Kingston, NY – June 24, 2014 – The Kingston Auxiliary of HealthAlliance Hospital and the HealthAlliance Foundation share a common goal: to support healthcare in Ulster County. On June 18th these organizations took a step toward achieving this goal at the Auxiliary’s annual spring luncheon. Auxiliary President Darlene Bover presented the HealthAlliance Foundation with a check for $10,000. The first installment of a two-year pledge of $25,000, this money will be used to fund a “facelift” of patient areas at the HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus as well as an electrosurgical unit to help control bleeding during surgery.

According to HealthAlliance Foundation Executive Director Steffen Kraehmer, “patients are already having an enhanced experience thanks to the renovations,” which began earlier this year. “Patients and nursing staff alike are very appreciative of the brighter, updated space, and we look forward to improving our surgical capabilities with this donation from the Kingston Auxiliary. We are grateful for their partnership and support.”

In addition to receiving funds at the luncheon, which brought nearly 120 people to Wiltwyck Golf Club, the HealthAlliance Foundation also made contributions to high school students and nursing staff through their scholarship program. Scholarships for graduating seniors pursuing careers in healthcare included:

  • The HealthAlliance Foundation Scholarship of $1,000 a year for four years, presented to Olusayo Akinboboye of Marlboro High School, who will study to become a physician’s assistant.
  • The Jane & David Lundquist Scholarship, a one-time gift of $1,000, presented to Jamie Woych of Kingston High School, who plans to become a clinical nurse specialist.
  • The Elsie A. Kent Nursing Scholarship, a one-time gift of $500 for a student pursuing a nursing degree, presented to Verenice Castellanos of New Paltz High School.

Louise Myers Nursing Scholarships were also awarded to the following HealthAlliance Hospital nurses, who were chosen by their peers for their clinical knowledge, professionalism and commitment to improving quality of care:

  • Jessica Conklin, Clinical Coordinator for the Detoxification and First Step Rehabilitation Programs
  • Amanda Henderson, Charge Nurse
  • Kathryn Ostrander, Cardiology Nurse
  • Mary Priede, Ambulatory Day Surgery Nurse
  • Maria Robertson, Emergency Department Nurse

“These students are the future of healthcare, while the nurses represent the gold standard for those already in the field,” said Kraehmer. “The HealthAlliance Foundation is proud to support each of these deserving individuals in their education and training.”


About The HealthAlliance Foundation

The HealthAlliance Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization supporting HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s mission, healthcare programs, services and facilities. The HealthAlliance Foundation continues its development efforts for the HealthAlliance Hospitals on Broadway and Mary’s Avenue, as well as the Woodland Pond CCRC in New Paltz. For further information about The HealthAlliance Foundation, please visit our website at or contact Steffen T. Kraehmer, CFRE, Executive Director, at (845)334-2760.

About HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley®

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley® is the alignment of HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus and Broadway Campus, as well as Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside Residential Care Center and Woodland Pond at New Paltz. As the parent organization with a unified governance structure, the goal of HealthAlliance is to strengthen the quality of care and bring forward enhanced technology to serve the present and future healthcare needs in the Hudson Valley. HealthAlliance and its affiliate facilities are committed to providing compassionate, patient-centered care and ensuring patient safety, privacy and dignity to all. For further information about HealthAlliance visit our web site at