Westchester Medical Center Health Network Named Official Hospital Partner of the Hudson Valley Renegades

Partnership Brings Together Two Premier Hudson Valley Brands to Collaborate on a Robust Lineup of Community-Driven Initiatives Aimed At Improving Health and Wellness for Residents

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. (March 16, 2021) – Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) and the Hudson Valley Renegades, the High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced today a major partnership making WMCHealth the inaugural Official Hospital Partner of the Renegades.

“Our organizations are cornerstone brands of the Hudson Valley and touchstones for life events for residents of the communities we serve,” said Michael Israel, President and CEO, Westchester Medical Center Health Network. “As a network, we are deeply committed to ensuring the health and wellness of those in our local communities, and being able to partner with the Renegades presents a tremendous opportunity for us to advance that mission through new initiatives and programs.”

At the heart of the partnership is a comprehensive community program that will have a lasting impact on Hudson Valley residents. Among the highlights of the community programs will be annual events promoting both partners’ dedication to the health and wellness of the communities they serve.

WMCHealth, which employs more than 13,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians, will become the title sponsor of the Renegades Community Program, and the presenting sponsor of HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel), a yearly organization-wide charitable initiative started by the Yankees in 2009. They also become title sponsor of We Care Wednesdays, a weekly promotion throughout the season aimed to integrate the non-profit community within Dutchess Stadium.

 “The Renegades are elated to welcome WMCHealth into the Renegades family!” said Steve Gliner, President and General Manager of the Renegades. “It was clear to us from the start that WMCHealth exemplifies many of the same community-focused values we hold true to our organization, and the synergy that exists between our two organizations will make for a very successful partnership.”

The Renegades will also help to give back to the Foundations of WMCHealth with the new Runs for a Cause program. Each run scored at home during the season aims to encourage crowd-sourced fundraising efforts for the various subdivisions of WMCHealth’s network of services, including but not limited to, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of WMCHealth and the only acute care children’s hospital in the region.

About the Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades are in their second season as the High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. They have played their home games at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. since 1994. The Renegades open the 2022 season on Friday, April 8 at the Greenville Drive with a nine-game road trip before returning home for the hope opener at The Dutch on Tuesday, April 19 against the Brooklyn Cyclones. Single-game tickets go on sale on Saturday, February 19 at https://www.milb.com/hudson-valley/tickets/single-game-tickets, by phone at (845) 838-0094 or at the ticket office at The Dutch.

About Diamond Baseball Holdings

Diamond Baseball Holdings (DBH) is a subsidiary of Endeavor, the global sports and entertainment company. DBH was formed in 2021 to support, promote, and enhance Minor League Baseball through professional management, best practices, innovation and investment. (DiamondBaseballHoldings.com).

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 13,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. The Network has Level 1, Level 2, and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, home-care services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State. Today, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated health care in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org or follow WMCHealth on Facebook.com/WMCHealth or Instagram.com/WMCHealth.

Charlene’s Story: Grateful for Bon Secours Personalized Care

For Charlene Trotter, a resident of Port Jervis, the personalized care she and her husband receive at Bon Secours Community Hospital makes all the difference.

“A hospital like ours is not something all communities have,” said Charlene. “My husband and I are continuously impressed with the high-quality, personalized care the Bon Secours doctors and nurses provide. I also love that our healthcare staff are our neighbors—the same people we wave to on the street. When I think of an organization where my support can make an impact, I think of our local hospital!”

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Sophia’s Story: Eight-Year-Old Sophia Thriving after Heart Surgery

For 8-year-old Sophia Pinto, the skill of pediatric surgeons at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital made it possible for her to live a full and active life and be the bubbly and happy child she is today.

A third-grader at Matthew Patterson Elementary School in Carmel, Sophia loves to draw, sing, and play with her baby dolls, says mom Christina. But, she added, “It has been some journey.”

Sophia’s journey started before she was born when 16 weeks into her mother’s pregnancy doctors discovered that her heart was not developing properly. Because the right side of her heart was malformed, Sophia had to overcome some serious challenges that began with open heart surgery when she was just one-week old. Another surgery followed at three months old, and a third surgery in 2017 when Sophia was three and a half years old.

