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ART FOR HEALTH is dedicated to the concept that art has restorative properties that help in the healing process. Fine artwork adds a sense of comfort and beauty to an atmosphere that is often considered sterile. It has a calming effect on patients and their families and helps to alleviate the anxiety of being in a hospital.

To that end, Hudson Valley Hospital Center has dedicated itself to bringing this comfort to its patients through its Art for Health program. Through generous donations and work of its curator, the Hospital has amassed hundreds of pieces of fine artwork carefully arranged in 19 gallery spaces throughout the hospital. The Art for Health program is the recipient of the 2010 Arts Westchester Award and has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times.

Our Artwork

Only the highest quality original fine art is on display, reflecting the high quality of health care provided at the hospital. Not only do these galleries provide a therapeutic service, but they also offer an educational experience to our viewers while embracing the active, local artistic community at the same time.

While most of the art is selected from local talent, the hospital has also been able to recruit artists with international exhibits.

How to Contribute

Several opportunities exist for donors to participate in the ART FOR HEALTH project. Donations are used tocare for the collections and acquire high quality fine art from established artists.

The Main Lobby hospital gallery, donated by President and CEO John C. Federspiel, focuses on a Hudson River theme. Other gallery spaces offer additional naming opportunities with themes incorporating nature and local history.

Designated gallery spaces are located in the Main Lobby, the second, third, and fourth floors of the in-patient tower, as well as the PACU, PCU, OB, ED, Surgery and Diagnostic Imaging and North Entrance waiting rooms; the main hall original building, lower level Wagner hallway, Wagner Conference area, Wound Care Center, Dempsey House, Pataki Center Center for Sleep Medicine and the new Medical Office Building and Cancer Center.

Financial contributors and donors' names are prominently displayed on a special ART FOR HEALTH plaque. If you would like to learn more about ART FOR HEALTH naming and other gift opportunities, please contact Mr. William Dauster, Executive Director of the Foundation at 914-734-3526. If you would like to exhibit or donate art, please contact Suzanne Bohrer Ashley, Curator, at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .


The Artists

Listed below are web sites of artists whose work is either currently on display or has been displayed at the hospital:

Leela Bora
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Biagio Civale
Marcy B. Freedman
Michele Gage
Elaine Galen
Anne Johann
Bernie Kessler
Andrew Lattimore
Leslie Lew
Stacey Petzold
Olive Reich
Dyan Rosenberg
HM Saffer
Arlé Sklar-Weinstein
Phyllis Smith
Joseph Squillante
Cheryl Vlachos
Suzanne Bohrer Ashley

John C. Federspiel,
President & CEO

John C. Federspiel is in his 24th year as president and CEO of Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor, NY, an atypical 128-bed acute care, not-for-profit facility.

Since he took the helm, Hudson Valley Hospital Center has grown from a small community hospital to a state-of-the-art facility that rivals much larger institutions in the quality of care it delivers. During his tenure, the Hospital’s annual operating budget has increased five fold to nearly $145 million.

An economic engine for the community, Hudson Valley Hospital Center employs 1,300 people and pours about $150 million into the local economy annually. The hospital just completed a $100 million renovation including a four-story, 84-bed, all-private patient tower, new, larger, state-of-the-art operating rooms and an expansion of its Emergency Department.

HVHC's Emergency Department was the first no-wait ED in the region. It serves 36,000 patients annually and is the busiest in upper Westchester and Putnam counties. It has also been designated a stroke center.

After guiding Hudson Valley Hospital Center through a financial turn-around in 1991, Mr. Federspiel was responsible for doubling the square footage of the hospital with the new addition, which included the expanded emergency services department, state-of-the-art surgical suites, including a dedicated ambulatory surgery unit, new laboratories, physical medicine, and cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation space. He opened off-site locations throughout the area to bring outpatient services and physicians offices to residents from Hopewell Junction to Croton-on-Hudson. Today, the hospital boasts the Region’s most comprehensive diagnostic imaging department with the fastest and most accurate equipment, including open MRI, PET scanning, and 64-slice CT scanning.

Now, in 2011, Mr. Federspiel is still shaping HVHC’s history by completing the second major expansion project during his tenure as CEO – a $12 million Cancer Center and Medical Office Building.

Under his tenure, Hudson Valley Hospital Center has also distinguished itself with a series of awards and recognitions. The Hospital was named as the best place to give birth in Westchester and in April 2011 was recognized by the New York State Health Commissioner for its outstanding breastfeeding support programs. It received national recognition from Press Ganey as one of the best employee satisfaction success stories; and received a Forbes® Enterprise Award for its leadership and innovative ideas. Westchester Magazine also voted the Hospital as one of the best places to work in Westchester! Under his leadership, the hospital earned the coveted Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence. HVHC is the only hospital from New York City to Albany to attain this "gold" standard in nursing care.

Mr. Federspiel has been the recipient of various honors and awards, including recognition from the Arthritis Foundation, Visiting Nurse Association of Westchester, and a variety of area chambers and civic associations.

On a personal note, he has worked diligently for the past 16 years to ensure that needy children have holiday packages to open. As founder of "Santa’s Helpers," he is responsible for helping to raise more than $285,000 to purchase gifts for more than 1,500 Westchester children and their families. He enjoys shopping and wrapping presents for the children.

