Victoria Hochman

Victoria Hochman

Cortlandt Manor, NY(Oct. 29, 2013) –Being a hero means being in the right place at the right time to help others when they need it. Sometimes it doesn’t even involve a rescue from a burning building or a lifesaving operation. Hudson Valley Hospital recognizes these everyday heroes – from nurses to the lab technician – each year by unveiling their portraits as part of its Wall of Heroes.On Oct. 29, Hudson Valley Hospital Center unveiled its Wall of Heroes at a ceremony in the lobby of the Hospital at 1980 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor. This year, 12 employees from 11 departments were honored.  Employees live in Westchester and Putnam counties.

Each month the Hospital recognizes an employee who has been nominated by co-workers. At the end of the year, that employee is honored at the Heroes Ceremony and their portrait hung on the wall along the front corridor of the Hospital, where it remains for the year. It’s one of the reasons that the Hospital has been cited - by Press Ganey and Westchester Magazine - as one of the top places to work in Westchester.

“This is something that means a lot to our employees – to be recognized by their peers for excellence,’’ said Hudson Valley Hospital President John C. Federspiel. “By commissioning these portraits, we let everyone in the Hospital, and the community, know how much we value our dedicated employees and the job they do. The portraits are something they, and their families, can be proud of, not just for one day, but for the entire year.”

Susan Sheehy, captain of the reward and recognition team, has worked on the Heroes project for past eight years. She says she looks forward to preparing for the event, writing the bios of each employee and arranging for professional portraits to be taken of each.

“Over the years I have learned so much about the special people I work with at the Hospital,’’ said Sheehy. “It’s really wonderful to see them receive this recognition for their work.’’

Honored this year were:

Connie Dias, RN, BSN

4 South Nursing Unit

“Providing compassionate care, love and peace to every patient as they heal is my #1 priority.”

Joseph Barletti, Pharm. D., R.Ph.


“Optimal patient care and providing education is my primary concern when dispensing medication.”

Carol Morales, PCT

Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine

The best part of my day is helping my patients in the Wound Care Center, and seeing them improve each day.”

Susan Jackson


I love that I get to meet wonderful people from every department each day.”

Kevin Roth, RN, BSN, ONC

3 South Nursing Unit

“Caring and compassion are a part of my patient care every day.

Margaret Tetro

Receiving & Storeroom

“It’s important to meet the needs of each department as our clinical team delivers exceptional care to our community.”

Eileen Neary

Administration/Volunteer Services

There are so many people to help at the hospital, and I enjoy all the ways I can contribute.”

Anna Apostol, RN, BSN

Ambulatory Surgery

I truly enjoy the work that I do, and the company of my colleagues.”

Kimberly A. Ritter

Admitting/Lab Registration

Positive energy and teamwork…that is what makes working here so enjoyable.”

Mayuri Patel, MT


It’s very rewarding to make a positive impact on operations in our Lab.”

Annarose Curley, MS, R.Ph.


My ultimate concern is to ensure patients’ health and wellness through safe and effective use of medication.”

Ashley Martin

Patient Accounting

It’s my pleasure to work with such a dedicated team as we handle the financial needs of our patients.”



Cortlandt Manor, NY – (November 21, 2013) – Enjoy fine food and wines on a virtual journey around the globe on Thursday, November 21 when Hudson Valley Hospital Center again presents “Wine and Dine Around the World” this time with a Mediterranean flair.

Nearly 30 fine restaurants including Fig and Olive, Crabtree's Kittlehouse, Cathryn's Grill and many other are participating in the event at Trump National Golf Course in Briarcliff Manor tonight. Tickets to “Wine and Dine Around the World: Savor the Mediterranean” are $100 with $80 of that being tax deductible. Proceeds will go to support the Ashikari Breast Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

“Last year’s event was such a tremendous success and we are hoping for a repeat of that this year,’’ said Hudson Valley Hospital Center President John Federspiel. “This is a great way to give to a really important cause: improving care for women with breast cancer, especially as we end breast cancer awareness month.’’  

The Ashikari Breast Center at HVHC offers access to nationally renowned doctors in the field. Drs. Roy Ashikari, Andrew Ashikari, Pond Kelemen and Melita Charles work together to make sure every patient who walks through their door receives exceptional care every step of the way. Bringing these experts together simplifies a complicated process and helps ensure that individuals get the best treatment for their unique situation. Proceeds from the event will provide for continued research and education.

Proceeds from last year’s event helped to finance a Breast Cancer Symposium on September 28 at Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook which brought together area oncologists and breast surgeons to share best practices and the latest techniques in breast cancer treatment.

