You want to “get back to normal.” We can help.

At The Center for Rehabilitation at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, therapists design personalized programs to help patients regain skills and get back to everyday life.

Professional. Dedicated. Compassionate. Convenient. That’s how patients describe The Center – and it’s no wonder. Our highly trained therapists are part of The Hospital for Special Surgery’s Rehabilitation Network, and hold prestigious accreditations attesting to their expertise. Each team member offers specialized skills, significant experience and a dedication to improving patients’ lives.

Patients come to us with orthopedic injuries and knee or hip replacements; back problems, arthritis, cardiac conditions and more. They are even looking for help with dizziness, vertigo and women’s incontinence – problems many physical therapy offices don’t handle. We do – because The Center is large enough to have therapists with years of experience in many different areas.

A therapist will work with you to find the techniques, treatments and exercises that can best help you. And, because we are a hospital-based program, you can be confident that we have met stringent requirements set by the state and national accrediting groups.

Our main location at the hospital is a new, state-of-the art facility located just steps away from parking. Offering easy access to patients, the facility operates an extended schedule – hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. - that makes it easy to fit therapy into your life.

 Our three locations in Westchester and Putnam counties provide physical therapy, including joint replacement and sports rehabilitation therapy. Specialized programs, including occupational, women’s incontinence, hand and lymphedema management; and vestibular rehabilitation are available in some locations. Most insurance plans are accepted at all locations.

Call (914) 734-3251 for more information.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is a Stroke Center

In 2005, Hudson Valley Hospital Center became 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."

What is a stroke?

A stroke is when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, preventing oxygen and nutrients from reaching brain tissue. Without oxygen and nutrients, brain cells start to die, leading to a loss of functions – eyesight, speech, movement etc. - controlled by the affected area of the brain.

Strokes are treatable and preventable. The faster a patient is treated, the greater the chance of recovery. For some types of stroke, treatment should be administered within the first three hours. To reduce the risk of brain damage and increase the chance of a full recovery, patients should get to a hospital as quickly as possible after the first sign of a stroke.

Some warning signs of stroke are:

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance/coordination; sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability.

 

 

altWith an average of more than 36,000 patients coming through its doors each year, Hudson Valley Hospital Center has one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Westchester. One reason is our reputation for the most advanced emergency care and our compassionate, award-winning Magnet nursing staff. Leading the way, our Emergency Department became the first in the region in 2005 to open a "No-wait" Emergency Department, offering bedside registration to reduce wait times. In June 2010, we doubled the size of our ER and expanded new Fast Track area so that less critical cases could be seen without taking a back seat to more urgent ones.

Our specially trained and accredited physicians and nurses are ready to deliver quality emergency care 24-hours-a-day, 365 days a year. We are a designated stroke center, meaning we have the expertise to administer the necessary care to prevent long-term disabilities.

Our new state-of-the-art Emergency Department features:

  • More emergency care treatment areas - an increase from 19 to 39.
  • No-wait ER with bedside registration so patients can see a medical practitioner with 10 minutes.
  • Fast Track area where patients with less urgent cases are treated quickly with little to no wait time.
  • Patient Satisfaction – HVHC’s Emergency Department patient satisfaction scores are consistently above the 90th percentile when rated by Press Ganey, an independent company that helps thousands of medical facilities nationwide maintain high standards.
  • Stroke Center – Another first - HVHC was the first in Northern Westchester/Putnam to receive this important designation by the state certifying that its ER staff has the training technology it needs to administer treatment to prevent long-term disabilities from stroke.
  • Advance Technology – Electronic Medical Records and prescriptions to ensure patient safety and speedy treatment.
  • Flat-screen TVs in treatment rooms, many of them spacious, private rooms.
  • Specialty treatment rooms for specific types of emergency care, such as pediatric and cardiac care.
  • Magnet Nurses and board certified Emergency Medicine physicians and nurses.
  • X-ray equipment inside the Emergency Department, for more rapid imaging and diagnosis
  • Therapeutic hypothermia treatment, which can improve outcomes for some cardiac arrest patients
  • Negative pressure rooms for isolation of patients with serious infectious disease.
  • Easy north-south access, central location – On Route 202 in Cortlandt with easy access to major parkways, HVHC is easy to reach quickly from Yorktown, Peekskill and Putnam Valley, Croton and other local population areas.

 

"No-Wait ER"

 

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How does a no-wait ER differ from a traditional one? It’s one where the patient skips the waiting room and is taken directly into a triage room, where they are medically assessed by registered nurses. Portable computers are used to register them as they are being seen by a doctor or nurse. Less critical patients – such as kids with cuts and bruises – can be pulled from the mainstream into a Fast Track area where they can get immediate care without taking a back seat to more urgent cases. Whenever possible, testing is done concurrently, to speed up the process.

