SCHERVIER PAVILION RESIDENTS, STAFF AND FAMILIES ENJOY TRADITIONAL EASTER EGG HUNT

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It was another opportunity for the residents of Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System, to be around young smiling faces and join their families for a traditional and well attended event.

On Saturday, April 5, the staff at Schervier Pavilion organized and participated in an Easter Egg hunt on the grounds of the facility. After the families arrived, the children were assigned different areas according to their ages. And when they had found all the eggs, everyone was invited inside for refreshments and a door prize drawing.

By that time the residents had assembled in the lobby, many wearing the Easter bonnets that they crafted for the event. They had also made goodie gift baskets and bags and these were distributed to all the children.  And everyone had an opportunity to meet and pose with the Easter bunny.

Opportunities to participate in traditions like an Easter Egg hunt and other events are always available to the residents at Schervier Pavilion.

“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.”

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 to Host Behavioral Health Family Fun Fair

                Public Invited to Saturday, May 3 Festive Event 

Port Jervis, NY  (April 9) – May is Mental Health Month and in recognition of the importance of informing the public on how to protect behavioral health and promote general well being Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY, will host an all day Behavioral Health Family Fun Fair.

The festive event will take place from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, in the hospital’s parking lot outside 160 East Main Street and will feature free refreshments, musical entertainment, valuable demonstrations, dietary and therapy information and handouts.

The fair will focus on self-help and self-care supported by fun games and crafts that incorporate entire families and help reduce stress. .

Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, has been treating mental illness for 20 years and providing rehabilitation, including “New Directions,” a detoxification program, for over 25 years.

“We provide behavioral health services not just for Port Jervis,” said Barbara Colon, nurse manager for Behavioral Health, “but for the tri-state area including all of Orange County, the surrounding counties and adjacent states. And there is an outcry from these communities to find resources and obtain information. ”

During the Behavioral Health Family Fun Fair, Barbara Colon and Social Worker Administrator Tera Colavito will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

For additional information call (845) 858–7120 or visit: www.bonsecourscommunityhosp.org

 

BON SECOURS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL ACQUIRES THE LATEST IMAGING TECHNOLOGY FOR CONCUSSIONS

Dr. Nicholas Belasco, Director of the Concussion Management Program at Bon Secours Community Hospital, is the only credentialed Impact Consultant in the lower Hudson Valley

More than 1.7 million people each year in the United States experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI), with the majority these injuries categorized as mild.

Mild TBI or concussion is difficult to diagnose because often the brain appears quite normal on conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The solution is to use neuroimaging tools such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), to detect brain injuries in mild TBI.

Diffusion tensor imaging, which is designed to help improve the diagnosis of concussions, can be performed by an M.R.I. machine and does not take longer than a standard M.R.I. The test measures the movement of water in nerve fibers in the brain. Abnormal flow many indicate injury and may also help better diagnose certain disease.

Other promising techniques include susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI), which is sensitive to micro- hemorrhages that may occur. This sequence estimates damage to the nerve fibers connected to certain areas of the brain. Both sequences are extremely beneficial in the diagnosis of concussion and traumatic brain injury.

Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY recently acquired diffusion tensor imaging software as well as susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) software. And Dr. Nicholas Belasco, a physician member of the Bon Secours Medical Group and Director of the Concussion Management Program at Bon Secours Community Hospital, is the only credentialed Impact Consultant in the lower Hudson Valley.

Dr. Belasco completed his fellowship in Sports Medicine with the Atlantic Healthcare System. He began work with Bon Secours in September 2010 and specializes in family medicine, sports medicine and the concussion management program.

GOOD SAMARITAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATES THE COMPLETION OF ITS MATERNITY UNIT EXPANSION

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center has celebrated the opening of its expanded and improved Family Birthing Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing on April 2.

