Vassar Brothers Medical Center to Become a Teaching Hospital

May 15, 2018 - Health Quest's Vassar Brothers Medical Center will become a teaching hospital starting next year. Hospital President Ann McMackin said at the annual President's Breakfast on Tuesday that Vassar Brothers has been approved for general surgery residency for 2019 and expects to be approved for other residencies, including internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, emergency, and psychiatry.

McMackin said having residency programs will be a huge asset toward the continued evolution of the medical center.

"It takes us from being a community hospital, with great, advanced tertiary care, to a teaching hospital. And when you have [physician] residents, it raises the bar for everybody," McMackin said. "It's ongoing teaching, ongoing education, and it also trains physicians who love the Hudson Valley and will hopefully stay here and grow their practices in our region."

The new graduate residency programs will be spread across the four Health Quest hospitals — including Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck — with the largest programs hosted at Vassar Brothers. Cumulatively, the programs are expected to have about 220 residents.

McMackin also said completion of the new patient room tower at Vassar Brothers is eagerly awaited. She said the project is in its final third of construction and due to be completed at the end of 2019.

McMackin also said Vassar Brothers will continue to invest in new technologies, employees and the community.

"I think we'll continue to serve the community and grow the types of programs that they want here in the community," she said. "We see ourselves as a dominant provider of health care in the Hudson Valley."

By Mid-Hudson News Network
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