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SLCH celebrates “Move More Month” with staff walking event

NEWBURGH (April 10) - St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) affirmed its commitment to heart health by kicking off the American Heart Association’s Move More Month with walking events at both the Newburgh and Cornwall campuses.

Participants from a wide variety of departments took time for some added activity, including a march from the main lobby to the upper level of the parking structure in Newburgh. Walking is one of the simplest ways to become more active. According the AHA, research shows at least 30 minutes of walking per day can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity, improve mental well-being, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

The event also served as a fundraiser for the SLCH Heart Walk Team. For a small donation, walkers received several items to aid in their efforts to be more active. Joe Surace, the hospital’s Vice President of Operations, is the chair of this year’s American Heart Association Tri-County Heart Walk. The annual event, which will take place on May 6 at Harriman State Park, is a key fundraiser for the AHA in its pursuit to finance programs and research.

The American Heart Association designates every April as Move More Month, celebrating physical activity and encouraging all Americans to commit to being more active on a regular basis. For more information, including a free toolkit to organize events at your company, school or community group, go to www.heart.org.

 

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Video Electroencephalogram System

Catskill Regional Medical Center now offers video electroencephalogram services

HARRIS (April 4) – Catskill Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer Video Electroencephalogram (VEEG) Services to adult inpatients. The VEEG Monitoring test is a specialized form of an electroencephalogram (EEG) test in which the inpatient is constantly monitored by video. This allows doctors to observe brainwave activity during the time a seizure is occurring.

“This is a new service to our community,” Catskill Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schiller said. “Having Video EEG at Catskill Regional will result in fewer patients being transferred out of Sullivan County for the diagnosis of seizure disorders and more timely care for newly diagnosed patients. This testing is also very beneficial for patients that have other brain disorders.”

 “The VEEG exam is a prolonged test (over 24 hours), and is accompanied by continuous video recording,” said Greater Hudson Valley Health System Director of Cardiopulmonary & Special Diagnostics, Beth Kellogg, RRT. “The EEG and recorded behavior are displayed simultaneously, allowing point-to-point correlations of recorded events and any accompanying electrographic changes.”

Catskill Regional has also added seizure detection software, called Persyst, that helps the physician easily identify any seizure activity in the EEG.

With this new technology, it is now possible to record continuous VEEG monitoring in our Critical Care Unit (CCU). It provides dynamic information about brain function that permits early detection of changes in neurologic status. Non-convulsive seizures are common in comatose critically ill patients and can have multiple negative effects on the injured brain. The majority of seizures in these patients cannot be detected without VEEG monitoring. The gold standard in the diagnosis of epileptic and non-epileptic seizures is a recording during a video EEG monitoring. VEEG video monitoring can be provide to patients in the CCU who continue to have frequent seizures despite antiepileptic drugs.

VEEG monitoring can alert clinicians to any acute brain event, including seizures, ischemia, increasing intracranial pressure, hemorrhage and even systemic abnormalities affecting the brain, such as hypoxia, hypotension and acidosis.

 

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Weikel

Arc of Dutchess announces appointment of new director of donor relations 

POUGHKEEPSIE (April 4) ‐ As part of its impactful work in the community and to further its fundraising efforts, The Arc of Dutchess, one of the county’s largest providers of support services for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, announced the addition of Sarah Weikel, director of donor relations, to the executive administrative team.

Weikel brings several years of fundraising and donor management experience to her position. She will provide strategic direction for the organization’s fund development efforts by identifying and cultivating support from individuals, corporations and foundations, while raising awareness of The Arc of Dutchess’ mission, vision and core values. Previously, Weikel served as the community relations manager for The Art Effect in Poughkeepsie, where she was responsible for securing and stewarding sources of support, overseeing annual giving campaigns and promoting the organization’s work within the local community.