Mr. Federspiel holds Diplomat Status in the American College of Health Care Executives. He has served on numerous state and county healthcare committees in several capacities over the years, including two terms as chairman of Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association (NORMET). He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Temple University. He has three sons and resides in Cortlandt Manor, NY.

Edward B. MacDonald,
Jr., Chairman

For more than 120 years, Hudson Valley Hospital Center has been here for the community. Many things have changed over the years. From a community hospital, we have grown into one of the premiere care facilities in the area, rivaling larger medical facilities in the state-of the-art care we are able to provide. But one thing that has not changed, and what sets us apart from these larger institutions, is that we have not forgotten our roots as a community hospital. What does it mean to be a "Community" hospital? It means that Hudson Valley Hospital Center is part of this community in good times and bad.

In 2008 and 2009 when so many businesses were scaling back or closing entirely, Hudson Valley Hospital Center not only remained an economically stable force in our community, but took the unprecedented step of forging ahead with a $100 million expansion of the Hospital. We poured millions of dollars into the local economy ($150 million in 2009 to be exact), created construction and long-term jobs, and set an example for others.

Why did we do this? Because we had faith that if we built it, you would support us. Apparently you had faith too because on June 24, 2010 we unveiled our crowning achievement – a new $100 million all-private room, patient tower and a new, 450-space parking garage and renovated and expanded Emergency Department. None of this would have been possible without you. Our foundation set a goal of $15 million in donations to complete this major expansion and renovation. It was a very ambitious goal, but we had faith in you, and you did not let us down. We thank you for your support and generosity.

We are not done yet. This fall, we will open a new Cancer Center and Medical Office Building. The new center will provide, state-of-the art care closer to home. Again, we hope that you will be our partner in this new endeavor. It is because of donors like you and because of our forward looking strategies that this hospital has been able to thrive even in tough economic times. Together, we can continue to move forward, making our community, and this Hospital, a place of which we can all be proud.dfgdfgdf

The Journey Continues… Years of Caring

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is a special and unique place. From a community hospital founded in 1889 we have grown into one of the premiere care facilities in the area, rivaling larger medical facilities in the state-of the-art care we are able to give. But what sets us apart from these larger institutions is that we have not forgotten our roots as a community hospital. We continue to give personalized attention to all our patients and to connect with them on a human level. We call this approach to medicine – Patientology, and it is part of everything we do.

In November of 2011, the Hospital opened a new Cancer Center and Medical Office Building. The Cancer Center brings together a team of experts - including surgeons from the renowned Ashikari Breast Center and the New York Plastic Surgery Group - who treat the whole patient, offering treatment and support services in one place.

The Cancer Center is not the only new feature of our Hospital. This year, HVHC opened the new Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen at the Dempsey House across from the Pataki Conference Center. The kitchen is coordination with our Organic Garden for Healing, which opened in 2012, is an effort to teach the community how healthier eating can reduce the incidence of chronic diseases such as heart diseases and diabetes.

All these changes followed a $100 million expansion in 2010 which including an all-private-room patient tower an expanded and renovated no-wait emergency department with 39 treatment bays; additional operating rooms and the construction of four new critical care patient rooms.

We also continue to offer stellar services throughout the Hospital. Our diagnostic imaging department is the most comprehensive in the region with virtual colonoscopy, the addition of two 16-slice CAT scans, an MRI. In addition, we offer 3-D mammography in addition to digital. These services are offered in several convenient locations with weekday, weeknight and weekend hours.

Our Women's Pavilion for Birthing is THE place for the family birthing experience. We are the only hospital offering women a full-size whirlpool in every labor room. A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides specialized care for babies who are born prematurely or with specific health needs. In 2013, we became the only hospital in the region to earn the "Baby Friendly" designation from the World Health Organization and Baby Friendly USA for our superior maternity care and breastfeeding support programs. In April 2011, our Breastfeeding Support Programs were presented with an Award of Excellence by NYS Health Commissioner.

Our Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine offers three private chambers where patients can watch TV or listen to music while undergoing treatment. We are accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, the leading authority in Hyperbaric Medicine and we are the only facility to offer LUNA technology.

We are proud to be the first hospital in the region to earn the coveted Magnet award for nursing excellence. We received this honor in 2007 and again in 2012.

Patientology is the pride our staff – from housekeeping to surgeons – takes in everything they do, and why we were rated among the best places to work in the region. In 2006 and again in 2012, we received Press Ganey's "Success Story" Award for most-improved employee satisfaction. In 2013, we received its "Guardian of Excellence" award for patient satisfaction. Press Ganey is a nationally recognized company that partners with healthcare facilities to measure patient and employee satisfaction to improve quality of healthcare delivery.

In addition to high patient and employee satisfaction scores, HVHC is the proud recipient of several awards: In 2008 we received the Fire Starter Award from the Studer Group, a national leader in healthcare operation excellence. We are the first hospital in New York State to receive this honor. In 2007, HVHC was named a winner in the Forbes Enterprise Awards, a national award given to organizations that demonstrate outstanding business practices. And in 2010, we received the Westchester County Association’s Apex Award for Economic Development Leadership for our $100 million expansion, the largest economic development project in Westchester in 2010.

But no matter how many accolades we receive – whether it’s the Magnet Award for nursing excellence, Press Ganey Award for employee satisfaction or the Forbes Enterprise Award for outstanding business practices – the most important opinion of us is yours.

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