staff, Founders and Board
Three federally-qualified health centers, Sun River Health, The Institute for Family Health, and Open Door Family Medical Centers, came together to create HITCH to enable their collaboration in health service delivery and quality improvement in New York’s Hudson Valley. Each founding organization is itself a leader in primary care and other services to underserved communities, is accredited by the Joint Commission, and recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance as Level III Patient Centered Medical Homes.
Patient Centered Medical Homes organize care around patients, work in teams to coordinate and track care over time, and make extensive use of information technology to assure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need and want it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
Director Hitch, Inc and Cancer Services Program of the Hudson Valley
Karen Ganis has been managing and operating non-profit programs for over 20 years. She began her career as a systems engineer with IBM, and transitioned into non-profit work in 2010, as the founder and Director of RideConnect of FSW, an award winning transportation program that provides free transportation to frail older adults.
In addition to her work with RideConnect, she worked for 16 years on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association of the Hudson Valley, where in addition to being First Vice Chair, she spearheaded many unique fundraising and awareness campaigns, most recently hiking The Magna Via Francingena, a 120 mile journey from Palermo to Agrigento.
Karen joined Hitch and Cancer Services Program in May of 2022, and is excited to bring her skills and passion to her new role. Karen is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, holds a BA in Environmental Science, a Masters of Business Administration, and is a licensed realtor in New York.
founders and board
Lindsay C. Farrell, MBA, FACMPE
President and CEO, Open Door Family Medical Centers, Inc.
Lindsay Farrell, MBA, FACMPE was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors in October 1998. Since that time, Open Door has grown significantly adding new sites, programs and technologies to more than double the number of low-income people served. Home-grown at Open Door where she volunteered initially and has worked since 1986, Ms. Farrell has been Open Door’s Director of Operations and Director of Development. As Director of Development, she was responsible for capital fund drives for major facility expansions. As the Director of Operations, she led the center’s first JCAHO accreditation.
At the request of the Bureau of Primary Health Care, Ms. Farrell was a member of the expert panel initiating the patient visit redesign collaborative directed by the Bureau’s Quality Center; she has significant experience and a commitment to efficient health center operations and population health management. Ms. Farrell is a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Health Care Association of New York State, Hudson Health Plan, Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC) and of the Port Chester Council of Community Services. She is also a past Chair of the Westchester Women’s Agenda.
Ms. Farrell is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and received her Masters in Business Administration from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. She is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives and is a professional papers grader. She chairs Community Health Davies Award Committee for HIMSS. She has received the Betsey Cook Grassroots Advocacy Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers, the Paul Ramos Memorial Award from the Community Health Care Association and New York State and the Sol Feinstone Humanitarian Award from St. Lawrence University. In December 2008, Westchester Magazine selected Ms. Farrell as one of Westchester County’s most influential residents.
Anne K. Nolon
CEO, Sun River Health
Anne Nolon has provided vision and leadership to HRHCare for over 35 years. As President and CEO she is responsible for guiding the growth and development of one of the largest Community Health Centers in New York State from a single primary care site in Peekskill, NY, to a network of 18 directly operated Federally Qualified Health Centers (FCHCs) in the Hudson Valley and Long Island; an additional four health centers through a sub-recipient agreement with Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC); and a regional migrant voucher program, serving a nine-county agricultural area in southeastern NYS. With the guidance of the Board of Directors, Mrs. Nolon has implemented broad goals that have culminated in a staff of over 600 serving nearly 85,000 patients in 350,000 visits annually. Under her leadership, HRHCare is Joint Commission Accredited and recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) as an Advanced Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home. HRHCare is the HIMSS 2011 Davies Community Health Award recipient, a prestigious honor recognizing excellence in the utilization of electronic health records for improving health care. Award winners are considered health care leaders in the quality and delivery of patient services, particularly for underserved and vulnerable populations.
Mrs. Nolon was named a Geiger Gibson Distinguished Visitor in Community Health Policy at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services where she focused on health care policy for improving access to care for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. As part of her Geiger Gibson work, she was producer for Honoring the Hands, a documentary that highlighted barriers to health care and solutions to creating access for farmworkers. She is committed to improving access to culturally competent health care services for new immigrants by leading international health professional exchanges to Mexico, Ecuador and Haiti. Anne served as a Board member for nine years and Chair for four, of the National Center for Farmworker Health. She served by appointment of the Secretary of HHS, to the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health for four years
Mrs. Nolon has served as a member of the Board of the Community Health Centers (CHCANYS) for 36 years and has served 10 years as Chair or Vice-Chair of the Farmworkers Committee and Vice Chair of the Legislative Committee. She has also served as Chair of the Homeless HealthCare Committee and Vice Chair of the Legislative Committee. Mrs. Nolon received her Master’s Degree in Public Health at Columbia University, and her B.S. in Health Policy and Planning from Penn State University.
Neil Calman, MD, ABFP, FAAFP
President and Chief Executive Officer Institute for Family Health Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University
Neil Calman, MD, is a board-certified family physician who has practiced in the Bronx and Manhattan for more than 30 years. He is the president and a cofounder of the Institute for Family Health. Since 1983, Dr. Calman has led the Institute in developing family health centers in the Bronx, Manhattan, and the Mid-Hudson Valley region of New York State. In 2012, Dr. Calman became the Chair of the new Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Dr. Calman leads the Institute in a variety of cutting-edge programs: in 2002, the Institute became one of the first community health center networks in the country to implement a fully integrated electronic medical record system, improving both preventive and chronic care treatment throughout its centers. In recognition, Dr. Calman received the 2006 Physician’s Information Technology Leadership Award, presented annually by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
In April 2009, Dr. Calman was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve on the national Health Information Technology Policy Panel, which makes recommendations on the development of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure. He also has been appointed to the Health Policy Roundtable of the Aspen Institute, a group charged with delineating the values and principles on which the United States should base its future health care system.
For his work in public health, Dr. Calman has received several national awards: the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leadership Award; the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Public Health Award; the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Primary Care Achievement Award and the National Physician Advocacy Merit Award given by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and its partner, the Center on Medicine as a Profession (CMAP) at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Most recently, he was awarded a Kanter Prize from the Health Legacy Partnership and the Felix A. Fishman Award for Extraordinary Advocacy from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.
In 1999, Dr. Calman became project director of a multiyear grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work towards eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes in the Bronx. His published essay Out of the Shadows (Health Affairs, Jan/Feb 2000) details his experiences in dealing with racism in the care of his patients. Making Health Equality a Reality: The Bronx Takes Action (Health Affairs, Mar/Apr 2005) describes the community-based legislative action that has evolved from this grassroots effort. Dr. Calman has written about other experiences as a physician and their policy implications. No One Needs to Know (Health Affairs, Mar/Apr 2001) recounts his first experience in a cover up of medical errors and suggests changes that need to be made in our system to protect our patients. So Tired of Life (Health Affairs, May/June 2004), a personal narrative, documents his struggles in caring for an elderly woman in her home who asks for his help in ending her life.