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Caldas accepts the check from Lindblom

Auxiliary donates $25,000 to Putnam Hospital Center

CARMEL (November 24) - The Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary presented a major gift this month.

Auxiliary Co-President Peg Lindblom delivered a $25,000 check to hospital President James Caldas during the group’s annual luncheon held this year on Nov. 12 at Primavera in Croton Falls. The contribution is the third installment of a $125,000, one-year pledge the auxiliary made in 2015 to support the hospital’s Emergency Department.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, “Caldas said. “You make a difference for the better of our care.”

Last year, the auxiliary completed a $150,000 pledge, also for the Emergency Department.

The donations come from money raised through the service of volunteers in the hospital gift shop and two offsite thrift shops, including the Eagle Eye in Brewster and Eagle Eye Too in Mahopac.

The auxiliary was formed in 1963 and has made more than $7 million in pledge payments since its inception.


MidHudson Regional Hospital now offering ear, nose and throat care; adds three new physicians

POUGHKEEPSIE (October 29) - MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, continues to advance the level of care available locally in the mid-Hudson Valley.  Beginning October 26, ear, nose and throat services (otolaryngology) are now offered to patients at the Poughkeepsie campus.

"Adding ear, nose, and throat care to MidHudson Regional Hospital will allow patients in the community to get the expert, specialized care they need close to home," said Paul Hochenberg, Executive Director of MidHudson Regional Hospital.  "We are proud to welcome three doctors with the expertise of Dr. Hemmerdinger, Dr. Jourdy, and Dr. Rasamny to our hospital."

Dr. Steven Hemmerdinger is a board certified otolaryngologist, who maintains an affiliation with the Westchester Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery as an attending physician.  He treats both adults and pediatric patients suffering from a wide variety of ailments, including but not limited to ear infections and hearing loss, throat infections, deviated septum, sinusitis and nasal polyps, hoarseness, thyroid and parathyroid dysfunction, salivary gland disorders, head and neck tumors, facial trauma as well as an increasing focus on sleep medicine.  Dr. Hemmerdinger completed both his medical education and residency training at New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Deya Jourdy is a board certified, fellowship trained sinus and endoscopic skull base surgeon/specialist and co-director of the New York Sinus Institute. After attending Cornell University for undergraduate and medical school studies, Dr. Jourdy completed residency training at the Columbia and Cornell campuses of the New York Presbyterian Hospital. He then completed additional sub-specialty training with an internationally recognized premier fellowship in rhinology, sinus surgery, and endoscopic skull base surgery at the University of Miami.

Dr. J. K. Rasamny's practice focuses on the care of pediatric and adult patients with malignant and benign tumors of the head and neck including cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx, tumors of the paranasal sinuses, endocrine tumors involving the parathyroid and thyroid glands, tumors of the major and minor salivary glands, and cutaneous malignancies including melanoma of the head and neck. Dr. Rasamny is trained to perform open and endoscopic approaches for the treatment of tumors of the skull base and paranasal sinuses as well as complex reconstruction of head and neck defects.  He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, and completed medical school at the University of Virginia, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

To make an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat specialist at MidHudson Regional Hospital, call (845)-483-5952.  The office is located in The Atrium at 1 Webster Avenue, Suite 307 and open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


Dutchess County Breastfeeding Support & Education Center to open

POUGHKEEPSIE (October 29) - The Dutchess County Department of Health proudly announces its Breastfeeding Support & Education Center at the Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton St., Suite 109, in the City of Poughkeepsie, will open its doors on Friday, November 6th at 10 a.m. to begin offering information and training to mothers and mothers-to-be.

The Dutchess County Breastfeeding Support & Education Center’s Walk-In Clinic will be open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Center will be able to offer individuals breastfeeding assistance and education on a “walk-in” basis with three certified lactation counselors and one International Board Certified Lactation Consultation professional available.  Additionally appointments and breastfeeding support and education services are available by phone, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling (845) 486-3419.

“We are pleased to offer residents lactation education before delivery and support after delivery,” said Kari Reiber, MD, Commissioner of Health.  “Since breastfeeding is the best feeding option for newborns, as well as one of the best methods towards the prevention of chronic disease, we want to offer new and expecting mothers and their families the opportunity to learn the benefits and ease of breastfeeding.”

Dr. Reiber said new mothers especially feel empowered to advocate to nurse their newborns when they have received lactation education before delivery.  With the new program, they will also have a place to turn when they need assistance with breastfeeding, such as when a family experiences the challenges of bringing home a newborn.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mothers indicated the support and education from healthcare providers is the most important intervention the healthcare system can offer to help them breastfeed,” said Carol Wanyo, Acting Director of Public Health Nursing.  “The Center will now be able to offer lactation support and education services on a walk-in basis to all women and their families.”


Orange Regional Medical Group Introduces Hospitalist Program

MIDDLETOWN (October 19) - Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) offering hospitalist services to Orange Regional Medical Center’s (ORMC) inpatients through its Department of Hospital Medicine.

Hospitalists are Board-certified internists who devote their time to the treatment of hospitalized patients. These physicians see inpatients who have been referred from their primary care doctors, emergency room doctors or other physicians within the hospital. They do not see patients outside of the hospital setting.

