Posted by Aug 7, 2013

On August 8-9 Hudson Valley Hospital Center will be participating in Woman Fest, a two-day festival in celebration of women organized by HG Fairfield Arts Center for the Environment.  It is not a coincidence that the Hospital has decided to be a part of this day because when you think about healthcare, you can't help but connect it to women. Women tend to be caregivers and nurturers and thus gravitate to the healing professions. We have so many amazing women here at Hudson Valley Hospital Center that we could have a Woman Fest of our own celebrating all that they do for their colleagues and their patients.

Here are in my mind just a few that should be celebrated:

OB-GYN Dr. Meedlen Charles spent five years in Afghanistan. In July 2005 Dr. Charles joined the Army and served as active duty military physician at Ft Riley, KS. In 2007 she was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After returning from Afghanistan in 2008 she was appointed Chief of the OB/GYN department at Irwin Army Community Hospital in Ft Riley, KS. Dr. Charles still serves in the reserves. She will be at Woman Fest on Friday, August 9 to talk about her experiences and all the meaningful work she does treating women in her practice.
Dr. Charles’ colleague Joanne Mazzio, CNM, NP, MS, is another amazing woman who has dedicated her life to caring for women. After serving her home community of the Bronx as a public health nurse, she went on to work at Westchester Medical Center’s high risk maternity unit to gain the experience and skills that would serve as a foundation for her career as a midwife For the past 16 years she has served this community, following a personalized and holistic model of care. She has worked with women, their mothers, daughters and friends; touching the lives of many in the Hudson Valley. She will be at Woman Fest Thursday and Friday, talking to women about their health concerns.

Also attending Woman Fest on Friday, is a newcomer to Hudson Valley Hospital Center, Dr. Maddalena Duarte. Dr. Duarte comes to us from Yale New Haven Hospital where she did her fellowship on breast and body imaging. Dr .Duarte conducted research on the latest screening techniques including tomosynthesis or 3-D mammography, which is now available at HVHC and has given radiologists like Dr. Duarte additional tools to detect breast cancer earlier.

I hope everyone will attend this special two day festival, dedicated to the lives and concerns of women and meet some of the amazing women on staff at HVHC.  Look for us at the Women’s Health tent.