Monthly Archives: March 2014

Bon Secours Community Hospital to Launch Get Fit Port Jervis Walking Initiative

Organized Walks to Utilize the Port Jervis Fitness Loop

Beginning Monday, April 21 Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 East Main Street, will launch “Get Fit Port Jervis,” a community walking initiative created by the hospital and the Bon Secours Community Hospital Physical Rehabilitation Department.  

Karen Little, MSPT, clinical coordinator Bon Secours Community Hospital Rehabilitation Services along with guest members of the medical staff will lead organized walks utilizing the Port Jervis Fitness Loop, which was created last year in a partnership between Bon Secours Community Hospital, the City of Port Jervis and the Orange County Health Department.

From April 21 to October 17, there will be two guided walks each week on Mondays and Fridays.

Participants can join at any time and they should meet in the Bon Secours Community Hospital’s parking lot facing East Main Street. Check in time is 11:50 a.m. and the walk begins promptly at 12:00 noon.

The Fitness Loop, a designated Orange County Trail, is marked every ¼ mile by oval white signs. The entire loop is 2.25 miles long, and continues down East Main Street to Jersey Avenue, down Jersey Avenue to Pike Street, up Pike Street to East Main Street, and past Bon Secours Community Hospital. Walkers can start and finish their walks at any point along the way.

Each Participant is required to complete a registration form and waiver. And every walker will receive a  “Get Fit Port Jervis” participant card, a program tee shirt and monthly incentive gifts.

For additional information call Karen Little at 845-858-7112

Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, is located at 160 East Main Street in Port Jervis, NY. For additional information call (845) 858–7000 or visit: www.bonsecourscommunityhosp.org

Affordable Care Act

What you need to know about the new health care exchange and how Bon Secours can help.

Due to the passage of the health care law, The Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may now be able to afford insurance, even if you have never been able to before. This allows individuals and small businesses to purchase healthcare insurance. As of Jan. 1, 2014, all Americans are required to have health insurance and through www.healthcare.gov (the healthcare exchange marketplace), some may receive payment assistance, discounts or tax credits to help cover the costs of coverage.

A visit to www.healthcare.gov can help many uninsured Americans determine if they qualify for Affordable health coverage. The Healthcare Insurance Marketplace offers side by side comparisons of health insurance products and plans.  Most of which are available through private insurance companies.  With just one application, enrollment can be quick. Plus, Customer Service is available 24/7 for your convenience.

You must apply before March 31, 2014 to gain coverage for 2014. If not, you may have to pay a penalty. This penalty starts at $95 per individual in 2014 and can increase to thousands of dollars depending on your income and the size of your family. Through www.healthcare.gov, individuals will learn if they qualify for payment assistance and special discounts on deductibles, copays and co-insurance.

What Does Coverage Mean for Me?

Through www.healthcare.gov, all will have access to available elements of the ACA, including:

• No one can be denied coverage due to a pre-existing health condition or lose coverage because a family member becomes sick

• Insurance companies will be prohibited from charging women more than men for the same coverage

• All health insurance plans will cover services such as preventive care, infant care, mental health care, and substance abuse treatment

• No lifetime limits can be imposed on health insurance coverage

• Children will be allowed to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until they reach the age of 26

 

Need Help With Medicaid?

You can apply for Medicaid at any time. Simply contact the Enrollment Assistance Partner from your state for help. (See grid below)

 

 

How Can Bon Secours Help?

For those who would rather not use a computer or do not have access to one, assistance in navigating the marketplace is available. Expert navigators are available to help you over the phone, online, or in person. These are not salespeople; they are here to help guide you through the marketplace and through the enrollment process.

Bon Secours is working with Enrollment Assistance Partners. They’re here to provide free assistance to anyone interested in reviewing the new health insurance options. For more information, please reference the below grid to contact an Enrollment Assistance Partner in your state. Additionally, patients/visitors at Bon Secours can speak to any registration employee to arrange for free assistance in finding out what options are available through the exchange. If you have questions or need help, we are ready to assist you.

Bon Secours Enrollment Assistance Partners

Your State of Residence

Enrollment Assistance Partner

Phone

Virginia

Advanced Patient Advocacy

877-714-1331

South Carolina

Chamberlin Edmunds

866-353-1899

New York

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

Cardon Outreach

877-420-9939

Maryland

Deco

888-327-2756

Kentucky

Ohio

West Virginia

MedAssist

800-736-2107

 

What if you miss March 31st open enrollment?

