Monthly Archives: January 2014

Blood Donations Needed

What if it was someone you loved?

by Patricia Bonnier, Donor Program Supervisor.

You’re driving down the road minding your own business, when suddenly you’re on your way to the hospital. Doesn’t matter whose fault it was, you’re still hurt! Or maybe you’re home watching TV when you get a pain somewhere and your brain tells you “Something is WRONG!” Or worst of all, these things happen to someone you love.

Life has a way of smacking you in the head from time to time, and all of a sudden we’re relying on help from the strangers around us. It could be at the scene of a car accident, or as we’re heading for the emergency room in the middle of the night. We depend on the kindness of strangers to see us through the crisis.

You have the chance to pay it forward and be one of the “kind strangers,” who are willing to reach out to those in need. Blood donations literally save lives; it takes a truly dedicated person to roll up their sleeves and give a precious blood donation to a stranger.

Due to the extreme weather we’ve experienced this winter, we are currently experiencing a blood shortage. Please visit your local facilities blood donor room to help us maintain an adequate supply of blood on hand for our patients.

Starting in 2014 we’ve begun a “LifeSaver Club,” and anyone who pledges to donate at least 4 times this year will be entered into it. It’s a work in progress, but some of the things we’ve planned so far is to have a “wall of fame” in our donor room with all the members listed, express treatment at our blood drives (or in the donor room) and special recognition items over the course of the year.

Bon Secours Charity Health System Blood Donation Information:

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s donor room is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from  9:30am-5:30pm and Wednesdays from 8am-4pm. Schedule a donation today!

St. Anthony Community Hospital runs bi-weekly blood drives on Mondays from 2:30pm-8:00pm, and Thursdays from 10am-6pm. Blood drives are also held on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 8am-2pm. The donor site is located in the trailer at 20 Grand Street on the Ground of Mount Alverno.

Bon Secours Community Hospital: Mark your calendars! The next blood drive is Tuesday, March 4th from 9am-3pm in the conference at 168 E. Main Street.

Be the person who helps – Donate Blood Today and save some lives in 2014!


Slim Down Your Super Bowl!


Super Bowl Sunday can be one of the worst eating days for men and women. But it’s easy to defend your New Year’s diet resolution from the typical Super Bowl party’s fatty menu of beer, potato chips, sandwiches,  wings, potato salad, macaroni and slaw if you have the right game plan.


  • Eat something before you arrive. If you show up hungry, you’re more likely to overeat, and to reach for the most fattening options available.
  • Allow yourself a taste of anything on the table,and then bench the fattier choices in favor of the healthier stand-bys.
  • Bring along some lower-fat snacks to share, such as baked corn or potato chips, air-popped popcorn and pretzels.
  • Load up on salsa, which is a tasty, nutritious, low-calorie dip.
  • Prepare a fruit or vegetable platter to bring to the party, so there’s sure to be some healthy choices at your fingertips.
  • Try not to drink too many calories – choose water or seltzer over regular sodas and juices.
  • If you’re drinking alcohol, pick light beer, wine or a wine spritzer (1/2 wine,1/2 fizzy water).

Try out these 10 snacks to slim down your Super Bowl party:

  1. Blue Corn Chips and Bean Dip
  2. Seasoned Baked French Fries
  3. Low-Fat Spinach Dip and Vegetable Sticks
  4. Mini-sandwich Wraps with Turkey, Low-Fat Cheese, Lettuce and Tomato
  5. Vegetable Curls with Light Ranch Dressing Dip
  6. Fruit Kabobs
  7. Roasted Almonds and Low-Fat Popcorn
  8. Homemade Pizza with Vegetable Toppings and Canadian Bacon
  9. Baked Pita Chips Served with Fresh Salsa
  10. Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits

Get active! Don’t let the players have all the fun:

  • Play a quick game of touch football or toss the football around at half-time.
  • Walk around the party, don’t concentrate in only the food area.
  • Remember, you aren’t playing in the game, don’t make your post-game meal an NFL sized portion!

Retirement Savings Plan (For Bon Secours Employees)

Take the Time to Maximize Your Retirement Savings

It is still a good time to make an election for your savings in the Bon Secours Retirement Savings Plan (403(b)/401(k)) for 2014.  Here are a few things to consider as you make your plan contribution election:

  • In order to maximize the employer matching contributions you receive from Bon Secours*, you will want to spread your contributions over as many pay periods as possible, up to 26 pay periods, to be sure to maximize your matching contribution.
  • You will not receive matching contributions for any pay periods that you are not making a contribution.  Also, if you elect to stop your employee contributions, your matching contributions for those pay periods will be stopped as well.
  • The IRS has set the maximum 403(b)/401(k) elective deferral limits for 2014 for employee contributions at $17,500.  Individuals over age 50 are eligible to defer up to an additional $5,500 for 2014 (up to $23,000).  The annual compensation limit has been increased to $260,000.

If you were contributing in 2013, your 2013 employee contribution will continue into 2014 until you make a change. You can make a new election or change it under the Plan anytime by visiting the VALIC website,  If you need assistance with your elections, please contact VALIC Client Care Center at (877) 375-2422 or contact your local VALIC representative. If you have questions about your eligibility for the employer matching contributions, please contact

*Please note: Not all employees are eligible for an employer matching contribution.  If you are not certain if you are eligible for an employer match or what the match is please contact BSHSI_RetirementBenefits@

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, Placing Good Samaritan Among Top 5% of Hospitals in Nation

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center today announced that it has received the 2014 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellenceaccording to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The distinction makes Good Samaritan one of the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its clinical performance.

