Monthly Archives: December 2015

Bon Secours Community Hospital “Mediterranian Diet for the Holidays” at Ladies Night Out

BSCH Ladies Night Out Dec. 2015 - 1On Monday evening, December 7, Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY, hosted another in the series of Ladies Night Out dinner lectures on health issues. Approximately 125 guests attended the event, which was held at the Erie Trackside Manor in Port Jervis.

This evening the topic was “Mediterranean Diet for the Holidays,” a power point presentation and cooking demonstration by representatives of Morrison Healthcare at Bon Secours Community Hospital under the direction of Clinical Nutrition Manager Elaine Ridley, RD, CDN.

Dietician Tanya Lopez, MS, RD, CDN first put her guests at ease by saying that although she was a dietician, she had begun her career as a cook, and wanted them to know that the Mediterranean Diet was not about dieting. “This is about a lifestyle,” she said. “It’s good for you and it tastes good.”

During her power-point presentation Lopez explained that this lifestyle approach to healthy eating was filled with delicious foods including fruit, vegetables, fish, beans, nuts and whole grains as well as other ingredients shown to promote good health like olive oil and wine in moderation along with daily physical activity.

She added 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.

Sous Chef Allison Wharton then put those words into practice by offering a cooking demonstration for a holiday celebration table that included colorful vegetable platters and a selection of dips and spreads made from healthy ingredients such as black beans, eggplant and roasted red peppers. She also demonstrated unique ways to decorate that table using common household items. All of the guests were served a pumpkin mousse dessert at their tables and then invited to come to the presentation table and sample the other dishes.

The Ladies Night Out Program, which the hospital has hosted for over a decade, usually charges a registration fee of $15 and all of the proceeds are donated directly back to the community. In a departure from that custom during this holiday season, the fee was waived and guests were encouraged to “pay it forward” by contributing to a favorite charity of their choice.

“Our hospital is proud to offer these important dinner seminars as a service to the community,” said Mary Decker, community liaison for Bon Secours Community Hospital. “We thank Morrison Healthcare for this informative and entertaining presentation. And we also thank our volunteers and the ladies who attend for their continued support of these programs.”

Santa Claus Visits Schervier Pavilion

Santa visit to Schervier Pavilion 2Santa and Mrs. Claus (Roselle Egan, a recreation aide at Schervier Pavilion)  paid an early visit to Schervier Pavilion on December 6. The two spent several hours posing for photographs with residents and their families along with Santa’s merry, “Ho, Ho, Ho!”

The Warwick Valley Middle School Orchestra provided musical entertainment for the afternoon and Schervier Pavilion staff prepared a table of holiday treats, cookies, punch and other refreshments.

“We hosted this and other events to give our residents and their families an opportunity to share a holiday tradition,” said Schervier Pavilion Director of Recreation Kari Call. “We’re happy that our residents were able to enjoy this visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus.”

As Director of Recreation, her 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.
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 home 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.

2015 Winding Through Warwick Holiday House Tour Raises $32,000

Winding Through Warwick 43More than 400 people from near and far flocked to the historic town of Warwick on Saturday, December 5 for the annual Winding Through Warwick holiday house tour, helping raise nearly $32,000 for Mount Alverno Center, an assisted living center in the heart of the village.

Presented by the Warwick Health Foundation, the tour featured six of Warwick’s finest properties decked lavishly in holiday splendor and Christmas tradition. From the grand 19th century Victorian Warwick Bed & Breakfast along Warwick’s esteemed Maple Avenue, to a European Country inspired alpaca farm set amid the town’s rolling countryside, each home was a showcase of holiday collections, décor and festive entertainment ideas.

The tour also included a Warwick property of distinction, Baird’s Tavern on Main Street. Owned and maintained by the Warwick Historical Society, the tavern was decorated with an abundance of holiday greens and candles, as was the style in the 18th century. The tavern was visited by both Martha and George Washington, who traveled along the Kings Highway during the Revolutionary War. Other exceptional homes on the tour were each filled with traditional Christmas collectibles and family keepsakes, including one with a display of 32 nativities from around the world. Also seen on the tour were some artistic and creative decorations such as a tower of books Christmas “tree” and a mannequin “tree” filled with pine boughs.

To add to the festivities, trios and quartets of Warwick Valley High School student musicians performed holiday music in each home and the Warwick Valley High School Meistersingers filled Mount Alverno Center with holiday song during registration.

The Warwick Health Foundation wishes to thank the following sponsors of the 2015 Winding Through Warwick Holiday House Tour:

  • St. Anthony Community Hospital Medical Staff
  • Warwick Anesthesia
  • David and Caroline Hamling
  • Green Team Home Selling System
  • Hip & Chic
  • Jean Claude’s Bakery and Dessert Café
  • Morrison Healthcare Food Services
  • OmniCare/Medworld Pharmacy
  • Jeff and Lorraine Reilly
  • Seely & Durland Insurance
  • The Bisaro Family
  • Charles and Laura Mitchell
  • The Quint Family
  • Verathon

Winding Through Warwick is an annual event held the first Saturday after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to kick-off the Christmas season. Funds raised support the Make This House a Home Initiative for improvements that benefit senior residents of Mount Alverno Center, part of St. Anthony Community Hospital and the Warwick Healthcare Campus. For more information on the 2016 tour, including sponsorship and journal advertising opportunities, visit or call 845.368.5151.