 “We really didn’t expect her to survive, said Christina. “Since her third surgery, a new child has emerged. It’s truly a miracle.”

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Syndi’s Story: Suffern Resident is Giving Back to Good Samaritan after Husband’s Cancer Treatment

Syndi Bergstein was so grateful for the wonderful care her husband received during his treatment for cancer that she is giving back to help other patients at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Suffern resident has gifted more than 20 of her elaborately designed quilts to patients at the hospital’s Bobbi Lewis Cancer Center.

“I was amazed when I came for treatment, I left with a lovely quilt. This generous gift is a welcome surprise during such a hard time in my life,” said patient William Skerry, who received one of Syndi’s quilts.

To Syndi, whose two daughters were born at Good Samaritan, giving back just made sense.

“To give to someone in need, to help a patient going through a tough time, is more meaningful than selling my quilts for any amount of money,” said Syndi, who urged others to follow her example and give to the hospital.

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Ron’s Story: We Support Local Healthcare

For Roger Vander Plaat, a 30-year resident of Warwick, knowing that St. Anthony Community Hospital has been there for him and his family has been a great comfort.

“Over the years, each of our family members has needed care at St. Anthony,” said Roger. The need was very urgent in some cases, and it was reassuring to know that well-trained, compassionate doctors and nurses, many of whom are our friends and neighbors, were there to provide care. As a husband and father, these situations required me to put my family in the hands of others—the staff at St. Anthony. Their kindness and concern have always proven to be exceptional.”

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Domenick’s Story: Infant Gets Expert Care for COVID-19 Close to Home in Poughkeepsie

For 8-month-old Domenick, the pediatric unit at Maria Fareri Children’s Healthcare Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital was a lifesaver. When Domenick contracted COVID-19 in January, and his condition worsened, his mom Adrienne was relieved that he could get advanced care without having to travel to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla.

“We went to the ER four times, but when he became dehydrated they had to admit him. The staff there was so attentive to his needs. It was really nice having a pediatric unit close to home and not having to travel.“

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Anna’s Story: Stamford Woman Grateful to WMC after Emerging from COVID-19 Coma

Anna Marie Giorgi fought her way back to life after COVID-19 left her in a coma for 10 days following the birth of her son in March of 2021. The Stamford mother, hair salon owner and Strong Woman competition organizer said the care she received a Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla was the key to her survival.

After suffering blood clots, double pneumonia and intubation, she spent more than a year with help of her extended family and Westchester Medical Center making a comeback.

“The journey has made me stronger in so many ways,” said Anna Marie. “I am grateful to the cardiac team at Westchester Medical Center and to everyone there who believed that I could make it back.’’

Anna says she has a new appreciation for her life as wife, mother and salon owner. She’s also returned to competition with new vigor. It’s just great to be alive, she says.

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Agnes’s Story: Agnes “Cookie” Reis Gets Expert Heart Care at HealthAlliance and WMC

For Agnes “Cookie” Reis, who underwent a cardiac catheterization procedure in January, HealthAlliance Hospital’s new Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory ensured that she got the advanced care she needed right in Kingston. And because HealthAlliance is a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, when it turned out that Agnes needed open heart surgery, her transfer to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla was seamless.

Agnes who was nicknamed “Cookie” because her mother said she was no bigger than a cookie at birth, has been through many medical challenges in recent years and says she is grateful for the care she received.

“I can’t speak more highly of WMCHealth,” said Agnes. “Every doctor, every nurse, every aide took a personal interest in me. I received wonderful, wonderful care in Kingston, and Valhalla. It was a very positive experience.’’

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Ella’s Story: Brent Truitt and Ella, a Labrador/Shepherd, Visit Seniors at Mountainside

For residents of the Mountainside Residential Care Center, part of Margaretville Hospital, 7-year-old Ella, a Labrador/Shepherd mix, has been a bright spot in their days. Brent Truitt, Ella’s owner and handler, has been paying visits to Mountainside since 2017, and even scheduled virtual visits during the pandemic when residents needed TLC most.

“They light up and smile whenever they see her,’’ said Brent. “When I started this five years ago, I had no idea how powerful these visits would be. When we returned after COVID, they cried they were so happy to see her.’’

In March, Ella reached a milestone, making 10,000 one-on-one visits with residents.

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