Dance-A-Thon a big hit for MMH
By Jill Ribich
The house was rocking on Saturday night when the Margaretville Memorial Hospital hosted the second annual Dance-A-Thon to raise funds for the operation of the hospital complex. About 150 people gathered at Belleayre Ski Center to dine, dance and have a hot time on a cold winter night.
Kyla Becker Marion got the crowd to its feet to learn east coast swing followed by the intricate steps of country line dancing taught by Rose and Gordy Stahl. The fun continued with Salsa demonstrated by Jacinto Jorge and Gaudys Sanford. ‚ÄúThe dance-a-thon is our way of getting people active during the winter,‚Äù explained hospital board member, Joyce St. George, it‚Äôs great exercise and a lot of fun.‚Äù
St. George went on to explain that the merger between the Kingston Hospital and Benedictine Hospital has made the Margaretville Hospital a part of a health care alliance that greatly benefits our area with additional resources, knowledge and health care facilities.
Margaretville Memorial Hospital CEO Ed Morache talked about some of the changes that have taken place over the past year that include the addition of two new exam rooms at the Family Health Center and a state of the art telemedicine network that has improved communication within the hospital and between staff at Margaretville and Kingston. Morache introduced new hospital board members Joe Piasek, Joan Lawrence-Bauer, Jo Bernhardt and Liz Davis as well as the appointment to the board of Sue Adams, head of the hospital auxiliary.
Board President Carey Wagner announced that the hospital has applied for a Certificate of Need with New York State to fund the enlargement and modernization of the emergency department, renovating and updating the building and connecting the hospital building with the Mountainside nursing facility. The determination of the funds should be announced within the next 60 days.
The use of the facility at Belleayre Ski Center was donated by Belleayre Director Tony Lanza and his staff volunteered their time to help with the setup, food preparation and service.