Victoria Hochman

Victoria Hochman

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (July 24, 2014) - The Center for Sleep Medicine at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates The Center for Sleep Medicine at Hudson Valley Hospital Center on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, AASM president. “The Center for Sleep Medicine at Hudson Valley Hospital is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

Debbie Neuendorf, Vice President of Administration at HVHC, said that the accreditation will allow the hospital to expand and refine already excellent services provided at the center since it opened in 2012.

“The accreditation is a validation of the quality of care that we provide patients, and of the competence and expertise of our director Dr. Charles Abate,’’ said Neuendorf. “Sleep disorders are a growing concern for many people and at the root cause of larger chronic health issues. Our ability to diagnose and treat these issues contributes to general wellness in the community.”

To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited a sleep disorders center for the first time in 1977. Today there are more than 2,500 AASM-accredited sleep centers across the country.


As part of its continued quest to better serve the community, Hudson Valley opened the center in 2012. It provides professional consultation, diagnostic and treatment services for all types of sleep disorders, and is conveniently located on the Hospital campus at 1980 Crompond Road in Cortlandt Manor. The center is under the medical direction of Charles Abate, MD, FCCP.


The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.
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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (July 24, 2014) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the top hospitals in the care of older adults.


According to the magazine’s recently released annual report on the nation’s best hospitals, Hudson Valley Hospital Center received a regional ranking in geriatric care. Death rates, patient safety and hospital reputation were a few of the many factors considered. HVHC’s status as a Magnet Hospital for nursing excellence also weighed in the decision. Only 144 hospitals were nationally ranked in a specialty.


The U.S. News & World Report ranking follows the Hospital’s being chosen as only one of four hospitals in New York State to be rated a top notch geriatric “NICHE” hospital by the prestigious NYU College of Nursing.

In March, Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) released a list of nine hospitals that achieved Exemplar status for the progress of their nurse-driven programs in raising the level of quality in care of older adult patients. HVHC was the only hospital in the region to receive this honor. Exemplar is the highest of four levels of recognition.


The 2014-15 U.S. News & World Report rankings cover nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country and span 16 medical specialties from cancer to urology. Just 12 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for best hospitals in 2014-2015 earned a regional ranking.

Click here to see the rankings.

 

 

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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (July 21, 2014) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen officially opened today with a visit from Congresswoman Nita Lowey and an announcement of a Signature Chefs Series that will help to fund the kitchen in future years.

Children from the Peekskill School District worked with Chef Kelly to prepare breakfast for Congresswoman Lowey and the more than 50 guests who turned out to christen the new kitchen.

“With the opening of the Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen we have the opportunity to teach people of all ages a healthier approach to eating and to help them understand why their diet is so very important to their health. We thank Chef Peter Kelly and others who have supported this kitchen as well as our Congresswoman Nita Lowey for advocating for preventive health initiatives like this one,’’ said Hudson Valley Hospital Center President John C. Federspiel.

“Keeping our communities safe and healthy, especially for our children, is a top priority,” said Congresswoman Nita Lowey. “I’m happy that Chef Peter X. Kelly is part of Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s initiative to encourage healthy diets that help children break bad nutritional habits early on. As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, I have fought for additional investments in nutrition and wellness initiatives, including the Stop Obesity in Schools Act and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which became law in 2010. Together, we can help ensure a healthier future for children and adults alike.”

The Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen – named after the “Iron Chef” winner and owner of Xaviars Restaurant Group – is part of a larger initiative at the Hospital called Harvest for Health which includes an organic garden, twice -monthly farmers’ markets and a locally sourced food service for patients and employees. Through this initiative the Hospital is working with patients and the general community to teach them to better manage their health through diet and lifestyle changes. Classes range from general cooking instruction to very specific curriculum for diabetics, cancer and heart patients, breastfeeding moms and those with gluten sensitivities. A program designed especially for children - The Young Chefs of the Hudson Valley- works with children 11-13 in Peekskill and other local schools to prevent childhood obesity.

Chef Kelly said supporting the kitchen and, in particular, the Young Chefs program was important to him. To achieve this goal, Chef Kelly announced a Signature Chefs Series. The series will feature noted chefs of the Hudson Valley such as Waldy Malauf, Ethan Kostbar, David Dibari, Eric Gabrinowitz and Anthony Goncalves among others, and will host seasonal dinners in the kitchen showcasing locally sourced foods of the Hudson Valley. The meals will be auctioned and prepared privately for the highest bidders. All proceeds from the Signature Chefs Series will go to support the Young Chefs program for at- risk middle school children.

