Breast Cancer: FAQs

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The best way to detect breast cancer early is with a mammogram. If you are
a woman age 50 years or older, be sure to have a screening mammogram at least every two years.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

When breast cancer starts out, it is too small to feel and does not cause signs and symptoms. As it grows, however, breast cancer can cause changes in how the breast looks or feels.

What is a mammogram? 

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. If you are age 50 to 74 years, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are age 40–49 years, talk to your doctor about when and how often you should have a screening mammogram.

Why should I have a mammogram?

Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt. When their breast cancer is found early, many women go on to live long and healthy lives.

How can I lower my risk of breast cancer?


Control your weight and exercise. Know your family history of breast cancer. If you have a
mother, sister, or daughter with breast cancer, ask your doctor what is your risk of getting breast cancer and how you can lower your risk. Find out the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.

Can men get breast cancer?

Men can also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. For every 100 cases of breast cancer, less than 1 is in men.

The Bon Secours Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Granted Reaccreditation

- American Academy of Sleep Medicine Recognizes Excellence in Quality Care –

The Bon Secours Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center recently achieved reaccreditation through August 2019 from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Having recently passed a site visit from the AASM, The Sleep Disorder Institute successfully demonstrated dedication to clinical excellence, high quality care and its commitment to enhance the awareness of sleep as an important element of health, safety and quality of life.

AASM Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers is considered the gold standard for evaluating and comparing sleep medicine programs and facilities nationwide. The Sleep Disorder Institute’s reaccreditation demonstrates the staff’s ongoing efforts to provide patients with high quality diagnostic services and long-term management of sleep disorders.

The Sleep Disorder Institute is one of the select few accredited sleep centers that offer home-sleep testing. When clinically indicated, those patients participating in home-sleep tests are supplied with equipment that measures their breathing patterns while sleeping.  The test enables the institutes to offer broader diagnostic options to patients suffering from sleep apnea, while demonstrating a commitment to quality services.

If you are a loud, habitual snorer, feel tired and groggy upon awakening, experience sleepiness and fatigue during waking hours, are overweight, or tend to choke, gasp or hold your breath during sleep, you may be suffering from an undiagnosed sleep disorder. Contact the Bon Secours Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center at (845) 368 – 5512.

St. Anthony Community Hospital Annual Golf and Tennis Classic Raises Over $20,000

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

It was a picture perfect day for the outing with mild temperatures and blue skies that added to the enjoyment of the 67 golfers and 17 tennis players who participated in the first combined event.

The net proceeds of $12,000 will be used to benefit the Bon Secours Warwick Health Foundation Medical Equipment and Technology Fund.

Co-Chairs of this year’s event were Frank Petrucci, Doug Stage and Tennis Chair Jane Brief.

“Combining these two activities into a coordinated fundraiser was a first for the Bon Secours Warwick Health Foundation,” said Petrucci. “And by all accounts the day was a tremendous success. We exceeded our fundraising goal and will contribute the proceeds raised at this event to the Medical Equipment and Technology Fund at St. Anthony Community Hospital.”

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 received a variety of amenities including drinks delivered directly to the participants, lunch at the club and a shrimp and clam bar on the course. Special raffles, prizes and awards were presented during a ceremony following a cocktail hour and dinner.

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The winners of the Scramble Format, lowest score, were the men’s foursome, sponsored by Certified Financial Services and Lehman & Getz Engineering, of Will Roerden, Mike McSweeney, Jeremy Valentine and Brian Friedler and the ladies foursome, sponsored by Meadowcrest Associates, of Barbara Sullivan, Jo-Ann Daly, Maureen Kohler and Katie Bisaro.

The winners of the Round robin Tennis doubles tournament were Carl Grunewald and Linda Stephan.

Although some golfers came close, no one was lucky enough to win the hole-in-one prize, a brand new car courtesy of Leo Kaytes Ford.

Power Up with Your 2015 Wellness Incentives

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It’s time to get going and Power Up for good health, with the 2015 Wellness Incentives!  So energize your life and reap the rewards by powering up.

Here are some highlights of the 2015 Wellness Incentives:

  • There are 3 Incentives. Each is worth $300, for a total of $900, if you are covered by a BSHSI Medical Plan.
  • This year a new Healthy Habits Incentive replaces Preventative Care.  It provides opportunities to choose the healthy habit you want to pursue:  complete a smoking cessation program, take part in an Aetna chronic disease coaching program, participate in Daily Challenges, or log pedometer steps.
  • The Healthy Weight and Personal Health Assessment Incentives remain the same from 2014. Remember the PHA is not available until after April 1, 2015.
  • The deadline to earn all three Incentives is August 31, 2015.

Your Incentive dollars will again be deposited by Bon Secours into a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) as they are earned. The HRA is administered by ConnectYourCare and helps pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses for you and your family.

For more details on the Incentives, please click here or go to the Healthy Me, Healthy You section on IRIS under “Quick Links” on the IRIS home page and click on the Employees’ Guide to 2015 Wellness Incentives.

Don’t delay! Get started this fall and begin to earn your Incentives and money. Go for it and Power Up!

 

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN VISITS GOOD SAMARITAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan was welcomed by Bon Secours Charity Health System at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center on Monday, September 22nd.

The Cardinal spent the morning touring the hospital and visiting with patients, before taking part in an outdoor ceremony for all— including hospital officials and employees, the public, sponsors, media and area religious organizations. The Cardinal spoke, reflected, and offered blessings for the system’s healthcare ministry.

 

DrMaryLeahy_CardinalTimothyDolan_AnaRestrepoPrior to the Cardinal’s arrival, the crowd of over 500 was entertained by the Pearl River High School Glee Club. In addition, the American Heart Association honored Sean and Connor Meigh for saving their father’s life after performing CPR.

ED - Cardinal Timothy Dolan - LR“This is an event we have spent considerable time planning, and we are very excited,” said Mary P. Leahy, MD and CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System. “We believe the Cardinal’s visit was inspirational for our healthcare system and our community.”

“As the only remaining Catholic healthcare system in the region, this visit has special meaning,” said Leahy. “It celebrates the ministry we all dedicate ourselves to every day.”

 

BON SECOURS CHARITY HEALTH SYSTEM HOLDS MINISTRY FOOTPRINTS MOVING AHEAD CEREMONY

Twenty Two Staff Members Complete Course 

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On Monday, September 15, a Moving Ahead ceremony and luncheon was held for the first group of employees of Bon Secours Charity Health System who had recently completed a course in Ministry Footprints: Markings of Good Help Everywhere.

The well attended luncheon and presentation of certificates of completion was held in the Greenbrier Room at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, NY. It began with a video presentation by Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, who offered her congratulations.

The ministry formation program was developed by the Bon Secours Center for Ministry Leadership and designed for staff members across all departments, as a professional development opportunity to enhance each individual’s knowledge and skills, and in turn, improve the quality of care. Ministry Footprints Awards Ceremony 5

Twenty two employees of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and affiliated long-term care and assisted living facilities were each awarded certificates of completion and Ministry of Footprints medals by their individual group facilitators.

“This program will start them on a journey to Ministry Leadership,” explained Clare Brady, Senior Vice President of Mission. “It involves learning more about ministry, about themselves and about their spirituality and increasing engagement in the work we do.”

Shortly before lunch, individuals who had received their certificates and their facilitators were invited to comment on the experience.

“You get to really know people,” said Chaplain Sr. Sheila Mullins, OP. “It has been a wonderful experience.”

HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR RETURNS TO WARWICK

Winding Through Warwick Scheduled for First Weekend in December

Winding Through Warwick

View exceptional homes, gain fabulous decorating ideas and support a worthwhile organization all at the same time.

The popular holiday house tour, “Winding Through Warwick,” will again offer a tour of six beautifully decorated homes to celebrate the Christmas season on Friday, December 5 and Saturday December 6.

Proceeds from the tour, organized by the Bon Secours Warwick Health Foundation, will be used to benefit the residents of Mount Alverno Center, an assisted living facility, which is part of the Bon Secours Charity Health System.