From 2010 through 2012, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence as a group had an overall 26.4% lower risk adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals.  During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 156,036 lives could potentially have been saved.

Variation in hospital performance exists locally as well as nationally.  For example, of the 61 hospitals evaluated located in the New York, NY/Northern New Jersey metropolitan area for treatment of Stroke, risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates ranged from 2.7% on the low end to 25.0% on the high end, which is more than a 9-fold difference in mortality rates.

“Recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence have demonstrated better than expected quality care. For patients undergoing treatment for select common conditions and procedures at these hospitals, this translates to a statistically significant lower likelihood of death or experiencing complications when compared to the rest of American hospitals,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades.

The 260 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2014 study period (2010-2012), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 30 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients, please visit


Good Samaritan Receives Healthgrades 2014 Cardiac Care Excellence Award

Cardiac care at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is in the top 10% in the nation as measured by lowest risk-adjusted complications, according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions from 2010 through 2012.

The new report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided.   A 5-star rating indicates that Good Samaritan’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

Good Samaritan not only performs at a 5 star level – it outperforms other hospitals in the nation in this condition, and as a result has been recognized with the 2014 Healthgrades:

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ in 2014
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services in 2014
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiology Services in 2014
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014)

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at


Nursing Home Compare, a useful tool for consumers available on the official United States Government Website for Medicare, recently awarded St. Josephs Place Long Term Facility at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY its highest “much above average” five-star rating in overall quality.

Nursing Home Compare allows consumers to compare information about nursing homes. It contains quality of care information on every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country, including over 15,000 nationwide

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.”

Healthy Menu Planning

Like most families, your life is probably busy with work, school, activities, and other commitments, and you may feel like you don’t have enough time to put healthy food on the table. However, cooking healthy meals for your family can be simple and delicious with easy recipes and a little advance planning. Here are some tips to make healthy cooking at home easier.

Menu Planning and Shopping

  • Make a plan and stick to it. Choose one day each week to plan meals for the week. Then create a grocery list based on your mealplan. A little planning ahead can help save you lots of time and money.
  • Make it a family affair. Ask your family to help you write the weekly meal plan and  grocery list-post these materials on the refrigerator and ask family members to help fill them out as they come up with ideas.
  • Stock your kitchen with staple healthy ingredients such as brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, sundried tomatoes, frozen shrimp, chicken breasts, canned low-sodium beans, no-salt-added diced tomatoes, frozen vegetables with no added sauce, etc.
  • Shop smart. Stick to your grocery list to avoid buying items you don’t need. Time your grocery trip tor when the store is less crowded and you’re not rushed or hungry. Get the recipe ingredients and other foods on your list in just one trip.

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St. Anthony Community Hospital Nurses Conduct Holiday Drive for Mother’s Cupboard

Each year Marlene Roerdon, RN, clinical coordinator Center for Ambulatory Surgery at St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY, asks members of her nursing staff to attend a school or perform a community service for their professional enrichment.

“When nurse Dee Keegan came to me with the idea to do a service project for the community,” said Roerdon, “I suggested Mother’s Cupboard at St. Stephen’s Church in Warwick.”

Mother’s Cupboard, a pro-life ministry and Parish outreach program, collects donations of all baby items for parents in need such as diapers, wipes, lotion, powder, shampoo, sipping cups, pacifiers, blankets, bibs and the like.

Roerdon and Keegan reached out to nurse, Deborah Kozlowski, RN, who had been a Mother’s Cupboard volunteer, for information to get started with collecting donations. They created and circulated a flyer among the hospital staff and the donations poured in. The project will now be ongoing with donations collected from hospital staff and the public throughout the year in the Surgical Services Department.

“I wanted to do this to give back to the community,” said Keegan. “The Mothers’ Cupboard was a perfect choice. We gave two boxes of baby items and have more to go. I want to thank all of my coworkers for their generosity. It’s a collaboration of all of us.”

BRR… It’s COLD Outside!

Woah, saying it’s “cold,” seems like a bit of an understatement! 

Check out the following tips to stay warm during the cold weather:

  • If you have to go outside, doctors suggest wearing as many loose-fitting layers as possible to trap air between clothes and stay warmer.
  • Do not leave much skin exposed as it’s easy to get frostbite in these cold conditions.
  • Children and the elderly need the most attention. The doctor suggests if your kids return home with wet clothing, remove it fast. If you have older neighbors, try doing outdoor chores for them if they need it.
  • Drink hot drinks like tea and hot cocoa to warm your core.
Remember, your vehicle gets cold too! When we get hit with this brutal weather, you must be on top of your car’s vitals:
  • Tire pressure gets out of whack once the temperature drops, make sure you don’t head out with a flat.
  • Make sure your battery is charged up.
  • Check all your fluids under the hood.
  • If you plan to start your car to warm it up, keep it running no more than 10 minutes.
  • Be sure to check the tread on your tires. One way to do this is to take a penny, turn it upside down and place it between the tread on the tires. If you are able to see Lincoln’s head, it is time to get new tires.

Stay safe, and stay warm!