Local survivors share heart stories to kick off Heart Walk event
BREWSTER (March 10) - The American Heart Association (AHA) kicked off their annual Putnam Heart Walk campaign at The Plaza at Clover Lake in Brewster recently. Heart Walk volunteer chair, Patrick Thomas, MD, challenged more than 80 local corporate and community leaders to support the 2014 Putnam Heart Walk, scheduled for Sunday, April 27th at Brewster High School. Thomas, cardiologist with NYU Langone/Hudson Valley Cardiology, is also the Putnam AHA Board President.
Geraldine Cerasuolo (cap) and Tara Perez (right) talk with supporters of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk at their
recent kickoff event. The two will serve as honorees for the event to help raise awareness for stroke.
Funds raised from the event support the AHA’s life-saving programs of awareness, education and research. Heart disease and stroke are the number one and four killers in our nation but also in Putnam County. Local survivors have agreed to share their stories with the American Heart Association as Heart Walk Honorees to help raise awareness for these leading killers.
Stroke is the number four killer of women. More women die from stroke than men. An estimated 3.8 million female stroke survivors are alive today. In 2009, stroke caused the death of 76,769 females—almost double that of breast cancer deaths. Yet many women are still not aware of their unique stroke risk factors including pre-pregnancy high blood pressure, preeclampsia, smoking, obesity, high cholesterol, migraines with aura, birth control pills, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, depression and emotional stress. The AHA recently set specific guidelines for women and stroke prevention.
“Women should know their unique risk for stroke and talk with their doctors,” said Thomas.
Brewster resident and stroke survivor Tara Perez, joined with Kent stroke survivor, Geraldine Cerasuolo and Brewster heart transplant survivor, Anthony Mangino as 2014 Putnam Heart Walk Honorees. They spoke at the event.
Perez was just a few months pregnant when she had a seizure and was diagnosed with an angioma, an abnormal cluster of blood vessels on the left side of her brain. She was monitored and gave birth to her son. But just two weeks later, her health declined which required brain surgery. Perez came out of surgery with the loss of vision in her right eye, and loss of movement in both her right arm and right leg. She had some difficulty with speech as well. A stroke had caused the damage.
She continues to work on her recovery two years later. Tara has regained some vision in her right eye, her speech improves daily and she is walking considerably well but has not regained full use of her arm.
Cerasuolo had a stroke at age 60, with no previous warning signs. She was told she would never walk again, but she proved them wrong after struggling through her stroke rehabilitation.
“Returning to a normal life after stroke can be challenging,” she said, “Stroke is devastating. It can happen to anyone at any time and at any age. I have been blessed with a second chance.”
Events like the Heart Walk fund the AHA’s critical research and awareness. The American Heart Association funds 2,100 scientists around the United States and currently funds five Hudson Valley researchers with grants totaling $1.43 million.
Though science and research can save many lives from heart disease, AHA leaders remind people that prevention is key to lowering the devastating number of deaths from heart disease. The Heart Walk’s goal is to get people walking.
“Prevention is key when it comes to heart disease. We want people to know that adding a 30-minute brisk walk to their daily routines will make a huge impact on their heart health,” said Patrick Thomas, MD, AHA Board President, “Exercise improves heart health, can reduce stroke risk and lower bad cholesterol and improve high blood pressure.”
Orange Regional Medical Group announces open house
MIDDLETOWN (March 10) – Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the opening of its new physician practice, Orange Regional Medical Group. Located at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 135 in Middletown, the new practice launches with Primary Care services. The public is invited to an Open House on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to meet the physicians and staff, as well as tour the new office.
Committed to meeting the community’s growing need for outpatient care, Orange Regional Medical Group provides high quality primary care services as well as treatments for acute and chronic illnesses from newborn to geriatric patients.
“We’re excited to provide primary care services to our community,” says Orange Regional Medical Center’s President & CEO Scott Batulis. “Our highly trained and experienced physicians will treat patients through preventive care wellness education, as well as treating patients who are ill or who have chronic conditions.”
Led by Medical Director Bruce Ellsweig, M.D., Board-certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, our highly-trained, qualified and professional medical staff is comprised physicians who are Board-certified in Family and Internal Medicine. “Our goal is to help members of the community establish a relationship with a primary care physician and provide the necessary, essential services they need for long-lasting health,” states Dr. Bruce Ellsweig.
Orange Regional Medical Group is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Same day appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made by calling 845-333-7575.
Vassar Brothers Medical Center named one of Healthgrades America’s 100 BestTM Hospitals in 2014
POUGHKEEPSIE (February 25) - Vassar Brothers Medical Center announced that it has been named as a recipient of Healthgrades 2014 America’s 100 BestTM Hospital Award. According to Healthgrades, to be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the top 2% in the nation for a minimum of four years.
