Rehabilitation Hospital Appoints Medical Director

Marjorie L. King, MD, MAACVPR, FACC, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, according to Edmund J. Coletti, Chief Executive Officer.
A graduate of Dickinson College, Dr. King received her medical degree from the MS Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University. She completed an internship, residency and fellowship in internal medicine and cardiology at New York University, Manhattan Veterans Administration Medical Center and is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology.
Dr. King joined Helen Hayes Hospital in 1984 as Director of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Services. Extending the inpatient continuum of care, she implemented Outpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs, along with a cardiac, peripheral artery disease and pulmonary Wellness Program. Dr. King has served as Chair of the Hospital’s Patient Safety Committee and Institutional Review Board. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. King is widely published, both nationally and internationally, having recently co-authored on “Performance Measures on Cardiac Rehabilitation for Referral to Cardiac Rehabilitation/Secondary Prevention Services.” She was also the lead author on “Medical Director Responsibilities for Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation/Secondary Prevention Programs,” both of which represent seminal works in the field.

Dr. King first became involved in volunteer advocacy for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation with the New York State Affiliate of the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR.). On a state level, she was a founding member of the Southeast Region Chapter and a two-term State President. In 2000, she was appointed to the AACVPR Board of Directors and served as President for the 2005-2006 term. She received the organization’s Distinguished Service Award in 2003, was selected to be in the very first class of Masters of AACVPR, and was the recipient of the 2012 AACVPR L. Kent Smith Award of Excellence, the prestigious award given in recognition of outstanding contributions by an individual to the fields of cardiac and/or pulmonary rehabilitation. She has represented AACVPR on multiple Medicare, American College of Cardiology and American Medical Association work groups related to quality improvement and value based purchasing and has also been active with the American Heart Association, American Red Cross and the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. King assume the position of Chief Medical Officer,” says Mr. Coletti. “Her accomplishments are vast and she is a strong advocate for the rehabilitation profession and for our patients. Over her 30 years of service, she has developed a comprehensive cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program that is nationally recognized for outstanding patient outcomes while simultaneously providing the leadership to expand and enrich the hospital’s clinical programs and research initiatives.”

Helen Hayes Hospital is the state’s largest physical rehabilitation hospital, offering a comprehensive array of inpatient, outpatient and specialty rehabilitation services to help individuals who have sustained traumatic injuries or who have chronic debilitating diseases. The hospital is operated by the New York State Department of Health and is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and affiliated with the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.