Victoria Hochman

Victoria Hochman

Cortlandt Manor NY - June 25-  Hudson Valley Hospital Center raised $237,000 on June 25 at its 36th Annual Golf Tournament at the Hudson National Golf Course in Croton-on-Hudson.  Sponsors of the event included Curry Automotive,Presenting sponsor; Putnam County Savings Bank, Halfway House Sponsor; Unicorn Contracting Corp., Luncheon sponsor; USI Insurance Service, Golf Cart Sponsor; Pallante Design,Michael and Ginger Delfino, Entergy, Optimum Lightpath, Unitex Textile Rental Services, Ashikari Breast Center and William Geis, Jr.

 

From left to right: Hudson Valley Hospital Center President John C. Federspiel (Cortlandt Manor);Bernard F. Curry, III, Chief Executive Officer, Curry Automotive (Rye); Putnam County Savings Bank President and CEO Joseph Roberto (Hopewell Junction).

Click here to see photos of the event.

I remember the first time I planted something with my daughter who was then 3. I wanted to share my love for gardening. It brought me back to the thrill I experienced in Kindergarten as we waited eagerly for some life to poke its head out of the little dixie cup planters that sat on our classroom window sill.  So my daughter and I planted nasturtiums because they have large seeds and sprout relatively quickly. Each day we would walk out to the garden to water and eagerly await the arrival of our nasturtiums. When they finally popped up, my daughter was so gleeful that I nearly cried.

No matter how old I get, that feeling never gets old for me. Seeing that life burst forth from the earth and knowing that you are responsible is an amazing feeling, much the same feeling as being a parent or delivering a baby.

A group of volunteers at Hudson Valley Hospital Center are experiencing this same thrill as they watch our Organic Garden for Healing grow lusher each day. From hard packed mud in March to a bounty of flowers, peas, lettuce, herbs and medicinal plants in June. Each day is different. Each day brings something new. We are sharing this harvest with patients at our Cancer Center as part of the Hospital’s Seeds for Health and Harvest for Health programs. But we are sharing more than peas and lettuce. We are sharing with them the wonder of life and that can’t help but to speed their recovery. Cancer patients who are interested in visiting the garden should contact our community outreach coordinator at 914-734-3794 to arrange a tour.

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (June 19, 2013) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Maternity Department got a special delivery on June 17, but not the usual kind.

The Girl Scout Community of Bronxville delivered baby supplies to the Maternity and Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit collected at the Community of Bronxville annual Charity fundraiser on June 9. Mary Massa, Bronxville Girl Scout Community Chair, organized the event, which ended in a cowgirl themed party. 

This year, Hudson Valley Hospital Center was selected as one of the three charities to benefit. Girl Scout Troop #1507 in Bronxville collected the diapers, infant clothing and other supplies and delivered them to the Maternity Department.

“Thank you to the Girl Scouts for thinking of us and of the families who will benefit from their generosity,’’ said Sabrina Nitkowski-Keever, Director of Maternal Child Health at HVHC. “They and their leaders deserve a lot of credit for their efforts.’’

Photo caption: left to right: Girl Scouts Morgan Shanske and Victoria Chiulli, both Cadette Girl Scouts from Troop #1507 in Bronxville. 

 

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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 (June 19, 2013)…Summer is finally here and the golf season is in full swing. Hudson Valley Hospital Center (HVHC) invites golf enthusiasts to enjoy a day on the links Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at its 36th Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by Curry Automotive.

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

The day will include two shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The day also includes buffet breakfast, buffet luncheon, refreshments, cocktails & dinner as well as awards, raffles, auction, long drive contest, closest to pin contest and five chances to win hole-in-one prizes:

The Hole-in-One Prize is a 2013 Honda Accord EX-L Sedan provided by Curry Automotive. Other prizes include $10,000 in cash; a foursome at Mission Hills in Palm Springs.

“Having a fun day in the sun is reason enough to attend, but knowing that you are supporting your community hospital and the quality healthcare it provides, makes it all the more important to come, said John C. Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “We thank Curry Automotive for again being our presenting sponsor and helping to make this event possible.”

This year’s sponsors include:

PRESENTING SPONSOR

Curry Automotive

HALFWAY HOUSE SPONSOR

PUTNAM COUNTY SAVINGS BANK

LUNCHEON SPONSOR

Unicorn Contracting Corp.