“Our number one priority is to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients and we are very pleased to be recognized as one of America’s best hospitals,” said Robert Friedberg, President, Vassar Brothers Medical Center.
From 2010 to 2012, Healthgrades America’s 100 BestTM hospitals, as a group, had an overall 24.53% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals in the nation. From 2010 to 2012, if all other hospitals had performed at the level of Healthgrades America’s 100 BestTM hospitals, 160,701 lives could have potentially been saved nationwide.
“This distinction provides the community in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. with a measure of confidence that the hospital has delivered better than expected outcomes across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures and over an extended period of time,” said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “The Healthgrades America’s 100 BestTM hospitals have exhibited exceptional performance, reflecting a long-standing approach to quality care.”
Health Quest is the Hudson Valley’s largest integrated family of hospitals and health care providers, delivering the highest quality care across a variety of service lines, including Cancer Care, Cardiac Care, Orthopedics, Neurosciences, Women’s and Children’s Services and Surgical Services. Our family includes three award-winning hospitals—Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie—plus multiple Health Quest Medical Practice(HQMP) primary care and specialty locations, two Health Quest Urgent Care locations for walk-in urgent care and affiliates including Hudson Valley Home Care and The Heart Center.
Catskill Regional Medical Center earns American College of Radiology accreditation
HARRIS (February 19) – The Grover M. Hermann Division of Catskill Regional Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term accreditation in mammography services as a result of a recent American College of Radiology (ACR) survey. Digital mammography incorporates advanced imaging technology that provides extremely sharp images and lower radiation exposure, assisting in the early diagnosis of breast cancer.
The ACR's accreditation process includes peer review and constructive feedback on staff qualifications, equipment, quality assurance, image quality and radiology dose.
"I am proud to have earned this distinction and our entire team of Board-certified radiologists, qualified technical staff is committed to providing exceptional patient care and service to our community," says Catskill Regional's Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer Rolland Bojo. "Patients that receive treatment at an ACR-accredited imaging facility can be assured they are receiving the best possible treatment."
Mammography services are offered at the Catskill Regional Imaging Center and at Grover M. Hermann Hospital. Digital mammography is like having a conventional mammogram, though women may notice shorter exam times and a reduction in call backs due to the increase clarity of the images taken. Digital mammography takes less than half the time of conventional mammography since there’s no waiting for film to develop. Digital images are easily stored and transferred electronically.
To learn more information, visit www.crmcny.org. To make an appointment, please call 845-794-3300 ext 2225.
Orange Regional Medical Center offers free mammograms
MIDDLETOWN (February 18) – Orange Regional Medical Center will offer free mammograms on Saturday, March 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center located at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Appointments are limited and must be made by Wednesday, March 5. Pre-registration is required.
The event is open to women without insurance who are currently not experiencing breast problems, while still meeting the following criteria. Participants must be over 40 years of age and have not had a mammogram within the last year. Women who have had a mammogram within the last 12 months and are currently experiencing breast problems may still meet the requirements for participation. They are encouraged to call.
During the hour-long appointment, patients will receive a clinical breast exam and mammography, breast health education and self-breast exam training. The screenings will be led by Howard M. Karpoff, M.D., FACS, Surgical Oncologist and Chair of Orange Regional’s Department of Surgery.
According to the American Cancer Society, about one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
For more information and to register, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).
The Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is designed with the convenience of patients in mind. Located at the Orange Regional Medical Center Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown, the Center provides a comprehensive breast care program with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and services, together with clinicians who are experts in their field.
SLCH Hosts Health Exchange Fair for residents; provides support for those with questions about Obamacare
NEWBURGH (February 17) - St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital is hosting another free Health Exchange fair on February 19 at the Cornwall Campus on 21 Laurel Avenue. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Both representatives from SLCH and several participating Health Plans will be available to answer questions and assist with enrollment in any of the services offered through the New York State Health Benefit Exchange (Obamacare).
The following Health Plans will be on site at each location: Affinity Health Plan, Empire Blue Cross, Fidelis Care, Health Republic, MVP Health Care and United Health Care. Though not required for enrollment, if available, the following items will expedite the enrollment process; Social Security Number, Employer information, Income information for every member of your household who needs coverage and Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans.
St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is a not-for-profit community hospital with campuses in Newburgh and Cornwall, NY. The hospital is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the Hudson Valley and aspires to excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services. SLCH offers comprehensive cardiac, stroke, cancer, orthopedic services and a full range of other clinical offerings.
