching in the World Pride Parade, held in New York City.

GHVHS LGBTQ+ Resource Team was created to help share and spread the word on the System’s goal to become Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) certified. The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities' policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees. GHVHS’ goals are to better serve patients, employees and community members within the LGBTQ+ community and we have started our journey to become HEI certified.

To learn more, or to become a part of the GHVHS LGBTQ+ Resource team, please contact Patient Experience Administrator, Ann Yacone DiAgostino-MSN, RN, CMSRN, NEA-BC at 845-333-2085 or adiagostino@ghvhs.org or Catskill Regional Medical Center Director of Patient Experience, Jodi Goodman, at 845-397-3508 or jgoodman@ghvhs.org.

Thank you!

The Basketball Coaches Association of NY, Section IX, recently donated to our CRMC Oncology Department, in honor of Glorianne Ellison. Pictured are Chris Russo and Josh Guttling presenting the donation check to the CRMC Administration and the Oncology Department. The total amount donated was $4,727.

At its annual dinner meeting on June 6, the Town of Fallsburg Lions Club presented Catskill Regional Medical Center CEO, Jonathan Schiller, with a $3,000 donation to the Hospital.

The Town of Fallsburg Lions Club is a nonprofit organization that has been a steady supporter of Catskill Regional. The Town of Fallsburg Lions Club has hosted an annual golf tournament to raise funds for Catskill Regional Medical Center among other Lions charities and has donated close to $100,000 to the hospital.

For more information about how to make a donation, please visit www.crmcny.org/donate.

For more information about Catskill Regional’s CEO Update 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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