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Northern Dutchess Hospital advances health with weight-loss surgery

Posted: 4/24/2017

To help people break the cycle of weight gain and improve their quality of life, Northern Dutchess Hospital recently launched a weight-loss surgery program. The hospital offers minimally invasive gastric bypass, sleeve and band surgeries, which change the anatomy of the digestive system to decrease hunger, absorb fewer calories and burn fat more quickly. A complimentary dinner seminar about the new program, “When Diets Don’t Work: A Look at Weight Loss Surgery,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9,...

Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary awards volunteers scholarships

Posted: 4/24/2017

Two local high school seniors with aspirations of careers in healthcare are the recipients of the Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary’s continuing education scholarships. Junior volunteers Olivia Hillard and Jonathan Baccay each received $500 to go toward their educational pursuits. “We offer a scholarship to Junior Volunteers as a sign of our appreciation for the many hours of community service students provide to Putnam Hospital Center,” said Michelle Piazza, director of volunteer and pastoral services. ...

Rhinebeck’s new family medicine physician treats all ages

Posted: 4/24/2017

Triathlon competitor and former U.S. Army Medical Corps. Major, Dr. Scott Costley, is Health Quest Medical Practice’s newest primary care physician in Rhinebeck. A resident of Rosendale, he is board certified in family medicine and treats adults, children and infants. “I’m excited to join a practice with a like-minded team that is committed to high-quality care, which includes taking time to listen to patient concerns,” Costley said. Since 1997, Costley has been a family medicine physician. He spent alm...

Putnam Hospital Center holds inaugural community healing service

Posted: 4/19/2017

Putnam Hospital Center is hosting a community, multifaith healing service at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 30, in the hospital’s auditorium, 670 Stoneleigh Ave. Join Putnam Hospital Center Chaplain Jan Fritzinger and Rabbi Sarah Freidson of Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac for this inaugural service offering unity and healing. All faiths are welcome. Reservations are not required.

Make the Hudson Valley your gym, win prizes when the Get Fit contest returns May 13

Posted: 4/17/2017

While you track your steps, heartbeats and inches lost, let Health Quest count your fitness activities toward the chance to win prizes and motivate you to keep moving. Beginning Saturday, May 13, the Hudson Valley’s healthcare system is challenging the community to enter their workouts at GetFitHV.com. The free website offers fitness tips, healthy recipes and a fitness contest. Each entry at one of more than 80 check-in Get Fit workout locations counts toward raffles for prizes, such as an Apple Watch, ...

New hospital quality director to focus on patient safety

Posted: 4/10/2017

Registered nurse Melissa Hansen-Hall was recently promoted to Northern Dutchess Hospital’s director of quality. In her new role, the former quality coordinator identifies and implements initiatives related to patient safety and overall quality of care improvements. Through data collection, she analyzes hospital performance on measures such as fall prevention and readmissions reduction. She also collaborates with department leaders to strengthen the delivery of care and promote a culture of safety. “Meli...

Fishkill primary care office adds family physician

Posted: 4/10/2017

Dr. Dorothy Page has joined the Health Quest Medical Practice primary care office in Fishkill. “Working with Health Quest will be a great opportunity to improve the health and well-being of all my patients, as well as provide access to multiple resources,” Page said. Page, of Wappingers Falls, most recently served as an outpatient-only physician for the Family Practice Center of Hyde Park, where she provided care to patients of all ages, including infants. She launched a wellness initiative and promotio...

Health Quest Medical Practice adds primary care office in Millerton

Posted: 4/5/2017

Veteran primary care internist Dr. Kristie Schmidt has joined Health Quest Medical Practice’s first primary care office in the Town of North East. “Establishing a Health Quest Medical Practice primary care office in the Town of North East will offer residents of eastern Dutchess County and northwestern Connecticut access to a spectrum of healthcare services and specialists close to home while extending the reach of our services to patients,” said Dr. Glenn Loomis, chief medical operations officer for He...

Northern Dutchess Hospital offers new stroke support group

Posted: 4/5/2017

A new Stroke Support Group for survivors and their families will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at Northern Dutchess Hospital, 6511 Springbrook Ave. The support group offers the opportunity to share experiences and discuss the physical, social, emotional and psychological impacts of stroke in a supportive environment. There is no cost to attend. The meetings will be held in the dining room of the Paul Rosenthal Rehabilitation Center at the hospital. Caregivers are also welcome....

Hyde Park rehabilitation office to host Open House

Posted: 3/29/2017

Physical and occupational therapists range in personality, techniques and specialties, so finding an ideal match can involve a little homework. To help, Northern Dutchess Hospital will host an Open House with complimentary balance evaluations, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at its outpatient rehabilitation office, 11 Crum Elbow Road, in the Health Center of Hyde Park plaza. The public can also meet site supervisor Matthew Podhaiski, a physical therapist with 14 years of experience. Inform...

