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Nuvance Health appoints new chief information officer

Posted: 9/16/2020

Nuvance Health appointed Geoffry Hook chief information officer (CIO) of the seven-hospital health system. Hook will serve as the chief information systems strategist and overall information systems administrative and operations leader for Nuvance Health. As CIO of Nuvance Health, Hook will collaborate with the health system’s clinical and administrative leaders to drive digital and strategic goals. This includes alignment of approximately 330 IT team members, systems, platforms, priorities, budgets, an...

Nuvance Health Addresses Blackbaud Data Security Incident

Posted: 9/10/2020

Nuvance Health announced today that it is mailing letters to its donors and patients advising them of a data security incident that occurred at one of its vendors, Blackbaud, Inc. (“Blackbaud”). Blackbaud is a third-party vendor that provides customer relationship management and financial services tools for fundraising purposes to thousands of schools, non-profits and health systems, including the health system’s related Foundations. On July 16, 2020, Blackbaud informed the health system it had discover...

Hyde Park primary care practice adds nurse practitioner

Posted: 9/4/2020

Family nurse practitioner Adora Akwuba recently joined the medical practices of Nuvance Health and sees patients in the Hyde Park primary care office. The board-certified nurse practitioner has more than five years of experience working in urgent, primary and home care settings, and with patients of all ages. “I love my job because I love encouraging others to be healthy,” she said. "Healthcare is more than improving one’s health. It’s improving their quality of life.” Most recently, she was with Signif...

Nuvance Health hospitals earn American Heart Association Gold Plus Awards

Posted: 8/14/2020

Nuvance Health hospitals Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Danbury Hospital have earned the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline ® Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI),   the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requir...

Vascular surgeon joins Nuvance Health medical practices

Posted: 8/14/2020

Vascular surgeon Dr. Erion Qaja has joined the medical practices of Nuvance Health’s Division of Vascular Surgery in the Poughkeepsie offices. Qaja joins Dr. Andreas Spirig and Dr. Mohamed Elsagga as part of a flourishing vascular surgical team in the Hudson Valley. “Drs. Spirig and Elsagga have established a reputation of excellence in the community,” Qaja said. “I look forward to being part of the team and to continue to advance patient quality of care and vascular services.” Previously, Qaja served a...

Rhinebeck program helps adults avoid type 2 diabetes

Posted: 8/10/2020

Northern Dutchess Hospital will help adults avert type 2 diabetes before the devastating disease takes hold with its National Prediabetes Prevention Program, which begins on Sept. 28. Hospital lifestyle coaches Roufia Payman, a nutrition counselor, and Marie Monroe, a fitness trainer, will teach people who are overweight with high blood sugar levels how to make small changes that lead to better health without dieting or gym memberships. Participants will meet on 16 weekly consecutive Mondays and six bi-...

Cardiac patient warns against delaying care due to COVID-19

Posted: 8/10/2020

Arthur Piebes has a cautionary tale about delaying care during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the height of the crisis, Piebes began experiencing symptoms of atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other complications. “I should have gone to the hospital a lot earlier, but because of COVID I waited,” he said. It wasn’t until June 5 when he could hardly breathe that he went to a local hospital near where he lives in Hawley, Pennsylva...

Nuvance Health names 2 new hospital presidents

Posted: 7/29/2020

Veteran health system leaders Peter Kelly and Dr. Mark Hirko have taken on new roles in Nuvance Health. Kelly is the new president of Vassar Brothers Medical Center in the City of Poughkeepsie. Hirko will serve in an expanded leadership capacity as president of both Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn., and Putnam Hospital in Carmel, NY. Kelly has served as president of Putnam Hospital since 2016 and Hirko has served as president of Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn., since December 2019. Kelly replaces Josep...

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...

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Nuvance Health appointed Geoffry Hook chief information officer (CIO) of the seven-hospital health system. Hook will serve as the ...
Nuvance Health announced today that it is mailing letters to its donors and patients advising them of a data security incident tha...