Victoria Hochman

Victoria Hochman

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (September 19, 2013) -  Hudson Valley Hospital Center and Entergy conducted an emergency training drill today to ensure the safety of Indian Point workers who might be exposed to radiation while on the job.

The annual exercise helps train Hospital staff on how to receive, treat and decontaminate patients who may have been exposed to radiation.  In the event of an accident, Entergy workers would likely be brought to HVHC since it is the closest hospital to Indian Point. 

Members of the Hospital staff – nurses, physicians, members of the radiology, security, and housekeeping staffs – as well as members of Entergy’s Radiation Protection team, and local EMS agencies participated in the drill from 8 – 10:30 a.m. today.

In today’s scenario, an Indian Point employee was brought to HVHC’s Emergency Department after being injured in an on-site accident and exposed to radiation.

Tony Iraola, senior emergency planner at Indian Point, said the worker was in the containment area of Unit III at Indian Point when he became dizzy, sweaty and nauseous and decided to lie down. In getting up, the worker tore his sleeve, exposing his left elbow to radiation, and scraped his left jaw.

During the mock incident, the worker was brought to the hospital’s wash down room where he was checked for radiation and treated by staff in protective gear.

Iarola said that the training was not only relevant to radiation exposure that might result at Indian Point, but in cases of a “dirty bomb” terrorist attack that might involve the public being exposed to radiation.

“Fortunately, with radiation – unlike chemical weapons- we know how to measure it and how to handle it,’’ he said. “It is valuable training for all emergency staff.’’

Donna Rosenberg, Clinical Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department at HVHC, said the Hospital conducts these drills with Entergy annually to practice proper protocol and be prepared in the event of a real emergency. 

 

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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 - (September 17, 2013) - More than 200 Hudson Valley Hospital Center employees – from the Hospital President to the mailroom staff-  donned pink gloves today for their shot at winning the 2013 Medline Pink Glove Dance competition. The employees with the help of videographer Dan Guillaro are producing a video of the dance to enter in the contest and win $25,000 for the Hospital’s Cancer Center. Voting for the best video will commence on October 25 and end on November 8. To vote or learn more about the contest visit www.pinkglovedance.com

 

The staff participated in the contest as a way to raise awareness about breast cancer in advance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center and the Ashikari Breast Center will be holding additional observances next month including its annual Jazz up Your Foundation Bra Decorating Contest and event on Oct. 17. To learn more about Jazz up Your Foundation, visit www.hvhc.org.

 

To see today’s videotaping on YouTube: http://youtu.be/4sLtG7bGXMk.

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (September 12, 2013)–  Hudson Valley Hospital Center and the Ashikari Breast Center will hold the 1st Annual Dr. Roy Ashikari Cancer Symposium on September 28th at Doral Arrowwood Conference Center in Rye Brook, NY.

“Advancements in the Prevention and Treatment of Breast Cancer,”will look at the latest treatments for the disease with much of the day’s presentations focusing on the topic of genetics and its growing role in the treatment of breast cancer. The keynote speaker will be Lee B. Riley, MD, PhD, FACS, who will speak on “Genomic Profiling in Practice-Present and Future Trends in Breast Cancer Genomics.”  

 “As a leader in the field of Breast Cancer, the Ashikari Breast Center is committed to sharing the latest developments in our field with our colleagues and we are excited to offer this free CME opportunity to medical professionals in our area,’’ said Dr. Andrew Ashikari of the Ashikari Breast Center. “This is the first of, what we hope, will be a continued series of cancer education symposiums in cooperation with the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.”

The symposium, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature eight presentations by noted local physicians and include a continental breakfast and lunch. The keynote speaker, Dr. Riley, will speak on the exciting new area of Genomic profiling. This involves the analysis of tumors on a genetic level and the design of an individualized treatment plan. By identifying the mutations that occur in a cancer cell's genome, physicians can better understand what caused the tumor and tailor a more effective treatment.  Dr. Riley is Section Chief of Surgical Oncology as well as Medical Director of Oncology at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa. He also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Riley completed his post-doctoral fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has lectured and published extensively on advances in cancer care.

