Monthly Archives: May 2014

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center recognizes World Blood Donor Day

Blood Donations needed 

In recognition of World Blood Donor Day, local residents can become volunteer blood donors at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center on June 13, 2014, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.  A pair of Rockland Boulders Baseball tickets for a summer home game will be given to all blood donors.

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center operates the only hospital-based blood donor collection facility in the region. This allows Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center to meet the blood transfusion needs of our busy surgical, trauma, oncology, dialysis and medical services.

It is estimated that every two seconds in the United States, someone is in need of a blood transfusion.  Half of all blood used in transfusions comes from donors in the community. Over 2,000 individuals donate annually at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Last year, the hospital used more than 4,000 pints of blood directly serving the community to save countless lives.  Blood can only come through the generosity of donors; it cannot be manufactured.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor a blood drive, please contact us at 845-368-5178.  The donor room at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 am-5:30 pm, and on Wednesdays from 8 am to 4 pm.  Visit            www.facebook.com/GoodSamBlood to learn more.

Wellness Tip: Why Sugar Isn’t Sweet on Your Heart

It’s ironic, really, that sugar is so often associated with love and matters of the heart — from Grandma’s famous cookies to boxes of chocolate on Valentine’s Day. But the truth is that sugar is hurting your heart. On average, American adults get 15 percent of their daily calories (based on a 2,000-calorie diet) from added sugar. That’s far more than the 100 calories per day for women and 150 calories per day for men that the American Heart Association recommends. Although questionable food choices account for some of the excess sugar intake, a much greater part of the problem is the hidden sugar in products such as ketchup, salad dressing, cereals, breads, granola bars, spaghetti sauce, and even tonic water, all of which contain lots of added sugar. The resulting excess sugar consumption increases your risk of developing many chronic illnesses, including heart disease. To reduce your sugar intake, check food labels carefully, looking for hidden sugars like the “oses” (fructose, sucrose, dextrose, etc.), corn syrup, nectars, and evaporated or concentrated juices. Do your very best to avoid foods that contain added sugar, and focus instead on fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, or veggies for more nutritious snacks.

The Wellness Tip of the Week is from Cleveland Clinic’s 360-5 Daily Wellness Tips.

 

Summer Safety: Seven Facts You Need to Know to Avoid Skin Cancer

If you’re a man or woman over 40, check your sun-protection habits. The rate of skin cancer among men and women 40 to 60 years old increased nearly eightfold from 1970 to 2009.  Sun protection and avoidance are the most effective forms of prevention from skin cancer. However, some adults aren’t fans of messy creams or lotions. One solution is to wear sun protective clothing and hats with a wide brim that extend all the way around (not baseball hats). And while some adults do use sunscreen regularly, many aren’t using it correctly. People who get sunburned don’t use enough sunscreen, don’t reapply it after being in the sun, or use expired products.  Make sure you’re staying sun safe by following the latest guidelines:

  • Use new sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or more, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you go outside. If you apply sunscreen when you’re already in the sun, you may burn.
  • Adults need at least an ounce of sunscreen for adequate protection (that’s the amount that would fill a shot glass).
  • Apply sunscreen to all bare skin (and don’t forget a lip balm with SPF).
  • Reapply your sunscreen often — especially after swimming or sweating.
  • Remember, your skin can get burned even when it’s cloudy or cool outside. Minimize sun exposure by scheduling outdoor activities before 10:00 a.m. or after 3:00 p.m. (avoiding the time of day when the sun’s rays are strongest).

Bon Secours Wins 2014 Practice GreenHealth Awards

Bon Secours Health System has been selected again as winner of Practice Greenhealth’s 2014 System for Change Award and local systems have also received awards for ecological stewardship.  Seven Bon Secours hospitals received the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award, which is now Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor for hospitals.  Five Bon Secours hospitals received the Emerald Award.  New this year, the Greenhealth Emerald Award is presented to hospitals that demonstrate their sustainability programs are better developed.

Check out Bon Secours Charity Health System’s Awards:

•              Bon Secours Community Hospital – Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award; Circle of Excellence-Waste; and Circle of Excellence-Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

•              Bon Secours Good Samaritan Hospital – Emerald Partner for Change; and Circle of Excellence-Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

•              Bon Secours Saint Anthony Community Hospital – Emerald Partner for Change; Circle of Excellence-Energy; and Circle of Excellence-Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

SCHERVIER PAVILION SKILLED NURSING FACILITY IN WARWICK, NY RECEIVES FIVE STAR RATING IN OVERALL QUALITY

Nursing Home Compare, a useful tool for consumers available on the official United States Government Website for Medicare, recently awarded Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick, NY campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System, 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.

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 are extremely proud of the work our care team has accomplished to achieve this five star rating,” said Schervier Pavilion Administrator Lisa Brocky. “We strive to give our residents the quality of life and level of dignity they deserve. This prestigious recognition is a tribute to the hard work of our team and their dedication to providing excellent care to our residents.”

SCHERVIER PAVILION RESIDENTS CELEBRATE THE KENTUCKY DERBY

No one had money on the winning horse but they were all off to the races.

On Friday, May 2, residents at Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick, NY Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System assembled in the dining room to celebrate the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

“My old Kentucky Home,” played in the background while recreation aide Sue Ernhout handed out colorful hats to the ladies. She explained that it was a long tradition for both men and women to pull out all the stops when it came to dressing for the annual event and that the ladies typically wear special Derby headwear and accessories to showcase the finest in spring fashions.

A Kentucky Derby horse-racing quiz that followed revealed that many of the residents were familiar with the sport of kings. And in keeping with a long Derby tradition, all the residents were served a non-alcoholic version of the Mint Julep.

