Bon Secours Warwick Health Foundation’s Holiday House Tour set for Saturday, December 5

Funds Raised from Winding through Warwick to Benefit Mount Alverno Center

Winding through Warwick, the region’s most beloved holiday home tour returns this December with a new array of exceptional homes decked in all their holiday splendor to celebrate the Christmas season.

Good cheer and holiday tidings abound as these generous homeowners open their beautifully dressed homes to the public on Saturday, December 5 between 9 am and 5 pm. Proceeds from this self-guided tour will support the Make This House a Home Initiative, for improvements to the building at Mount Alverno Center, an assisted living facility in Warwick, part of the Bon Secours Charity Health System. Previous fund raising efforts have supported the renovation of resident rooms and the installation of air conditioning.

Each of the homes on the tour will showcase holiday collections, festive décor and entertainment ideas- a reflection of the homeowner’s individual taste and traditions. Guests will be inspired by a great mix of innovative creations and a variety of styles and homes that together reflect the distinct character of the Warwick Valley. Houses on this year’s tour range from an historic bed and breakfast, to newer traditional style homes, a charming working farm, and a special 1700’s Warwick Historical Society property decorated in full period style. Each home will feature live holiday music performed by Warwick Valley High School orchestra musicians.  Information about the participating houses and their address are made available to participants at the time of registration.  .

Presented by the Bon Secours Warwick Health Foundation, tickets for the self-guided tour are $40, with registration beginning at 9 am at Mount Alverno Center (20 Grand Street, Warwick, NY). The event also features an evening cocktail reception at the Warwick Valley Country Club from 6-9 pm, with cocktail style dining, unique raffles and an exciting silent auction. Tickets for the cocktail reception are $75 per person. Tickets for the combined house tour and reception are $95 per person.

Bon Secours Warwick Health Foundation works to increase awareness, create good will and raise funds to further the mission of St Anthony’s Community Hospital, Mount Averno Center and Schervier Pavilion by giving Good Help to Those in Need®. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities and ticket purchases, visit or call the Foundation office  at 845.368.5151.


Over 175 people recently attended an Education Fair sponsored by St. Anthony Community Hospital, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System.

Attendees at the two-day event, held on September 30 and October 1, had an opportunity to visit 18 educational stations and attend presentations on 22 diverse health topics, five of which were given to satisfy the hospital’s annual competency requirements.

Jackie’s Gems, a co-sponsor with Team SACH in a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in October, was represented by Jackie Gove and Bessie Holmes. They had showcased positive mammograms submitted by the Radiology Department to continue heightening awareness for breast cancer. They also enlisted 38 walkers for the October Awareness Walk in addition to receiving $385 in donations.

Twelve baskets were donated by different hospital departments for the popular annual tricky tray fundraiser, which raised a total of $968 for the hospital. And there were also two additional raffles.

“We had a very successful Education fair due to the enthusiasm of the attendees and presenters,” said Anita Sultana, nurse manager of the Medical Surgical Department. “It is always a pleasure to see so many familiar faces at the fair and meet new ones.”


Halloween Theme Get-together Held with Annual Party and Entertainment

The residents of Schervier Pavilion never lack for fun activities, especially around holidays.

A week-long Halloween theme concluded on Friday, October 30, as residents and staff dressed for a long awaited annual Halloween Party, where they enjoyed song and dance by popular entertainer and vocalist Kevin Curry along with special holiday treats and refreshments.

Curry entertained residents with many of their favorites including Halloween songs like the theme from The Adams Family. He then had his audience enthusiastically joining in with other lively music including the popular Chicken Dance.

“We publish a calendar every month that’s filled with interesting and entertaining things to do throughout the day as well as some evenings.” Said Recreational Director Kari Call, who is a certified therapy recreation specialist (CTRS). “Therapeutic recreation is essential to the quality of life and the quality of care of individuals receiving health and human services at our facility.”

As Director of Recreation, her job is to provide recreation resources and opportunities for both the long and short-term residents of the skilled nursing home in order to maintain and improve their health and well being.

All programs at Schervier Pavilion are designed to meet the psychosocial and physical needs of the residents with activities that are not only enjoyable but are also intended to achieve this goal.

