Victoria Hochman

Victoria Hochman

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (January 3, 2014) – Not everyone gets the day off from work during a snowstorm as Hudson Valley Hospital Center employees can testify.

About 45 employees spent the night Thursday sleeping in the emergency room, hospital rooms or makeshift dormitories in conference rooms, day rooms and exam rooms, according to Nursing Supervisor Anna Slempa.

Slempa, who was in charge of coordinating the Hospital’s snow plan, said those who spent the night were a combination of people who worked the night shift Thursday and others who were scheduled to work days on Friday and came in early. She said these included physicians, as well as, people from emergency, radiology, nursing, ambulatory surgery, engineering and environmental. It also included people from departments such as dietary and finance that might not be considered essential personnel.

The hospital sent a driver to pick up about 10 people, mostly nurses.

“Everyone was in good spirits and cooperative,’’ said Slempa. “The most important thing is that we were staffed appropriately to take care of our patients during the storm.’’

As a reward, employees who stayed the night were treated to breakfast.

“It’s the least we could do to show our gratitude,’’ said Hospital President John Federspiel. “My thanks to everyone for pulling together during the storm to make sure our patients were comfortable and safe. I’m very proud to have such a dedicated staff.’’

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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.
 

Thursday, 02 January 2014 16:30

First Baby of 2014 at HVHC

Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s first baby of the New Year 2014 arrived Jan. 1 at 5:35 p.m. Baby Ayleen born to Marcela Ona and Alex Quiroga of Peekskill weighed in at 7 lbs. and 7 ounces and was 20 inches long. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is the only Hospital in the region to be designated a “Baby Friendly” Hospital by Baby Friendly USA and the World Health Organization for its excellence in Maternity Care and Breastfeeding Support.


Cortlandt Manor, NY - (January 2, 2014) – When Dr. Kerline Marcelin steps off the plane in Haiti later this month it will be a déjà vu on several levels.

Marcelin, an ophthalmologist at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, first visited Haiti while in medical school and it was her trip there that inspired her to become an ophthalmologist. Add to that Marcelin’s background – her family is from Haiti – and it makes for a very meaningful trip on many levels.

“You could say that I am going back to my roots,’’ said Marcelin. “But more than that, going back to Haiti is coming full circle to what got me started in ophthalmology in the first place.”

What got her started in ophthalmology in the first place is what still inspires her today: giving the gift of sight. Marcelin, who teaches at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, will travel to Haiti from January 18-25 with the Crudem Foundation to work at the Sacred Heart Hospital (Hôpital Sacré Coeur) in Milot. There she hopes to perform surgery on glaucoma patients. She specializes in treating glaucoma, which is often referred to as the “sneak thief of sight” because it has no symptoms and can end in blindness if left untreated. Marcelin says that it is a particular problem in third world countries like Haiti where treatment is not readily available.

She will be traveling with a group of other ophthalmologists including a cataract surgeon from Boston. Marcelin said she will probably spend most of her time performing surgery to insert glaucoma drainage devices, which help to reduce pressure on the eye created from the buildup of fluids.

Marcelin said that she hopes that the trip will be the first of many and that she would like to eventually organize a group of her own to return to the islands each year. She said that her colleagues at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary are already inspired by her plans.

“I hope that once I return others will be inspired and I will be able to get more people involved,’’ she said.

Dr. Marcelin completed her Ophthalmology Residency at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center. She earned her Doctor of Medicine from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She received her fellowship training in glaucoma diseases at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

To follow Dr. Marcelin’s travels, visit Hudson Valley Hospital Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Hudsonvalleyhospital. To contact her office for an appointment, call 914-737-6360.

To learn more about the Crudem Foundation and its work visit www.crudem.org

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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

 

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 09:52

Quick Reference Directory

Need to make an appointment? Here's a quick list of Hospital Departments. Main number is 914-737-9000.