The Young Chefs program strives to teach children about the importance of healthy eating through cooking classes that are fun and interactive. The goal is to break bad eating habits that can result in chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure later in life.

With ingredients donated by local farms including Coach Farms
DoReMe Farms and Homestead Farms, children in the program prepared a goat milk yogurt parfait with homemade granola and a watermelon drink from guests at the opening.

Jameek Allen, 11, a student at Peekskill Middle School, said he hoped to learn some healthy cooking skills when he starts classes with the Young Chefs Program in the fall.
“I’d like to make what we made today for my family,’’ he said. “It was really good.’’
Other students who participated at the event were; Pearl Cobblah, Keosha Smith, Andrew Leff and Aaryana Garzon.

Chef Kelly said unlike other programs that work to prevent childhood obesity, the Young Chefs program doesn’t stop at teaching kids about the healthy plate or five-a-day philosophy. It works to help children develop a love and appreciation of food from the garden to plate.

“When kids go into the garden and pick a carrot and then prepare it, they have a better understanding of where their food comes from,’’ said Kelly. “Hopefully, making this connection will completely change their relationship with food and help them to develop better eating habits.’’

 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

Alzheimer's Testing at MedicalPsych Care

MedicalPsych Care is pleased to announce that it is offering services for treatment of behavioral disorders at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.MedicalPsych Care integrates a medical, psychiatric and psychosocial approach towards achieving the highest standard of care for the patients.
Our staff includes psychiatrists and therapists with over 30 years of clinical, teaching, research and publication experience. The goal of treatment remains individualized to achieve the highest level of immediate and long term outcomes. As a group we focus on the many unmet needs in the treatment of behavioral, medical and stress related disorders.

One such area with significant unmet needs is that of services for the elderly patient population, which is why Medical Psych Care specializes in promoting a comprehensive care model for behavioral disorders in this fragile patient population.
Traditionally Alzheimer’s Disease has been associated with the elderly patient population. However, recent advances in knowledge suggest that the Alzheimer’s disease process may start much earlier in the life; around the age of 50. Currently, there are 5.6 million patients in the United States who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, and if we include the undetected progression of the disease in the younger population, the number of individuals suffering or at risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease reaches a “Not so Silent” Epidemic proportion.

We provide a comprehensive medical – psychological work up, including clinical evaluation, specialized neurological testing, laboratory testing, and radiological assessments such as MRI and PET studies to establish the appropriate diagnosis. Patients are treated with optimization of the currently available medications or may be offered to participate in the state of the art newer treatment protocols approved by the FDA for use in clinical trials.

The team of senior clinicians at MedicalPsych Care is supported by a large team of medical and support staff, and has established a network of senior consultant clinicians in other medical specialties.

Please feel free to call 914-293-8480 for further information. We look forward to working with you and your loved ones to provide the highest standard of care.
 

Meet our Team

Naveed Iqbal, M.D., Medical Director

Naveed Iqbal, M.D. is the Medical Director of MedicalPsych Care, an entity which focuses on evidenced based evaluation and treatment in an integrated care model for individuals suffering from behavioral disorders. He is also founder and President of Advanced Bio-Behavioral Sciences , which focuses on clinical neuroscience research in a variety of behavioral disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, other Non Alzheimer’s dementias, behavioral disorders in the elderly, bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, depressive and anxiety disorders. Other areas of interest are less understood disorders such as Fibromyalgia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other Stress Related Behavioral Manifestations. Naveed Iqbal, M.D. is also the Director of Psychiatry in the Department of Medicine at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with over 30 years of clinical experience. He was formerly Director of Schizophrenia Research Program, Director of Psychiatric Emergency Room and an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Iqbal has presented his research at multiple national and international professional conferences. He is an author of several peer review articles, symposia and book chapters. He is invited to present his research nationally and internationally and has lectured over 1,000 times from Westchester Medical Center to Japan and Australia.

