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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...

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...

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...

Northern Dutchess Hospital earns 2nd consecutive ‘A’ safety grade from healthcare watchdog

Posted: 5/4/2020

Northern Dutchess Hospital recently earned an “A” in safety from The Leapfrog Group – an independent national watchdog committed to healthcare quality and safety. The grades assess how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harm to patients, according to The Leapfrog Group. “We are proud to be honored by this prestigious distinction that is the direct result of our caregivers’ excellence and commitment to extraordinary care every day,” said Denise George, president of Northern Dutchess Hosp...

Northern Dutchess Hospital receives $29,000 Share the Love donation

Posted: 4/20/2020

For the sixth year in a row, Ruge’s Automotive selected Northern Dutchess Hospital as its hometown charity recipient, donating about $29,000 through Subaru’s annual Share the Love campaign. The funds will be used by the Rhinebeck hospital to offset the cost of isolation room conversions, antiviral medications and vital personal protective equipment – all associated with COVID-19 patient care. “The generosity of the Ruge family and Subaru could not have come at a more needed time, as we ceaselessly work ...

Making a Difference, Together: Letter to the Community

Posted: 4/10/2020

Northern Dutchess and Ulster County have always been a region with charming small towns and wonderfully caring people. Understandably, anxieties about COVID-19 have made our communities feel like different places. While we cannot physically embrace each other, local healthcare workers have never before felt surrounded by so much kind-heartedness. Perhaps the best example of this in the hospital’s 91-year history was the Healthcare Worker Salute Parade on April 8 organized by the Village of Rhinebeck. Hu...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Northern Dutchess Hospital’s monthly memoir workshops return in 2020

Posted: 12/12/2019

Part writing instruction and part therapy, Northern Dutchess Hospital’s memoir writing workshops will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 4, April 1, May 6 and June 3, in the cafeteria conference room of the hospital, 6511 Springbrook Ave. During the Write Your Story workshop, Roselee Blooston will help participants plan, construct and learn more about the tools for writing a vivid story that will bring their memories to life. Blooston is a published author and memoir writer, as w...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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