Greater Hudson Valley Health System signs Schumacher Group as exclusive ER services provider: SG Providers will staff Orange Regional and Catskill Regional

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Louisiana-based Schumacher Group (SG) has been chosen as the exclusive Emergency Medicine Management firm for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, the active parent company of Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center, which provides healthcare to nearly 450,000 residents in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties.The Greater Hudson Valley Health System chose Schumacher Group over 12 competing management firms to staff their busy emergency departments at ORMC and CRMC.

Louisiana-based Schumacher Group (SG) has been chosen as the exclusive Emergency Medicine Management firm for Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) in Middletown, the first new hospital in New York state in nearly 25 years, and its sister hospital, Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Harris. Both hospitals are members of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, the active parent company of the institutions, which provides healthcare to nearly 450,000 residents in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties.

The Greater Hudson Valley Health System chose Schumacher Group over 12 competing management firms to staff their busy emergency departments at ORMC and CRMC.

ORMC alone will see approximately 65,000 annual visits to their ER. In order to provide clinical leadership and operational oversight in the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Schumacher Group hired Dr. Bruce Whitman and Dr. Carlos Holden as Medical Directors for Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center, respectively. SG also brought Dr. Anuj Vohra onto the staff at ORMC as the Associate Medical Director.

Dr. Whitman has been involved with emergency department leadership nearly 25 years. “His clinical experience, medical education, & business education has positioned him well to lead the staff and the department at ORMC to accomplish the operational excellence and quality patient care that is expected,” said Donald Lyles, Division COO for Schumacher Group. “Dr. Whitman will also be of tremendous value as the hospital expands its trauma and pediatric services, as well as community outreach programs.”

Dr. Holden was Medical Director and Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at CRMC when Schumacher Group was awarded the contract in January, 2012. “His guidance has been instrumental to the successful transition to a partnership with the Schumacher Group, the hiring of new staff, and in managing the operational changes required to move into a completely, newly-renovated Emergency Department at CRMC ,” explained Lyles.

Dr. Vohra was also serving in a leadership role in the ED at ORMC when Schumacher was awarded the contract. “His leadership and clinical expertise have provided a strong foundation as we begin to implement operational changes, hire new providers, and monitor quality metrics in the ED at ORMC,” added Lyles.

Once the Medical Directors were secured, the SG recruiting team embraced the task of hiring providers in a new region.

“This is a brand new market for our company, so the recruitment effort was tremendous,” said SG Emergency Medicine Director of Provider Recruiting and Retention, Jason Duncan. “With no previous contracts in this area of the country, the Greater Hudson Valley Health System put great trust in our team. We worked hard, retaining 50% of the existing physicians from the previous staffing group and signing 4 new physicians to join in.”

The complete turnaround for the start-up took place in just 90 days.

“Our expansion with the Greater Hudson Valley contract marks a new territory for our organization,” said Schumacher Group President and COO, Jim Guidry. “We are confident that our medical directors, along with our incredible team of providers, nurses and physician’s assistants, will all work together to put patients first and deliver quality care at ORMC and CRMC.”

The momentum from the Greater Hudson Valley Health System contract has since brought Schumacher Group into other parts of the Northeast as well. As of March 1, St. Michael’s Hospital in Newark, NJ welcomed them as the exclusive provider of their emergency department services.

For additional information on Schumacher Group, career opportunities and the services they provide, visit schumachergroup.com or follow them at facebook.com/SchumacherGroupCareers.

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Caring for some 4 million patients annually, Schumacher Group is one of the largest emergency medical staffing and management companies in the U.S, as well as a health care resource for Hospital Medicine, Wellness Programs, Care Management, Urgent Care, Physical Therapy, and Billing & Coding. For more information, visit http://www.schumachergroup.com.

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