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Center for Healthy Aging hosts virtual COVID-19 support group

Posted: 2/26/2021

Older adults are invited to join a virtual COVID-19 Isolation Therapy Group offered by the Center for Healthy Aging. The online support sessions are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month, beginning March 2. The group will be led by the center’s licensed clinical social worker, Allison Gould, who works closely with people 65 and older and has seen firsthand the consequences of staying distanced during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The isolation people, especially older adults, have ...

Northern Dutchess Hospital offers advanced heart procedures to the community

Posted: 2/24/2021

It’s 10 a.m. on a recent Thursday and invasive cardiologist Dr. Ali Hammoud is at Northern Dutchess Hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory, prepping a patient for a procedure to check for any obstructions in his heart. Hammoud carefully threads a catheter through an artery in the patient’s wrist until it reaches the heart, allowing him to view the coronary arteries and determine if further treatment is needed. Some blockages were noted during the approximately 20-minute procedure. A plan to deter...

Danbury Hospital Has Achieved Accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery

Posted: 2/24/2021

Prestigious Surgical Review Corporation Awards Important Designation Danbury Hospital is the first CT hospital to achieved accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery, recognized for providing the highest quality of care and patient safety by Surgical Review Corporation ( SRC ), a nonprofit, patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care. Status as an accredited facility means that Danbury Hospital has met nationally & internationally recognized standa...

Jeffrey M. Nicastro, MD, FACS, FCCM named as Chief Medical Officer & Network Chair of Surgery for Nuvance Healt

Posted: 2/22/2021

Highly respected clinician leading system medical staff through the pandemic   Nuvance Health announces the appointment of Jeffrey M. Nicastro, MD, FACS, FCCM as Chief Medical Officer & Network Chair of Surgery for Nuvance Health effective immediately. Dr. Nicastro has served as our Interim Chief Medical Officer for the past six months while continuing to serve as the Network Chair of Surgery.  Dr. Nicastro joined the Nuvance Health team in January 2019 as the first Network Chair of Surger...

Nuvance Health’s Tobacco Treatment Clinic helps smokers quit

Posted: 2/22/2021

Stephen Burns, a nurse practitioner at The Heart Center, found he had a knack, he said, for counseling his cardiac patients when it came to their smoking habits.   After furthering his studies with a tobacco education program at the University of Massachusetts, Burns launched the Tobacco Treatment Clinic in December.    “I started it because we didn’t really have such a program,” Burns said. “We did have group meetings, but they were long at eight sessions and had poor turnout.” Now, Burn...

$450K gift supports Nuvance Health’s digital health strategy

Posted: 2/9/2021

For nearly two decades, Danbury couple has donated $1 million to support strategic initiatives Today, consumers use their high-tech mobile devices for nearly everything — from ordering groceries to streaming entertainment to transferring their bank funds. And one Nuvance Health donation will help ensure people can use their smartphones to improve their health. “The majority of traffic to retail websites now comes from smartphones, but the healthcare industry has lagged behind in this key trend,” said Jo...

Nuvance Health winter storm impacts for Tuesday, Feb. 2

Posted: 2/1/2021

With snowy conditions and difficult travel forecasted to continue into Tuesday, Nuvance Health announces the following impacts: Nuvance Health hospitals and emergency departments are open 24/7. Most N uvance Health medical practices plan to open at noon Tuesday. Virtual Visits may be available if patients cannot make it into their provider’s office. COVID-19 specimen collection sites will be open Tuesday with the exception of Brookfield, Conn., while vaccination sites may be impacted. More vaccine clini...

COVID-19 Vaccines Update from Nuvance Health

Posted: 1/21/2021

Nuvance Health knows there is excitement about COVID-19 vaccines, and those who want one are wondering when and how to schedule an appointment. Nuvance Health is prepared to offer vaccines to our patients based on federal and state distribution phases and supply of vaccines. At this time, residents of Connecticut who are in Phase 1a and 1b are eligible for a vaccine. We are not scheduling appointments or creating wait lists for those who are not eligible. We will let our patients know when we are able t...