James C-Y Chou, M.D. is Director of Research at Medical

James C-Y Chou, M.D. is Director of Research at MedicalPsychCare. He is also Medical Director at Phelps Outpatient Program in Ossining. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical School and an attending Psychiatrist at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. Dr. Chou is a Researcher and Clinician and was the Director of Clinical Research at NYU. He has presented his research nationally and internationally and is a sought after speaker. His research has been published in several Peer Review journals. He is certified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Geriatric Psychiatry. He is also a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Chou brings his vast research and academic experience to his clinical practice of over 30 years. He specializes in state of the art treatment of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Depressive Disorders, and Behavioral Disorders of the elderly.

 

 

Marie-Elena Hall Grosett, Ph.D., LCSW-R, Director of Psychotherapy and Research Coordinator

Marie-Elena Hall Grosett, Ph.D., LCSW-R is Director of Psychotherapy and Research Coordinator at MedicalPsych Care. She has over three decades of diverse clinical experience in psychiatry and psychotherapy services.
Dr. Grosett began her career in 1981 in psychiatric residential rehabilitation services for adults. She obtained a Master’s of Social Work degree from Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 1986. She moved from outpatient mental health services for adults to the realm of child welfare in residential treatment services for foster care children in 1994. In 2001, Dr. Grosett returned to outpatient community mental health, overseeing the delivery of mental health clinic services for children and families. In her capacity as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in 2004, she opened a solo private practice and subsequently graduated with her doctorate in Social Welfare from Yeshiva University in 2005.
In addition to training and providing field placement supervision (for licensing purposes) for social workers, as well as mental health counselors and family and marriage therapists, Dr. Grosett has taught social work classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2011, she established a private practice in Cortlandt Manor, NY, where she imparts to clients her belief that “it’s good to feel better, but it’s even better to feel good!” Dr. Grosett’s areas of expertise include: grief, trauma, depression/mood disorders, and anxiety, as well as, marriage, parenting, adoption, blended families, separation/divorce, and spiritual development. Among many other areas Dr. Grosett will be focusing on the behavioral disorders of the elderly and provide state of the art psychotherapy and coping skills development to patients with behavioral disorders at Hudson Valley Hospital and in the community.

 

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

The "Big Latch On" Comes to HVHC

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (July 8, 2014) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center will participate in a world-wide event that links moms across the globe in simultaneous breastfeeding.

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, the Hospital on August 1 at 10:30 a.m. will be part of “The Big Latch On”, an event started by the Women’s Health Action in 2005 to raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding.

In the “Big Latch On” groups of women come together at registered locations across the globe to simultaneously breastfeed. Their participation is recorded in an attempt to break the worldwide record. Last year,14,536 children breastfed at the same time at 845 locations in 28 countries. Hudson Valley is the only location in Westchester County.

“Being a “Baby Friendly” Hospital that supports breastfeeding, we felt that this event would raise awareness in the community about the importance of breastfeeding to the health of the mom and baby,’’ said Kathy Webster, Vice President of Patient Services. “
All breastfeeding women regardless of whether they delivered at our Hospital are invited to participate in this event and support breastfeeding.”

To participate, moms are invited to come to the Dempsey House at 1992 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY adjacent to the Hospital at 10 a.m. on August 1. The Latch-On will begin exactly at 10:30 a.m. Participants should bring blankets, pillows or cushions to sit on. Water and refreshments will be provided. To register for the event, visit Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s website at www.hvhc.org and look under events. For more information on the Big-Latch On, visit www.biglatchon.org.

Last year, the Hospital became the first in the region to be designated by the World Health Organization and Baby Friendly USA for excellence in maternity care and breastfeeding support.
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. Studies show that breastfeeding in infancy promotes good health throughout life. Baby-Friendly hospitals provide guidance in helping parents to make informed choices about how to feed and care for their babies.
Breastfeeding is known to fight disease, lower sick care visits and hospitalizations, and help develop strong bonds between mother and child. Evidence has demonstrated that breastfeeding also helps regulate respiration, temperature, glucose, and heart rates for babies, and helps speed childbirth recovery for moms as well as helping to fight obesity later in life.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center has one of the top breastfeeding support programs in the state and was presented with an award of excellence by New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah in April 2011. HVHC is also the only Hospital and Birthing Center in Westchester and Putnam counties to be recognized for breastfeeding support by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

The Hospital has a breastfeeding support group that meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month and offers prenatal education classes, private consultations, telephone triage and a new class on what to expect for grandmothers.

