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Bon Secours Community Hospital Sponsors Ladies and Gents Night Out

Port Jervis, NY  (May 27) – On Monday evening, May 19, Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY, hosted a “Ladies and Gents Night Out” dinner lecture on the topic of Street Drugs. Approximately 120 guests attended the event, which was held at the Erie Trackside Manor in Port Jervis.

The Ladies and Gents program is a mirror of the Ladies Night Out Program which the hospital has hosted for over a decade. The registration fee of $15 is donated directly back to the community and in this case $1605.00 was raised and given to the Port Jervis DARE Program, to support their efforts in educating youth in the school district about the dangers of substance abuse.

The hospital had recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Mental Health Department and a quarter century of its New Directions Unit. The purpose of this particular “Ladies and Gents Night Out” was to join together as a community against drug abuse.

Dinner seminars, sponsored by Bon Secours Community Hospital, are designed to mix fun with enhanced community health through knowledge. That evening, the presentation on this critical topic was given by Detective Michael Worden of the Port Jervis Police Department.

“There are several messages I want attendees to take away from the presentation,” said Detective Worden. “First is to recognize that drug abuse and addiction is not just a police problem, it is a community problem. And as such, it takes a community to help solve the many issues that underlie abuse and addiction.”

Worden explained that aggressive law enforcement was part of that along with recognizing the problem and putting together community partnerships. He stressed that the problem of drugs in this area is part of a national epidemic.

“Too often I hear comments like, ‘There is nothing here except drugs,” he said. “Trust me, there are places far worse off than Port Jervis and the tri-state area. The drug problem is a national crisis and we are symptomatic of that crisis.”

Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, has been treating mental illness for 20 years and providing rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction, 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.

“Bon Secours Community Hospital is proud to have worked with the Port Jervis Police in bringing this important presentation to the community,” said Mary Decker, regional marketing manager for the Bon Secours Charity Health System. “We thank the attendees for their continued support of these programs and for their part in helping to support the local DARE program.”

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

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

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.

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

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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

 

 

Bon Secours Charity Health System Thanks Volunteers

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Last year volunteers at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY donated a record 80,014 hours of their time in service.

On May 1 these three hospitals of the Bon Secours Charity Health System invited volunteers to a Recognition Luncheon held at the picturesque Fountains Wallkill Golf Course in Middletown, NY. It was an opportunity for Bon Secours Charity Health System senior administrators to express their gratitude to the many dedicated men and women, ranging in age from high school students to senior citizens, who donate their time and energy.

Following a tradition that began last year, the theme of this special luncheon was “stars,” not only in tribute to the famous stars of stage and screen but also to the “stars” invited to the luncheon who selflessly volunteer their service throughout the year. Later in the program and much to everyone’s amusement, there was also a surprise visit by ”Diana Ross and the Supremes,” as played by Penny Mann, system director of volunteers, Volunteer Manager Amy Moore, and volunteer coordinators Lynn Beers and Andrea Studnitzer.

Mann acted as emcee for the day and told her audience of volunteers that they were essential to the success of the Bon Secours Charity Health System. She added that their service had resulted in immeasurable savings in resources that can be employed to provide the best possible healthcare in each community where they serve. “You are stars and stars produce light,” she said. “That’s what we see in our volunteers. And without light there is darkness.”

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Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System thanked and praised the volunteers for their valuable service to the community. “We appreciate all that you do,” she said.

Jeff Reilly, senior vice president/administrator Bon Secours Community Hospital and St. Anthony Community Hospital, echoed those sentiments. “We could not achieve all that we do without you,” he said. “You are always there for us.”

Deborah Marshall, vice president of public relations, marketing and strategic planning for Bon Secours Charity Health System served as awards presenter. She praised the volunteers for the important role they play and paid special tribute, presenting the Above and Beyond Award, to John Gafycz, an especially hard working volunteer who maintains the grounds at Bon Secours Community Hospital.

Volunteers Jim Toth of Bon Secours Community Hospital, Betty La Barbera of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and Jane Beaty of St. Anthony Community Hospital received Volunteer of the Year Awards. 

Guests also participated in a raffle for gift certificates and merchandise provided by local businesses.

“It’s wonderful that they do this for us,” said Patrick Colman of Warwick, a longtime volunteer at St. Anthony Community Hospital.

 

Bon Secours Community Hospital to Host Behavioral Health Family Fun Fair

                Public Invited to Saturday, May 3 Festive Event 

Port Jervis, NY  (April 9) – May is Mental Health Month and in recognition of the importance of informing the public on how to protect behavioral health and promote general well being Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY, will host an all day Behavioral Health Family Fun Fair.

The festive event will take place from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, in the hospital’s parking lot outside 160 East Main Street and will feature free refreshments, musical entertainment, valuable demonstrations, dietary and therapy information and handouts.

The fair will focus on self-help and self-care supported by fun games and crafts that incorporate entire families and help reduce stress. .

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.

“We provide behavioral health services not just for Port Jervis,” said Barbara Colon, nurse manager for Behavioral Health, “but for the tri-state area including all of Orange County, the surrounding counties and adjacent states. And there is an outcry from these communities to find resources and obtain information. ”

During the Behavioral Health Family Fun Fair, Barbara Colon and Social Worker Administrator Tera Colavito will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

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

 

BON SECOURS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL ACQUIRES THE LATEST IMAGING TECHNOLOGY FOR CONCUSSIONS

Dr. Nicholas Belasco, Director of the Concussion Management Program at Bon Secours Community Hospital, is the only credentialed Impact Consultant in the lower Hudson Valley

More than 1.7 million people each year in the United States experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI), with the majority these injuries categorized as mild.

