Access Program Opens at the Kingston Family Health Center

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Press Event – Friday, March 5 at 8am

Celebrating the successful collaboration between the Institute for Family Health
and Ulster-Greene ARC


Kingston, NY (March 4, 2010) — On Friday, March 5, the Institute for Family Health will formally welcome patients with developmental disabilities to the new Access Program at the Kingston Family Health Center. The March 5 ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the successful collaboration between the Institute and Ulster-Greene ARC to provide high-quality medical care to about 900 adults with developmental disabilities living in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Many of these patients were previously served by Ulster-Greene ARC/Hudson Valley Health Specialties, now closed. The Access Program will offer primary medical care, psychiatry, and dental care, among other services.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony and breakfast will be attended by health center staff, patients, and community members at the newly-renovated Access Program wing of the Kingston Family Health Center. Speakers and guests will include:

  • Dr. Neil Calman, President and CEO,  Institute for Family Health
  • Salvatore Garrozzo, Associate Executive Director, Ulster-Greene ARC
  • Kevin A. Cahill, New York State Assemblymember
  • Michael P. Hein, Ulster County Executive
  • Access Program clinicians Drs. Walter Woodley and Philip Weiss; and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Dara Heinlein.

 “The March 5 ceremony will showcase the commitment of our providers and staff to offering the best possible care to individuals with developmental disabilities,” said Neil Calman, MD, president and CEO of the Institute. “Many of these patients have already visited our Kingston center for medical services, and we are so pleased to formally welcome them to the Access Program.”

The Institute for Family Health ( is a federally qualified health center network that operates 24 sites in New York State, including six in Ulster and Dutchess counties.  The Institute is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. Level 3 recognition is the highest given by NCQA, recognizing the high quality of care provided at Institute health centers.