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Nuvance Health names new Sharon Hospital president

Posted: 12/6/2019

Dr. Mark Hirko, a healthcare executive with diverse clinical and academic leadership experience, is the new leader of Sharon Hospital, now part of Nuvance Health. “Sharon Hospital takes pride in its highly skilled and compassionate clinical care, and I am fortunate to join this team of dedicated professionals to enhance the way we deliver care to patients,” said Hirko, a board-certified vascular surgeon and physician leader with more than 25 years of experience. Hirko began his tenure with Health Quest ...

Pulmonologist joins Nuvance Health in Poughkeepsie

Posted: 11/19/2019

Pulmonary and critical care specialist Dr. Shazia Choudry has joined Health Quest Medical Practice, now part of Nuvance Health. She will work with the Division of Pulmonology, 21 Reade Place, Suite 100, Poughkeepsie. “My goal is to offer compassionate, quality care to patients and help develop treatment plans that fit their needs to guide them toward recovery,” Choudry said. Pulmonology is the study of diseases affecting the respiratory tract. Pulmonologists, also known as pulmonary disease specialists,...

Hospital volunteers host holiday plant and décor sale fundraiser

Posted: 11/19/2019

Deck the halls and give back to your community by shopping at Northern Dutchess Hospital’s Holiday Plant Pop-up Shop. The holiday “shop” is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 4 and 5, in the main lobby of the hospital, 6511 Springbrook Ave. Valet parking is available. A consecutive pop-up shop will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the lobby of the Thompson House, 6525 Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck. Purchase poinsettias, kissing balls, wreaths and garland as well as ha...

Putnam Hospital Center gets an A in new hospital safety grades

Posted: 11/11/2019

Putnam Hospital Center 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.” Based in Washington, D.C., Lea...

New hospital safety grades are in: Northern Dutchess gets an ‘A’

Posted: 11/7/2019

When it comes to patient safety, Northern Dutchess Hospital recently earned an ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit focused on improving healthcare quality, safety and transparency. Based in Washington, D.C., Leapfrog provides Hospital Safety Grades for more than 2,500 general hospitals, with the goal to help consumers make smarter choices in their personal healthcare. The annual survey released today assesses hospitals for steps to avoid harm, medication safety, preventable infection...

Putnam Hospital Center hosts diabetes lunch and learn

Posted: 11/1/2019

In observance of National Diabetes Awareness Month, clinicians at Putnam Hospital Center will lead a community discussion on diabetes focusing on how to manage the disease, reduce your risk factors and lead a healthy lifestyle during a lunch-and-learn event. The luncheon is from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the hospital’s Michael T. Weber Conference Rooms, 670 Stoneleigh Ave. Seating is limited to 45 people. Enjoy a complimentary, diabetic-friendly lunch while hearing from Family Nurse Practit...

Healthcare training programs scheduled for November

Posted: 10/28/2019

November 2019 classes are as follows: Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Renewal Course Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sharon Hospital, Sharon, Conn Cost: $165 (includes text), $125 (excludes text) Call 845-475-9742 to register This is a recertification of the ACLS course. You must have an ACLS certification to take this course. Completion results in a two-year ACLS certification from the American Heart Association. A textbook (March 2016 edition of AHA ACLS) is required and AHA allows stud...

Local healthcare residency programs expand to new fields

Posted: 10/22/2019

The mid-Hudson Valley will soon be home to obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesiology and transitional year medical residents as part of the recent expansion of Health Quest Medical Education programs. The residency programs, now a part of Nuvance Health, were recently approved by the Accrediting Council for Graduate Medical Education. By July 2020, the new programs will entail: Six anesthesiology residents housed at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Four OB-GYN residents rotating at Vassar Brothers and No...

Dyson Breast Center appoints board-certified, fellowship-trained breast surgeon as chief

Posted: 10/8/2019

Dr. Susan Boolbol comes from Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City to lead comprehensive breast health team in Hudson Valley Breast surgeon Dr. Susan Boolbol has joined the Dyson Breast Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, now part of Nuvance Health, as Chief of Breast Surgery and the Breast Program. She will begin seeing patients Oct. 14 and is taking appointments now. “Diagnosing and successfully treating breast cancer is a personal mission for me. Vassar Brothers Medical Center...

Vascular surgeon joins team at Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Posted: 9/25/2019

Dr. Mohamed Elsagga recently joined the Health Quest Medical Practice Division of Vascular Surgery, now part of Nuvance Health. He treats patients at 21 Reade Place, Suite 200, and has privileges at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. “I am eager to meet with patients from our community and offer comprehensive care, using advanced, noninvasive endovascular techniques to improve the health and wellness of those in our community,” Elsagga said. Elsagga comes to the Hudson Valley from Panama City, Fla. His pro...