Located on the fifth floor of the hospital, the newly expanded maternity wing now features:

  • Twelve newly constructed private mother-baby rooms, bringing the total number to 31 for the unit; there are also seven labor-delivery-recovery suites
  • A comfortable and nurturing environment, designed to be “all-inclusive” and create a highly personalized experience for new parents
  • An additional well-baby nursery and nursing station

“We’re thrilled to bring expectant parents and their families this expanded maternity unit,” said  Meg Moore, Maternity Consultant and Clinical Manager of Mother Baby . “We go to great lengths to make the experience for them exceptional, and this comfortable and spacious new wing will only enhance that.”

While many hospitals are reporting declining birth rates, Good Samaritan has seen a steady increase since 2000. The maternity unit welcomes more than 3,000 babies into the world each year—higher than any other hospital in the region. The program has an excellent reputation among physicians and patients alike, and it is known for bringing a full suite of services to its clientele, including:

  • Personal maternity consultant who creates highly customized birthing plans for parents
  • One-on-one education, as well as in- and outpatient lactation support
  • A broad range of pain relief options to meet every woman’s needs and to make the birthing experience as comfortable and pleasant as possible
  • A full referral service for both ob/gyns and midwives; and a highly experienced nursing staff that specializes in obstetrics

Another incredible comfort to new parents is the center’s onsite Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU),.

“Here, parents get the complete package—personalized care, an expert medical team, advanced security protocols, and education,” said  Jeanne Boydston, Clinical Manager of Labor and Delivery.. “Now, with this expansion, the environment complements our extensive offerings.”

Weekly tours for the all-new Union State Bank Family Birthing Center are available the first Sunday of every month at 11 a.m.; no registration is required—simply arrive in the hospital lobby 10 minutes before.

SCHERVIER PAVILION RESIDENTS CELEBRATE THE BEGINNING OF THE 2014 BASEBALL SEASON

It was “Play ball!” on April 1 at Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System, as residents gathered in the dining hall to celebrate the beginning of the 2014 baseball season.

Residents were assembled on two opposite sides, one for Yankee fans and the other for those who favored the Mets. And the staff also showed which team they supported by the tee shirts and jerseys they were wearing.

Although the Major League baseball season was already in full swing, it was still a traditional “Opening Day,” party for the residents at Schervier Pavilion. And during that afternoon they had an opportunity to sing, “Take me out to the ball game,” symbolically toss out the first ball, talk about baseball history, enjoy hot dogs with mustard and relish and even pause for a seventh inning stretch.

One of the highlights of the party that brought more than a few laughs was a short skit performed by Kari Call, director of recreation and Roselle Egan, a recreation aide. The two reenacted the famous Abbott and Costello baseball routine, “Who’s on first.”

For those too young to remember the humorous exchange between the 1940s – 1950s era comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, the laughs came from the confusion that arises when the comics discuss a team of baseball players with names like Who, What and Tomorrow.

After their skit, the residents were treated to a video of the same routine played by the real Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Call and Egan admitted that the two Hollywood comedians, world famous in their day, may have been a little funnier.

Opportunities to participate in traditions like the “Opening Day of Baseball” party and other events are always available to the residents at Schervier Pavilion.

“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 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.”

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.

St. Anthony Community Hospital Hosts Well Attended Informational Event & Cooking demonstration

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It was a full house on Monday evening, March 31, as St. Anthony Community Hospital and Morrison Health Care, under the direction of Mark Brezina, director of Food Services, hosted another in a series of free informational and tasting events.

The cooking demonstration, “Taste of the Mediterranean,” which was held in the Greenbriar Room at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, began with a culinary demonstration by Chef Brian Smyth while guests enjoyed the Mediterranean custom of dipping breads in dishes of pure olive oil.

The main entrée prepared by Smyth, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, was Mediterranean pan seared chicken with garlic and olives along with almond and vegetable couscous followed by a dessert of baked pears and apple.

During her presentation after the meal Janine Killeen, RD,CDE,CDN, Morrison Health Care Lead Dietitian of St Anthony Community Hospital and the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System explained that the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are numerous including longevity, defense against chronic diseases, fighting cancers, protection from diabetes, depression and Alzheimer’s disease among many other ailments.

