Health Care Focus of Chamber Community Breakfast

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June 06, 2016
The Annual Community Breakfast of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce will feature an address by David Scarpino, President of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley. It will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 7:30-9:00 am at the Best Western Plus in Kingston. The sponsor is Rondout Savings Bank.
Under a new affiliation with Westchester Medical Center, HealthAlliance will soon embark on an $88-million plan to merge its two hospitals and create a medical village. Meanwhile, Kingston High School is undergoing a $137-million renovation and SUNY Ulster has opened a new satellite campus nearby.
Mr. Scarpino calls the investment being made in midtown Kingston, a “sentinel event in the history of Ulster County. You’re putting very large investments in education and health care,” Scarpino said. “This is an opportunity for everyone in the community to take that and leverage off of it.
“Who else is going to jump in and say, ‘You know what, this is a great opportunity for us to take this and run with it?’ We’re looking for the business community to do that. We’re looking for a partnership with the business community.”
HealthAlliance will use $48 million of the $88 million in state funding to consolidate on one campus, the former Benedictine Hospital, now called the Mary’s Avenue Campus.
Scarpino said the balance of $40 million would go to turn the Broadway Campus into a medical village. The anchors will be behavioral health programs and the Institute for Family Health. Scarpino said the medical village could feature everything from nutrition to acupuncture and yoga. “We’re looking at the whole patient in an effort to treat them, refer them, and to keep them healthy and keep them out of the hospital,” he said.
The breakfast will also be a chance to honor graduates of this year’s Ulster Leadership Development Institute (ULDI). The ULDI Class of 2016 includes: Michael Janasiewicz, Class President, (Ulster Savings Bank), John Quigley (Senator George Amedore’s Office), Peggy Brueckner (Woodstock Chimes), Jess Davis (Key Bank), Nancy Dib (The Arc of Ulster-Greene), Tara J. Dickett (M&T Bank), Heather Hart (Rondout Savings Bank), Aris Henderson (Lynn S. Formic, CPA), Kim Mapes (Rural Ulster Preservation Company), Melinda Myer (Sawyer Savings Bank), Madeline Odak (Ulster Savings Bank), Dave Sterman (Family of Woodstock), Kevin Stoner (SUNY Ulster) and Connie VanKleeck (Sound of Life). Chamber Foundation Executive Director Ingrid Kulick will also be inviting future leaders to register now for the 2016-17 Ulster Leadership Class.
The Chamber’s Annual Community Breakfast each June is open to Chamber Members, Prospective Members as well as other residents of the community. For this one event each year, members of the community are invited to attend at the regular Chamber Member price. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information or to register, call the Chamber at (845) 338-5100 or go online at

Ward Todd, President/CEO
(845) 338-5100