Garnet Health Board of Directors
Meet the members of our Garnet Health Board of Directors:
Donald Beeler – Chair
Don E. Beeler is currently an investor and Board Advisor. Mr. Beeler is a former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for NSI Software Inc., the leader in Disaster Recovery of Microsoft Windows. He is the former President of Plexar Communication and attended the University of Kentucky. Mr. Beeler lives in Monroe, New York.
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 – 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 – 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 - Ex-Officio
Scott Batulis is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Garnet Health. Mr. Batulis has more than 25 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 revitalization of Garnet Health and the development of programs and services to member hospitals. 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. The 383-bed state-of-the-art facility is 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 into a stable and evolving community hospital, the only hospital in Sullivan County, New York.
Throughout his tenure and within the System, Mr. Batulis has achieved significant quality and financial benchmarks and is credited with leading the development of many new services as well as the acquisition of leading-edge technology. The development of clinical programs throughout the System include: emergency and elective angioplasty, Stroke Center designation, Bariatric Center of Excellence, robotic surgery, a Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in development and the newly constructed expansion of Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills' emergency department. The purchase and implementation in 2011 of a multi-million dollar electronic health record system at Garnet Health Medical Center has placed the medical center among the top five percent of 5,200 hospitals that achieved Stage 6 designation on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model. The electronic health record system was installed at Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills in 2012.
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. As a Vice President within the HealthEast Care System, Mr. Batulis’ responsibilities crossed a number of modalities including heart care and neurosciences in three of the network’s hospitals. Additionally, he provided leadership over the HealthEast Ambulance service, Hospice care and outreach laboratory businesses as well as having served on the Board of Directors for HealthEast Home Care.
As Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s, his leadership marked a turning point for this hospital slated to close. He is credited with successfully leading teams through a $20 million capital campaign and an $81 million campus expansion/renovation plan. Prior to joining St. Joseph’s, Mr. Batulis served as Chief Executive Officer of Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital. While in this capacity, he also managed HealthEast’s six nursing homes, five assisted living facilities, ambulance company, medical equipment company, home health care agency and three retail pharmacies.
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. Mr. Batulis is member of the Greater New York Hospital Association Board of Directors; a member of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board; a member of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association Board of Directors, and a member of the American College of HealthCare Executives.
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
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 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, 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.
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 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.
Rolland Peacock III
Rolland Peacock has spent his career in the banking industry having previously served as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer at Wallkill Valley Federal Savings and Loan Association, Vice President at TD Bank, N.A. and Senior Vice President at The Berkshire Bank (formerly Goshen Savings Bank).
Mr. Peacock has been active within the community and civic organizations throughout his career having most recently served as director and Treasurer of the Orange County Partnership, a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Goshen, an executive board member of the Hudson Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Prior community involvement included serving as a board member for Leadership Orange, the former McQuade Family Services and President of the Orange County Bankers Association. He also was active as a Scout Leader and a soccer and Little League coach as his children were growing up. Mr. Peacock resides in Goshen with his wife Suzanne. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.
Mrs. Rizzo 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.
She 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).
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.