Margaretville Hospital earns police recognition
Margaretville Hospital received a Special Recognition Award from the New York State Police on May 28 in honor of the facility’s work during the April 2007 shootings involving three police officers. Chief Executive Officer Ed Morache accepted the award on behalf of the hospital in a ceremony in Albany. The certificate was presented “In recognition and acknowledgement of outstanding service to the division of state police.”
At the ceremony, State Police Colonel Anthony Ellis recalled the hospital staff’s professionalism and expertise in treating the wounded troopers by reading a letter composed by State Police Superintendent Harry Corbitt.
The superintendent recalled the events of April 25, 2007: “Upon Trooper Richard G. Mattson’s arrival at the hospital, he was immediately attended to by a group of physicians, physician’s assistants and nurses. The medical staff focused their efforts on stabilizing Trooper Mattson and stemming the heavy bleeding emanating from the traumatic, life-threatening gunshot wound to his left arm. The medical staff worked expeditiously to stabilize Trooper Mattson’s wound, protect against further hemorrhaging and prepare him for transport to Albany Medical Center.”
The letter continued: “As Trooper David Brinkerhoff arrived at Margaretville Hospital, the Emergency Room staff assured state police personnel that all possible measures were being taken. Trooper Brinkerhoff’s body was subsequently taken to a private area, and Mr. Morache arranged for the hospital chaplain and members of the hospital’s social services section to provide both emotional comfort and counseling to Trooper Brinkerhoff’s family and colleagues during this extremely difficult period. Additional support was provided, under Mr. Morache’s direction, including, but not limited to — meals for Trooper Brinkerhoff’s family and division members and a room with a crib for the trooper’s infant daughter.”
A third trooper, Matthew Gombosi, was shot and wounded the previous day triggering a massive manhunt that ended with the death of Trooper Brinkerhoff and fugitive Travis Trim.
Superintendent Corbitt’s letter concluded: “Without question, the staff at Margaretville Hospital, under Mr. Morache’s direction, provided first-rate medical care to Trooper Mattson and treated Trooper Brinkerhoff and his family with dignity and respect.”
Margaretville Hospital is a 15-bed critical access hospital. The health care campus also includes Mountainside Residential Care Center, an 82-bed long-term care home.