Mahopac 2nd grade Youth Ambassador Connor Looby
BREWSTER (February 17) – Connor Looby, of Mahopac, is the recipient of a a New York State Senate Proclamation to honor his outstanding advocacy, support, and fundraising efforts for lymphedema awareness.
SLCH recognizes Heart Month with community education and blood pressure screenings
NEWBURGH (February 13) - St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) will be spending the month of February educating the community by spreading awareness about Heart Disease. Heart Disease remains the number 1 killer in the United States, including conditions such as coronary artery disease, heart attack, cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart diseases.
“What people may not realize is that high blood pressure plays a major role in your heart health,” said Beverly Keefer, Director of Cardiac Services at SLCH. “By treating high blood pressure, you can help reduce your risk for a stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure.”
SLCH will be hosting free blood pressure screenings every Wednesday in the Main Lobby from 7- 10 a.m. and every Friday outside the Hudson View Café from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of February. In addition to blood pressure screenings, SLCH Cardiac experts will also be offering educational sessions with useful information such as warning signs, tips to maintain a healthy diet, risk factors and several other ways to reduce your risk of heart disease.
Educational Sessions will be offered:
February 24th at 10:30 a.m. at the Town of Newburgh Recreation Center.
February 19th at 11:30 a.m. at the Union Avenue Fitness Center.
“Chronic diseases are often the most preventable, said Margaret Deyo, Director of Clinical Practice at SLCH.” Often, by following these few simple steps, we can greatly reduce our risk for heart related illness.”
Eat a heart-healthy diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars.
Eat a variety of deeply-colored fruits and vegetables; fiber-rich whole grains; fat-free, 1 percent fat and low-fat dairy products; lean meats and skinless poultry; fish with healthy omega-3 fatty acids; and nuts, seeds, and legumes.
Be more physically active.
Limit alcohol to no more than one drink per day for women or two drinks a day for men.
Know what your blood pressure should be and work to keep it at that level.
Health Quest Medical Practice names chief medical officer
LAGRANGEVILLE (January 28) – Health Quest announced that Joseph Christiana, MD, FACC, has been named Chief Medical Officer of Health Quest Medical Practice (HQMP). He will provide leadership to Health Quest Medical Practice physicians, mid-level providers, nurses and staff, and work collaboratively with the network of hospitals in the Health Quest system. Dr. Christiana is a practicing cardiologist and will continue to see patients at the Health Quest Medical Practice in Kingston, N.Y.
Dr. Christiana, a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, received his Doctor of Medicine in May, 1994 from New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration, Medical Management degree at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Christiana has served in many leadership positions throughout his career, and has also served his field with extensive research work which has been published. He has held roles as part of the New York State Council of the American College of Cardiology, as a Council Member to the New York State Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
“It is a great honor to work alongside a stellar group of medical professionals as part of Health Quest Medical Practice. My vision is to support our team as we continue to provide the highest-caliber care, offer the most advanced technology, and deliver all of our services to the patients who need our expertise”, stated Dr. Christiana.
“Dr. Christiana is a natural leader with a clear vision of the future,” said Ronald Tatelbaum, MD, CMO, Health Quest. “With his guidance, HQMP will continue to be the premier multispecialty group in the Hudson Valley, proud of its commitment to its patients and dedication to our community.”
Health Quest is the Hudson Valley’s largest integrated family of hospitals and health care providers, delivering the highest quality care across a variety of service lines, including Cancer Care, Cardiac Care, Orthopedics, Neurosciences, Women’s and Children’s Services and Surgical Services.
Newburgh Health Center to offer free seminars on enrolling under the Affordable Care Act
NEWBURGH (January 28) - The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center (GHVFHC) will be offering free seminars about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at Kaplan Family Pavilion, 147 Lake Street, Newburgh, NY, in anticipation of the March 31 open enrollment deadline. The seminars will teach the public about the ACA and the requirements regarding enrollment with New York State of Health, the official health plan marketplace for the state.
The information sessions will teach participants how to register for health insurance and answer any question about the new health care law. Topics include specific enrollment requirements, step-by-step registration instructions, and discussion of important dates and deadlines. Seminars will be offered:
Saturday, January 25; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursday, February 13; 5 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 15; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursday, March 27; 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
To register for upcoming seminars, contact GHVFHC’s Outreach and Enrollment Specialist, Jose Santiago, at (845) 563-8000 extension 1253.
For more information about The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, visit www.ghvfhc.org.
Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA receives grant for spay/neuter clinic
HUDSON (January 28) - The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA has received a grant from the Athens Community Foundation in the amount of $5,853.80 to use toward offsetting town residents’ use of the shelter’s current spay/neuter clinic and future veterinary clinic, slated to be functional by late March.
