Monthly Archives: June 2014

Open-Faced Tomato Grilled Cheese Recipe

Grilled cheese might be a childhood staple when the weather is cold but today, we have a grilled cheese recipe that’s perfect for adults on summer days! Spice up your Fourth of July weekend with this recipe!

Open-Faced Tomato Grilled Cheese—yields 6-8 serving



  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ baguette, halved lengthwise
  • 1 large clove garlic, halved
  • 1 medium tomato, halved and sliced ¼ inch thick
  • ¼ pound sliced provolone cheese


  • Preheat a grill to medium high
  • Combine the olive oil, oregano, red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt in a small bowl
  • Brush the cut sides of the baguette with some of the flavored oil
  • Grill cut-side down until toasted, about 4 minutes
  • Rub the grilled sides of the baguette with the garlic
  • Top with the tomato slice, season with salt and cover with the provolone
  • Grill, covered, until the cheese melts, 3 to 5 minutes
  • Drizzle with the remaining flavored oil and season with salt
  • Cut into pieces


Source: Food Network Kitchen

Keep the Fire in the Grill

Barbeques are to July what snow days are to January. As everyone prepares to spend endless hours in front of a grill, it’s time for some safety tips. Check them out below!

General Tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and overhanging branches
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill
  • Never leave your grill unattended

Charcoal grills

  • If you use a started fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources
  • Once your food is ready, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container

Propane grills

  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time all year
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department
  • If an emergency occurs, do not move the grill

Happy Grilling!


Source: National Fire Protection Association

Healthy Tips For Everyone

In a world where health tips practically take over every thought, we’ve gotten some help from to provide some of the best health tips. For a complete list, visit but check out a few of my favorites below.

  • Make it a habit to do stretching exercises when you wake up—they boost circulation and digestion while easing back pain
  • Don’t skip breakfast. Studies show eating a proper breakfast (fresh fruit/fruit juice, a high-fiber cereal, low fat milk and whole wheat toast) is one of the most positive things you can do if you’re trying to lose weight
  • Stay properly hydrated during a workout by drinking enough water. Save the energy drinks and sport drinks for post-workout to aid with refueling
  • While working out, head to the weights first. Your body is more able to handle weight training early in the workout because you’re fresh and have an abundance of energy
  • Don’t eat carbohydrates for at least an hour after exercise, forcing your body to break down body fat rather than using the food you ingest
  • Find out your family history. Being educated on inherited genes can provide useful and lifesaving information about your future
  • Swimming is the most asthma-friendly sport of all but the experts say cycling, canoeing, fishing, sailing and walking are also good!
  • Sleep! Rest heals the body and has been shown to lessen the risk of heart trouble and psychological problems

Independence Day – Celebrate Safely!

Follow these 4th of July safety tips to keep yourself and your family safe this holiday.


Though it’s tempting to set off fireworks and play with sparklers in your own backyard, don’t do it. Severe burns, blindness and even death can be caused by the misuse of fireworks at 4th of July celebrations.

Remember, the state of New York bans all consumer fireworks!


Everybody loves a good barbecue on 4th of July, but grilling can be dangerous if you aren’t careful.

  • Never grill indoors, in the garage, or under awnings, carports or any other surface that might catch fire.
  • Always keep your grill away from siding, railings, trees and anything else flammable. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends using the grill at least 10 feet away from your home or any building.
  • Skip the lighter fluid and instead use an electric or chimney lighter to light newspaper to start the charcoal.
  • Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from grease or insects, and use a pipe cleaner to clear it.
  • Check gas grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
  • Follow the manufacturers’ instructions to check for gas leaks. If you detect a leak or smell gas, don’t attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed by a qualified professional.
  • Keep children well away from the grill area. Toddlers, preschoolers and even older kids who are busy playing can run into the grill without warning.


