Tulip Ball Raises $180,000 for HealthAlliance
Saugerties, N.Y. – The HealthAlliance Foundation’s 28th annual Tulip Ball raised more than $180,000 to support the acquisition of new technology and equipment, high quality treatment services, and training for hospital staff at HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).
The April 29 event at the Lazy Swan Golf and Country Club Village in Saugerties drew 350 people who celebrated the achievements of Frank and Beverly Finnegan, Sandra A. Horan, RN, BSN, and the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice.
The Finnegans were named Tulip Ball Honorees for their involvement in community fundraising, cancer care activism, and not-for-profit leadership. Horan received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her 40 years of guidance and service to HealthAlliance. The Festival of the Voice earned the Community Service Award for its contributions to the arts community and local economy.
“These award recipients have dedicated their lives to the health and well-being of our community,” said HealthAlliance Foundation Executive Director Steffen T. Kraehmer. “We are pleased to recognize their contributions to Ulster County and we thank all the individuals and businesses that joined us in applauding their efforts and in supporting HealthAlliance.”
Sponsors of the Tulip Ball include: Platinum Sponsors – River Radiology and WMCHealth; Gold Sponsors – Emergency Medical Associates, Hudson Valley Hospice, Rose & Kiernan Inc. and Turner Sano–Rubin JV; Silver Sponsors – Garfunkel Wild P.C. and M&T Bank; Bronze Sponsors – Bank of Greene County, Sholes & Miller, Ulster Federal Credit Union, and WineRacks.com; Centerpiece Sponsor – McKesson Technologies; Fireworks Sponsors – Bruderhof, Joseph and Kathy Ferraro, and Medline Industries Inc.; Band Sponsors – HealthAlliance Medical Staff: Broadway Campus and Mobile Life Support Services Inc.; Cocktail Hour Sponsor – Basch & Keegan LLP; Favor Sponsors – Meltzer & Hill Wealth Advisory and Tonner Doll Co./Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty; Tent Sponsor – Helsmoortel Realty and Insurance; Video Sponsors — Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., Ellenbogen Creative Media, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Superior Roofing of Ulster County Inc., and Ulster Savings Bank; Media Sponsor – Radio Woodstock 100.1; and Awards Sponsor – Timely Signs Inc.
Community and Hospital Leaders to be Honored at Tulip Ball
Kingston, N.Y. – The HealthAlliance Foundation will recognize community and hospital leaders at its 28th annual Tulip Ball April 29. Frank and Beverly Finnegan are the 2017 Tulip Ball honorees, Sandra Horan will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice will be presented with the Community Service Award.
Frank Finnegan, a retired IBM business unit executive, and Beverly Finnegan, a retired American Cancer Society regional vice president, are longtime residents and Kingston community supporters. They have worked to raise funds for local nonprofits by helping organize bicycling events and golf tournaments, including the Michael B. Finnegan Golf Classic, named in memory of their son. The golf classic supports cancer care at HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Beverly Finnegan is currently chairwoman of the Woodland Pond at New Paltz board and a member of the HealthAlliance Foundation and Ulster Community College Foundation boards. Frank Finnegan is on the Wiltwyck Golf Club board.
Sandra Horan, a bachelor’s prepared registered nurse, is HealthAlliance’s Chief Nursing Officer. She has dedicated 40 years of service to the healthcare system and its predecessor Kingston Hospital, including three years as Executive Director of Margaretville Hospital, a member of WMCHealth. The Tulip Ball will not only hail her success in overseeing HealthAlliance clinical programs but will serve as a farewell celebration. Horan is retiring May 1.
The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, an annual festival of vocal music, has brought internationally renowned vocalists and arts patrons to Ulster County. The 7-year-old festival, which grew out of a single concert in 2009 to raise money for a local playground, is a four-day celebration that attracts more than 5,000 music lovers a year.
“All of our 2017 award recipients have used their talents to enhance wellness and healing in our community,” said foundation Executive Director Steffen T. Kraehmer. “The HealthAlliance Foundation is proud this year to honor the accomplishments of Beverly and Frank, Sandy, and the Festival of the Voice, represented at our event by Maria Todaro and Louis Otey.”
The ball, at the Lazy Swan Golf and Country Club Village in Saugerties, is the foundation’s annual fundraising gala. Proceeds benefit HealthAlliance programs, facilities and services.
Event reservations are $210 and can be made by calling 845-334-2760 or by visiting FoundationUpdate.org.
Sponsors include: Platinum Sponsors — River Radiology and WMCHealth; Gold Sponsors — Emergency Medical Associates, Rose & Kiernan Inc., and Turner Sano-Rubin JV; Silver Sponsor — M&T Bank; Bronze Sponsor — Bank of Greene County; Fireworks Sponsors — Bruderhof, Joseph & Kathy Ferraro, and Medline Industries Inc.; Band Sponsors – HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus medical staff and Mobile Life Support Services Inc., Cocktail Hour Sponsor — Ulster Federal Credit Union; Favor Sponsor — Meltzer & Hill Wealth Advisory; Video Sponsors — Ellenbogen Creative Media and Superior Roofing of Ulster County Inc.; Tent Sponsor — Helsmoortel Realty and Insurance; Media Sponsor — Radio Woodstock 100.1; and Awards Sponsor — Timely Signs. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
HealthAlliance Foundation Funds 6 New Vein Viewers
Kingston, N.Y. – The HealthAlliance Foundation contributed nearly $30,000 to fund the purchase for HealthAlliance Hospital of six new devices that easily locate veins in people’s arms, legs, hands and feet so that doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals can avoid sticking patients with needles multiple times.
The handheld VeinViewer Flex devices, made by Christie Medical Holdings Inc., use infra-red cameras to highlight the veins and project their image in real time onto the skin.
HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus in Kingston now uses five of the handheld vein illuminators and its Mary’s Avenue Campus in Kingston now uses the remaining viewer.
With the VeinViewer Flex, medical professionals can locate and access a patient’s vein on the first attempt at inserting a needle.
“The staff members are very happy with these machines. They allow nurses to find difficult veins in our patients, and this makes needle sticks much more comfortable,” said HealthAlliance Chief Nursing Officer Sandra Horan. “We greatly appreciate the assistance from the Foundation!”
“Our focus is on funding technology, treatment and training initiatives at HealthAlliance,” said foundation Executive Director Steffen Kraehmer. “These vein viewers demonstrate our commitment to increasing patient comfort and satisfaction and helping staff do their jobs more effectively.”