Victoria Hochman

Victoria Hochman

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.

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (May 29, 2013) – Affordable Healthcare, Women’s Health and a variety of other issues were discussed Wednesday when Congresswoman Nita Lowey visited Hudson Valley Hospital Center to meet with its employees and tour the Hospital.

Lowey spoke to 50 employees, saying that they were on the front lines of changes that were taking place as a result of the Affordable Healthcare Act and that she valued their input and suggestions. “You are the experts,’’ she said. “I would love to hear your suggestions because you are living it,’’ she said.

HVHC President John C. Federspiel and Hospital vice presidents took Lowey on a walking tour of the Hospital. Lowey got a demonstration of the Hospital’s new 3-D mammography unit, which provides the most sophisticated imaging to detect breast cancer. She also toured the new Comprehensive Cancer Center and visited the Hospital’s no-wait Emergency Room as well as the Ashikari Breast Center.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center opened the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center in February 2012. The center offers radiation, infusion and support services in a new state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology and support services. In the fight against breast cancer, the center recently added Inter-operative Radiation (IORT), which allows surgeons to irradiate areas of the breast during surgery, giving women the choice of curtailing weeks of traditional radiation following surgery.

 

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (May 28, 2013) – Cortlandt Peekskill Regional Paramedics at Hudson Valley Hospital Center were named EMS Agency of the Year by the Westchester Regional EMS Council. The group was chosen from among 60 agencies countywide.

They were honored May 22 at the 40th Annual EMS awards ceremony at Sleepy Hollow High School attended by more than 200 providers and their families.

The agency provides Advanced Life Support (ALS) to the City of Peekskill, Town of Cortlandt, Village of Buchanan, and Lake Mohegan / Verplanck Fire Districts. They respond to more than 4,500 calls each year.

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Photo caption:(left to right) EMS Agency of the Year with REMSCO Chair Joe Barca, Justin Costable, Kevin Plunkett, John Cullen

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 - (May 21, 2013) - In recognition of National EMS Week, a group of first responders from Peekskill and Cortlandt Volunteer Ambulance Corps conducted an emergency drill with Hudson Valley Hospital Center on May 21 to practice response plans for an outbreak of NoroVirus.

The extremely contagious infection causes diarrhea, nausea, and stomach cramping, low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. It can be serious and even life threatening in young children and the elderly.  

Justin Costable, EMS Coordinator and Emergency Management Director at HVHC, said that first responders have to practice for all types of emergencies not just hurricanes and train derailments. Since the virus spreads rapidly, emergency rooms without a plan can be overwhelmed trying to respond to dozens of patients seeking treatment. A recent outbreak during a convention at the Hilton in Westchester sickened an estimated 200 people.

Assisting in the drill were a group of community minded senior citizens from the Drum Hill Senior Living Facility in Peekskill who played patients. The mock patients were transported by ambulance and bus to the emergency room staff at Hudson Valley Hospital Center where staff worked to triage and treat the patients.

Dorothy Margolies, 93, a resident of Drum Hill, said that she was more than happy to volunteer for a good cause. “I volunteer for many other things in the community,’’ she said. “It’s important that our first responders are prepared.’’

Also, participating in the drill were members of Peekskill’s Police Department and Office of Emergency Management as well as 60 Control, the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services, who dispatched the calls. The drill was part of a larger regional exercise involving hospitals countywide.

The Peekskill/Cortlandt Agency and Hudson Valley Hospital Center were named EMS Agency of the Year by the Westchester Regional EMS Council. The group was chosen from among 60 agencies countywide. They are being honored May 22 at an awards ceremony at Sleepy Hollow High School.

Photo caption: HVHC Emergency Room staff Jemma Martini-Mahon (left) and  Rob Iglesias (right) triage residents from Drum Hill Senior Living Center from right to left: Olivia Berger, Howard Taylor and Dorothy Margolies.

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 - (May 22, 2013) – Dressed in hospital gowns and carrying bedpans, area students from the Yorktown Leos Club raised $2,3000 for Hudson Valley Hospital Center this past weekend trolling for cash along Route 6.

The enterprising young fundraisers from Yorktown, Walter Panas and Lakeland High Schools, as well as Copper Beech and Mildred Strang Middle Schools raised the money in front of the Cortlandt Town Center on Saturday in less than five hours

Yorktown Leos adviser Al Avitable said that he got the idea for collecting money in the bed pans from a fundraiser the Leos did last year for the local 911 memorial using fireman’s boots.

“Given that we’re raising money for Hudson Valley Hospital, I thought it would be more appropriate – and funny – to use bedpans,’’ he said.

 Avitable said that the Lions youth group raised $4,500 for Support Connection, a support group for breast and ovarian cancer, with a concert earlier in May. Last year the Leos raised more than $20,000 for various causes, he said.

 

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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 - (May 22, 2013) – The Foundation of Hudson Valley Hospital Center has appointed two new members to its Board of Directors.

Appointed to the Foundation Board were Jim Coleman, Director of Westchester County’s Industrial Development Agency, and Health Professional Loretta Rodriguez-Lagonia.

“It’s very exciting to have two such distinguished community members join the Foundation’s Board of Directors,’’ said John C. Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “We really look forward to working with Jim and Loretta as the Hospital enters a new era of growth and expansion.’’ 

Coleman, a former Chief of Staff for State Senator Greg Ball, is a businessman and accomplished fundraiser. He has had a long and distinguished career working for a number of large corporations including PepsiCo, Altria and American Express where he was responsible for business development, sales, consulting and marketing. 

In March, Coleman was appointed as head of the county’s IDA and is charged with helping to lead the county’s economic development efforts by offering incentives to businesses to relocate to the county or to expand their facilities.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, he still owns the family farm, Coleman Crest, which has been in his family since 1888. He is a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon and lives with his wife in Eastchester.

Rodriguez-Lagnonia is an adjunct professor at Mercy College where she serves as distance learning instructor for Master of Science/Organizational Leadership. She also works as an executive administrator for the Lagonia Law Office in Yorktown Heights. Rodriguez-Lagonia has served as an administrator for a number of healthcare organizations, including The Bronx Health Link, and has acted as a consultant specializing in education and e-communications. She is a member of the Yorktown Lions Club and serves as Yorktown Community Emergency Response Team Coordinator and is a board member of ASK (Alliance for Safe Kids).

The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Hudson Valley Hospital Center and works with the community to support the Hospital and its services.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is continuing raise funds to pay for the construction, technology and furnishing of a state of the art Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. This campaign is managed by the hospital’s Foundation Board and a Campaign Steering Committee comprised of local and regional leaders.

Building on Excellence Phase II, follows the successful $16 million campaign for the hospital’s $100 million major expansion and renovation program that was completed in June 2010.

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

 

 

 

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