 

Admitting/Registration - 734-3288

Ambulatory Surgery - 734-3741

Breast Center (Ashikari) - 734-3490

Cancer Center - 293-8400

Lung Cancer Screening - 293-8472

Melanoma Center - 734-8432

Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation - 734-3810

Colonoscopy/Digestive Health - 603-5072

Emergency - 734-3300

Foundation - 734-3526

Food and Nutrition - 734-3305

Hospitality Shop - 734-3275

Human Resources - 734-3355

Information Desk/Lobby - 734-3231

Laboratory - 734-3281

Marketing/Public Relations - 734-3557.

Medical Affairs - 734-3324

Medical Records - 734-3212

Nursing floors

2 South - 734-3253

3 South - 734-3262

4 South - 734-3265

Intensive Care Unit - 734-3245

Progressive Care Unit - 734-3684

Maternity - 734-3257

Occupational therapy - 734-3642

Patient Accounts/Billing - 734-3858

Patient Financial Counselor - 734-3518

Patient Services - 734-3390

Pharmacy - 734-3235

Physical Rehabilitation - 734-3251

Plastic Surgery/Hand Surgery - 293-8700

Quality Management - 734-3611

Radiology/Women's Imaging Scheduling - 734-3674

Security - 734-3573

Sleep Center - 734-3840

Social Services - 734-3321

Volunteers - 734-3303

Wellness Club - 526-2336.

Westchester Medical Practice - 788-4635

Wound Care - 734-3030

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (December 18, 2013) – Santa’s Helpers at Hudson Valley Hospital Center wrapped mountains of gifts on December 18 to make holiday wishes come true for local children and their families.

In an annual tradition, staff and local girl scouts and community members wrapped more than 700 gifts that will be donated to local social services agencies and delivered to families in need. Pajamas and books, dolls, trucks, musical instruments and art supplies, boots, socks and tons of toys, clothing and other gifts were packaged in less than two hours, beating last year’s record.

This year – the 18th year of Santa’s Helpers - the Hospital spent $125 per child on 93 children. The Santa’s Helpers project is also delivering gifts to 44 families and 1 group home.

Sue Lepore, facilitator of the program in the administration office at HVHC, said she has seen a change over the years as larger donors step forward to make up for those who are affected in a down economy.

This year, the Paramount Theatre donated $600 from the proceeds of its December 8 performance of the Nutcracker. Kitah Hay (fifth grade) at the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley raised over $500, shopping and wrapping gifts for five children.

“We had some very generous anonymous donations this year,’’ said Lepore. “These children ask for so little, some asking only for basic necessities such as shampoo and blankets. We try to meet those requests and then add a little extra to make it a holiday to remember.’’

Hospital employees held several fundraisers as well including three days when employees paid $10 each for the right to wear denim to work and six 50/50 raffles.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is at 1980 Crompond Rd. (Route 202) Cortlandt Manor, NY.
 

Friday, 13 December 2013 15:47

Hand Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center

At the Hand Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center we specialize in treating hand injuries and conditions of the hand and upper extermity. From workplace injuries to carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries, we are the experts in surgical and non-surgical treatments for disorders of the hand, wrist or elbow. From surgery to rehabilitation, our team provides a comprehensive program to help you recover faster.

In addition to our skilled physicians, orthopedic specialists and surgeons, HVHC has a Center for Rehabilitation with three licensed occupational therapists and one certified hand therapist who have intricate knowledge of upper extremity function and structure. They work with patients to prevent injury or impairment, restore gross and fine motor skills, and enhance participation in activities of daily living. Our Center for Rehabilitation is a member of the Hospital for Special Surgery Network so you know you are getting the most advanced treatment.

 

For additional information about the Hand Therapy Program or to schedule an appointment, please call: 914-734-3251.

Our Team

Dr. Ari Mayerfield specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and injuries of the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow in patients from infants to adults. A graduate of Cornell and Harvard Universities and the Sackler School of Medicine, Dr. Mayerfield completed his fellowship at the world-renowned Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery where many firsts in hand surgery were performed including the first hand transplant performed in the United States, the first successful technique for primary flexor tendon repair, as well as many others.


He has specialized training in the minimally invasive treatment of diseases involving the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow. These include arthroscopy, endoscopic techniques, enzymatic treatments and microsurgery, all of which expedite recovery and minimize downtime.

