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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 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.

 

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.

‘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.


Chiropractor Dr. Wayne Rossi to Speak at Diabetes in Check Meeting at St. Anthony Community Hospital

Adult Diabetes Support Group Monthly Meeting is on Monday evening, March 17

WARWICK – (March 2) – The benefits of exercise and proper nutrition for those who have been diagnosed with diabetes include decreasing insulin and lowering blood sugars.

This is the message Warwick Chiropractor Dr. Wayne Rossi will present to adults attending the regular monthly meeting of “Diabetes in Check” on Monday, March 17. 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.

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.

“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 for all adults with diabetes and their families.

Dr. Rossi, who has practiced chiropractic medicine in Warwick for 32 years, has a master’s degree in clinical nutrition and was the chiropractic sports physician at Warwick Valley High School for 25 years. He also served as medical coordinator for the Warwick Marathon.

During his presentation Dr. Rossi will explain that exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous and can be any physical activity that gets you moving. He will also offer suggestions for mild exercises that can easily be performed by anyone including those who have limited mobility.

“This is an opportunity for us to offer a program where people with diabetes and their families and caregivers will learn the good news that those who keep active experience better control of their blood sugar,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN. “Exercise is a very important aspect of everyone’s general health but especially important for those who have diabetes.”

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 March 17 “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.

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.

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

Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital Offers monthly support group meetings for children with diabetes

Next meeting of 2014 is on Monday evening, February 24

WARWICK – (February 11) – You are not alone.

The St. Anthony Community Hospital Center for Diabetes Education now offers parents and their children, age 12 and under who have type 1 diabetes, an opportunity to get involved monthly with a support group that can help manage their child’s diabetes day-to-day for a full and active life.

The Children’s Support Group meets on the fourth Monday of every month from 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room at St. Anthony Community Hospital. The next meeting of 2014 will be on Monday evening, February 24.

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.

“Living with diabetes is always a challenge for a child and his or her family and it can feel overwhelming at times,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN, CDE. “The purpose of the group is for children with type 1 diabetes to meet other children who also have diabetes so they know they are not the only ones living with diabetes. We hope friendships will develop and children and parents will learn from one another as well as provide support for each other. Diabetes should not stop any child from accomplishing his or her dreams and we want all the children with diabetes to be reminded of that.”

All parents and children with type 1 diabetes are urged to attend the February 24 Children’s Support Group 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.

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.

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

 

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!

 

St. Anthony Community Hospital Nurses Conduct Holiday Drive for Mother’s Cupboard

Each year Marlene Roerdon, RN, clinical coordinator Center for Ambulatory Surgery at St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY, asks members of her nursing staff to attend a school or perform a community service for their professional enrichment.

“When nurse Dee Keegan came to me with the idea to do a service project for the community,” said Roerdon, “I suggested Mother’s Cupboard at St. Stephen’s Church in Warwick.”

Mother’s Cupboard, a pro-life ministry and Parish outreach program, collects donations of all baby items for parents in need such as diapers, wipes, lotion, powder, shampoo, sipping cups, pacifiers, blankets, bibs and the like.

Roerdon and Keegan reached out to nurse, Deborah Kozlowski, RN, who had been a Mother’s Cupboard volunteer, for information to get started with collecting donations. They created and circulated a flyer among the hospital staff and the donations poured in. The project will now be ongoing with donations collected from hospital staff and the public throughout the year in the Surgical Services Department.

“I wanted to do this to give back to the community,” said Keegan. “The Mothers’ Cupboard was a perfect choice. We gave two boxes of baby items and have more to go. I want to thank all of my coworkers for their generosity. It’s a collaboration of all of us.”

2013 Tree Lighting Ceremonies

St. Anthony Community Hospital 

The December 3rd tree lighting celebration was filled with holiday music and song by guitarist Al Eubanks. After a welcoming address by Senior Vice President and Administrator for St. Anthony Community Hospital Jeff Reilly, everyone headed outside for a tree lighting ceremony that began with invocations and blessings of the tree by Director of Pastoral Care Suzanne Evanoff and Chaplain Sister Mary Spano.

All those in attendance sang “Silent Night” followed by a countdown and tree lighting. After singing other traditional Christmas songs, everyone was invited back inside the hospital’s main lobby to enjoy a reception and refreshments featuring cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider.

The entire ceremony and music was broadcast live by Warwick Radio WTBQ

Bon Secours Community Hospital 

Though there was heavy rain outside the night of the Bon Secours Community Hospital Tree Lighting, guests enjoyed a festive celebration indoors in the hospital’s cafeteria dining area with holiday music and song by guitarist Nick Sauschuck and members of the Port Jervis High School Band.

After a welcoming address by Senior Vice President and Administrator for Bon Secours Community Hospital Jeff Reilly, everyone headed outside and braved the rain for a brief tree lighting ceremony, which began with an invocation and blessing of the tree by Sister Cathy Crowley.

Following the countdown and tree lighting everyone returned back inside to enjoy a reception and refreshments along with additional Christmas music.

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

The Good Samaritan Foundation rang in the holidays with the Annual Tree Lighting Celebration. Glee and Gleeful choirs from the Tuxedo Park School joined us with carols, and staff, leadership and the community joined in as we lit the tree and celebrated the spirit of the season.

Also announced that evening were the winners of the Art Contest: I’m A Good Samaritan. Students from the Tuxedo Park School were asked to draw images of “I’m A Good Samaritan.” The winners will hang in pediatric treatment rooms in our new Emergency Department. The winners were: 2nd Graders Jonathan Stone and Brandon Murphy, and 5th Graders Rachel Griegel, Rebecca Weinstein and Katherine Parry.
Congratulations and thank you to all of the students who participated in the efforts, and a special thanks to Kathleen McNamara and Megan Sweeney from TPS.