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Hudson Valley Hospital Center Receives Grant from MBIA for Cancer Center Software

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (August  21, 2012) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center has received a $10,000 grant from MBIA Inc. to purchase and customize software designed to identify the needs of cancer patients and resources to help them.

“We are extremely grateful to MBIA for making this program available at our Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center,’’ said John C. Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “ Our goal is to better serve our patients and ensure that they have the support and resources they need to get through the stress and anxiety of a cancer diagnosis.’’

With the funds from the Armonk-based insurance company the Hospital plans to purchase software, Polaris Distress Management System, developed and tested at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The software is a self-administered survey for patients to help determine their medical, financial and psychological stressors or needs and aims to match them with resources in the community that can assist them.

“We are pleased to support Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s efforts to provide patients with comprehensive cancer treatment and care,” said Willard Hill, Jr., Managing Director at MBIA and President of the MBIA Foundation.  “With half of all men and one-third of all women in the U.S. expected to develop cancer during their lifetime, this disease affects not only individuals, but families – and ultimately the community as a whole.  With this in mind, funding Polaris furthers the MBIA Foundation’s mission of supporting programs that enhance the quality of life in the communities where we operate and where our employees live and work.”

Anne Campbell-Maxwell, Director of Oncology at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center, said patients can complete the survey in either English or Spanish, on-line or at the cancer center. The results are then sent to the patient and to their physicians and monitored throughout their treatment.

“A cancer diagnosis is one of the most stressful events in a patient’s life,’’ said Campbell-Maxwell.  “This software application gives us the ability to measure and track their level of distress, whether it involves pain, drug reactions, financial or family issues and make sure that we are helping them on every level.’’

The Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center opened in November of 2011. It offers patients a comprehensive approach to treating cancer. The center’s team of physicians and medical professionals work together to design a treatment plan that coordinates all services so patients can receive treatment in one place close to home, eliminating travel time and reducing stress. The center offers radiation, infusion and support services including a patient navigator, nutrition counseling, acupuncture and music therapy in a new state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology and designed with comfort in mind.

A $5 million capital campaign to offset the cost of construction is ongoing. To donate to the cancer center, call the Foundation at Hudson Valley Hospital Center at 914-734-3526 or donate on line at www.hvhc.org under support us.

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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.