The 4th of July holiday is full of barbecues, picnics, family fun and fireworks. Unfortunately, the number of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths rises significantly on Independence Day too. According to theInsurance Institute for Highway Safety, from 2006 through 2010, 4th of July was the deadliest day on roads across the U.S. with more than 700 people killed across the nation on those five holidays. Stay safe on 4th of July with these driving safety tips.

  • Drink responsibly – If you are going to even have one drink on 4th of July, be sure to have a designated driver. Even if you think you are sober, your judgment and senses can be impaired after just one cocktail. If you can’t find a designated driver, call a taxi. When you are driving, stay alert and keep an eye out for impaired drivers. Don’t follow too closely and stay focused on the road and other vehicles, rather than chatting with friends and family in your car.
  • Put down your cell phone – If you aren’t sure of the directions or don’t know where you are going on 4th of July, check your GPS before you leave the house. If you get lost, have a passenger in the vehicle make a call for directions or pull over to place the call, if you are alone. Distracted drivers fiddling with phone calls, text messages and navigation systems often are the cause of accidents.
  • Stay home – No one says you have to go out on 4th of July. You can stay home and play host to a neighborhood block party where all your guests are within walking distance. Make it a potluck. Grill up your favorite meats and ask your neighbors to pitch in with all the sides, desserts and beverages.


People-Friendly Animals Visit with Residents in Front Parking Area Outside

 Bon Secours Community Hospital

PORT JERVIS, NY  – (June 13) On Wednesday, June 11, residents of St. Joseph’s Place, a long-term care facility at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, had an opportunity to pet, handle and feed gentle people-friendly animals. Later that afternoon, they reassembled in the facility’s dining room for a carnival featuring games and refreshments.

The off-site petting zoo was provided by Country Ark Farm, a non-profit organization located in Milford, Pennsylvania. Founder Donna Ciancitto and her daughter Rebecca brought along a variety of animals from their 26-acre farm that ranged from African pygmy goats and an Oriental Silkie chicken to a 25 pound African Spur tortoise. The residents especially enjoyed feeding bottled milk to the goats who appeared to have an insatiable thirst.

“Pet and other recreational therapies including games and entertainment have an important value in long term care at St. Joseph’s Place,” said Recreational Director Amy Barra, “They are essential to the quality of life and the quality of care for individuals receiving health and human services.”

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.

Nursing Home Compare, a useful tool for consumers available on the official United States Government Website for Medicare, has awarded St. Joseph’s Place its highest “much above average” five-star rating in overall quality.

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.”

All Employees Now Have a BSHSI Email Address

Along with the recent opening of the new Human Resources Operations Center (HROC) and launch of the online AskHR, all Bon Secours employees now have a BSHSI email address.

This allows Bon Secours to ensure that employees receive confidential responses from HROC and AskHR when personal benefit details are provided.

A Quick Reference Guide has been developed with step-by-step directions to assist employees without computers at work or those without previous access to email.  The guide is being distributed to BSHSI managers.  It’s also available on IRIS, the Bon Secours intranet, when you look for the Introducing AskHR section on the BSHSI home page.

Here are some highlights of what you need to know if you have just been assigned an email address, but don’t have access to a computer at work:

  • If you have used ezAccess before please use the same log in credentials.
  • If not, or you have forgotten them, please call the eISSC Support Center at 866-809-9259 for log in and password help.
  • Bon Secours email is The first name is based on your legal name in Bon Secours’ human resources system.
  • Access to your email is through Outlook:  (This is true inside or outside Bon Secours.)
  • If you don’t have a computer at work, you can access your email from home or on shared computers at work.
  • You can’t access email from the kiosks, only from a computer.

If you have additional questions about how email will be used, please contact HROC at


St. Anthony Community Hospital Hosts, Diabetes in Check Topic: “Yoga & Diabetes”

An increasing number of people with diabetes are turning to yoga in an effort to keep their condition under control and improve overall quality of life. Regular practice of yoga may stimulate all internal organs, help reduce levels of stress, enhance mobility, lower blood pressure and improve overall well-being.