Mild TBI or concussion is difficult to diagnose because often the brain appears quite normal on conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The solution is to use neuroimaging tools such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), to detect brain injuries in mild TBI.

Diffusion tensor imaging, which is designed to help improve the diagnosis of concussions, can be performed by an M.R.I. machine and does not take longer than a standard M.R.I. The test measures the movement of water in nerve fibers in the brain. Abnormal flow many indicate injury and may also help better diagnose certain disease.

Other promising techniques include susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI), which is sensitive to micro- hemorrhages that may occur. This sequence estimates damage to the nerve fibers connected to certain areas of the brain. Both sequences are extremely beneficial in the diagnosis of concussion and traumatic brain injury.

Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY recently acquired diffusion tensor imaging software as well as susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) software. And Dr. Nicholas Belasco, a physician member of the Bon Secours Medical Group and Director of the Concussion Management Program at Bon Secours Community Hospital, is the only credentialed Impact Consultant in the lower Hudson Valley.

Dr. Belasco completed his fellowship in Sports Medicine with the Atlantic Healthcare System. He began work with Bon Secours in September 2010 and specializes in family medicine, sports medicine and the concussion management program.

Bon Secours Community Hospital to Launch Get Fit Port Jervis Walking Initiative

Organized Walks to Utilize the Port Jervis Fitness Loop

Beginning Monday, April 21 Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 East Main Street, will launch “Get Fit Port Jervis,” a community walking initiative created by the hospital and the Bon Secours Community Hospital Physical Rehabilitation Department.  

Karen Little, MSPT, clinical coordinator Bon Secours Community Hospital Rehabilitation Services along with guest members of the medical staff will lead organized walks utilizing the Port Jervis Fitness Loop, which was created last year in a partnership between Bon Secours Community Hospital, the City of Port Jervis and the Orange County Health Department.

From April 21 to October 17, there will be two guided walks each week on Mondays and Fridays.

Participants can join at any time and they should meet in the Bon Secours Community Hospital’s parking lot facing East Main Street. Check in time is 11:50 a.m. and the walk begins promptly at 12:00 noon.

The Fitness Loop, a designated Orange County Trail, is marked every ¼ mile by oval white signs. The entire loop is 2.25 miles long, and continues down East Main Street to Jersey Avenue, down Jersey Avenue to Pike Street, up Pike Street to East Main Street, and past Bon Secours Community Hospital. Walkers can start and finish their walks at any point along the way.

Each Participant is required to complete a registration form and waiver. And every walker will receive a  “Get Fit Port Jervis” participant card, a program tee shirt and monthly incentive gifts.

For additional information call Karen Little at 845-858-7112

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: www.bonsecourscommunityhosp.org

National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 16

Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 East Main Street, Port Jervis, New York, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Bon Secours Community Hospital is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with New York state laws.  These resources are available at www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

Specifically, on April 16, from 9 – 10 AM and 12:30 – 2:30 PM, Bon Secours Community Hospital is welcoming the public with free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms.  This information will be available on the hospital’s first floor in the atrium conference room adjacent to the café area.  There is no need to pre-register for this event.  Additional information on the event can be obtained by contacting Barbara Dwyer-Anderson, LMSW at 845-858-7122.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Barbara Dwyer-Anderson, LMSW of Bon Secours Community Hospital.”  “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

Blood Donations Needed

What if it was someone you loved?

by Patricia Bonnier, Donor Program Supervisor.

You’re driving down the road minding your own business, when suddenly you’re on your way to the hospital. Doesn’t matter whose fault it was, you’re still hurt! Or maybe you’re home watching TV when you get a pain somewhere and your brain tells you “Something is WRONG!” Or worst of all, these things happen to someone you love.

Life has a way of smacking you in the head from time to time, and all of a sudden we’re relying on help from the strangers around us. It could be at the scene of a car accident, or as we’re heading for the emergency room in the middle of the night. We depend on the kindness of strangers to see us through the crisis.

You have the chance to pay it forward and be one of the “kind strangers,” who are willing to reach out to those in need. Blood donations literally save lives; it takes a truly dedicated person to roll up their sleeves and give a precious blood donation to a stranger.

Due to the extreme weather we’ve experienced this winter, we are currently experiencing a blood shortage. Please visit your local facilities blood donor room to help us maintain an adequate supply of blood on hand for our patients.

Starting in 2014 we’ve begun a “LifeSaver Club,” and anyone who pledges to donate at least 4 times this year will be entered into it. It’s a work in progress, but some of the things we’ve planned so far is to have a “wall of fame” in our donor room with all the members listed, express treatment at our blood drives (or in the donor room) and special recognition items over the course of the year.

Bon Secours Charity Health System Blood Donation Information:

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s donor room is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from  9:30am-5:30pm and Wednesdays from 8am-4pm. Schedule a donation today!

St. Anthony Community Hospital runs bi-weekly blood drives on Mondays from 2:30pm-8:00pm, and Thursdays from 10am-6pm. Blood drives are also held on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 8am-2pm. The donor site is located in the trailer at 20 Grand Street on the Ground of Mount Alverno.

Bon Secours Community Hospital: Mark your calendars! The next blood drive is Tuesday, March 4th from 9am-3pm in the conference at 168 E. Main Street.

Be the person who helps – Donate Blood Today and save some lives in 2014!