Foundation Announces 2018 Gala Honorees

Foundation Announces 2018 Gala Honorees


Newburgh, NY – The St. Luke's Cornwall Health System Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Geoffrey Brackett, Ms. Michelle Rider, Esq., and Mr. Patrick Ortland will be honored with the Leadership in Transformation Award at the 2018 Gala set for September 15 at Anthony’s Pier 9. Additionally, Father Mark Connell of San Miguel Academy will be recognized as the Community Commitment honoree. 

All three Leadership in Transformation honorees served as Chair of the St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Board of Trustees, including Dr. Brackett who currently holds that position. All are being recognized for their dedication and diligence in leading the search for a strategic partner to lead SLCH through the current healthcare transformation, leading to SLCH’s official partnership with Montefiore Health System this past January.

Dr. Brackett, the Executive Vice President of Marist College, has been on the SLCH Board of Trustees since 2010 and  has been Chairman since 2017. Ms. Rider became involved in hospital leadership as part of the Foundation Board of Directors in 2007. She has been an active member of the hospital Board of Trustees since 2010, including serving as Chairwoman from 2015-17. Mr. Ortland served on the Board from 2007-16, and served as Chairman  from 2013-15.

Father Connell is the Executive Director of San Miguel Academy, a private boys school that provides exceptional education opportunities from an underserved population. He is also a member of the St. Luke’s Cornwall Health System Foundation Board of Directors. 

“All of our honorees have given an incredible amount of time, talent and experience to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital ” said Joan Cusack-McGuirk, SLCH President and CEO. “The knowledgeable guidance of Geoff, Michelle and Patrick, has put SLCH in the position to continue to be at the forefront of healthcare transformation in the Hudson Valley. Father Mark’s work at San Miguel and with the Foundation have made an unbelievable impact on the lives of his students, their families and our communities. We are proud to recognize all of these individuals for their outstanding contributions.”

To kick off the celebration of the 2018 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. 

This year’s Renaissance of Healthcare Gala will be held on Saturday, September 15th at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. For more information regarding the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Foundation office at (845) 568-2580 or Online registration is available at 

Congratulations to this year’s honorees! 

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. The Joint Commission noted SLCH for excellence in Key Quality Measures in the management of Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Stroke and Surgical Care. SLCH is also recognized as an industry leader in using information technology to improve patient care, by winning the Most Wired Award for the fourth year in a row. In January 2018, SLCH officially became part of the Montefiore Health System to strengthen the delivery of health care locally and enhance access to exceptional specialty care for Hudson Valley residents.