Sharon Hospital Region Rises to Surpass $1 Million Match-Challenge

Posted: 1/13/2021

  Eight months after an anonymous benefactor called on the region to raise $1 million for Sharon Hospital’s COVID-19 and emergency preparedness efforts, more than $2,013,00 has been raised with the help of nearly 300 donors and the challenger’s matching $1 million gift. “We are immensely grateful to our visionary benefactor and the hundreds of generous supporters who brought this transformative opportunity — for the region and facility — to life,” Sharon Hospital President Dr. Mark K. Hirko said. “...

Nuvance Health Addresses Blackbaud Data Security Incident

Posted: 1/7/2021

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...

New medical oncologist/hematologist joins Nuvance Health Medical Practice

Posted: 1/7/2021

Dr. Faisal Waheed will provide medical oncology care at three Nuvance Health locations in New York’s Hudson Valley Medical oncologist/hematologist Dr. Faisal Waheed has joined Nuvance Health Medical Practice. Dr. Waheed brings more than 14 years of medical oncology and hematology experience to patients in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and Rhinebeck, New York. Dr. Waheed is board-certified in medical oncology. Prior to Nuvance Health Medical Practice, Dr. Waheed was an attending oncologist/hematologist at King...

Neurophysiologist joins Nuvance Health and expands specialty neurological care

Posted: 1/6/2021

Dr. Alexandr Safarov will provide outpatient treatment for neurological patients with a focus on diagnosing nervous system disorders Neurologist Dr. Alexandr Safarov has joined Nuvance Health’s outpatient medical practice at Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) in Poughkeepsie, NY. Dr. Safarov specializes in neurophysiology, which uses electroencephalogram (EEG) and electromyography (EMG) studies to diagnose peripheral nervous system disorders. Dr. Safarov gravitated toward neurophysiology because it w...

Nuvance Health offers a COVID-19 vaccine clinical research study

Posted: 1/5/2021

The Nuvance Health Research Department is participating in a Phase 3 clinical trial of an investigational COVID-19 vaccine. Nuvance Health is the only health system in Connecticut offering the clinical trial for this vaccine that was developed by Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The study center is located on the Danbury Hospital campus. “We are excited to participate in this trial locally to help identify a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine,” said Joann Petrini, PhD, vice...

U.S. News names Thompson House a ‘Best Nursing Home’ for rehabilitation

Posted: 12/23/2020

U.S. News & World Report recently named The Thompson House a 2020-21 Best Nursing Home.    The skilled nursing facility on the campus of Northern Dutchess Hospital is among the 21 percent of nursing centers in the country that have been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for 2020-21, the Washington, D.C.-based media company announced. Nuvance Health’s Thompson House – also known as the Northern Dutchess Residential Health Care Facility – earned  Best Nursing Homes  status by achie...

Nuvance Health offers cutting-edge vein treatments

Posted: 12/21/2020

Since his 20s, Gregory Kiandra had what he called “worms” on his legs, twisted, bulging veins near the surface of the skin that were unsightly and caused chronic bruising. This year, Kiandra, now 53, decided to get them checked and discovered the bruising was a result of leaking veins that, if left untreated, could ulcerate and cause more circulatory problems.  In January, Kiandra had a venous ablation at The Heart Center, now part of Nuvance Health. The procedure closes the damaged, non-functionin...

Nuvance Health offers new radiation therapy for prostate cancer patients that drastically cuts down treatment time ​

Posted: 12/1/2020

Prostate cancer patients can now complete treatment in five days with accelerated hypofractionated radiation therapy rather than five to nine weeks with conventional radiation therapy. Nuvance Health now offers accelerated hypofractionated radiation therapy for prostate cancer to decrease overall treatment time and lower the risk of treatment side effects for patients. Prostate cancer patients who meet criteria for accelerated hypofractionated radiation therapy can complete treatment in five days and ac...

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...

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Older adults are invited to join a virtual COVID-19 Isolation Therapy Group offered by the Center for Healthy Aging. The online su...
It’s 10 a.m. on a recent Thursday and invasive cardiologist Dr. Ali Hammoud is at Northern Dutchess Hospital’s cardiac catheteriza...