Victoria Hochman

Victoria Hochman

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (April 22, 2014) – To celebrate Earth Week and the hospital’s commitment to sustainable food initiatives, Hudson Valley Hospital Center will hold a volunteer work day on Wednesday, April 23 from 3-6 p.m. to prepare its Organic Garden for Healing for the growing season.

Volunteers – including a team from Kohl’s Department Store – are expected to roll up their sleeves and participate in a number of projects to get the garden ready for planting. Also joining the group, will be students from Peekskill Middle School who are currently enrolled in the Young Chefs Program as part of the Hospital’s new Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen.

“This is the third season for our Organic Garden for Healing at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, and our plans continue to expand,’’ said Hudson Valley Hospital Center President John Federspiel. “We are expanding our medicinal garden and the selection of herbs and vegetables. We thank Kohl’s Department Store and our garden volunteers for their commitment to our garden and hope members of the community will join us for our 3rd annual volunteer day.’’

Volunteers are urged to bring gloves, shovels and trowels as a limited number of tools will be available for those who do not have them.

The Organic Garden for Healing is part of Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Harvest for Health program. The garden is managed by hospital and community volunteers under the direction of gardener Laura Perkins of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a leader in the farm to table movement, and Michael Bulger, coordinator for the garden and the Hospital’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen. Produce from the garden will be used in the kitchen, which offers a variety of healthy cooking classes to all age groups, including school students. In addition to the garden, the Hospital runs a twice-monthly Farmer’s Market in its quest to make healthy, local and organic produce available to the community to improve health through nutrition. The first Farmer’s Market of the season at HVHC will be held on May 13. Visit www.hvhc.org under Harvest for Health for more information or call 914-734-3780 about volunteering in the garden.


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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, 10 April 2014 00:00

HVHC Launches Two New Cancer Support Groups

Cortlandt Manor NY – (April 10, 2014) – Cancer patients at Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center will have two new support groups starting this spring.

“We are excited to be adding to our already comprehensive offerings of support and complementary programs,’’ said Anne Campbell-Maxwell, director of oncology at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center. “These are two unique programs that set us apart from other centers and underscore our commitment to the comprehensive model that meets not only the medical needs of patients, but the emotional ones as well.’’

On May 8, the Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Cold Spring will launch a pilot program in cooperation with the Hospital that will offer breast cancer patients the chance to ride and groom horses. The program hopes to help women get and stay physically and emotionally healthy.

“At TEC we believe that this program can also enhance the quality of life, physical strength and emotional/mental health of breast cancer patients,’’ said Leslie Heanue, Executive Director. “TEC looks to be the pioneer equine-assisted rehabilitation program addressing the specific needs of breast cancer patients in New York State.”

Heanue said that therapeutic riding uses the movement of the horse to help the patient improve strength, balance, coordination, sensory processing and improved overall function.

The classes would run from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays for 8 sessions starting May 8 and be open to six breast cancer patients, initially. Participants would be paired with a cancer survivor “buddy” and would spend half the class grooming and half riding.

Heanue said that TEC, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, hopes to obtain a grant to expand the program to reach more patients.

Also starting this spring at HVHC is a new support program for cancer patients who suffer from Lymphedema, a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system. The Hospital’s licensed clinical social worker and Lymphedema therapist will provide men and women who are struggling with Lymphedema due to cancer surgery with emotional and educational support.

The group is led by Jen Looby, MS, PT, CLT, Physical Therapist/Senior Certified Lymphedema Therapist at Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Center for Rehabilitation. Ms. Looby has a Bachelor of Health Science degree from Mercy College and an MS degree in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College. She obtained her Certification in Lymphedema Therapy from Norton School of Lymphatics.

Support group sessions will be held every other fourth Tuesday of the month from 12:30 - 2 p.m. (April 29, June 24, August 26, October 28, December 30) and every other third Wednesday of the month from 3:30-5 p.m. – ( May 21, July 16, September 17, November 19).

To learn more about these support programs or others offered at the cancer center call 914-293-8400 or visit www.hvhc.org. Support Groups take place at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center, 1978 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor.

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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.
 

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00

Complaints or concerns

GRIEVANCE PROCESS

 

If you have been discharged and have a concern related to any aspect of your care, you may contact us either in writing or by phone at:


Hudson Valley Hospital Center
Quality Management Department
1980 Crompond Road
Cortlandt Manor, New York 10567
Or
Complaint Line 914-734-3333

 

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (April 8, 2014) – Having a happy, healthy baby and a good birth experience can’t be left to chance. It’s something that takes planning.