Rhinebeck Wound Care Center achieves ‘Excellence’ status

Posted: 3/28/2017

For the second consecutive year, the Wound Care Center at Northern Dutchess Hospital  was recognized as a Center of Excellence – a national award given for high quality wound-healing services. The Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence award comes from Healogics, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based company that works with hospitals to treat chronic and acute wounds including diabetic ulcers,  leg ulcers and non-healing surgical wounds. To be eligible, the center had a patient satisfaction rate abo...

Dinner with the Doc health education series returns this spring

Posted: 3/27/2017

Health Quest will continue its interactive series, Dinner with the Doc, this April and May, offering five educational talks throughout the mid-Hudson Valley. Several healthcare providers from across the system will speak on breast health, spine care, weight-loss surgery, nutrition and pancreas and liver treatments. The series features a complimentary dinner served at restaurants in Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam counties. Reservations are required two weeks in advance of the event due to limited seating. F...

Vassar Brothers Medical Center appoints trauma chief

Posted: 3/23/2017

Dr. Fausto Vinces has joined the Health Quest Medical Practice Division of Trauma as its medical director. He will clinically and administratively lead the trauma center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. "My main goal is to position Vassar Brothers Medical Center as the main trauma center in the Hudson Valley and to provide excellent care to all our patients,” Vinces said. Vinces will also serve as acute care surgery medical director and surgical director of the intensive care unit, or ICU, at Vassar. ...

General surgeon enhances Northern Dutchess Hospital’s minimally invasive capabilities

Posted: 3/22/2017

Dr. Frances Allocco recently joined Health Quest Medical Practice as a general surgeon with office hours in Rhinebeck and surgical privileges at Northern Dutchess Hospital. Allocco moved her practice to Rhinebeck from Texas, where the fellowship-trained surgeon worked at Fort Worth-based Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialists. The Rhinebeck resident was raised outside of Chicago and holds a doctorate in medicine from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. After medical school, she was ...

Walkable food festival offers a taste of Rhinebeck’s culinary scene

Posted: 3/20/2017

Satisfy your culinary curiosities about the area’s premier foodie destination when the 13th annual Taste of Rhinebeck returns on Tuesday, April 25, to the Village of Rhinebeck. From 6 to 9 p.m., vendors will offer up small bites of diverse cuisines and sips of their best delights. Participants will stop along the Taste trail at fine-dining establishments, casual eateries, sweet-shops and outdoor stands. “Whether you’re a veteran or first-time attendee, you’re bound to discover something new along the to...

Spring wellness series returns to Rhinebeck hospital

Posted: 3/16/2017

Northern Dutchess Hospital’s Wellness Series returns this spring with informative programs highlighting health and wellness. Programs are held from 2-3:30 p.m. Mondays monthly from April to June in the hospital’s Cafeteria Conference Room, 6511 Springbrook Ave. Registration is required. There is no cost to attend. Register online at www.healthquest.org/wellness or call the Center for Healthy Aging at 845-876-4745 (TTY: 800-421-1220). Spring 2017 Wellness Series programs: Train Your Brain: Improve Your M...

Putnam Hospital Center’s Rehabilitation Services in Katonah grows

Posted: 3/13/2017

Putnam Hospital Center’s Rehabilitation Services in the Katonah/Bedford Hills area has expanded its hours and added more physical therapists to its roster. The satellite office now has five therapists providing care to its growing list of patients. They include Hannah Clark Polhill, Drew Polhill and Jeanne Morgante, who all have doctorates of physical therapy; Laura Ann Librera, who holds a master’s degree in physical therapy and Tricia Jenkins, a certified hand therapist and occupational therapist. The...

Radiation oncologists join Health Quest Medical Practice

Posted: 2/27/2017

Five longstanding radiation oncology specialists within the Health Quest system — Dr. Edward Farhangi, Dr. Thomas Mazzilli, Dr. Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Dr. Robert Smith, and Dr. Camilo Torres — have joined the Health Quest Medical Practice Division of Radiation Oncology. All are board certified in radiology. “The addition of these five radiologists contributes to our multidisciplinary team and further enhances our capabilities in providing quality and exceptional care to cancer patients in the Hudson Va...

Rhinebeck hospital program focuses on managing diabetes

Posted: 2/27/2017

Balancing a healthy diet with exercise and medicine are important tools for managing diabetes. To help people live well with the chronic disease, Northern Dutchess Hospital will offer a Diabetes Self-Management Program from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for six consecutive Tuesdays, starting March 7, in the hospital’s cafeteria conference room, 6511 Springbrook Ave. “We’re bringing Stanford University’s tested program to the mid-Hudson Valley to improve the health of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes,” sai...

Putnam Hospital Center brings back Kids’ Day

Posted: 2/22/2017

Putnam Hospital Center’s Dr. Bear has come out of hibernation to announce the return of Kids’ Day. After a two-year hiatus, the popular community celebration is back and will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, on the hospital campus at 670 Stoneleigh Avenue. This will be the 11th Kids’ Day hosted by the Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary. “We are so excited for the return of this beloved community event and look forward to bringing together organizations from all over Putnam County to cel...

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To help people break the cycle of weight gain and improve their quality of life, Northern Dutchess Hospital recently launched a we...
Two local high school seniors with aspirations of careers in healthcare are the recipients of the Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary...