Ulster Savings Bank Supports Health and Technology Camp for Young Adults

The Benedictine Health Foundation received a generous grant from Ulster Savings Bank to fund a Health and Technology Camp at HealthAlliance Hospital, Member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, to be held July 25 – 29.

“We’re very pleased to provide funding in support of the 2016 HealthAlliance Health & Technology Camp,” said Jeffrey Wood, Ulster Savings Bank Vice President and Chair of the Ulster Savings Bank Donations Committee.  “The Camp provides an excellent educational opportunity for these students, as well as offering them insights into the clinical and complementary services provided to patients throughout the HealthAlliance health care system.”

The innovative, week-long summer program will provide 10 – 12 year old children with the opportunity to observe many different aspects of healthcare.  Campers will be grouped in teams and attend classes on CPR and summer safety.  They will shadow medical professionals and visit clinical areas including nursing, emergency medicine, maternity, and mental health, as well as non-clinical including engineering, security and information technology.  

“Due to the generous support of Ulster Savings Bank, the Benedictine Health Foundation is honored to fund the Health and Technology Camp.  This is a memorable experience for the campers and the hospital staff, and exemplifies our Foundation’s tradition of supporting compassionate care for the people in our community,” said Robert J. Ryan, Jr., President of the Benedictine Health Foundation Board.

A graduation and awards ceremony will be held at the end of the week where campers will present PowerPoint presentations on their team’s favorite area of healthcare.

For more information, please contact Barbara Klassen, Benedictine Health Foundation Executive Director, at  (845) 481-1303 or bklassen@bhfoundation.org.

(L to R): 2015 Campers with HealthAlliance Medical Staff

Benedictine Health Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce Ulster Savings Bank recently presented a $10,000 donation to the Kingston non-profit organization, once again confirming the financial institution’s unwavering commitment to quality healthcare.

The Benedictine Health Foundation, which promotes compassionate healthcare in Ulster Country, is made possible by the support from the community through donations like those of Ulster Savings Bank, as well as grants and fundraising events.

“The generous financial contribution made by Ulster Savings Bank will support our adolescent behavioral health initiatives, including a peer mentoring program being developed in partnership with Kingston High School and the HealthAlliance Adolescent Partial Program. The program focuses on youth-youth relationships where older students help younger students by guiding and supporting them in many areas of their academic, social, and emotional development,” stated Barbara Klassen, Executive Director of the Benedictine Health Foundation.

“Since its inception in 1977, the Benedictine Health Foundation has fulfilled its mission – to raise and distribute resources that will ultimately improve the physical, psychological and spiritual well-being of those who are vulnerable and underserved in Ulster County,” noted Glenn Sutherland, Ulster Savings Bank President and CEO. “We truly value our relationship with the Foundation, share their commitment to our community, and are grateful that we can lend our financial support to them in this way.”

Photo: L to R: Charles (Bud) Walker, Vice Chair and Glenn Sutherland, President and CEO, Ulster Savings Bank; Barbara Klassen, Executive Director, and Robert J. Ryan, Jr., President, Benedictine Health Foundation; and Mary Rose Warcholak, Executive Director, Ulster Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.

The Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the Benedictine Health Foundation, Inc. in support of a new Comfort Room for inpatient Mental Health Services on the Mary’s Avenue Campus of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley®

A comfort room is a private, tranquil area designed to reduce the use of restraints and seclusion. It helps alleviate patients’ aggression, anxiety and distress, and reduces patient and staff injuries. The Benedictine Health Foundation is pleased to partner with Ulster Savings and HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley®

“The support of the Benedictine Health Foundation and Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation will allow us to improve services to our patient population while maintaining a safe patient care environment,” stated Laurie Muscari, administrative director of Mental Health Services at HealthAlliance.

“We applaud the Benedictine Health Foundation’s efforts to afford preventative, alternative intervention methods to patients within the HealthAlliance Mental Health Services Department,” said MaryRose Warcholak, executive director of the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation.

The Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation’s mission is to assist the local community in the areas of housing, economic development, education and health & human services.

Supporting the Benedictine Spirit of Compassionate Care