Elant appoints Debra Zambito as its new CEO

GOSHEN, N.Y. (Sept. 27, 2016) – Debra E. Zambito has been appointed chief executive officer for Elant, Inc., the Hudson Valley comprehensive health care system that serves the needs of more than 3,500 individuals.


Debra Zambito

Zambito, a Newburgh resident, is an experienced health care executive with over 15 years experience driving successful and diverse publicly-held and privately-held organizations. Specializing in operations management and corporate finance, she has successfully implemented numerous innovative and cost-savings initiatives in other organizations.


“We are extremely delighted to welcome Debra Zambito to the helm of Elant as our new CEO,” said Donna Cornell, Elant Board of Directors chair.  “Her knowledge and experience in managing other multi-site organizations, coupled with her financial expertise in the health care industry will be a valued asset to Elant.  We are excited to have Debra lead our management team.”


Zambito reinforced Elant’s vital role of providing essential health care services to the Hudson Valley area.


“Elant has had a long history in providing quality healthcare services to the communities we serve,” she said.  “My goal is to continue this tradition and to guide Elant through the numerous transitions occurring within the healthcare industry today. This is a caring, compassionate organization with skilled employees and clinicians who continually strive to provide excellent services to those in our care.”


Zambito was Elant’s chief financial officer before taking on another opportunity in 2014. She was also the chief administrative officer and chief compliance officer for Kohl Asset Management and was the company’s CFO and director of operations for its Northern Services Group. This $500 million privately help asset management company specializes in the ownership, operation and management of health care facilities throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.


Zambito is a member of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District Board of Education, Habitat for Humanity and the Powelton Club of Newburgh.


Additionally, she is an adjunct professor with Marist College’s School of Management in Poughkeepsie, where she teaches business and finance courses.


Zambito is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in business administration from Pace University. She received her master’s degree in Business from Mount Saint Marry College and her bachelor’s degree in Business from Pace University.


Crystal Cordovano and Christine O’Toole receive national leadership awards

Both named recipients of American College of Health Care Administrators’ Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award


GOSHEN, N.Y. (May  23,  2016)  —  Two Elant administrators have been recently named recipients of the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.


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Crystal Cordovano, administrator of Elant
at Goshen who lives in New Windsor, and Monroe resident Christine O’Toole, administrator of Elant at Meadow Hill in Newburgh, won the award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick. The award recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach. They were two of 288 administrators who received leadership awards nationally.


“This award is a testament to Crystal’s and Christine’s commitment to outstanding quality patient care,” said Joseph Tomaino, Elant’s interim CEO. “They, and all of our staff, work diligently to provide the best patient care to all Elant residents. To have Crystal and Christine be acknowledged by the American College of Health Care Administrators is a significant recognition.”


Within that group of 288, Cordovano and O’Toole were two of 247 to receive the award with virtual recognition.  This award recognizes the administrator of record who provided leadership throughout the award year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire (Life Safety), and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also included an 80 percent or greater facility occupancy and a three year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status.


According to the ACHCA, post-acute and aging services facility excellence is a reflection of leadership excellence. The prestigious Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award is made possible with the support of eHealth Data Solutions.


About Elant

Elant is a comprehensive health care system that serves the needs of more than 3,000 individuals throughout the Hudson Valley region. The organization includes five campuses and employs more than 1,200 dedicated individuals. Elant provides a full continuum of care, including Sub-Acute Care and Rehabilitation Services, Skilled Nursing Care, Assisted Living, Adult Day Care, Retirement Community Living, and Home Health Care services.  To learn more, call 800-501-3936.


About the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) 

Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today’s post-acute and aging services leaders. Focused on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long term care. For more information about ACHCA, contact the national office at (202) 536-5120 or visit www.achca.org.


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MDS Coordinator/Registered Nurse

Elant at Fishkill is looking for a Full Time MDS Coordinator for a 160-bed Nursing Home.

Qualifications: Must be a New York State Registered Nurse. Experience with and/or knowledge of MDS / PRI Input and Medicare and Medicaid with knowledge of PPS and OBRA regulations pertaining to MDS. The qualified applicant should be able to independently and be able to work in a manner that is accurate, concise, and detail oriented.

Elant, an innovative Health Care System throughout the Hudson Valley, has grown from its single campus in Goshen twenty-six years ago to seven major campuses today – an achievement unequaled by any other regional healthcare provider. Specializing in caring for the elderly, our services include: Short-term Rehabilitation Services, Home Health and Managed Long Term Care, Adult Day Health Care, Skilled Nursing, a Retirement Community & Assisted Living.