Angela Keleher, MD, FACS, Director and Lead Breast Surgeon, Dyson
Center for Cancer Care, Vassar Brothers Medical Center with Pavord
Health Quest participating in the follow-up of TARGIT-A breast cancer treatment trial
LAGRANGEVILLE (January 20) – Health Quest has announced that it had enrolled 36 patients on the TARGIT-A breast cancer treatment trial, which originally started in March, 2000. Health Quest is one of only seven organizations in the United States who had offered this trial, one of only two from New York State. There are thirty-three centers in eleven countries (including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Italy, among others) represented in the first trial, and Health Quest is now preparing to participate in a two-year registry trial to study the effectiveness of this new protocol for treating patients with early stage breast cancer.
The first study compared targeted intraoperative radiotherapy versus whole breast radiotherapy for breast cancer with women ages 45 or older with invasive ductal breast carcinoma. According to The Lancet, which published findings of the study, “90% of recurrences occur within the index quadrant, despite the presence of multicentric cancers elsewhere in the breast”, prompting the trial to determine effectiveness of restricting radiation therapy to the tumor bed with certain patients” (THE LANCET, 2010).” TARGIT, concurrent with lumpectomy within a risk-adapted approach, should be considered as an option for eligible patients with breast cancer carefully selected as per the TARGIT-A trial protocol, as an alternative to postoperative External Beam Radiation Therapy” (THE LANCET 2013).
“The results of this trial have been extraordinary, and we look forward to securing greater participation for the next phase of this study. With this new approach to treating breast cancer, our patients can resume normal living after only one treatment. It has unquestionably transformed the lives of our patients, and we are confident that we are participating in something truly revolutionary in our field”, stated Dan Pavord, Assistant Vice President for Oncology Services and Chief Medical Physicist at Health Quest.
For more information, contact The Dyson Center for Cancer Care at Health Quest by calling 845-483-6500 or visit www.health-quest.org/cancer.
American Cancer Society Action Network announces appointment of Sandi Cassese as officer
POUGHKEEPSIE (January 20) – Sandi Cassese, RN, MSN, CNS, Vice President of Oncology Services at Health Quest, has been named Secretary of the National Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, a national nonprofit cancer advocacy organization.
A graduate of The Charles E. Gregory School of Nursing, SUNY New Paltz (BSN, high honors), and Sage Graduate School (Clinical Nurse Specialist in Community Health degree), Ms. Cassese has been a registered nurse since 1979. A leader within her industry, she helped the New York State Department of Health and the American Cancer Society develop a training program and curriculum to teach nurses clinical breast examination skills, among many other achievements.
Ms. Cassese has spent the majority of her career working on projects focused on breast health. She worked for the Department of Defense, developing a breast health and screening program for the United States Army at West Point, Fort Drum, and Fort Monmouth, in conjunction with Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and served as the Director of the HANYS Breast Cancer Demonstration Project, successfully obtaining a $1.6 million appropriation from the Federal government to work in partnership with hospitals and health care centers through New York State.
“I am deeply humbled to serve as an officer for the National Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network,” said Ms. Cassese. “I am in awe of the tremendous progress our entire industry has made in the area of advocating for research and development within cancer care, and the tireless work that this organization does to move legislation forward is extraordinary. I always tell people that one woman can make a difference, and I want to be that woman – to me, this is just another opportunity to do my part to ensure that people whose lives are impacted by cancer are getting everything they need and deserve.”
In addition to the leadership role with this affiliate of the American Cancer Society, Cassese was also recently named President Elect of the American Cancer Society Eastern Division Board of Directors. She will begin that term in 2015.
POUGHKEEPSIE (January 20) – More than 500 children enrolled in Astor’s Head Start programs in Dutchess County will be eligible for free dental checkups administered by New York University College of Dentistry Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Programs, during the week of January 27. Head Start and Early Head Start are federal, early childhood programs for low-income families. Astor administers these programs in Dutchess County.
Mary Sontheimer, Assistant Executive Director, Astor’s Early Childhood Programs, said she and others involved in Astor’s Head Start programs are grateful to NYU College of Dentistry for offering the free service. They will also survey parents to identify issues in the community and at home that might lead to the development of dental disease in children.
“We know the damage dental problems can do, the impact it can have on learning and on long-term health, so this is a vital service the dental college is offering,” she said.
Participating dentists will examine the children and make recommendations for long-term or immediate dental care. Those needing emergency treatment will be referred to local dentists. Others will be treated when the NYU dental team returns to Poughkeepsie in June if they are unable to receive treatment from a local provider.
Sontheimer said parents and guardians are being asked to provide their children’s medical history and sign consent forms for the exams. “We’re hoping for 100-percent participation,” Sontheimer said.