The Warwick Health Foundation works to increase awareness, create good will and raise funds to further the mission of St Anthony Community Hospital, Mount Averno Center and Schervier Pavilion by giving Good Help to Those in Need.

Good Samaritan’s 5th Annual Corks & Forks: The Perfect Recipe for Supporting Local Healthcare

More than $100,000 raised to enhance facilities, equipment and services at community’s premiere hospital

CF - Chefs

It was a perfect pairing of gourmet, signature dishes and exquisites wine. Add to that enthusiastic community support for advancing healthcare for residents in Rockland and Orange counties.

Nearly 300 community members wined, dined and celebrated together on November 8 at Good Samaritan’s 5th Annual Corks & Forks, a Celebration of Food and Wine at the Paramount Country Club in New City, NY. A limited number of seats were available, and the event was sold out.
Tessa Garcia of The Journal News and Marc Newman of Palm Bay International co-chaired the event which featured the region’s most celebrated chefs and wine aficionados. The five-course dinner was donated and prepared by Chef Doug Nguyen of Wasabi in Nyack; Chef Jose David Martinez of UNION Restaurant in Haverstraw, Chef Kevin Reilly of Roost Restaurant, Sparkill, Chef Peter X. Kelly of Xaviars Restaurant Group; and Pastry Chef Didier Dumas of Didier Dumas Patisserie, Nyack.
Live and silent auctions had hands raised and heads turning as guests bid on vacation getaways, golf weekends, gourmet experiences, wine tastings and more.

Palm Bay International was the exclusive wine partner of the event and The Journal News was Good Samaritan’s media partner. Marc Newman, regional sales director of Palm Bay International, was master of ceremonies. Megan McCaffrey, food & wine editor of The Journal News and was the special guest.

Mary P. Leahy, CEO, Bon Secours Charity Health System notes the importance of community and events such as this in supporting the hospital. “As a premier hospital, we are determined to be the best we can in all we do. It’s our goal to provide the finest medical care through every service we deliver and every interaction we have with patients and their families,” she says. “Proceeds from Corks &

Forks will help us enhance these patient programs and services at Good Samaritan Hospital.”
Chair of the Good Samaritan Foundation Harold J. Peterson adds, “For the past five years, this delightful event has supported important initiatives at Good Samaritan Hospital. That tradition continues tonight. Friends and chefs have offered their time, talent and treasures to help make our hospital better every day.”


St. Anthony Community Hospital Hosts Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

                    And A Surprise Visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus 

On Monday evening, November 30, St. Anthony Community Hospital hosted a tree lighting ceremony to celebrate the start of the Christmas season with members of the community and staff.

It was a truly joyous celebration with traditional Christmas carols performed by the Warwick Valley High School Meistersingers. And there were welcoming wishes for the holiday season by Bon Secours Charity Health System CEO Dr. Mary Leahy. Special guests, Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton and Mayor Michael Newhard were introduced to those attending.

Before heading outside for the tree lighting ceremony there were invocations and blessings of the tree by Chaplain Tracy Kessler and Sister Mary Spano. Then came the surprise.

As the group gathered outside and the Meistersingers continued their caroling, a Warwick Police Department vehicle and motorcycle escort, with lights flashing and sirens sounding, pulled up to the main entrance of the hospital. And, to the delight of the children as well as the adults, out stepped Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Santa then read a special tree lighting poem. The tree lights were turned on and everyone was invited back inside the hospital’s main lobby to enjoy a reception and refreshments featuring cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider. And during the celebration Santa and Mrs. Claus graciously posed for photographs and distributed gifts to the children.


And a Surprise Visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus

On Tuesday evening, December 1, Bon Secours Community Hospital hosted a tree lighting ceremony to celebrate the start of the Christmas season with members of the community and staff.

There was a light rain outside that night but guests, including Mayor Kelly Decker, first enjoyed a festive celebration indoors in the hospital’s cafeteria dining area with traditional Christmas carols sung buy the Port Jervis High School Members of the Chamber Choir.

After an invocation by Chaplain Rev. Patt Kauffman and a welcoming address by Bon Secours Charity Health System CEO Dr. Mary Leahy, everyone headed outside to brave the rain for a brief tree lighting ceremony. But then came the surprise.

As the group gathered outside and the Choir continued their caroling, a Port Jervis Police Department vehicle with lights flashing, pulled up by the main entrance of the hospital. And, to the delight of the children as well as the adults, out stepped Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Following the countdown and tree lighting everyone returned back inside to enjoy a reception and refreshments along with additional Christmas music. And during the celebration Santa and Mrs. Claus graciously posed for photographs and distributed gifts to the children.