Schervier Pavilion, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, is a 120-bed skilled nursing facility licensed by the New York State Department of Health. Dedicated to the highest standard of health care excellence, its full range of services, such as its therapeutic recreational program, are designed to respond to each individual’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

In addition to quality long term care services, Schervier Pavilion also offers a wide range of short-term (sub acute) care needs. Its sub acute services include IV therapy, Rehabilitation therapy and wound care. These services afford residents the ability to recuperate for a short time in the sub- acute unit of the facility and then return to the community where they can resume a more independent life. In some cases, they can then enter Schervier Pavilion’s Day-At-A-Time, an innovative medical adult day care program that provides nursing services, medication administration, ongoing evaluations, and stimulating activities tailored to each individual’s needs and abilities.


Bon Secours Community Hospital Sponsors Distribution of Student Workbooks for Operation PJ Pride Too Good for Kids Program

Operation PJ Pride

At a luncheon meeting held on Thursday, September 17, members of Operation PJ Pride, which is an acronym for Port Jervis Reaching for Intervention and a Drug-Free Environment, took the opportunity to thank Bon Secours Community Hospital for its contribution to the organization’s Too Good for Drugs Program.

The drug use prevention program, co-sponsored by Operation PJ Pride, a Port Jervis substance abuse task force, Bon Secours Community Hospital, the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) of Orange County and the Port Jervis Police Department, was scheduled to begin in September at the Port Jervis Middle School.

The Too Good for Drugs Program will provide ten weeks of drug abuse and effective decision making training to all 8th grade students at the Port Jervis Middle School. The program is designed to provide effective training and education to the students to better prepare them for making important decisions to remain drug and violence free.

Bon Secours Community Hospital is sponsoring the workbooks and kits for all eighth grade students.

“I would like to thank Community Liason Mary Decker and Bon Secours Community Hospital for these workbooks and kits,” said Valerie Maginsky, chairperson of Operation PJ Pride. “Our objective is prevention and these are important tools in that endeavor.”

Rich Wilson & Las Vegas Showgirls Performance at Erie Trackside Manor to Benefit Bon Secours Community Hospital

Back by popular demand!

After last year’s sell-out show, Rich Wilson and the Las Vegas Showgirls are coming back from Las Vegas to perform at the Erie Trackside Manor. Tickets are now on sale for only $50 per person.

The show, which will take place on Saturday October 24, will offer a spectacular performance by singer/entertainer Rich Wilson and the Las Vegas Showgirls from 6 – 11 p.m. The tickets to the performance includes a complete appetizer hour and dinner buffet with all the trimmings. All proceeds from the event will benefit Bon Secours Community Hospital.

“We started doing this last year,” said event organizer Dick McKeeby, “and I can promise you that it will be a fun evening. It’s also for a good cause. The hospital, which employs over 600 people, is very important to our community.”

To reserve tickets contact CB Chant at 914-443-9419 or Dick McKeeby at 914-850-0625.

Tickets are also available at the Erie Hotel and Neversink Lumber.


Bon Secours Community Hospital Sponsors Ladies Night Out

Guest Speaker is Orthopedic Surgeon Thomas Piserchia,MD

 On Monday evening, August 24, Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY, hosted another in the series of Ladies Night Out dinner lectures on the topic of health issues. Approximately 125 guests attended the event, which was held at the Erie Trackside Manor in Port Jervis.

Dr. Thomas Piserchia, an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Bon Secours Community Hospital and guest speaker for the evening held the attention of the guests with his knowledge and good sense of humor as he discussed solutions to common orthopedic conditions. They ranged from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to back and knee problems that may or may not require surgery.

“We can often treat these conditions with conservative management, which is anything short of surgery,” said Dr. Piserchia, who has specialized in orthopedic surgery for over 41 years. “And if surgery is required, you don’t have to travel to New York City. We have a good OR at our hospital and we can perform most of these procedures right here in Port Jervis. And what we do, we do well.”

Dinner seminars, sponsored by Bon Secours Community Hospital, are designed to mix fun with enhanced community health through knowledge. And following his talk, Dr. Piserchia also fielded many questions from his audience for the remainder of the evening.

“Our hospital is proud to offer these important dinner seminars as a service to the community,” said Mary Decker, community liaison for Bon Secours Community Hospital. “We thank our health professionals and the ladies who attend for their continued support of these programs.”