In addition to Dr. Riley, presenters will includeKutluk Otkay, MD (Fertility Issues in Women with BRCA Mutations); Sean Tedjarti, MD (Prophylactic Oophorectomy in Women with BRCA Mutation); Andrew Ashikari, MD  (Prophylactic Mastectomy in Women with BRCA Mutations); C. Andrew Salzberg, MD (Breast Reconstruction for Prophylactic Mastectomy: a 12-year Experience) Chika Madu, MD (Recent Advances in Radiation Therapy for Early Stage Breast Cancer); Pond Kelemen, MD (Intra-operative radiotherapy in Early Breast Cancer) and Asim Aijaz, MD (Targeted Adjuvant Therapy for High Risk Breast Cancer).

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The Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Centeropened in November of 2011. It offers patients a comprehensive approach to treating cancer. The center’s 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 close to home, eliminating travel time and reducing stress. The center offers radiation, infusion and support services including a nurse navigator, nutrition counseling, and integrative medicine services in a new state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology and designed with comfort in mind.

 

The Ashikari Breast Centerhas earned a well-deserved reputation nationwide for expertise and successful outcomes. Founded by Dr. Roy Ashikari, a former Chief of the Breast Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, the practice offers access to the finest physicians in the field of breast cancer care. The Center is known world -wide for the innovative one-step, nipple-sparing mastectomy, with immediate reconstruction. These renowned surgical oncologists, along with the NY Group for Plastic Surgery, pioneered this life-changing procedure.

Cortlandt Manor, NY – (September 11, 2013)– They come from different backgrounds, but they are all leaders in their fields, and each has contributed much to Hudson Valley Hospital Center.  

On Friday, September 27from 6- 11 p.m. Hudson Valley Hospital Center will honor three men at its “Harvest of the Hudson Valley” farm-to-table fundraiser at Glynwood Farm in Cold Spring. This year’s honorees are: Chef Peter X. Kelly, Joseph Pallante A.I.A and Elliott Sumers, MD.  The evening will feature cocktails, dinner and a silent auction.

“We are very grateful to each of our honorees for all that they have contributed to the Hudson Valley Hospital Community,’’ said John C. Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “While some of our honorees have only recently joined us, others have served our community for many years. Each is accomplished in his own field, and each in his own way has served our hospital and the community, whether helping in the development of our demonstration kitchen or providing the best treatment to our patients.’’

In keeping with its new initiatives to promote healthy eating, Hudson Valley Hospital Center this year is holding a unique, farm-to-table event in place of its annual Gala. Proceeds from the event will go toward the construction of a demonstration and teaching kitchen that will work to educate young and old on the importance of nutrition in health.The goal is to help people learn to prepare healthier meals at home.

Both Chef Kelly and Joseph Pallante, the architect of the Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center and Pataki Conference Center, have been integral in helping to plan and design the new demonstration kitchen.  The teaching/demonstration kitchen is the final piece in a multi-faceted plan to highlight nutrition as an integral part of healthcare. In April 2012, the Hospital opened its “Seeds for Health” Organic Garden, followed by the opening of a Farmers’ Market that same year. In 2013, the markets were expanded to twice a month and the Hospital implemented a new food service, Cura Hospitality, which features locally sourced foods as well as from scratch cooking. 

A participant in HVHC’s Farmers’ Markets, Glynwood Farm has provided the community with educational and sustainable farming programs since 1929 and has worked to strengthen our regional food system throughout the Hudson Valley.

Tickets to “Harvest of the Hudson Valley” are $600 and seating is limited. For further information and to reserve tickets, visit www.hvhc.orgor call the Hospital’s Foundation at 734-3526.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center honorees for 2013 are as follows:

Peter X. Kelly

Celebrated chef and a winner of Food Networks’ Iron Chef challenge, Peter X. Kelly owns some of the most renowned and acclaimed restaurants in New York State. Xaviars at Piermont, The Freelance Cafe and Wine Bar, Restaurant X  and The Bully Boy Bar, as well as X2O Xaviars on the Hudson have all received popular praise and the industry's most coveted awards and accolades, which include The New York Times highest rating (Extraordinary), The Mobil Travel Guide Four Star Award, The Dirona Award, Restaurant News Dining Hall of Fame, Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence," Zagat's Survey (29 out of 30), New York State Restaurateur of The Year 1998.

