Labor Day 2014

Have a safe Labor Day Weekend with these Simple Tips!

This weekend is the unofficial end of summer, so that means many of you will be traveling, cooking out, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Here are some ways you can use to make sure your Labor Day holiday is both fun…and safe!

Eat Safe

  • Always rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water.
  • Never cross-contaminate by re-using utensils and plates that have come in contact with raw meat.
  • Keep HOT food HOT, in an insulated container above 140 degrees.
  • Keep COLD food COLD, in a cooler below 40 degrees.

Avoid sunburn

  • Cover up. Clothing that covers your and your child’s skin helps protect against UV rays.
  • Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside.

Play smart

  • Check to make sure that the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft, and well- maintained (such as wood chips or sand, not dirt or grass). On public playgrounds, more injuries occur on climbers than on any other equipment. On home playgrounds, swings are responsible for most injuries.
  • Supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs and playground equipment, whether you’re at home or out to play.
  • Use stair gates, which can help keep a busy, active child from taking a dangerous tumble.

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s Wound and Hyperbaric Institute Reaccredited

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Grants Highest Level of Accreditation 

The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, directed by *Dr. Byoung Yang, recently achieved reaccreditation with “Distinction”, the highest level possible, through the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). Good Samaritan is one of three facilities in New York State accredited with Distinction by UHMS.

The honor was bestowed on the institute after the UMHS sent a team of experts to the facility to examine staffing and training, equipment installation, operation, and maintenance, facility and patient safety, and standards of care.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is one of the most powerful treatment methods available today for healing chronic wounds and radiation damage such as hemorrhagic cystitis, proctitis or psteoradionecrosis. HBOT is safe and non-invasive.  Patients simply lie in a comfortable chamber, relax and breathe pressurized 100% oxygen. This brings more oxygen to wounds and damaged tissue, helping patients to fight infection and speed the healing process.

Hyperbaric oxygen helps the body reduce inflammation that hinders blood flow to tissues; kills bacteria to avoid disease; boosts the infection-fighting power of white blood cells; stimulates blood vessel growth in damaged tissue by releasing stem cells from bone marrow.

*Dr. Yang is System Medical Director of Wound and Hyperbaric, Bon Secours Charity Health System. He is board-certified in both Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and Internal Medicine; fellowship-trained at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, and the 2007 recipient of the President Award (Second Place) for stem cell research by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is home to the leading wound care specialists and treatment options in the region, serving Rockland County in New York and northern New Jersey. For more information, please call (845) 368.5465, or visit http://bschs.org/our-services-wound-and-hyperbaric-programs.html.

Hole in One Prize for the St. Anthony Community Hospital Annual Golf and Tennis Classic is a Brand New Car

Proceeds of the Event Benefit the Medical Equipment and Technology Fund

WARWICK, NY (August 23) – Putt and Play for a Purpose and a chance to win a brand new car courtesy of Leo Kaytes Ford.

St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY will hold its annual Golf and Tennis Classic on Wednesday, September 17, at the Warwick Valley Country Club on Oakland Avenue.

Tickets to this major September event are almost sold out so now is the time to make a reservation for this popular golf and tennis outing.

Established in 1958, the Warwick Valley Country Club consists of a nine-hole golf course with 18 tee boxes and four state-of-the-art Hydro-Fed soft tennis courts, which afford players extended play without fatigue. The club also features a spacious dining room with a picturesque view and full service bar.

During the Classic golfers and players receive a variety of amenities. Special raffles, prizes and awards presentations are planned for the late afternoon activities and a cash bar will be open for a cocktail hour before dinner.

Cost to golf in the 18-hole scramble is $175 per individual, which includes green fees, cart, lunch, dinner and the awards ceremony. The tennis round robin/clinic is $110 per individual and includes tennis professionals on-site, courtside refreshments and dinner. Cocktail and dinner guests who choose not to golf or play tennis are also invited to attend the event for $65 per person.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities ranging from $125 – $5000 are also still available.

The major sponsors to date are Alteva, Blustein, Shapiro, Rich, & Barone, LLP, Country Saab of Orange County, Crothall Heathcare Systems, The Green Team, Leo Kaytes Ford, Meadowcrest Plaza, Medworld Pharmacy, Orange County Golf Carts. Skyward Electric Co., St Anthony Community Hospital Medical Staff, Sullivan Flotation Systems and WTBQ.

