Senior commercial lender named at TD Bank

Antonio J. Vinciguerra has been named vice president, senior commercial lender at TD Bank in New Windsor. The bank announced that Vinciguerra is responsible for managing existing relationships and growing a commercial loan portfolio serving clients throughout the lower Hudson Valley.

Vinciguerra has more than 25 years of experience in banking and lending. Prior to joining TD Bank, he served for more than two decades at JPMorgan Chase, where he held roles in retail banking, business banking and lending, most recently as a senior relationship manager for the Hudson Valley market.

Vinciguerra, his wife, Diane, and their son, Antonio Jr., are residents of the town of Newburgh, where he serves on the board of the Greater Newburgh Partnership.

ColumbiaDoctors lauded by Castle Connolly

Cardiologists Ainat Beniaminovitz, David Brogno and Richard Roth of ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley, a provider of cardiovascular and internal medicine services to residents of the lower Hudson Valley, have been selected as Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors – New York Metro Area.”

Castle Connolly, a publisher of medical guides, including the annual “Top Doctors” series, aims to help consumers find the best health care available. Top Doctors candidates are nominated by their peers in a survey of thousands of American doctors and undergo screening of their educational and professional experience.

Beniaminovitz is a board-certified cardiologist with a focus on women’s cardiovascular health. She received her medical doctorate and completed her residency and fellowship training at Columbia University Medical Center. A published author, Beniaminovitz’ articles on heart disease issues have appeared in medical publications such as the American Journal of Cardiology, New England Journal of Medicine and Circulation. She has received Castle Connolly’s regional Top Doctor award for four consecutive years.

An interventional cardiologist for more than 20 years, Brogno, specializes in advanced cardiac services such as angioplasty and stent implementation. He obtained his medical doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1983. In 1991, he joined ColumbiaDoctors, then called Ramapo Cardiology Associates, as an interventional cardiologist. He is currently chief of cardiology at Nyack Hospital and an attending physician in cardiology at Good Samaritan Hospital and The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. This is the third consecutive year Brogno has received a regional Top Doctor honor.

Roth has been practicing medicine in Rockland County for more than 30 years. He is a board-certified cardiologist who received his medical doctorate from the Yale University School of Medicine. Currently, he is assistant professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University School of Medicine and practices at Good Samaritan and Nyack hospitals in Rockland County. Prior to joining ColumbiaDoctors, Roth served as chief of cardiology and chief of medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. He has been named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for more than 10 years.

Assistant manager for Rand Pearl River

Rachael Heiss is the new assistant manager for the Pearl River branch office of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty in Rockland County. Barbara Meyer, Rand regional manager said, “We are thrilled to welcome Rachael to our management team. She brings a wealth of training, energy and enthusiasm to her new role.”

A native of Suffern, Heiss is an award-winning agent with more than 10 years’ industry experience. She was selected by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate to film a national series of brand marketing videos.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have been presented with this amazing opportunity as assistant manager of the Pearl River office,” Heiss said, “and I am eager to work with the agents to help them utilize all of the tools and technology that Rand Realty offers that will help them promote and grow their business. I look forward to meeting, recruiting and training new agents to the No. 1 real estate company in the Hudson Valley.”

New CFO for Greater Hudson Valley Health System

The Greater Hudson Valley Health System, composed of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, has named Richard Carrico chief financial officer. He is responsible for all finance planning and accounting operations, patient financial services, managed care and treasury management for the system.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Rick to our team. His experience and knowledge will provide strong financial leadership as we continue to grow our services to the communities we serve,” President and CEO Scott Batulis said in a statement.

Carrico has more than 30 years of health care finance experience in hospitals and health care systems. Prior to joining the health system, he served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Springstone L.L.C., a private equity sponsored company that develops and operates behavioral health hospitals. He also served as associate chief financial officer and vice president of finance for Norton Healthcare, the largest community-based health care system in Louisville, Ky., and as vice president of internal audit for Kindred Healthcare, a nationwide investor-owned health care company.

A certified public accountant, Carrico has a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Bellarmine University and obtained his master’s degree in business administration from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and has held various board governance roles with Passport Health Plan, Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity and St. Xavier High School.

Former intern proves his worth

Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, a Middletown accounting firm, has hired Paul Cherubino as the newest member of its team.

A graduate of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, Cherubino was previously an intern with JGS in the summer of 2013, assisting primarily with auditing and tax issues. He recently received his master’s degree in accounting from Mount Saint Mary.

