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Bon Secours Community Hospital Annual Golf Classic Raises Over $44,000

If there is one message that Event Chair Dick McKeeby would like everyone to hear in anticipation of next year’s event, it is that the annual Golf Classic in support of Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, is always lots of fun.

The recent fundraiser, held on August 10 at the High Point Golf Club, 342 Shore Drive in Montague, New Jersey, welcomed 117 golfers and raised over $44,000, a record to date, for the hospital’s Medical Equipment and Technology Fund.

The High Point Golf Club has 18 picturesque holes that are surrounded by crystal lakes and are a challenge to play for both professional and amateur golfers. And with its immaculate greens, lush landscaping and views of the High Point monument, the golf course is considered to be one of the finest courses in the area.

This year’s major hole-in-one prize, designated on the fifth hole, was a brand new car courtesy of Phil’s Ford in Port Jervis, NY.

Although no one scored the hole-in-one, all the golfers received a variety of amenities including lunch, refreshments served throughout the day, giveaways, awards and valuable prizes, including an Apple iPod and a set of PING golf clubs, followed by a dinner reception at the Erie Trackside Manor in Port Jervis.

Participants reported that the Bon Secours Community Hospital annual Golf Classic was not only the most fun but also the best-organized golf outing they had ever attended and all were looking forward to next year’s event.

“Bon Secours Community Hospital is one of the most important institutions in our community,” said Event Chair Dick McKeeby. “and this Golf Classic, always a fun event, is a great way to show our support. We thank everyone who contributed to its success.”

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: bschs.bonsecours.com

 

Bon Secours Community Hospital Nurses Volunteer for Humanitarian Mission in Honduras

The Republic of Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America. More than half of the people live in remote areas where there are no decent roads, running water, electricity, toilet facilities, good schools or modern health facilities. And those who live in cities are surrounded by poverty, disease and squalor. This is where Brenda Wolpert, RN and Eileen Braun, RN, who work in the Mental Health Unit at Bon Secours Community Hospital have decided to spend a week of their time sharing their passion to be “Good Help to those in Need.”®

From August 15 – 27, Wolpert, her son Benjamin, 16, Eileen Braun and other volunteers will offer medical care, compassion and spiritual guidance for the poor of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as well as in the mountain villages surrounding the community of San Matias.

This will be Braun’s first mission trip sponsored by Love Truth Care Ministries, an organization dedicated to empowering the community through education and health programs. But Wolpert is no stranger to working with the organization’s hospital teams in Honduras. This will be her fourth mission.

“In my first visit,” she said, “I was amazed at how the people would wait on line all day for our free dental services and never complain. They were so grateful. And I returned so changed by this wonderful experience that many others here at the hospital have asked how they can go.”

During a typical mission members of the hospital team will provide free medical services as well as pay visits to a children’s cancer ward and a maternity ward where they hand out small gifts and join with the patients in their prayers.

To help cover some of their out of pocket costs, Wolpert and Braun obtained permission from Bon Secours Community Hospital to conduct a “Tricky Tray” Fundraiser. The proceeds were approximately $1,000.

The upcoming trip to Honduras is an example of Bon Secours Community Hospital caregivers wanting to give more. And in spite of the hard work as well as the harsh and sometimes dangerous conditions, Wolpert believes they will return with much more than they gave.

“This is an example of the dedication, compassion and caring nature of our employees here at Bon Secours Charity Health System”, stated Clare Brady, Senior Vice President of Bon Secours Charity Health System.   “So many of our employees carry our Mission of “Good Help” far beyond the walls of our organization and are an extension of that Mission in their personal lives as well,” she continued.

Bon Secours Community Hospital to Sponsor Film at 17th Annual Arts Walk

Annual Arts WalkThe Summer Street Fair featuring the 17th Annual Arts Walk will be held Saturday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on historic Front Street in Port Jervis. Local artists and businesses will show and sell their arts, crafts, products or services. (Rain date July 19)

As a special attraction, Bon Secours Community Hospital is sponsoring the cost of a free movie, “Frozen,” a spectacular Walt Disney animated production and winner of two Academy Awards, for the entire family to enjoy with their friends and family.

“Arts Walk is one of the most inspiring and wonderful events showcasing talented artists and musicians in our area,” said Tri-State Chamber Executive Director Charlene Trotter. “Artists touch the heart and the sponsorship of this film speaks to the heart of Bon Secours Community Hospital, which is bringing us together at this event.” 

The film will be shown at 9:00 p.m. that Saturday night on a professional 42-foot wide screen. Front Street will be blocked off to traffic and moviegoers are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets or whatever to relax and enjoy an old fashion drive-in style event. Chamber Ambassador and movie theater entrepreneur Nelson Page is coordinating the screen production.

“At Bon Secours Community Hospital,” said Bon Secours Community Hospital Community Liaison Mary Decker, “we know that good health encompasses more than freedom from illness. Good Health includes body, mind and spirit and time for leisure and family activities. That is why it is our pleasure to offer our community an opportunity to enjoy a movie in the street of downtown Port Jervis for all to enjoy at no cost. Laughter and leisure are good for everyone, so I hope that people from all over the Tri-State Community come to enjoy this special event.”

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.

