Monthly Archives: September 2013


Byoung Yang, MD, System Medical Director for Bon Secours Charity Wound and HBOT program will provide service to the local area.

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic open sores that can become seriously infected, gangrenous and in some cases require amputation. This is often due to limited blood flow, which can slow the body’s own, healing process.

Byoung Yang, MD, System Medical Director for Bon Secours Charity Wound and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) program will now provide service to the community for Wound Care Management at St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY.

Dr. Yang was board-certified in hyperbaric medicine, which includes comprehensive wound management, after completing a hyperbaric fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He received residency training at a large wound care center in Mt. Vernon, New York, under the direction of the late, renowned wound treatment physician, Dr. Jorge Beale. Dr. Yang is also board-certified in Internal Medicine.

In his current position at St. Anthony Community Hospital, Dr. Yang seeks to develop a safe and seamless approach to wound care that begins when the patient is admitted to the hospital and continues until the patient is discharged to the home, nursing home or rehabilitation facility and the wound is completely healed. His expertise includes treating complicated wounds such as venous insufficiency, arterial insufficiency, leg wounds, delayed healing surgical wounds, complications from radiation treatment, and decubitus ulcers (bed sores).

“Since a wound is a manifestation of a systemic illness,” he said, “the physician must treat the patient as a whole rather than just the wound.”

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Yang call 1-866-596-8456.


On Saturday, September 14, Schervier Pavilion residents, their families, staff and volunteers gathered together under a huge tent and clear blue skies to enjoy the annual “Grandparents’ Day” picnic.

And, in the spirit of this year’s country and western theme, many of the guests, staff members and residents sported western garb as well as 10 gallon hats as generations of families visited their loved ones to enjoy a traditional end-of- summer celebration. The staff prepared lots of country style barbecue favorites and families and residents enjoyed picture perfect weather. There were also games for the children, and a three-day-old calf to pet. Popular DJ “Octavius” 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.

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.

“We hosted this Grandparent’s Day to thank the wonderful families who are essential to the quality of life we offer at this facility,” said Schervier Pavilion Director of Recreation Kari Call. “Family members serve on our decorating committee and often lend a helping hand to our staff. We’re happy that we could enjoy this occasion together as a family.”

Heart Attack is a Medical Emergency – Act Quickly to Save a Life

Heart Attack is a Medical Emergency – Act Quickly to Save a Life

A recent New England Journal of Medicine study reviewed the records of about 97,000 patients with severe heart attacks who were admitted to 515 hospitals between 2005 and 2009. Researchers found that although many hospitals improved the time between when patients arrive at the emergency room and undergo primary percutaneous coronary intervention – or door-to-balloon times – there was not a similar improvement in survival rate. Experts are looking toward improving pre-hospital variables.

Sadly, forty percent of patients with severe heart attack don’t call 9-1-1, causing significant treatment delays. Among the goals of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is to encourage patients and the community to learn to recognize heart attack symptoms and act quickly during this life-threatening situation. Fast action can reduce the amount of time between first symptoms and treatment and can ultimately save a life.

“A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. A heart attack is a “circulation” problem. A blocked artery prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching a section of the heart. If the blocked artery is not reopened quickly, the part of the heart normally nourished by that artery begins to die,” said Michele Hooper, manager in the AHA National CPR/Emergency Cardiovascular Care programs. The heart muscle will no longer be able to pump efficiently—this is a life-threatening event and requires immediate medical care.


Symptoms of a heart attack may be immediate and may include intense discomfort, pressure or pain in the chest or other areas of the upper body. There is often shortness of breath, cold sweats, and/or nausea/vomiting. More often, though, symptoms start slowly and persist for hours, days or weeks before a heart attack. Women are somewhat more likely than men to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back, neck or jaw pain.

The heart usually does not stop beating during a heart attack. The victim is often aware and alert but in distress. The longer the person goes without treatment, the greater the damage to the heart which can result in death or permanent damage to the heart’s function (heart failure).


If some or all symptoms are present, even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number. Every minute matters. It’s best to call EMS to get to the emergency room right away. Emergency medical services staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car.

