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St. Joseph's Kidney Center dedicated in honor of former hospital CEO

In a special ceremony today St. Joseph's Kidney Center officially became designated the Sister Marie Castagnaro Kidney Center of St. Joseph's. Named after the recently retired Hospital President/CEO, Sister Marie Castagnaro, SSJ, the Sister Marie Castagnaro Kidney Center of St. Joseph's provides chronic hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, pre end stage renal disease education, transplant referrals, along with dietary and social work support for patients with kidney disease. Last month St. Joseph's received the green light to increase the number of patients that could be treated after the New York State Department of Health approved the Hospital's plan to expand from an 8 to 16-station chronic dialysis unit.

Joseph Braunscheidel, St. Joseph's Chief Operating Officer, said Sister Castagnaro was instrumental in the establishment of the Kidney Center. "Throughout her long tenure, Sister Marie ensured that St. Joseph's fulfilled its mission each and every day by continually addressing the community's health care needs," said Braunscheidel. "Thanks to Sister Marie's leadership, dedication, and determination, we are now able to meet the community's increased need for dialysis."

From May of 1988 until this past March, Sister Castagnaro served as St. Joseph's President/CEO. Sister Castagnaro joined St. Joseph's in 1985. Prior to her role as President/CEO, Sister Castagnaro served as Planning Assistant, Vice President of Clinical Services, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Among her many community volunteer activities include the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce, the Beecher School Advisory Council, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Chemung County. Her community involvement has also included several leadership positions, such as board chair for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, United Way of the Southern Tier, and the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce. Statewide she has served on the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and President of the New York State Catholic Healthcare Council.

Among Sister Castagnaro's many honors and recognition include her selection as the recipient of the Athena Award in 1994. She was also honored in 1997 as the Business and Professional Women of the USA Employer of the Year, while in 1999 she received the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce's Mary E. Kennedy Community Builder Award.

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