Since 1953, Astor Services for Children & Families (formerly The Astor Home for Children) has been providing behavioral and educational services in a caring environment where children and their families find strength, healing, hope and trust. Now serving more than 6,000 children and families annually in over 33 locations, Astor’s current range of services in the Hudson Valley (Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties) and the Bronx include: Residential Programs (for children ages 5-14 who have severe behavior and mental health challenges); Early childhood Programs (Astor operates the Early Head Start and Head Start Programs in Dutchess County, a federal early childhood program for low-income families); and Community-Based Behavioral Health and Prevention Services (outpatient mental health services).
Wound Care Center at Northern Dutchess Hospital celebrates one-year anniversary
RHINEBECK (January 13) – The Wound Care Center at Northern Dutchess Hospital will celebrate its one-year anniversary on January 17, 2014. The Wound Care Center is a diagnostic and therapeutic center for acute and chronic problem wounds, and soft tissue radiation necrosis, as well as non-wound related injuries such as carbon monoxide poisoning and decompression sickness.
Heart Walk kickoff event rallies supporters
Carmel (March 12) - The American Heart Association kicked off their annual Putnam Heart Walk campaign at The Plaza at Clover Lake in Brewster recently. Heart Walk volunteer chair, Patrick Thomas, MD, challenged more than 80 local corporate and community leaders to support the 2014 Putnam Heart Walk, scheduled for Sunday, April 27th at Brewster High School.
The Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Therapy Center at Northern Dutchess Hospital, is positioned to receive an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) accreditation this spring, added Dr. Jeffrey Hatter as Medical Director last spring, and welcomes Dr. Duyet Bui, podiatrist, to the growing practice this month. Other physicians at the Center are Dr. John L. Zboinski, Dr. James A. Wing, and Dr Victor R. Stelmack.
The Center has reported its clinical outcomes for the first year, which reflect high patient satisfaction scores, a short median day to heal, and a high rate of healing benchmarked against National scores by the center’s partner; Healogics, Inc.
“We are very pleased with the results of year one, and look forward to continued growth and development of programs and services as we move forward,” said Faye Colosi, MBA, Director of the Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Medicine. “Many of our patients come to us with wounds that just wouldn’t heal, and we are seeing the tremendous impact we can make using wound care advance modalities and Hyperbaric therapy. In addition our center has a multi-disciplinary model focused on the overall health profile of each individual. Patients who have suffered for many years are getting what they need in our Center, and healing, on average, within 18-21 days. It is incredibly gratifying to enhance their lives in this way. Hyperbaric medicine is extraordinary – and when our specialists deliver these services in context of collaborations with primary care physicians and clinicians with other related expertise, we can offer sustainable health and wellness – and the quality of life that goes along with it”.
The Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Therapy Center offers wound consultation and evaluation, diagnostic and ongoing assessments and treatment, non-invasive vascular studies, specialty wound dressings, bio-engineered skin grafts and substitutes, and various types of wound therapy, among other services.
Hudson Heritage donation benefits Pediatric Department at ORMC
MIDDLETOWN (January 6) - Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union (HHFCU) has donated $15,000 to Orange Regional Medical Center. The donation has helped establish a much-needed inpatient room in the Hospital’s Pediatric department.
“We’re so proud to support Orange Regional’s initiative to develop advanced Pediatric services in our community, as children account for 26% of our area’s population,” said HHFCU President and CEO, Michael Ciriello. “Access to specialty care locally has become an increasing challenge for this segment of our population. The majority of these patients previously had to travel 90 minutes to Westchester Medical Center for specialty care.”
The donation was made to the Hospital’s Lend A Hand For Kids Campaign that focuses on the development of advanced Pediatric services in our region. The Pediatric Center at Orange Regional Medical Center will develop in phases over the next three years and will seek to address the vast majority of Pediatric healthcare needs. The Pediatric Center will provide children, from birth through age 17, with quality care in a child-friendly, family centered environment. The Pediatric Center will address the unique medical needs of our youngest patients in an atmosphere specifically designed to reduce their anxiety about hospitals. It will provide access to a variety of specialists in a state-of-the-art facility.
“We are delighted that Hudson Heritage chose to partner with Orange Regional in helping to fund our ability to bring advanced pediatric services to the children of our community,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President, Christine Maraia.
Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union serves over 29,000 Members and has assets in excess of $300 million. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or volunteers in Ulster, Orange or Dutchess Counties. Hudson Heritage FCU is headquartered in Middletown, NY and has additional branches in Middletown, Newburgh, Montgomery, Goshen, Harriman, Washingtonville, New Paltz, Port Jervis and Pine Bush.