 Born in Yonkers, New York, the tenth of 12 children, Peter began working in local restaurants at the age of 14. In 1983, Peter's culinary interests led him on a pilgrimage to France,and to the pursuit of perfection in the culinary world. At 23, this self-taught chef opened Xaviars in Garrison and began his journey to success. Peter Kelly has been featured in numerous national publications including: New York Magazine, Esquire Magazine, Crain's, USA Today, W Magazine, Food Arts, Gourmet Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine and Bon Appetit.

Peter has been invited to cook at The James Beard House, appeared on the Food Channel TV Network, as well as numerous appearances on CBS and NBC. Peter has also been nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef Northeast. In 2007, Peter appeared on the Food Networks’ Iron Chef America and beat Bobby Flay in Battle “Cowboy Rib Eye”, He also played host to Anthony Bourdain on his “No Reservations” program, introducing Tony to the beauty of the Hudson Valley.

In addition to Peter’s entrepreneurial spirit, he has also been an active participant in causes to benefit dozens of charity and community organizations from Nyack Hospital Pediatric Center to Westchester Food Patch. Most recently, he has donated his time and passion help in the creation of the demonstration/teaching kitchen at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. 


Joseph Pallante

With more than 20 years of experience in architectural and interior design for healthcare, commercial and residential projects, Joseph Pallante has designed projects throughout the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area.

Joseph received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from The Pratt Institute School of Architecture in 1991 and worked for GSC Architects in Brooklyn until 1996 when he took a position at Shaynak & Thalmayr Architects and Planners in Manhattan. In 1999, Joseph became a partner at that firm and was in charge of various healthcare projects throughout New York City and Westchester. In 2001, he started his own firm, Pallante Design LLC in Hoboken NJ.  

In 2012, Pallante Design received the AIA-Newark Suburban Chapter Award for Design Excellence for The Pataki Center, a conference center created for the Hudson Valley Hospital Center. Some of his firm’s more noteworthy projects involve Hudson Valley Hospital Center, where he designed the new Medical Office Building and Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, Most recently, he has been deeply involved in the creation of the new Teaching and Demonstration Kitchen.  

Joseph holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.  He is currently licensed in New York and New Jersey and is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.

A resident of Millstone Township NJ, Joseph has volunteered his time there as the Commissioner of the Little League Girls Softball Program. Her has coached softball and baseball there for the past six years.  He and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters, Evalyse and Gianna, and a son, Joseph Jr.  Besides his love of architecture and design, Joseph is an avid skier and wine maker and shares those pleasures with his friends and family. 

 

Dr. Elliott Sumers

Dr. Elliott Sumers has practiced Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at Hudson Valley Hospital since 2003. He attended the six-year Integrated Premedical-Medical program at The University of Michigan, earning a BS Magna Cum Laude and an MD with Honors. He was elected to the AOA Medical Honor Society.  As a medical intern at The University of Michigan Hospital, he was awarded a Bronze Beeper for Outstanding Teaching of Medical Students.

Dr. Sumers was a Resident and Chief Resident in Diagnostic Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and did fellowships in Interventional Radiology at NY Hospital Cornell and Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Long Island Jewish Hospital.

He currently serves on the Board of the Hudson Valley Hospital Foundation and is a former Trustee of The Horace Mann School, and The Putnam County Historical Society. He was an Organizer and Founding Director of The Pascack Community Bank.  Along with his wife, Dr. Anne Sumers, he co-founded the New Jersey Children’s Museum. Dr. Anne Sumers is an eye surgeon and  team ophthalmologist  for The New York Football Giants.  The Sumers  reside in Montrose, NY.  They have two sons: Benjamin. 25, who is in graduate school in at Stanford University, and Ted, 24, who is an embedded software engineer in San Francisco. 

