All posts by Matthew O'Sullivan

Cornerstone Names New Chief Nursing Officer

Cornwall, NY – Cornerstone Family Healthcare is pleased to announce the appointment of Luanne Palkoski-Behrends, MSN, RN to Chief Nursing Officer.

In this new role, Luanne will lead system-wide initiatives to ensure the quality and safety of the patient experience are aligned with the strategic direction and mission of Cornerstone Family Healthcare. She will focus on a continuous improvement of patient care services, education and mentorship of the nursing workforce, operational workflows, as well as recruitment and retention efforts.

Luanne brings nearly 25 years of nursing leadership and clinical experience to her role as Chief Nursing Officer. Since joining Cornerstone in 2015, Luanne has consistently raised the bar for high-quality, compassionate patient care and nursing excellence.

“Luanne is an outstanding addition to our executive leadership team,” said Linda Muller, President and CEO of Cornerstone Family Healthcare. “She has earned the respect and admiration of colleagues and has garnered high remarks and loyalty from patients. Her guidance and insight will be instrumental in ensuring our patients receive the best care possible.”

“It is with much gratitude and enthusiasm to be named as the first Chief Nursing Officer of Cornerstone Family Healthcare,” Luanne said. “My nursing career at Cornerstone, has afforded me the privilege to work alongside a team that is dedicated to providing high quality healthcare throughout our communities. This is an honor for me personally, and for all those within the nursing profession.”

In addition, Cornerstone Family Healthcare is proud to announce the following promotions within our nursing leadership team:

Meghan Betanzos, RN, has been promoted to Assistant Director of Nursing East. Meghan has been an RN for over sixteen years. She joined Cornerstone in 2017 and was formerly the Lead RN at our Highland Falls office and Urgent Care. Among other duties, Meghan will work closely with the Kaplan Family Pavilion (KFP) Lead RN to deliver the highest standards of care.

Sarah Thompson, RN, has been promoted to Assistant Director of Nursing West. Sarah has spent eight years as an RN devoted to community health and has proven her leadership abilities while in her role as the Lead Nurse for Cornerstone West (covering Middletown and western Orange County). Sarah will provide nursing support and oversight to Cornerstone West OB/GYN, Benton Internal Medicine, Podiatry, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine at Port Jervis, Grove, Pine Bush, and Binghamton.

Erin Conley, LPN, has been promoted to our Lead Nurse position. Erin has been an LPN for sixteen years, and her career at Cornerstone exemplifies person-centric community health at its best. Erin consistently demonstrates a strong sense of patient advocacy. Erin will provide nursing support and oversight to our Highland Falls, Blooming Grove, Plattekill, and Jawonio sites.


We congratulate Luanne, Meghan, Sarah and Erin on their well-deserved promotions and wish them continued success as they enhance and grow our patient-centered healthcare services.

National Nutrition Month – March 2022

Cornerstone Family Healthcare’s WIC program wants everyone to celebrate National Nutrition Month!

National Nutrition Month® is celebrated every March to bring awareness to the importance of nutrition in people’s lives and highlight the work of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. This year’s theme, Celebrate a World of Flavors, offers every culture a place at our table! By taking advantage of various cultural traditions and recipes, we can nourish and enjoy ourselves through our rich diversity! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics began by celebrating a week of good nutrition in March 1973 and by 1980, it was expanded to a month-long celebration. The second Wednesday in March is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day, which recognizes RDN’s as the leaders in furthering the nutritional status of Americans and everyone around the world!

El Mes Nacional de la Nutrición (National Nutrition Month®) se celebra cada mes de marzo para crear conciencia sobre la importancia de la nutrición en la vida de las personas y resaltar el trabajo de los nutricionistas dietistas registrados. ¡El tema de este año, Celebra un Mundo de Sabores, ¡ofrece a cada cultura un lugar en nuestra mesa! ¡Al aprovechar varias tradiciones y recetas culturales, podemos nutrirnos y disfrutar a través de nuestra rica diversidad! La Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics comenzó celebrando una semana de buena nutrición en marzo de 1973 y en 1980 se amplió a una celebración de un mes. El segundo miércoles de marzo es el Día del Nutricionista Dietista Registrado (RDN), que reconoce a los RDN como líderes en la promoción del estado nutricional de los estadounidenses y de todo el mundo.

National Nutrition Month Healthy Recipes

Ginger Garlic Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry

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Tuscan Tuna, White Bean, and Avocado Salad

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Caribbean Rice and Peas

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Black Bean Fajita Skillet

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How To Order Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Every residential home in the United States is eligible to order a set of 4 free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, to be delivered by the US Postal Service. To order your tests, visit:

Here’s what you need to know:
• Limit of one order per residential address
• One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
• Orders will ship free starting in late January

For people who don’t have internet access, a dedicated number will be available soon to request the free tests by phone.