“As some of you know,” she said, “the Mediterranean diet is more than a diet. It’s a lifestyle approach to healthy eating filled with delicious foods like fruit, vegetables, fish, beans, nuts and whole grains as well as other ingredients shown to promote good health like olive oil and wine along with daily physical activity.”

Morrison Health Care associates Lynn Palmieri, DTR, Gigi Fried RD and Stacy Lynch, dietetic student, were also on hand to assist Killeen during the successful event.

Bon Secours Community Hospital to Launch Get Fit Port Jervis Walking Initiative

Organized Walks to Utilize the Port Jervis Fitness Loop

Beginning Monday, April 21 Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 East Main Street, will launch “Get Fit Port Jervis,” a community walking initiative created by the hospital and the Bon Secours Community Hospital Physical Rehabilitation Department.  

Karen Little, MSPT, clinical coordinator Bon Secours Community Hospital Rehabilitation Services along with guest members of the medical staff will lead organized walks utilizing the Port Jervis Fitness Loop, which was created last year in a partnership between Bon Secours Community Hospital, the City of Port Jervis and the Orange County Health Department.

From April 21 to October 17, there will be two guided walks each week on Mondays and Fridays.

Participants can join at any time and they should meet in the Bon Secours Community Hospital’s parking lot facing East Main Street. Check in time is 11:50 a.m. and the walk begins promptly at 12:00 noon.

The Fitness Loop, a designated Orange County Trail, is marked every ¼ mile by oval white signs. The entire loop is 2.25 miles long, and continues down East Main Street to Jersey Avenue, down Jersey Avenue to Pike Street, up Pike Street to East Main Street, and past Bon Secours Community Hospital. Walkers can start and finish their walks at any point along the way.

Each Participant is required to complete a registration form and waiver. And every walker will receive a  “Get Fit Port Jervis” participant card, a program tee shirt and monthly incentive gifts.

For additional information call Karen Little at 845-858-7112

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: www.bonsecourscommunityhosp.org

Affordable Care Act

What you need to know about the new health care exchange and how Bon Secours can help.

Due to the passage of the health care law, The Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may now be able to afford insurance, even if you have never been able to before. This allows individuals and small businesses to purchase healthcare insurance. As of Jan. 1, 2014, all Americans are required to have health insurance and through www.healthcare.gov (the healthcare exchange marketplace), some may receive payment assistance, discounts or tax credits to help cover the costs of coverage.

A visit to www.healthcare.gov can help many uninsured Americans determine if they qualify for Affordable health coverage. The Healthcare Insurance Marketplace offers side by side comparisons of health insurance products and plans.  Most of which are available through private insurance companies.  With just one application, enrollment can be quick. Plus, Customer Service is available 24/7 for your convenience.

You must apply before March 31, 2014 to gain coverage for 2014. If not, you may have to pay a penalty. This penalty starts at $95 per individual in 2014 and can increase to thousands of dollars depending on your income and the size of your family. Through www.healthcare.gov, individuals will learn if they qualify for payment assistance and special discounts on deductibles, copays and co-insurance.

What Does Coverage Mean for Me?

Through www.healthcare.gov, all will have access to available elements of the ACA, including:

• No one can be denied coverage due to a pre-existing health condition or lose coverage because a family member becomes sick

• Insurance companies will be prohibited from charging women more than men for the same coverage

• All health insurance plans will cover services such as preventive care, infant care, mental health care, and substance abuse treatment

• No lifetime limits can be imposed on health insurance coverage

• Children will be allowed to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until they reach the age of 26

 

Need Help With Medicaid?

You can apply for Medicaid at any time. Simply contact the Enrollment Assistance Partner from your state for help. (See grid below)

 

 

How Can Bon Secours Help?

For those who would rather not use a computer or do not have access to one, assistance in navigating the marketplace is available. Expert navigators are available to help you over the phone, online, or in person. These are not salespeople; they are here to help guide you through the marketplace and through the enrollment process.

