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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...

Health Quest Community Education announces training programs for March

Posted: 2/22/2017

March classes are as follows: Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Renewal Course Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck Cost $125; $165 with text; call 845-475-9742 to register This course is a recertification for the PALS course. You must be certified in PALS to take this abridged course. Course completion results in a two-year PALS certification card from the American Heart Association. You will need to complete a pre-course assessment in the text prior to class. ...

Infectious disease doctor joins Health Quest Medical Practice

Posted: 2/15/2017

Dr. Michelle Slifkin has joined Health Quest Medical Practice in its Division of Infectious Diseases in Poughkeepsie. Slifkin is board certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine. “I look forward to serving our community and their families by providing quality healthcare to better diagnose and treat infectious diseases,” Slifkin said. Most recently, Slifkin worked for Rockland Infectious Diseases in Nyack, NY, and served as the vice president of the medical staff at Good Samaritan Hospital in...

Northern Dutchess Hospital’s diabetes prevention classes return in March

Posted: 2/15/2017

Type 2 diabetes can cause serious health problems and the constant finger-pricking, pill-swallowing or insulin injections that come with the preventable disease can greatly decrease one’s quality of life. To help adults reduce their diabetes risk, Northern Dutchess Hospital will offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program beginning Monday, March 13, for 16 consecutive weeks and bi-monthly follow-ups. The free educational program on modest healthy lifestyle changes is offered from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. or...

Cardiologist Dr. Rajeev Narayan joins The Heart Center

Posted: 2/2/2017

After spending several years in New Jersey, cardiologist Dr. Rajeev Narayan is back in the Hudson Valley. Narayan has joined The Heart Center and is seeing patients out of the center’s Poughkeepsie office and Vassar Brothers Medical Center. "I am excited to return to the Hudson Valley, an area where my father, a prominent cardiologist himself, also served this great community for many years,” Narayan said. “Following in his footsteps and combining my advanced training, I look forward to bringing new tec...

Blood drives scheduled at Northern Dutchess Hospital

Posted: 2/2/2017

Northern Dutchess Hospital will once again partner with the American Red Cross to help people in urgent need of blood. The hospital will host five blood drives this year. They are from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays on Feb. 3, June 30, July 14, Sept. 1 and Dec. 1. The drives are held in the cafeteria conference room of the hospital, 6511 Springbrook Ave. Valet parking is available. “I’m always impressed by the generosity of this community when it comes to donating blood,” said hospital volunteer services ...

Health Quest brings MEGA Heart to Poughkeepsie Galleria to raise awareness

Posted: 1/25/2017

Step inside a huge human heart and learn what makes you tick at Health Quest’s MEGA Heart event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Poughkeepsie Galleria, 2001 South Road, Poughkeepsie. “Our heart is a fascinating organ. We can feel it pumping away, but most don’t really comprehend what the heart does,” said Dr. Daniel O’Dea, vice president of cardiovascular services at Health Quest.  “The MEGA heart offers an up-close, exciting window inside the body, so we can learn how to best take ...

Cancer support groups meet at Health Quest facilities

Posted: 1/25/2017

Support Connections Inc. will host support group sessions for women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancers at two Health Quest facilities. The dates for February include: • Putnam Hospital Center: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. • Vassar Brothers Medical Center: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. Preregistration for all groups is required. To register or learn more, women may call 914-962-6402 or 1-800-532-4290.

Learn how to live a heart-healthy life at Northern Dutchess Hospital luncheon

Posted: 1/18/2017

Join medical experts to learn the facts about preventing, detecting and treating many cardiac and vascular diseases at Northern Dutchess Hospital’s Heart-Healthy Lunch and Learn. The event is from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the hospital’s cafeteria conference room, 6511 Springbrook Ave. Seating is limited to 40 people. Enjoy a free, nutritious lunch while learning about eating smart, fitness, lifestyle habits, risk factors and stress reduction. “You will walk away empowered to take better care o...

Career Day at Northern Dutchess Hospital explores rewarding occupations

Posted: 1/16/2017

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts healthcare occupations will grow much faster and add more jobs than any other occupation group the bureau tracks. To help recruit tomorrow’s nurses and doctors, Northern Dutchess Hospital held a Healthcare Career Exploration Day for mid-Hudson Valley high school students on Monday, Jan. 16, on its Rhinebeck campus. The event provided insights about career paths, day-to-day responsibilities and rewards of the jobs. Featured careers areas included nursing, obst...

Health Quest announces new CEO

Posted: 1/13/2017

Health Quest Systems, Inc. President Robert Friedberg has been appointed CEO of the leading nonprofit healthcare system in the mid-Hudson Valley. Mr. Friedberg is the successor to Luke McGuinness, who retired at the end of 2016. Mr. Friedberg has more than 30 years of healthcare management experience. He joined Health Quest in January 2014, first serving as the President of Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Executive Vice President of Health Quest and then President of the health system. Before coming ...

Health Quest Medical Practice appoints chief medical officer

Posted: 1/12/2017

Dr. Gerda Maissel has been named chief medical officer of Health Quest Medical Practice. “I am delighted to return to my hometown. As a graduate of Roy C. Ketcham High School, I have many fond memories of growing up in the Hudson Valley,” Maissel said. “I feel lucky to be able to accept an incredible job that is closer to my family and friends.” Maissel has more than 25 years of experience as a physician in healthcare management. She most recently served as chief medical officer for St. Elizabeth Physic...

Health Quest Community Education announces training programs for February

Posted: 1/12/2017

February classes are as follows: American Heart Association Friends & Family CPR AED Course Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel Cost: $35; call 845-475-9742 to register The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the life-saving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child automated external defibrillator use, infant CPR with breaths and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using t...

Thrift shop that benefits Putnam Hospital Center seeks volunteers

Posted: 1/10/2017

The Eagle Eye, a thrift shop that raises funds for Putnam Hospital Center, is in need of new volunteers and donations. The shop, among the oldest in Brewster, has been in business since 1965 and is run entirely by volunteers. Among them is Edith Hyatt, the shop’s chairwoman, who has given 31,800 hours of service since she began volunteering in 1976. “We have fun working together. It’s like a family,” Hyatt said of volunteering. “We share moments of happiness, sadness when we lose one of our members.” La...

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Dr. Frances Allocco recently joined Health Quest Medical Practice as a general surgeon with office hours in Rhinebeck and surgical...
Satisfy your culinary curiosities about the area’s premier foodie destination when the 13th annual Taste of Rhinebeck returns on T...