Each home will showcase its holiday collections, décor and entertainment ideas while guests enjoy live music performed by Warwick Valley High School musicians. A Festival of Wreaths will also be on display at Mount Alverno Center on December 6. And, since the tour is self-guided, you can visit the homes at your leisure, explore the fine restaurants and shops and enjoy many other special holiday events taking place at that time in the Village of Warwick.

Tickets will be $85 per person for the Friday evening Twilight Tour followed by a cocktail reception at the picturesque and historic Chateau Hathorn. Tickets for the Saturday tour will be $40 and includes a continental breakfast at Mount Alverno Center.

Although it will be a couple of months before the owners of some of Warwick’s most charming homes, ranging from the historic to the contemporary, begin decorating, it’s not too early to purchase your tickets. Tickets are limited and in the past, the tour usually sold out early.

Sponsorship opportunities are also still available. For additional information or to make a reservation call (845) 986-4141 or visit: www.windingthroughwarwick.com

 

SCHERVIER PAVILION RESIDENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF CELEBRATE GRANDPARENTS’ DAY

Day at the Oscars picnic held outdoors at Bon Secours Warwick Campus skilled nursing facility

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On Saturday, September 6, Schervier Pavilion residents, their families, staff and volunteers took the Hollywood “red carpet” path and gathered together under a huge tent to enjoy the annual “Grandparents’ Day” picnic.

And, in the spirit of this year’s Hollywood theme, many of the guests, staff members and residents wore evening gowns and bow ties or came dressed as a famous movie star. But more important, it was an opportunity for generations of families to visit their loved ones and enjoy a traditional end-of- summer celebration.

The staff prepared lots of barbecue favorites and families and residents enjoyed good weather as predicted storms held off until later that evening. There were also games for the children and traditional movie popcorn and candies, free of charge. And thanks to the fundraising efforts of Schervier Pavilion staff, the Jeremy Langdale Band, was also on hand to provide musical entertainment throughout the afternoon. But most of all, residents stated that they enjoyed getting together with their families for a fun afternoon.

Administrator Lisa Brocky welcomed everyone and introduced her staff. Schervier Pavilion Chaplain Father Jamie Bono, IVD, then gave an invocation.

“They were so excited about how well our Grandparents Day was received last year that they immediately began planning for this year’s event,” said Brocky. “It’s a blessing to work with this wonderful staff, which is so dedicated to our residents.

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.

ST. JOSEPH’S PLACE RESIDENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF CELEBRATE GRANDPARENTS’ DAY

Family picnic held outdoors at Bon Secours Community Hospital

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PORT JERVIS, NY  – (September 6) The predicted stormy weather held off and on Saturday afternoon, September 6, residents of St. Joseph’s Place, a long-term care facility at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, gathered with their families, staff and volunteers to enjoy the annual “Grandparents’ Day” picnic.

It was a great opportunity for generations of families to visit their loved ones and to enjoy a traditional end-of- summer celebration. The staff prepared lots of barbecue favorites and families and everyone enjoyed musical entertainment and good weather under a large tent in the patio outside of Bon Secours Community Hospital. Residents stated that most of all, they enjoyed getting together with their families and staff members for a fun afternoon.

“We had a wonderful day,” reported Adele Coates, administrator of St. Joseph’s Place. “This year our theme was simply a celebration of fall, a time of year we will all soon enjoy.”

St. Joseph’s Place long-term care at Bon Secours Community Hospital is a 46-bed skilled nursing facility that provides professional care in an interdisciplinary approach to meeting the medical, personal, spiritual and social needs of each of its residents.

Residents are encouraged to participate in a wide array of activities including gardening, games, music, arts and crafts, education, and fitness programs. They also enjoy group day trips and outings to local restaurants. In addition, many local groups and organizations regularly visit St. Joseph’s Place and help to keep residents involved and in touch with their community.

St. Joseph’s Place is located on the first floor of Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 E. Main St., providing residents with easy, ready access to the hospital’s medical facilities and staff.

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.