Bon Secours is working with Enrollment Assistance Partners. They’re here to provide free assistance to anyone interested in reviewing the new health insurance options. For more information, please reference the below grid to contact an Enrollment Assistance Partner in your state. Additionally, patients/visitors at Bon Secours can speak to any registration employee to arrange for free assistance in finding out what options are available through the exchange. If you have questions or need help, we are ready to assist you.

Bon Secours Enrollment Assistance Partners

Your State of Residence

Enrollment Assistance Partner

Phone

Virginia

Advanced Patient Advocacy

877-714-1331

South Carolina

Chamberlin Edmunds

866-353-1899

New York

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

Cardon Outreach

877-420-9939

Maryland

Deco

888-327-2756

Kentucky

Ohio

West Virginia

MedAssist

800-736-2107

 

What if you miss March 31st open enrollment?

If you miss the open enrollment deadline, of March 31, 2014, you’ve likely missed your chance to buy coverage for the year. The next open enrollment period would start October 15, 2014 thru December 7, 2014 and this coverage would be effective for 2015.

 

BON SECOURS CHARITY HEALTH SYSTEM ENCOURAGES COLORECTAL SCREENING

March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. And every year, approximately 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease and more than 50,000 die from it.

The Bon Secours Charity Health System hospitals: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY encourage the people in their communities to begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, and then keep getting screened regularly.

 “Colorectal cancer is a cancer that can be prevented, or at the very least treated successfully when detected early,” said Peter M. Kaye, MD, FACS, FASCRS, director of colon and rectal surgery at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. “Colorectal cancer is most prevalent in patients over the age of 50. And screening for colorectal cancer starts at age 50, unless there is a strong family history,  or if a patient has symptoms such as rectal bleeding or a change in bowel habits at a younger age.”

Dr. Kaye explained that there are different ways of screening, but colonoscopy is the gold standard. A skilled colonoscopist can both examine the colon, and remove any precursors to cancer (polyps) at the time of examination. The procedure is safe and painless because it is performed with gentle sedation.

“Patients need to be proactive about their wellness,” said Dr. Kaye. “Don’t be a victim. Prevention is by early detection. Schedule an appointment with your local colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist to see if it is time for you to schedule a colonoscopy.”

 

‘Welcome to the Mediterranean Diet’

St. Anthony Community Hospital hosts ‘Welcome to the Mediterranean Diet’

Free Informational Event & Cooking Demonstration

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.”

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 31, St. Anthony Community Hospital and Morrison Health Care, under the direction of Mark Brezina, director of Food Services, will host a free National Nutrition Month informational and tasting event. The cooking demonstration, “Taste of the Mediterranean,” will be held in the Greenbriar Room at Mount Alverno Center, 20 Grand Street, Warwick, about one-quarter mile past the hospital.

National Nutrition Month celebrates and reinforces the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

“As some of you know the Mediterranean diet is more than a diet, “ said Janine Killeen, RD,CDE,CDN, Morrison Health Care Lead Dietitian of St Anthony Community Hospital and the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System. “It’s a lifestyle approach to healthy eating filled with delicious foods like fruit, vegetables, fish, beans, nuts and whole grains as well as other ingredients shown to promote good health like olive oil and wine along with daily physical activity.”

Killeen explained that the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are numerous including longevity, defense against chronic diseases, fighting cancers, protection from diabetes, depression and Alzheimer’s disease among many other ailments.

Everyone is invited to join Killeen, her Morrison Health Care associates Lynn Palmieri, DTR, Gigi Fried RD and Stacy Lynch, dietetic student, for a presentation, cooking demonstration and tasting.

Morrison Health Care Chef Brian Smyth will be preparing pan-seared chicken with garlic and olives, almond couscous and a colorful salad along with a dessert of baked pears and apples.

Registration is necessary and seating is limited. Call 845-987-5197.