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Hudson Valley Hospital Center Employees Recognized for Years of Service and Perfect Attendance


Cortlandt Manor, NY - (May 18, 2012) – President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center John C. Federspiel was honored for 25 years of service at a special ceremony on May 17 that honored dozens of employees for their dedication and longevity. More than 200 employees were also honored for perfect attendance.

Federspiel, who started as CEO of the Hospital in 1987, is credited with having turned around a struggling facility that was in deeply in debt into a state-of-the-art center for medicine in the Hudson Valley.

“If it wasn’t for John’s excellent leadership and tremendous vision, I don’t think any of us would be here today.  Since he started, HVHC has grown from a small community hospital facing bankruptcy into this extraordinary, state-of-the- art facility,’’ said Jeane Costella, Vice President of Human Resources at HVHC.

Under his leadership the hospital’s patient satisfaction rate climbed to 97 percent and HVHC in 2006 received national attention, receiving the Press Ganey Success Story Award, followed in 2007 by the Forbes Enterprise and Westchester Magazine’s 10 Best Places to Work awards. In 2010, the Hospital received the Westchester County Association’s APEX award for Economic Development Leadership.

While Federspiel’s 25 years of service put him ahead of most employees in terms of longevity, there were still several employees who surpassed him when it came to years of service.

Joan DeFlavis, an employee in the Food and Nutrition Department, has been with the Hospital for 45 years.

“Joan started here on September 1, 1967 and has worked in the Food & Nutrition Department for her entire career,’’ said Costella. “Joan has been an extremely dedicated and reliable employee for 45 years.  Patients often ask that she come visit because they like her so much.’’

Federspiel said he was most impressed by the more than 200 people who were recognized for perfect attendance. He said given the small size of the hospital – 1,300 employees – this was a very large percentage of employees and was reflective of the Hospital’s great employee satisfaction rating.

Employees serving 5 to 45 years were honored at the ceremony. The following were among those honored:

45 Years
Joan DeFlavis, Food and Nutrition

35 years
Kenneth Whalen, Emergency Department; Catherine Bischoff, Laboratory, Lorraine Blair, Fiscal Administration.

30 Years
Susan Lepore, Administration; Margaret Perpetua, Laboratory; Jennifer Albanese, Patient Accounts.

25 years
John Federspiel, Administration; Ann Molyneaux, Admitting; Pamela Oliveri, Cardiac Rehabilitation; Catherine DeMaio, Laboratory; Ian Morrow, Laboratory; Margaret Tetro, Receiving and Stores; Mary Alfaro, Surgical Services, Erich Schnitzer, Surgical Services.   


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. Call 914-737-9000 or visit