On Monday, March 22nd, during its regular meeting at The Beekman Arms, the Rhinebeck Rotary heard Greg Rakow and David Ping describe the ongoing expansion efforts of HealthQuest and received details on the opening of new facilities at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

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Mr. Rakow, a long-time Rotarian and chair of the HealthQuest board of directors, and Mr. Ping, also a long-time Rotarian and Vice-President of Strategic Planning for HealthQuest, took turns pointing out that HealthQuest is one of the “healthiest” medical practice organizations in the region and consistently places in the top 10% of such organizations.

PHOTO COURTESY OF PICTURED (left to right) Greg Rakow, David Ping, and Rotary president, David Albahary


At Northern Dutchess Hospital, Mr. Ping described, new patient rooms will open in the fall and each room is dedicated to the health and care of but one patient. This new strategy – one patient, one room – ensures not only quality individual care but also eliminates the possibility of contagion. Mr. Ping went on to detail the new robotic surgery and orthopedic units, also scheduled to open in the fall, which units will firmly place Northern Dutchess Hospital as a leader in open heart and orthopedic procedures.


At Vassar Brothers Hospital, Mr. Rakow explained, a major “face lift” will commence in the fall and the completed structure promises to make a quantum leap into the future of surgical techniques possible, including new heart surgery techniques, brain surgery techniques to remove blood clots resultant from strokes before they can cause long-term damage, and thoracic and liver surgery techniques.

The Rhinebeck Rotary Club meets on Mondays at 12:15 pm at the Beekman Arms throughout the year. The Rotary is a humanitarian organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through local, national, and international service projects. Weekly meetings typically feature speakers covering a variety of human-interest topics. Interested guests are welcome to attend.

For information on becoming a member, to reserve a speaker’s spot at an upcoming meeting, or to attend a meeting to hear a specific speaker, please call Lou Trapani at 845-876-3088, ext. 14.