This year’s Wine and Dine Around the World will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Trump National Westchester, 339 Pine Road in Briarcliff Manor. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For information, visit or contact The Foundation of Hudson Valley Hospital Center at 914-734-3526.


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






Hudson Valley Hospital Center‘s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center received a $10,000 check from the Hendrick Hudson Leos on Oct.17 at the cancer center’s Breast Cancer Awareness night. The Lions youth group raised the money during this year’s Stay-Awake-a-Thon, an annual event which raises money for cancer charities.

From left to right:Kathy Webster, Vice President of Patient Services (front row), Anne-Campbell-Maxwell, Director of Oncology Services, Hendrick Hudson Leos Sam McCann and Dylan Gambardella and Leos Adviser Deborah Costello.


Cortlandt Manor, NY - (October 22, 2013)– Carving pumpkins is a fall tradition in many families, but as Halloween approaches, Dr. Ari Mayerfield, Hand Surgeon at the New York Group for Plastic Surgery, warns parents and children to use caution and the appropriate tools when carving pumpkins to avoid potentially serious hand injuries.

Every year, surgeons and hand therapists treat patients with injuries related to pumpkin carving.  According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), pumpkin-carving can result in lacerations to the hand and also injuries to bones and tendons.

“Hand injuries at this time of year occur frequently when children and adults try to use kitchen knives to carve pumpkins,” says Dr. Mayerfield who practices at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.  “Pumpkins have a very tough outer skin and usually require a sharp blade to cut through.  Most knives used, including kitchen knives, lack a safety guard to protect the hand from slipping down the blade, increasing the risk of serious injury.”

Hand injuries from pumpkin carving can be so severe that nerve or tendon damage may result, affecting the function of the hand.  Parents can prevent painful or serious hand injuries by providing alternative decorating activities allowing children to be a part of creating a Halloween pumpkin.  “Accidents that happen in just a second, can result in devastating injuries that may require surgery and several months of rehabilitation,” says Erin Leary, Lead Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

Dr. Mayerfield recommends decorating a pumpkin with paints, stickers, or markers, or dressing the pumpkin in costumes as a way for small children to safely participate in Halloween activities. For older children and adults, a pumpkin carving knife should be used. Pumpkin carving kits are commercially available and feature tools that are specially designed for use in the creation of Jack-O-Lanterns.  A sawing motion, rather than a sharp cutting action, should be used to help prevent serious hand injuries.

When carving pumpkins, keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Never leave children unattended with carving tools.
  • Let adults do the carving. Children can draw designs on the pumpkin or help remove the pulp
  • Carve in a clean, well-lit, dry area.  Any moisture on your tools, hands or table can cause slipping that can lead to injuries.
  • Carve in a clean, well-lit, dry area.  Any moisture on your tools, hands or table can cause slipping that can lead to injuries.
  • Sharper knives are not necessarily better for carving. Pumpkin carving saws are the safest tools for carving.
  • When carving, cut away from your body in small and controlled strokes.
  • Cuts and injuries can occur even when you put safety first.  Apply pressure to minor cuts using a clean cloth to stop bleeding.  If bleeding, stiffness or numbness persists for more than 15 minutes, or if the injury is visibly serious, seek medical attention immediately from a hospital emergency department.


If an injury does occur, Dr. Mayerfield recommends the following steps be taken:

  •  Elevate the hand above the heart and apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth.
  • If after applying continuous pressure for 15 minutes does not stop the bleeding, seek emergency care
  • If any numbness or inability to move the fingers occurs, seek emergency care.

“Immediate medical attention is important,” said Dr. Mayerfield.  “The longer a patient waits to seek medical attention, the more difficult the repair will be.”


Dr Mayerfield is a Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon at The New York Group for Plastic Surgery at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

Erin Leary, OTR/L, CHT, is a Certified Hand Therapist at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.




Cortlandt Manor, NY – (October 18, 2013) – “Her Heart’s a Rose” won the hearts of crowd at Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s “Jazz up Your Foundation” Breast Cancer Awareness Event Thursday night, taking first place in the bra decorating contest.

The bra was designed by Gail Fiero of the Professional Women of Putnam and Westchester, which co-sponsored the event run by the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. That bra and many others were auctioned off at the event to raise money for the cancer center.

“It was a very festive evening with more than 125 people attending,’’ said Anne Campbell-Maxwell, Director of Oncology Services at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center. “There was great camaraderie among breast cancer survivors, their friends and family, as well as an opportunity for everyone to learn about breast cancer prevention.’’

The 2nd annual “Jazz Up Your Foundation” event featured informational tables where women attending could learn about self breast exam, screening techniques and genetic risks, among other topics.

