Victoria Hochman

Victoria Hochman

Thursday, 21 November 2013 15:35

Zucchini Pancakes for Chanukah?

 

 Don't forget that Thanksgiving is also the first night of Chanukah! Here's a healthy recipe from HVHC Dietitican Meredith Sobel that is sure to please your guests for both holidays. Students in our cooking class at HVHC's new Chef Peter X. Kelly Demonstration Kitchen loved them. Let us know what you think at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .

Zucchini Pancakes for Chanukah

Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 5 pancakes

Ingredients:
• 2 medium zucchini, grated
• 2 shallots, finely chopped
• 1/4 cup fresh chives (or dill)
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 2 eggs
• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 6-8 tbsp whole wheat flour
• kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
• olive oil spray (use a spray bottle and add olive oil or a conventional cooking spray)
Directions:
1. Grate zucchini using the large holes of a cheese grater and place in a large bowl.
2. Add flour, shallots, garlic, parsley, chives, eggs, cheese, salt and pepper.
3. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and spray oil to cover pan.
5. Drop tablespoons of the batter into the skillet.
6. Cook about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
7. Set aside and keep warm.
8. Spray more oil in the skillet as needed, and continue with remaining batter. Makes about 20 small pancakes

Nutrition Information: (for 5 pancakes): Calories: 134.9 • Fat: 4.7 g • Carb: 16.2 g • Fiber: 3.5 g • Protein: 8.7 g • Sugar: 2.1 g • Sodium: 0 mg (without salt)


 

Orlando, Fla. – (November 21, 2013) - Hudson Valley Hospital Center was presented with the prestigious “Guardian of Excellence Award” ® by Press Ganey Associates Inc. at the organization’s 2013 National Conference on November 18-20 in Orlando, Fla.

The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing facilities that consistently achieve at or above the 95th percentile. Hudson Valley Hospital Center was recognized in particular for achieving this level of excellence in patient satisfaction with its ambulatory and surgical services.
“This is no easy feat,’’ said Hudson Valley Hospital Center President John Federspiel. “To qualify, our medical and employee staff - from pre-surgical services through recovery - had to receive a 95 percent or above rating from our patients, every month for an entire year. This speaks volumes about the quality of care provided by our medical and employee staff. I am very proud to lead such a dedicated team.’’

The Press Ganey “Guardian of Excellence Award” is a healthcare industry symbol of achievement. Fewer than 5 percent of all Press Ganey members reach this threshold and consistently maintain it for the one year reporting period. Press Ganey partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities, including more than half of all U.S. hospitals, to measure and improve the patient experience.

"We are proud to partner with Hudson Valley Hospital Center,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey. “Achieving this level of excellence reflects the organization’s commitment to delivering outstanding service and quality. Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s efforts benefit their community and will lead to improved patient experiences."

Susan Krzykowski, Clinical Nurse Manager of Ambulatory Surgery, said maintaining a 95 percent rating each month is a delicate balancing act that involves strict attention to detail and excellent communication and coordination among the different hospital departments that serve the surgery center.

“It’s a huge honor that validates how hard the medical and employee staff works as a team, said Krzykowski. “We are all very excited.’’

Kathy Webster, Vice President of Patient Services, and Debbie Neuendorf, Vice President of Administration, accepted the award at this week’s conference and presented background on what led to the hospital’s achievement.

This year’s national conference at the Marriot Orlando Word Center featured keynote speakers former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Biggest Loser Wellness Coach Jillian Michaels and Best-Selling Author Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Boston's Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Press Ganey is a leader in performance improvement for nearly 30 years.
 

Yorktown Huskers Football Team raised more than $1,100 in one night for Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center. The team collected donations for the cancer center at its big game on Oct. 18th against rivals Poughkeepsie High School, in which Yorktown won 48 to 32.

William Dauster, Executive Director of the Foundation at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, thanked the team for its efforts and encouraged them to become professional fundraisers.

 

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (November 15, 2013) – Santa’s Helpers at Hudson Valley Hospital Center are getting a little help from the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater this year.

The landmark theater’s new operators, Paramount Hudson Valley, have pledged to donate a portion of the ticket sales from its December 8 performance of the classic holiday ballet the Nutcracker to the Hospital’s “Santa’s Helpers” program.

For the past 18 years, HVHC’s “Santa’s Helpers” has raised funds to buy holiday gifts for deserving children in the Cortlandt Manor area.

“I cannot think of a more perfect way to raise funds for Santa’s Helpers,’’ said John Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center, who started the holiday gift drive. “The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition loved by children of all ages. I urge all of our employees and everyone in the community to attend the Dec. 8th performance to support the Paramount and Santa’s Helpers.”


