Health Information Library Debuts in Sullivan County
NY Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther
|Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris now offers consumer-friendly
health information services to all Sullivan County residents under the leadership
of Maryallison Farley, MS, Library Manager. A grand opening of the "new"
Health Information Library in April drew as many as 150 people who packed
into the Library and the adjoining hallway where two tables of delicious
appetizers and drinks served as backdrop for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
NY Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, a former hospital nursing staff and Library
Committee member, headlined the event which also featured remarks by Richard
Baum, Chairperson of CRMC's Board of Trustees, and Art Brien, President
and CEO who both recognized the significance of the new resource center
to the hospital and the rural community.
The six year effort to renovate and expand the medical library and make it
a Planetree health resource to empower patients to make better decisions about
their health became a reality through funding from three different external
sources: a grant from the NY Academy of Medicine (The Regional Medical Library
of the NN/LM system), a generous bequest from a former longtime Library volunteer,
and a hospital fund for complementary medicine projects. Open to patients and
the community four days a week with evening hours on Tuesday, the HIL is continuing
to build a collection of consumer friendly books which circulate. Spanish materials,
computers with wide, flat-screened monitors (2 for patient and community users,
and 2 for hospital and library staff), scanner, and laptop for community presentations,
children's corner, new wooden shelving and comfortable chairs are all new. Hospital
staff are also library customers and a new, separate work space for staff and
card swipe access make the resources more welcoming and available 24/7. In fact,
physicians, pharmacists, therapists, staff educators, and nurses seem as excited
about the "new" library as Maryallison does. One doctor said he felt
as though he were at a major medical center.
Aileen Gunther, NYS Assembly,
Art Brien, CRMC President & CEO,
Richard Baum, Chair, CRMC Board,
Maryallison Farley, Library Manager
This successful project serves as shining example of how persistence and resourcefulness
pay off, even in an environment when almost all healthcare organizations are
stretched for funds. The partnerships and collaborative efforts are resulting
in improved access to reliable health information as well as enhancing the profile
of the HIL in the CRMC organization and in the community. Local library world
attendees included Marge Linko from Liberty Public Library, Robert Hubsher from
RCLS, MaryJo Russell from Vassar Brothers Medical Center ( who also spent time
at CRMC early in her career) and Patricia Carroll-Mathes. Congratulations to
Maryallison and CRMC!
|The Children's Corner
||Mary Jo Russell, Vassar Brothers Medical Center Librarian
By Patricia Carroll-Mathes, Hospital Library Program Manager
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