GOLF CART SPONSORS

USI Insurance Services

BEVERAGE SPONSOR

D. Bertoline & Sons

PRINTING SPONSOR

Foley Printing

GIFT SPONSORS

Michael Delfino

Entergy

Pallante Design

Optimum Lightpath

Unitex Textile Rental Services

Ashikari & Kelemen M.D., P.C.

William W. Geis, Jr.

 

There is still time to sign up for foursomes, individual play, luncheon, cocktails and dinner. For more information on sponsorships and golf, please contact the Hudson Valley Hospital Center Foundation office at (914) 734-3526.

 

 

 

 

Tarrytown, NY - (June 5, 2013) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center was presented with nine awards for excellence in advertising on June 5 at The Advertising Club of Westchester’s 42nd annual Big W Awards at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown. NY

The Hospital won a Gold Award for it advertising campaign for HVHC’s new Seeds for Health program. Jody and Diane Creative Communications developed the ad campaign to help promote the opening of the hospital’s Organic Garden for Healing in April of 2012 and HVHC’s other healthy eating initiatives. The advertising agency also won a Silver Award for radio ads that were part of its new “Patientology” campaign highlighting patient testimonials from hospital patients. Click here to view the commercials.

 “The awards that we have received for our advertising campaign reflect the quality of care we offer here at the Hospital,’’ said John C. Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “This recognition, along with our consistently high patient satisfaction scores, validates our approach to the way we practice medicine here at HVHC.’’

 There were hundreds of entries in this year’s Big “W” Awards, which were held at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown, NY.  The Big “W” Awards competition is the largest of its kind in Westchester and open to advertising, marketing, and PR agencies, designers, photographers, and students who create advertising in and/or for businesses and organizations in the Tri-State (New Jersey, New York and Connecticut) region. To learn more about the event visit http://acw.org/

Below is a complete listing of awards presented by the Advertising Club of Westchester:

Gold: Public Relations –Special Event - Hudson Valley Hospital Center – Seeds for Health

Silver: Television/Local Cable Campaign – Hudson Valley Hospital Center

“Patientology Testimonials”

Silver: Outdoor Billboard – Hudson Valley Hospital Center - “Bikini Poster" for the Institute of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery"

Silver: Non-broadcast Video – Hudson Valley Hospital Center “Neil” Click here to see video

Silver: Non-broadcast Video – Hudson Valley Hospital Center “Ronna”  for HVHC Joint Replacement Center  Click here to see video

Silver: Radio campaign – Hudson Valley Hospital Center “Patientology Testimonials”

Bronze: Integrated Campaign – Hudson Valley Hospital Center

Bronze: Promotion and Collateral Material – Event Program

Hudson Valley Hospital Center – Seeds for Health Event Program

Bronze- Corporate Design – Logo

Hudson Valley Hospital Center – Seeds for Health Event Logo

In addition to the Advertising Club of Westchester Awards, Hudson Valley Hospital Center was the recipient of three awards from the National Healthcare Advertising Awards. The awards were as follows:

30th Annual National Healthcare Advertising Awards

Gold: Outdoor Transit Billboard – Hudson Valley Hospital Center – Bikini

Merit: Special Event – Hudson Valley Hospital Center – Seeds for Health

Merit: Television Advertising – Single Spot – Hudson Valley Hospital Center – “Patientology Testimonial/April”

Nearly 4,000 entries were received in this year's competition, making the awards the largest healthcare advertising awards competition; and one of the 10th largest of all advertising awards.                                                             ###

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- June 5, 2013 – Hudson Valley Hospital Center was given an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM byThe Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

“Patient safety is an everyday focus for our hospital,” said John C. Federspiel, President, Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “Our entire management team along with our medical staff and board members are involved. We strive to excel on every level of care for our patients.”

To see Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel

The goal of the Hospital Safety Score is to reduce the more than 180,000 yearly deaths from hospital errors and injuries by publicly recognizing safety and exposing harm. “Harm” ranges from infections and acquired injuries (such as bedsores) to medication mix-ups and other errors, some potentially fatal.

The Hospital Safety Score is the latest in a series of quality awards received by Hudson Valley Hospital Center. This year, the Hospital earned a Gold Plus award from the American Heart Association for its Stroke Center and its Maternity Department was awarded Baby Friendly status by Baby Friendly USA for its excellence in maternity care and breastfeeding support.

