CMH Annual Hospital Ball to go ‘virtual’ on Oct. 3

Hudson, N.Y. August 17, 2020 – The Columbia Memorial Health Foundation today announced CMH’s Annual Hospital Ball will be a “virtual” event to best ensure the health and safety of participants. The October 3rd online event will be a very special recognition of CMH’s nurses, doctors and staff who have worked valiantly to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will feature a video dedicated to the heroic work of the CMH family of caregivers during the COVID-19 crisis. Their story demonstrates a steadfast commitment to CMH’s patients, and their resilience to quickly adapt to innovative and lifesaving solutions in emergency situations.

Columbia Memorial Health Foundation Chair Anne Schomaker said: “We are pleased to announce the celebration will be in honor of the remarkable health professionals and healthcare workers of Columbia Memorial Health, who together met an extraordinary challenge with an even more extraordinary response. They are our heroes and we are forever grateful for their commitment and perseverance. Please join us in honoring them.”

Columbia Memorial Health President and CEO Jay P. Cahalan said: “No one really knew the true dangers of the corona virus when the pandemic began, and yet every member of the CMH team showed up for work each and every day. Their courage to put so much at risk to maintain their commitment to their patients, their community and their co-workers is truly heroic. I’ve never been more humbled or prouder to serve with this amazing team, and I’m very pleased the CMH Foundation will be honoring them at this year’s Virtual Ball.”

To sponsor the event or make a gift online visit, or contact the Foundation office at (518) 828-8239.

As a result of the pandemic, CMH has learned what areas need investment to further improve care for patients, now and into the future. To that end, proceeds from the Ball will support the acquisition of critical technology and equipment, including:

  • Telemetry System Upgrade – Know as cardiac telemetry, this is a powerful tool in monitoring a patient’s heart rate and rhythm. This lifesaving technology signals cardiac warning signs early resulting in rapid intervention and treatment by our clinicians.
  • Personal Protective Equipment – A vital, ongoing need to protect our health care workers on the front lines of caring for our patients.


The Mission of Columbia Memorial Health is to provide the people of our communities with access to safe, high quality, comprehensive healthcare services in a dignified and compassionate manner.

The Columbia Memorial Health Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Columbia Memorial Health, an affiliate of Albany Med. The Foundation secures, manages, and distributes gifts to enhance the mission of CMH.

We offer many ways to give, and all gifts are tax deductible.

CMH needs your ongoing support to ensure that we continue to deliver the critical care that our communities are depending on. Please consider a gift to the CMH Foundation. Every dollar strengthens our ability to continue to meet any and all health care challenges faced now and in the future.

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I received incredible care in the Emergency Department and the Emergency Observation Unit at Columbia Memorial Health. A heartfelt thank you to the entire team for saving my life. My wife of 30 years, my four children, my extended family and friends are forever grateful to the CMH Emergency/Observation teams, Dr. Stanger, Dr. Weber, P.A. Patrick, RN Justin, RN Miranda, and RN Rhonda.
Richard Cyr, New Ipswich, NH

An avalanche of medical staff descended on the cubicle and surrounded her bed, and while the doctor asked her questions, the rest went about their dedicated tasks with speed and professionalism. I stood back and watched with tears welling in my eyes as I realized that someone I loved very deeply was receiving the benefit of a highly skilled, well trained and dedicated team of nurses and doctors who are a credit to the ER and your hospital.

Stuart Russell, Craryville, NY

We think we will never need an emergency room visit, but most likely it will happen. When that time does occur, we all hope for the best physicians and care possible you will find at Columbia Memorial Health. We in Columbia and Greene Counties are blessed with a very special hospital and caring staff. I would suggest, we as residents, support this institution in every way possible as one day it will be your turn to visit as it was mine.

Anne Schomaker, Kinderhook, NY

I’ve had a home here for 16 years, but have never had cause to visit your ER or hospital beyond visiting a friend. Well, that changed this past week. What I wanted to share that from my time in the ER to my stay in the hospital I was impressed with the level of care I received and the friendly attitude that accompanied it. I was bracing for the worst, especially given the pandemic — and so was doubly surprised. What was also striking to me was that this was the case from the Doctor level to the maintenance level. And it wasn’t just me – I could observe the same treatment applied to others, some of whom were particularly challenging to deal with. Thank you for all you do and thank you for all you did for me on my recent visit. It’s great to know there’s a place like CMH to turn to when you’re amidst a health crisis.