Media Advisory: State Health Commissioner to Recognize St. Mary's Hospital, Open Walking Trail during Visit to Amsterdam Wednesday

On Wednesday, May 26, at 1 p.m., State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will present a Certificate of Excellence to St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam for achieving a 98 percent rate of vaccinating newborns against hepatitis B, which can be transmitted by mothers to infants during childbirth. In 2006 the State Department of Health established the guideline that infants receive their first dose of hepatitis B vaccine within 12 hours of birth.

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Commissioner Daines will join Montgomery County Public Health Director Kim Conboy, St. Mary's staff, and local elected officials at a kick-off event opening a new "Walk for Life" trail at West End Memorial Park. The trail is one of five created in Montgomery County with the help of state funding to prevent obesity and heart disease by increasing opportunities for physical activity.

Who

State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D.; Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane, St. Mary's Hospital President/CEO Victor Giulianelli; Montgomery County Public Health Director Kim Conboy; other local officials

What

Recognize 98 percent hepatitis B newborn vaccination rate at St. Mary's Hospital; Kick off new "Walk for Life" Trail.

Where

  • 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Hospital, 427 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam, NY 12010;
  • 2 p.m. at "Walk for Life" trail in West End Memorial Park at Guy Park Avenue and West Main Street (short walk from St. Mary's Hospital)

When

Wednesday, May 26, at 1 p.m. – Presentation of hepatitis B Certificate of Excellence Award to St. Mary's Hospital; 2 p.m. kick off "Walk for Life" trail at West End Memorial Park.