Local News

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprising Orange Regional Medical Center, Catskill Regional Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Group,Catskill Regional Medical GroupOrange Regional Medical Center Foundation and Catskill Regional Medical Center Foundation, has been awarded the 2018 Gold Award for Achievement of Excellence by Partners in Performance Excellence (PiPEx).

PiPEx provides organizations across Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island with assessments and feedback aimed at catalyzing improvement. The award is an advanced level of recognition for GHVHS’ commitment to leadership, strategy development, workforce and customer engagement, information technology, operational effectiveness, and patient safety. The award signifies that GHVHS has met or exceeded stringent national guidelines.

This honor is a result of an in-depth evaluation using the rigorous standards and processes of the nationally recognized Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.

William J. Higgins, MD, Stacey Petrower and Paul Guillaro

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital hosted an open house for the community to tour and meet the physicians and staff who work in the new Cold Spring Medical Office Building. More than 150 members of the community attended the event, including New York State Sen. Sue Serino, Putnam County Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra, Cold Spring Mayor David Merandy and Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey. Attendees were introduced to the group of highly talented physicians and other clinicians who serve the community in a range of specialties. NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital President Stacey Petrower and her senior leadership team were on hand to speak with attendees about the facility and services available.

Candidates for the General Surgery Residency Program watch a robotic demonstration.

Health Quest has started to interview candidates for three residency programs — surgery, internal medicine and family medicine — for which the first classes begin in July 2019. The Family Medicine Residency Program is the latest approved by the Accrediting Council for Graduate Medical Education. It joins the surgery and internal medicine residency programs, which were approved earlier this year.

The Family Medicine Residency Program is a three-year residency that will accept eight candidates per year, with the goal of 24 total by the time the first class is in its final year.

3D mammography unit

Northern Dutchess Hospital recently installed a 3D mammography unit, the gold standard in lifesaving breast cancer detection that provides enhanced clarity and accuracy over 2D imaging.

Regardless of patient age or breast density, research shows 3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, increases the detection of invasive cancers by 40 percent, according to the Radiological Society of North America.

During a 3D screening, an X-ray tube moves in an arc across the breast and captures high-resolution images from multiple angles. This provides finer detail and improved visibility of overlapping breast tissue and obscure lesions.

HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus in Kingston, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), has for the third consecutive year earned the top-grade, gold-level Certified Safe Sleep Champion credential for demonstrating the highest commitment to promoting the safest sleep practices for infants.

The certification verifies that HealthAlliance meets or exceeds the American Academy of Pediatrics’ safe-sleep guidelines and provides safe-sleep training for parents, employees and community members.

Cribs for Kids is a private, national nonprofit organization that conducts external quality reviews through the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program to endorse hospitals that practice the best safe-sleep standards. It also provides education about safe sleep for infants to reduce infant sleep-related deaths.

The Perinatal Quality Collaborative, part of the state Department of Health’s Division of Family Health, helps hospitals provide the safest care for women and infants. It works with HealthAlliance and other birthing hospitals, perinatal care providers, professional organizations, and other key stakeholders to prevent or minimize harm by ensuring evidence-based guidelines are carried out in clinical practice. Reducing infant mortality by improving safe-sleep practices is one of the collaborative’s focus areas.

Footprints Into The Future donor wall

The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation has announced a unique way to celebrate the birth of a baby at Orange Regional Medical Center. The creation of the Footprints Into The Future donor wall provides an opportunity for friends and family to purchase blue and pink tiles that are installed on the wall with the infant’s name and date of birth and the names of the donors.

The wall is in a high-visibility area in the Rowley Family Birthing Center, where parents and families enter and exit the center. It is also close to new moms and infants who stay in the nursery or the neonatal ICU. The wall is adorned with positive and inspirational quotes by Henry David Thoreau, Paul Coehlo and Dr. Seuss about the importance of children in our lives.

Fall Gala raises nearly $300,000

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s 58th Annual Fall Gala raised nearly $300,000 to benefit the hospital’s Digestive Health Center. More than 350 supporters attended the event at the Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson. The Gala celebrated the acquisition of the Digestive Health Center, including the physicians, nurses and staff who make up NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Center. The evening also focused on the Hospital’s growth and expansion strategy for the recruitment of highly skilled and talented physicians.

Breast Center new technology ribbon cutting

Orange Regional Medical Center recently held a ribbon-cutting at its Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center celebrating the newest breast biopsy technology that was donated by the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation.

The Foundation Board of Trustees approved more than $1 million in funding for the breast center in the past two years, including providing two additional 3D mammography machines, a new prone biopsy system and the Savi Scout system, which uses a radar-emitting clip to locate targeted tissue for breast-conserving surgery.

Cortlandt Manor grand opening

CareMount Medical has announced the grand opening of its newest office, at 2084 E. Main St., Cortlandt Manor. This is CareMount Medical’s second office in the Town of Cortlandt. The new office offers internal medicine services and will include a gastrointestinal procedure suite. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

President and CEO Scott Batulis

Orange Regional Medical Center is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention, according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as tracking outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.

This achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact this variation has on health outcomes. Additionally, from 2015 through 2017, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award have, on average, 46 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. Patients treated at hospitals that did not receive the award were 1.85 times more likely to die than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award.

CareMount Medical, P.C. announced that on Jan. 1, 2019, the physicians and employees of Murray Hill Medical Group (MHMG) will join CareMount Medical, establishing CareMount Medical’s first office presence in Manhattan. Located at 317 E. 34th St., New York, MHMG is a multispecialty private practice affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

Founded in 1992 by four practicing internists affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine, MHMG has grown from the original four physicians and eight staff members to over 40 physicians and advanced practice professionals and over 100 staff, who see more than 140,000 patients annually. MHMG’s main site comprises 14 specialties and is located within three blocks of the company’s gastroenterology and cardiology procedure site at 347 E. 37th St.