For additional information about sponsorship opportunities or to reserve your spot, contact Event co-Chairs Doug Stage at (845) 987-0383, Jane Brief at (561) 596-5588 or Frank Petrucci at (845) 258-8061 

25th Annual Walk to Remember

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center to Host 25th Annual Walk to Remember

Event Date, October 5th 

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s Perinatal Bereavement Support Program invites you to join in support of family and friends whose lives have been touched by the tragic loss of an unborn or newborn child at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Walk to Remember on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at the Municipal Parking Lot at Chestnut Avenue in Suffern, New York at 1:00 pm.

Held during National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, the event aims to increase the community’s understanding of the grief associated with the loss of an unborn or newborn child. The Walk to Remember will be ¾ of a mile, beginning at 1:30 pm sharp.

This annual memorial event allows parents, relatives and friends who have lost a child due to pregnancy complications, stillbirth, early infant loss or fetal abnormalities to walk in remembrance of their loved one. In addition to the walk, the day includes a ceremony featuring speakers, music, the memorial tree dedication, reading of the babies’ names, and a balloon release.

For additional information about the walk or to make a donation, contact Mary Radatovich, MSW or Lee DeNigris, BSW at (845) 368-5297.

2014 Employee Appreciation Game

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After a long workweek, the Rockland Boulders Stadium was the backdrop for the annual Bon Secours Charity Health System Employee Appreciation Picnic. As a thank you for a year’s worth of hard work, employees and their immediate family members enjoyed an evening of beautiful weather at the minor league baseball stadium. Taking advantage of our hometown’s baseball team, employees were given the opportunity to enjoy local talent—something we definitely are not lacking!

After the ceremonial first pitch, it was time to play ball! The Rockland Boulders, currently fighting for first place in the CanAm league, treated our staff to a game to remember! Between foul balls, incredible hits and cheers that could be heard across the county, the Rockland Boulders Stadium was the place to be on Saturday night. As a DJ played some of today’s hottest tracks, a buffet was provided for our staff and their family members. Later on in the night, the dinner buffet was replaced by a full dessert buffet—who doesn’t love sweets and baseball?!IMG_5047

As the ninth inning came to a close, our staff, their family members and the rest of the crowd were treated to a post-show fireworks show. Bright colors exploded in the side, reminding everyone that the smallest things in life are usually the most memorable.  From 9:30-11:00, our staff got to enjoy a post-game concert, courtesy of Curbside Hustle, another example of local talent.

Date Set for the St. Anthony Community Hospital Annual Golf and Tennis Classic

Proceeds Will Benefit the Medical Equipment and Technology Fund

St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY will hold its annual Golf and Tennis Classic on Wednesday, September 17, at the Warwick Valley Country Club on Oakland Avenue.

Tickets to this major September event are expected to sell out quickly so now is the time to make a reservation and mark your calendar for this popular golf and tennis outing. A variety of sponsorship opportunities ranging from $125 – $5000 are also still available.

Established in 1958, the Warwick Valley Country Club consists of a nine-hole golf course with 18 tee boxes and four state-of-the-art Hydro-Fed soft tennis courts, which afford players extended play without fatigue. The club also features a spacious dining room with a picturesque view and full service bar.

During the Classic golfers and players receive a variety of amenities. Special raffles, prizes and awards presentations are planned for the late afternoon activities and a cash bar will be open for a cocktail hour before dinner.

Cost to golf in the 18-hole scramble is $175 per individual, which includes green fees, cart, lunch, dinner and the awards ceremony. The tennis round robin/clinic is $110 per individual and includes tennis professionals on-site, courtside refreshments and dinner. Cocktail and dinner guests who choose not to golf or play tennis are also invited to attend the event for $65 per person.

For additional information about sponsorship opportunities or to reserve your spot, contact Event co-Chairs Doug Stage at (845) 987-0383, Jane Brief at (561) 596-5588 or Frank Petrucci at (845) 258-8061

BON SECOURS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AWARDED $4.3 MILLION IN NEW YORK STATE IAAF FUNDING

Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS), the parent healthcare system of Bon Secours Community Hospital (BSCH) in Port Jervis, announced that it has been granted up to $4.3 million from the New York State Department of Health through its Interim Access Assurance Fund (IAAF). The hospital will initially receive $1.25 million in funding beginning in August.

That funding, along with the remaining monies, will sustain operations at the hospital through March of 2015, as BSCHS works to design and implement a long-term, sustainable healthcare model focused on the specific and distinctive healthcare needs of the greater Port Jervis community. The funding will be distributed via monthly allocations that are directly tied to the institution’s financial performance.

“We are grateful to the New York State Department of Health for partnering with us to help sustain our healthcare ministry in Port Jervis,” said Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System. “Because of Bon Secours Community Hospital’s importance to Port Jervis, the hospital has been granted funds to stabilize operations and continue to provide critical services to our community as we work collaboratively with community stakeholders to develop a healthcare delivery model that is both financially sustainable and one that meets the long-term needs of the people we serve.”

