Neil Calman, MD Medical Arts Building Groundbreaking
Kelley hosted the event, which included a blessing of the new building by Rev. Julius Collins, Chairman of the Ellenville Regional Hospital Board of Trustees, and a speech by Neil Calman, MD.
The new building will be dedicated to Calman, the CEO of the Institute for Family Health, which operates the Ellenville Family Health Center. The Institute is the largest federally-qualified health center in New York State and has been serving the Ellenville and Wawarsing community since 2007, providing primary care, dental care, podiatry care and behavioral health services, as well as providing hospitalist services at Ellenville Regional Hospital. The Institute operates the Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency, which is the first recipient of a Teaching Health Center award in New York State. By placing Medical Residents at the hospital, the hospital inpatients have gained access to the quality care provided by the Residents, and the Residents have been able to experience the challenges of providing healthcare in our rural community. This program has also created an avenue for attracting new physicians to our medically underserved area. In addition, the Residency program has enhanced the prestige of ERH as the smallest teaching hospital in the country!
The 7300 square foot Neil Calman, MD Medical Arts Building, will serve many functions. It will house the hospital’s new Cardiac Rehabilitation unit, which will open in late fall, as well as the Health Quest Medical Practice Cardiology Suite. The hospital will be purchasing a new large bore MRI unit, which will also be located in the new Medical Arts Building. Finally, the hospital’s Specialty Provider Clinic will be relocated to the Medical Arts Pavilion to provide more clinical space and a better experience for patients seeking orthopedic, gastroenterological, surgical, podiatric, respiratory, and pain management services.