 

 

 

 

Paramedic - Advanced Life Support Service 

 

altCortlandt Regional Paramedics (CRP) A pre-hospital emergency care program that offers the community Advanced Life Support Services delivered by Paramedics 24 hours a day. Their primary response area is the Town of Cortlandt and the City of Peekskill but also assist neighboring towns with mutual aide. These Paramedics work in cooperation with the local volunteer ambulance corps to improve outcomes before the patient arrives at the Emergency Department.

Cortlandt Regional Paramedics provides an Advanced Life Support First Response Vehicle (ALSFRV) to the local 911 system. In doing this, trained paramedics travel to patients in vehicles equipped with Advanced Life Support equipment. In most cases faster than the ambulance can get to the scene. Paramedics are able to triage patients in the field (including performing EKGs) and either send the patient with the BLS ambulance or perform Advanced skills to improve the patients medical condition. The Paramedic will also send information directly back to the hospital. Based on this vital information doctors receive from the Paramedics, the Emergency Department Physician can determine whether the patient should be transported to HVHC or be diverted to another care facility that is more appropriate.  

 

Radiological training

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The Entergy Emergency Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center is equipped to deal with radiological emergencies that may arise in the event of an incident at Entergy’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant. With a grant from Entergy, the hospital has constructed a decontamination room that can be used in the event that workers are exposed to radiation. Each year, HVHC, Entergy and EMS agencies participate in a radiological preparedness drill to make sure that the Hospital is prepared in case of an emergency. Workers affected at the plant would most likely be transferred to HVHC since the Hospital is the closest to the Buchanan nuclear plant. 

 

 

 

 

Patient Testimonials

 

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    Debbie Aglietti and her sons

 

“This no-wait ER is no joke. It’s true to its name in every sense. I did not even sit down in the waiting room. I went to the window and was immediately taken in the back.” Debbie Aglietti – ER patient – viral meningitis - Debbie Aglietti

 

When Debbie Aglietti found herself suffering with an intense headache that kept getting worse, she knew she needed help. And she knew just where to go: The no-wait ER at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. Debbie arrived at the ER on a Saturday afternoon, which can be a tough day to get fast help in most emergency rooms. Not at Hudson Valley.

 

Debbie was worried that an ER would think it was just a headache and not respond quickly. She was relieved to find out that at HVHC they took her pain very seriously.

Debbie was greeted at the door by a friendly nurse who took her insurance information, took her vital signs then immediately took her to a private room in the ER.  Debbie was amazed by the prompt and thorough care she received. As soon as she was put into a room, she was seen by another nurse who did additional tests and brought her medication for the excruciating headache pain.

 

 While all this was going on, Debbie’s husband was dropping their son off at soccer practice. By the time he got back, Debbie had been seen by two nurses and a doctor, was totally pain free and was waiting for a neurological consult.

 

The ER doctors established that Debbie might have meningitis. She was given a spinal tap, right in the room in the ER. Within a matter of 10 minutes they were able to tell her it was positive. Debbie had viral meningitis.  Less dangerous than bacterial meningitis, Debbie then spent several days at HVHC in a comfortable private room. A highly committed team of doctors and nurses helped make this painful experience a lot easier.

 

Debbie was amazed at the community effort amongst the ER team, and the staff of the hospital once she was admitted.  Even the security staff who escorted her to her room were kind, caring and attentive. Everyone worked together for her…coming in to make sure the pain medication was helping, asking about her pain scale, one to ten, and getting her pain medication accordingly. Debbie said the way they care for patients, and care for each other is truly extraordinary. Today Debbie is back on her feet and moving as fast as ever in both her medically related career and as a wife and mom of two busy teen-aged boys. She is very enthusiastic in her praise of Hudson Valley Hospital Center:

 

“You really get that individual care that you want. In many hospitals you walk in an ER and there are lots people waiting hours to be seen by a doctor,'' she said. "Not at Hudson Valley. HVHC claims they practice a different kind of medicine called patientology. And they are true to what they promise. They take each individual and treat them as a person first, and then as a patient. It’s very unique and I think it sets them apart. It’s just like they say. It is a better place to get better.”

 

 

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Dr. Denise Rinato and her husband

 

“I insisted we come to Hudson Valley” - Dr. Denise Rinato

Dr. Denise Rinato, an OB/GYN who lives in Somers and practices in Cortlandt, said she learned about the efficiency of the Hospital’s “No Wait” Emergency Department first hand on March 24, 2010 when her husband had a heart attack.