L-R: Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President, Christine Maraia; Hudson Heritage Chairman, Board of Directors,
Paul Zalanowski; Hudson Heritage President & CEO Michael J. Ciriello, Orange Regional’s Lend A Hand For Kids Campaign
Co-Chairman, Eric Fethke, MD; Hudson Heritage Executive Vice President, Ray F. Litchfield.
To learn more about Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union, visit www.hhfcu.org.
Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.
Hudson Valley Heart Center officially part of Health Quest
LAGRANGEVILLE (January 3) - Health Quest announced today that Hudson Valley Heart Center is now officially part of Health Quest. The partnership was originally announced in September and is now effective as of December 30, 2013.
“We are pleased to partner with The Heart Center and look forward to our new collaboration,” said Luke McGuinness, President and CEO, Health Quest. “With this new effort our patients will have access to expanded services and state-of-the-art technologies.”
The partnership will offer patients the most advanced cardiac care available and a more integrated experience when services are needed at both the office and hospital level. Hudson Valley Heart Center has 25 physicians, nearly 200 employees and office locations in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, New Windsor, Rhinebeck, Modena and Highland. The Heart Center sees over 65,000 patients per year and offers a full spectrum of diagnostic capabilities at their locations.
“Our partnership with Health Quest allows us to expand the offerings to our patients,” said Dr. Daniel O’Dea, President, The Heart Center. “Both organizations bring experience and the latest technologies, and we are looking forward to expanding cardiac services for our communities.”
ORMC, CRMC, MLS Support Services spread holiday cheer to children
TOWN OF WALLKILL / HARRIS (December 23) - Orange Regional Medical Center, Catskill Regional Medical Center and Mobile Life Support Services teamed up to support Toys for Tots, collecting new, unwrapped toys for children in our community. On Wednesday, December 18, Mobile Life picked up hundreds of toys generously donated by Orange Regional employees.
For more information about Orange Regional Medical Center or Mobile Life Support Services, visit www.ormc.org or www.mobilelife.com. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.
L-R: Mobile Life Support Services Director of Operations Rich Miller, United States
Marine Corp Staff Sergeant Harvey , United States Marine Corps Sergeant Lewis,
Orange Regional Executive Director of Marketing & PR Rob Lee,
EMTs Tony Redner and John Hill.
MLS Services Assistant Director of Operations
Kevin Delmonico, left, and
Dr. Gerard Galarneau.
HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley® implements new “autism-friendly” program at Broadway Campus Emergency Department
KINGSTON (December 18) - HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s Broadway Campus Emergency Department is launching a dynamic new program to provide an “autism-friendly” experience for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With autism affecting 1 in 88 children, according to Autism Speaks®, the commitment to addressing the specialized needs of Emergency Department patients with ASD is timely.
Patients with autism react and communicate differently, requiring a special approach to creating a safe and supportive environment – especially in emergency situations. Recognizing the opportunity to develop a comprehensive approach for this need, HealthAlliance Emergency Department leadership initiated a special training program for medical providers, nursing staff and key hospital personnel, such as security. Training and presentations will also include the regional Emergency Medical Service providers and Mobile Life Support Services to ensure a continuum of care beginning with the 911 response. Scott Serbin, Director of Education and Research at Emergency Medical Associates (EMA), and Suzanne de Beaumont, Assistant Executive Director at the Resource Center for Accessible Living, Inc. and board member of the Autism Society-Hudson Valley, will facilitate the program.
“The autism community in the Hudson Valley is excited to have an ‘autism-friendly’ Emergency Department,” stated de Beaumont. “We congratulate the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley for recognizing the necessity of the Emergency Department to approach its services from the perspective of the patient.”
The “autism-friendly” program consists of new sensory boxes which allow an ASD patient to select an object, such as a squeeze ball or pinwheel, to aid in relaxation. Additionally, the Emergency Department now features designated rooms with enhanced environmental controls to support reduced sensory stimulation. The Emergency Department also acquired two iPads to aid with communication.
“Communications with ASD patients is being facilitated via iPad devices, donated by EMA, which have special visual and auditory icons to help facilitate dialogue between the staff and patient during a medical screening for emergency treatment,” stated Fareed Nabiel Fareed, M.D., Fellow of American College of Emergency Physicians and Director of the Emergency Department at HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley. “Such communication includes the reason the patient has arrived for care, what will happen throughout their stay in the department, rating pain and discomfort and allowing the patient to identify communication preferences.”
The new “autism-friendly” program aligns with HealthAlliance’s initiative to deliver better patient care and improve the overall patient experience. Through these efforts, HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley desires to provide a service to the ASD community throughout the region that sets a standard for dedication, partnership and dynamic outreach that is central to the Emergency Department experience, and serves not only the immediate residents, but the greater community through innovation.