“It was fun,’’ said Laura Perkins of Peekskill. “I loved how you could get your passport stamped at each station to win a raffle prize. I really did learn a lot.’’

Fiero won a $250 gift certificate to the Winery at St. George and a gift basket for her 1st place creation.

Other winners in last night’s bra decorating contest were:

2nd Place – Bra Vegas by Susan Cornelius.

3rd Place – Labor of Love by Arlene Heitzman

Most Creative – Keep Me Safe – Katie Karram

Most Colorful – Fight, Fight, Fight

Best Story – 18 Candles by Lisa Olmos

Best Hospital Department – Radiology


See photos of the event and the winners at





The Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center at HVHC opened its doors in November 2011. Unlike others in the area, HVHC's Cancer Center offers all services in one location close to home. Our team of physicians and medical professionals work together to design a treatment plan that coordinates all services so patients can receive treatment in one place, eliminating travel time and reducing stress. The center offers radiation, infusion and support services in a new state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology and designed with comfort in mind. Call 914-293-8400 or visit

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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (October 14, 2013)– A new Teaching and Demonstration Kitchen slated to open at Hudson Valley Hospital Center has already received a $20,000 grant to support a program that will teach young children about healthy eating in the battle against childhood obesity.

The Young Chefs of the Hudson Valley, which will work with area school districts, will receive the funding from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman.

The program will enroll 60 at-risk children ages 11-13 in weekly healthy cooking classes administered by trained chefs and dietitians currently on staff at HVHC. The program aims to improve the health of children and reduce the risks of obesity. It is one of several community classes that will be taught in the kitchen. 

“We know what a large role nutrition plays in our overall health,’’ said Hudson Valley Hospital President John C. Federspiel. “Hudson Valley Hospital Center has developed its Harvest for Health program to help educate our patients and the community on the value of healthy eating in preventing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. We are grateful to Newman’s Own Foundation for its support of our Young Chefs of the Hudson Valley program which will provide a healthy nutritional foundation for our local youngsters.’’

The grant received by Hudson Valley Hospital Center is part of the Foundation’s two-year, $7 million commitment to innovative programs that are helping to advance nutrition awareness, education, and fresh food access.

“There is great momentum right now in addressing the many challenging issues around nutrition,” said Lisa Walker, Managing Director of Newman’s Own Foundation. “We are pleased to award a grant to Hudson Valley Hospital Center to support their important contributions in this area.”

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. The kitchen is still under construction and is expected to be dedicated before year’s end.

For more information about Harvest for Health and the Teaching and Demonstration Kitchen visit






Cortlandt Manor, NY - (October 10, 2013)– Hudson Valley Hospital Center announced that seven new surgeons have joined its staff as part of an expansion of surgical services at its state-of-the-art Surgery Center.

Joining the Hospital’s staff are thoracic surgeons; Drs. Cynthia Chin, Scott Berman, Todd Weiser and Robert Streisand; hand surgeon Dr. Ari Mayerfield; foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon Dr. Katherine Ma and Breast Surgeon Dr. Melita Charles, the newest member of the Ashikari Breast Center.

“The combined experience and talents of these new members of our team add to the outstanding expertise of our existing staff and will give our institution a competitive advantage in serving the needs of our community and doctors,” said Dr. William Higgins, Vice President of the Medical Affairs at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

Drs. Chin, Berman, Weiser and Streisand bring extensive experience in treating both benign and malignant conditions of the chest to Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Dr. Chin is director of woman's cancer services at White Plains Hospital. She was formerly an assistant professor of cardio thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Berman, also practicing at White Plains Hospital, performed the first video assisted thoracic surgical procedure in Westchester County in 1993. Dr. Weiser is director of thoracic surgery at White Plains Hospital and like Dr. Chin was also on staff at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Streisand performed the first video assisted thoracotomy in Westchester County in 1990 and has been a member of the White Plains Hospital Thoracic Surgery Service for more than 30 years.

Dr. Melita Charles recently joined the Ashikari Breast Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. Dr. Charles most recently served as a member of the department of surgery at SUNY Downstate at Long Island College Hospital. Prior to that, she served as Director of Breast Surgery at Nassau University Medical Center. The Ashikari team has pioneered a breast reconstruction procedure that has attracted women from all over the world, most notably a nipple-sparing procedure that allows them to remove cancerous or potentially cancerous breast tissue, minimizing the trauma of a mastectomy.

