Women in Business Spotlight- Denise George
Denise George is president of Northern Dutchess Hospital, which in 2016 opened the $47 million Martin and Toni Sosnoff Pavilion—an expansive new wing that includes 40 private patient rooms and a new surgery department with a surgical robot. The hospital also expanded its emergency department to 16 patient care areas, and recently finished a capital campaign in which community members donated $10 million.
The improvements will help Northern Dutchess physicians and staff members give patients a more comfortable experience, with the highest-quality equipment, says George. But for her, the experience itself matters most.
When Denise George began working as operations manager for the Hudson Valley region at Kaiser Permanente, she commuted from Ulster County, to Poughkeepsie. That commute continued in 1999 when George began working at Northern Dutchess Hospital. In 2007, so she could be closer to work, George says she “saw the light” and moved to Red Hook.
“I grew to love Dutchess County,” says George. “Red Hook was quaint and intimate, but it had a rural feel to it. Within three minutes I could be in town.”
“The new facility is great, but what really defines us and what makes us valuable to our patients is our staff and physicians,” says George. “We have excellent staff. It really makes a difference.”
George says hospital employees are not only essential at work but they are also embedded in the community, from school boards to charitable ventures. Many live close by in Dutchess County.
“Once physicians are here, they love it,” says George. “It’s a great place to care for patients, a great place to raise a family. And it’s beautiful.”
Combining a master’s degree in public administration with early career experience as a staff nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital in NYC opened a number of opportunities. George credits an early supervisor for encouraging the pursuit of leadership roles, and recommends networking and community involvement as an important part of navigating and reaching high level goals. An active participant in the community, George serves on the Hudson Valley Mental Health Board of Directors, and the hospital is active with many local organizations and community events.
For more information about Denise George and Northern Dutchess Hospital, visit the 2017 issue of Think Dutchess Magazine.