Posts Tagged ‘Hawthorne’

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.

Open House & Breakfast Reception

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Open House at HVCS' Hawthorne HeadquartersYou’re invited to Hudson Valley Community Services’ open house and breakfast reception at our Hawthorne headquarters! Join us for light breakfast fare, coffee, tea and juices on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 between 8:00 am and 10:00 am. Stop in on your way to work for a quick tour, meet our staff and say hello, and learn a little bit about our programs and services. There is no cost to attend.

Our Hawthorne headquarters is located at 40 Saw Mill River Road, on the right side of the building. Our front door is at the top of the outdoor curved staircase. (There is not an entrance to our office from the main building entrance.) Parking is available on all sides of the building.

Please RSVP to Anthony at (914) 785-8277 or by email. We look forward to seeing you on June 12th for the start of a wonderful day!

Special thanks to ShopRite in Thornwood, NY for donating supplies and beverages!

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Consumer Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Consumer Advisory Board Meeting on April 10, 2019HVCS’ Consumer Advisory Board meets twice per year to provide feedback on our programs, services, grant applications and communication strategies. If you’re a current or former client, you can join us and help us improve our programs and operations. We really do need to hear from you!

Lunch will be provided, along with transportation to and from our Hawthorne office. No matter where you live in the Hudson Valley, we can provide transportation. We can also make arrangements for you to join us by phone.

To RSVP, contact Christina at (914) 785-8290 – phone or text. You can also email her.

Treo Donates 180+ Cases To HVCS

Friday, November 2nd, 2018
Rob from Treo and J. from HVCS

Rob, warehouse manager for Treo Brands, with J. Dewey, HVCS’ Director of Public Relations & Resource Enhancement

Treo delivery vanTreo, a relatively new beverage company, contacted HVCS with an amazing offer: they had over 180 cases of their product, in three different flavors, that needed a home. They had recently rebranded, streamlining their packaging, and needed to make room in the warehouse for the newly designed bottles. The beverages dressed in the old look, however, were still drinkable (and delicious). HVCS offered to distribute the cases of Treo on our mobile outreach vans, including Project Reach Out and our syringe exchange vans. A few weeks ago, we took the PRO van to the company’s warehouse in Port Chester and filled it with Treo!

Treo is an organic birch water (that’s right–sort of like maple syrup or coconut water) infused with fruit flavors. It’s also sweetened with stevia so it’s low-cal. The PRO and SEP teams have already begun handing out the product to clients. Most of these clients are unstably housed or have no home, and they appreciate any free food or beverages. Offering them a snack or bottle of Treo helps build trust and establish a rapport–and hopefully they’ll keep in touch with us for their healthcare and service needs. We are grateful to Treo Brands for thinking of HVCS’ programs and making this generous donation a reality!

Consumer Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Consumer Advisory Board on April 11, 2018HVCS’ Consumer Advisory Board will meet on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm in our Hawthorne office (40 Saw Mill River Road). Light refreshments will be provided, and transportation is available. Clients from across our entire service region (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties) are invited to attend, and you’ll be able to call in to participate in the conversation if you can’t make it in person.

Contact Christina at (914) 785-8290 or by email to RSVP.

Hepatitis C Basics: Training

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Course Title:      Hepatitis C Basics

Date:                     March 29th, 2018

Time                      9am-5pm, Full Day

Description:   This one-day training will offer information about hepatitis C and will cover basic facts about hepatitis A and B.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recall basic facts about the who is affected by hepatitis C in New York State
  • Recall basic facts about the functions of the liver
  • Describe how hepatitis C is and is not transmitted
  • Share information with others about viral hepatitis prevention and harm reduction strategies.
  • Recall recommendations regarding who should be screened for hepatitis B and C
  • Describe the two-step testing algorithm for hepatitis C
  • Recall resources for HCV testing in NYS
  • Describe to clients the spectrum of illness for hepatitis C
  • Recall key facts about new treatments for hepatitis C and resources for HCV treatment in NYS
  • Counsel clients with hepatitis C about the importance of vaccination for hepatitis A and B, avoiding alcohol, good liver health practices and avoiding re-infection
  • Recall NYS AIDS Institute HCV Peer Worker competencies

Location:        Hudson Valley Community Services (HVCS), 40 Saw Mill River Rd, Hawthorne, NY 10532, USA

Region:           Mid-Hudson

Instructor:           Mike Selick, Kacey Byczek

Link:                      https://www.hivtrainingny.org/Account/LogOn?crs=2667

Woodlands Community Temple Organizes Food Drive for HVCS

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Woodlands Community Temple in Greenburgh, NY organized a food drive for HVCS’ emergency food closets on Sunday, October 1st. Thanks to everyone who donated and the volunteers who brought a delivery truck full of food to our Hawthorne office!

“I Work It Out For My Health & HIV” Workshop

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Merck & Co. presents an educational workshop for HIV+ people on why it’s important to take your medications and how they might interact. Learn ways to improve your ability to take charge of your medications, and connect members of your health care team to understand all your medications.

Lunch will be provided.

This is a non-branded Community Health Action Talk presented by Merck at no charge for participants. Sign up today at 866-498-9933 or RSVP to Yessie at (914) 785-8303.

Lower Hudson Consumer Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Consumer Advisory Board

Lower Hudson Consumer Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Lower Hudson CAB meeting on October 5