Dr. Ari Mayerfield specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and injuries of the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow. Dr. Mayerfield attended Cornell University and Harvard University before attending the Sackler School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship at the world-renowned Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery at the University of Louisville. He is practicing with the New York Group for Plastic Surgery at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

Dr. Katherine Ma completed her fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She was a member Orthopedic Surgery house staff at New York Medical College/ Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. 

Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s state-of-the-art, all digital Surgery Center was constructed as part of the hospital’s major renovation and expansion project in 2010. The 9,800 square-foot Surgery Center includes two, new state-of-the-art operating rooms designed to accommodate larger equipment for minimally invasive procedures, including High Definition video for most laparoscopic and orthopaedic surgeries such as hip resurfacing and joint replacement. 

For more information about these physicians visit or call Hudson Valley Hospital Center Physician Referral Assistance line at 1-800-482-HVHC.




Cortlandt Manor NY -  September 30 - Harvest of the Hudson Valley, a farm-to-table event at Glynwood Farm in Cold Spring, raised $250,000 to benefit the new Teaching and Demonstration Kitchen at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. The event on Friday, September 27 featured a spectacular farm-to-table menu created by Chef Peter X. Kelly, one of the evening’s honorees. Other honorees were: Architect Joseph Pallante, AIA, who designed the new kitchen, and Elliott Sumers, MD, an interventional radiologist who spearheaded the hospital’s successful physician donor campaign. Construction of a teaching/demonstration kitchen is underway in the historic Dempsey House on the Pataki Center campus adjacent to the Hospital. HVHC will offer cooking classes and community programs for patients and community members young and old. The goal is to help people learn to prepare healthier meals at home.Chef Kelly is working with the Hospital and has drafted the concept and design of the kitchen. His passion, knowledge and community spirit are the driving force behind this project.  The Teaching and Demonstration Kitchen will be named in his honor.

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (September 26, 2013)– With an average of 46 percent of Chinese women opting to have caesarean section births, China has the highest c-section rate in the world.
On Thursday, a delegation of nine Chinese OB-GYNs paid a visit to Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor in search of answers about how to provide women with better support during delivery and reduce c-section rates in their country. The Hospital is one stop on a tour of U.S. Hospitals. The group has already seen facilities in Boston and San Francisco, and tomorrow will visit Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.

Dr. Ruyan Pang, Vice President of China Maternal & Child Health Association, said that the group was very interested in learning about the support that doulas provide during birth. Doulas are trained to provide women with physical, emotional and education support before, during and after birth.  Research has shown that c-section rates in women can be reduced with additional support that doulas provide.

Randy Patterson, Debbie Aglietti and Lauren Schwarzfeld, owners of Northeast Doulas, invited the delegation to tour Hudson Valley Hospital and to talk with the doulas about how they work in tandem with doctors, nurses and midwives at Hudson Valley and other hospitals.  The Chinese doctors also had discussions with OB-GYN Sheila Pongnon and her colleague Certified Nurse Midwife, Joanne Mazzio, both of the Westchester Medical Practice, who practice at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

During a tour conducted by Sabrina Nitkowski-Keever, Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Director of Maternal Child Health, the group asked questions about the labor and delivery rooms, how whirlpool tubs were used to reduce pain during labor; how mothers room-in with their babies to support breastfeeding, among other questions. The doctors also viewed the operating room where c-sections are performed.

Dr. Pang said that many women in China are fearful of the birth process and in rural areas in particular there are not enough medical personnel to support these women. Dr. Pang and her colleagues started a program  in 2011 to promote doula service in the labor room to reduce unnecessary medical intervention and C-section by providing dignified, compassionate support to women in labor.

Nitkowski-Keever told the group about the Hospital’s designation as a Baby Friendly Hospital by Baby Friendly USA and how that has improved communication among maternity staff in supporting new mothers with breastfeeding and infant care. The Hospital is the only one in the region certified by Baby Friendly USA, sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, to improve infant health by implementing a global best-practices program.

 In addition to Dr. Pang visiting physicians included:

 Dr. Fan Ling, Director of OBS Department of Beijing OBS/GYN hospital;Dr. Ma Yanyan, Director of OBS/GYN  Department of Tsinghua University First Hospital, Beijing; Dr. Ma Haihui, Deputy Director of Tongxian MCH Hospital (Obstetrician), Beijing; Dr. Sun Lizhou, Director of OBS/GYN, Jiangsu Provincial MCH Hospital, Dr. Niu Jianmin, Director of OBS, Guangdong provincial MCH hospital, Mr.Xu Jian,Peking University the First Hospital (Deputy director of medical service office), Beijing; Mr. Li Junyu, CEO (China Doula Corporation); Prof. Shouyong (Dr. Pang’s husband).





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