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Learn about alternative ways to treat diseases with Health Quest at open house

Posted: 5/11/2017

More than 1.5 million people across six counties in the mid-Hudson Valley have access to clinical research trials offered by Health Quest’s Division of Clinical Research. The division will host an open house for the public to learn more about these trials from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 22, in the Dyson Center for Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie. Clinical trials span a variety of specialties, including cardiology, oncology and neurology. “Participation i...

Health Quest hosts fitness challenge kickoff party in Poughkeepsie

Posted: 5/9/2017

Take a fitness class on the banks of the Hudson River or borrow a bike for a ride on the Walkway Over the Hudson during the Get Fit Hudson Valley Kickoff Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at Upper Landing Park, 83 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. Get Fit Hudson Valley is a 6-week fitness challenge that awards community members for being active with the chance to win prizes. The challenge, which begins May 13, is organized by the Hudson Valley’s nonprofit healthcare network, Health Quest. The ki...

Vassar Brothers Medical Center president updates community on healthcare transformation in region

Posted: 5/9/2017

Vassar Brothers Medical Center has added services and programs that have decreased outmigration so patients can choose to stay close to home for their healthcare. With the medical center’s new patient pavilion on the horizon, the transformation of healthcare on the Hudson is well underway. That was the message of medical center President Ann McMackin during the 12th annual State of the Medical Center Community Breakfast on Tuesday, May 9. “People are voting with their feet, choosing to stay here, close ...

Health Quest names director of clinical research

Posted: 4/27/2017

Dr. Ernest Roos has joined the Health Quest Division of Clinical Research as its director. "My mission is to enrich the patient experience and deliver more options for education, care and support to patients,” Roos said. “I intend to engage with the community to identify interests and needs that can be addressed by clinical research innovation. This is a patient-derived approach to enhancing the impact Health Quest can have on population health.” Clinical research relates to clinical trials, the study o...

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, ...

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. ...

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.

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 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...

Vassar Brothers welcomes 1st baby of New Year

Posted: 1/3/2017

The first baby born in Dutchess County in 2017 arrived early this morning at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Kamyah Selman was born at 3:45 a.m. weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces. Her mother, Shatya Tolliver, and father, Elvin Selman, were surprised when contractions started on New Year’s Eve, more than one week before their child’s Jan. 8 due date. Tolliver, a mental health worker, first experienced the contractions as she prepared to go to sleep before her overnight shift. “I was shocked because my due dat...

Cancer support groups meet at Health Quest facilities

Posted: 1/3/2017

Support Connections Inc. will host support group sessions for women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancers at two Health Quest facilities. The dates for January include: • Putnam Hospital Center: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. • Vassar Brothers Medical Center: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26.   Preregistration for all groups is required. To register or learn more, women may call 914-962-6402 or 1-800-532-4290.

Vassar Brothers is consumers’ choice hospital for 13th straight year

Posted: 12/16/2016

Vassar Brothers Medical Center was chosen by consumers as their hospital of choice for the 13th consecutive year, according to National Research Corporation’s 2016/2017 Consumer Choice Awards. The Nebraska-based company specializes in healthcare-performance measurement and honors hospitals that consumers feel have the best quality, reputation and medical staff. The annual award identifies hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers choose as having the highest quality and image. “Our mi...

Food Drive to help Hudson Valley families this holiday season

Posted: 11/28/2016

Five food pantries in four counties will feed families in need this holiday season thanks to donations from Health Quest employees. Many of the system's 5,400 employees located at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Putnam Hospital Center, Northern Dutchess Hospital, Health Quest Medical Practice and other healthcare sites in Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam and Orange counties gave generously from October through November. Food Drive beneficiaries included: In Dutchess County, Dutchess Outreach, which runs a food ...

Cancer support groups meet at Health Quest facilities

Posted: 10/31/2016

Support Connections Inc. will host support group sessions for women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancers at two Health Quest facilities. The dates for November include: • Putnam Hospital Center: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. • Vassar Brothers Medical Center: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.   Preregistration for all groups is required. To register or learn more, women may call 914-962-6402 or 1-800-532-4290.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center earns “A” for patient safety

Posted: 10/31/2016

Vassar Brothers Medical Center, the flagship hospital for Health Quest, was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A” in the fall Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States. “We are transforming healthcare in the Hudson Valley and that starts with a laser focus on patient safety and quality of care,” said Ann McMackin, president of Vassar Brothers Medical Center. “This excellent grade is a testament to the hard work done every day by our staff, from physicians ...

Health Quest Community Education announces training programs for November

Posted: 10/19/2016

November classes are as follows: American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Renewal Course Friday, Nov. 4, 6-10 p.m. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, NY Cost $50; $65 with text; call 845-475-9742 to register This is a recertification class for BLS healthcare providers. Participants must have a current BLS certification to take this recertification course. The material is all new this year. A textbook is available (February 2016 AHA BLS) and AHA allows students to use their...

Vassar Brothers Medical Center offers chaplaincy training program

Posted: 10/3/2016

Vassar Brothers Medical Center’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program provides an opportunity for those interested in developing and deepening the essential skills of pastoral care. The internationally recognized program of pastoral care training is for clergy, deacons, lay ministers and religious volunteers. The medical center is accepting applications for the next cycle, which begins Nov. 1 and runs through late May, and requires 15 hours per week. “This is the exciting first step for anyone interested...

Health Quest providers to help local seniors at Golden Gathering

Posted: 9/29/2016

Health Quest will offer medication reviews, nutrition advice, information about sepsis and Zika virus, and 50 free flu vaccinations at the Golden Gathering from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. The Golden Gathering is free for all who attend and hosted by state Sen. Sue Serino at Arlington High School, 1157 Route 55, LaGrangeville, for the benefit of senior citizens across the 41st Senate District. The event will feature free health screenings, free flu shots, entertainment, refreshments, do...

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