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Nuvance Health Addresses Blackbaud Data Security Incident

Posted: 11/18/2020

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...

Northern Dutchess Hospital launches breast surgery program

Posted: 11/18/2020

Breast surgeon Dr. Lisa D. Curcio has joined Nuvance Health to establish a breast surgery program at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY. Dr. Curcio will also see patients for office visits at Nuvance Health’s Kingston Multispecialty Center in Kingston, NY. “We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Curcio and expand our offerings for patients with breast cancer and other types of breast diseases,” said Denise George, president, Northern Dutchess Hospital. “Residents in our communities now have a new level ...

COVID-19 update: Northern Dutchess Hospital visitation changes effective 11/18/2020

Posted: 11/18/2020

There has been an increase in COVID-19 cases in the mid-Hudson Valley. Northern Dutchess Hospital is limiting visitation out of an abundance of caution and to safeguard our patients and staff. Effective today, no visitors are permitted for inpatients unless patients are under age 21, on the maternity unit or extenuating circumstances apply . Please review the full visitation policy at: https://patients.healthquest.org/covid-19-updates/ “This is an ongoing pandemic and we must band together once again to...

Woman has “fantastic” outcome after surgery to treat tongue cancer

Posted: 11/18/2020

Renee Rizzi had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her tongue at Vassar Brothers Medical Center during the COVID-19 pandemic Summary: When Renee Rizzi was diagnosed with tongue cancer, she turned to Vassar Brothers Medical Center’s Dr. Al Haitham Al Shetawi, one of the few surgeons in the Hudson Valley, New York who performs head and neck surgical oncology. Renee, who had surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic, experienced a “fantastic outcome.” Her speech returned without the need for speech therap...

Sharon Hospital president to update community on December 14

Posted: 11/17/2020

Sharon Hospital, part of Nuvance Health, will host its online “Community Update” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, via online livestream video. Members of the surrounding community are invited to join the virtual webinar to hear from hospital President Dr. Mark Hirko. He will discuss the latest hospital developments and updates on the affiliation that created Nuvance Health. The independent monitor engaged by Nuvance Health will be present to report on its review of compliance with the affiliation...

Vassar Brothers Medical Center introduces new less- invasive carotid surgery

Posted: 11/16/2020

In September, Rhinebeck resident William Carroll began to feel some mild discomfort in his neck. Not one to delay his healthcare, Carroll, 78, promptly made an appointment with his primary care physician, where he found out upon ultrasound that his right carotid artery was about 70 percent blocked.  The carotid arteries are major blood vessels that supply blood to the brain, neck and face. The two carotid arteries are on the left and right sides of the neck. Carroll was referred to Dr. Andreas Spir...

COVID-19 update: Putnam Hospital visitation changes effective 11/16/2020

Posted: 11/13/2020

Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the Hudson Valley communities, Putnam Hospital is limiting visitation out of an abundance of caution and to safeguard our patients and staff. Effective Monday, November 16, 2020, no visitors are permitted at Putnam Hospital unless extenuating circumstances apply. Please review the full visitation policy at: https://patients.healthquest.org/covid-19-updates/ “It is important that we work together to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 throughout our communities,”...

Hospital diabetes prevention program now offered to Ulster residents

Posted: 10/28/2020

Northern Dutchess Hospital will bring its CDC-awarded National Prediabetes Prevention Program to the Ulster County area via virtual learning, beginning Nov. 17.   Hospital lifestyle coaches Roufia Payman, a nutrition counselor, and Anne Rabbitt, a registered dietitian, 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 virtually on 16 weekly consecutive Mondays and s...

COVID-19 update: Sharon Hospital entry points, testing, and visitation changes effective 10/16/2020

Posted: 10/17/2020

SHARON, Connecticut, October 16, 2020 — Today, Sharon Hospital learned about a cluster of COVID-19 cases within Connecticut’s northwest corner, including the towns of Canaan and Salisbury. At this time, there are no COVID-19 positive patients at Sharon Hospital. Out of an abundance of caution and to safeguard our patients and staff, effective October 16, 2020, Sharon Hospital has limited its open entrances, expanded COVID-19 testing hours, and limited visitation.   Sharon Hospital entry points &nbs...

Nuvance Health seeking volunteers for COVID-19 blood plasma prevention and study intervention trials

Posted: 10/6/2020

If you have been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19 and do not require hospitalization, you may be eligible to take part in clinical studies examining both the treatment and prevention of the virus. Nuvance Health is seeking volunteers through the early fall of this year to participate in two clinical trials to test the effectiveness of convalescent blood plasma for outpatient COVID-19 study intervention. The trials aim to recruit 1,100 people from across the country to help researchers determine if ...

Self-Referral Screening Mammogram Frequently Asked Questions

Posted: 10/6/2020

Spanish Portuguese   What is a screening mammogram? Mammography is a specialized type of medical imaging that uses low-dose x-ray to see inside the breasts. A mammography exam is called a mammogram. A screening mammogram is different from a diagnostic mammogram. A screening mammogram is for women who have no apparent signs of breast cancer. Women who are at average risk of developing breast cancer should start having annual screening mammograms at age 40. A physician may recommend a diagnostic mamm...

Nuvance Health launches self-referral screening mammogram program at new locations

Posted: 10/5/2020

Women who meet criteria can now schedule a screening mammogram without a physician order at Nuvance Health imaging centers in Carmel, Fishkill, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and Rhinebeck NY, and Sharon, Conn. Nuvance Health has launched a self-referral screening mammogram program at imaging centers in Connecticut and New York. Self-referring screening mammogram means that women who meet criteria can schedule a routine mammogram without a physician order. This improves access to these important screenings and...

Center for Healthy Aging presents two-part talk on Alzheimer’s

Posted: 10/1/2020

The Center for Healthy Aging’s Virtual Wellness Series will kick off this fall with a two-part series, Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers, from 2-3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 19 and 26. This virtual educational talk will be presented by guest speaker Tara DeLuca, a care consultant with the Hudson Valley chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.   DeLuca will provide answers to many of the questions that arise in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Those include developing a care team, treatmen...

Putnam Hospital opens women’s physical therapy program

Posted: 10/1/2020

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Putnam Hospital has recently launched an Obstetric and Pelvic Health Physical Therapy program.   Developed and led by Carolyn Winuk, who holds her doctorate in physical therapy and specializes in treating female pelvic floor dysfunction, the new program offers treatment for those experiencing sensitive women’s health conditions such as postpartum pain and weakness, bladder and/or bowel control issues and chronic pelvic or coccyx pain.   “Pr...

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...

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...

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Nuvance Health announced today that it is mailing letters to its donors and patients advising them of a data security incident tha...
Breast surgeon Dr. Lisa D. Curcio has joined Nuvance Health to establish a breast surgery program at Northern Dutchess Hospital in...