Conditions and injuries he treats include, but are not limited to:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and nerve compression (i.e., ulnar nerve/cubital tunnel)
- Sports injuries, fractures and dislocations
- Ligament injuries (sprains), tendon injuries, tendonitis (trigger finger, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, and De Quervain's tendonitis)
- Ganglion cysts, nerve injuries, arthritis and stiff joints
- Dupuytren's contracture, infection, vascular disorders, and brachial plexus injuries.
- Special interests include upper extremity trauma and sports injuries, post-traumatic reconstruction, tendon disorders, peripheral neuropathy, arthroscopy, and microsurgery.

Dr. Mayerfield has performed over 2,000 surgeries, including over 700 cases exclusively involving the upper extremity and specializes in the treatment of diseases of the hand, wrist, elbow, peripheral nervous system, as well as microsurgery. His practice is focused on restoring hand and upper extremity function through both non-surgical and surgical means, and helping patients get back to enjoying the activities of daily life. The majority of patients he treats ultimately do not require surgery. To make an appointment with Dr. Mayerfield, call 914-293-8700.

Dr. Mayerfield attended Cornell University (B.S. 1999) and Harvard University before attending the Sackler School of Medicine (M.D. 2007). He is an Assistant Professor of Hand Surgery at New York Medical College and a candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He completed his General Surgery training at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the highest volume trauma residency program in Chicago, where he was awarded ‘Teacher of the Year’. Following graduation, he went on to complete a fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery at the University of Louisville. During his training, Dr. Mayerfield authored a book chapter on alternative imaging modalities of the Hand, and researched a new surgical technique for treatment of wrist instability.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center has Certified Hand Therapists on staff

 

This certification is voluntary and difficult to attain. To obtain certification in hand therapy, a therapist must have 5 years of clinical experience as an Occupational or Physical Therapist, including 4,000 or more hours in direct practice of hand therapy. The therapist must pass a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. In addition, a therapist is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by re-certifying every 5 years.

The Certified Hand Therapy credential offers assurance to the public that a therapist has achieved the highest level of competency in hand therapy and stays up to date with practice within the field.

For additional information on the Certified Hand Therapist click here.

 

 

Friday, 06 December 2013 15:35

Nominate a Mensch

Around this time of year, we are all bombarded with a sweet, sticky overload of Madison Avenue hype about the season and how giving is better than receiving. These marketing campaigns are designed to get us to open our wallets in the name of giving. But there are simpler and more fullfilling ways to give, not just during the holiday season, but throughout the year. Small gestures go a long way: a smile, a compliment, giving someone the right of way on the road, giving up your seat on the subway. These small acts, restore our faith in humanity and lighten our daily load. Just last month, such a simple act of kindness went viral on the Internet. A subway rider snapped a photo of young African American man in a hoodie who had fallen asleep on the shoulder of a religious Jewish man wearing a yarmulke. The photographer asked the Jewish man whether he should wake the sleeping youth, but the man simply said "He must have had a long day, let him sleep.'' Inspired by this, the photographer posted the photo and story on the Internet and overnight, the man, Isaac Theil of Brooklyn, became a celebrity. But unlike Joe the Plumber and other media created heroes who milk the spotlight, Theil simply shurgged off the deed, saying it was no big deal. There is a Yiddish term that fits a person  like Theil - a mensch. Definition: A person of integrity and honor.

On our 125th Anniversary, Hudson Valley Hospital Center aims to encourage more of these acts of kindness with a contest that asks people to nominate the Isaac Theils in our community for the recognition they deserve. At the same time we are challenging people to pledge to perform more acts of kindness in the New Year. Our goal is 125, but the sky is the limit. Afterall, it was an act of kindness that started the Hospital in 1889 when a small group of community-minded women purchased a pre-revolutionary house on lower South Street in Peekskill, which became the Helping Hand Hospital. And Hudson Valley has dedicated itself to fullfilling that 'Helping Hand' mission ever since. 

So if you know someone you'd like to nominate for our 125 Acts of Kindness Award, please e-mail us at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING . In addition to the person's name and reason for your nomination, please include your own contact information so we can follow up. We would like to post these nominations - and the stories behind them - on Facebook, but we will keep nominations anoymous if you so choose.

