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Patient oncology navigator joins Putnam Hospital

Posted: 7/9/2020

Maribel Figueroa has joined Putnam Hospital as a patient oncology navigator, a position that assists women in getting proper breast screenings and follow-up care. “This is a great opportunity to expand breast cancer screening services to underserved women, regardless of their insurance status,” Figueroa said. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in New York, according to the state Department of Health. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the state. In 20...

Cardiologist Dr. Daniel O’Dea joins The Heart Center in Sharon

Posted: 7/1/2020

Cardiologist Dr. Daniel O’Dea is the latest addition to the medical staff at The Heart Center, a Nuvance Health affiliate, in Sharon. He will treat patients at its Sharon Hospital location, 50 Hospital Hill Road. “Cardiovascular services are critical to supporting general wellness, so enhancing current services will set a new standard for what it means to improve your heart health,” O’Dea said. O’Dea will provide expertise and education on varying conditions, including preventive cardiology, to help pat...

Nuvance Health COVID-19 testing update

Posted: 6/30/2020

Nuvance Health is integrating COVID-19 testing into medical practices and hospitals in Connecticut and New York Nuvance Health will be transitioning its COVID-19 drive-through specimen collection sites in Connecticut and New York to onsite locations throughout the system in early July. As part of its emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis, Nuvance Health opened collection sites at Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut. Nuvance Health also opened collection sites in New York with Dutche...

Nuvance Health welcomes physicians-in-training for new academic year

Posted: 6/26/2020

Nuvance Health recently welcomed 139 new medical residents and fellows across its healthcare system during orientation for the 2020-21 academic year. These incoming physicians will begin their advanced clinical training on Wednesday, July 1, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Putnam Hospital and Northern Dutchess Hospital in New York and Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut. Nuvance Health currently sponsors 14 residency and four fellowship programs accredited  through the Accredita...

Putnam Hospital updates visitation policy

Posted: 6/24/2020

Putnam Hospital has updated its visitation policy to once again allow patient visitors on a limited basis. Because the campus and the region are experiencing a decrease in the rate of new COVID-19 infections, Putnam Hospital, as part of Nuvance Health, can now expand visitation following safety guidelines. “Family and friends play an essential role in a patient’s healing and wellness,” hospital President Peter Kelly said. “We expect to ease restrictions in a phased approach over the next several weeks t...

Sharon Hospital updates visitation policy

Posted: 6/24/2020

Sharon Hospital welcomes back more visitors Sharon Hospital, part of Nuvance Health, has updated its visitation policy to bring back more visitors. The hospital can expand visitation following safety guidelines because the campus and the region are observing a decrease in the rate of new COVID-19 infections. “Restrictions will be lifted in a phased approach over the next several weeks to ensure high levels of safety and security for staff, patients and the community,” said hospital president Dr. Mark Hi...

Rhinebeck medical practice adds medical weight loss specialist

Posted: 6/12/2020

Health Quest Medical Practice’s bariatric team recently added a clinician who specializes in medical weight loss for people struggling with obesity. Jennifer Scheffler, who holds a doctor of nursing practice degree, sees patients in the medical practice’s general surgery office on the campus of Northern Dutchess Hospital. The board-certified family nurse practitioner will focus on individualized non-surgical weight loss options for patients who don’t qualify for bariatric surgery or prefer a non-surgica...

Nuvance Health offers students first-aid certification

Posted: 6/4/2020

Nuvance Health is offering the Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED certification class free of charge to high school students who were unable to complete the course in school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The course is offered to students living in Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster counties, as well as in Litchfield, Conn. The promotion is available from June to September for Heartsaver classes across our various locations. Successful class completion provides two-year certification of the American Heart Association...

Cardiac electrophysiologist joins The Heart Center

Posted: 6/2/2020

Cardiologist Dr. David Steckman has joined The Heart Center, a division of Hudson Valley Cardiovascular Practice, P.C., now part of Nuvance Health. “The Heart Center has established a reputation of excellence in the community,” Steckman said. “I look forward to being part of the team and to continue to advance our quality of care and cardiovascular services.” Steckman comes to The Heart Center after working as an attending physician at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. He serves as an assistant profe...

Sharon Hospital resumes suspended services, appointments required

Posted: 6/2/2020

Beginning Wednesday, June 3, hospital services previously suspended due to COVID-19 will resume on an appointment-only basis at Sharon Hospital. This includes radiology, laboratory, cardiology, rehabilitation and wound care services. “Our operational reboot takes a strict but very necessary approach to uphold a safe environment for patient care,” said Dr. Mark Hirko, hospital president. “We want everyone to feel confident when visiting us for routine care, tests or elective procedures. Do not put your h...

Nuvance Health hospitals in Connecticut resume elective surgeries and procedures

Posted: 5/21/2020

Post-pandemic care is set with safety of patients and staff as top priority Nuvance Health hospitals and ambulatory care centers in Danbury, New Milford, Norwalk and Sharon, CT are reopening for elective surgeries and endoscopy procedures starting today as the region observes a decrease in the rate of new COVID-19 infections and in accordance with Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order. Staff at Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital have been preparing for weeks to resu...