“Celebrating popular events have an important value in long term care at Schervier Pavilion, “ said Kari Call, a certified therapy recreation specialist (CTRS). “Therapeutic recreation is essential to the quality of life and the quality of care of individuals receiving health and human services.”

As Director of Recreation, Call’s job is to provide recreation resources and opportunities for both the long and short-term residents of the skilled nursing home in order to maintain and improve their health and well being.

All programs at Schervier Pavilion are designed to meet the psychosocial and physical needs of the residents with activities that are not only enjoyable but are also intended to achieve this goal.

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.

Trauma documentation added to ConnectCare

As a NYS designated Level II trauma center, Good Samaritan is in the process of revising policy and practice in order to become verified as a Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons. One of the ACS requirements is that all documentation for trauma activations be done on a Flowsheet. Connect Care has added a trauma Flowsheet to the Emergency Dept documentation.  Having the nurse complete this mandatory documentation in Connect Care is an easy way to ensure compliance with this ACS standard.

Seven Bon Secours Charity Health System Nurses and One Holistic Health Practitioner Complete ‘Caring Advocate’ Program

Graduation held at Mount Alverno Center 

Caring Advocate Graduation 2On Wednesday, April 30, six of seven Registered Nurses and one Holistic Health Practitioner, all serving in Orange and Rockland County hospitals that form the Bon Secours Charity Health System, participated in a graduation ceremony held in the chapel at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, NY.

Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.

The graduates had just successfully completed The Bon Secours Health System Inc. Caring Advocate Education Program, a system-wide educational initiative to prepare them with knowledge, experience and practice skills rated to a Professional Practice Model that emphasizes Dr. Jean Watson’s Theory of Caring and Relationship-Based Care.

In 2007 Dr. Jean Watson founded the international nonprofit Watson Caring Science Institute with the mission to restore the profound nature of caring-healing in today’s healthcare systems and to retain its most precious resource, caring professional nurses and transdisciplinary care team members.

Dr. Watson’s Theory of Human Caring (Caritas) is now used in approximately 300 health care institutions in the United States and other institutions worldwide. And the Bon Secours Charity Health System is committed to the adoption of her Theory of Human Caring and the “Caritas” philosophy.

The recent graduates are St. Anthony Community Hospital Registered Nurse Claudia VanRaamsdonk, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Registered Nurse Donna Regan, Registered Nurses Sandy Gomas and Carol Tunney of Schervier Pavilion skilled nursing facility; Regina Stafford and Catherine Hood of Bon Secours Community Hospital, Orange County Nurse Manager Maureen Donnelly and Holistic Health Practitioner Karen Dalton of St. Anthony Community Hospital.

The new Caring Advocate Education Program nurses were mentored for six months by Janet Bailey, Joie Ogrodnick, Kathy Guerra and Gunnel Greenfield. Their work and study projects focused on self-care to prevent nurse burnout; developing trusting relationships with patients and coworkers; and creating a caring, healing environment.

“The Caring Advocate Program,” said graduate Maureen Donnelly, MSN, RN, information nurse manager Orange County, “allows us to discern the Dr. Jean Watson theory and bring the caring concept to the nurses and patients at the bedside.”

Bon Secours Charity Health System nurses are invited to apply and to be part of this annual program, which will begin in September.

SCHERVIER PAVILION RESIDENTS ENJOY A SPRING FLING

Minute games 2For several days during the week beginning Tuesday, April 22, the residents of Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick, NY Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System, were invited to participate in several minute-to-win games inspired by the popular NBC TV show.

The three day series was named, “A spring fling,” and modified minute-to-win games, such as forming two teams to race against the minute timer while passing items back and forth from a shopping bag or a minute bean bag toss contest produced much laughter and were not only fun but therapeutic as well.

“Games and entertainment have an important value in long term care at Schervier Pavilion, “ said Kari Call, a certified therapy recreation specialist (CTRS). “Therapeutic recreation is essential to the quality of life and the quality of care of individuals receiving health and human services.”

As Director of Recreation, Call’s job is to provide recreation resources and opportunities for both the long and short-term residents of the skilled nursing home in order to maintain and improve their health and well being.

All programs at Schervier Pavilion are designed to meet the psychosocial and physical needs of the residents with activities that are not only enjoyable but are also intended to achieve this goal.

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.

Bon Secours Community Hospital Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Mental Health Department and Quarter Century Anniversary of New Directions Unit

BSCH Mental Health Department anniversary 4

May is Mental Health Month and on Thursday, May 1, Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY, celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Mental Health Department and a quarter century of its New Directions Unit.

Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, has been treating mental illness for 20 years and providing rehabilitation, including “New Directions,” a detoxification program, for over 25 years.

The hospital provides behavioral health services not just for Port Jervis, but for the tri-state area including all of Orange County, the surrounding counties and adjacent states.

Guest speakers during the event included Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO, Bon Secours Charity Health System; Jeff Reilly, senior vice president administrator of Bon Secours Community Hospital; Dr. Bhupinder Gill, medical director Behavioral Health; Barbara Colon, nurse Manager, Mental Health and Tera Colavito, interim program manager, New Directions. Sophie Crawford Russo, vice president of Patient Care, offered the Reflection.

“We have had patients from all over the country,” said Dr. Gill, a board certified psychiatrist who explained the long history and successes of the Mental Health Department and New Directions Unit.  “I’m very proud of our staff.”

BSCH Mental Health Department anniversary 5During the celebration, Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker presented Jeff Reilly, senior vice president administrator of Bon Secours Community Hospital. With Certificates of Recognition for both the Mental Health Department and the New Directions Unit.

For additional information call (845) 858–7120 or visit: www.bonsecourscommunityhosp.org