So nominate a mensch. It can be your first act of kindness for 2014 (you can count it even though we're not quite there yet) Happy Holidays.

Cortlandt Manor, NY  – Three people from the community and a group of Hudson Valley Hospital Center employees will be honored on Thursday Jan. 23 for acts of kindness when the Hospital kicks off a year-long celebration of its 125th Anniversary.  

Hospital President John C. Federspiel will present awards to Nancy Montgomery and her husband Jim Lovell of Cold Spring for their acts of kindness. Lovell, who died in the Metro North train derailment last month, is being recognized posthumously as part of the Hospital 125th Anniversary’s theme – 125 Acts of Kindness. Also being honored are Ellen Buccellato of Peekskill, an advocate for the homeless and hungry, chaplain and member of the Hospital’s Ethics Committee, and a team of employees who head the Hospital’s annual Santa’s Helpers holiday gift drive.

The event will be held in the Hospital lobby at 11 a.m. Kacey Morabito Grean will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and there will be a performance by violinist Daisy Jopling.

“Our hospital recently won the “Guardian of Excellence” Award for patient satisfaction and that has a lot to do with the kindness and courtesy our staff shows patients and visitors every day,’’ said Federspiel.  “It seemed fitting that we recognize our 125th anniversary by rewarding kindness and encouraging others to perform acts of kindness.”

Federspiel said he hoped that those honored at the event would serve as role models for the community and encourage others to perform acts of kindness. At the event, the community will be asked to pledge to perform at least one act of kindness in 2014. As part of the on-going “Act of Kindness” campaign pledges will be featured on Facebook and the Hospital website. 

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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

 

 

 

                                                         

 

 

 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:55

Cooking for a Better Life

Eating healthier is a goal aspired to by most adults these days. And what better way to do it, than to learn to prepare easy, healthful meals that are fun to make. The Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen at Hudson Valley Hospital Center is offering a series of such classes. Here's the schedule for the coming months:

Tuesday, December 10th. 2-3:30 PM. Winter Soups. As the weather gets cold, there are few things more comforting than a warm bowl of soup. Whether it is to share for the holidays, or to freeze for later, making a big batch of soup is a great way to utilize lots of vegetables and make a delicious healthy meal. ($15)

Wednesday, December 11th. 5 – 6:30 PM. Heart-Healthy Christmas Recipes. Traditional holiday dishes are fun to make and one of our favorite parts of December. Making your holidays a little more healthy is easy, and this class will show you that a healthy holiday can be incredibly delicious. Come learn some great ways to get into the winter season! ($15).

Tuesday, December 17th. 6-7:30 PM. Seafood Feasts. Many people eat fish for the holidays because of religious or cultural reasons. But fish is a healthy dining option that most Americans could make a more regular part of their diet. Prepared correctly, seafood is a delicacy that will make you feel as if your home dinner table is in a fancy restaurant. If fish is an unfamiliar ingredient, or if you just want to learn some great recipes and have barrels of fun, this will be a great class to attend. ($15).

You can register for these classes and others by checking out our calendar of events.

Cortlandt Manor, NY – (November 25, 2013) – Nearly 300 people attended Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Wine and Dine Around the World event on November 21 to raise money for breast cancer education.

The benefit at Trump National Golf Course in Briarcliff Manor raised $30,000 for the Ashikari Breast Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center again presents “Wine and Dine Around the World” this time with a Mediterranean flair.

More than 20 fine restaurants participated in the event, which this year featured foods and wines of the Mediterranean.

“We thank everyone here for supporting this wonderful event,’’ said Dr. Andrew Ashkiari, of the Ashikari Breast Center. “The funds raised here tonight will allow us to support future educational and research programs such as the symposium we had this past fall.”


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.

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.

For information on the Ashikari Breast Center, visit www.hvhc.org or call 914-734-3490.

Photo caption: Dr. Andrew Ashikari, HVHC Foundation Board Chairman Michael Delfino, Event Chairwoman Rosemarie Panio and HVHC President John Federspiel.

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