Compliance, Complaints and Ethical Issues

Hudson Valley Hospital Center Unveils Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (November 17, 2011) – After years in the making, Hudson Valley Hospital Center unveiled its new Comprehensive Cancer Center today, offering cancer patients a place where they can get all services in one convenient location.

More than 150 people, including local dignitaries, attended a ribbon cutting ceremony, which was followed by tours of the $12 million Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“People undergoing treatment for cancer should not have to travel long distances to get excellent care,’’ said John C. Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “An average of 1,000 people in our area are diagnosed with cancer each year and each of them will make an average of 100 trips during the course of their treatment. Our new Cancer Center will provide everything they need in one place, making treatment less stressful for them and their families.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center brings a new and unique way of treating cancer to the Hudson Valley. It locates all services in one building, bringing together infusion and radiation services, a women’s health imaging center, as well as an experienced team of doctors and medical professionals who will work together to treat the patient as a whole person. The center’s design, with adjoining conference and office space, encourages communication and clinical consultations between physicians. The center will initially treat breast, prostate, melanoma, colorectal and lung cancers. It is the only Cancer Center in the region to offer the cutting-edge radiation therapy called Tomotherapy, which uses advanced technology to more accurately pinpoint cancer and eradicate it while sparing healthy tissue.

The Cancer Center welcomes an extensive team of physicians, including Asim Aijaz, MD and Kiran Yalamanchili, MD of Westchester Oncology and Hematology; Roy Ashikari, MD, FACS; Andrew Ashikari, MD, FACS; and Pond Kelemen, MD, FACS, of the Ashikari Breast Center; and C. Andrew Salzberg, MD, and R. Michael Koch, MD, of New York Group for Plastic Surgery and Michael Wesson, MD. Chad DeYoung, MD and Chika Madu, MD of Hudson Valley Radiation and Oncology Services.

At today’s ceremony, Bruce Lindenbaum, a long-time supporter of the Hospital and President of Frank & Lindy Plumbing and Heating Inc. of Peekskill, gave a moving speech about the family’s decision to endow the Cancer Center and name it after his wife, Cheryl R. Lindenbaum, who died of breast cancer in 2005. Lindenbaum said that his wife “loved this hospital and would have been very happy to and proud to see it named after her.’’

Sue Andersen, a nurse in the Emergency Room at HVHC and a breast cancer survivor, said the opening of the cancer center would help reduce stress for families in the community.

“Having to drive at least an hour and rely on family was very difficult,’’ said Andersen. “If there were a facility like this when I was undergoing treatment I know it would have made a big difference in my life to have a place that offered this quality of care right in my community.

NYS Sen. Greg Ball, 40th district, said he was impressed at the Hospital’s transformation into a medical center for the Hudson Valley. He said that the state of New York had a serious problem with the loss of medical specialists in recent years, and the Hospital’s ability to attract such a high caliber of medical professionals was a tremendous asset to the community.

“What they have done here is truly amazing,’’ said Ball. “The administration and the staff of this hospital should be commended for opening this center during these difficult times. It will be an economic engine for the community.’'

In addition to showing off the new Cancer Center, Hospital officials today celebrated the 36th Annual Great American Smokeout with an announcement that HVHC is now tobacco free, prohibiting smoking on the Hospital campus. To support employees and members of the community in ending their dependence on tobacco, the Hospital continues to offer a variety of smoking cessation programs and today also unveiled the remodeling of its Wellness Club at its new location on the Hospital campus. The Hospital hopes the changes will make it more convenient for employees and patients to take advantage of the many wellness programs offered by the club.

While the cancer center was unveiled on November 17, the various services being offered will be phased in over the course of the remainder of the year.

HVHC’s Comprehensive Cancer Care Center offers patients a full range of services, including: chemotherapy; radiation therapy; reconstructive surgery; counseling and support services; breast cancer boutique; early detection screening and an RN patient navigator.

The Cancer Center is housed in a new 54,000 square-foot Medical Office Building that in addition to cancer services will be home to physician offices for cardiology, orthopedics and a new Digestive Disease Center.

The Cancer Center was named for Cheryl R. Lindenbaum, wife of long-time Hospital supporter Bruce Lindenbaum, President of Frank & Lindy Plumbing & Heating Inc. Bruce Lindenbaum lost his wife to breast cancer in 2005.

The Hospital hopes to raise $5 million to help offset the $12 million cost of the center and has launched a major fundraising campaign. For information about naming opportunities, contact the Hospital’s Foundation at 914-734-3526 or visit www.hvhc.org.

The new Cancer Center is part of a complete transformation of the Hospital from a local community hospital to a medical center for the Hudson Valley. The new center follows the opening in 2010 of a four-story, all-private room patient tower at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. The $100 million renovation and expansion also included a new lobby, 84 all-private patient rooms, doubling the size of the Emergency Department and the addition of new, state-of-the-art Surgery Center and 450-space parking garage.

View a slideshow of the opening ceremonies here.

###

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community.  In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs.  Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. For physician directory assistance please call 800-482-HVHC or visit www.hvhc.org.