 “Sarah will play an integral role in the organization’s fund development efforts, which guarantees our ability to continue vital services, programs and      platforms for individuals with disabilities and their families,” said Crys McCuin, executive director of The Arc of Dutchess. “Her expertise and proven record of donor management and grant writing, as well as her passion for helping individuals with disabilities achieve their potential, made her the ideal candidate for this position. I am confident that her addition to the team will vastly broaden our development initiatives and help us move our mission forward.”

Weikel graduated summa cum laude from The State University of New York at New Paltz with a master’s degree in English.  She is actively involved in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Cerebral Palsy Inspire Foundation Board, The United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s Young Leaders United and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s nonprofit committee.

 

Catskill Regional Medical Center now offers video electroencephalogram services

HARRIS (April 4) – Catskill Regional Medical Center is offering Video Electroencephalogram (VEEG) Services to adult inpatients. The VEEG Monitoring test is a specialized form of an electroencephalogram (EEG) test in which the inpatient is constantly monitored by video. This allows doctors to observe brainwave activity during the time a seizure is occurring.

“This is a new service to our community,” said Catskill Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schiller. “Having Video EEG at Catskill Regional will result in fewer patients being transferred out of Sullivan County for the diagnosis of seizure disorders and more timely care for newly diagnosed patients. This testing is also very beneficial for patients that have other brain disorders.”

 “The VEEG exam is a prolonged test (over 24 hours), and is accompanied by continuous video recording,” said Greater Hudson Valley Health System Director of Cardiopulmonary & Special Diagnostics, Beth Kellogg, RRT. “The EEG and recorded behavior are displayed simultaneously, allowing point-to-point correlations of recorded events and any accompanying electrographic changes.”

Catskill Regional has also added seizure detection software, called Persyst, that helps the physician easily identify any seizure activity in the EEG.

With this new technology, it is now possible to record continuous VEEG monitoring in our Critical Care Unit (CCU). It provides dynamic information about brain function that permits early detection of changes in neurologic status. Non-convulsive seizures are common in comatose critically ill patients and can have multiple negative effects on the injured brain. The majority of seizures in these patients cannot be detected without VEEG monitoring. The gold standard in the diagnosis of epileptic and non-epileptic seizures is a recording during a video EEG monitoring. VEEG video monitoring can be provide to patients in the CCU who continue to have frequent seizures despite antiepileptic drugs.

VEEG monitoring can alert clinicians to any acute brain event, including seizures, ischemia, increasing intracranial pressure, hemorrhage and even systemic abnormalities affecting the brain, such as hypoxia, hypotension and acidosis.

 

Greater Hudson Valley Health System recognized as one of World’s Most Ethical Companies

TOWN OF WALLKILL (March 30) - Representatives of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) recently accepted one of only seven World's Most Ethical Companies Awards, at the Ethisphere Honoree Gala held in New York City.

The Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Center, Catskill Regional Medical Group and Orange Regional Medical Group, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies.

GHVHS is one of only seven honorees in the non-profit healthcare providers industry, underscoring their commitment to leading with integrity and prioritizing ethical business practices.


L-R: Trish Manna, GHVHS Director of Compliance, Audit & HIPAA Privacy; Timothy Erblich, CEO of Ethisphere; Harriette Muir, GHVHS Compliance Audit Manager; Stephen Sugrue, GHVHS VP of Compliance, Audit &
Real Estate; Scott Batulis, GHVHS President & CEO; Rolland Peacock, GHVHS Board of Directors Chair;
Natasha Mele, Executive Assistant.

In 2018, 135 honorees were recognized, spanning 24 countries and 57 industries. The honorees had record levels of involvement with their stakeholders and their communities around the world. Measuring and improving culture, leading authentically and committing to transparency, diversity and inclusion were all priorities for honorees.

www.ormc.org/about-us/ghvhs.

 

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Catskill Regional Medical Group earns national recognition for patient-centered care

HARRIS (March 23) – The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Catskill Regional Medical Group has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships. NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.

