Posts Tagged ‘Cornerstone’

Get To Know Cornerstone: Part 5

Friday, March 19th, 2021

Cornerstone, HVCS’ merger partner, is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). But what does that mean?

A Cornerstone medical staff member with a young patient.

Federally Qualified Health Centers are community-based health care providers that receive funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program to provide comprehensive primary health care services in underserved areas. They must meet a stringent set of requirements, including providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay and operating under a governing board that includes patients.

A FQHC qualifies for enhanced reimbursement from HRSA beyond Medicare and Medicaid benefits. As a nonprofit and tax-exempt organization, a FQHC can receive grants from the government, the private sector, and donations in addition to Medicare and Medicaid funding.
Cornerstone is one of 1,368 official FQHCs across America.

For more information about Cornerstone, visit or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Get To Know Cornerstone: Part 4

Thursday, March 18th, 2021
CFH staff with boxes of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

As we’ve been saying this week, HVCS is now a division of Cornerstone Family Healthcare. You may be wondering about Cornerstone’s history.

For more than 50 years Cornerstone has been responsive to meeting the needs of the communities in Orange, Sullivan, Rockland and Broome counties. They have focused on the underserved and those without access to health care. Cornerstone’s roots date back to 1967 when four AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, led by a passionate and outspoken civil rights activist, established a small health clinic for migrant farm workers housed in the Black Dirt Region of Orange County. Like the produce migrant workers helped grow, the then Pine Island Migrant Family Health Clinic grew strong roots, and has since evolved into a mature, cutting-edge healthcare system now known as Cornerstone Family Healthcare.

Dr, Avi Silber, Chief Medical Officer, with a brand-new Cornerstone patient.

For more information about Cornerstone, visit or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Get To Know Cornerstone: Part 3

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Even before merging, HVCS and Cornerstone Family Healthcare (CFH) worked together as community partners. We frequently make referrals back and forth to ensure that clients have optimal healthcare and the best possible quality of life. In our Drug User Health Hub, serving clients with opioid use disorder in Orange and Sullivan counties, a Cornerstone Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner sees clients and writes Suboxone prescriptions.

A group shot of Cornerstone employees with CEO Linda Muller (front center).

Since the merger, two CFH programs became HVCS programs:
Positive Choices Center: HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment (moved to Client Services department)
HIPS and PrEP (moved to Community Education and Prevention department with HVCS)
For more information about Cornerstone, visit or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Get to Know Cornerstone: Part 2

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
Greater Hudson Valley Health Dentist Clinic

HVCS is now a division of Cornerstone Family Healthcare, a not-for-profit serving a large section of HVCS’ territory with the addition of Broome County, NY. Cornerstone offers many additional preventative and support services in addition to primary medical care. Services include:
• Dental Services
• Behavioral health
• Substance use treatment including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Out Patient Rehabilitation
• Infectious Disease treatment
• Nutrition
• WIC (Woman, Infants, and Children Services)
• SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
• Kaplan Family Pavilion in City of Newburgh: Urgent Care, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Radiology
• Homeless Support through Harper Health
• 4 Mobile Health Vans

For more information about Cornerstone, visit or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Get To Know Cornerstone: Part 1

Monday, March 15th, 2021

Now that HVCS and Cornerstone Family Healthcare have merged, we want to tell you more about Cornerstone as an organization and what they do. This merger is intended to improve services for all clients and patients, and we’ll be able to connect them to better care and make more referrals with ease. First of all, what services does Cornerstone offer?

Cornerstone Family Healthcare's Kaplan Family Pavilion in Newburgh

Cornerstone offers comprehensive primary medical and dental services, pediatrics, women’s health, behavioral health, substance abuse treatment, and specialty care including podiatry, audiology, endocrinology, cardiology, and optometry.

Cornerstone is, like HVCS, a not-for-profit organization. A significant proportion of patients are enrolled in federal or state health insurance programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, or Family or Child Health Plus. A large number of patients who utilize services have their own medical insurance.

If a patient is not enrolled or does not have insurance, they offer a sliding scale based on a patient’s income. Health centers offer a sliding fee scale for those who are uninsured or underinsured. How much you will pay for a visit depends on your proven income and assets.

For more information about Cornerstone, visit or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

HVCS’ Response to the Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

HVCS management and our entire staff are concerned about the novel Coronavirus and the risk to our clients. According to Dr. Angela Hulse, Medical Director at Cornerstone Family Healthcare (our future merger partner):

“The CDC has stated that people currently at risk for the virus are those that have traveled abroad, and those who have a fever and a cough. Individuals who are healthy [for 14 consecutive] days (the incubation period) post exposure are deemed uninfected. Those most at risk for serious complications from the virus are those who are immunocompromised, the very young and the elderly, and those with chronic medical conditions, including HIV.

Handwashing is the best method to prevent transmission of the virus. Soap and water are preferable to Purell or other hand sanitizers.

If you have a cough or a fever, DO NOT go to work, and you should call your doctor. Stay home, rest and call your doctor if you have fever and a cough.

Unless there is a change in the direction we get from the CDC, go about your regular lives, wash your hands, and stay home if you get sick.”

NY State’s governor and the mayor of NYC issued a joint statement which you can read here and which confirms the information above:

11:13 a.m., March 2, 2020

N.Y. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants 1,000 tests per day, encourages people to go about their lives

The morning after New York health officials announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the state, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sat down next to health experts and delivered a very clear message to the people of New York: “Go about your lives.”

