Wednesday, 22 January 2014 17:23

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness do make a difference. That's why Hudson Valley Hospital Center in celebration of its 125th Anniversary is asking the community to perform acts of kindness.

Small gestures go a long way: a smile, a compliment, giving someone the right of way on the road, giving up your seat on the subway. These small acts, restore our faith in humanity and lighten our daily load.

So we are challenging people to pledge to perform more acts of kindness in the New Year. Our goal is 125, but the sky is the limit. Afterall, it was an act of kindness that started the Hospital in 1889 when a small group of community-minded women purchased a pre-revolutionary house on lower South Street in Peekskill, which became the Helping Hand Hospital. And Hudson Valley has dedicated itself to fullfilling that 'Helping Hand' mission ever since.

Click here for some ideas for Random Acts of Kindness.

Acts of Kindness pledge forms are available at Hudson Valley Hospital Center and at area businesses in Peekskill, Cortlandt Manor and Yorktown. Fill out a form and we'll post it on our Acts of Kindness Wall. You can also e-mail us your Act of Kindness at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING . Look for our HVHC 125h banners in your community.

 

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Friday, 06 December 2013 15:35

Nominate a Mensch

Around this time of year, we are all bombarded with a sweet, sticky overload of Madison Avenue hype about the season and how giving is better than receiving. These marketing campaigns are designed to get us to open our wallets in the name of giving. But there are simpler and more fullfilling ways to give, not just during the holiday season, but throughout the year. Small gestures go a long way: a smile, a compliment, giving someone the right of way on the road, giving up your seat on the subway. These small acts, restore our faith in humanity and lighten our daily load. Just last month, such a simple act of kindness went viral on the Internet. A subway rider snapped a photo of young African American man in a hoodie who had fallen asleep on the shoulder of a religious Jewish man wearing a yarmulke. The photographer asked the Jewish man whether he should wake the sleeping youth, but the man simply said "He must have had a long day, let him sleep.'' Inspired by this, the photographer posted the photo and story on the Internet and overnight, the man, Isaac Theil of Brooklyn, became a celebrity. But unlike Joe the Plumber and other media created heroes who milk the spotlight, Theil simply shurgged off the deed, saying it was no big deal. There is a Yiddish term that fits a person  like Theil - a mensch. Definition: A person of integrity and honor.

On our 125th Anniversary, Hudson Valley Hospital Center aims to encourage more of these acts of kindness with a contest that asks people to nominate the Isaac Theils in our community for the recognition they deserve. At the same time we are challenging people to pledge to perform more acts of kindness in the New Year. Our goal is 125, but the sky is the limit. Afterall, it was an act of kindness that started the Hospital in 1889 when a small group of community-minded women purchased a pre-revolutionary house on lower South Street in Peekskill, which became the Helping Hand Hospital. And Hudson Valley has dedicated itself to fullfilling that 'Helping Hand' mission ever since. 

So if you know someone you'd like to nominate for our 125 Acts of Kindness Award, please e-mail us at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING . In addition to the person's name and reason for your nomination, please include your own contact information so we can follow up. We would like to post these nominations - and the stories behind them - on Facebook, but we will keep nominations anoymous if you so choose.

So nominate a mensch. It can be your first act of kindness for 2014 (you can count it even though we're not quite there yet) Happy Holidays.

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Cortlandt Manor, NY  – Three people from the community and a group of Hudson Valley Hospital Center employees will be honored on Thursday Jan. 23 for acts of kindness when the Hospital kicks off a year-long celebration of its 125th Anniversary.  

Hospital President John C. Federspiel will present awards to Nancy Montgomery and her husband Jim Lovell of Cold Spring for their acts of kindness. Lovell, who died in the Metro North train derailment last month, is being recognized posthumously as part of the Hospital 125th Anniversary’s theme – 125 Acts of Kindness. Also being honored are Ellen Buccellato of Peekskill, an advocate for the homeless and hungry, chaplain and member of the Hospital’s Ethics Committee, and a team of employees who head the Hospital’s annual Santa’s Helpers holiday gift drive.

The event will be held in the Hospital lobby at 11 a.m. Kacey Morabito Grean will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and there will be a performance by violinist Daisy Jopling.

“Our hospital recently won the “Guardian of Excellence” Award for patient satisfaction and that has a lot to do with the kindness and courtesy our staff shows patients and visitors every day,’’ said Federspiel.  “It seemed fitting that we recognize our 125th anniversary by rewarding kindness and encouraging others to perform acts of kindness.”

Federspiel said he hoped that those honored at the event would serve as role models for the community and encourage others to perform acts of kindness. At the event, the community will be asked to pledge to perform at least one act of kindness in 2014. As part of the on-going “Act of Kindness” campaign pledges will be featured on Facebook and the Hospital website. 

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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. Call 914-737-9000 or visit www.hvhc.org

 

 

 

                                                         

 

 

 

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