If you miss the open enrollment deadline, of March 31, 2014, you’ve likely missed your chance to buy coverage for the year. The next open enrollment period would start October 15, 2014 thru December 7, 2014 and this coverage would be effective for 2015.

 

BON SECOURS CHARITY HEALTH SYSTEM ENCOURAGES COLORECTAL SCREENING

March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. And every year, approximately 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease and more than 50,000 die from it.

The Bon Secours Charity Health System hospitals: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY encourage the people in their communities to begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, and then keep getting screened regularly.

 “Colorectal cancer is a cancer that can be prevented, or at the very least treated successfully when detected early,” said Peter M. Kaye, MD, FACS, FASCRS, director of colon and rectal surgery at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. “Colorectal cancer is most prevalent in patients over the age of 50. And screening for colorectal cancer starts at age 50, unless there is a strong family history,  or if a patient has symptoms such as rectal bleeding or a change in bowel habits at a younger age.”

Dr. Kaye explained that there are different ways of screening, but colonoscopy is the gold standard. A skilled colonoscopist can both examine the colon, and remove any precursors to cancer (polyps) at the time of examination. The procedure is safe and painless because it is performed with gentle sedation.

“Patients need to be proactive about their wellness,” said Dr. Kaye. “Don’t be a victim. Prevention is by early detection. Schedule an appointment with your local colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist to see if it is time for you to schedule a colonoscopy.”

 

‘Welcome to the Mediterranean Diet’

St. Anthony Community Hospital hosts ‘Welcome to the Mediterranean Diet’

Free Informational Event & Cooking Demonstration

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.”

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 31, St. Anthony Community Hospital and Morrison Health Care, under the direction of Mark Brezina, director of Food Services, will host a free National Nutrition Month informational and tasting event. The cooking demonstration, “Taste of the Mediterranean,” will be held in the Greenbriar Room at Mount Alverno Center, 20 Grand Street, Warwick, about one-quarter mile past the hospital.

National Nutrition Month celebrates and reinforces the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

“As some of you know the Mediterranean diet is more than a diet, “ said Janine Killeen, RD,CDE,CDN, Morrison Health Care Lead Dietitian of St Anthony Community Hospital and the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System. “It’s a lifestyle approach to healthy eating filled with delicious foods like fruit, vegetables, fish, beans, nuts and whole grains as well as other ingredients shown to promote good health like olive oil and wine along with daily physical activity.”

Killeen explained that the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are numerous including longevity, defense against chronic diseases, fighting cancers, protection from diabetes, depression and Alzheimer’s disease among many other ailments.

Everyone is invited to join Killeen, her Morrison Health Care associates Lynn Palmieri, DTR, Gigi Fried RD and Stacy Lynch, dietetic student, for a presentation, cooking demonstration and tasting.

Morrison Health Care Chef Brian Smyth will be preparing pan-seared chicken with garlic and olives, almond couscous and a colorful salad along with a dessert of baked pears and apples.

Registration is necessary and seating is limited. Call 845-987-5197.


National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 16

Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 East Main Street, Port Jervis, New York, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Bon Secours Community Hospital is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with New York state laws.  These resources are available at www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

Specifically, on April 16, from 9 – 10 AM and 12:30 – 2:30 PM, Bon Secours Community Hospital is welcoming the public with free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms.  This information will be available on the hospital’s first floor in the atrium conference room adjacent to the café area.  There is no need to pre-register for this event.  Additional information on the event can be obtained by contacting Barbara Dwyer-Anderson, LMSW at 845-858-7122.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Barbara Dwyer-Anderson, LMSW of Bon Secours Community Hospital.”  “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

Get in the Game During Commitment Week

This year Commitment Week 2014 is March 16-22. The week is part of the Healthy Me, Healthy You employee wellness initiative which provides all employees with a variety of ways to support improved health and well-being.

So take this opportunity to join your colleagues and “get in the game” by filling out a Commitment Card! The card helps you to write down goals to help you get started or to find ways you can continue to improve. And Commitment Week is fun too.

Watch for details coming soon.  And, plan to take part in this year’s system-wide challenge. During the week of March 16-22, complete three Masters of Exercise activities like walking, running, exercising, for at least 15 minutes on different days of the week. Then log these activities at bonsecourswellness.com. All who complete at least three days of exercise will be eligible to win a prize. And, help your system bring home the Commitment Cup trophy awarded to the Bon Secours System that has the greatest percentage of participation by its employees.

Commitment Week 2014 is more important than ever as Bon Secours works to build a culture of employee health and well-being, that allows us to be good stewards of our resources, including helping to hold down the cost of health insurance.