Northern Dutchess Hospital provides breast cancer screening event

Posted: 9/23/2019

Regular breast cancer screenings are critical because early detection can save lives, according to Health Quest Medical Practice Midwife Julie Denney. That’s why Northern Dutchess Hospital teamed up with Cancer Services Program of the Hudson Valley to offer Breast Cancer Screenings from 2:30-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the hospital, 6511 Springbrook Ave. Women, age 50 to 74, with no health insurance or who are underinsured may be eligible for this community-benefit event. The screening includes a bre...

Putnam Hospital Center holds symposium, screenings for breast cancer awareness month

Posted: 9/19/2019

For breast cancer awareness month this October, Putnam Hospital Center is hosting two events focusing on education, prevention and support. First up is the Breast Symposium from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, in the hospital’s Michael T. Weber Auditorium, 670 Stoneleigh Ave. This informational presentation will feature hospital medical staff and healthcare professionals discussing the latest innovations in breast health and screening. There will be a multidisciplinary tumor board presentation f...

Cardiologist joins The Heart Center in Poughkeepsie

Posted: 9/17/2019

Cardiologist Dr. Gregory Katz has joined Nuvance Health affiliate The Heart Center in Poughkeepsie. He will see patients at the City of Poughkeepsie location and has privileges at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. “I strive to offer personalized cardiovascular care that integrates cutting-edge research and compliments each patient’s unique characteristics and goals to help them achieve better health," said Katz, who comes from Fair Haven, NJ. He specializes in preventive cardiology, coronary artery diseas...

Foundation for Vassar Brothers Medical Center to honor cardiologist, ENT physician at 30th Diamond Gala

Posted: 9/12/2019

The Foundation for Vassar Brothers Medical Center will honor ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Rami Payman and Dr. Daniel O’Dea, a pioneering cardiologist at the Poughkeepsie hospital, at its 30th Diamond Gala. The annual event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a formal program. The event co-chairs Geeta and Dr. Simon Gorwara and Marabeth and Dr. Thomas S. Robinson. ...

Primary care physician joins Health Quest Medical Practice in Hyde Park

Posted: 9/6/2019

Dr. Lena Jafilan has joined the Health Quest Medical Practice primary care office in Hyde Park, 4068 Albany Post Road. “I am driven to be an advocate for all my patients to better their health and well-being,” Jafilan said. “I will use a team-based approach to ensure my patients receive the highest standard of care.” The board-certified family medicine specialist most recently treated patients in Cleveland, Ohio, at American Well-Online Care Group, using telemedicine. This is an online, interactive vide...

Putnam Hospital Center’s Golf Tournament to benefit Integrative Health program for breast patients

Posted: 9/6/2019

The Putnam Hospital Center Foundation and the Rojas family present the return of the Dr. Gil & Lyda Rojas Memorial Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the event will benefit breast cancer patients who use the Integrative Health suite at Putnam Hospital Center. In 2017, the Integrative Health program opened offering holistic therapies to breast cancer patients as they undergo surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Services include massage therapy, reflexology, Reiki, in addition to yoga classes specifically...

Putnam Hospital Center and Putnam County Department of Health host Falls Prevention Expo

Posted: 9/3/2019

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths, hospitalizations and emergency visits among adults age 65 and over, according to the New York State Department of Health. While falls present a serious threat to the health and independence of aging adults, there is a silver lining: education and prevention. Putnam Hospital Center and the Putnam County Department of Health will co-host the Stand With Us: Falls Prevention Expo from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Putnam Hospital Center, 670 ...

Northern Dutchess Hospital program helps adults prevent diabetes

Posted: 8/28/2019

A condition called prediabetes is the body’s way of warning about stroke, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, according to Roufia Payman, a nutrition counselor at Northern Dutchess Hospital. Payman and fitness trainer Marie Monroe coach the hospital’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, founded in 2014. The next program starts Monday, Sept. 23, in the cafeteria conference room at the hospital’s Rhinebeck campus, 6511 Springbrook Ave. Two sessions are offered — either 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. — ...

Nuvance Health Community Education announces training programs for September

Posted: 8/23/2019

September classes are as follows: Babysitting Preparedness Course Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck, NY Cost $50; call 845-475-9742 to register The course covers feeding, diapering, safety in the home, prevention of sudden infant death syndrome, prevention of shaken baby syndrome, basic first aid skills, how to cope with a crying baby, pediatric CPR and how to start a babysitting business. The course is led by nationally certified instructors who also have experie...

Northern Dutchess Hospital achieves accreditation for weight loss surgery

Posted: 8/20/2019

Northern Dutchess Hospital’s weight loss surgery program recently achieved Comprehensive Center status by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program under the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. As a Comprehensive Center, the hospital met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients, according to the accrediting agency. No...

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Dr. Mark Hirko, a healthcare executive with diverse clinical and academic leadership experience, is the new leader of Sharon Hospi...
Pulmonary and critical care specialist Dr. Shazia Choudry has joined Health Quest Medical Practice, now part of Nuvance Health. Sh...