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“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.

ST. ANTHONY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL INFORMATION TENT FEATURED AT THIRD ANNUAL PINK FRIDAY

Bon Secours Charity Health System Community Outreach Program To Offer Free Educational Information and Gifts

On Friday, October 10, the Bon Secours Charity Health System, which includes St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, will join the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and local Warwick merchants and other vendors in the celebration of the third annual Pink Friday.

The event, a festive as well as educational afternoon and evening from 2 – 9 p.m., is sponsored by the Bon Secours Charity Health System Community Outreach program, which will have representatives stationed in a large tent on Railroad Green.

In addition to offering free educational information and gifts for all attendees, staff members from the St. Anthony Community Hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center on Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Warwick will also be on hand to describe the many services they offer.

The Women’s Imaging Center’s advanced mammography equipment, which produces digital breast images through computerization rather than traditional X-ray film, continues to improve the quality, wait-time and overall experience of mammography. The enhanced system provides exceptional images of the breast in all women, regardless of breast tissue type. Higher quality images, especially near the skin line and chest wall increase the rate of cancer detection. Computer aided detection (CAD) software acts as a radiologist’s “second pair of eyes” for screening and diagnosing any abnormalities. The image is visible in 10 seconds. If a second opinion is needed, the image can be sent electronically to another physician for immediate review. State-of-the-art stereotactic breast biopsy is also available.

The Women’s Imaging Center is not solely for women; high-tech Bone Densitometry, a screening for osteoporosis, benefits all at-risk patients. Ultrasonography is available to perform general studies as well as non-surgical biopsies.

Behind the technology is a specially trained team of experienced, board-certified radiologists and mammography technologists with advanced certification from the American Registry of Radiologic

Technologists (ARRT). The center’s staff promotes a pleasant and quiet patient-friendly environment.

BON SECOURS CHARITY HEALTH SYSTEM TEAM IN WALK TO CURE DIABETES

Help Support the Bon Secours Charity Walkers in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sunday, October 26 

Enjoy food, music and fun for a good cause.

On Sunday, October 26, the Bon Secours Charity Walkers Team, whose members include hospital employees and citizens of communities serviced by Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY will participate in the annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.

The JDRF Walk, designed to raise money for critically needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, will be held at the Rockland Boulders Stadium, 1 Provident Bank Park in Pomona, New York. Check in time is 9 a.m. and the 5k walk starts at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to support the Walk by fundraising or making a donation.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin — a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.

JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research.

To register and participate in the walk or to make a donation on behalf of the Bon Secours Charity Walkers Team visit: www.walk.jdrf.org

For additional information contact Katie Marshall at (201) 568-4838 or email: cmarshall@jdrf.org

St. Anthony Community Hospital Annual Golf and Tennis Classic Raises Over $20,000

St. Anthony Community Hospital Golf and Tennis Classic 4 Net Proceeds to Benefit the Medical Equipment and Technology Fund

St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY held its annual Golf and Tennis Classic on Wednesday, September 17, at the Warwick Valley Country Club on Oakland Avenue.

It was a picture perfect day for the outing with mild temperatures and blue skies that added to the enjoyment of the 67 golfers and 17 tennis players who participated in the first combined event.

The net proceeds of $12,000 will be used to benefit the Bon Secours Warwick Health Foundation Medical Equipment and Technology Fund.

Co-Chairs of this year’s event were Frank Petrucci, Doug Stage and Tennis Chair Jane Brief.

“Combining these two activities into a coordinated fundraiser was a first for the Bon Secours Warwick Health Foundation,” said Petrucci. “And by all accounts the day was a tremendous success. We exceeded our fundraising goal and will contribute the proceeds raised at this event to the Medical Equipment and Technology Fund at St. Anthony Community Hospital.”

Established in 1958, the Warwick Valley Country Club consists of a nine-hole golf course with 18 tee boxes and four state-of-the-art Hydro-Fed soft tennis courts, which afford players extended play without fatigue. The club also features a spacious dining room with a picturesque view and full service bar.

During the Classic golfers and players received a variety of amenities including drinks delivered directly to the participants, lunch at the club and a shrimp and clam bar on the course. Special raffles, prizes and awards were presented during a ceremony following a cocktail hour and dinner.

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The winners of the Scramble Format, lowest score, were the men’s foursome, sponsored by Certified Financial Services and Lehman & Getz Engineering, of Will Roerden, Mike McSweeney, Jeremy Valentine and Brian Friedler and the ladies foursome, sponsored by Meadowcrest Associates, of Barbara Sullivan, Jo-Ann Daly, Maureen Kohler and Katie Bisaro.

The winners of the Round robin Tennis doubles tournament were Carl Grunewald and Linda Stephan.

Although some golfers came close, no one was lucky enough to win the hole-in-one prize, a brand new car courtesy of Leo Kaytes Ford.

BON SECOURS CHARITY HEALTH SYSTEM HOLDS MINISTRY FOOTPRINTS MOVING AHEAD CEREMONY

Twenty Two Staff Members Complete Course 

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On Monday, September 15, a Moving Ahead ceremony and luncheon was held for the first group of employees of Bon Secours Charity Health System who had recently completed a course in Ministry Footprints: Markings of Good Help Everywhere.

The well attended luncheon and presentation of certificates of completion was held in the Greenbrier Room at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, NY. It began with a video presentation by Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, who offered her congratulations.