MSMC awards nursing pins to 35 students
NEWBURGH (December 18) – Mount Saint Mary College recently held a pinning ceremony for 35 graduates of the college’s adult accelerated program.
L-R: Fellow Nurse Practitioner Dorothy Day and Newburgh Nurse
Practitioner Alice Looney stand with fellow NPA members Sue Hubbard
and Alisha Fuller
Newburgh nurse practitioner spotlighted at statewide health conference
NEWBURGH (December 10) – Alice Looney, a Newburgh nurse practitioner and leader in the Nurse Practitioner Association New York State, recently traveled to Saratoga Springs, New York for the NPA’s annual conference, where nurse practitioners such as Looney were recognized for the important roles they play in the state’s health care system. She was joined at the event by New York State Health Commissioner Donna Frescatore, who is Governor Cuomo’s point person to implement New York State’s health exchange to comply with the Affordable Care Act.
The 29th Annual Conference was the largest gathering of nurse practitioners ever in New York State, as 600 NPs from throughout the Northeast converged upon Saratoga Springs to discover the latest information in regards to primary caregiving with 65 different events and learning labs, along with an update to the NPA’s legislative agenda and its efforts to remove artificial practice barriers for all nurse practitioners.
Northern Dutches Hospital Mothers' Club purchases awning for hospital
RHINEBECK (December 2) - The Northern Dutchess Hospital Mothers’ Club raised over $9,000 to purchase an awning at the Neugarten Family Birth Center. The awning provides protection from the elements as newborns are going home for the first time.
L to R: Geri Ely, President NDH Mothers’ Club; Nancy Sheehan, Foundation Assistant, NDH Foundation; Dawn Morrison,
Executive Director, NDH Foundation; and members of Mothers’ Club - Helen Stumbo, Lisa Sue Quackenbush,
Deborah Mimoso, Rita Loguidice, Kathleen Evans, Linda Weisbrod, Deana Solomon, Bonnie Schelechow
Health Quest appoints Dr. Lee J. Isabell to Health Quest medical practice
LAGRANGEVILLE (December 2) – Health Quest announced that Dr. Lee J. Isabell, currently a hospitalist at Northern Dutchess Hospital, has been appointed to private practice with Health Quest Medical Practice, located at 40 Hurley Avenue, Suite 18, in Kingston, N.Y., effective December 1, 2013. He will be joining Dr. Kelly Der Cola and Dr. Eric B. Stamberg at that location.
Dr. Isabell is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has been designated as an HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, N.Y., where he also served as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. He has also been President of the Upsilon Tau chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, has been recognized as a Gentleman of Distinction, and has been engaged in a number of community service activities throughout the years.
“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Der Cola and Dr. Stamberg, and I look forward to serving patients in the Hudson Valley for many years to come as part of the Health Quest Medical Practice team”, stated Dr. Isabell.
New patients are now being accepted by Dr. Isabell. Call1-888-525-HQMP (4767) to schedule an appointment.
Executive Chef Anthony Fischetti
Health Quest launches healthy foods program just in time for the holidays
LAGRANGEVILLE (December 2) – Health Quest has announced an initiative to promote healthier eating within its three hospitals: Northern Dutchess Hospital, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, and Putnam Hospital Center. This news comes on the heels of the announcement of its new partnership with Guiding Stars, the nation’s leading independent nutrition guidance program, a subsidiary of Hannaford, which rates nutritional value of every food item.
As part of its effort to foster a culture of healthy living, Health Quest recently switched to antibiotic-free and hormone-free turkey and chicken in all three hospitals, as well as The Thompson House, and has taken several other measures to provide staff, guests, and patients with healthier eating options. Salad bar selections have been expanded, there are more vegetarian options on the menus, and as part of a broader farm-to-table movement in the Hudson Valley region, Health Quest facilities now incorporate foods from local farmers, offered all year long.
“We are very excited about this announcement, as we have revamped everything in an effort to better align our food and beverage options with our overall mission of promoting health and wellness for the 1.5 million people we serve each year”, states Gretchen Hilbrandt, RD, CDN, Director of Food Services at Health Quest. “We are especially proud to share that we now have graduates of the Culinary Institute of America on staff, ensuring that the food choices are all top-notch. We have also installed Sprout Healthy Vending Machines, and have partnered with Pepsi in an effort to ensure that we have the healthiest snacks available in our existing vending machines – all just in time for the holiday season”.
Hilbrandt added that the Food Services team will continue to update options to improve the overall patient dining experience. For more information on Health Quest or any of its affiliates, please visit www.health-quest.org.