Catskill Regional Medical Group’s primary care offices in Monticello, Callicoon and Livingston Manor have received this prestigious distinction from the NCQA.

“Just one in six primary care physicians in the country practice in an NCQA-Recognized practice,” said Dr. Gerard Galarneau, CEO of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System Medical Group. “This puts our group among a select few practices nationwide to be recognized for its ongoing commitment to advancing quality and patient-centered healthcare. 

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experiences of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the healthcare system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Catskill Regional Medical Group demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

For more information about the primary care physicians and services provided by Catskill Regional Medical Group, visit www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.

 

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Dr. Fasanya

Orange Regional Medical group adds new trauma surgeon

MIDDLETOWN (March 22) – Charles Fasanya, MD has joined the Greater Hudson Valley Health System Medical Group which includes Orange Regional Medical Group. He is the newest member of the Trauma Surgical team at Orange Regional. Dr. Fasanya brings with him extensive experience in Trauma and Acute Care surgery from Staten Island University Hospital, in Staten Island, New York, where he served as director of Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Service since 2013.

“I am pleased to welcome a professional with the proven expertise and leadership qualities of Dr. Charles Fasanya,” said Gerard Galarneau, MD, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System Medical Group. “Dr. Fasanya will be a strong asset to the GHVHS Medical Group team.”

Dr. Fasanya is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh (FRCS). He is certified by the General Surgery Board and the Surgical Critical Care Board, and is a member of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Fasanya has an extensive background in training surgical Residents and Trauma Fellows, and has trained some of the finest Trauma/Critical Care Surgeons in the country.

Dr. Fasanya received his medical degree from University College Hospital, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He completed his surgical residency at Harlem Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center in New York, affiliated with Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Fasanya completed his Surgical Critical Care fellowship at the Robert Woods Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Camden, New Jersey. He was also Attending Trauma and Surgical Care/General Surgeon at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.   

 

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Dr. Abdalla

Internal medicine specialist joins Health Quest in Hyde Park

HYDE PARK (March 22) - Internal medicine specialist Dr. Abdalla Yousif has joined the Health Quest Medical Practice Division of Primary Care and treats patients 18 and older at its Hyde Park location, 4068 Albany Post Road.

“As a physician, it is my goal to ensure patients and their families receive the highest quality of care for all their medical needs, and I look forward to building relationships with patients in the local community,” Yousif said.
                                                                                 
His special interests include the treatment of diabetes, hypertension and respiratory diseases.

With more than 35 years of experience in medicine, Yousif previously served as director for the internal medicine residency program at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, N.J. He also held the position of clinical assistant professor for the department of medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J.

Yousif earned his medical degree from the University of Khartoum in Sudan and completed his residency in internal medicine at Raritan Bay Medical Center. He completed two fellowships, one in echocardiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and another in cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, part of Imperial College London, in South Kensington.

He is a member of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine and has several publications in various medical journals.

For more information, visit www.healthquest.org/primarycare.

 

Catskill Regional Medical Center opens Pulmonary Function Testing Lab
 
HARRIS (March 16) - Catskill Regional Medical Center opened its new Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) Lab at its hospital in Harris. This lab enables Catskill Regional’s team of Respiratory Therapists and Pulmonologists/Intensivists to continue to carry out the most advanced testing available. These tests are non-invasive and show how well the lungs are working. Pulmonary function testing measures lung volume, capacity, rates of flow and gas exchange within the lungs. This information helps a healthcare provider assist in the diagnosis and treatment of certain lung disorders.

The PFT Lab at Catskill Regional is equipped to perform a complete array of pulmonary function tests, including pre- and post-bronchodilator spirometry, lung volumes and diffusion capacity. Additionally, arterial blood gas draws will be available at our facility.  A physician will need to provide a prescription or schedule pulmonary function testing directly for their patients.

All PFT interpretations will be completed by Catskill Regional’s Board-certified Pulmonologists.

To learn more about Catskill Regional Medical Center visit www.crmcny.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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