“Primary care doctors partner with hospitalists to take care of patients admitted to the hospital.” said Scott Batulis, Greater Hudson Valley Health System president and CEO. “This gives the patient the benefit of being cared for by a physician who is entirely focused on his or her care and safety while hospitalized.”

Because hospitalists devote all of their time to hospitalized patients, they are always close to the patient’s bedside, ultimately resulting in even better patient outcomes and a more positive hospital stay. 

A patient’s primary care physician and the ORMG hospitalist work together. At the time of admission and discharge, the hospitalist provides a detailed report of findings and treatment plans that can be sent to patient’s primary physician. Patients return to the care of their primary care physician after being treated by a hospitalist.

Izabela Nowosielski, M.D., medical director of Orange Regional’s Department of Hospital Medicine and ORMG director of quality and clinical effectiveness, said hospitalists are familiar with every department and specialist, and have the immediate access to test results and treatments.

“Our clinical mission is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based clinical care to Orange Regional hospitalized patients,” she said. “This is the next generation of state-of-the-art patient care.”

ORMG’s hospitalist physicians include Nowosielski, associate medical directors Drs. Leroy Cordero Floyd III and Adrian Paraschiev; and Drs. Daniela Andreca, Aman Bakshi, Joseph Chavez Carey, Najmi Khan, Cyrus Nensey, Sanjay Nerker, John Park, Neal Patel, Ryan Punsalan and Eugene Rezvin who all work with nurse practitioners Stephanie Adigun and Raquel Castillo-Rodriguez. 

“Our hospitalist program is a tremendous benefit to Orange Regional patients,” added Batulis.  “We’re proud to introduce this program to Orange County. This is another example of our commitment to excellence in patient care.”    

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Dr. Goldfischer

Dr. Evan Goldfischer to chair American Urological Association’s Advanced Prostate Cancer Expert Panel

POUGHKEEPSIE (October 15)  - Premier Medical Group of the Hudson Valley announces that Dr. Evan Goldfischer was recently appointed to Chairman of the Advanced Prostate Cancer Expert Panel by the Public Education Council of the Urology Care Foundation , The official foundation of the American Urological Association.

Dr. Goldfischer serves as the Medical Director of the Clinical Research Department for Premier Medical Group’s urology division.  He also serves as Chairman for the Premier Care’s Foundation – a 501c(3) charity that provides support and education to individuals in our community lacking sufficient funds to address significant health issues including prostate and colon cancer, and other diseases and conditions.

“This is indeed a great honor and I am delighted that the American Urological Association has recognized the research that Premier Medical Group’s urology division has done in advanced prostate cancer and the work of Premier Cares Foundation in helping patients afflicted with prostate cancer” said Dr. Goldfischer.

For more than a century, the American Urological Association has stood at the forefront in developing innovative, evidence-based quality education for urologists and urologic health professionals worldwide.  Their mission is to promote the highest standards of urological clinical care through education, research and the formulation of health care policy.


Dr. Dansi

Fabio Danisi, MD, appointed Associate Director of Neurology at MidHudson Regional Hospital

POUGHKEEPSIE (October 13) - Fabio Danisi, MD, has joined MidHudson Regional Hospital as Associate Director of Neurology.  With over 20 years of experience in his specialty, Dr. Danisi has been practicing in the Hudson Valley since 2002.

Dr. Danisi is active in the field of movement disorders and is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Essential Tremor, Huntington's, Chorea, Dystonia (including but not limited to spasmodic torticollis, writers' cramp, spasmodic dysphonia, blepharospasm), Tics and Spasticity.

In addition to pharmacotherapy, Dr. Danisi employs other treatment methods, including botulinum toxin injections, intrathecal baclofen pump management, and Deep Brain Stimulation. He is principal investigator for several clinical research trials in the fields of Parkinson's disease and Dystonia, and has published book chapters and peer-reviewed original articles on these topics.  His office can be reached at 845.483.5951 and his e-mail is

"I'm excited to join MidHudson Regional Hospital for the opportunity to create a region-wide neuroscience program that will serve the entire mid-Hudson Valley, with strong academic links to Westchester Medical Center and New York Medical College,” said Dr. Danisi.  “I aim to build on the success of the movement disorders, stroke and neurosurgery initiatives as a foundation for a comprehensive program that encompasses all major neurology subspecialties."

“Adding a doctor the caliber of Fabio Danisi is a significant hire for MidHudson Regional Hospital,” said John Savino, MD, Senior Vice President of Medical Operations.  “His experience, expertise, and desire to advance the best practices in his field through research make him an extraordinary asset to our medical team.”

Dr. Danisi joins a neurology team known for its expertise in the treatment of stroke, neuro-trauma, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, neuro-muscular, peripheral nerve injury, pain, neuro-geriatric memory disorder, gait and balance disorder, neuro-otology (skull base) and neuro-ophthalmology. 

A native of Rome, Italy, Dr. Danisi completed his neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship training at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.  Hudson Valley Magazine has listed Dr. Danisi as one of the area’s “100 Top Doctors” each of the past three years.  In addition, he annually organizes “Hudson Valley Movement Disorder Education Day” in the community.





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