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Garnet Health Board of Directors

Meet the members of our Garnet Health Board of Directors:

Virginia Rizzo

Virginia Rizzo - Chair

Mrs. Rizzo is the owner and president of Eclat, a management and human resources consulting firm. She is also Vice President of Rizzo, Inc.; a commercial moving company. She serves as a Director for Orange Bank and Trust Company. Mrs. Rizzo works on a volunteer basis with various Orange County non-profits, including Leadership Orange, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Women of Achievement, supporting the Girl Scouts of America and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

She previously served as Chairwoman of the Board for Garnet Health Medical Center and Garnet Health from 2008-2010 and was Chairwoman when Garnet Health Medical Center, formerly known as Orange Regional Medical Center, broke ground for the new hospital.

Mrs. Rizzo spent 24 years with International Paper’s Corporate Research Center in Tuxedo, NY, a Fortune 50 corporation and the world’s largest paper company. During those years, she advanced from a research and development scientist to a number of managerial positions in training, development and human resources and retired as Laboratory Director, overseeing the research center.

Susan Murray-Tetz

Susan Murray-Tetz – Vice Chair

Susan Murray-Tetz worked as the Orange-Ulster BOCES Activation Coordinator for the Orange-Ulster BOCES Countywide Mental Health Crisis Team. Previously, she was the Coordinator of Mental Health for Orange-Ulster BOCES in Goshen, New York, overseeing the departments of: Speech, Physical Therapy, Counseling and Occupational Therapy for students in Special Education and the delivery of related services. Prior to her career, Susan Murray-Tetz earned a Master’s degree in Social Work at Fordham University. She also holds a Certificate in Advanced Study in Educational Administration from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Susan Murray-Tetz currently holds professional affiliations as a Member of the Orange County Youth Board, as Chair of Allocations Committee since 1977, and as Chair of Luncheon/Dinner Awards Committee since 1982. In 2000, Susan received NYS Office of Children and Families’ Outstanding Community-Based Board Member recognition, as well as the New York State Senate: Woman of Distinction Award in 2004, among many other awards and recognitions throughout her career.

Jonathan Rouis

Jonathan Rouis – Treasurer

Jonathan Rouis is the Managing Partner at Rouis & Company CPAs, LLP in Wurtsboro, New York where he focuses on corporate accounts across the region and NY-metro area. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University.

Mr. Rouis is the District Four Legislator in the Sullivan County Legislature, having served a total of 11 years, including four years as Vice-Chairman and four years as Chairman of the Legislature. He currently Chairs the Legislature’s Standing Finance and Gaming Committees. Mr. Rouis’ background in accounting and finance has provided him unique perspective in the current economic crisis, which he has used to lead the County in financial restructuring designed to provide greater transparency and accountability.

Mr. Rouis remains very active in the community as Past President of the Mamakating Rotary, a past member of the Hudson Valley Advisory Board of TD Bank North, a past member of the Advisory Board of The Community Bank of Sullivan County; a member of Sons of the American Legion; a member of the New York State Association of Certified Public Accountants and currently serves as the Chairman of the Garnet Health Foundation Board of Trustees and Board of Trustees member of Garnet Health.

Dory H. Alport

Dory H. Alport – Secretary

Dory H. Alport is the President of A. Alport & Son, Inc in Fallsburg, NY. There she leads daily operations including business development, sales, marketing, inventory management, delivery schedules, and customer service, as well as managing her staff of 20 employees. She received her Masters of Business Administration at the University of New Hampshire, and holds organizational affiliations as Secretary and Board of Director, Member of Executive Committee, Chair of the Trade Show Committee at the Builders Association of the Hudson Valley.

Scott Batulis - President & CEO, Garnet Health

Scott Batulis - Ex-Officio

Scott Batulis is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Garnet Health. Mr. Batulis has nearly 40 years of experience in healthcare administration including strategic planning, financial management, business development, mergers and acquisitions, hospital construction, operations management, physician relations, human resource development and fundraising. Throughout his leadership career, his broad-based healthcare system responsibilities have included hospital care, primary and specialty care, chronic care, senior care and home healthcare.

Mr. Batulis’ exceptional healthcare administrative background played a critical role in the development of Garnet Health programs and services for the community. In 2011, his leadership and skills proved vital in the financing, construction, relocation and opening of Garnet Health Medical Center’s new hospital in Middletown, New York. At the time, the 383-bed state-of-the-art facility was the first new hospital built in New York State in more than 20 years. His leadership and experience played a critical role in transforming Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, the only hospital in Sullivan County, New York, into a stable and evolving community hospital. 