The ministry formation program was developed by the Bon Secours Center for Ministry Leadership and designed for staff members across all departments, as a professional development opportunity to enhance each individual’s knowledge and skills, and in turn, improve the quality of care. Ministry Footprints Awards Ceremony 5

Twenty two employees of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and affiliated long-term care and assisted living facilities were each awarded certificates of completion and Ministry of Footprints medals by their individual group facilitators.

“This program will start them on a journey to Ministry Leadership,” explained Clare Brady, Senior Vice President of Mission. “It involves learning more about ministry, about themselves and about their spirituality and increasing engagement in the work we do.”

Shortly before lunch, individuals who had received their certificates and their facilitators were invited to comment on the experience.

“You get to really know people,” said Chaplain Sr. Sheila Mullins, OP. “It has been a wonderful experience.”

SCHERVIER PAVILION RESIDENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF CELEBRATE GRANDPARENTS’ DAY

Day at the Oscars picnic held outdoors at Bon Secours Warwick Campus skilled nursing facility

Grandparents Day 2It was a day at the Oscars….

On Saturday, September 6, Schervier Pavilion residents, their families, staff and volunteers took the Hollywood “red carpet” path and gathered together under a huge tent to enjoy the annual “Grandparents’ Day” picnic.

And, in the spirit of this year’s Hollywood theme, many of the guests, staff members and residents wore evening gowns and bow ties or came dressed as a famous movie star. But more important, it was an opportunity for generations of families to visit their loved ones and enjoy a traditional end-of- summer celebration.

The staff prepared lots of barbecue favorites and families and residents enjoyed good weather as predicted storms held off until later that evening. There were also games for the children and traditional movie popcorn and candies, free of charge. And thanks to the fundraising efforts of Schervier Pavilion staff, the Jeremy Langdale Band, was also on hand to provide musical entertainment throughout the afternoon. But most of all, residents stated that they enjoyed getting together with their families for a fun afternoon.

Administrator Lisa Brocky welcomed everyone and introduced her staff. Schervier Pavilion Chaplain Father Jamie Bono, IVD, then gave an invocation.

“They were so excited about how well our Grandparents Day was received last year that they immediately began planning for this year’s event,” said Brocky. “It’s a blessing to work with this wonderful staff, which is so dedicated to our residents.

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 to the community 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.

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

Family picnic held outdoors at Bon Secours Community Hospital

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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.

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

People-Friendly Animals Visit with Residents in Front Parking Area Outside

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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.”

St. Anthony Community Hospital Hosts, Diabetes in Check Topic: “Yoga & Diabetes”

An increasing number of people with diabetes are turning to yoga in an effort to keep their condition under control and improve overall quality of life. Regular practice of yoga may stimulate all internal organs, help reduce levels of stress, enhance mobility, lower blood pressure and improve overall well-being.

Rose Dwyer, founder and director of the Warwick Yoga Center, addressed the topic at the regular monthly meeting of “Diabetes in Check,” at St. Anthony Community Hospital. 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.

Dwyer has taught yoga for 15 years in various yoga centers, senior centers, adult education programs and libraries. She has also studied yoga in India.

“The world renowned Joslin Diabetes Center is incorporating yoga into their diabetes management program,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN. “Studies, mostly in India, have shown that yoga can help with the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, as many as three million Americans are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Previously known as juvenile diabetes, the disease is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy needed for 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.

Patients are shown 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 “Diabetes in Check” meetings. If you are interested in sending patients or friends, please call 845-987-5168 for future dates and details.

Braadt and St. Anthony Community Hospital Lead Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator Janine Killeen RD, CDE are also available at “Diabetes in Check” sessions to answer any questions.

GOOD SAMARITAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AND HACKENSACK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATE ONE YEAR OF CARDIAC SERVICES ALLIANCE

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Last year, The Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, a member of Bon Secours Charity Health System, formed an alliance with Hackensack University Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Hospital. On Thursday, June 19, physicians, medical staff, administrators, and community members from both facilities came together to commemorate the partnership’s first year of success.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of Healthgrades 2014 Cardiac Care Excellence Award to The Active International Cardiovascular Institute. Ben Mahfood, Vice President of National Accounts at Healthgrades, explained that the award recognizes superior outcomes in five key services: heart bypass and valve surgeries, the treatment of heart attack and heart failure, and life-saving interventions that restore normal blood flow to the heart muscle. In addition, Mr. Mahfood awarded Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with the Healthgrades 2014 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

The event, which took place at New York Country Club, brought together key stakeholders to celebrate the collaboration and take a look toward the future. Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System, congratulated all those who help make the partnership a success, highlighting the outstanding care, flexibility, and teamwork that enable the program to thrive. In her remarks, Dr. Leahy said, “At last year’s kick-off dinner, we witnessed a striking synergy among the group. One year later, it is apparent that this level of cooperation is contributing to a superior patient experience.” Physicians, clinical staff, and administrators look forward to maintaining the quality distinctions of the program and continuing to deliver exception care to patients.

Established in June 2013, the collaboration agreement enables HackensackUMC Heart & Vascular Hospital physicians to provide clinical support and direct patient care at the Good Samaritan Active International Cardiovascular Institute. The collaborative effort brings HackensackUMC’s doctors closer to Good Samaritan patients with serious heart and vascular issues and elevates the level of cardiovascular services available in Rockland and Orange Counties. The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program is among the state-of-the-art services that are now available to Good Samaritan patients.