Dr. Sumers is an avid skier, cyclist, golfer, skeet shooter, and recently won a Sleepy Hollow Country Club Squash Doubles Championship. An ardent naturalist and conservationist, he is profoundly committed to the plight of endangered primates. He is currently working actively with the Orangutan Foundation International to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned orangutans in Borneo. 

 

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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 - (September 9, 2013)– “The Art of the Harvest” exhibit featuring photographic works of local novices to professionals will open Monday, September 9 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. The exhibit may be viewed from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m. seven days a week in hospital main lobby and main hallways through January 5.

The exhibit by the Westchester Photographic Society features the works of 33 photographers and portrays the bounty of the harvest from traditional pumpkins and gourds to spices of India. The works range from the panoramic beauty of open spaces to the microcosm of nature’s insect and botanical worlds.

The theme, “Art of the Harvest”, is not only seasonal, but timely because it will be incorporated into the Hospital’s celebration of World Food Day on October 22 at its twice monthly Farmers’ Market.  Food Day is a grassroots movement to encourage people to eat more fresh foods and support local farms.

WPS members took to the challenge of the food theme with enthusiasm and excitement, producing close to 75 photographs with wide ranging interpretation of the topic. The group has been exhibiting periodically at the hospital for over 15 years.

"Their work is always exceptional", says curator Suzanne Bohrer Ashley, "and this time is no different with works depicting local scenes of pumpkin patches to rice paddies in Vietnam."

All works are for sale with part of the proceeds being donated toward the continued support of the Hospital’s permanent “Art for Health” galleries, which feature more than 350 pieces of original, fine art donated over the past 20 years by artists in the tri-state region.

Lois Barker, President of the Westchester Photographic Society, said that the society has a long history of bringing photographic talent to public venues throughout the state.

Founded in 1978, the Westchester Photographic Society is the oldest and largest photographic club in Westchester County. The group has displayed its members’ works in many public venues including the Empire State Building, the Chapman Gallery at Iona College and the Arts Exchange Gallery at ArtsWestchester.

The “Art for Health” program is unique because of its scale and the quality of the artwork that it brings to a hospital setting. For more information on “Art for Health,” or to make a donation, contact the Foundation of Hudson Valley Hospital Center at 914-734-3526.

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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 - (September 5, 2013) – If we are lucky, we will all grow old someday. But until we get there, most of us have no idea of the challenges that older adults face in their day to day lives.

On October 1, Hudson Valley Hospital Center will host a unique kind of health fair: one that illustrates in an interactive way, what it’s like to get old, and what we can do to help older adults – who are living longer - maintain their quality of life. “The Silver Lining Health Aging Fair” from 9 a.m. to noon in the Hospital lobby will feature interactive exhibits as well as educational information for seniors and caregivers on the latest information about aging.

“What is it like when your hands are shaking and you have difficulty feeding yourself or you have trouble maintaining your balance?” said Suzanne Mateo, MA, BSN, RN, administrative director of nursing at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “Those of us who are not older adults take for granted the freedom of movement, clear eyesight and mental acuity that we experience when we are younger. At Hudson Valley Hospital Center we want to educate the community on what it means to get older and what those of us in healthcare are doing to help keep older adults independent and healthy.”

At the Silver Linings Health Aging Fair the public can try out new state of the art walkers as well as weighted eating utensils and glasses that simulate vision with cataracts among other interactive activities. Seniors can received free flu shots and blood pressure screenings as well as connect with participating agencies including the Visiting Nurse Service of Hudson Valley, the Visiting Nurse Service of Westchester, Bethel Homes, Atria Senior Living and Drum Hill Senior Living Communities, Leave the Light on Foundation Caregivers Support group. The day will also feature giveaways, raffle prizes and refreshments donated by Shoprite.