The Ladies Night Out Program, which the hospital has hosted for over a decade, charges a registration fee of $15 and all of the proceeds are donated directly back to the community. In this most recent event $1840.00 was raised and donated to three local food pantries.

“I’ve been coming here since they started this program,” said Michele Dean. “There is always important information that you may not need right at this moment but that can serve you well in the future. I learn something new at every meeting.”

Her friend Randy Robinson agreed and added that she also appreciates the gift bags they receive.

“The Ladies Night Out dinner lectures are wonderful,” added Johanna Mallinson. “I’ve learned so much. You always bring something home.”

Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, is located at 160 East Main Street in Port Jervis, NY. For additional information call (845) 858–7000 or visit:


Bon Secours Community Hospital Annual Golf Classic Raises Over $44,000

If there is one message that Event Chair Dick McKeeby would like everyone to hear in anticipation of next year’s event, it is that the annual Golf Classic in support of Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, is always lots of fun.

The recent fundraiser, held on August 10 at the High Point Golf Club, 342 Shore Drive in Montague, New Jersey, welcomed 117 golfers and raised over $44,000, a record to date, for the hospital’s Medical Equipment and Technology Fund.

The High Point Golf Club has 18 picturesque holes that are surrounded by crystal lakes and are a challenge to play for both professional and amateur golfers. And with its immaculate greens, lush landscaping and views of the High Point monument, the golf course is considered to be one of the finest courses in the area.

This year’s major hole-in-one prize, designated on the fifth hole, was a brand new car courtesy of Phil’s Ford in Port Jervis, NY.

Although no one scored the hole-in-one, all the golfers received a variety of amenities including lunch, refreshments served throughout the day, giveaways, awards and valuable prizes, including an Apple iPod and a set of PING golf clubs, followed by a dinner reception at the Erie Trackside Manor in Port Jervis.

Participants reported that the Bon Secours Community Hospital annual Golf Classic was not only the most fun but also the best-organized golf outing they had ever attended and all were looking forward to next year’s event.

“Bon Secours Community Hospital is one of the most important institutions in our community,” said Event Chair Dick McKeeby. “and this Golf Classic, always a fun event, is a great way to show our support. We thank everyone who contributed to its success.”

Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, is located at 160 East Main Street in Port Jervis, NY. For additional information call (845) 858–7000 or visit:


Music Therapy Program Offered at Mount Alverno Center

According to the Institute for Music and Neuralgic Function, a leading authority in clinical music therapy, numerous studies demonstrate that familiar and likable music can reduce depression while increasing sociability, movement and cognitive ability and decreasing agitation and other behavior problems.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Warwick Lions Club and the efforts of Recreation Therapy Aide Jennifer Emm, each Wednesday Mount Alverno Center residents now have an opportunity to enjoy an evening of singing, laughing and playing instruments with Certified Music Therapist Melinda Burgard.

Mount Alverno Center is a New York State approved Adult Home with an Assisted Living Program on the Warwick Campus of the Bon Secours Charity Health System. Its goal is for each resident to maintain a maximum level of independence. Individualized care plans are designed to help residents reach their utmost daily potential. Services are based on a team approach and are provided by highly competent professionals dedicated to the comfort and safety of the residents.

Burgard, owner of Melinda’s Music Therapy, earned her Masters Degree in music from New York University and has been involved with music therapy for over 30 years. She is licensed to practice psychotherapy and is one of the State’s licensed mental health professionals.

Burgard explained that this type of therapy for older adults uses music as a vehicle to achieve nonmusical goals. There is no requirement that the participants have a music background or even know how to play any instruments.

“Most people,” she said, “remember the songs and even if they can’t remember all the words, enjoy singing them.”

High Blood Pressure and Physical Activity

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries, which carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day. Having high blood pressure means the pressure of the blood in your blood vessels is higher than it should be. About 1 in 3 U.S. adults—or about 70 million people—have high blood pressure. Only about half of those people have their high blood pressure under control. This common condition increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it often has no warning signs or symptoms and many people do not know they have it.

Some risk factors, such as your age or family history, cannot be controlled but you can take steps to lower your risk by changing the factors you can control. Risk factors include health conditions, your lifestyle, and your family history. Conditions include prehypertension and diabetes. Prehypertension is blood pressure that is slightly higher than normal and increases the risk that you will develop chronic, or long-lasting, high blood pressure in the future. Diabetes causes sugars to build up in the blood; about 60% of people who have diabetes also have high blood pressure. Your lifestyle choices (including an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, obesity, too much alcohol and tobacco use) can increase your risk for high blood pressure. Genetics and family history can also lead to an increased risk for high blood pressure.