To help educate aspiring parents, Hudson Valley Hospital Center holds its annual “Art of Having a Baby” Maternity Fair. This year, the Hospital will hold the event on May 10 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in a new location – at the Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Boulevard in Jefferson Valley.

Click here to Sign up for Daddy Olympics and win a $500 gift certificate. Space is limited.

Also new this year, is a fast-paced competition, “Daddy Olympics” in which prospective dads will compete to win a $500 gift certificate by completing a “parenting obstacle course” in the fastest time. Skills like diapering a baby doll and collapsing a stroller with one hand will be tested. Another timed event that was a big hit at last year’s fair will return again this year: “Speed Dating.” Couples will get to interview obstetricians, midwives and pediatricians in this one-on-one sit down with the area’s top providers. Not sure what to ask? Don’t worry. Questions will provided.
Sabrina Nitkowski-Keever, Director of Maternal/Child Health at HVHC, said that couples should do research on the type of birth they want and develop a birthing plan beforehand. When developing a plan they should consider birthing methods, midwives vs. obstetricians, pain management and the benefits of breastfeeding among other questions. Because birthing philosophies vary among hospitals and providers, it is wise to decide which philosophy best suits you before choosing a provider or a hospital.

The “Art of Having a Baby” Maternity Fair can help prospective parents with all of these questions. The day will also feature a baby gadget demonstration, children’s activities including a sing along with entertainers Gina & Stacey and vendors offering everything from educational information to baby-related products and services. There will be a refreshments, raffle prizes and giveaways.

For more information, call 914-734-3557 or read more at www.hvhc.org under Maternity or look for us on Facebook.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center is the only hospital in Westchester and Putnam to be designated as a "Baby Friendly" Hospital by Baby Friendly USA. The hospital, which has a 90 percent exclusive breastfeeding rate, has received state and national recognition for its breastfeeding support programs. The hospital offers whirlpool tubs in every labor and delivery room.

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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. For physician directory assistance please call 800-482-HVHC or visit www.hvhc.org.

 

 

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

Healthy Cooking Classes in April

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (April1, 2014) – Making some modest changes in your diet can improve your health. Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s new Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen offers healthy cooking classes throughout the year and is offering some special classes in April.

Part of the Hospital’s Harvest for Health program, The Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen offers cooking classes to people of all ages for a nominal fee of $15 per class. Here’s what’s on tap for April:

Cooking the DASH Diet
Monday, April 14th. 3-4:30 PM.
Led by HVHC Registered Dietitian Stefanie Green, this informative and fun class will focus on the DASH diet. The DASH diet is based on research into the best dietary interventions to lower blood pressure and maintain heart health. Learn about delicious meals that can help you steer clear of high sodium processed foods. Convenience without the compromise! ($15).

Healthy Alternatives to Fast Food
Tuesday, April 22nd. 4-5:30 PM.

Whether you have a weakness for French fries, potatoes chips, or fatty burgers, there’s an opportunity to improve your health without abandoning the comfort food. In this class, you’ll try out different ways to cook up familiar foods and learn just why the alternatives are better for you. ($15).


Homemade Pizza
Saturday, April 26. 2-3:30 PM.

There are an infinite number of ways to top your pizza, and many of them will elevate the pie to gourmet status while also improving its nutritional profile. From your very own homemade crust to great new ideas for making a perfectly balanced pizza, this weekend class will equip you with the tools to skip delivery and wow your friends and family. As a bonus, making your own pizza is great for getting kids involved in the kitchen! ($15).

For more information on cooking classes, call 914-734-3780 or register on line at www.hvhc.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

 

 



Cortlandt Manor NY – (March 31, 2014) – Patients of Hudson Valley Hospital Center can now access their medical records and check on upcoming hospital appointments on line with the launch of a new patient portal.

“This will be a major benefit to our patients and their families,’’ said Hudson Valley Hospital Center President John Federspiel. “Our staff can sign patients up so they can create an account and use this new service.’’

The new service, called MyHVHC, allows patients to securely access portions of their electronic medical records, upcoming appointments and other information. Through the portal patients can:

- Access portions of their health records in one place, such as procedures, lab and test results, immunizations, medications and allergies.
- Check on upcoming medical appointments at HVHC
- Give family members or their doctors easy access to records.
The new patient portal is part of the Affordable Health Care Act and is aimed at improving patients’ access to medical records, as well as, reducing paper records for cost savings.