From left: Elizabeth D’Antonio, Human Resources Associate;
Tara Kammarada, Director of Human Resources; and Heidi Bausch,
Surgical Scheduler at Crystal Run Healthcare
Crystal Run Healthcare employees donate food baskets to families in need for thanksgiving
MIDDLETOWN (December 2) - The employees of Crystal Run Healthcare brought joy and nourishment to those in need this holiday season by donating food items, gift cards, and other items to create delicious and nutritious food baskets. Crystal Run employees across 15 office sites created beautiful baskets filled with everything for a Thanksgiving dinner including table cloths, centerpieces and gift cards in addition to non-perishable food items such as canned goods, dry goods and mixes as well as fresh foods like vegetables, fruits and turkeys. On Friday, November 22nd the food baskets were distributed to 31 local families as well as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Town of Wallkill that serves Orange and Sullivan Counties and the Guild of St. Margaret Soup Kitchen in Middletown.
This holiday food drive is one of many philanthropic programs that the employees of Crystal Run Healthcare support to help give back to their local communities. “The employees of Crystal Run are so generous, even in this challenging economy. They went above and beyond putting together such beautiful baskets and because of them the Thanksgiving holiday will be brighter for so many,” said Tara Kammarada, Director of Human Resources at Crystal Run Healthcare.
“We want to thank Crystal Run Healthcare for their donation of food baskets, turkeys and gift cards. It is generosity like theirs that makes it possible for Boys & Girls Clubs to provide nourishing meals to our Club kids and their families, to ensure they have a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving,” said Alexis Eggleton, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Clubs of Town of Wallkill.
Hudson Valley Home Care announces recognition as part of HomeCare Elite™
LAGRANGEVILLE (December 2) - Health Quest announced that Hudson Valley Home Care has been named to the Top 500 of the 2013 HomeCare Elite™, and is among the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.
Now in its eighth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,969 agencies considered, 2,496 are named as elite in the nation.
“We are truly proud of this recognition”, stated Cathy Coogan, Executive Director of Hudson Valley Home Care. “As a Certified Home Health Agency, it is critically important that we maintain the highest standards of excellence in our delivery of services. We work within a multidisciplinary model, caring for a wide spectrum of people, from infants to the geriatric population, and this honor showcases our commitment to the work we do”.
The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading products for home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent newsletter in the home care profession, Home Health Line.
“The 2013 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. Their success is a tribute to managing healthcare data and utilizing it for improvement initiatives lead to high quality care, and we recognize them for their outstanding achievements,” said Mary Oakes, senior vice president of post-acute at National Research. “We congratulate Hudson Valley Home Care on being one of the top 500 home care agencies in the country.”
“HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth. “The shift from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance payment models is reshaping the healthcare profession. And home health is proving to be an integral part of the continuum. In the face of value-based purchasing and care delivery model changes, the metrics that make up HomeCare Elite methodology shine an accountable light on an industry that may be the lynch pin to achieving affordable care at home.”
Health Quest is the Hudson Valley’s largest integrated family of hospitals and health care providers, delivering the highest quality care across a variety of service lines, including Cancer Care, Cardiac Care, Orthopedics, Neurosciences, Women’s and Children’s Services and Surgical Services.
Orange Regional's Wound Healing Center is now open
TOWN OF WALLKILL (November 20) - Orange Regional's Wound Healing Center's specialized team provides you with the most advanced wound healing therapies used by wound care centers across the nation.
Striving to provide the best individualized care, our team of specialists offer current and customized wound healing treatment plans including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Throughout your treatment, we work with your physician and care providers and communicate updates on the progress of your wound healing therapy.
Grover M. Hermann Hospital celebrates new services
CALLICOON (November 18) - Catskill Regional’s Grover M. Hermann Hospital held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the addition of new diagnostic imaging technology and the expansion and renovations to its Physical Therapy Department. The event was attended by staff, the Grover M. Hermann Auxiliary and community members. Dr. Gerard Galarneau, Catskill Regional’s CEO & CMO and Rolland Bojo, Catskill Regional’s Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer thanked those who worked tirelessly to make these new and enhanced services a reality. A special dedication was made in honor of Mary Cade who was a dedicated and long standing member of the Auxiliary. Digital screening mammography and bone density testing is now offered to the community. Additionally, the Physical Therapy Department more than doubled in size with their recent expansion and renovations included new flooring, fresh paint, large windows for scenic views and new equipment; all contributing to a healing environment. For more information or to make an appointment for a digital screening mammography or bone density test call 845-794-3300 ext. 2225.To learn more about the Rehabilitation services call 845-887-5530 ext. 2102.
A member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Catskill Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care to residents in the Sullivan County region. For more information about Catskill Regional, please call 845-794-3300 or visit www.crmcny.org.
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