For more information on the breastfeeding programs at Hudson Valley Hospital Center call 734-3896 or visit www.hvhc.org.

 

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (July3, 2014) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center welcomes four new physicians to its staff: Jonelle Bingham-Alexander, MD; Ricardo Esquitin, MD; Peter K. Hon, MD, FACS and Megan Pierce, MD, FACOG.

Dr. Bingham-Alexander is a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist practicing with the Westchester Medical Practice. A New York native, she received her medical degree from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center where she served as administrative chief resident in 2003.

Dr. Esquitin is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in cardiology, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and vascular imaging. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology. A graduate of Harvard University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he completed his residency and Master of Science in Clinical Research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine followed by a cardiology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-Harvard Medical School. He is fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Hon is board certified in both general and colorectal surgery. He recently joined Dr. Michelle Gordon’s practice at Northern Westchester Surgical Associates, previously practicing at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. Dr. Hon completed his surgical residency North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, NY and Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY. His specialized colon and rectal surgery training was completed at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Dr. Hon is a Scarsdale High School graduate. He attended Cornell University and SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Dr. Megan Pierce specializes in obstetric and gynecological care as well as minimally invasive gynecological surgery. She recently joined the Mount Kisco Medical Group practice in Cortlandt Manor NY. She completed her undergraduate and graduate and medical degrees at the University of Wisconsin and her residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

For a complete listing of physicians practicing at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, visit www.hvhc.org or call our physician referral line at 1-800-482-HVHC (4842).

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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

 

 

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

July Cooking Classes at HVHC

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (July 1, 2014) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s new Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen offers healthy cooking classes throughout the year and is offering some special classes in July that will help you manage your health while having fun.

Part of the Hospital’s Harvest for Health program, The Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen offers cooking classes to people of all ages for a nominal fee of $15 per class. Here’s what’s on tap for July:
 

Summer Salads
Wednesday, July 2nd. 3-4:30 PM

As the summer progresses, healthy ingredients come out in abundance. Get in on the best of the season with a class focusing on healthy summer salads. You will learn the ins and outs of using fresh ingredients to create delicious and interesting salads and dressings.
 

Meal from The Market
Wednesday, July 9th. 5-6:30 PM
Shopping at the farmers’ market can yield some amazing ingredients. Just-picked freshness means incredible flavor and a great nutritional boost. This class will center on ingredients fresh from the vendors of Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Farmers’ Market. You will learn to use both familiar and unusual items, fresh from your local farms.


Bread Baking
Thursday, July 10th. 4-5:30 PM
Store-bought bread just cannot compare with freshly baked homemade loaves. What’s more, when you bake at home, you can make healthy breads by using the most wholesome ingredients. This class will equip you with simple recipes for making whole grain loaves that are sure to satisfy. ($15).


Fueling Your Workout
Tuesday, July 15th. 2-3:30 PM
Registered Dietitian and Culinary Institute of America Instructor Marianne Liakos will guest star as the instructor of this fun and informative class. Chef Marianne will use her expertise to help you learn to make meals and snacks that are perfect for an active lifestyle. Get the most out of your workout by eating the best foods for the job!


Cooking With Kids
Saturday, July 19th. 3-4:30 PM
The eating habits that children learn early on can affect their health all the way into adulthood. Making food fun and hands-on is a tremendous way to lay a foundation of health for your child. This class is designed for parents and their children age 7 and up. Come have some fun in the kitchen, and learn about healthy food and safe cooking.


Using and Storing Fresh Produce
Wednesday, July 23rd. 5-6:30 PM
The abundance of fresh produce is a wonderful part of summer. Sometimes you might find that you have more great ingredients than you know how to use. This class will focus on not only utilizing the freshest ingredients from the garden and market, but also how to make your summer purchases last. Don’t let your ingredients, or this class, go to waste!


Very Healthy Berries
Tuesday, July 29th 5-6:30 PM

Packed with great nutrition and bursting with flavor, berries are one of the best parts of our diets. Wonderful on their own, berries can also make appearances in larger dishes. This class will highlight the usefulness of seasonal berries in a number of great recipes.


 

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (June 24, 2014) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center raised $235,000 on June 24 at its 37th Annual Golf Tournament at the Hudson National Golf Course in Croton-on-Hudson.