Bon Secours Charity Health System, Bon Secours Health System and Westchester Medical Center Announce Exploration of Joint Venture

WCMC BSCHS

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 22, 2014

Contact: Kara Bennorth (Westchester Medical Center) (914) 493-7805

Deborah Marshall (Bon Secours Charity Health System) (845) 494-6558

The Bon Secours Health System (BSHSI), Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS) and Westchester Medical Center (WMC) today announced that they are in exclusive discussions to explore a joint venture corporate relationship among them, in which Westchester Medical Center would become the majority co-member of BSCHS and would work with Bon Secours to achieve high-quality, cost-effective healthcare and care management services in community-based setting.

“A Joint Venture with Westchester Medical Center represents an unparalleled opportunity to enhance the quality of services for the people in the region and would preserve and expand local health care,” said Mark Nantz, Executive Vice President of Bon Secours Health System. “The challenges of today’s healthcare environment require that healthcare systems explore innovative ways to deliver high-quality care through clinical transformation and population health management. We believe this joint venture could achieve the best for both our organizations.”

“Westchester Medical Center’s historic mission has been to ensure that all the residents of the Hudson Valley have the finest healthcare available as close to home as possible,” said Michael D. Israel, President and CEO of Westchester Medical Center. “Our focus remains protecting the valued local healthcare services that the residents of this region have come to expect and deserve and, with our clinical and operational acumen, further strengthening local programs and offerings in the community, which started with our partnership with MidHudson Regional Hospital earlier this year.”

WMC Board Chair Mark Tulis said that these actions are part of a long-term, broad strategic planning effort to invest in the Hudson Valley. “The Hudson Valley is our home and our commitment continues to be making sure that our friends and neighbors have access to the best care right here, without having to leave the region. Our vision is to partner to build on Bon Secours’ strong foundation, enhance what is available and foster integration and coordination, which will require the long-term viability of these partners and more,” Tulis added.

Mary Leahy, M.D., and CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System said a joint venture such as this one is “transformative and will allow our organizations to thrive in a climate of change. We share a common vision of clinical and operational excellence and a keen desire to maintain the long-held mission of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity.”

According to Leahy, Bon Secours Charity would remain a Catholic healthcare ministry with Bon Secours Health System and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth as members and canonical sponsors.

A Bon Secours Charity joint venture, with management from Westchester Medical Center and support from Bon Secours Health System, will improve and sustain high-quality, compassionate healthcare through population health management with special emphasis on care for the most vulnerable. Israel added that Bon Secours is already a major force in Westchester Medical Center’s current partnership with more than 240 local organizations and 4,000 individual providers to develop an integrated delivery system that will improve care coordination and focus on the specific health care problems faced by the low income populations in the area and dramatically improve the care of Medicaid recipients in the Hudson Valley.

 About Bon Secours Charity Health System

Bon Secours Charity Health System is a multi-state healthcare provider serving nearly a million people in the lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. BSCHS has received national recognition, rankings and numerous awards for the level of care it provides including Distinguished Hospital Award for the top 100 hospitals by HealthGrades and Truven’s Top 100 Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery.

BSCHS is comprised of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY; a certified home health agency; two long-term care facilities; an assisted living/adult home facility and several other medical programs located throughout the region. The system employs more than 3,400, making it one of the area’s largest employers Bon Secours Medical Group is BSCHS’s regional network of over 80 primary care physicians and specialists from a broad array of medical disciplines. These skilled clinicians play a central role in bringing personalized, preventive and expert care to people from every stage of life.

About Bon Secours Health System

Bon Secours Health System, headquartered in Marriottsville, MD, a $3.5 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system, owns, manages or joint ventures 19 acute-care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, five nursing care facilities, four assisted living facilities and 14 home care and hospice programs. Bon Secours’ more than 21,000 employees help people in six states: Maryland, Virginia, Florida, New York, South Carolina, and Kentucky. Visit www.bshsi.org for more information.

About Westchester Medical Center

Spanning every adult and pediatric medical specialty, Westchester Medical Center is the 895- bed regional medical organization serving New York’s Hudson Valley region and beyond, encompassing a regional academic medical center, children’s hospital, community hospital, two inpatient behavioral health centers, homecare and numerous outpatient health and related services. Well-known for its advanced medical care in trauma and burn, heart, transplant, neuroscience, cancer and pediatrics at our Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, today Westchester Medical Center is home to a workforce of more than 7,000, with more than1,200 attending physicians–the only facility capable of providing immediate lifesaving advanced care between New York City and Albany. Westchester Medical Center serves as a lifeline for more than 3.5 million people in the Hudson Valley region and provides outstanding care to more than 120,000 children and adults every year.

 

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: www.bonsecourscommunityhosp.org

ST. JOSEPH’S PLACE RESIDENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF CELEBRATE GRANDPARENTS’ DAY

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.

BON SECOURS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AWARDED $4.3 MILLION IN NEW YORK STATE IAAF FUNDING

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.

ST. JOSEPH’S PLACE RESIDENTS ENJOY VISITING PETTING ZOO AND CARNIVAL

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 firstname_lastname@bshsi.org. The first name is based on your legal name in Bon Secours’ human resources system.
  • Access to your email is through Outlook: https://webmail.bshsi.org/.  (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

1-855-336-7600.