Patients can sign up for a portal account the next time they are in the emergency room, admitted as an inpatient or if they are having surgery.  Patients cannot access past records, only new records created after the launch of the system.

Patients who have an account can log into their records by visiting the hospital website at www.hvhc.org and looking for the MyHVHC logo.
For more information on the patient portal, call 914-734-3557.


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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.
 

Cortlandt Manor NY – (March 28, 2014) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center is among hospitals rated for safety in the most recent issue of Consumer Reports.

Quoted in the March 27 issue of The Journal News, Dr. William J. Higgins, vice president of medical affairs at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, said "we are extremely proud" to score high in the report, but noted the need for "continuous improvement."


The Consumer Reports survey covered 2,591 hospitals nationwide and 136 statewide and reviewed hospitals' overall safety based on patient-outcome data including mortality, re-admissions and hospital-acquired infections.


The article is available in the May issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReports.org, but accessing the ratings of individual hospitals at www.ConsumerReports.org/hospitalratings requires a paid subscription.


For more details on the study and to learn Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s ranking, click to see these reports by The Journal News and ABC News tonight.

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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.
 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

HVHC Celebrates Nursing Certification Day

Cortlandt Manor NY – (March 19, 2014) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center has more than 125 nurses with advanced degrees, evidence of a growing trend in which nurses pursue continuing education to improve the quality of healthcare for their patients.

Nurses at Hudson Valley Hospital Center were recognized for these accomplishments on March 19, which is celebrated as Nurse Certification Day in honor of the birthday of Greta Styles. Styles, who died in 2005, is recognized as a trailblazer in nursing for her advocacy of worldwide nursing standards and certification. As a result of her work, more nurses are seeking advanced degrees and statistics show that patients are benefitting.

“Here at Hudson Valley Hospital Center we are indeed fortunate to have so many dedicated nurses who voluntarily chose to pursue professional certification,” said Hudson Valley Hospital Center President John Federspiel. “These nurses have met rigorous requirements in specialized areas of practice as they progress along the continuum of lifelong learning. Most importantly, certification contributes to higher standards of patient care.”

Kathy Asadorian, assistant Clinical Nurse Manager in the Operating Room at HVHC, said that earning an advanced degree had improved her skills and allowed her to give better care to her patients. She said that continuing education was a lifelong pursuit for nurses.

Kathy Webster, Vice President of Patient Services at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, said that 34 percent of nurses at HVHC have achieved certification. She said that studies showed that patient mortality rates and length of hospital stays dropped in direct correlation to the number of nurses with advanced degrees.

“These nurses have made continuing professional development a priority and they assure our hospital and our patients that they have the knowledge and skills to deliver the highest level of care,’’ she said. “When we compare ourselves by specialty in the NDNQI national database, we have outperformed the benchmark for every specialty.”

 


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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.
 

Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

New Sports Medicine program at HVHC

Each year 1 in 100 female high school athletes will suffer a serious knee injury. The Center for Rehabilitation at Hudson Valley Hospital Center is doing something about it with a new Sports Medicine program that specializes in injury prevention, performance enhancement and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

"Athletes, especially young female athletes, are prone to injury of their ACL and it can be devastating to the athlete and the team,'' said Kyle Mack, PT, DPT, Clinical Manager, Department of Rehabilitation. "These injuries have become an epidemic and can sideline athletes for 6-12 months, but are preventable with the correct training.

The center is now also offering a SportsMetrics ™ ACL Injury Prevention program to schools and individual athletes. The center also offers Return to Sports Programs to help athletes recover from injuries more quickly and return to sports safely. Created under the direction of internationally-renowned orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon, Frank R. Noyes, M.D., Sportsmetrics™ is the first and only training program scientifically proven to decrease knee injuries in female athletes. It is a six-week jump training program that meets three times per week on alternating days and is comprised of a dynamic warm-up, jump/plyometric drills, strength training and flexibility exercises.

Knee ligament injury rates are 2-10 times higher in female athletes than in male athletes.  The majority of these injuries are non-contact, occurring in sports that involve pivoting, cutting or jumping. The ACL controls the pivoting and forward motion of the knee joint, along with the hamstrings muscles.  If these muscles are not adequately prepared, jumping/twisting motions may create shear forces, which can tear the ACL. 

Hudson Valley Hospital Center's Center for Sports Medicine is now offering this program. The centers’ team of highly-trained therapists work with the area’s top orthopedic specialists. They are part of The Hospital for Special Surgery’s Rehabilitation Network, and hold prestigious accreditations attesting to their expertise. Each team member offers specialized skills, significant experience and a dedication to improving patients’ lives.

