Foundation Announces 2017 Gala Honorees

Foundation Announces 2017 Gala Honorees


Newburgh, NY – The St. Luke's Cornwall Health System Foundation is excited to announce the 2017 Gala Honorees: Dr. Christine Jelalian, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s (SLCH) Chief Medical Officer is this year’s Outstanding Caregiver Honoree and John and Margaret “Chip” Pelella longtime volunteers, supporters, Board Members and friends of SLCH are this year’s Community Commitment Honorees. 

community commitment honorees for St LukesDr. Jelalian has been a member of the St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital family since 1985, as a dedicated surgeon on the medical staff. She has served as Chief Medical Officer since 2001, overseeing both Newburgh and Cornwall Campuses. In this role, she has been an innovative leader, and valued member of our team, helping to implement important new programs and services that bring SLCH into the future of healthcare delivery. 

John and Chip Pelella have been dedicated members of the SLCH family for many years. John began his career as a pharmacist at the Cornwall Hospital, and he also oversaw the Materials Management department for several years. John also served on the Foundation Board of the Cornwall Hospital, and today serves on both the St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Board of Trustees, and on the Foundation Board. He later went on to take ownership of Hazard’s Pharmacy in the town of Cornwall, a business he has run for the thirty years. Chip has been involved in the Auxiliary for many years, currently serving as Chair, but her dedication to our community hospital began long before that. Her compassion for the community has helped drive events such as the Gala, NICU Birthday party, and our annual scholarship awards and reception. Chip is also a member of the Health System Foundation Board of Directors.

To kick off the celebration of the 2017 Gala, several members of SLCH Board Leadership, Gala Committee Members, Hospital leadership and friends celebrated with the Honorees at Blu Pointe earlier this week. All that attended expressed their respect and admiration for the outstanding honorees being honored at this year’s Gala. 

“Our honorees have dedicated many years to ensuring excellence at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, and we are excited to show our gratitude for all that they’ve done for our community hospital through the years ” said Joan Cusack-McGuirk, SLCH President and CEO. 

This year’s A Night on the Boardwalk Gala will be held on Saturday, September 9th at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. For more information regarding the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Natassia Donohue at (845)568-2580 or

About St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital 
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 has achieved excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services. SLCH is also recognized as an industry leader in using information technology to improve patient care, by winning the Most Wired Award for the second year in a row. In January 2016, SLCH officially partnered with Montefiore Health System to strengthen the delivery of health care locally and enhance access to exceptional specialty care for Hudson Valley residents.