Held at Hudson National Golf Club in Croton-on-Hudson, one of the most breathtaking golf courses in the country,  proceeds benefit the Foundation of HVHC and will provide for the Hospital’s continued growth and medical excellence.

Sponsors of the event included Curry Automotive, Presenting sponsor; Putnam County Savings Bank, Halfway House Sponsor; Unicorn Contracting Corp. and Entergy, Luncheon sponsors; Pallante Design, Golf Cart Sponsor D. Bertoline & Sons, Beverage Sponsor, The Foley Group, Printing Sponsor and Unitex Textile Rental Services, USI Insurance and Cura Hospitality; Gift Sponsors.

 

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (June 11, 2014) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center's Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine has been awarded Re-Accreditation with Distinction by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is the only facility in the region to provide this level of service, according to the UHMS, the leading authority in the nation on hyperbaric medicine. Only one other Hospital in New York State - Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, a 400-bed teaching hospital - has earned Accreditation with Distinction from the UHMS.

“This is an incredible honor,’’ said Kathy Webster, Vice President of Patient Services at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “It speaks to the level of care we provide at our Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine and that is due to our top notch staff as well as new modalities of treatment we are using here with great success.’’

The Clinical Hyperbaric Facilities Accreditation Program currently has 155 accredited hyperbaric medicine services nationally and is growing rapidly. Hudson Valley Hospital Center was the first in the region to receive the UHMS accreditation back in 2011. The UHMS accreditation is increasingly required by commercial insurances for patient treatment approval and reimbursement. The Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine treats non-healing wounds with a combination of debridement treatments and the use of hyperbaric medicine. The super oxygenation offered by hyperbaric treatments can help those with chronic non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation, traumatic injury, radiation therapy and other causes. The Institute offers three oversized, private hyperbaric chambers where patients can relax, listen to music or watch a movie. More than 5 million Americans suffer from non-healing wounds.

The advanced clinical programs of Hudson Valley’s Institute include Diabetic Limb Salvage and Breast Reconstruction as part of the Ashikari Breast Center at HVHC. The Institute also uses the LUNA Fluorescence Imaging System to provide fluorescence images for the visual assessment of blood flow in vessels and related tissue perfusion

The Institute is led by Medical Director Stephen Guthrie, M.D., PhD. Integrated clinical support is provided by Hisham Hourani, MD, Eileen Donatelli, CHRN; Christine Rogers, RN; New York Group for Plastic Surgery; and, the entire HVHC Physician / clinician staff.

The Life Support Technologies group (LST) has been contracted by HVHC since 2009 to provide hyperbaric medical services.

“National Accreditation of the Hyperbaric Medicine programs by the UHMS helps to promote safer, cost effective programs with better patient outcomes. Life Support and our Hudson Valley Hospital Center partner are proud to be UHMS accreditation pioneers in the Northeast,” said Glenn Butler, CEO of LST.
In order to receive the UHMS accreditation, the Institute had to submit to an inspection by expert evaluators who rated it on commitment to staffing and training, equipment installation, operation, maintenance, facility and patient safety and standards of care.

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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


 

Thursday, 05 June 2014 17:14

Muddled about mammograms

If you have read the news lately, you may wonder what’s up with mammograms.
In the past few years, contradictory media reports about the importance of mammograms have left many women wondering: Should I get my first mammogram at age 40 or 50? Should I have one every year or every two years? Are mammograms really useful?
“There is no question that mammograms help us detect breast cancer earlier,” says Melita Charles, MD, Breast Surgeon with the Ashikari Breast Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “With more effective treatments and improved survival even for advanced disease, the benefit of early detection is not as obvious. However, I continue to follow the American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines, which recommend that screening start at age 40 and continue annually as long as a woman is in good health.”
According to Dr. Charles, no one is recommending that screening mammograms stop. However, she says the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to screening might need to be modified.
“We need to identify ways to target screening to those who will benefit the most,” Dr. Charles says. “Until then, women should continue following ACS guidelines.”
Hudson Valley Hospital Center now offers 3D digital mammography, an innovative, new technology that allows physicians to examine breast tissue in greater detail than ever before. Call (914) 734-3674 to schedule your appointment.

You can read this article in our Healthy Living Magazine. The next issue goes out in July.
 

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