Maggie Adler, HVHC’s Associate Director of Quality and Standardsat HVHC, said the Hospital hopes that seniors and families can take away with them many of the practices used by the hospital and its NICHE program to keep older adults happy and healthy longer.

The premise of NICHE is simple: Keep older adults from getting sicker while in the Hospital and teach them and their families how to keep them healthy once they are out. That means keeping them up and moving around so they don't lose mobility and become prone to infections; keeping them mentally active with conversation and activities and helping them to stay hydrated and well nourished.

NICHE or Nursing Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders is the only national geriatric initiative to improve care of older hospitalized adults. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is one of the country’s 300 NICHE hospitals.

People over 65 are the fastest growing age group in the nation, making up 12.9 percent of the population or about 1 in 8 people in the United States. By 2030, estimates are that there will be about 72.1 million older adults, according to U.S. Census data.

An aging population contributes to the rising cost of healthcare. Much of this is because people over 85 spend a lot of time in and out of hospitals. As a result, their health continues to deteriorate unless something is done while they are in the hospital to keep them active and interested.

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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 - (August 9, 2013)– In keeping with its new initiatives to promote healthy eating, Hudson Valley Hospital Center will hold a unique, farm-to-table event that celebrates local farms and encourages people to eat locally for improved health.

Tickets are now on sale for “Harvest of the Hudson Valley.” The event, at Glynwood Farm in Cold Spring on Sept. 27, will honor Chef Peter X. Kelly, Joseph Pallante A.I.A and Elliott Sumers, M.D.  The evening will feature cocktails, dinner and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the new demonstration and teaching kitchen at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. This year’s program Mistress of Ceremonies will be Fox News Channel weather personality Janice Dean. "Iron Chef'  winner Kelly and his staff will be preparing the food for the event.

“Instead of holding our annual Gala this year, Hudson Valley Hospital Center chose to hold a farm-to-table celebration that was more reflective of our new mission: ‘Sanitas per escam’ or ‘health through food.’ Hudson Valley Hospital Center believes it has a responsibility to incorporate nutrition into every medical care plan of every diagnosis treated, and to hopefully discharge patients with a better understanding of why their diet is so very important to their health,” said Hudson Valley Hospital Center President John C. Federspiel.

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. Restauranter Kelly of Xavier’s X20 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/demonstration kitchen is the final piece in a multi-faceted plan to highlight nutrition as an integral part of healthcare. In April 2012, the Hospital opened its “Seeds for Health” Organic Garden followed by the opening of a Farmers’ Market that same year. In 2013, the markets were expanded to twice a month and the Hospital implemented a new food service, Cura Hospitality, which features locally sourced foods as well as from scratch cooking. 

A participant in HVHC’s Farmers’ Markets, Glynwood Farm has provided the community with educational and sustainable farming programs since 1929 and has worked to strengthen our regional food system throughout the Hudson Valley.

Tickets to “Harvest of the Hudson Valley” are $600 and seating is limited. For further information and to reserve tickets visit www.hvhc.orgor call the Hospital’s Foundation at 734-3526.

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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

 

 

 

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 10:49

Meet HVHC's Amazing Women at Woman Fest

On August 8-9 Hudson Valley Hospital Center will be participating in Woman Fest, a two-day festival in celebration of women organized by HG Fairfield Arts Center for the Environment.  It is not a coincidence that the Hospital has decided to be a part of this day because when you think about healthcare, you can't help but connect it to women. Women tend to be caregivers and nurturers and thus gravitate to the healing professions. We have so many amazing women here at Hudson Valley Hospital Center that we could have a Woman Fest of our own celebrating all that they do for their colleagues and their patients.