If you need a COVID-⁠19 test now, are looking for another type of COVID-⁠19 test, or need more than 4 tests, additional resources are available.

To find a state-run testing site in New York, visit:

As of January 15, 2022, private insurance companies are also now required to pay you back for 8 at-⁠home tests per month for each person covered by the plan, regardless of whether the tests are bought all at once or at separate times throughout the month. Learn more about insurance reimbursement here:

Note: Image of tests is only representative.

Updated: 1/19/2022

Warming Centers Open in Orange County, New York

As we head into the winter months and temperatures continue to drop, warming centers are available throughout Orange County, New York. Residents in need of shelter or other assistance should call 311.

Helping Others Needing Our Resources (HONOR)
38 Seward Ave, Middletown
311 (or) 845-343-7115

Middletown Warming Station
8-10 Mulberry Street
311 (or) 845-281-9519

Port Jervis Warming Station
31 West Main Street
311 (or) 845-649-8720 (day) or 845-856-1033 (evening)

Newburgh Warming Station at Newburgh Ministry
**Scheduled to open Friday, January 15**
13 Bridge Street

Residents can also call the Orange County Crisis Call Center at 311 or 1-800-832-1200

The Orange County Crisis Call Center is available to individuals and their loved ones who have Substance Abuse Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, and/or Mental Illness. It is also a resource for individuals who need emotional support, temporary housing or are struggling with obtaining food resources due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Source: Orange County Emergency Management – NY


We’re Bringing You A Better Patient Experience

On November 29, 2021 Cornerstone Family Healthcare will begin transitioning to a new electronic medical records system called eClinicalWorks (eCW). This new, user-friendly system will help us to improve quality of care through better patient interactions, improved patient communication, more efficient clinical systems, and enhanced records management.

As with any new technology, it will take time for our healthcare professionals to learn how to best use this system. While our staff receives expert training on this new system, we will be reducing the number of available appointments for the next few weeks. As a result, patients may experience slight delays trying to make or reschedule your appointments, along with longer than average wait times at your appointment. We will be assessing the situation daily and will open additional appointments as they become available throughout implementation.

In the coming weeks we will continue to provide you with details about many of the system’s new features, including advance check-in and signing up for the upgraded Patient Portal and mobile app, healow.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to improve ability to provide our communities with the highest quality care.

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Now Available to All Adults

All adults in the U.S. ages 18 years and older are now eligible to receive Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID vaccine boosters.

If You Received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines

⇒ Adults ages 50 years and older

People ages 50 years and older should get a booster shot. The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age and can also increase for adults of any age with underlying medical conditions.

⇒ Long-term care setting residents ages 18 years and older

Residents ages 18 years and older of long-term care settings should get a booster shot. Because residents in long-term care settings live closely together in group settings and are often older adults with underlying medical conditions, they are at increased risk of infection and severe illness from COVID-19. 

⇒ Other people who are age 18 years and older

People who are ages 18 years and older may  get a booster shot based on their individual risks and benefits. This recommendation may change in the future as more data become available. 

If You Received J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

All people ages 18 years and older who received a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months ago should get a booster shot, for a total of two shots. A single dose of the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine has lower vaccine effectiveness compared to two doses. 

To register for your COVID-19 Booster shot with Cornerstone Family Healthcare, please click here or call 845-563-8000.


Updated: November 22, 2021

Cornerstone Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer

Team Cornerstone Breast Friends was proud to participate in Hudson Valley’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets on Sunday, October 17, 2021.

The American Cancer Society started Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks to unite communities in the fight against this deadly disease. Today, Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation. The money raised for Making Strides helps the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a live 24/7 cancer helpline.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—a time when we can work together to raise hope and awareness for breast cancer treatment, research, and education. Breast cancer is a disease that affects both men and women and is among the most common cancers. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Early detection is the best protection! Women are encouraged to perform monthly breast self-exams and schedule regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.

If you would like more information about breast cancer, have questions about how to perform a breast self-exam, or would like to schedule an appointment with a Cornerstone Family Healthcare provider, please call 845-563-8000.

FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

On August 23, 2021 the FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older– further proving that the vaccine is safe and effective.

The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

More than 204 million of the Pfizer shots have been administered, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have not received the vaccinated yet, please do it now. It could save your life and the lives of those you love. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for yourself or your loved one, please contact Cornerstone Family Healthcare at 845-563-8000 or register online by clicking here.

“The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting FDA Commissioner, Dr. Janet Woodcock.

“While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA approved Covid-19 vaccine, the public can be confident that this vaccine meets the FDA’s gold standard for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality that we require for an approved product,” said Dr. Woodcock. ” While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated.”

Learn more:…/fda-approves-first-covid-19-vaccine

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