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Q&A with Paul S. Hochenberg, executive director for MidHudson Regional

by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | May 11, 2018
From the May 2018 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

HCB News: What do you think are the biggest challenges for healthcare in America overall?
PH: It depends if you look philosophically or objectively. I’ve worked in healthcare for 45 years. In my opinion, I think there’s a change underway that’s very rapid. There will continue to be a growth of out-of-hospital care. Home care programs are very important and become more important as the years pass. Length of stay has dropped significantly over the past 10 years at hospitals, and the next step is to have fewer patients overall with a hospital stay, leaving that only for the most ill patients. Mergers and consolidations at the national level will shape things as well. CVS and Aetna, Walmart and Humana — these are the types of consolidations that will likely change healthcare as we know it. For us, we have changed dramatically. The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley.

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MidHudson Regional Hospital

Location: Poughkeepsie, New York

Year founded: 2014 (previously Saint Francis Hospital, founded in 1914)

Number of beds: 243

Number of employees: 1200

President or Head Executive’s name and title: Paul Hochenberg, Executive Director

Noteworthy distinctions:

MidHudson Regional Hospital, Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), is home to the area’s first and only Level II Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The George T. Whalen Family Trauma Center received this prestigious designation after passing rigorous scrutiny, confirming it provides the very best care to patients needing the most complex, lifesaving treatment. An on-site helicopter pad enables trauma patients to be airlifted from accident scenes directly to MidHudson Regional Hospital for timely, expert care, or when necessary, to be quickly transported to the ACS-verified Level I trauma centers at Westchester Medical Center or Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Westchester County.

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