You can get started today by learning more about better health and the 2014 Wellness Incentives.  Please go to IRIS and click on “Healthy Me, Healthy You” under Quick Links. If you complete your Incentives and are enrolled in a BSHSI Medical Plan, you can earn up to $900, deposited in a Health Reimbursement Account for you, to use to cover the cost of your health care expenses.

National Catholic Sisters Week MARCH 8 – 14!

The first ever National Catholic Sisters Week occurs Saturday, March 8, through Friday, March 14.  Part of Women’s History Month, the week honors Catholic sisters who have served faithfully as an integral part of American history.  The celebration is also intended to increase national awareness around the lives and profound contributions of sisters, inspiring girls and women to be open to a potential call to religious life.  During the National Catholic Sisters Week, the Sisters of Bon Secours would like to remind all employees that they are welcome to become involved with the congregation, either by considering religious life as a Sister, becoming an Associate, or by volunteering.  Click here to learn more about the Sisters of Bon Secours.

Fast, easy and efficient: New Human Resources Service Helps You Get Answers

This spring, Bon Secours will roll out the next phase of a new Human Resources (HR) model that transforms how HR services are delivered across our health system. Employees will be able to easily access the HR-related information they need, when they need it through a coordinated service model that will provide greater consistency, efficiency and accessibility.

The Human Resources Operations Center (HROC), staffed by Bon Secours HR professionals, will open this spring, along with the web-based AskHR service, providing customized 24/7 access to HR-related information. AskHR will provide self-service answers to employees’ questions on a wide variety of topics like retirement and health plan benefits, tuition assistance, leave issues, policies and more.

If employees need more help, they can send an inquiry anytime or call HR Service Advisors in HROC during business hours. Local system HR business partners will continue to support leadership development as well as employee relations, engagement and retention. Employees’ personal information will remain secure and confidential.

In the coming weeks, current HR staff will be engaged in training for the new model, which may result in some delays in responding to you in as timely a manner as they would like.  Thank you for your understanding.

Look for more information and training sessions soon.

Chiropractor Dr. Wayne Rossi to Speak at Diabetes in Check Meeting at St. Anthony Community Hospital

Adult Diabetes Support Group Monthly Meeting is on Monday evening, March 17

WARWICK – (March 2) – The benefits of exercise and proper nutrition for those who have been diagnosed with diabetes include decreasing insulin and lowering blood sugars.

This is the message Warwick Chiropractor Dr. Wayne Rossi will present to adults attending the regular monthly meeting of “Diabetes in Check” on Monday, March 17. 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.

According to the American Diabetes Association, as many as three million Americans are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Previously known as juvenile diabetes, the disease is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

“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. Rossi, who has practiced chiropractic medicine in Warwick for 32 years, has a master’s degree in clinical nutrition and was the chiropractic sports physician at Warwick Valley High School for 25 years. He also served as medical coordinator for the Warwick Marathon.

During his presentation Dr. Rossi will explain that exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous and can be any physical activity that gets you moving. He will also offer suggestions for mild exercises that can easily be performed by anyone including those who have limited mobility.

“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 keep active experience better control of their blood sugar,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN. “Exercise is a very important aspect of everyone’s general health but especially important for those who have diabetes.”

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 March 17 “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.

Braadt and St. Anthony Community Hospital Lead Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator Janine Killeen RD, CDE are also available at “Diabetes in Check” sessions to answer any questions.

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

Retirement Savings Plan to Transition to Fidelity Investments

Bon Secours has selected Fidelity Investments to become the new service provider for the Bon Secours Retirement Savings Plans, effective July 2014. Fidelity will manage the retirement plan for 403(b) and 401(k) defined contribution plans, which most Bon Secours employees are eligible to use to save for retirement.

The selection of Fidelity follows an intensive year-long review and comparison of the retirement plans and services offered by other service providers, including our current partner, VALIC.  A letter announcing this change has been sent to employees with account balances in a Bon Secours Retirement Savings Plan.  Only those Bon Secours retirement plan accounts held at VALIC are affected by this change.

In early May, a packet, containing more comprehensive information about this transition, will be mailed to employees’ homes. The packet will include a calendar of events and details of what employees will need to do before and after the transition.  You may also submit questions via e-mail to BSHSI_RetirementBenefits@bshsi.org.

No action is required by employees at this time. Until this transition takes place, please continue to access your plan accounts or obtain information as you do today via the VALIC Client Care Center at (877-375-2422), www.valic.com, or by contacting your local VALIC financial advisor.