SLCH Gala Raises $240,000 Through Celebration of Commitment and Dedication

SLCH Gala Raises $240,000 Through Celebration of Commitment and Dedication


Newburgh, NY – St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital recently held its annual Gala which honored longtime physician, SLCH Neonatologist, Dr. Prabhakar Kocherlakota (KP) and Alan Seidman of Construction Contractors Association of the Hudson Valley.

The event attracted close to 450 guests to a new venue this year, the Umbra of Newburgh Soundstage.  Thanks to the support of the hospital's donors and friends, $240,000 will be donated to the hospital to support programs and initiatives.

"We are thrilled with the outcome of the evening and are truly grateful for the generosity of all involved," said Gala Chair, Margaret "Chip" Pelella.

Dr. KP was presented with the Outstanding Caregiver Award. He's has been a member of the SLCH family since 1997 and the opening of the Elaine Kaplan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. During that time, Dr. KP has cared for close to 2,000 babies, touching the lives of so many families in this community.

"Dr. KP's dedication to St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital and the patients and families he treats every day is nothing short of amazing," said Robert S. Ross, SLCH President and CEO.

At the event, SLCH presented Dr. KP with a video of heartfelt messages from some of the families he has worked with over the years. To view the video, visit 

Alan Seidman, Executive Director of Construction Contractors Association of the Hudson Valley, was honored as the Community Commitment Award recipient. Mr. Seidman has had a lifelong connection to St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital. He served on the Foundation Board of Directors; one of many community service organizations and causes Alan has long been involved with.

"Alan has been a tremendous asset to the local community," said Ross. "It is a privilege to honor Alan and recognize his continued dedication to helping others."

The guest list included hospital leadership, elected officials, and community members at large. Major sponsors included The Littman and Kaplan Families, Greater New York Hospital Association, Unitex and Eagle Insurance.

St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is a not-for-profit community hospital with campuses in Newburgh and Cornwall, NY. The hospital is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the Hudson Valley and aspires to excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services. SLCH offers comprehensive cardiac, stroke, cancer, orthopedic services and a full range of other clinical offerings.