Walden Patient Rep. Wins Planetree Spirit Award for Excellence in Patient Care

Katherine Berrios - PhotoPeekskill, NY – HRHCare (Hudson River HealthCare), a nonprofit, Federally Qualified Health Center offering a range of medical services for underserved communities throughout the Hudson Valley and Long Island, is proud to announce that Katherine Berrios, a medical and dental patient representative at the HRHCare Wallkill Valley Health Center at Walden, will be presented with a Planetree Spirit Award for excellence in patient care. HRHCare’s Planetree Institute presents these awards to employees who go above and beyond to make health care more personalized and create a warm and welcoming environment for all.

Katherine has been with HRHCare for just over a year and has already garnered a reputation of warmth, friendliness and abounding helpfulness throughout the organization. Originally from Humacao, Puerto Rico, and with a background in security protection, her passion for service and access to quality health care for all made her a perfect fit at HRHCare. While serving patients at the HRHCare Wallkill Valley Health Center at Walden, Katherine also regularly travels to other HRHCare Health Centers throughout Ulster, Sullivan and Rockland Counties to fill in when additional staff is needed. This exemplary behavior not only sets an incredible example for her fellow staff but truly upholds the mission of HRHCare. “The difference between HRHCare and other health care providers is that we meet the needs of the patient with kindness and sincerity,” said Katherine. With Katherine Berrios on board, there is no doubt that this mission is being fulfilled. In addition to her work with HRHCare, Katherine is also a second year theology student at the A.G. Spanish Eastern Bible Institute in Middletown, NY, and serves as a Sunday school teacher at El Shaddai Christian Church in Washingtonville, NY. She is a certified Spanish language medical interpreter, is CPR certified and is an active advocate for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, autism and myasthenia gravis awareness. In her spare time Katherine enjoys drawing, spending time with her family and riding roller coasters.

“Katherine is a model employee and embodies the Planetree philosophy of patient-centered care,” said Elba Bizoni, Operations Manager at HRHCare. “She treats patients and staff with a great deal of respect and is always willing to travel to different Health Centers when there is a need. She is an asset to the Walden team and to HRHCare.”

Planetree is the global leader in advancing patient-centered care solutions, integrating the technology of modern medicine with the healing dimensions of compassion, comfortable surroundings, shared knowledge and freedom to make educated choices. HRHCare has been an affiliate since 1996 and remains the only Federally Qualified Health Center to be a part of this alliance. The HRHCare Planetree Institute was established in 2012 and provides state-of-the-art training to prepare staff in delivering passionate and personalized care. The HRHCare Planetree Spirit Award honors employees who have been nominated by their colleagues for going above and beyond to provide individualized patient care and enhance health care services in their respective facility.

About HRHCare

HRHCare (Hudson River HealthCare) is a nonprofit, New York State licensed, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).  Founded in 1975 to provide care to the medically underserved population of Peekskill, HRHCare has grown to include 24 directly operated health centers and six sub-recipient health centers delivering care throughout a 10 county region of New York to 135,000 patients with over 200 primary care practitioners.

HRHCare provides comprehensive services including adult and pediatric care; obstetrical and gynecological care; family planning; HIV counseling, testing and referral; dental services; mental health counseling; nutrition counseling; podiatry; WIC services; health education; and a full complement of outreach, translation, transportation, benefits counseling and health insurance enrollment assistance.

HRHCare has a profound commitment to the communities it serves and works to improve community health through partnerships and collaborations with key stakeholders including local businesses, social service agencies, housing organizations, food banks, agricultural worker alliances and other community organizations.

For more information contact:

Jeffrey Palmer

914-425-0890 / jpalmer@hrhcare.org


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