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Wellness Director to Speak at June Diabetes in Check Meeting at St. Anthony Community Hospital

     June 16 program to be conducted by YMCA Wellness Director Michele Bernieri

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WARWICK – (June 9) One of the keys to keeping blood glucose levels at your goal is to balance physical activity and exercise along with the food you eat and any pills or insulin you take. Finding that balance for yourself is important so you can feel your best, do the things you enjoy, and lower your risk of diabetes complications.

Physical exercise can lower your blood glucose, help insulin work better and help you to lose and keep off those extra pounds. And it doesn’t have to be difficult or strenuous.

That message from the American Diabetes Association will be the subject of a talk that South Orange Family YMCA Wellness Director Michele Bernieri will present to adults attending the regular monthly meeting of “Diabetes in Check” on Monday, June 16. 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.

Bernieri, whose expertise as a fitness instructor first led her to the Middletown YMCA, where she excelled as personal trainer/fitness instructor and floor manager, is currently Wellness Director of the South Orange Family YMCA in Monroe, NY.

On Monday, June 16, she will talk about the Diabetes Prevention program offered at that YMCA as well as the YMCA of Middletown. She will discuss membership and membership assistance in addition to describing the special classes available at the Y.

“Diabetes in Check,” will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s second-floor conference room. Everyone is invited to attend this important educational program geared toward all adults with diabetes and their families.

“The benefits of physical activity are numerous for all people in general especially for those who have diabetes,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN. “Exercise helps control the blood sugar levels, cholesterol and, blood pressure. It helps you sleep better, helps weight control and weight maintenance and on and on and on. We have all heard this before but we need encouragement to get moving and keep moving daily. Our presenter will provide us with information on the YMCA’s many programs which can help us begin our journey to making exercise part of our 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. They will show their patients 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 June 16 “Diabetes in Check” meeting. Seating is limited and all those planning to attend are asked to reserve a place as soon as possible by calling 845-987-5168.

For more information about the Center for Diabetes Education, call 845-987-5168 or visit bschs.bonsecours.com.

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

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center recognizes World Blood Donor Day

Blood Donations needed 

In recognition of World Blood Donor Day, local residents can become volunteer blood donors at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center on June 13, 2014, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.  A pair of Rockland Boulders Baseball tickets for a summer home game will be given to all blood donors.

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center operates the only hospital-based blood donor collection facility in the region. This allows Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center to meet the blood transfusion needs of our busy surgical, trauma, oncology, dialysis and medical services.

It is estimated that every two seconds in the United States, someone is in need of a blood transfusion.  Half of all blood used in transfusions comes from donors in the community. Over 2,000 individuals donate annually at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Last year, the hospital used more than 4,000 pints of blood directly serving the community to save countless lives.  Blood can only come through the generosity of donors; it cannot be manufactured.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor a blood drive, please contact us at 845-368-5178.  The donor room at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 am-5:30 pm, and on Wednesdays from 8 am to 4 pm.  Visit            www.facebook.com/GoodSamBlood to learn more.

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.

 

Good Samaritan Foundation to Host “Pedal for a Purpose” Event to Help Support Center for Breast Health

Stationary Bike Spin-A-Thon to be Held May 2 at RevRyder Spin Studio in Sloatsburg, NY

Book your bike, burn calories and feel good about the workout and great about the cause.

On Friday evening, May 2, Good Samaritan Foundation will host a “Pedal for a Purpose” indoor bicycle spin-a-thon to help support the Center for Breast Health at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY.

Three 60-min. rides beginning at 4:15 p.m. and ending at 7:15 p.m. will be held at the RevRyder Spin Studio, 174 Route 17 North in Sloatsburg, NY.

Men and women of all fitness levels can register on line at www.bschsf.org/spin. The

$25 donation for each class entitles each rider to a fun, exciting and healthful workout along with prizes and refreshments. And each ryde will have special surprises that will move and inspire you.

Space is limited so please register early and no later than April 29.

Sponsorship opportunities and team registration are also available and whether you’re in the saddle or supporting a cyclist the funds raised will continue to support services to improve the quality of life for patients at the Center for Breast Health through early detection, diagnosis and treatment.

Breast health is every woman’s concern and The Center for Breast Health at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, serving women in lower New York State, eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey, offers one of the most advanced programs for diagnosing and treating virtually any breast health issue.

The Good Samaritan Foundation is the voice of philanthropy for Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

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

 

St. Anthony Community Hospital Hosts Well Attended Informational Event & Cooking demonstration

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It was a full house on Monday evening, March 31, as St. Anthony Community Hospital and Morrison Health Care, under the direction of Mark Brezina, director of Food Services, hosted another in a series of free informational and tasting events.

The cooking demonstration, “Taste of the Mediterranean,” which was held in the Greenbriar Room at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, began with a culinary demonstration by Chef Brian Smyth while guests enjoyed the Mediterranean custom of dipping breads in dishes of pure olive oil.

The main entrée prepared by Smyth, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, was Mediterranean pan seared chicken with garlic and olives along with almond and vegetable couscous followed by a dessert of baked pears and apple.

During her presentation after the meal Janine Killeen, RD,CDE,CDN, Morrison Health Care Lead Dietitian of St Anthony Community Hospital and the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System explained 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.

“As some of you know,” she said, “the Mediterranean diet is more than a diet. It’s a lifestyle approach to healthy eating filled with delicious foods like fruit, vegetables, fish, beans, nuts and whole grains as well as other ingredients shown to promote good health like olive oil and wine along with daily physical activity.”

Morrison Health Care associates Lynn Palmieri, DTR, Gigi Fried RD and Stacy Lynch, dietetic student, were also on hand to assist Killeen during the successful event.

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

‘Welcome to the Mediterranean Diet’

St. Anthony Community Hospital hosts ‘Welcome to the Mediterranean Diet’

Free Informational Event & Cooking Demonstration

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.”

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 31, St. Anthony Community Hospital and Morrison Health Care, under the direction of Mark Brezina, director of Food Services, will host a free National Nutrition Month informational and tasting event. The cooking demonstration, “Taste of the Mediterranean,” will be held in the Greenbriar Room at Mount Alverno Center, 20 Grand Street, Warwick, about one-quarter mile past the hospital.

National Nutrition Month celebrates and reinforces the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

“As some of you know the Mediterranean diet is more than a diet, “ said Janine Killeen, RD,CDE,CDN, Morrison Health Care Lead Dietitian of St Anthony Community Hospital and the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System. “It’s a lifestyle approach to healthy eating filled with delicious foods like fruit, vegetables, fish, beans, nuts and whole grains as well as other ingredients shown to promote good health like olive oil and wine along with daily physical activity.”

Killeen explained 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.

Everyone is invited to join Killeen, her Morrison Health Care associates Lynn Palmieri, DTR, Gigi Fried RD and Stacy Lynch, dietetic student, for a presentation, cooking demonstration and tasting.

Morrison Health Care Chef Brian Smyth will be preparing pan-seared chicken with garlic and olives, almond couscous and a colorful salad along with a dessert of baked pears and apples.

Registration is necessary and seating is limited. Call 845-987-5197.