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


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 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.

Mount Alverno Center Residents Enjoy The Art of Story Telling Combined With Art

WARWICK – (July 15) Once upon a time people gathered around campfires or, in more recent times, on their front porches where stories would be told over and over. Somewhere, however, that art of storytelling was lost. But thanks to the skill and dedication of Bill McGinty a multi talented activities aide, storytelling is alive and well for the residents of Mount Alverno Center.

Mount Alverno Center, a New York State approved Adult Home with an Assisted Living Program, is part of the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System. The facility shares that Campus with St. Anthony Community Hospital and Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility.

McGinty is a retired high school teacher, world traveler and scholar with five degrees including a doctorate. He is also an artist, musician, singer and storyteller, all talents acquired while growing up in his native Ireland at a time when people lived without electricity and were expected to provide their own entertainment.

Every Friday as many as 40 residents gather in the activities room to hear well-crafted stories told by McGinty.

There is one, for example, about a 14-year old girl in 1834 who becomes an American hero after saving shipwrecked sailors in her rowboat. Another, “Ellen the Dance,” is about a farm girl who becomes an Irish champion dancer but, after loosing the use of her legs in an accident, overcomes her anger and bitterness when a young boy with disfigured legs teaches her the joy of life.

That last tale prompted one resident to suggest that McGinty, who is also an accomplished artist, paint pictures to go along with his stories.

“The residents are very avid listeners,” said McGinty. “They were also brought up listening to stories on the radio. But I thought the idea to paint pictures to go along with the stories was a good one and that’s what I do now. And they love to see what I’m coming up with next.

McGinty explained that the activities program at Mount Alverno is designed to keep the residents both physically and mentally active. And all programs at Mt. Alverno Center are designed to meet the psychosocial and physical needs of the residents with activities that are not only enjoyable but are also intended to improve their health and quality of life.

Saying Goodbye to Bug Bites

We’ve all experienced the uncomfortable itch and brutal bumps that result from mosquito bites. Unlike bees, mosquitos bite to feed on your blood. The bumps and itchiness come from an anticoagulant that the mosquito injects to prevent your blood from clotting. Although a few days of a constant uncomfortable itch are better than a blood clot, the allergic reaction isn’t fun! Check out some home remedies below for when those pests land on your skin!

  • For immediate relief, try an antihistamine cream to help the itch and swelling
  • Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that could help the itch. For even more relief, stash the aloe vera gel in the fridge (the cold will also help with the itchiness)
  • Preparation H (the topical treatment) can help reduce inflammation and may help with itching
  • Rubbing alcohol, tea tree oil and hand sanitizer with alcohol have antiseptic properties. They could help prevent bites from getting infected. Fair warning though: they sting when applied directly to a bite so be careful!

Source: Everyday Health

Saying Goodbye to Summer Colds!

Summer is the worst time to catch a cold but it seems to happen more often then not. I’m here right now to give you some tips on how to conquer your sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever quickly! The quicker you can get back into the sun, the better!

Wash your hands often

  • Germs are typically spread by hand, whether directly or indirectly. Your greatest defense is to wash your hands several times a day with warm, soapy water

Drink plenty of fluids

  • Drinking water and other liquids will help prevent dehydration and maintain your body’s fluids


  • It’s easier said than done but in order for your body to recover from a virus, you must get plenty of rest

Spend some time in the sun

  • The sun’s ultraviolet rays can kill cold viruses, just as ultraviolet light can kill surface germs

Take advantage of the fruits of the season

  • Eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and nutrients will help boost your body’s immune system

I’m crossing my fingers that you don’t get sick this summer but remember to take these tips into consideration!