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.                                                                                                                       …
  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…
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…
Cortlandt Manor, NY - (May 20, 2013) –Sunburns are more than uncomfortable—they’re also a major risk factor for melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer. “Melanoma is directly linked to intense exposure to ultraviolet [UV] radiation that leads to blistering sunburns,” said Pond Kelemen MD, FACS, Surgical Oncologist at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, and director of the Hospital’s new Melanoma Center. “At midday, these sunburns can occur in less than 15 minutes.” He said that people who are exposed to the sun or have risk factors such as fair skin, freckles or moles should be extra careful about monitoring…