John Riedl to be honored with hospital citizenship award

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Margaretville — Longtime volunteer John Riedl will be honored as the Keene A. Roadman Hospital Citizen of the Year at this fall’s Harvest Moon Ball.

Mr. Riedl will be presented with the award when the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center host its annual Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Hanah Mountain Resort.

A native of Conesville, Mr. Riedl spent a long career in education. He retired in 2008, having worked the previous seven years as superintendent at Margaretville Central School (MCS).
Mr. Riedl has been a very active auxiliary volunteer for nearly a decade, getting his start with the organization when it embarked on an ambitious campaign to sign up 1,000 members. Shortly after his retirement, Mr. Riedl remembers getting a call from Terry Cohen who asked if he’d be interested in assisting the group’s Wellness Committee. After taking the summer off, Mr. Riedl was named chair of the Wellness Committee in 2008.

“I said yes (to the appointment) because I wanted to give something back to the community,” he stated.

Longtime ties
Mr. Riedl said he feels a special bond with the Margaretville Hospital, having been born in the facility.

“I have a longtime attachment to the hospital,” he laughed.
He has been one of the people instrumental in helping the Wellness Committee spread its message geared toward healthier lifestyles.

During his tenure as head of the Wellness Committee, Mr. Riedl has been instrumental in helping the auxiliary support two annual hospital-sponsored Health Fairs, producing the Marian Connell Wellness Series, co-hosting the Wellness Hour on WIOX Roxbury Radio and re-establishing the community ice skating rink in Margaretville. His community involvement also includes being a member of the Watershed Agricultural Council.

Mr. Riedl has also been instrumental in bringing a wellness focus into Margaretville Central School. The school’s annual 5K Wellness Walk/Run has been named in his honor.
He noted that Wellness Committee is currently developing a think tank concept to determine additional ways to bring the wellness message into local communities.

Mr. Riedl’s involvement in the local community also includes six years as president of the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce.

Hospital support
The Keene A. Roadman Hospital Citizen of the Year Award is presented annually to individuals or organizations that have worked diligently in support of the hospital, which is a member of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley®.

Mr. Riedl said he was very pleased and humbled to learn he will be an award recipient.
“Never in my wildest imagination, did I ever expect to get anything like this. I am very honored, but there are a lot of other people who give to the hospital,” he commented.
A graduate of Siena College in Loudonville and the State University of New York Albany, Mr. Riedl started his career in education as the assistant principal/guidance counselor at Jefferson Central School. He later held the posts of principal/director of guidance at Walton Central School before taking over as MCS superintendent.

He and his wife, Catherine, are the parents of two adult daughters and five grandchildren.
In his leisure time, Mr. Riedl enjoys biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and travel.
For information and tickets to the Harvest Moon Ball, please call 845 586-4028 or e-mail: auxiliary@margaretvillehospital.org

About HAHV
About HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley®
HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley® is the alignment of HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus and Broadway Campus, as well as Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside Residential Care Center and Woodland Pond at New Paltz. As the parent organization with a unified governance structure, the goal of HealthAlliance is to strengthen the quality of care and bring forward enhanced technology to serve the present and future healthcare needs in the Hudson Valley. HealthAlliance and its affiliate facilities are committed to providing compassionate, patient-centered care and ensuring patient safety, privacy and dignity to all. For further information about HealthAlliance visit our website at www.HAHV.org.