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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Clinicians across Northwell Health partnered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for the health system’s fifth annual Know the Difference Day on June 7 to educate staff and hospital visitors about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

The fifth annual Know the Difference Day raised awareness about the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Led by diabetes educators, nurses and physicians, the event raised awareness about the differences between the two types of diabetes, those affected by the disease and treatments available to help manage it.

Approximately 1.25 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes, which is caused by an autoimmune disease. People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin and require insulin through multiple daily injections or infusion through insulin pumps.

Currently, 27 million Americans are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and are insulin-resistant. The causes of the disease are tied to metabolism and genetic susceptibility. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through dietary modifications, exercise and oral medicines.

On hand at Zucker Hillside Hospital during the education day was Vincent Maltese, age 18, a JDRF ambassador who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 14.

“I was overwhelmed when I was diagnosed as a freshman in high school because diabetes did not run in my family,” Maltese says. “It was a huge thing for a young kid to deal with, and I had to put an analytical lens on the food I ate, measuring and calculating my meals and using an insulin pen.”

As part of the systemwide event, the Department of Medicine at North Shore University Hospital telecast grand rounds with Grazia Aleppo, MD, an endocrinologist at Northwestern University, which focused on continuous glucose monitoring. The talk was followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Aleppo and two JDRF ambassadors — one who discussed living with diabetes as a teenager and the other who was diagnosed with the disease at age 40.

More than $60,000 was raised at the Putnam Hospital Center Golf Invitational to support healthcare services for the community. The June 4 tournament at Anglebrook Golf Club in Somers attracted 65 golfers for a weather-perfect day of golf and camaraderie.

Golfers were treated to lunch and dinner, as well as craft beer from the Bull & Barrel in Brewster and Broken Bow Brewery in Tuckahoe. Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery offered a tasting during cocktail hour. There was also a silent auction, a Hole-in-One car donated by Volz Auto and a 50/50 raffle held by the PHC Auxiliary.

The tournament is a major fundraiser for Putnam Hospital Center and is generously sponsored by Northeastern Anesthesia Services PC. Donations support the hospital’s top priorities for 2018, including expanding neurological, orthopedic and cardiac care services, in addition to the ongoing Emergency Department expansion and renovation.

Crystal Run Healthcare is a proud recipient of Intalere’s Healthcare Achievement Award for Financial and Operational Improvement. The award was presented to organizations that improved operational functions and reduced costs. Crystal Run Healthcare has won this award twice in the past three years.

Kevin Keller and Theresa Dolson accept the Intalere Healthcare Achievement Award on behalf of Crystal Run Healthcare.

Kevin Keller, Director of Materials Management, and Theresa Dolson, PharmD, RPh, Director of Pharmacy, lead the Crystal Run team with assistance from the Intalere Pharmacy Specialist Team and pharmaceutical supplier AmerisourceBergen and worked collaboratively to develop a return-on-investment strategy. The overall goal of Crystal Run’s project was to provide better control over medications while reducing costs and increasing efficiency. Crystal Run created a central pharmacy to improve the process of supplying pharmaceuticals to its prescribing providers over its multiple locations. As a result, inventory was reduced by 10 percent, and overall costs decreased in excess of $1 million annually.

Keller and Dolson accepted the award at Intalere’s member conference, Elevate 2018, in Orlando, Florida. Award winners were recognized for improving supply chain functions, patient satisfaction, service quality and revenue optimization.

Orange Regional Medical Center has partnered with NeighboRx Pharmacy, which operates within Orange Regional’s Outpatient Building, to offer a Meds-to-Beds service for inpatients. NeighboRx Pharmacy has also expanded its hours to include Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The Meds-to-Beds Program consists of our pharmacy hand-delivering prescriptions to hospital patients’ bedsides before they are discharged. This ensures they have their medication in hand before leaving the hospital,” says NeighboRx Pharmacy owner and pharmacist Rory Garland.

Pharmacy staff are also available to answer any patient questions or concerns before discharge and can deliver to patients’ homes for future refills to ensure continued medication compliance.

The pharmacy is a convenient option for patients, the general public and Medical Center staff. It offers a full range of prescription medication services, including personalized pharmacist services. The pharmacy also carries over-the-counter medications and medical supplies, including walkers and rollators; diabetic supplies; wheelchairs; knee, arm, wrist and ankle braces; crutches; and bath and safety supplies.

Orange Regional Medical Center was reaccredited by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer with the CEO Cancer Gold Standard, acknowledging its commitment to the health of its employees and their families by agreeing to meet a high standard of cancer prevention, screening and care guidelines.

The CEO Cancer Gold Standard calls for companies to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, an organization must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use, encouraging physical activity, promoting healthy nutrition, detecting cancer at its earliest stages when outcomes may be more favorable and providing access to quality care, including participation in cancer clinical trials and employee wellness programs.

The CEO Roundtable on Cancer is a committee founded in 2001, when former President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives to “do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate families.” The committee recently enhanced the CEO Cancer Gold Standard to place more emphasis on prevention, recognizing there are numerous things an employer can do to lower the risk of a cancer diagnosis.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital announces the opening of its new digestive health center and the growth of its gastroenterology and hepatology team. The NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Digestive Health Center has achieved the Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission and is located on campus at 1978 Crompond Road in Cortlandt Manor.

Physicians Herman B. Kleinbaum, MD; Mitchell Josephs, MD; and David E. Lin, MD, formerly of Hudson Valley Center for Digestive Health, have joined the team. The physicians are affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital and will perform all their procedures at the new center.

Dr. Josephs specializes in the treatment of liver disease and GERD and in colon cancer detection. Dr. Lin focuses on all general gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disorders, including colorectal cancer prevention, GERD, acid peptic disorders, liver disease and pancreaticobiliary. Dr. Kleinbaum treats patients with end-stage liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease, and he performs routine colonoscopy and endoscopy.

Orange Regional Medical Center has been designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the first in Orange County.

The DICOE program, which represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care, is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize best-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care. This includes a comprehensive assessment of the entire medical imaging enterprise, including structure and outcomes. The DICOE designation recognizes excellence at multiple levels — including the professional staff, the technology, and the policies and procedures the organization follows — and superior patient care.

To receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in all modalities they provide in which the ACR offers an accreditation program.

Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties and St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital presented a documentary, Consider the Conversation, at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. Crystal Run Healthcare palliative care specialist Danielle Belser, MD, Assistant Medical Director of Hospice, presented the documentary along with Kirti Joseph, MD, and Sue Martino, NP-C, of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Palliative Care.

Consider the Conversation is a series of films created to inspire dialogue around end-of-life wishes. The films address how America struggles with preparing for and talking about the end of life and ways to make the subject less taboo.