Throughout his tenure, Mr. Batulis has led the achievement of nationwide quality benchmarks including Top 250 Best Hospital in the U.S., Magnet, Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S., Most Ethical, Most Wired and many other quality awards. 

The development of clinical programs throughout the Garnet Health system include, but are not limited to: emergency and elective angioplasty, Stroke Center designation, a Level II Trauma Center, a Bariatric Center of Excellence,  Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the renovation of Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills including the expansion of its emergency department. 

Mr. Batulis was also instrumental in elevating Garnet Health Medical Center into an academic medical center that currently offers seven residency programs with over 100 medical residents and has a strong educational partnership with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Under Mr. Batulis’ leadership, Garnet Health Medical Center developed Garnet Health Doctors with Primary, Specialty and Urgent Care services at nine locations throughout Orange and Sullivan Counties. 

It was Mr. Batulis’ expert leadership qualities that guided Garnet Health throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to caring for those community members who were extremely sick from the virus, Garnet Health established mass vaccination centers that administered more than 30,000 vaccines to our community.
   
Prior to joining Garnet Health, Mr. Batulis spent nearly 20 years with HealthEast Care System, a network of integrated care services including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation and specialty care facilities, headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota. Within this network, he held the positions of Vice President of HealthEast Care System, Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Chief Executive Officer of Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital. 

He has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree in Long Term Care Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Greater New York Hospital Association Board of Directors.

Heidi Hahn-Schroeder

Heidi Hahn-Schroeder

Heidi Hahn-Schroeder is the DNP, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Director of Clinical Placement at the Columbia University School of Nursing.

Richard (Rick) Lander

Richard (Rick) Lander

Rick Lander is the owner and operator of several Western Sullivan County businesses, including Ten Mile River Enterprises, Lander’s River Trips, Lander’s RiverMart and River Café.

Mr. Lander holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairfield University. Lander is a Past Supervisor for the Town of Tusten and was a Member of the Narrowsburg Central School Board and the Sullivan West School Board.

Rick is an active Member of the Tusten Ambulance Corp, and is a Past Secretary and active Member of the Narrowsburg Fire Department. Mr. Lander is a Member of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, Pocono Mountain Vacation Bureau, the Narrowsburg, Callicoon and Sullivan County Chambers of Commerce, and is the Town of Tusten Republican Party Chairman. In 2005, Mr. Lander was awarded the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce “Business Man of the Year” award. Mr. Lander resides in Narrowsburg, New York.

Joseph Loughlin

Joseph Loughlin

Joseph Loughlin joined the Garnet Health Board of Directors in 2012 and has been a member of the Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills Board of Directors since 2007. Mr. Loughlin is currently Chair of Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills’ Board of Director’s Performance Improvement Committee and a member of Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills’ Audit, Compliance and Governance Committee. Mr. Loughlin also serves on the Garnet Health Board Ad Hoc Governance Committee, which is focused on revising the bylaws of Garnet Health.

Mr. Loughlin is the co-owner and managing partner of M.L. Zager P.C. and a partner in the law firm of Billig Loughlin & Baer, LLP, both located in Monticello, New York. Prior to these positions Mr. Loughlin was the Chief Claims Officer of a large national insurance holding company with responsibility and oversight of all claims and legal operations, including significant medical malpractice exposures. He additionally served as Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President for the public holding company and its insurance company subsidiaries.

Mr. Loughlin began his legal career at Gordon and Silber, New York, New York where he focused on multi distinct asbestos litigation and representation of physicians in malpractice matters. Mr. Loughlin obtained his J.D. from New York Law School, his Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University, and his B.S. from St. Lawrence University. Mr. Loughlin is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Sullivan County Bar Association and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He resides with his wife in Rock Hill, New York.

Phillip L. Massengill

Phillip L. Massengill, MD

Dr. Massengill joined the Medical Staff at Garnet Health Medical Center’s Horton Campus in 2006. He is a partner at ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP in Middletown, New York. He attended Medical School at Boston University School of Medicine, performed his Surgical Internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC and completed his Residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Massengill also served as Chief Resident at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.

Dr. Massengill is Board-certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and is a member of American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation; American Rhinological Society; New York State Society of Otolaryngologists; Medical Society of Orange County, New York; American Medical Association; Boston University School of Medicine Alumni Association; and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Massengill has several published works, honors and military awards. He is President of the Medical Staff at Garnet Health Medical Center and was the recipient of the 2016 Physician Recognition Leadership Award.