Here are in my mind just a few that should be celebrated:

OB-GYN Dr. Meedlen Charles spent five years in Afghanistan. In July 2005 Dr. Charles joined the Army and served as active duty military physician at Ft Riley, KS. In 2007 she was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After returning from Afghanistan in 2008 she was appointed Chief of the OB/GYN department at Irwin Army Community Hospital in Ft Riley, KS. Dr. Charles still serves in the reserves. She will be at Woman Fest on Friday, August 9 to talk about her experiences and all the meaningful work she does treating women in her practice.
Dr. Charles’ colleague Joanne Mazzio, CNM, NP, MS, is another amazing woman who has dedicated her life to caring for women. After serving her home community of the Bronx as a public health nurse, she went on to work at Westchester Medical Center’s high risk maternity unit to gain the experience and skills that would serve as a foundation for her career as a midwife For the past 16 years she has served this community, following a personalized and holistic model of care. She has worked with women, their mothers, daughters and friends; touching the lives of many in the Hudson Valley. She will be at Woman Fest Thursday and Friday, talking to women about their health concerns.

Also attending Woman Fest on Friday, is a newcomer to Hudson Valley Hospital Center, Dr. Maddalena Duarte. Dr. Duarte comes to us from Yale New Haven Hospital where she did her fellowship on breast and body imaging. Dr .Duarte conducted research on the latest screening techniques including tomosynthesis or 3-D mammography, which is now available at HVHC and has given radiologists like Dr. Duarte additional tools to detect breast cancer earlier.

I hope everyone will attend this special two day festival, dedicated to the lives and concerns of women and meet some of the amazing women on staff at HVHC.  Look for us at the Women’s Health tent.

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (July 24, 2013)– Hendrick Hudson Library came to the rescue this week, donating hard to find children’s books for kids coping with a family member who has cancer.

The Hospital has received hundreds of children’s books since it appealed for donations back in March for its new Kid 2 Kid Cancer Support program, but very few were related to cancer. The program – run by Gilda’s Club of Westchester and offered at the hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center on the third Thursday of each month – provides support for children 5-12 with loved ones who are diagnosed with cancer.

“We are very moved by this donation,’’ said Anne Campbell Maxwell, Director of Oncology Services at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center. “These books were specially purchased for us and the children’s librarian, Terri Jersey, went above and beyond researching titles that were particularly relevant. They are lovely books.’’

For more information on cancer support programs offered by Gilda’s Club at HVHC, call call Miranda Dold, LCSW at 914-644-8844.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cortlandt Manor NY – (July 23)- It’s not your grandmother’s hospital food. Taste what chefs at Hudson Valley Hospital Center are cooking up now that they’ve switched to a new food service that offers from scratch cooking, using seasonal ingredients.

Extending its healthy eating initiatives, Hudson Valley Hospital Center announced Cura Hospitality as its new food services partner in May. Cura now provides food services for the hospital’s patients as well as the hospital café, introducing a healthy, fresh and locally sourced dining experience.

“Cura’s passion for chef-inspired menus, scratch cooking and their sustainable practices through its FarmSource program, clearly define their homegrown and healthy approach to dining.  They partner with some of the finest local farms and food producers and they support our Harvest for Health program, which promotes field to plate meals for patient therapeutic care,” said Hudson Valley Hospital President John Federspiel. 

Chef Noah Sheetz of Cura Hospitality showed off Cura’s food on Tuesday with a tasting and cooking demonstration at the Hospital’s Farmers’ Market. Chef Sheetz prepared tomato and corn salad as well as blueberry sorbet.

“These are all ingredients that are being sold at local farms at this time and can be found right here at Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Farmers’ Market. The idea is to prepare foods when they are at their freshest,’’ said Sheetz.  

The new food service is part of the Hospital’s Harvest for Health program. The Hospital opened an organic garden last spring and this year is extended its on campus Farmers’ Markets to two days a month through November. All the initiatives are aimed at encouraging patients and people in the community to eat more fresh foods in place of processed foods high in salt, fat and preservatives.

Recipe for Tomato Corn Salad

1 large tomato or 1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 large ear of corn

1 large cucumber

 1 celery stalk

Fresh basil

Fresh Cilantro

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Cube tomato, cumber and dice celery (half cherry tomatoes). Cut raw corn off cob. Finely chop garlic, cilantro and basil. Put ingredients in bowl. Mix lemon juice and olive oil and pour over salad. Add kosher salt to taste.