Kurt Heitmann, CEO of the Paramount Hudson Valley, said the theater is pleased to partner with such a worthy cause. “We are about the community and what a wonderful opportunity to give back,’’ he said. “Our Nutcracker is a family event and perfect to raise money for children in need. We are delighted to partner with Hudson Valley Hospital Center.”

Tchaikovsky’s holiday ballet features classics such as “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Snowflakes. The ballet will be performed by the Westchester Ballet Center for the Performing Arts under the direction of Rose Menes. Tickets to the December 8 performance are $20 and $26 and can be purchased online at www.paramounthudsonvalley.com or by calling 914-739-0039.

With the funds that are raised from the performance, donations and hospital fundraisers, the Hospital plans to spend $125 per child on about 100 children. It will add a child for each $125 that it raises. The Westchester County Department of Social Services and other social service agencies provide the Hospital with wish lists from families.

On Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Wagner Conference Room staff will begin wrapping gifts that will be delivered to families in need. Pajamas and books, dolls, trucks, boots, socks and tons of toys will be packaged in a few short hours.

Sue Lepore, facilitator of the program in the administration office at HVHC, has the job of sorting through letters containing the wish lists of needy children and their families. She then assigns gift shopping to Hospital employees who spend an entire afternoon wrapping the gifts at a festive wrapping party. Many times families and social service workers stop by during the afternoon to pick up the gifts.

“We hope that people in the community will help us to support this very worthy project,’’ said Lepore. “These children ask for so little. We try to make this a great holiday by giving them more than they request.’’

For more information on donating to the Santa’s Helper’s Project visit www.hvhc.org or call Sue Lepore at 914-734- 3287.


 

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (November 15, 2013) – Ed Ajello said before he was diagnosed he had never given a thought to dying of lung cancer. Working in construction, Ajello said he faced danger many times as he dangled 50 stories above the ground.

“There were many times I thought I might die,’’ said the Peekskill resident, who worked on Manhattan skyscrapers and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. “Lung Cancer was not the way I imagined it.’’

Ajello was one of several patients and family members who spoke at the “Shine A Light on Lung Cancer Vigil” Thursday night at Hudson Valley Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center. The vigil was one of hundreds held across the nation as part of an effort by the Lung Cancer Alliance to raise awareness about Lung Cancer.

November is lung cancer awareness month and Hudson Valley Hospital officials took the opportunity at Thursday night’s vigil to announce that this month the hospital will begin offering free lung cancer screenings for high risk patients. The first two screenings were performed today.

Dr. Charles Abate, a pulmonologist who helped create the lung screening program at HVHC, said the screenings are a bit of good news in the war against lung cancer. The stigma of smoking he believes is partly responsible for the lack of attention and research funding lung cancer has received when compared to breast and other cancers. Far more women die of lung cancer than breast cancer, yet lung cancer receives only a fraction of the funding and attention, he said. Lung Cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S. and worldwide, killing more people than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined.

Dr. Asim Aijaz, Medical Director of Oncology at HVHC, said that for years even physicians had lost hope because of the bleak prognosis for lung cancer patients. But recently he said new drugs and the advent of customized genetic treatments have given new hope to physicians and patients.

“When you talk about inspiration, it is you, my patients that inspire me,’’ Aijaz told the audience.

Dr. Maurice Poplausky, Director of Radiology at HVHC, urged people in the community to sign up for the free low-dose CT screenings, that he said normally cost about $400. He said early detection was the key to fighting lung cancer. Without the screenings most people do not get treatment until they experience symptoms, often times too late for a cure, he said.

“We want people at risk to take action and get a screening,’’ said Poplausky. “We know it saves lives.’’

Studies have shown that LDCT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20% in people who are at high risk. Those considered high risk are men and women between 55 and 74 who currently smoke or who have quit smoking in the past 15 years and have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years.
To find out if you are eligible for a free lung cancer screening, call the Lindenbaum Cancer Center at 914-293-8400.
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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (November 12) – Baby Josephine Eure of Cortlandt Manor got an unexpected gift from the West Lakeland Girl Scout Troop 2478 on Veteran’s Day.

For the past five years, the troop has given a special gift to the first baby girl born on Oct. 31, the birthday of celebrated Girl Scouts Founder Juliette Gordon Low, who was born in 1860. This year, however, HVHC’s Halloween baby was late so the troop decided to present the basket on Veteran’s Day instead.

“It is just as fitting since as Girl Scouts we support those in uniform who serve our country,’’ said Troop Leader Donna Reilly.

