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Nuvance Health offers virtual doctors’ appointments

Posted: 3/26/2020

To make medical providers readily available in our communities, Nuvance Health launched Virtual Visits for primary and specialty care, advancing access to healthcare for patients during a critical time of need. “We are leveraging the power of the digital age to expand our capabilities to connect patients with our physicians as one more thing we can do to offer them continuous safe care,” said Dr. Christopher Lehrach, president of Nuvance Health’s medical practices. Available today, patients of Western C...

Tips on talking to children about the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted: 3/16/2020

Answers to how to minimize anxiety in children during this difficult time. By Dr. Maria Lombardi, pediatrician, Nuvance Health With school closures, sports games cancellations and family vacations postponed due to the evolving spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), it is important to remember the toll this may be taking on children. They may be experiencing anxiety about catching the virus or perhaps, their grandparents getting sick, not knowing how to express their concerns and emotions. Parents, extended f...

Nuvance Health prepares for possible coronavirus cases

Posted: 3/5/2020

Nuvance Health steering committee establishes plan to keep patients, staff, and communities informed and safe about 2019 novel coronavirus. Nuvance Health is closely monitoring this new infectious disease surge and is prepared to provide the communities it serves with the safest, most current care and information. Nuvance Health is comprised of a family of seven nonprofit hospitals spanning New York’s Hudson Valley and western Connecticut. Staff throughout the health system have taken several steps, in ...

Northern Dutchess Hospital program helps adults prevent diabetes

Posted: 3/4/2020

The American Diabetes Association recommends everyone age 45 and older get their blood sugar checked for a condition called prediabetes. 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, March 30, in the cafeteria conference room at the ho...

Vassar Brothers Medical Center, New York State Nurses Association agree to new contract

Posted: 3/4/2020

The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and Nuvance Health have renewed the contract for the more than 800 nurses at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. The renewed contract, which ends on January 31, 2022, includes staffing guidelines, pay raises, retroactive base pay and a generous tuition reimbursement program. “I’m thrilled we were able to come to a settlement on behalf of our hard-working nurses and their families, not just for all of us at Vassar Brothers Medical Center but the entire Poughkeeps...

Nuvance Health donates AED to local women’s shelter

Posted: 2/26/2020

In honor of American Heart Month, Nuvance Health wished to make a lasting and vital impact on the communities it serves with the gift of an automated external defibrillator to the Grace Smith House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. On Wednesday, February 19, the defibrillator, known as an AED, was donated to the shelter, where it will be located to help visitors in the event of a cardiac emergency. “We hope the defibrillator is never put to use, but in the event one of our residents should ne...

Sharon Hospital earns 5-star rating from federal healthcare agency

Posted: 2/19/2020

Sharon is only Connecticut hospital to receive top rating Sharon Hospital, part of Nuvance Health, recently earned a five-star overall hospital rating, the highest possible, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for quality patient care. It is the only hospital in Connecticut to receive the highest quality rating for patient care and is one of 407 facilities in the nation to earn the top score. “This achievement is a testament to the hard work and shared vision of our physicians, nur...

Northern Dutchess Hospital to offer cardiac catherization this spring

Posted: 2/19/2020

To provide more efficient cardiac care locally, Northern Dutchess Hospital is investing in a cardiac catherization laboratory. The hospital plans to start catheter-based cardiology procedures by the late spring, adding to its healthcare services to prevent and detect heart disease. “We’ve been doing cardiac testing and rehab for decades, but this allows us to pursue more advanced diagnosing problems, including coronary artery disease – the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death...

Multispecialty center brings physicians and services to Hudson Valley Mall

Posted: 2/5/2020

Nuvance Health held a grand opening celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 4, for its newest and one of its largest multispecialty medical centers. Formerly the Macy’s store in the Hudson Valley Mall, Nuvance Health spent just over a year and more than $20 million transferring the vacant big box store into a healthcare center with urgent care, radiology, neurology and laboratory services. Family healthcare is provided in the facility by Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare), which leases space there and hosts Health...

Cardiologists, nutritionists provide lunch talks during Heart Month

Posted: 1/31/2020

Learn how to make smart choices to prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, at the Heart Center’s Heart-Healthy Lunch and Learns this February.  A nutritious meal will be served while the audience learns nutrition tips and hears from a cardiologist about risk factors, advanced treatments, blood pressure guidelines and more. Heart Month schedule: Heart-Healthy Lunch and Learn Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 Health Quest Medical Practice’s confere...

Putnam Hospital Center thrift store seeks volunteers

Posted: 1/31/2020

Eagle Eye is looking for volunteers to help run the thrift shop. The shop, among the oldest in Brewster, is run entirely by the Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to fund vital programs and services at the hospital. Some of these recent fundraising efforts have resulted in planned renovations to the Emergency Department and the installation of a 3-D mammography unit. “The charm of Eagle Eye is the volunteers who are like family and share the same enthusiasm of helpi...

