HVHC Becomes "Baby Friendly" Hospital

Hudson Valley Hospital Center, already recognized for excellence in breastfeeding support, becomes the first hospital in the region to receive the designation as a “Baby Friendly” Hospital. On Feb. 1, 2013 Baby Friendly USA, a leader in the movement to promote breast feeding and infant health, announced that Hudson Valley Hospital Center had become the 4th hospital in New York State and the only one in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland, to earn this coveted designation.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, seeks to improve infant health by implementing a global best-practices program. 


Farmers' Market is launched

In keeping with its healthy eating initiatives, Hudson Valley Hospital Center launches a series of Farmers' Markets on July 31, 2012 in an effort to make local produce more readily available to the community.

"By offering this monthly series of farmer’s markets at our hospital we hope to encourage everyone to buy local, fresh produce and educate the community on how to maintain a nutritious, healthy diet” said John C. Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. 

Organic Garden for Healing Opens

On April 25, 2012 Hudson Valley Hospital Center opened its Organic Garden for Healing. The partnership with Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture was part of a larger Hospital initiative called Harvest for Health which aimed to encourage preventive medicine through healthy eating. The Hospital unveiled its garden with a visit from Dr. Marisa Weiss, a renowned breast cancer oncologist, who spoke about her “Think Pink, Live Green” program.


Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center Opens 

On November 17, 2011, Hudson Valley Hospital Center held a grand opening ceremony to launch the new Comprehensive Cancer Center. HVHC broke ground on the 54,000 square-foot Cancer Center and Medical Office Building.on August 7, 2010.

The Cancer Center, named for Cheryl R. Lindenbaum, offer radiation and infusion therapy as well as support services. Included in the center are renowned surgeons of the Ashikari Breast Center and the New York Group for Plastic Surgery as well as well respected physicians Dr. Asim Aijaz and Dr. Chika Madu. The building’s top two floors are dedicated to medical office space housing top doctors in orthopedics, cardiology, a women's imaging center, the Ashikari Breast Center, the New York Group for Plastic Surgery and the offices of the Westchester Medical Practice.

“People undergoing treatment for cancer should not have to travel long distances to get excellent care,’’ said John Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “Our new Cancer Center not only provides top-notch care close to home, but provides doctors with medical offices close to the hospital.’’


Opening of new $100 million Patient Tower and addition

On June 24, 2010, Hudson Valley Hospital Center held a grand opening to celebrate the completion of a $100 million hospital expansion. The 133,000 square-foot project included a four-story, 83,000 square-foot, all private room patient tower, a 450-space parking garage, a new lobby and gift shop and doubled the size of the Hospital’s Emergency Department. It took three years of construction and five additional years of planning. Hudson Valley Hospital Center received an APEX award for Economic Development Leadership from the Westchester County Association for the project, which was the largest economic development in Westchester County in 2010.


Surgery Center of the Future

A new state-of-the-art, all digital Surgery Center opens on March 2, 2009 as part of the hospital’s major renovation and expansion project. The 9,800 square-foot Surgery Center includes two new state-of-the-art Operating Rooms (ORs) and a bigger and brighter Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).

The new Operating Rooms are nearly 50-percent larger than typical ORs, designed to accommodate larger equipment for minimally invasive procedures, including most laparoscopic and orthopaedic surgeries such as hip resurfacing and joint replacement.  It also offers surgeons High Definition video and superior organization capabilities.  New to these ORs are easy to maneuver power booms, which anchor to the ceiling and are designed to provide the surgical team with quick and easy access to monitors and critical equipment.



First and only no-wait ER in the region

Hudson Valley Hospital Center opens the first no-wait Emergency Department in the region, offering patients faster, more efficient treatment. With the help of a $500,000 challenge grant from Entergy Nuclear Northeast, Hudson Valley Hospital Center has refurbished the Emergency Department to include the "no-wait ER" concept. These renovations allow for a significant change in the "typical' process for a patient presenting to the Emergency Department. By moving the registration function to the bedside and creating more triage and treatment space, patients bypass the usual registration function and can be facilitated to a treatment area much quicker.

Other structural changes were made including: three new nurse triage rooms, four new treatment rooms, and a comfortable reception area. In addition, is a separate entrance for the special decontamination room available 24-hours a day to handle a patient who must be isolated during treatment in the emergency room.

First Stroke Center in Northern Westchester/Putnam

Hudson Valley Hospital Center becomes the first in Northern Westchester/Putnam to be designated a Regional Stroke Center by the State Hospital Review and Planning Council. This means the Hospital has protocols in place to ensure a rapid response for patients experiencing stroke symptoms. When a stroke is suspected, our ER staff provides a fast evaluation of symptoms. The team also determines whether the patient is a candidate for Tissue Plasminogen Activator (t-PA), a medication that can minimize or even reverse the damage caused by the stroke if administered within three hours of the onset of symptoms.

“After much preparation, education, and certifications, the Hospital is equipped to provide a head-start in reducing the likelihood of long-term disabilities associated with stroke,” says John C. Federspiel, Hospital President.  “With only a 3-hour window to start treatment, the ability to identify warning signs and getting the person to our emergency room can be a life-saver.”

Open MRI

The expansion of diagnostic imaging brings an open MRI to the campus, part of a $7 million investment in new technology.

Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit

The opening of a neonatal intensive care unit brings critical care to infants born at the Hospital. Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides specialized medical care for babies in a warm, caring environment. Our specially trained staff can care for premature babies born at 32 weeks or later, and full-term babies with certain medical conditions. Babies may be admitted because of medical problems present at birth that require close monitoring, or because they weigh too little at birth.



The Wellness Club opened--an innovative adult fitness center--at the nearby Cortlandt Town Center.


A progressive care unit is built on the rooftop of the Wagner Pavilion, an eight-bed unit designed to meet the needs of patients requiring critical care.


Celebrating a New Millennium


The maternity unit goes through a major renovation, bringing new moms private rooms in a hotel-like environment as well as whirlpool tubs in every labor/delivery room.

One of five private labor and delivery rooms available at the Women's Pavilion for Birthing.

One of five private labor and delivery rooms available at the Women's Pavilion for Birthing.

A third floor is built for maternity care, expanding the Hospital's bed capacity to 78.


Changes and growth propel the Hospital to begin a major expansion project, the Wagner Pavilion, to include a new emergency department, laboratory, operating rooms and ambulatory surgery suite. The Hospital also takes a new name to better reflect its regional presence as a leading health care facility in the Hudson Valley.


The addition of the Terner Pavilion is completed and houses a new emergency department, radiology department and intensive care unit.


A new site more centrally located on Route 202 (Crompond Road) in the Town of Cortlandt Manor is identified, and a brand new Hospital is built, featuring 114 beds.


Peekskill Hospital Medical Staff.


The Dr. John N. Tilden Wing is erected at the site of the original house where ten years later a second wing was added in memory of area firemen who died during the famous Fleischmann's building fire.


A small group of community minded women led the way by purchasing a pre-revolutionary house on lower South Street in Peekskill which became the Helping Hand Hospital.

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