Rose Dwyer, founder and director of the Warwick Yoga Center, addressed the topic at the regular monthly meeting of “Diabetes in Check,” at St. Anthony Community Hospital. 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.

Dwyer has taught yoga for 15 years in various yoga centers, senior centers, adult education programs and libraries. She has also studied yoga in India.

“The world renowned Joslin Diabetes Center is incorporating yoga into their diabetes management program,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN. “Studies, mostly in India, have shown that yoga can help with the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes.”

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.

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.

Patients are shown 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 “Diabetes in Check” meetings. If you are interested in sending patients or friends, please call 845-987-5168 for future dates and details.

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.



Last year, The Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, a member of Bon Secours Charity Health System, formed an alliance with Hackensack University Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Hospital. On Thursday, June 19, physicians, medical staff, administrators, and community members from both facilities came together to commemorate the partnership’s first year of success.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of Healthgrades 2014 Cardiac Care Excellence Award to The Active International Cardiovascular Institute. Ben Mahfood, Vice President of National Accounts at Healthgrades, explained that the award recognizes superior outcomes in five key services: heart bypass and valve surgeries, the treatment of heart attack and heart failure, and life-saving interventions that restore normal blood flow to the heart muscle. In addition, Mr. Mahfood awarded Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with the Healthgrades 2014 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

The event, which took place at New York Country Club, brought together key stakeholders to celebrate the collaboration and take a look toward the future. Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System, congratulated all those who help make the partnership a success, highlighting the outstanding care, flexibility, and teamwork that enable the program to thrive. In her remarks, Dr. Leahy said, “At last year’s kick-off dinner, we witnessed a striking synergy among the group. One year later, it is apparent that this level of cooperation is contributing to a superior patient experience.” Physicians, clinical staff, and administrators look forward to maintaining the quality distinctions of the program and continuing to deliver exception care to patients.

Established in June 2013, the collaboration agreement enables HackensackUMC Heart & Vascular Hospital physicians to provide clinical support and direct patient care at the Good Samaritan Active International Cardiovascular Institute. The collaborative effort brings HackensackUMC’s doctors closer to Good Samaritan patients with serious heart and vascular issues and elevates the level of cardiovascular services available in Rockland and Orange Counties. The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program is among the state-of-the-art services that are now available to Good Samaritan patients.


Walking Your Way to a Healthier Lifestyle

Looking to make improvements to your health, especially your heart? Well, we have the world’s easiest solution: walking! That’s right, a study shows that the simplest positive change has an excessive amount of benefits, check them out below!

Walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you:

  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Improve blood lipid profile
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well-being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of breast cancer
  • Reduce the risk of colon cancer
  • Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent diabetes (type 2)

All of those benefits simply by performing one of the first action’s we learn as toddlers? Go put on your sneakers; it’s time to start walking!

Source: American Heart Association

It’s Time To Make Napping a Necessity

After too many days of going to bed too late and waking up too early, naps have become my favorite pastime. Believe it or not, they’ve conducted studies on naps and I deeply regret not being a part of the experiments! Thanks to said studies, here’s some tips from the experts about naps!

  • If it’s a weekday and you’re working, don’t take too long of a nap. The longer the nap, the more likely you are to wake up groggy. Grogginess can last up to 30 minutes so chances are you won’t be very productive. A nap as little as 10 or 20 minutes will leave you energetic, refreshed and mentally sharper. On weekends, try to keep naps at less than an hour so they don’t interfere with nighttime sleep.
  • Avoid nighttime naps. Researchers saying 1 to 4pm is when our body’s circadian rhythms make us more likely to be tired. A late nap is more likely to interfere with your ability to fall asleep at night and none of us enjoy waking up grumpy in the morning.
  • If you suffer from a sleeping disorder like insomnia or sleep apnea, don’t take naps—they will only make the disorder worse!
  • Don’t use napping as a substitute for getting a full night’s sleep!!!

That’s it for now—happy napping!

Source: Wall Street Journal