Our successful reputation was built by the efforts of our dedicated employees and is supported by Elant’s future strategies which reflect our appreciation for those who work in our organizations.
Applicants: Please apply via our website at Elant.org


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Free Lecture Series Offers Valuable Insight from Medical Professionals

“Dinner with the Doctor” events provide attendees with rare access


Goshen, N.Y. (Sept. 3, 2013) – Did you ever go for a doctor’s visit only to realize on the way home that you have more questions than when you walked in? Maybe it was an unexpected or new diagnosis. Or, maybe it was an adjustment to a prescription. Perhaps your time with the doctor ran short. Or, possibly you thought of more questions once you left the office.


Many times, patients or their families won’t follow up with the doctor. Because of this, Glen Arden, Elant’s Continuing Care Retirement Community, developed a unique solution.


Appropriately titled, “Dinner with the Doctor,” Glen Arden has begun hosting a series of free informal lectures and dinners open to the public and to Glen Arden residents. The guest doctor speaks on a specific topic and answers questions from attendees throughout each hour-long session. The inaugural lecture was held on June 24 and featured Dr. Karen Karsif, a surgeon and medical director of The Center for Breast Health at Good Samaritan. The next two lectures in the series are planned for Sept. 16 and Oct. 21 in Glen Arden’s Rhinebeck Room. 


“People rarely have an opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with a doctor,” said Maureen Torelli, Vice President and Executive Director of Glen Arden. “These lectures provide opportunities for people to hear from a medical professional on a specific topic and get answers to their questions, gaining the valuable information that they need.”


On Sept. 16, Dr. Nicholas Batson and Dr. Lisa Batson, husband and wife doctors from Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, will speak on “Depression and Anxiety Across All Ages.” The Batsons will discuss how depression and anxiety present themselves in people of various ages and health conditions, as well as different disorders that cause depression and anxiety. Symptoms such as unexplained weight loss or weight gain; insomnia; fatigue; feelings of worthlessness and excessive guilt; inability to think, concentrate or make decisions, and recurring thoughts of death will be among the topics.


Dr. Nicholas Batson earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville and earned his medical degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Cupecoy, St. Maarten. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., and completed his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Louisville. He is board certified in adult psychiatry.


Dr. Lisa Batson earned her bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University School of Health Sciences in Hamden, Conn., and earned her medical degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Cupecoy, St. Maarten. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., and completed her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Louisville. She is also board certified in adult psychiatry.


The following month on Oct. 21, Dr. Amala P. Chirumamilla, a cardiologist with Metropolitan Cardiology Consultants and the Bon Secours Medical Group, will focus her discussion on cholesterol’s impact on an individual’s health. Dr. Chirumamilla is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, computed tomography angiography, and vascular medicine. She received her internal medicine training at the University of Buffalo, her research fellowship training at Columbia University and cardiology fellowship training at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


“Glen Arden is committed to keeping our residents, their families and community members informed about important health issues,” said Torelli. “This series gives those in attendance valuable access to the knowledge and professional insights of leading members of the medical community.”


The series also gives Glen Arden the opportunity to work with other organizations in the Hudson Valley such as, Crystal Run Healthcare, Bon Secours Health System and other local health providers and hospitals.


“No health care organization can operate in a vacuum in this environment,” said Torelli. “Partnering enables us to bring information to our residents, to the family members of our residents and to the greater community. We see it as a public service to provide speakers on health issues and topics of interest to the community.”


The events are free, however reservations are required. For more information regarding the “Dinner with the Doctor” lecture series or to reserve your seat at one of the upcoming events, contact Maureen Torelli at 845-360-1424 or e-mail mtorelli@elant.org

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Community New Name Unveiled at Elant at Newburgh Spring Open House

Name change completes Elant’s re-branding program

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (May 24, 2012) – A cloudless sky, beautifully-landscaped grounds and warm smiles from Elant professionals greeted attendees of the community’s Spring Open House on Friday, May 18, and so did a surprise: Elant at Newburgh was changing its name to Elant at Meadow Hill.

“Over the course of the past several years, the management team and staff of Elant at Newburgh have worked diligently to complete physical renovations and upgrades to the building and grounds of the facility, enhance clinical programs and institute many other improvements to benefit our residents,” said Todd A, Whitney, Elant’s President and CEO. “We are very proud of the accomplishments that have been made and we continue to receive positive feedback from our residents, families and community members. To further develop the strengthened relationship we have gained with the local community and to signify a new beginning, we are re-branding this facility.”

The campus is also located in a very recognizable part of the Newburgh community, known as Meadow Hill. Attendees of the May 18 event included Senator Bill Larkin; Orange County Chamber of Commerce President John D’Ambrosio; Elant Board of Directors Chair Donna Cornell; several Elant Board Members, community members and more. Elant professionals and staff members also provided tours of the facility.

