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Can You Beat Patrick Heffernan’s 15 Gallon Blood Donation?

When Patrick Heffernan donated blood for the first time in the 1980s, he didn’t think he’d still be donating on a regular basis thirty years later. The former Avon employee has donated at Good Samaritan Hospital 121 times, and once elsewhere, over the past thirty years; the 15 gallons of blood he has donated has the potential of saving 480 lives. Pat started a blood drive at Avon, donating once every few months during his lunch break and has continued donating past his retirement, marking a ‘donate date’ on his calendar every two months. As an avid pin collector, Heffernan has received a pin for every gallon of blood donated. Today, he owns an Avon hat decorated with fifteen pins, a collection he hopes to expand to sixteen gallons or beyond. When asked why he donates so often, Pat Heffernan said, “I enjoy it and enjoy being able to give back.” He also shared his feelings about donating blood while saying, “If you can, why not?”

Blood donations are a critical component to almost every hospital visit but the numbers of blood donations each year are not as high as they could be. An estimated 38% of the United States population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10% actually donate each year. About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital needs blood, averaging out to one person every two seconds. There are about 1 billion red blood cells in three drops of blood and each donation can save up to three lives.

By the numbers, the need for blood donations is evident. More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions in the United States and Canada each year; more than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year, many of them will need blood during chemotherapy, sometimes daily. To keep the numbers in perspective, a single car accident patient can require as many as 100 pints of blood. According to the American Red Cross, 15.7 million blood donations are collected annually in the United States by 9.2 million blood donors.

Blood cannot be manufactured, only donated. A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days or double red cells every 112 days; a healthy donor may also donate platelets as few as 7 days apart but a donor may only donate platelets 24 times per year. Four transfusable products can be derived from blood—red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate and donors can choose whether they would like to donate whole blood or a specific blood component. The body will replenish the elements given during a blood donation, some in a matter of hours and others in a matter of weeks.

Those interested in donating to the blood banks at Good Samaritan Hospital or St. Anthony Community Hospital and those interested in more information should contact the Donor Room at (845) 368-5178. To donate blood you must be between 17 years old and 76 years old (or 16 with a parental permission slip or note from your physician after your 76th birthday), weigh at least 110 pounds, have a photo ID and have your license number or Social Security Number.

Putt for a Purpose with BSCH

Bon Secours Community Hospital, located in Port Jervis, NY, will hold its annual Golf Classic on Monday, August 10, to benefit the Medical Equipment and Technology Fund at Bon Secours Community Hospital. The annual event will be held at High Point Golf Club, located at 342 Shore Drive in Montague, New Jersey. The High Point Golf Club is considered one of the finest golf courses in the area with immaculate greens, lush landscaping, views of the High Point monument and 18 picturesque holes that are surrounded by crystal lakes. The course has been called a challenge to play for both professional and amateur golfers.

Tickets to this event are expected to sell out quickly so now is the time to make a reservation and mark your calendar! Early sponsors for this year’s event include a Platinum sponsorship offered by the Medical Staff of Bon Secours Community Hospital as well as sponsorships donated with by Sussex Bank, Sterling National Bank, Phil’s Ford, Royal Furniture, Ramapo Anesthesia and Erie Trackside Manor. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are still available, ranging from a $200 Par Sponsor to a $5000 Platinum Sponsorship.

Golfers at the event will receive a variety of amenities including lunch, refreshments served throughout the day, giveaways, awards, prizes and at 5 p.m., a dinner reception with an open bar held at the Erie Trackside Manor in Port Jervis, NY. This year’s hole-in-one prize is a brand new car. Lunch and registration is at 11 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 12 noon.

Cost to golf in the 18-hole scramble is $150 per individual, which includes green fees, cart, lunch, dinner, open bar and the awards ceremony. Dinner reception guests who choose not to golf are also invited to attend for $50 per person. Donations by those who cannot attend are welcome and all monies raised from the outing will benefit the Medical Equipment and Technology Fund at Bon Secours Community Hospital.

Dick McKeeby, a 17-year member of the Bon Secours Community Hospital Foundation, will serve as Event Chair for the third consecutive year. Thanks to his leadership and generosity last year’s Annual Golf Classic raised over $33,000. “This is a great fun event,” said McKeeby, “and we want to make it even better than last year. Bon Secours Community Hospital, with almost 600 employees, is an important part of our community.”

For additional information about sponsorship opportunities or to reserve your spot, contact Event Chair Dick McKeeby at (914) 850-0625.

Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Bon Secours Community Hospital Hosts Diabetes Awareness Day

Program featured informative presentations by guest specialists

Diabetis Awareness Day 1

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 20 million Americans have diabetes, six million of whom are unaware they have the disease.

On Saturday, November 1, the Bon Secours Community Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Education Program hosted a Diabetes Awareness Day at the Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis.

The Bon Secours Charity Health System Diabetes Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and meets National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.  The program offers comprehensive services to help control the disease and to prevent or manage the complications. The Center is an excellent resource for people with diabetes at any stage.