“I get the emotion, I understand it,” Cuomo (D) said. “I’m a native born New Yorker. We live with anxiety, but the facts don’t back it up here.

“There is no doubt that there will be more cases where we find people who test positive,” Cuomo told reporters at the news conference. “This is New York. We’re the gateway to the world — of course we’re going to have it here.”

Cuomo emphasized that the symptoms are like a cold or the flu and, for most people, they treat themselves and it resolves. Both Cuomo and de Blasio (D) encouraged [healthy]  people to go to work, use public transit and to not worry about contracting the illness, which they fully expect to spread through the community.

De Blasio urged New Yorkers to take health precautions, such as “covering your mouth when you sneeze … washing your hands frequently.” And he encouraged people to go to a doctor or health-care facility right away if they think they might have the coronavirus.

The 39-year-old woman who tested positive in New York is a health-care worker who arrived on a flight from Iran on Tuesday night, Cuomo said. “Our best info is she was not contagious” when she was on the flight or in the car on the way home, he said, but officials are contacting other passengers from the flight and the driver of her car “out of an abundance of caution.”

Cuomo said they are working under the assumption that her husband is positive, too. Both the woman and her husband are staying at home because their symptoms are not severe.

Cuomo said that their main challenge is testing as many people as possible, so they know who has been exposed and they can work to contain the spread. Given that, “we are mobilizing with private labs around the state,” he said. “I’d like to have a goal of 1,000 tests per day capacity within a week, because the more testing the better.”

The NYS Department of Health has set up an informational web page at:

HVCS & Cornerstone’s Intent to Merge Press Conference – VIDEO

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

The two non-profits hosted a joint press conference regarding the merger on Wednesday, February 12 2020 from 11:15 am to 11:45 pm at the Kaplan Family Health Center, 147 Lake Street, Newburgh. Read here for more coverage. or the article at

HVCS & Cornerstone Announce Intent to Merge

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Andrea Straus, HVCS' Executive Director, speaks at the press conference held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 to announce the intended merger.

Andrea Straus, HVCS’ Executive Director, speaks at the press conference held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 to announce the intended merger.

Cornerstone Family Healthcare (CFH) and Hudson Valley Community Services (HVCS) are announcing plans to integrate their services and administrative functions in late 2020 after both organizations signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to merge. CFH, with 50,000 patients and sixteen locations, and HVCS, with over 3,200 clients and seven locations, already share a number of clients and a programmatic focus on assisting underserved patients.

Pending regulatory approvals and a final board vote, both organizations expect the merger to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The decision to merge followed months of preparatory work by each non-profit’s board of directors. HVCS’ board began a strategic search for a merger partner in 2018 due to the changing health care environment. Exact programmatic and departmental structures are to be mapped out over the coming months.

Wayne Day, Chairman of the Cornerstone Family Healthcare Board of Directors, said, “The decision to merge our organizations came after many months of due diligence on the part of both boards. The more we looked into it, the more the merger made sense to everyone involved. Hudson Valley Community Services and its board of directors share our values and commitment to this community. Uniting our organizations in this way will improve our ability to serve those who rely on us.”

“The HVCS board, directors and staff undertook a comprehensive strategic planning process starting in 2018,” explained Andrew Evans, President of HVCS’ Board of Directors. “During this journey, I am heartened by the synergies that this merger will bring to both enhance, improve and broaden  services to the clients that we already serve in the Hudson Valley and will give us access to even more persons-in-need.  Merging gives better assurance that the customer service values and the history and culture of HVCS will be maintained for years to come.”

Linda S. Muller, MS, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Family Healthcare, said: “Hudson Valley Community Services and Cornerstone Family Healthcare have shared a common mission for decades, meeting the health and human service needs of the Hudson Valley community. Combining our organizations will strengthen our programs while ensuring that the valuable services we offer remain accessible to those who need them in our community.”

Andrea Straus, HVCS’ Executive Director, discussed her pleasure at the news. “Together our two organizations, as an integrated entity, will be able to continue offering not only the quality medical care that Cornerstone has always delivered, but also bring HVCS’s expertise to address the social determinants of health that are so critical in ensuring that Hudson Valley residents have a high quality of life,” she said. “I am so pleased to see HVCS enter a new phase in its development and growth. “

The two non-profits hosted a joint press conference regarding the merger on Wednesday, February 12 2020 from 11:15 am to 11:45 pm at the Kaplan Family Health Center, 147 Lake Street, Newburgh. View the Facebook Live video for a limited amount of time.

About Cornerstone Family Healthcare
The purpose of Cornerstone Family Healthcare, a non-profit organization, is to provide high-quality, comprehensive, primary and preventative health care services in an environment of caring, respect, and dignity, and in a cost-effective manner that maximizes revenues; to be responsive to the needs of the communities that we serve but with continued emphasis on the underserved and those without access to care regardless of race, economic status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.

Cornerstone Family Healthcare is an organization licensed to operate by the State of New York as an Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Center. It also is recognized by the Federal Government as a Section 330 Federally Qualified Health Center.  Our Center also operates with the following designations: Medically Underserved Area (MUA), Medically Underserved Population (MUP), and serving in a Health Professionals Shortage Area (HPSA). Cornerstone was recognized by The Joint Commission for offering higher standards of care to its patients, a distinction that few Community Health Centers have received.

Although a significant proportion of our patients are enrolled in federal or state health insurance programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, or Family or Child Health Plus, a large number of the patients who utilize our services have their own medical insurance. Our core mission remains to provide primary and preventative medical services to any who need our service regardless of ability to pay.