“I would like to commend the Elant at Meadow Hill management team and staff for their continued hard work and dedication which has instilled renewed support from the community,” said Whitney.

For additional information about Elant at Meadow Hill, contact 1-800-501-3936 or visit www.elant.org











At the ribbon cutting are: Orange County Chamber of Commerce President John D’Ambrosio; Elant Board of Directors Chair Donna Cornell; Elant Board of Directors Vice Chair Robert Scherreick; Elant President and CEO Todd A. Whitney; Elant Board of Directors Treasurer Steve Brown; Elant Board Member Thomas McGorry and Senator Bill Larkin


James W. Krueger Joins Elant Board of Directors


Krueger’s financial management expertise will be an asset to the Board

Goshen, N.Y. (May 14, 2012) – Elant, the Hudson Valley’s premier provider of senior health care and housing solutions, has named James W. Krueger to its Board of Directors.

Krueger is an experienced financial professional who has worked extensively in the health care field. He is the chief financial officer of SullivanArc, a nonprofit long-term health care corporation based in Monticello that focuses on care for persons with developmental disabilities.

“Elant is an outstanding organization, and I am proud to join its Board of Directors,” said Krueger. “I look forward to contributing to Elant’s mission and to utilizing my financial management experience for the organization’s continued success.”

As CFO at SullivanArc, Krueger oversees and plans the financial operations of the organization, including the annual budget and preparation of financial statements. He is also responsible for major asset acquisitions, including real estate and large equipment. He previously served as SullivanArc’s controller, and before that was a financial consultant with Northwestern Mutual Life in White Plains.

“Jim has a strong financial management background and a deep understanding of not for profit services and their critical need in our society,” said Donna Cornell, chair of Elant’s Board of Directors. “I am sure Jim will be an energetic and knowledgeable voice to help Elant continue to provide stellar services and care to the thousands of people we serve daily.”

Krueger has an M.B.A. in Finance from Pace University and a B.A. in History from the University of California-Irvine. He is the vice president of the Financial Managers Association of New York State (FMA).

Celebrating the Contributions and Achievements of Older Americans


Elant marks Older Americans Month in May with a variety of activities and events

Mark LaBruna, activities director for Elant at Goshen, has made big plans for Mother’s Day. On Sunday, May 13, he has arranged for Hudson Valley cabaret performer Stephanie Romm to perform for residents and their family members. The event is intended to not only entertain the mothers in attendance, but also to celebrate Older Americans Month and to kick-start National Nursing Home Week, which runs through May 19.

Since 1963, communities across the country have come together to celebrate Older Americans Month – a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to recognizing the contributions and achievements of older Americans. National Nursing Home Week (NNHW) spotlights nursing home residents and staff and encourages everyone to celebrate those that make a positive difference in their lives every day. All across Elant’s communities, activities directors have planned special events to mark these celebrations with the residents and their families.

Elant at Goshen will feature activities centered on entertainment, LaBruna said. Carol Beaugard and Blue Express will perform a mix of driving bluegrass, pleasing folk-grass and Americana music on May 15. The event has been funded by Elant’s Jeffrey A. Weiss Memorial Arts Series, a new program providing free art classes, exhibits and performances to both Elant residents and the public. Later in the week, on May 17, residents will unearth a time capsule buried in 1987 at the Pavilion Courtyard. The event promises to be a fun-filled afternoon and will include a disc jockey playing music from the 1980s.

While these are just a few of many events planned to celebrate Older Americans Month and NNHW, Elant provides a variety of activities for its residents year-round. “We are providing some extra special events in May to show our appreciation, because we know the residents really enjoy them,” LaBruna said. “Especially when the events involve entertainment and/or music, they have an exceptionally great time. At Elant, every day is resident-focused. We provide activities and things to do seven days a week and on holidays throughout the year.”

According to LaBruna, many of Elant’s most successful events have been musically themed.

“Music gives residents their freedom of expression,” LaBruna said. “Music touches everyone. Some will clap, some will tap their feet and some will dance if the music moves them to. It’s a very social feeling, and we love to watch our residents get so much joy out of our musically-themed events.”

Todd Whitney, Elant’s CEO, said that Older Americans Month and NNHW are a great complement to the organization’s overall mission and goals.

“We believe firmly in helping older adults remain active, engaged, healthy and fulfilled, so developing our own unique events and activities for Older Americans Month and National Nursing Home Week is a natural fit,” said Whitney. “Across our organization, we strive to show our seniors appreciation, care and compassion – each and every day.”