“We are very pleased to announce the hiring of Paul Cherubino, a bright young professional who has a tremendous future ahead of him in our field,” said Jason Giordano, managing partner of JGS. “Our team was very impressed with Paul’s work ethic and ability to learn new concepts very quickly while he was an intern with JGS. We know that he will bring that same approach to his work as a full-time staff member as he continues to learn and grow as a professional.”

Cherubino made the dean’s list several times and won the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute Medalist award, a $15,000 scholarship.

In addition to his experience in public accounting, Cherubino has worked with Relay for Life, the National Honor Society, an autism awareness organization and other charity efforts.

“I am thrilled to join the team at JGS and officially start my career in the field of accounting,” said Cherubino. “My previous internship with the firm was an incredible learning experience for me and it’s an honor to be asked to join one of our region’s most distinguished accounting firms.”

ORMC earns special designation for elder care

Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown has been designated as a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders hospital, a designation that recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing exemplary care to older patients. NICHE, the largest national geriatric care program for hospitals, supports the implementation of a variety of best practices, including prevention and management of pain, pressure ulcers, delirium, urinary incontinence and fall prevention.

“Geriatric patients have different needs when they are hospitalized,” said Joanne Ritter-Teitel, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. “Thanks to Orange Regional’s NICHE designation, our nursing staff has access to NICHE resources that offer educational programs and training to help improve the outcomes for our older patients and provide them with an exceptional patient care experience.”

Hospital employees of the year announced

Lori Armstrong, Kelly Morse and Patricia Hill were recognized by Health Quest as Employees of the Year at Rhinebeck-based Northern Dutchess Hospital and Northern Dutchess Residential Health Care Facility Inc., also known as the Thompson House, on May 22 at an employee celebration on the hospital campus.

Armstrong, the bone and joint coordinator in the medical/surgical unit is the hospital, was honored as Nursing Employee of the Year. She received her associate degree in nursing from Rockland Community College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the State University of New York at Cortland. She joined the hospital in September 2002 as a staff registered nurse and was promoted to her current role in 2010.

“Lori led the charge toward achieving the distinguished Joint Commission specialty certification for hip and knee replacement,” said Pam Rhodes, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer.

Morse is the recipient of the Nonnursing Employee of the Year Award. She is an environmental services worker and has been with the hospital since January 2011.

“Kelly is an exemplary employee and always takes the initiative to help others without being asked,” said Kathryn Johnson, manager of environmental services.

Hill is the Thompson House Employee of the Year. A certified nurse aide in the Livingston Unit, Hill has been with the Thompson House since September 2012. She received an associate degree from Nassau Community College and then became a certified nursing assistant in 2012.

“Pat is a dedicated employee who brings empathy and compassion to the residents and does whatever is needed to support them,” said Denise Smiarowski, manager for the Livingston Unit.

Central Hudson welcomes director

State University of New York at New Paltz President Donald P. Christian has been appointed to the board of directors of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., the electric and gas utility serving New York’s mid-Hudson Valley. He is the fourth New York state resident appointed to the utility’s board within the last year.

“As president of one of the region’s most important academic institutions, as well as a large customer of Central Hudson, Don Christian brings high-level leadership experience to our board. He is keenly interested and involved in the economic development and overall quality of life in the Hudson Valley,” said H. Stanley Marshall, chairman of the board. “We welcome his involvement in charting Central Hudson’s future course.” Christian was named president of the State University of New York campus at New Paltz in June 2011, having previously served as interim president, provost and vice president of academic affairs at the college.

Prior to his arrival at New Paltz in 2009, Christian was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for five years. Previously (1997-2004), he served as associate dean for the biological sciences at the University of Montana, where he was also professor. Christian held several positions at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (1978-1997), including chairman and professor in the biology department and director of graduate studies in the biology graduate program.

Christian is a member of the boards of directors of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress and the Mohonk Preserve.

BHG Rand Realty recognized for marketing

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has received the brand’s national Marketing Excellence Award. The distinction is bestowed to a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate brokerage that has taken service commitment to the next level by creating innovative marketing programs.

“It is an honor for our company to be recognized nationally among our colleagues and peers for our marketing strategy,” said Marsha Rand, founder and managing partner of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. “We are proud of our marketing department for striving everyday to create new initiatives, and we dedicate this award to our agents and to the New York/New Jersey communities, which we serve.”

Those honored included Jamie Troia, Kim-Marie Mullin, Russ Perna, Adam DiFrancesco, Jillian Krumholtz, Randi Proce and Hina Kapoor.

Homes and Gardens Rand Realty serves Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, Bergen and Passaic counties.

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