Monthly Archives: October 2013

Halloween Safety Tips

As kids prepare to put on their costumes and roam from house to house today, parents and neighbors should keep in mind that their presence on the road and around homes requires additional caution.

Travelers Insurance Provider, recently released the following five tips on how to stay safe during Halloween and keep the holiday trick-free.

Be Smart About Decorations Placement

Do not overload electrical outlets when plugging in your scary indoor décor, especially the older decorations.

“We like to focus on and recognize decorations on many different holidays,” senior property specialist Jim Gustin said on website Travelers Risk Control, citing a National Fire Prevention Association statistic that estimates decorations were the item first ignited in an average of 1,000 reported home structure fires per year between 2006 and 2010.

When it comes to setting up outdoor decorations, follow manufacturer instructions to help avoid unexpected damage to your home or guests.

Set Up Spooky Candles With Care

“We recommend whenever possible that folks use battery-operated candles,” Gustin said. “If they are going to use candles inside of Jack-o’-Lanterns, make sure they are away from curtains, trees or combustible decorations.” Also keep in mind how easily these spooky candles can be knocked over by a pet, guest or child, he told ABC News. It’s always helpful to keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher accessible, filled and ready for operation.

Make Sure Your Doorway Is Safe for Trick-or-Treaters

Don’t “trick” Halloween-goers when they knock on your door this year. Check for damage to your roof and clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from accumulating.

“We in the risk-control department are all about keeping people safe, whether it’s from wires or preventing slips, trips and or falls,” Gustin said. “Make sure that driveways and walkways are cleaned up and well maintained. Also lighting at transitions between the driveway and the walkway can prevent a potentially dangerous situation where someone could slip.”

Pay Close Attention When Driving

More than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian-car accidents on Halloween between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., compared with the same hours on other days throughout the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Eliminate any distractions you might have and keep your eye on the road for any Halloween activity and trick-or-treaters, Travelers advises.

Be a Safe Pedestrian

Like drivers, it’s important to stay alert and pay attention when walking from house to house with trick-or-treaters, Travelers recommends. “We want to stress to folks as they or their children are out walking on Halloween that they need to pay attention, have a flashlight and have reflective clothing,” Gustin said. “If people don’t have their lights on, don’t approach those homes because it has the potential to be a more dangerous situation.”

Stay Safe All!

Audiology Department – Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s Audiology and Hearing Aid Services department provides comprehensive and professional audiological care, from prevention to rehabilitation, for individuals of all ages with hearing concerns. Our standards of professional patient care directed to the unique needs of each patient, help ensure improved quality of life through better hearing for our patients.

The audiology department provides patients with a wide variety of diagnostic and rehabilitative services including:

  • Comprehensive audiologic evaluations for infants, children and adults
  • Consultation and fittings for state-of-the-art digital hearing aids, which include no charge follow-up appointments. All hearing aids come with a 45 day trial period and are competitively priced.
  • Hearing aid maintenance and repairs. Batteries and custom-made earmolds are also available
  • Hearing conservation services and programs, including custom- made earplugs, musician plugs and sleeping plugs
  • Counselling and rehabilitation services for hearing loss

Our audiologist is a fellow of The American Academy of Audiology, and holds both an audiology license and a hearing aid dispensing license in the State of New York. She has over 30 years experience in the fields of audiology and hearing aid dispensing.

For an appointment, please call:   845.368.5253

Dr. Mary Leahy, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Bon Secours Charity Health System

CEO, Bon Secours Charity Health System

CEO, Bon Secours Charity Health System

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Mary P. Leahy, M.D. as the chief executive officer (CEO) for Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS). For the past month, Mary has served as interim CEO and during that short period has demonstrated her keen leadership abilities. Her insights into better physician relations as well as her knowledge of the market are assets that will guide us as we maintain the momentum of our turnaround at Bon Secours Charity.

In a meeting of the BSCHS board of directors, Mary set forth her immediate goals that are in line with our strategic quality plan and with our mission. She places a high value on our communities, our physicians and our employees. Mary has a deep and abiding understanding of what sets us apart as a ministry and how we will enter the future with purpose and prosperity through good planning and hard work.

In her role as CEO, Mary will lead the local system strategy, operations and performance which include accountability for three acute care hospitals; the Bon Secours Medical Group; a regional home health care agency; two long-term care facilities; an assisted living and adult home.

Mary is a long time resident of the community, an internist with Rockland Pulmonary and has served as Senior Vice President for Physician Practices. She has been a thought leader and active participant as we expand our Accountable Care Organization and launch population health initiatives. In addition, her expertise in managed care negotiations has already resulted in significant improvements in our managed care rates for our physician groups and our acute care hospitals.

We wish to thank the board, the medical community and our employees for their support of Dr. Leahy in her new role as Chief Executive Officer. We know they will join us in our congratulations.

Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital to offer evening informational workshop, ‘Dental Health for People With Diabetes’

“Oral hygiene is essential for people with diabetes.”

Dr. Vipul J. Patel, DDS, FICOI

Dr. Vipul J. Patel, DDS, FICOI

This is the message Warwick dentist Dr. Vipul J. Patel will present to adults attending the regular monthly meeting of “Diabetes in Check” on Monday, October 21. The support group, open to anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, is sponsored by the Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital.

“Diabetes in Check,” 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.

Dr. Patel’s presentation will explain the connection between systemic health and oral health, focusing on its relevance to diabetes. Periodontal disease can make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood glucose levels. And people with diabetes tend to have more gum disease.

“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 have regular dental care experience better control of their blood sugar, compared to others with gum disease,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN. “And they can enjoy the same level of oral health as everyone else if they practice good oral hygiene, have regular professional care and keep their oral tissues healthy. Dental care is a very important aspect of everyone’s general health but especially important for those who have diabetes.”

Dr. Patel, who practices at Warwick Valley Dental in Warwick, is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He is also a founding member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health; an organization dedicated to the improvement of health by changing public and professional awareness of mouth-body health links.

Dr. Patel is also a member of the hospital’s Diabetes Advisory Committee. The organization, composed of former patients, members of the community, physicians, diabetes educators and other hospital personnel, meets twice each year to discuss ways to improve outpatient diabetes programs and best serve the community.

According to Dr. Patel, people with diabetes have a higher risk for periodontal disease, a chronic low-grade infection of the gums and bone around the teeth. And because diabetics tend to have more problems with infections and wound healing, gum disease represents a worrisome threat to both oral and general health.

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 October 21 “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