The Center for Rehabilitation has consistently maintained a patient satisfaction rating or 90 percent and above.

 

To make an appointment for an evaluation, call 914-734-3455.

 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00

Expectant Parents' Guide

Your Baby, Your Way. It’s not just a slogan. It’s a philosophy.

Meet the Experts at our Maternity Fair May 10 at the JV Mall.  Win a $500 gift certificate in the Daddy Olympics.

At Hudson Valley Hospital Center we work hard to educate prospective parents on preparing for their special day. Did you know that the hospital you choose may be the MOST important decision you will make when it comes to the birth of your baby?

Here are some key questions you should ask before choosing a Hospital.

- Do you require an Intravenous line?

Many hospitals require moms to be tied to an IV line once they enter the maternity floor. This inhibits movement, making it more difficult for moms to labor comfortably. Moms at HVHC can walk the halls, use the whirlpool tubs and engage in physical activity to encourage labor and faster birth.

- Do you allow outside support during the birth?

At Hudson Valley Hospital Center we recognize that families may want their own birth support. We not only allow Doulas or labor helpers, but encourage them.

- Will you work with me to develop and honor my birth plan?
Download a sample birth plan from our website and we will work with you to help you achieve all the goals you set out.

- Do you allow family/siblings to be there for the birth?

Our Hospital is one of the few to offer sibling birth classes so older siblings can be part of this special day and help to bring their brother/sister into the world. Family members are welcome during delivery.

- Do you have whirlpool tubs and can I have a water birth?
HVHC has whirlpool tubs in every labor and delivery room. Our moms are encouraged to labor in the tubs to ease labor pains and some choose to deliver in the tub.

- What options do you have for controlling pain?
At HVHC we encourage moms to deliver naturally, but if they choose pain medication we will support them with a full range of options, which includes not only traditional medications, epidurals etc., but alternatives such as acupuncture and guided meditation.

- If I have to have a Cesarean Section , can my baby remain with me?
At most hospitals if you have a Cesarean Section you will be separated from your baby. Not at HVHC. At Hudson Valley Hospital Center, our C-section rate is low. But even if you have one, we believe that mothers and babies should begin bonding immediately. Our mothers begin breastfeeding right in the operating room in what is called skin to skin bonding. Studies show that this not only helps babies acclimate to breastfeeding more quickly, but releases hormones in mom that can help her recover more quickly.

- Do you allow VBACs at your Hospital?

A VBAC stands for vaginal birth after Cesarean . For many years, it was common to think once a C-Section, always a C-Section. Mothers who delivered that way once were prevented from trying for a vaginal birth the second time. Some hospitals still follow this outdated rule. At HVHC, not only do we support moms who aspire to VBAC, but we encourage moms – even those who have had two C-sections – to try to deliver vaginally. Of course, the safety of mom and baby always comes first.

-What does your hospital do to support breastfeeding?

Many hospitals say they support breastfeeding, but HVHC goes above and beyond. Babies at HVHC room in with their moms. That way moms and babies are experts at breastfeeding before they leave the hospital. Not only does HVHC have a lactation consultant to advise moms in the hospital, but a dedicated phone assistance line that new moms can call once they return home. And they can get more support from the consultant and other moms at our breastfeeding support group that meets twice a month. Much of this is available in other hospitals, but we are the ONLY hospital in the region that is designated as a “Baby Friendly” hospital for our superior maternity and breastfeeding support programs.

- Aren’t all hospitals “Baby Friendly?”

The answer is a resounding no! Baby Friendly is a special designation given by the World Health Organization and Baby Friendly USA for excellence in maternity care and breastfeeding support. Only a small, selective group of hospitals nationwide have received this designation, and we are the only ones in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange and Dutchess counties. In order to become Baby Friendly, hospitals must meet a strict set of guidelines and requirements including:
-Completing a period of comprehensive training and preparation
- Providing new mothers with optimal care, information and instruction to successfully breastfeed or feed formula to their babies
- Undergoing a rigorous yearly review

What's your policy with twins?
At HVHC we specialize in multiple births. Many hospitals encourage C-Sections with twins. Not at HVHC. We believe that moms should have the option of delivering twins vaginally. If a C-Section is required, moms can still bond with her babies in operating room. We also have a Level II Neo-natal Intensive Care unit if the need should arsie so parents of multiples can feel safe and secure.

 

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