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Ribbon cutting ceremony unveils department’s new name
Harris, N.Y. (Oct. 26, 2011) — Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) held a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday to celebrate the completion of the newly expanded Emergency Department (Phase 1), unveil the department’s new name – the Senator John Bonacic Emergency Department – and mark the start of renovations to the pre-existing building (Phase 2).
Business leaders, elected officials and community members attended and delivered remarks. Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who secured $300,000 in federal funding for the project, was in session and unable to attend, but sent Chris White, his local representative to read a letter on his behalf.
“Prior to these new renovations and expansions, doctors and nurses at the Catskill Regional Medical Center simply didn’t have enough beds to treat all of the incoming patients,” said Hinchey. “When I heard about this problem, I went to work, securing $300,000 in federal funding to make these vitally important improvements. Access to emergency medical services is a matter of life and death for thousands of Sullivan County residents every year. Those services are going to be stronger than ever as a result of this project.”
Alan Gerry, who supported this project with almost$2.5 million in funding, and Senator Bonacic, who helped secure almost $2.5 million in funding, also spoke.
“Today, Catskill Regional Medical Center has raised the bar for the quality of health care it provides to Sullivan County and the surrounding communities,” said Gerry. “As a true believer in supporting and revitalizing Sullivan County, I’m proud to be part of such an exciting project that serves such an important need in our community.”
Senator John Bonacic said, “In times of a health care crisis, nearly every Sullivan County resident, and many visitors will rely on this emergency room. The new emergency room is modern and attractive. What counts though, is the quality of care that the medical professionals here provide. That quality of care has never been higher. I was very pleased to be able to partner with Alan and Sandra Gerry to help make these emergency room improvements, and even more pleased to see the transformation of this hospital over the past few years.”
“Catskill Regional Medical Center, in conjunction with the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, is truly advancing patient care for Sullivan County and the surrounding areas,” said Rosemary Frado, Interim CEO of Catskill Regional Medical Center. “This newly expanded Emergency Department is a testament to that, as it improves patient comfort, privacy and amenities, and ultimately enhances the level of service the hospital provides to meet the community’s needs.”
The newly expanded Emergency Department features on-site security and private treatment rooms with flat-screen LCD TVs; new technology for diagnostic testing and advanced emergency care; wireless bedside monitoring to increase patient comfort, and a private consultation room for families dealing with grief or an emergency situation.
Once Phase 2 of the Emergency Department construction project is completed in February 2012, the entire department will be twice as large, with eight fast-track rooms for rapid assessment and treatment of minor injuries, and 16 dedicated treatment rooms for care of serious injuries. The expansion and reconfiguration will ease patient flow and help reduce patient wait times.
“This is an exciting time for Catskill Regional Medical Center, as we celebrate the hospital’s newly expanded Emergency Department,” said Gerald Skoda, Chairman of Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors. “CRMC is Sullivan County’s hospital. I applaud the hospital and everyone who has been working together to advance patient care for our community.”


Caption: Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) celebrates its newly expanded Emergency Department. Pictured from left to right: Rosemary Frado, CRMC Interim CEO; Gerald Skoda, Chair of the CRMC Board of Directors; Senator John Bonacic; Lou Heimbach, Chair of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System Board of Directors; Chris White, Local Representative for Congressman Maurice Hinchey; Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther; Scott Batulis, President and CEO of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Caption: Alan Gerry and Senator John Bonacic in front of the Senator John Bonacic Emergency Department sign that was unveiled at the ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 25.

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