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Dr. William J. Higgins Vice President of Medical Affairs at Hudson Valley Hospital Center Awarded Master’s of Business Administration Degree

 Dr. William Higgins

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (June 1, 2012) – Dr. William J. Higgins, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts on May 11.

“We are fortunate to have a physician of Dr. Higgins’ caliber as our Vice President of Medical Affairs and congratulate him on receiving his MBA,’’ said John C. Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “The Hospital has already benefitted greatly from his years of experience as a physician and former President of the Medical Staff, and the completion of this degree rounds out his already stellar qualifications.’’

As Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Higgins oversees the medical operations of the Hospital and its more than 350 physicians. He is also Medical Director of The Westchester Medical Practice with offices in Westchester and Putnam Counties.

Dr. Higgins joins an exclusive group of physicians numbering nearly 800 nationwide who have completed the MBA program at UMASS developed in partnership with the American College of Physician Executives—the national specialty society representing physicians in medical management. The University of Massachusetts program features a unique concentration of curriculum in medical management.  It is becoming one of the most popular degrees for physicians serving in health care leadership roles. 

In addition to his other roles, Dr. Higgins has maintained a thriving medical practice with his wife, Ellen a nurse practitioner. He was a Clinical Preceptor at New York Medical College in Valhalla. He is well respected in the senior community and was appointed by the Governor of the State of New York to sit on the Council for Alzheimer’s Disease and Age Related Dementias. He is a past Director of the Hudson Valley Region of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Dr. Higgins obtained his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine and did his residency and fellowship training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.  He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine.  He has been in local practice for 21 years. Dr. Higgins lives in Peekskill with his wife Ellen, and their son, Liam.

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Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community.  In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs.  Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. For physician directory assistance please call 800-482-HVHC or visit