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Hudson Valley Hospital Center Honors Hospital and Community Leaders at 51st Annual Ball on October 22

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (September 9, 2011) – One of the area’s most respected physicians, hospital leaders with over 50 years of combined dedicated service, and a community leader carrying on family tradition will be honored on October 22nd at Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s 51st Annual Ball.

”A Night At The Speakeasy” will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, CT. Cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a silent auction will add to the evening’s speakeasy theme. The silent auction this year offers a vast array of items including spa and vacation packages, culinary experiences, fine wines and sporting tickets and memorabilia. Tickets to attend are $550 and proceeds will provide for the Hospital’s continued growth and medical excellence. For further information and to reserve tickets sponsorships and journal ads visit or call the Hospital’s Foundation at 734-3526.

“Hudson Valley Hospital Center is fortunate to have such wonderful leaders as those individuals being honored this year as part of our 51st Annual Ball,’’ said Hudson Valley Hospital Center President John C. Federspiel. “They are remarkable people who celebrate and preserve the rich history the Hospital has in the community and are continually raising the bar to ensure we provide the best medical care not only today but for generations to come.”

This year’s honorees are:

Philip Ambrosino has been a member of the Hudson Valley Hospital Center Board of Directors since 1984 and has served as a chair or member of many board committees. He is a founding member of the Hospital’s Foundation Board and has served as Chairman since it was founded in 1986. Phil’s creative mind and intense focus on philanthropic giving created the guiding business principles for the Hospital’s fund raising program. Over the years, he has built a board of great purpose and has championed the fundraising efforts that allow the Hospital to continually grow.

Phil was the owner and President of Research Perspectives, Inc. a global market research firm he founded in 1975. In 1995 he received the prestigious David Ogilvy Award for Advertising Research. Phil graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965. A former Cortlandt Manor resident, Phil is recently retired from his business and now resides in Eastchester.

Bruce J. Lindenbaum is an integral part of the Hudson Valley Hospital community carrying on the family tradition started by his father Lindy who served as a Hospital Board Member and mother Mildred who was a Hospital Auxiliary President. Like his father, Bruce served as a member of the Hospital Board of Directors for 20 years and a long-time member of the Foundation Board.  He currently serves as the Co-Chairman of the Hospital’s annual golf outing and is a member of the Hospital’s Building on Excellence Campaign Cabinet.

Bruce started the very successful Peekskill Celebration Festival and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Peekskill Rotary Club and is a past President of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce and former President of First Hebrew Congregation in Peekskill.

Bruce lost his beautiful wife Cheryl to breast cancer in 2005. He and his family have named Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s new Comprehensive Cancer Care Center after Cheryl.  Bruce is the President of Frank & Lindy Plumbing & Heating Inc. He resides in Cortlandt Manor and is the proud father of two sons Scott and Brian.

Edward B. MacDonald, Jr. has been the Chairman of the Hudson Valley Hospital Center Board of Directors and a member of the Board since 1987.

He is Vice Chairman and Treasurer of Westchester/Putnam Health Management System, Inc., the parent corporation of HVHC. In 2010 he received the Distinguished Trustee Award from the United Hospital Fund. 

Ed served as Trustee of the Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Trustees for 19 years.  During his time on the board he served as President and Vice President and helped manage the building of the first-ever High School in Putnam Valley. He was the first honoree of the Putnam County Chapter of the American Heart Association.  Ed was appointed to the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Council by Gov. Mario Cuomo and held the position of Chairman before leaving the Council. He is a former board member of the Westchester County Chamber of Commerce, College Careers and the Westchester/Putnam Special Olympics. 

Ed is the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. He has resided in Putnam Valley, New York for over 30 years with his wife Elise.  He has three grown children Ingrid O’Sullivan, Matthew & Tyler MacDonald and granddaughter Bridget O’Sullivan.

Valerie Zarcone, D.O. is one of the area’s most respected community physicians. Dr. Zarcone has served as the Chair of the Hudson Valley Hospital Center Medical Board and as a member of the Hospital Board of Directors for the past five years. She has also chaired the Critical Care Committee for the past nine years and previously served as the Medical Staff President. Dr. Zarcone continually strives for excellence and to “raise the bar” for clinical medicine. 

Hudson Valley Hospital has played a prominent role in Dr. Zarcone’s life for almost 35 years. Dr. Zarcone was exposed to medicine at an early age, watching her father, Dr. John Zarcone, a compassionate and caring physician who practiced family medicine in Putnam Valley for many years. After earning her medical degree from the same school as her father, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, she furthered her training in Internal Medicine, first as a second lieutenant in the Public Health Corps and later finishing her training at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.  

She joined her father in private practice in 1984 working with him until he passed away in 1997. Dr. Zarcone resides in Cortlandt Manor and continues to practice in Putnam Valley.


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