“Calling 9-1-1 activates the local emergency response system. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster treatment at the hospital, too,” said Hooper.

Most heart attacks do not lead to cardiac arrest—when the heart stops beating. But when cardiac arrest occurs, heart attack is a common cause. The American Heart Association also encourages everyone to be prepared in a cardiac arrest emergency and learn Hands Only CPR by watching a one-minute video at

 This information has been provided by the American Heart Assocation. Visit to learn more about how to recognize heart attacks.

Send kids back to school with healthy meals and snacks

New federal rules on school lunches will help provide children with more nutritious meal options. But, according to the American Heart Association, the best way to ensure healthy and less expensive meals for your kids is to send them with meals from home. So while you’re getting the kids’ backpacks ready with notebooks, pencils and paper, it’s a great time to plan for healthy back-to-school lunches.

The American Heart Association recommends packing a healthy lunch at home to ensure that kids get the nutrition they need without all the fat, calories and salt found in convenience foods and many school lunch meals. Too much salt, calories and fat can contribute to long-term health issues like obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese; nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated blood cholesterol levels.

Ten Healthy lunchbox tips:

  • Pack healthy drinks such as water, low-fat milk or 100% juice with no added sugar.
  • Beverages boxes frozen the night before can keep a lunchbox cool until lunchtime.
  • Cut out the calorie-rich and nutrient-empty soda and energy drinks.
  • Use whole wheat bread, pita, wraps or flatbreads for sandwiches.
  • Pick lean luncheon meats like turkey, ham or leftover chicken breast.
  • Use reduced fat mayo or salad dressing or mustard to dress a sandwich
  • Add mixed greens or baby spinach leaves for extra nutrients
  • Try protein/iron-rich hummus with fresh veggies and whole wheat pita triangles for dipping.
  • Low-fat or fat-free calcium-rich cottage cheese with carrots, cherry tomatoes, berries, or melon.
  • Top green salads with lean protein like hard-boiled eggs, beans or chicken.

Didn’t pack a lunch? There are many options to choose from in the lunch line at school, some of them are healthier than others. Encourage kids to choose fruits and vegetables instead of French fries or chips and ask for grilled meat instead of fried.

The above information has been provided by the American Heart Association. For more information and recipes, visit the American Heart Association at


On Saturday September 7th,, 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 residents enjoyed picture perfect weather under a large tent in the patio outside of Bon Secours Community Hospital. The popular singer Rich Wilson was also on hand to provide musical entertainment for the afternoon. Residents stated that most of all, they enjoyed getting together with their families and staff members for a fun afternoon.

“We hosted 140 guests,” reported Adele Coates, interim director of St. Joseph’s Place. “This year our theme reflected the 1940s in honor of our greatest generation, those men and women who served in our armed forces during World War II.”

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.

In addition to quality long term care services, St. Joseph’s Place also offers long term and short term rehabilitation, tracheotomy care, head trauma care, respiratory care, and psychological services in a comfortable setting that residents can call “home.”

The answer is “I’m not interested”

The question I asked was “Can you come to our blood drive and donate today?”

Really… not interested? That’s what you got? Ok, so I have to maintain my professionalism and not say what’s on my mind, which is “Ten minutes down the road you may be very interested!” Instead, I attempted to thank him for his time, but he was in such a hurry to get away from me that I didn’t have the chance to say anything.

Not interested. Why is it that people become interested only when it’s something shocking, like the horrific events in Boston and Oklahoma? Then I had people calling to see if they could run a blood drive for the victims. Very admirable for sure, but then again, I would’ve liked to have asked them “Where were you 3 weeks ago, when we had a crisis in the emergency room and used 35 units of blood to save a person’s life?” What about those people?

I guess my point is this – every day, in every hospital around the country there’s a crisis of some sort. Their story doesn’t make the evening news, but to the family and friends who are waiting with fingers crossed and prayers on their lips, the well-being and survival of the patient is just as urgent to them.

Thanks to the people who donate frequently simply because it’s the right thing to do, we manage to get the job done. But wouldn’t it be great if everyone who was eligible to donate came out to do just that? No blood shortages… ever! What a concept.

