America’s love affair with food is as legendary as it is deadly. The country’s recent focus on the health and economic benefits of the “field to plate” movement is growing like a weed through the country and just may be the serving needed to save a sick and uneasy nation.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital is an acute care hospital faced with the reality of everyday illness and mortality. Its physicians and staff would like to stem the tide of illness and coach patients to a better day of wellness and longevity. The hospital’s vision for change is being crafted by national thought leaders and a celebrity chef.
Led by John Federspiel, hospital president, representatives from national organizations are joining together with the hospital to design this new approach including leading voices from Harvard, Stanford, Culinary Institute of America, New York Botanical Gardens, and Glynwood Institute For Sustainable Food and Farming. The hospital has adopted “Sanitas per escam”, or “Health through food”, as its mantra, as more and more research from around the globe supports the premise that a patient’s recovery can be positively influenced by their diet. NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital believes it has a responsibility to incorporate nutrition into every medical care plan of every diagnosis treated, and to hopefully discharge that patient with an understanding of why their diet is so very important to their health.
Fueled by the country’s elevated rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes, a green wave of good health is finally taking root. Scientific findings support the health impact of a plant-based diet and are finding their way into hearts and minds of businesses, patients and physician practices. Americans may just be starting to get it but only one hospital is taking action. NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, has initiated a multi-phase program including:
With direction from Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a non-profit farm and education center located in Pocantico Hills, the Hospital built and designed an organic garden of herbs and vegetables used to educate and nourish cancer patients as well as serve as a place of relaxation and contemplation. Community and Hospital volunteers tended the garden and produce was used in nutrition education classes with cancer patients.
In April 2012, NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital opened its organic garden for healing with a guest visit from Dr. Marisa C. Weiss, President and Founder of BreastCancer.org, a global non-profit organization and the fastest growing website on cancer and health. Dr. Weiss spoke on her “Think Pink, Live Green” campaign, which stresses the importance of lifestyle changes, including healthier eating, as a way to help prevent breast cancer and improve the health of those already diagnosed with the disease.
In 2012, NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital began a monthly Farmer's Market on campus to offer its employees and the public access to fresh local and organic produce. The farmer’s market featured produce grown by local farms, including W. Rogowski Farm, Continental Organics, Glynwood Farm, Hemlock Hill Farm, Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, and others. Staff from the hospital’s Nutrition and Education departments provided information to help integrate healthy eating practices into everyday life. Master gardeners from Cornell University Cooperative Extension Westchester County answered questions about gardening issues. The markets were expanded to twice a month in the 2013 season with new vendors added.
Implementation of a food service offering delicious,
healthful meals for patient therapeutic care. The new food-service program will be implemented in 2013.
A teaching/demonstration kitchen is being constructed for patients and the community in the historic Dempsey House with an expected completion date of 2013-14. Celebrity Chef Peter Kelly has been personally drafting the concept and design of the kitchen where a full range of educational food programs will be held. His passion, knowledge and community spirit are the driving forces of this project.
In keeping with its new direction of "Food as Medicine", NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital is proud to be a major sponsor of Hudson Valley Restaurant Weeks March 11-24 and November 11-17.
When Debbie Aglietti found herself suffering with an intense headache that kept getting worse, she knew she needed help. And she knew just where to go: The no-wait ER at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital. Debbie arrived at the ER on a Saturday afternoon, which can be a tough day to get fast help in most emergency rooms. Not at Hudson Valley.
“This no-wait ER is no joke. It’s true to its name in every sense. I didn't even sit down in the waiting room. I went to the window and was immediately taken in the back.” Debbie Aglietti – ER patient – viral meningitis. Read more about Debbie's experience at the hospital.
When Neal Castaldo was turning 63, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was scared and confused. But from the day he entered the new Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center his fears were soothed. He was comforted, assured, smiled at. Neal, a teacher for more than 30 years, says those are things you take with you. “I believe patientology is something everyone who treated me at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital has a PhD in. They treat you as if you’re a relative, or a friend. They care about their patients to an extraordinary level.” Read more about Neal's amazing story.
April Thompson had her twins at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital and was able to achieve the natural childbirth she wanted despite the fact that one of the babies had turned breech. Her 8-year-old daughter, Taylor was also able to participate in the delivery thanks to a special sibling class at the hospital.
“At NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital I was able to deliver my twins naturally, which can be tricky with twins,'' said April. "They also allow siblings in the delivery room which is something my 8 year old daughter wanted very much. They listened to how I wanted to do things and respected my wishes- that’s patientology.” Read more about April's story.
When Ronna Lichtenberg, a successful communications executive who lives and works in Manhattan, found her hip and knee pain unbearable, she began investigating joint replacement options. What she discovered was surprising.
“I live and work in Manhattan and interviewed some of the best hospitals for my knee and hip surgeries. But I found the doctor and the team that got me back on my feet at Hudson Valley. This is where I loved getting better. Read more about Ronna’s surprising story.
When Kimberly Gerosa was first diagnosed with breast cancer back in December of 2011, she went to another oncologist, but didn't feel comfortable. A friend suggested that she get a second opinion and visit the Ashikari Breast Center at the new Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center. She immediately connected with Dr. Pond Kelemen, who has seen her through a cancer journey that began with a lumpectomy and ended with a bi-latteral mastectomy. Read more about Kimberly's story.