“My husband woke up on his 52 birthday about 9:30 a.m. with chest and shoulder pain,’’ said Dr. Rinato. “Even though we live in Somers, our doctor is here so I insisted we come to Hudson Valley. My husband’s treatment could not have been better. Everyone was wonderful. He arrived at the hospital at 10:25 he was seen within 10 minutes and by 12 he had been taken to Westchester Medical Center and had a stent placed and was doing well.’’

 

The Joint Replacement Center

The Joint Replacement Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center attracts patients from New York City to Albany and provides a full continuum of specialized care from outpatient, inpatient and rehabilitation services.

Our comprehensive program focuses on education, pre-surgery preparation with an integrated approach to group and individual therapies to support a rapid and successful return to good health.

Prior to surgery, joint replacement patients are often live with advanced arthritis or other degenerative joint diseases and are unable to manage their pain with medications, modification of activity or physical therapy. Due to a variety of factors, our surgeons are seeing younger patients who require joint replacement surgery.

What are the deciding factors for joint replacement surgery?

  • Persistent pain even when your joint is at rest making sleep difficult
  • Substantial pain even after using non surgical options such as medications or physical therapy.
  • Reduction in ability to work or enjoy recreational activities.
  • Avoiding the use of the joint because of significant pain
  • Reaching the point when pain controls your entire life

 

Dr. Scott RussinoffUnited by a highly specialized team of physicians, nurses and technicians, the Joint Replacement Center offers the area’s best surgical options for its patients. The interdisciplinary team’s two primary focuses include positive outcomes with the highest level of compassion. Our team includes orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, specially-trained nurses, physical and occupational therapists and case managers.

The Center’s Medical Director, Scott Russinoff, MD, is a fellowship trained, orthopedic surgeon known for his extraordinarily low infection rates and comforting bed side manner.

The center has offices in the new Medical Office Building at 1978 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor. The building is attached to the hospital. For more information or to make an appointment, call 914-468-2268.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to what patients have to say about the Joint Replacement Center at HVHC:

 

Ronna's Story: A Reverse Commute

Ronna LichtenbergWhen Ronna Lichtenberg, a successful communications executive who lives and works in Manhattan, found her hip and knee pain unbearable, she began investigating joint replacement.

Ronna had been experiencing a lot of knee and hip pain…in fact it was hard for her to even walk a block. Ronna couldn’t believe she was so disabled. She consulted surgeons in Manhattan. Some recommended massive doses of pain medications and anti-inflammatories, others surgery. She was confused and frightened. A friend recommended a consultation at Hudson Valley Hospital Center with Dr. Scott Russinoff, director of the hospital’s Joint Replacement Center. Once Ronna met Dr. Russinoff and learned about his talent, training, and compassionate approach, she chose Hudson Valley for both her knee and hip surgeries.

Many of Ronna’s friends were shocked that she chose to leave Manhattan for her surgeries. Ronna was glad she did. She had learned that at Hudson Valley the infection rate is virtually non-existent. The private rooms are wonderful. And the whole team works together beautifully. Great nurses – day and night. Great pain management team too.

Ronna rehabbed from the knee and 6 months later went back to do the hip. Today Ronna says she has full range of motion and doesn’t feel like she has any limitations, other than wearing stilettos.

“The Joint Replacement Center, is where I loved getting better,’’ she said. “The people are really committed, a great team who had the time and energy to look after me and my husband. That’s special. That’s patientology”. See the video

 

John Sweeney's story: Back in the air


Helicopter pilot John Sweeney suffered for a long time before having his surgery.

After waiting five years to have a hip replacement, Sweeney sought out Scott Russinoff, MD, Medical Director of the Joint Replacement Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. He had surgery at HVHC in May 2011. He was walking within five days and back to work in seven weeks.

“The important thing is that I can do my job again,’’ he said. “When it comes time to do my other hip, I’ll have no hesitation.’’

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Harris' story: Back in the Saddle

A lifelong athlete, 54-year-old Mike Harris enjoyed years of basketball and competitive running before hip pain began severely affecting his quality of life.

“My hip gradually became worse and worse. By September 2011, I would go running one day and not be able to get out of bed the next,” says Harris. “I finally decided it was time to visit an orthopaedic specialist.”

Harris scheduled an appointment with Scott Russinoff, MD, Medical Director of the Joint Replacement Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. Dr. Russinoff recommended Harris undergo total hip replacement surgery, which was performed at the Joint Replacement Center at HVHC in December 2011.

Seven months after surgery, he is back to regularly jogging on the treadmill and using an elliptical machine.

“I’m living proof that there is a reward for getting the proper treatment,” says Harris. “The only thing I regret is waiting so long to seek relief from my pain.”

 

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