The change was just fine with 6 lbs. 10 oz. Josephine and her parents, Jodi Ann and Marcus Eure of Cortlandt Manor, who received a huge basket of baby supplies and other surprises from the troop. Josephine, born on November 10, is the couple’s first child. Since the nursery color scheme is orange, the bright orange blanket and black cat pillow make a perfect gift, said Jodi Ann.

Troop leader Reilly said that the girls – students at Copper Beech Middle School – always get a kick out of choosing the items for the basket and presenting it. And it’s a great way of recruiting new Girl Scouts.

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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.

 

 


Cortlandt Manor, NY - (November 12, 2013) – Santa’s Helpers at Hudson Valley Hospital Center need your help to make wishes come true for local children and their families.

In an annual tradition, Hudson Valley Hospital Center employees are raising funds to buy holiday gifts for deserving children in the Cortlandt Manor area. Since July, employees have been raising funds to support the Hospital’s annual labor of love.

“Last year we had Hurricane Sandy and that made fundraising a bit of a challenge. We are hoping that this year we will be able to raise more than we did last year,’’ said John Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center, who started the tradition 18 years ago. “We have so many generous people at the Hospital and in the community who support this great cause. Thanks to all of them we have been able to keep going year after year.”

The Hospital plans to spend $125 per child on about 100 children, and will add a child for each $125 that it raises. The Westchester County Department of Social Services provides the Hospital with wish lists from families.


On Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Wagner Conference Room staff will begin wrapping gifts that will be delivered to families in need. Pajamas and books, dolls, trucks, boots, socks and tons of toys will be packaged in a few short hours. Santa is expected to stop by to supervise the Hospital elves at work.

But before the wrapping can begin, employees must continue to do some fundraising and shopping. To raise money, the Hospital staff sold raffles and employees paid $10 each for the privilege of wearing denim to work on two Fridays.

Sue Lepore, facilitator of the program in the administration office at HVHC, has the job of sorting through letters containing the wish lists of needy children and their families. She then assigns gift shopping to Hospital employees who spend an entire afternoon wrapping the gifts at a festive wrapping party. Many times families and social service workers stop by during the afternoon to pick up the gifts.

“We hope that people in the community will help us to support this very worthy project,’’ said Lepore. “These children ask for so little. We try to make this a great holiday by giving them more than they request.’’

For more information on donating to the Santa’s Helper’s Project visit www.hvhc.org or call Sue Lepore at 914-734- 3287.
 

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (November 5, 2013) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center kicked off its healthy cooking classes in a brand new teaching and demonstration kitchen this week with a special program for diabetes patients on how to prepare a healthy Thanksgiving feast.


Twelve patients from the Hospital’s Diabetes Support group got to christen the new kitchen that will be home to classes designed to educate patients, school students and the general community on how to prepare healthy meals at home. On November 4, the Hospital’s outpatient dietician Tracie Dalessandro showed members of the group how to prepare Quinoa, Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Seeds, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnut Brown Butter and Pumpkin Pie.


The Diabetes Support Group is one of several community classes that will be taught in the kitchen.
The Teaching and Demonstration Kitchen is part of the Hospital’s Harvest for Health program, a multi-faceted program featuring an organic garden, Farmers’ Market and new Hospital food service that uses locally grown produce. The kitchen was recently named in honor of “Iron Chef” winner, Chef Peter X. Kelly, who has been integral in the development of the kitchen. For more information about Harvest for Health and the Teaching and Demonstration Kitchen visit www.hvhc.org under Harvest for Health or call 914-734-3780 to find out about classes.

Here are recipes from Monday’s class.
 

Quinoa, Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Seeds
This is a great dish for Thanksgiving! Quinoa is a complete protein with tons of fiber and a great side dish for your holiday meal. The butternut squash adds vitamins and fiber and the pumpkin seeds are a healthy fat.
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
1 Cup uncooked quinoa, or 3 cups cooked
3 Tablespoon sugar free maple syrup
3 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 Teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 Cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 Cups peeled and 1/4-inch diced butternut squash
1/4 Cup julienne cut sorrel*
Directions
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add quinoa, stir and boil gently until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain in a fine mesh strainer, cover with a clean dish towel and let sit 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, stir in raisins and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine maple syrup, vinegar, 1-tablespoon olive oil and mustard. Whisk mixture until well blended and set aside.

Place pumpkin seeds in a dry nonstick skillet over medium heat and toast, stirring often until pumpkin seeds are golden and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. In same skillet, over medium heat add remaining 1-tablespoon olive oil. Add squash and cook, stirring often until tender and golden brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer squash to bowl with quinoa and toss with reserved vinaigrette. Add pumpkin seeds and sorrel and season to taste with salt and pepper. Salad can be eaten warm or refrigerated and eaten cold.