The informative Diabetes Awareness Day event in Port Jervis was aimed at raising awareness about this disease and providing the community with access to educational materials and resources. The event included information provided by the Diabetes Education Program as well as other exhibitors.

A highlight of the Diabetes Awareness Day was a series of presentations on treating and living with Diabetes by guest speakers, all experts in their fields, who are affiliated with Bon Secours Community Hospital.

The first presentation by Dr. Martin Evers, who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, was titled, “What is Diabetes and why is it an epidemic.”

Byoung Yang, MD, who specializes in Internal Medicine, Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care, discussed the importance of skin and foot care for those with Diabetes. Dr. Yang currently serves as the Bon Secours Charity Health System Medical Director of Wound and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

During lunchtime, Allison Wharton, a veteran chef with Morrison Food Service Management, gave a culinary demonstration on healthy eating and cooking methods for preparing vegetables, deserts, soups and other dishes that are beneficial as well as tasty.

The final speaker of the day was Pharmacist Marta Kandiuk-Kuzmowycz, MS, RPH, a member of the staff of Bon Secours Community Hospital, whose informative topic was, “Diabetes Medication.”

Bon Secours Community Hospital Certified Diabetes Educators Tammy Compasso, RN, CDE and Joan Schwegler, RD, CDE, along with other staff members, volunteers and exhibitors were available throughout the day to answer questions and hand out valuable information.

“The purpose of our Diabetes Awareness Day, “said Compasso, “was to provide the community with important information about diabetes from the experts. The staff of the Diabetes Self-Management Program of Bon Secours Community Hospital would like to thank our exhibitors, volunteers and everyone who attended.”

For more information about the Diabetes Self-Management Program of Bon Secours Community Hospital call (845) 858-7795.

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 visit:

St. Anthony Community Hospital Forms Breastfeeding Support Group

Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommend breastfeeding. An initiative within one of the five Health Priorities for New York State, breastfeeding is also directly linked to a lower chance of obesity later in life.

St. Anthony Community Hospital has formed a new Breastfeeding Support Group open to all breastfeeding moms and their babies. Preschool age siblings are also welcome.

The group will meet each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon at the Warwick Valley Church of the Nazarene, 601 Route 94 North between the villages of Warwick and Florida, NY. The initial meeting on Wednesday, November 19 proved to be a great success.

The Breastfeeding Support Group was created by Amy Fotino, RN, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). The prestigious certification for registered nurses requires 1000 hours of direct patient care involving breastfeeding within the past five years and 90 hours of accredited breastfeeding education within the past 12 months.

Fotino, an OB nurse at the hospital’s Kennedy Birthing Center, has a passion for helping mothers who want to breastfeed their babies.  In 2012, she started an online breastfeeding support group, but she also recognized the need for moms to gather together and support each other in person so she created this new group.

Fotino is also the driving force behind the “Breast and Rest at Applefest,” tent, which she began in 2012.  Prior to that, there was no place for a nursing mom to comfortably feed her baby at the region’s largest festival.  Now, “Breast and Rest” is a feature at the annual event.

Wallicia McNeil – Director of Employee and Labor Relations, Human Resources

The below message is from Mary Leahy, MD, CEO:

I am pleased to announce the placement of Wallicia McNeil as our new Director of Employee and Labor Relations in the Human Resources department. Very recently, Wallicia began working at Bon Secours Charity and has had the opportunity to meet many of you already.

Wallicia has an extensive background in human resources that is focused on employee/labor relations and in reaching outcomes that are fair and just. She most recently served as Manager of Employee and Labor Relations at St. Vincent’s Medical Center (a part of Ascension Health) in Bridgeport, Connecticut. That is where Wallicia and I first met and worked together closely.
Wallicia holds multiple masters level degrees in the field of human resources.

She will provide our local ministry with excellent guidance and a smooth timely process.
Roger Franco will remain in the role that he was originally hired in to as Director of Human Resources. He will work closely to transition employee and labor work over to Wallicia in order to focus on his duties as the departments Director.

Roger will be sending out a revised departmental phone and contact list for your convenience.
Please join me in welcoming Wallicia to the Bon Secours Charity family and offer warm congratulations!

Thank you!

Chris Banks – VP Philanthropy

The below message is from Mary Leahy, MD, CEO:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Banks as Vice President – Philanthropy. He has already begun to meet many of our employees and foundation board members today and over the past weekend.

Chris has an extensive and diverse background in fundraising, marketing, government relations and strategic planning. He most recently served as Vice President Development and External Relations for Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in Patchogue, New York and as Managing Director of Changing our World with a client list that included the Merchant Marine Academy, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, Pontifical North American College and Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Chris holds an MBA in Finance from Manhattan College, a Master of Science in Human Resources Administration and Bachelors in Philosophy and Human Resources from the University of Scranton.

Chris will provide executive leadership and guidance to our three Foundations, working closely with our boards and the communities we serve.

As we welcome Chris, I would like to express my gratitude to Stacey Kirschenbaum, for her exceptional work as the Executive Director. Stacey has graciously continued to work with us as we have gone through the recruitment process and has agreed to work closely with Chris during a period of transition.