The IAAF is a short-term funding solution designed to stabilize safety net hospitals, and is one component of the state’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. DSRIP funding is made possible by reinvesting $8 billion statewide in savings generated by New York State’s Medicaid Redesign Team reforms. Bon Secours Community is one of 22 hospitals and five large public hospital systems statewide to have received IAAF funding.

St. Anthony Community Hospital Foundation Board Members Give 100 Percent

Personal financial support demonstrates commitment to local hospital and community 

Warwick, NY, (August 1)  – Raul Berina, chairman of the St. Anthony Community Hospital Foundation Board, recently reported that its board members have maximized their own capabilities with a 100 percent participation rate in financial gifts.

“I believe that our board is effective in its appeal for donations because of their demonstrated commitment to St. Anthony Community Hospital and the community it serves,” stated Berina.  “They have set the example for our community members, confirming that they have a sense of investment and a stake in the organization for which they voluntarily seek donations and support of hospital sponsored events and services.”

Along with Berina, the volunteer board consists of a prominent group of individuals including: Garrett Durland, Mary Juliano, Stratos Colman, Sue DeVincenzo, Geoffrey Green, Jane Gyulavary, Caroline Hamling, Dr. Harold Hansen, Leo Kaytes, Bonni Masi Oswald, Frank Petrucci, Dr. Tomi Prvulovic, Terry Quint, Susan Ronga, Douglas Stage, Barbara Sullivan, Cindy Vander Plaat, Clare Brady, President, Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO, Bon Secours Charity Health System and Jeffrey Reilly, senior vice president  Operations, St. Anthony Community Hospital.

Each member engages the generosity of patients, families, employees and community members to elevate health care in our communities.  Financial gifts provide local, community-based coordination of clinical expertise, volunteers, philanthropy, community education, research and advocacy to provide Good Help to Those in Need. ®

Bon Secours Community Hospital Annual Golf Classic to be Held August 25 at High Point Golf Club

Hole-In-One Prize a Brand New Car

Proceeds Will Benefit the Medical Equipment and Technology Fund

Port Jervis, NY (July 23) – Putt for a Purpose.

Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY will hold its annual Golf Classic on Monday, August 25, at the nearby High Point Golf Club, 342 Shore Drive in Montague, NJ.

Tickets to this major August event are expected to sell out quickly so now is the time to make a reservation and mark your calendar for this popular golf outing. A variety of sponsorship opportunities ranging from $ 200 – $5000 are also still available.

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 hole-in-one prize is a brand new car and golfers also receive a variety of amenities including lunch, refreshments served throughout the day, giveaways, awards, prizes and at 5 p.m., a dinner reception with an open bar held at the Erie Trackside Manor in Port Jervis, NY.

Lunch and registration is at 11 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 12 noon.

Cost to golf in the 18-hole scramble is $150 per individual, which includes green fees, cart, lunch, dinner, open bar and the awards ceremony. Dinner reception guests who choose not to golf are also invited to attend for $50 per person. Donations by those who cannot attend are welcome and all monies raised from the outing will benefit the Medical Equipment and Technology Fund at Bon Secours Community Hospital.

For additional information about sponsorship opportunities or to reserve your spot, contact Event Chair Dick McKeeby at (914) 850-0625.

Schervier Pavilion Residents Celebrate National Therapeutic Recreation Week

WARWICK, NY (July 24) – Have some Tzatziki. From Monday, July 14, through Friday, July 18, residents at Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick, NY Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System assembled in the dining room each day to celebrate National Therapeutic Recreation Week with a series of visual and culinary tours around the world.

The National Therapeutic Recreation Society established National Therapeutic Recreation Week in 1984. This special week has been celebrated during the second week of July annually since then.

Through the miracle of modern technology and the creative efforts of the staff, Schervier Pavilion residents were able to watch travelogues, hear the music, learn interesting facts and sample the foods of countries ranging from far away Japan to France, Holland, Greece and Mexico.

On one day, for example, residents had an opportunity to travel by video along the Mediterranean visiting Turkey, Greece and Italy while sampling pita, a slightly leavened wheat bread, dipped in Tzatziki, a Greek sauce made of yogurt mixed with fresh dill, garlic and lemon juice.

The week ended with a journey to Mexico as residents had an opportunity to move to the distinct sounds of Mariachi music while staff and volunteers prepared and served traditional Nachos, which are tortilla chips with melted cheese, along with south of the border beverages.

“These celebrations and fun events have an important value in long term care at Schervier Pavilion,“ said Kari Call, 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.” As Director of Recreation, Call’s 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.

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.