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Walter Panas High School students volunteer at Hudson Valley Hospital Organic Healing Garden


Walter Panas students

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (April 20, 2012) – Students from Walter Panas High School  helped Hudson Valley Hospital Center put the finishing touches on its organic garden for healing scheduled to open April 25.

Eight students from the high school helped fill the garden planters with topsoil and spread mulch in preparation for the big day. Volunteers were Corey Dean, Robert Bruce, Esteban Baquero, Priten Shah, Marissa Offenbacher, Kevin Carrol, Lynne Cherchia and Dawn Bruzzese.

The Organic Garden for Healing, part of the Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center, will hold two special events on April 25 to dedicate the garden. The day’s events will start at 8:30 with a breakfast presentation featuring special guest speaker Dr. Marisa Weiss, President and Founder of followed by a dedication of the garden at 11 a.m.

Organic Garden for Healing will serve as the classroom for Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Seeds for Health program, an educational and therapeutic program for cancer patients and their families. The program stresses the importance of nutrition in healing and the therapeutic value of gardening in managing stress and reducing anxiety.



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