-This post was submitted by Pat Bonnier, Donor Program Supervisor at Bon Secours Charity Health System

You Have the Power To End Stroke

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death of Americans and the leading cause of death of long-term disability.  Stroke is perceived to be an age-related illness that you have no control over, but the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, says that it not the case. They report that you do have the power to end stroke by recognizing and controlling your personal risk factors and knowing how to respond in case of emergency.

The Power To End Stroke movement is the American Stroke Association’s national initiative to empower all Americans to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and take action to reduce their personal risk for suffering from this deadly and debilitating disease.

Stroke is a leading cause of disability and number four cause of death in the United States. Approximately 795,000 individuals will have a stroke each year; of these, 167,000 individuals will die and more will suffer a major disability.

And though stroke can happen to anyone at any time, studies have shown that African Americans are twice as likely to suffer a first-ever stroke compared to Caucasians because of having an higher incidence of stroke risk factors such as family history of stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Simple lifestyle changes like increasing your level of physical activity, quitting smoking, control of your cholesterol and blood pressure levels and maintaining a healthy diet are real areas in a person’s life that can be managed, according to the AHA/ASA. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Life’s Simple 7™ assessment measures seven lifestyle change areas and makes recommendations to improve each category.  It is available online at

While prevention is key to saving lives from stroke, early recognition of the number four killer can save lives in an emergency.

“More people need to know the signs and act quickly when they recognize it,” said Jason Greenberg, MD, Director of Stroke Rehabilitation at Helen Hayes Hospital and American Heart Association Board Member, “Stroke doesn’t have to mean death or disability. Quick recognition and action by bystanders to get the victim medical treatment will reduce chances for long term damage. A victim may have one or all of the signs. It’s important to call 9-1-1 as soon as possible.”
Stroke warning signs can come on suddenly.  The acronym “F.A.S.T.” is a simple way to remember stroke warning signs.

  • Face Drooping – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
  • Arm Weakness – Ask the person to raise both arms. Is one arm weak or numb? Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech Difficulty – Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly? Are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand?
  • Time to call 9-1-1 – If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

The American Stroke Association’s “Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.” smartphone app, is available now for free download. The simple tool can help spot the symptoms of a stroke, F.A.S.T. It includes stroke info, warning signs,

For more information on Power To End Stroke go to  You can also find out more about your risk for stroke, and stroke prevention by visiting

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 Source: The American Heart Association


September 16 program to feature Dr. Rachel Colvin addressing relationship between diabetes and kidney disease

Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease and Nephrology is the study and treatment of that disease.

On Monday evening, September 16, Dr. Rachel Colvin, a Board Certified Nephrologist associated with St. Anthony Community Hospital, will explain the relationship between diabetes and kidney disease at the monthly meeting of, “Diabetes in Check,” a support group, open to anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

“Diabetes in Check,” sponsored by the Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital, will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s second-floor conference room. Everyone is invited to attend this important educational program geared for all adults with diabetes and their families.

Rachel Colvin, DO, whose office is at 30 Hatfield Lane in Goshen, NY will point out the dangers of improper management of diabetes and the possibility of resulting kidney disease. She will also discuss the pros and cons of available preventatives and treatments including dialysis and transplant surgery.

“This is an opportunity for us to offer a program where people with diabetes and their families and caregivers will learn the good news that those who manage their diabetes properly can control their blood sugar and avoid more serious complications,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN. “We invite everyone with diabetes and their caregivers to attend this important meeting.”

The Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital offers a series of classes for all patients who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or those who demonstrate poorly controlled diets. During group or individual sessions, clinical instructors offer initial assessment, emotional support and will seek to help patients achieve a better understanding of the disease. They will show their patients how to live a normal and productive life with diabetes and how to control the disease through diet and exercise.

All adults with diabetes and their caregivers are urged to attend the September 16 “Diabetes in Check” meeting. Seating is limited and all those planning to attend are asked to reserve a place as soon as possible by calling 845-987-5168.

For more information about the Center for Diabetes Education, call 845-987-5168 or visit