You can make changes to your lifestyle that will help you control your blood pressure. Often, doctors will prescribe medication that can help you control your blood pressure. In terms of lifestyle changes, eat a diet that is low in salt, total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol and a diet that is high in fresh fruits and vegetables. You can also control your blood pressure by remaining active and not smoking.

If you don’t have high blood pressure, you can stay healthy by practicing healthy living habits and preventing or treating medical conditions. Healthy living habits include eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough physical activity, not smoking and limiting alcohol use. It is incredibly important to measure your blood pressure, manage diabetes if you have it, take medications and talk with a healthcare team.

Various facts and benefits of healthy living habits can be found below:

Physical Activity Facts

  • Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self-esteem and may improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that young people aged 6-17 years participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily
  • Schools can promote physical activity through comprehensive school activity programs (including recess, classroom-based physical activity, intramural physical activity clubs, interscholastic sports and physical education)
  • Schools can also work with community organizations to provide physical activity programs and share physical activity facilities

Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

  • Regular physical activity helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles
  • Regular physical activity helps reduce the risk of developing obesity and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and color cancer
  • Regular physical activity reduces feelings of depression and anxiety and promotes psychological well-being
  • Regular physical activities may help improve students’ academic performance, including:
    • Academic achievement and grades
    • Academic behavior
    • Facts that influence academic achievement, such as concentration and attentiveness in the classroom

Long-Term Consequences of Physical Inactivity

  • Overweight and obesity (which are influenced by physical inactivity and poor diet) can increase one’s risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, arthritis, and poor health status
  • Physical inactivity increases one’s risk for dying prematurely, dying of heart disease, and developing diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure

Facts and Figures of Childhood Obesity

In recent years, childhood obesity has become a very prevalent and serious matter. For that reason, today’s focus is on the facts and figures of childhood obesity and the positive factors that accompany healthy eating. Check out our numerous lists below.

Childhood Obesity Facts

  • Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in the past 30 years
  • The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the U.S. who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012
  • The percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% in 1980 to nearly 21% in 2012
  • In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese


  • Overweight: having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors
  • Obesity: having excess body fat
  • Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance” (too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed) and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors

Immediate Health Effects of Childhood Obesity

  • Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure; in a population-based sample of 5-17 years, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease
  • Obese adolescents are more likely to have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes
  • Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem

Long-Term Health Effects of Childhood Obesity

  • Children and adolescents who are obese are more likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis
    • One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults
    • Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk of many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma


  • Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases
  • The dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, child care settings, medical care providers, faith-based institutions, government agencies, the media, food and beverage industries and entertainment industries
  • Schools play a particular critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors
  • Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors

Benefits of Healthy Eating

  • Proper nutrition promotes the optimal growth and development of children
  • Healthy eating helps prevent high cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • Healthy eating helps reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes
  • Healthy eating helps reduce one’s risk for developing obesity, osteoporosis, iron deficiency, and dental cavities

Consequences of a Poor Diet

  • A poor diet can lead to energy imbalance and can increase one’s risk for overweight and obesity
  • A poor diet can increase the risk for lung, esophageal, stomach, colorectal, and prostate cancers
  • Individuals who eat fast food one or more times per week are at increased risk for weight gain, overweight and obesity
  • Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can result in weight gain, overweight and obesity
  • Hunger and food insecurity might increase the risk for lower dietary quality and under-nutrition
    • Under-nutrition can negatively affect overall health, cognitive development and school performance

Eating Behaviors of Young People

  • Most U.S. youth do not meet the recommendations for eating 2 ½ cups to 6 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables each day
  • Most U.S. youth do not eat the minimum recommended amounts of whole grains (2-3 ounces each day)
  • Most U.S. youth do not eat more the recommended maximum daily intake of sodium (1500-2300 mg each day)
  • Empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of daily calories for children and adolescents aged 2-18 years, affecting the overall quality of their diets
    • Approximately half of these empty calories come from six sources—soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza and whole milk
    • Adolescents drink more full-calorie soda per day than milk