Victoria Hochman

Victoria Hochman

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (November 12) – Baby Josephine Eure of Cortlandt Manor got an unexpected gift from the West Lakeland Girl Scout Troop 2478 on Veteran’s Day.

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are recipes from Monday’s class.

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

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

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

Pumpkin Pie

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

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnut Brown Butter

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







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


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

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

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

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

WHERE:  Main Lobby

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

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

About Lung Cancer

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

About Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil

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

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

About Lung Cancer Alliance

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

Follow Lung Cancer Alliance on Facebook: on Twitter @LCAorg.


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