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Crystal Run Healthcare Provides Participation in Pine Bush High School's Excelsior Medical Academy


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Practice Sets Students on Path to Becoming Medical Providers and Healthcare Workers


Middletown, N.Y. – February 6, 2017 – During the last week of January, students from Pine Bush High School’s Excelsior Medical Academy had the opportunity to shadow physicians and other providers from Crystal Run Healthcare.  The yearlong program focuses primarily on shadowing and field observation and is made up of fifteen high school juniors and seniors who fall within the top ten percent of their class and demonstrate a strong desire to pursue a career in the field of medicine. The program is the field study portion of the syllabus and allows students to gain knowledge through observing actual providers in their day-to-day settings.


Nine students observed Crystal Run providers specializing in, Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology & Hematology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Plastic Surgery, Primary Care, and Urgent Care. Participating Cardiologists included Dr. Sherma Winchester-Penny and Dr. Ying Yang; providers from Neurology included Dr. Adrienne Salomon and Dr. David Jaeger; Oncology & Hematology providers included Dr. Marc Rappaport and Katie Rudy-Tomczak, MS, FNP-BC; Ophthalmologist included Dr. Matthew Pomykala; provider in Orthopedics & Sports Medicine included Jessica L. Ferraiolo, PA-C; Plastic Surgeon included Dr. Sandra L. Sacks; physicians in Primary Care included Dr. Shawkat G. Massih, Dr. Liby Mathew, and Dr. Mrilini M. Yeddu; and Urgent Care physician included Dr. Saed S. Qaqish.


Crystal Run Healthcare has had an enduring commitment to supporting youth education as well as giving back to the local community. In addition to participating in the Excelsior Medical Academy for Pine Bush High School, providers and staff at Crystal Run have also partaken in Pine Bush High School’s Summer Medical Academy, continuing their support of youth education for the fifth year in a row. Each year, Crystal Run Healthcare is excited and proud to participate in both the Medical Academy and Excelsior program and contribute to the students’ ongoing education and interest in pursuing a career in the medical field.


“Each year, Crystal Run Healthcare looks forward to providing high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore concepts in the medical field through an engaging and collaborative approach via hands-on clinical activities and observation. Our participation in this program is an essential part of our overall mission - to transform the health of those we serve – and we can further accomplish this by teaching and mentoring future healthcare professionals. Not only is this an exciting program for our providers, but it allows students more latitude in what they can learn and further inspires them to pursue their dreams,” said Gregory Spencer, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Crystal Run Healthcare.


“For the past five years, Pine Bush High School Medical Excelsior Academy students have had the extraordinary experience to shadow leading medical professionals from Crystal Run Healthcare.  These authentic opportunities provided our students the ability to make informed career choices prior to them graduating high school, and we have heard consistently from parents and students how much they value these placements.  The strategic partnership that has been developed between Pine Bush High School and Crystal Run Healthcare provides our students with personalized opportunities to work closely with and learn from respected health care providers within Crystal Run’s organization,” said Pine Bush High School Principal, Aaron Hopmayer.