June 19, 2020 News

Celebrate Today and Improve Tomorrow

Today, as we celebrate Juneteenth across this country, we are reminded that while 155 years have passed, we still have a long way to go. 

The events of recent weeks have laid bare the fact that – despite all of our country’s progress since June 19, 1865 – racial injustice still exists.

I understand that many of us are struggling with our feelings.  Our community, state, and country need to do more, and do better. At CDPHP, I believe actions speak louder than words and we strive to do more every day – contributing to programs, services, and causes that support our community.

Just recently, we committed significant funding to a great organization in downtown Albany, A Block at a Time, and we will look to do more with like-minded groups that seek to lift our communities up.  As this work progresses, we will be sure to share.

Words also matter – and speak loudly, so let me be clear. Black lives matter.  These are three words that have a lot of feeling, a lot of meaning, but most of all, remind us to live that ideal each and every day. CDPHP is committed to just that.

John D. Bennett, MD, FACC, FACP
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Dr. Bennett was named president and CEO of CDPHP in 2008, after serving as chairman of the board since 2003, vice chairman since 1999, and board member since 1996. Prior to working at CDPHP, Dr. Bennett served as chief of the division of cardiology at Albany Memorial Hospital, was a member of Northeast Health Systems’ board of directors, and chaired the department of medicine. Dr. Bennett also served as CEO of Prime Care Physicians, PPLC, where he practiced cardiology with Albany Associates in Cardiology. Dr. Bennett chairs the board of directors for the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (Hixny). In addition, he is a member of the boards of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Colonie Senior Service Centers, the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, the Center for Economic Growth, New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), and the Palace Theatre. Dr. Bennett earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, and a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He completed his residency in internal medicine as well as a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Albany Medical Center. Currently, he is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Bennett is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialties in internal medicine and cardiology.

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