Columbia Memorial Health, U.S. Rep. Gibson and Veterans Affairs announce agreement to improve and expand service for veterans in Columbia and Greene Counties

V.A. care clinic at Catskill’s Greene Medical Arts center to be improved and expanded

Dec. 18, 2014

Media Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HUDSON, N.Y. – Columbia Memorial Health, U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs unveiled a new agreement today to renovate and expand the V.A. Clinic at the Greene Medical Arts Center in Catskill.

The joint agreement ensures that Columbia and Greene County veterans will have local access to the healthcare they need to stay healthy. The planned renovation and expansion will cover 3,300 square feet of V.A. Clinic space at Greene Medical Arts on Jefferson Heights in Catskill. It will be funded by a $100,000 investment from Columbia Memorial and a $400,000 investment from the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the new agreement.

The renovations will begin in February of 2015.

Since purchasing Greene Medical Arts in 2012, Columbia Memorial has invested more than $12 million in the campus, with about $5 million being spent on capital improvements and renovations in the past year alone. Improvements have also been made to the facility’s pediatric offices, primary care practices, Bone & Joint Center, and Blood Draw Center. In addition, the building is home to Greene Medical Imaging and the most advanced and spacious Open MRI in the Capital Region and Mid-Hudson River Valley.

WORDS FROM LOCAL LEADERS ON THE NEW JOINT PROJECT

Jay P. Cahalan, President and CEO of Columbia Memorial Health 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Columbia Memorial Health to partner with local agencies and improve the lives of veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Jay P. Cahalan, President and CEO of Columbia Memorial Health.

Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19):

“It’s important that Veterans in rural areas don’t have to travel great distances to receive the care they deserve,” said Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19). “The Catskill clinic is a vital component of the VA healthcare network in our region, and I have been proud to advocate for its continued operation in service to the Veterans of Columbia and Greene Counties. I want to thank everyone at CMH and the VA in Albany for committing to this important project.”

Linda Weiss, Director of the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center:

“I’m very pleased with this new partnership as we continue to serve Veterans and the local communities in the Hudson Valley,” said Linda Weiss, Director of the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.  “The new specifications and location provides for improved space, privacy and services, which is what all our Veterans deserve in their healthcare delivery.  As always, we appreciate the continued support of our community partners and Congressman Chris Gibson as we work together to help ensure VA’s presence in Veteran’s home towns.”

Greene County Veterans Service Agency Director Michelle Romalin Black:

“Our team is thrilled that the VA chose to keep the Catskill CBOC Veterans Clinic in a central location for all of Greene and Columbia County Veterans,” said Greene County Veterans Service Agency Director Michelle Romalin Black.  “We are very thankful to Congressman Gibson, and Columbia Memorial Hospital, and all of the Veterans on both sides of the river who supported our effort to keep the clinic here in Catskill. This is also gives Greene County Veterans Service Agency the opportunity to update and expand our offices, so it’s just a win-win for everyone.”

Columbia County Veterans Services Director Gary Flaherty:

“I am excited about the upgrade for the Catskill clinic, which will make service to our Veterans more convenient,” said Columbia County Veterans Services Director Gary Flaherty. “Most of our Veterans currently have to go to Albany VAMC on the county vans and wait long periods of time for return home each day.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Eli Fanning
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Columbia Memorial Hospital
o. (518) 697-5445
c. (518) 542-3891
efanning@cmh-net.org

ABOUT COLUMBIA MEMORIAL
Columbia Memorial is an advanced multi-specialty health care system serving more than 100,000 residents in Columbia, Greene and Dutchess Counties at 40 care centers, including 17 primary care and 23 specialty care centers, located throughout the region.

In addition, Columbia Memorial’s inpatient hospital, located near downtown Hudson, has served our region since 1893 and is today one of the most innovative and technically advanced facilities in the Hudson Valley. The hospital focuses on advanced surgery, primary care and patient education. The mission of Columbia Memorial is to provide our communities with safe, high quality, comprehensive health care services in a dignified and compassionate environment

 

 

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