Pumpkin Pie

This pumpkin pie is perfect, easy and diabetic friendly. It is filled with antioxidants from the beta carotene in the pumpkin and has a good amount of fiber.
Ingredients
o 1 deep dish pie shell or graham cracker crust
o 3 large eggs, Beaten
o 1 (15 ounce) can solid-pack pumpkin
o 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
o 1 cup Splenda granular, sugar substitute
o 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
o 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
o ½ teaspoon cloves
Directions
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Allow pie crust to thaw at room temperature for 15 minutes.
2. Combine eggs, pumpkin, evaporated milk, Splenda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and cloves in a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed for approximately 1 minute.
3. Pour this pumpkin mixture into the thawed pie shell. Bake pie on center oven rack for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
4. Cool the pumpkin pie before cutting into 8 servings.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnut Brown Butter

Browning butter brings out a mellow nuttiness that complements the strong flavor of the sprouts. Browned butter can be an excellent flavor addition to any sauté.
4 servings, 3/4 cup each | Active Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes
Ingredients
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
• 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• Freshly ground pepper, to taste
• 3 tablespoons water
Directions
1. Position rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 450°F.
2. Place butter on a large rimmed baking sheet and roast until the butter is melted, browned and fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven; toss Brussels sprouts and hazelnuts with the browned butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Return to the oven and roast for 7 minutes. Sprinkle with water; toss and continue roasting until the sprouts are tender and lightly browned, 7 to 9 minutes more.
Nutrition
Per serving : 115 Calories; 8 g Fat; 2 g Sat; 3 g Mono; 8 mg Cholesterol; 10 g Carbohydrates; 4 g Protein; 4 g Fiber; 172 mg Sodium; 441 mg Potassium
1/2 Carbohydrate Serving


 

 

 

 

 

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In celebration of the opening of a new state-of-the-art dealership in Cortlandt Manor, Bernard Curry, President & CEO, presented a $3,000 contribution to William Dauster, Executive Director of the Foundation of Hudson Valley Hospital Center, at the dealership’s grand opening on October 28. The donation will be used for the hospital’s current Cancer Campaign. Mr. Curry is a member of the hospital’s Foundation Board has been a major supporter of Hudson Valley Hospital Center for years.
The new dealership, across from the Cortlandt Town Center, is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Electrical Design) certified design, meaning it is constructed with many environmental considerations including solar power lighting and low use water systems, among others.


 

Cortlandt Manor, NY [November 4, 2013]- On November 14th, Hudson Valley Hospital Center will join 125 communities across the country in hosting a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil in partnership with Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA).

The event is designed to raise awareness about Lung Cancer and support patients and their families.

Speaking at the event will be Lung Cancer survivors and physicians at HVHC’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center including Oncologist Asim Aijaz,MD , Radiation Oncologist Chika Madu, MD and Pulmonologist Charles Abate, MD.

The program will be followed by a candlelight vigil to remember those who lost their battle with lung cancer.  Information will be available on the latest low-dose CT screening for lung cancer and a free lung screening program at HVHC.  For more information, call 914-293-8474.

WHERE:  Main Lobby

WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6-7pm

About the Vigil Organizer
The Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center at Hudson Valley Hospital's primary purpose is to serve the oncological needs of the Community.  As November has been designated Lung Cancer Awareness Month, it is important that we recognize and provide hope to our lung cancer survivors, to those fighting the battle against the disease, and those who have lost along the way. 

About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States. While a history of smoking is the main risk factor for developing lung cancer, nearly 80% of those diagnosed today are never smokers or former smokers who quit decades ago. Today, there is a lifesaving benefit for those at high risk to detect lung cancer early through low dose CT screening.

About Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil

The Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil is a global campaign to be held on November 14th, 2013 to raise awareness, support and education for lung cancer. This year, 125 vigils will take place across the country in November as part of lung cancer awareness month, making this event the largest awareness event for lung cancer.

Additionally, Lung Cancer Alliance has partnered with the Lung Foundation Australia (LFA) and other international lung cancer organizations making this event global.

About Lung Cancer Alliance

Lung Cancer Alliance, www.lungcanceralliance.org, is committed to ending injustice and saving lives through an alliance of advocacy, education and support. LCA provides live, professional support, referral and information services for patients, their loved ones and those at risk for lung cancer; conducts national awareness campaigns; and advocates for multiple millions in public health dollars for lung cancer research.

Follow Lung Cancer Alliance on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lungcancerallianceand on Twitter @LCAorg.