Please join me in wishing Stacey well and in welcoming Chris to the Bon Secours family

“Made for iPhone Hearing Aid” Available at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

Brought to you by Starky and the Audiology Department at Good Samaritan

The Audiology Department at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center offers Halo™, a Made for iPhone® hearing aid engineered to be compatible with iPhone, iPad® and iPod touch®.

Sold under the Starkey brand name, Halo combines Starkey Hearing Technologies’ superior hearing technology with iOS to deliver a revolutionary solution that makes every aspect of life better – from conversations to phone calls to listening to music. Halo will connect with the TruLink™ Hearing Control app, which is available as a free download in the App Store.

Together, Halo and TruLink deliver the most personalized hearing experience ever, and are designed to:

  • Stream calls from your iPhone directly to your hearing aids using Bluetooth® 4.0 wireless technology
  • Use your iPhone remotely to control your hearing aids
  • Deliver pristine sound and exceptional listening clarity
  • Help you hear comfortably in noise
  • Eliminate buzzing and whistling
  • Stream FaceTime®, music and more directly to your hearing aid

In addition to seamless integration with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Halo hearing aids are also stand-alone hearing aids packed with Starkey Hearing Technologies’ best-in-class performance features including feedback cancellation, adaptive noise management and directionality.

Call Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s Audiology Department today to learn more: (845) 368 – 5253.


Family picnic held outdoors at Bon Secours Community Hospital

St. Joseph's Place Grandparents Day 6

PORT JERVIS, NY  – (September 6) The predicted stormy weather held off and on Saturday afternoon, September 6, residents of St. Joseph’s Place, a long-term care facility at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, gathered with their families, staff and volunteers to enjoy the annual “Grandparents’ Day” picnic.

It was a great opportunity for generations of families to visit their loved ones and to enjoy a traditional end-of- summer celebration. The staff prepared lots of barbecue favorites and families and everyone enjoyed musical entertainment and good weather under a large tent in the patio outside of Bon Secours Community Hospital. Residents stated that most of all, they enjoyed getting together with their families and staff members for a fun afternoon.

“We had a wonderful day,” reported Adele Coates, administrator of St. Joseph’s Place. “This year our theme was simply a celebration of fall, a time of year we will all soon enjoy.”

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.

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s Wound and Hyperbaric Institute Reaccredited

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Grants Highest Level of Accreditation 

The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, directed by *Dr. Byoung Yang, recently achieved reaccreditation with “Distinction”, the highest level possible, through the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). Good Samaritan is one of three facilities in New York State accredited with Distinction by UHMS.

The honor was bestowed on the institute after the UMHS sent a team of experts to the facility to examine staffing and training, equipment installation, operation, and maintenance, facility and patient safety, and standards of care.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is one of the most powerful treatment methods available today for healing chronic wounds and radiation damage such as hemorrhagic cystitis, proctitis or psteoradionecrosis. HBOT is safe and non-invasive.  Patients simply lie in a comfortable chamber, relax and breathe pressurized 100% oxygen. This brings more oxygen to wounds and damaged tissue, helping patients to fight infection and speed the healing process.

Hyperbaric oxygen helps the body reduce inflammation that hinders blood flow to tissues; kills bacteria to avoid disease; boosts the infection-fighting power of white blood cells; stimulates blood vessel growth in damaged tissue by releasing stem cells from bone marrow.

*Dr. Yang is System Medical Director of Wound and Hyperbaric, Bon Secours Charity Health System. He is board-certified in both Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and Internal Medicine; fellowship-trained at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, and the 2007 recipient of the President Award (Second Place) for stem cell research by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is home to the leading wound care specialists and treatment options in the region, serving Rockland County in New York and northern New Jersey. For more information, please call (845) 368.5465, or visit


Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS), the parent healthcare system of Bon Secours Community Hospital (BSCH) in Port Jervis, announced that it has been granted up to $4.3 million from the New York State Department of Health through its Interim Access Assurance Fund (IAAF). The hospital will initially receive $1.25 million in funding beginning in August.

That funding, along with the remaining monies, will sustain operations at the hospital through March of 2015, as BSCHS works to design and implement a long-term, sustainable healthcare model focused on the specific and distinctive healthcare needs of the greater Port Jervis community. The funding will be distributed via monthly allocations that are directly tied to the institution’s financial performance.

“We are grateful to the New York State Department of Health for partnering with us to help sustain our healthcare ministry in Port Jervis,” said Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System. “Because of Bon Secours Community Hospital’s importance to Port Jervis, the hospital has been granted funds to stabilize operations and continue to provide critical services to our community as we work collaboratively with community stakeholders to develop a healthcare delivery model that is both financially sustainable and one that meets the long-term needs of the people we serve.”

The IAAF is a short-term funding solution designed to stabilize safety net hospitals, and is one component of the state’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. DSRIP funding is made possible by reinvesting $8 billion statewide in savings generated by New York State’s Medicaid Redesign Team reforms. Bon Secours Community is one of 22 hospitals and five large public hospital systems statewide to have received IAAF funding.