New cancer center to open this summer
Putnam County Courier
CARMEL-History was made in Putnam County when the
ribbon was cut celebrating the new Camarda Care Center
at Putnam Hospital Center.
More than 250 people were on hand for the occasion
last Thursday inside the lobby of the beautiful,
five-story, $34 million 113,000 square-foot building
named for the family of local developer and philanthropist
The facility houses the PHC Wagner Cancer Pavilion-a
new state of the art cancer center enhanced with
radiation therapy services in the Agarwal Center
for Radiation Oncology as well as 70 private patient
rooms, physician's offices, a new main lobby and
a conference center in the Michael Weber Community
Auditorium for both hospital and community use.
Hospital Vice President Jeffrey Kellogg called the
occasion historic: "Not only is history being
made today but the day will be remembered for some
time to come because the benefits will soon begin."
The hospital's new wing is slated to welcome its
first patients later this summer.
PHC President and CEO Donna McGregor forecast the
new hospital would "open a new era in health
care for Putnam County and beyond while the hospital's
former president Michael Weber who now serves as
Chief Executive Officer of Health Quest, the parent
group of Putnam Hospital Center, called the facility
a "new crown jewel in Putnam County."
Health Quest Board of Directors Chairman Tom Eastwood
traced the history of the hospital from the days
back in the 1950s when the Mahopac Hospital contained
six beds to 1964 when Putnam Community Hospital opened
its doors with 66 beds.
Today, Putnam Hospital Center is a 164 bed healthcare
facility offering services to an area with a population
exceeding 150,000 in Putnam, southern Dutchess and
An emotional Paul Camarda thanked those in attendance
for the kudos associated with his generosity that
helped make the new wing a reality. Camarda, who
has contributed more than $600,000 towards the expansion,
called the ribbon cutting: "The beginning of
a new era for our county. This is a jewel not only
for its modern infrastructure but for the dedicated
and highly trained medical staff associated with
State Senator Vincent Leibell told the audience
that he was blessed to be living in Putnam County: "Putnam
is special. Its people are wonderful. Its educational
system is tops and now with the expansion to our
hospital residents will have another option for cancer
care instead of having to automatically travel into
Manhattan of lower Westchester."
Physicians and hospital staff also addressed the
Dr. Michael Neshiewat, chairman of the PHC Medical
Executive Committee, predicted the new center would "take
us into the next century."
Dr. Vinita Agarwal, co-chair of the hospital's Cancer
Committee, forecast that "cancer care will be
advanced for years to come in Putnam County thanks
to the new addition and the incredibly bright medical
personnel associated with it."
Dr. Dimitrios Papadopoulos, who serves as the cancer
committee's second co-chair, told the audience: "We
started with a dream and here we are!"