Local News

Friday, February 3, 2017

Construction of a $1.7 million emergency department expansion at Northern Dutchess Hospital was recently completed, adding treatment and support areas to ensure the community’s sickest patients are well cared for.

The 1,500-foot expansion includes new triage and registration areas, plus two additional private exam rooms and a rapid care area with four bays. The addition increases the department’s capacity by 60 percent. The four bays offer efficient space for patients who require minor treatments, such as sutures or IV fluids.

The department has had continued increased demand for its services. In 2016, staff treated an estimated 21,600 emergency medicine patients, up 20 percent in two years, hospital data show.

Despite the capacity challenge, Nebraska-based Professional Research Consultants awarded the department five stars last year for Overall Quality of Care based on patient satisfaction survey results compared to national hospital scores.

Work by Poughkeepsie-based Baxter Construction began last summer and completed in late November followed by state Department of Health approval to open the expansion. Next up, the department’s lobby will get a face-lift.


Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck recently completed a 1,500-foot expansion of its emergency department, including the addition of a rapid care area with four bays, two private exam rooms and staff support areas.

ABC News Anchor Diana Williams and Helen Hayes Hospital’s (HHH’s) Director of Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Glenn M. Seliger, MD, were honored at the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation’s Night of Inspiration fundraiser on Nov. 17 at the Nyack Seaport. Williams received the Helen Hayes MacArthur Rose Award for her staunch advocacy on behalf of individuals with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as the injury sustained by her son in a motorcycle accident. Dr. Seliger received the Excellence in Rehabilitation Medicine Award for the extraordinary care and compassion he provides to patients and families dealing with the devastating impacts of TBI and his many contributions to the field of brain injury rehab.

Proceeds from the event will support the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation and its mission to fund programming and research at HHH. For more photos from the event, please visit HHH on Facebook.


Helen Hayes Hospital (HHH) CEO Edmund J. Coletti with Night of Inspiration honorees, HHH Director of TBI Rehabilitation, Glenn M. Seliger, MD, and ABC News Anchor Diana Williams

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has recognized Middletown Medical for its “Superior Performance” in patient satisfaction as compared with similar medical groups nationwide.

The MGMA Better Performer recognition was given to Middletown Medical based on the results of MGMA’s 2016 Successful Groups Survey.

Middletown Medical has received MGMA recognition for its superior performance for many of the past few years. The award-winning multispecialty physicians’ group offers patient care at its 20 locations throughout Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

MGMA released its findings in its “Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups: 2016 Report.” The report is generated by collecting data from thousands of medical practices nationwide in a variety of surveys that cover provider compensation and production, management and staff compensation, cost and revenue, and practice operations. This aggregated data is also used to determine the Better Performers selected for the year.

MGMA member medical practices represent more than 40 percent of the physicians providing healthcare services in the United States. MGMA’s Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups report has been the nationally recognized benchmarking standard among medical groups for more than a decade.


The Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary recently gave a major gift to the hospital toward the purchase of a state-of-the-art mammography unit. Auxiliary Co-President Peg Lindblom delivered a $50,000 check to Putnam Hospital Center Foundation Executive Director Priscilla Weaver. The contribution is the first installment of a $150,000 pledge the Auxiliary has made toward the purchase of a digital breast tomosynthesis unit, also known as 3-D mammography, for the hospital.

The Auxiliary’s gift ties in with enhancements to the hospital’s breast center program. In recent months, the hospital received a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The accreditation program is administered by the American College of Surgeons and is given only to centers committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care to their patients.

The Auxiliary’s donation comes from money raised through the service of volunteers in the hospital gift shop and the Eagle Eye thrift shop in Brewster.

The Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary, formed in 1963, has made more than $7 million in pledge payments since its inception.


From left, PHC Foundation Executive Director Priscilla Weaver, Auxiliary Co-President Peg Lindlom, pathologist Vinita Agarwal, MD, Volunteer Director Michelle Piazza, Medical Imaging Manager April Lividini, Foundation Development Specialist Lisa Lombardo and Quality Director Maureen Pace

Orange Regional Medical Center has been nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a high-performing hospital for treatment of heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The 27th annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

The U.S. News analysis of hospitals includes data from nearly 5,000 centers across multiple clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on a variety of patient outcome and care-related factors including patient safety and nurse staffing.

Hospitals are ranked nationally in specialties, as well as regionally, in states and major metropolitan areas. U.S. News assigns a rating to hospitals in a handful of common procedures. Orange Regional achieved the highest rating possible for heart failure and COPD care.

A hospital’s heart failure and COPD score is based on multiple data categories, including patient survival, volume and more. Hospitals received one of three ratings — high-performing, average or below average — unless they treated an insufficient number of patients to be rated. Hospitals that earned a high-performing rating were significantly better than the national average.


The holiday season brought some extra cheer to five Putnam County organizations helping the needy.

The medical staff of Putnam Hospital Center donated $5,000 to five food pantries. Each recipient received $1,000. They included the Philipstown Food Pantry, Putnam Community Action Partnership Food Pantry, Gilead Food Pantry, St. John the Evangelist Food Pantry and Putnam Valley Community Food Pantry.

Representatives from the organizations visited Putnam Hospital Center on Tuesday, Dec. 27, to receive their checks from Medical Staff President Michael Nesheiwat, MD.

The hospital’s medical staff began contributing funds to local food pantries in 2014 during the holidays and has continued the tradition ever since.


PHC Medical Staff President Michael Nesheiwat, MD, center, with representatives from Putnam food pantries

The Helen Hayes Hospital Pharmacy Department was presented with two top awards for excellence in pharmacy services at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting on Dec. 6, 2016. Comprehensive Pharmacy Services named the department the 2016 Clinical Site of the Year and recipient of the 2016 Best Practices Award for the Northeast/Southern region. Francine Weber, HHH Director of Pharmacy, and Shaindy Gluck, Pharmacy Clinical Program Manager, accepted the award at the ASHP gathering of over 20,000 pharmacy professionals.

The Clinical Site of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement and leadership in clinical pharmacy programs and outcomes, supporting all aspects of hospital operations through clinical pharmacy systems and processes. The Best Practices Award — which the HHH Pharmacy has received for several years — recognizes excellence in pharmacy services, with recipients needing a score of 95 percent or higher on CPS’ annual Operational Audit, measuring compliance in all areas of the medication management process.


The Helen Hayes Hospital Pharmacy Department

Mark Pohar, Executive Director of Margaretville Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), and Randall Moore, Margaretville Hospital pharmacist, cut the ceremonial grand opening ribbon of the Margaretville Hospital Community Pharmacy on Thursday, Jan. 12. Also on hand was David Scarpino, President and CEO of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of WMCHealth, and Carol O’Beirne, Executive Director of the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce. The pharmacy is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Margaretville Hospital held a ribbon-cutting for the Margaretville Hospital Community Pharmacy on Jan. 12.