Timothy McCausland

Timothy McCausland is a Managing Director with Sterling National Bank in Middletown. Prior to joining Sterling, Mr. McCausland spent over a decade in various senior roles at Orange Bank & Trust Company, ending his tenure there as Managing Director of Private Banking. Prior to his time at Orange Bank & Trust, he was President & CEO of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development in Monticello, New York.

Mr. McCausland is an attorney. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations. Additionally, Mr. McCausland is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Graduate School of Banking at the Wharton School.

Schuyler Newman

Schuyler Newman, MD

Schuyler Newman, MD is Board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Through his affiliation with Garnet Health Medical Center, Dr. Newman was a member of the Medical Executive Committee from 1995 to 2008 and served as its first Chief of Staff. Dr. Newman is also past Chair of the Medical Staff of Horton Medical Center, a position he held prior to the merger with Arden Hill Hospital. Additionally, he is past Medical Director of Laboratory and past Department Chairman of Pathology. Dr. Newman was instrumental in the development of Garnet Health Medical Center’s Cancer Center, having served as the first chairman of the Cancer Committee. Additionally, he was instrumental in helping to attain the Center’s first accreditation. He received the Physician Leadership Award from Garnet Health Medical Center in 2005. Dr. Newman is the President and Medical Director of Histopathology Services, LLC which is a leading provider of pathology services in the New York metropolitan area.

Dr. Newman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from LaSalle University and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Jefferson Medical College where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He was in the Army Medical Corps for 13 years including his internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He served in a number of leadership positions including Chief, Department of Pathology at Keller Army Hospital at West Point where he received the National Defense Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. Dr. Newman is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists, American Pathology Foundation, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Andrew Pavloff

Andrew Pavloff

Andrew Pavloff is a Partner in the Accounting Firm of Knack, Pavloff & Company, LLP with offices in Monticello and Goshen, N.Y. Mr. Pavloff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from SUNY Albany and became a New York Certified Public Accountant in 1982. Andrew has over 33 years of diversified experience in accounting, auditing, taxation and consulting.

He currently serves as Director and Secretary of the Cooperative Federal Credit Union, and is a member of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties Board of Directors. Previous posts include being a member of the United Way of Orange County Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Woodridge Fire District from 1998 to 2007, Advisory Board Member for Catskill Hudson Bank from 2001 to 2003, Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Village or Woodridge, as well as posts in several other civic organizations. Mr. Pavloff resides in Newburgh, New York.

Bhargav A. Vyas, Ed.D.

Bhargav A. Vyas is an Assistant Superintendent for Compliance and Information Systems at Monroe-Woodbury Central School District. Mr. Vyas provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the school district. He has been a pioneer educational technology leader for over 20 years. His expertise in the field of network infrastructure, cyber security, district leadership and supporting students and staff has showcased through his progressive career.

Prior to joining Monroe-Woodbury Central School District, Mr. Vyas was a director of technology for Orange-Ulster BOCES supporting network infrastructure for 25 school districts. He  recently completed his doctorate in educational leadership at Fordham University. He holds a  Master of Science degrees in Educational Leadership and Administration, Education, Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

Michael Waschitz

Michael Waschitz, CPA

Michael Waschitz is a Partner with the Accounting Firm of Bachrach, Waschitz & Waschitz in Monticello, N.Y., and has been with the firm since 1973. He is responsible for client accounting, system implementation and staff training, and is in charge of the firm’s in-house continuing education programs.

Mr. Waschitz holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Buffalo in Business Administration, and has been a New York Certified Public Accountant since 1972. Michael is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Waschitz is Past President and a Board Member of the Monticello Lions Club, is a Member of the Board for the New York State Amateur Trapshooting Association, and was a United States Army Reservist from 1969 to 1975. Mr. Waschitz resides in Monticello, New York.

Frederick A. Watson

Frederick A. Watson is the founder of Three Cities Management LLC and Watson Services, Inc. He has more than 35 years of highly diversified and successful food service management experience with a wide range of clients including the United States Military Academy, Cadet Mess at West Point, the Army National Guard Professional Education Center at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, North Little Rock, AR and the United States Coast Guard, Fort Macon/Atlantic Beach, NC.

Mr. Watson received his Master’s degree in Food Service Administration from New York University and his Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Institutional Management from Virginia State University. He is a graduate of the Advanced Minority Business Executive Program and the Minority Business Executive Program from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and served as an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, where he taught Food Service Management II to Dietetic Students.

Mr. Watson currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Orange County Community College Board of Trustees; a Voting Member of New York Community College Trustees and as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh, Inc.