The Elant at Fishkill and Elant at Wappingers Falls facilities will focus on the national theme “Celebrating the Journey” for this year’s NNHW. Elant at Newburgh and Elant at Fishkill will write up the life stories of some of their oldest residents, honoring the contributions they have made, and will frame and hang the stories in each resident’s room.

“At its heart, these themes are about honoring the lives, accomplishments and milestones of our residents,” said Whitney. “Every one of our residents has a unique story to tell, and this year’s Older Americans Month and National Nursing Home Week are dedicated to commemorating each of them.”


Elant Events Celebrating Older Americans Month and National Nursing Home Week

All events are open to the public.


Elant at Goshen Nursing Care Center: 46 Harriman Drive Ÿ Goshen, NY

· Tuesday, May 15 at 2 p.m. Bluegrass Music performed by Carol Beaugard. A program funded through the Jeffrey A Weiss Memorial Art Series.

· Wednesday, May 30 at 2 p.m. Senior Health & Fitness – Zumba.

For more information contact Mark LaBruna 845-360-1244


Elant at Goshen Adult Home: 46 Harriman Drive Ÿ Goshen, NY

· Friday, May 11 at 2:45 pm: Elant at Goshen Bells Concert

· Tuesday, May 22 at 2:30 pm: Jazz Trio Concert

For more information contact Mark LaBruna 845-360-1244


Glen Arden: 214 Harriman Drive Ÿ Goshen, NY

· Wednesday, May 30 at 10 a.m.: Glen Arden participates in National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Join us for a morning filled with fun indoor exercise and activity programs. An outdoor walk-a-thon will follow on Glen Arden’s beautiful landscaped grounds. Healthy refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Dee Steeger 845-360-1440


Elant at Newburgh: 172 Meadow Hill Road Ÿ Newburgh, NY

· Friday, May 18 at 9 a.m.: Spring Open House. Meet the staff, tour the facility and join in the unveiling of the community’s new name.


Elant Choice: 31 Cerone Place Ÿ Newburgh, NY

· Wednesday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Craft Sale. Stop by and browse a selection of handmade crafts all available for sale, including a raffle for a Mother’s Day Gift Basket.

For more information call 845-569-0500


Elant at Fishkill: 22 Robert Kasin Way Ÿ Beacon, NY

· Tuesday, May 15 at 2:30 p.m.: Journey Around the World. An international celebration including displays, costumes and food selections.

· Sunday, May 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. Antique Appraisal Event featuring renowned personal property appraiser, John Markham.

For more information contact Pat Roza 845-831-8704 ext. 5756


Elant at Wappingers Falls: 37 Meiser Avenue Ÿ Wappingers Falls, NY

· Wednesday, May 16 at 2:15 pm: Journey Around the World. Includes a special presentation by a Nigerian exchange student.

· Thursday, May 17 at 2 p.m.: A Musical Journey through the Decades.

· Friday, May 18 at 10:00 am: Musical and dance performance by the New Covenant Learning Center.

For more information contact Jean Modica 845-297-3793

Elant Board of Directors Welcomes Michelle McDonald


McDonald brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the health care industry


Goshen, N.Y. (April 16, 2012) – Elant, the Hudson Valley’s premier provider of senior health care and housing solutions, has named Michelle McDonald to its Board of Directors.

McDonald, MPH, RN is a nursing professional with experience in both clinical and business-oriented projects. As a health care executive, she has managed operations in facilities management, clinical services, data management, care management and quality improvement efforts.

“Elant is a significant health care resource in the Hudson Valley, and the quality care, innovative programs and quality of life it provides to its residents and program participants are second to none,” McDonald said. “I am proud to join the Board of Directors of this organization, and I look forward to leveraging my health care industry expertise.”

McDonald currently serves as the national client relations manager for Joint Commissions Resources, Inc., where she is responsible for administrating Federal contracts with the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services and works with a number of major health system accounts. She has previously presented at national seminars, and coordinated and developed national satellite presentations on the Federal Code of Regulations and Program Integrity. Additionally, from 1995 to 2002, McDonald was the vice president of Clinical Affairs at Elant.

“We welcome Michelle McDonald to our Board of Directors,” said Donna Cornell, chair of Elant’s Board of Directors. “Her experience in both the clinical and business aspects of the healthcare industry will be invaluable to us.”

McDonald has a bachelor’s degree from Mt. St. Mary’s College and a master’s degree from New York Medical College. Her affiliations include the American College of Healthcare Administrators, Medicare SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility) Technical Advisory Panel Member for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and she was formerly a clinical reviewer for the MDS 3.0 RAI User Manual for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.