Center for Healthy Aging wellness talks on memory, movement and more go virtual

Posted: 5/21/2020

Older adults are invited to better their knowledge about Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and more during the Center for Healthy Aging’s Virtual Wellness Series this spring and summer. These educational talks are at 2 p.m. Mondays, beginning June 15. All presentations will be online-only due to the novel coronavirus and safety precautions. To register, visit nuvancehealth.org/wellness or call Nancy Walsh at (845) 876-4745 (TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220). All registrants will receive an email con...

Donor challenges region to raise $1M for Sharon Hospital

Posted: 5/11/2020

An anonymous benefactor from the region has made an extraordinary offer to match up to $1 million in philanthropic support for coronavirus (COVID-19) care efforts and ongoing emergency preparedness at Sharon Hospital. “These remarkable acts of kindness remind us of the region’s strong support for healthcare teams on the frontlines of one of the greatest public health crises of our lifetimes,” said Dr. Mark Hirko, the hospital’s president. “Significant gifts like this strengthen our ability to advance pa...

Putnam Hospital Center gets an A in new hospital safety grades

Posted: 5/7/2020

Putnam Hospital earned the distinction of an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit focused on improving healthcare quality, safety and transparency. “This is a nationally recognized score indicating the efforts a hospital puts forth to keep patients safe each and every day,” hospital President Peter Kelly said. “This is a true validation of the many efforts made by all the staff at Putnam Hospital in the pursuit of a high degree of patient safety.” The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is...

Sharon Hospital earns 3rd straight ‘A’ safety grade from healthcare watchdog

Posted: 5/6/2020

Sharon Hospital earned an “A” from The Leapfrog Group for quality patient care and overall safety for the third time in a row. “Now more than ever, our team’s shared vision of redefining the safe and effective delivery of care is crucial to fostering a safe environment here and across the region,” Sharon Hospital President Dr. Mark Hirko said. “The pledge of our clinical and support services staff to keep you and patients safe and well-cared for is unwavering.” The Leapfrog Group is an independent natio...

Northern Dutchess Hospital earns 2nd consecutive ‘A’ safety grade from healthcare watchdog

Posted: 5/4/2020

Northern Dutchess Hospital recently earned an “A” in safety from The Leapfrog Group – an independent national watchdog committed to healthcare quality and safety. The grades assess how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harm to patients, according to The Leapfrog Group. “We are proud to be honored by this prestigious distinction that is the direct result of our caregivers’ excellence and commitment to extraordinary care every day,” said Denise George, president of Northern Dutchess Hosp...

Nuvance Health opens COVID-19 Plasma Donation Centers at 3 hospitals

Posted: 4/23/2020

Nuvance Health will launch three Convalescent Plasma Donation Centers, giving people who have recovered from COVID-19 an opportunity to donate potentially life-saving plasma to critically ill patients fighting the virus. The Plasma Donation Centers are located at three Nuvance Health hospitals: Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, and Danbury and Norwalk hospitals in Connecticut. Vassar Brothers Medical Center will open on Monday, April 27, followed by Norwalk Hospital on Wednesday, April...

Northern Dutchess Hospital receives $29,000 Share the Love donation

Posted: 4/20/2020

For the sixth year in a row, Ruge’s Automotive selected Northern Dutchess Hospital as its hometown charity recipient, donating about $29,000 through Subaru’s annual Share the Love campaign. The funds will be used by the Rhinebeck hospital to offset the cost of isolation room conversions, antiviral medications and vital personal protective equipment – all associated with COVID-19 patient care. “The generosity of the Ruge family and Subaru could not have come at a more needed time, as we ceaselessly work ...

Mobile Field Hospital at Sharon Hospital

Posted: 4/14/2020

On Friday, April 10, members of Governor Ned Lamont’s Foot Guard and Horse Guard, along with the Connecticut National Guard, deployed the final portion of the Department of Public Health’s Mobile Field Hospital in the exterior parking area of Sharon Hospital. Overseen by the Connecticut Military Department, the 25-bed site is a precautionary measure, part of Lamont’s statewide COVID-19 surge plan. The site in Sharon was strategically chosen to serve communities across the northwest corner, enhance bed c...

Vassar Brothers Medical Center uses Meal Train to assist with food donations

Posted: 4/14/2020

The many caregivers at Vassar Brothers Medical Center are grateful for the outpouring of support from the community. One amazing way the community has come out to offer support is through food donations. Vassar Brothers is now using Meal Train to better organize the community’s expression of gratitude through the donation of nutritious meals. This is also a great way to support local restaurants, which are also working hard in these uncertain times. The goal is to feed as many staff as possible and to r...

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Maribel Figueroa has joined Putnam Hospital as a patient oncology navigator, a position that assists women in getting proper breas...
Cardiologist Dr. Daniel O’Dea is the latest addition to the medical staff at The Heart Center, a Nuvance Health affiliate, in Shar...