Dyson Center for Cancer Care names director of medical oncology

Posted: 1/22/2020

Dr. Rodrigo Erlich has joined Nuvance Health as the medical director of medical oncology at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care on the campus of Vassar Brothers Medical Center. “Patients should feel confident that they do not need to travel far from home to receive quality cancer care,” Erlich said. “This team of cancer specialists is committed to a high level of care, compassion and dignity as patients navigate their diagnosis, undergo treatment and recover from illness.” Erlich’s goal at the cancer cente...

Putnam Hospital Center hosts heart healthy luncheon

Posted: 1/16/2020

Medical experts at Putnam Hospital Center will lead a community discussion on cardiovascular disease focusing on prevention, detection and treatment during a Heart-Healthy Lunch and Learn event. The luncheon is from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the hospital’s Michael T. Weber Conference Rooms, 670 Stoneleigh Ave. Enjoy a wholesome lunch while hearing from cardiologist Dr. Lawrence Solomon of The Heart Center, a division of Hudson Valley Cardiovascular Practice, PC, an affiliate of Nuvance Health...

Breast surgeon joins Dyson Breast Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Posted: 1/13/2020

Breast surgeon Dr. Carinne Anderson has joined the Dyson Breast Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, now part of Nuvance Health. Anderson joins Chief of Breast Surgery Dr. Susan Boolbol as part of a flourishing comprehensive breast health team in the Hudson Valley. “I’m excited to join Vassar Brothers Medical Center and the Dyson Breast Center,” Anderson said. “Being a part of a dedicated breast center allows me to give patients the best possible experience and care, the kind of care I would want f...

Dr. John M. Murphy, President and CEO of Nuvance Health Named “Business Person of the Year”

Posted: 1/7/2020

Dr. Murphy once again recognized for his leadership role in healthcare Dr. John M. Murphy, president and CEO of Nuvance Health, has been named the inaugural Business Person of the Year by Westfair Business Publications for advocating on behalf of the healthcare industry and patient care on the local, state, and national level. Westfair, the publisher for Fairfield County Business Journal, Westchester County Business Journal, and Hudson Valley Business Journal, noted that Dr. Murphy was instrumental in W...

Nuvance Health appoints new president of Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Posted: 1/6/2020

Joseph J. Mullany has joined Nuvance Health as Vassar Brothers Medical Center president, effective today, Jan. 6, 2020. “Joe is a strategic and visionary healthcare leader with more than 25 years of success leading complex organizations to excel in high-quality and safe healthcare with a high level of service,” said Kerry Eaton, chief operating officer of Vassar’s parent organization, Nuvance Health. “He has a strong track record of enhancing operational performance in a wide variety of areas.” Most rec...

Advanced practice registered nurse joins Sharon Hospital Medical Practice

Posted: 1/6/2020

An advanced practice registered nurse born and raised in the northwest corner is the latest addition to Sharon Hospital Medical Practice’s primary care office in Sharon “I became a nurse practitioner to help patients develop a positive relationship with their bodies and realize they have a choice to care for themselves,” said Rebecca Malone, who has lived in Sharon for 30 years. “It is important that our communities grow up healthy, and I have the privilege to educate and promote healthy lifestyles to p...

Couple welcomes baby boy on New Year’s Day at Putnam Hospital Center

Posted: 1/2/2020

It was a touchdown of a very special kind for Clara Hooper and her fiancée, Michael Mallon. The couple welcomed their first baby, Peyton Mallon, at Putnam Hospital Center at 5:13 p.m., on Jan. 1. The New Year’s Day baby, the first born in Putnam County in 2020, was named after football legend Peyton Manning, Hooper said. “I’m not into football but his father is, so I let him name the baby,” Hooper said of the retired quarterback who played for the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos. Little Peyton cam...

Couple welcomes baby girl on New Year’s at Northern Dutchess Hospital

Posted: 1/2/2020

Baby Maya Marie Martinez was waiting for a special day to make her appearance. The New Year’s Day baby was due on Christmas. However, she arrived a week late on her own terms. She was the first baby born at Nuvance Health’s Hudson Valley hospitals, arriving at 12:57 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Maya weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and measured 19 inches long. “She did not want to come out,” said her mother, Kaitlyn Kaminsky, from her birthing suite at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck. “I didn’t think s...

Nephrologist joins Carmel Health Quest Medical Practice

Posted: 12/16/2019

Nephrologist Dr. Michael Capicotto has joined Health Quest Medical Practice in its Division of Primary Care. Capicotto is seeing patients in the Carmel office at 150 Route 52. “I look forward to developing relationships with new patients and their families, welcoming my long-standing patients to HQMP and bringing nephrology to the practice,” he said. “I have personally seen how kidney disease affects both the individual as well as their family. My own father was on hemodialysis for four years. I treat m...

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To make medical providers readily available in our communities, Nuvance Health launched Virtual Visits for primary and specialty c...
Answers to how to minimize anxiety in children during this difficult time. By Dr. Maria Lombardi, pediatrician, Nuvance Health Wit...