Last year, the hospital was recertified as a Magnet Hospital, known as the “gold standard” for patient care and nursing management. Recertification is viewed as more difficult an achievement as an initial designation.

 

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Being around babies and young children most of their waking hours, the Northeast Doulas - Randy Patterson, Debbie Aglietti and Lauren Schwarzfeld, recognized that even some of the most basic parenting needs were not being met in our community, that is the lack of diapers. They brought to our attention the fact that surprisingly diapers cannot be paid for with food stamps and that many families have to choose between food and diapers. Its not something that most of us think about, but it is a serious problem for moms and babies. They came to the rescue this past weekend when on June 1 they celebrated their 10th anniversary with a 5 and 10 K run and diaper drive at FDR Park in Yorktown. We at Hudson Valley Hospital Center were proud to be the title sponsors of the event. In addition to providing a great day of fun for all, they collected thousands of diapers for the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless, who will distribute them as part of a diaper bank they are creating.

Read more about this worthy effort on the PATCH

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (June 4, 2013) – As part of a national month honoring cancer survivors, the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center will hold a special event on June 8 for cancer survivors and their families.

The celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard off the hospital’s main lobby will feature a day of music and fun for all ages including a luncheon, children’s activities and music by a local band. It is open to all cancer survivors, not just HVHC patients.

Also on exhibit will be the artworks of cancer survivors provided by Lilly Oncology as part of itsOn Canvastravelling art exhibition. The art exhibit, which tours nationwide, showcases select pieces of art from the 2012 Lilly Oncology On Canvas competition. Themes range from fear and hope, to loss and survival, to isolation and the embrace of family and friends.

Nicholas Nicastro, whose Peekskill band will be playing at the event, said his group will be performing classic rock and R&B. He added that they recently reunited and will be playing again for the first time on Saturday.

Nicastro, who lost his father to cancer May 7, said that he is donating his services as a thank you to the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center and in memory of his father, also Nicholas. He praised the cancer center’s entire staff for the compassionate treatment they provided his father.

“I can’t say enough good things about Dr. (Asim) Aijaz and his staff. Everyone from the front desk staff on made his life so much easier these past two years,’’ said Nicastro. “We even joked about how much he looked forward to going to chemo. They are just an awesome group of people. To be able to have this quality of treatment in my backyard is amazing.’’

Anne Campbell-Maxwell, Director of Oncology Services at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center, said she hopes that Saturday’s event will provide cancer survivors a chance to talk about their cancer journeys. “This is an opportunity for them to connect and share these experiences with other cancer survivors, friends and family,’’ she said. “We invite the community to attend and be part of this very moving event.’’

June is National Cancer Survivors Month, a time when many hospitals and cancer support organizations hold events in solidarity with America’s 13.5 million cancer survivors. This time of recognition provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize the healthcare providers, family, and friends who have supported them along the way. A 'survivor' is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life," according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation.
 

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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

 

 

 

Having a happy, healthy baby and a good birth experience can’t be left to chance. It’s something that takes planning.

To help educate aspiring parents, Hudson Valley Hospital Center held its annual “Art of Having a Baby” Maternity Fair on May 5 to give couples practical advice on the road to parenthood even if they are not yet expecting, but just considering having a baby.

“People spend months and years planning for their wedding,’’ said Sabrina Nitkowski-Keever, Director of Maternal/Child Health at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “It’s important that couples understand that the decisions they make leading up to the birth of their child can make all the difference, not only for the health of their baby, but for the quality of their birth experience.’’

In case you missed it you can watch it by clicking here or tune into your local cable station during the month of June and here from some of the many experts and vendors who attended the fair.  For airing times in your community click here

Eating healthier is a mantra we are hearing these days in the quest to improve our health and live longer. Hudson Valley Hospital Center has launched some important initatives in this area recently with our Organic Garden, Farmer's Market and a new healthier food service for patients and employees. But one healthy eating initiative has been going on under the radar at HVHC for quite some time, and that is the Hospital's comittment to encouraging new moms to breast feed. Our lactation consultant Linda LeMon recently reminded us of why breastfeeding is so important to helping us get a great start on healthy eating with this column that appeared in The Journal News.