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Health Quest Community Education announces training programs for May

Posted: 4/10/2019

May classes are as follows: American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Course Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sharon Hospital, Sharon, Conn. Cost: $225 Call 845-475-9742 to register This course uses a scenario-based, team approach to teach pediatric emergency respiratory and cardiac arrest management. This course is for healthcare providers who initiate and direct advanced life support in pediatric emergencies. You must be currently certified as a BLS Healthcare Provide...

Sharon Hospital announces spring community programs

Posted: 4/8/2019

Sharon Hospital will host several community programs this spring on the hospital campus, 50 Hospital Hill Road. Topics range from mental health training, to quitting smoking and exercise for older adults. Seats are limited. Registration is required. To register, contact Jim Hutchison, Sharon’s clinical navigator, at 860-364-4493 (TTY: 800-842-9710). Schedule: Mental Health First Aid training program Saturday, April 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: No cost Board Conference Room 2 The Mental Health First Aid tr...

Sharon Hospital achieves Four Stars for Quality of Care

Posted: 3/28/2019

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings recently, giving Sharon Hospital a four-star rating. “This is a testament to the excellent care we deliver to our patients and their families,” said Denise George, the hospital’s interim president. “The bulk of U.S. hospitals receive 3 stars, so we are among the high-performing hospitals in the country for quality.” Patient experience, readmissions and overall patient safety were areas where Sharon ranked abo...

Health Quest sets out to boost participation in clinical trials with IBM Watson

Posted: 3/21/2019

Use of IBM Watson for Clinical Trial Matching expands Health Quest’s use of AI Health Quest and IBM Watson Health have entered an agreement that will leverage the power of artificial intelligence (AI) with the goal of increasing participation in clinical trials. Health Quest will deploy IBM Watson for Clinical Trial Matching, a cognitive computing system that matches patients to clinical trials for which they may be eligible, throughout its hospitals. IBM Watson for Clinical Trial Matching helps clinici...

Sharon Hospital hosts Nutrition Lunch and Learn

Posted: 3/6/2019

In celebration of Nutrition Month, Sharon Hospital will host a Nutrition Lunch and Learn to teach individuals how to eat healthy. The educational luncheon will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March. 27, in the hospital’s Board Conference Room 2, 50 Hospital Hill Road. This event is open to the public, with limited seating, and has no cost. Attendees will enjoy a nutritious meal and hear from Allison Vieira, a registered dietitian at the hospital. She will discuss how to choose foods and bev...

Health Quest Community Education announces March training programs

Posted: 2/19/2019

March classes are as follows: American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Renewal Course Tuesday, March 5, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, NY Cost: $75 (includes textbook), $60 (excludes text). Call 845-475-9742 to register The AHA’s BLS Provider Renewal Course is designed for those who are currently certified and need to renew an existing BLS certification. This abridged renewal course is for experienced providers. It teaches both single-rescuer and team...

Sharon Hospital hosts heart-healthy luncheon in February

Posted: 2/6/2019

In honor of American Heart Month, Sharon Hospital will offer a community Lunch-and-Learn event to discuss cardiovascular health, with a focus on prevention, detection and treatment. The no-cost, educational luncheon is from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the hospital’s Board Conference Room 2, 50 Hospital Hill Road. Participants will enjoy a complimentary, nutritious meal while hearing from cardiologist Dr. Benjamin Schaefer of The Heart Center about risk factors, advanced treatments, blood...

Sharon Hospital announces acting president

Posted: 1/29/2019

Community invited to meet-and-greet on Feb. 4 Denise George, president of Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY, and senior vice president of Health Quest, will assume the role of acting president of Sharon Hospital, effective Feb. 4. “Sharon has a skilled and compassionate team of physicians and staff, and I look forward to working with them to offer quality healthcare to patients throughout the region,” George said. “I also look forward to meeting the community we serve.” George replaces Peter C...

Health Quest Community Education announces training programs for February

Posted: 1/14/2019

February classes are as follows: Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Renewal Course Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sharon Hospital, Sharon, Conn. Cost: $165 (includes textbook), $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...

2 New Year’s Day babies arrive in region at 1:02 a.m. Girls born at Sharon Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Posted: 1/2/2019

The first babies born in the New Year at Health Quest hospitals share a few things in common: they are both girls, they were both overdue, they have similar names and they were born at 1:02 a.m. Lana Dyani Dean was born to parents Jessica and Chad Dean of Canaan, Conn., at Sharon Hospital weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and 20 inches long, while Poughkeepsie residents Nicole Mckenna and Christopher Vail welcomed Liana Linda Marie Vail at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and 20....

Sharon Hospital focuses on overcoming tobacco addiction

Posted: 12/19/2018

Quitting smoking can be difficult, but with the right tools you can learn how to eliminate your tobacco dependency.   To help people live a smoke-free life, Sharon Hospital will offer a Freshstart smoking cessation program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., beginning Monday, Jan. 14, in the hospital's Board Conference room, 50 Hospital Hill Road. The program is for community benefit and has no cost. Registration is required. The first four-session program begins Monday, Jan. 14, and continues on Thursday...

Health Quest Community Education announces training programs for January

Posted: 12/14/2018

January classes are as follows: American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Combination Course Saturday, Jan. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CPR AED only: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; First Aid only: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sharon Hospital, Sharon, Conn. Cost: $75, $60 (CPR AED only), $60 (First Aid only) Call 845-475-9742 to register This course covers basic first aid, CPR techniques, maneuvers for choking victims and how to use an automated external defibrillator. Instruction provided for adult, child a...

Sharon Hospital offers community exercise class

Posted: 11/20/2018

Join like-minded community members and get stronger together at Sharon Hospital’s community exercise class, held from 1 to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday in the hospital’s Women’s Health Center, 50 Hospital Hill Road. Attendance prices are as follows:   Daily fee: $7   Monthly fee: $48, good for two sessions a week   Couples rate daily fee: $12   Couples rate monthly fee: $88 Taught by a certified therapeutic recreation specialist and trained arthritis foundation program leader, par...

Sharon Hospital president hosts open forum, community report in December

Posted: 11/12/2018

Sharon Hospital will host its second “State of the Hospital” community update at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, at the Sharon Town Hall, 63 Main St., Sharon, Conn. Members of the surrounding community are invited to hear from hospital President Peter Cordeau as he provides updates on new services, challenges ahead and discusses progress made at the hospital since joining Health Quest in August 2017. A question-and-answer period will follow Cordeau’s presentation. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is...

Sharon Hospital installs advanced 3-D mammography technology

Posted: 10/26/2018

Sharon Hospital has started to offer state-of- the-art 3-D mammography technology to the community to enhance the accuracy and detection of breast cancer over traditional two-dimensional imaging. “For women in our region, the addition of 3-D technology means patients can stay locally to receive advanced imaging services,” said Peter Cordeau, the hospital’s president.” “This technology is just one way we are enhancing preventative care services for our patients in the Sharon community and beyond.” Regard...

Properly dispose of unwanted medications during Health Quest’s take-back event on October 27

Posted: 10/16/2018

Properly dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted medicines, needles and other sharp medical devices during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events hosted at Health Quest hospitals. On Saturday, Oct. 27, local law enforcement and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY, and Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, NY, will team up to help community members dispose of unwanted prescription, over-the-counter and pet medications. Sh...

Healthcare close to home: Harney family thanks Sharon Hospital

Posted: 6/20/2018

On the evening of April 17, Elyse Harney was admitted to the emergency department at Sharon Hospital with what she believed to be symptoms of the flu, but was actually something much more serious. “When I arrived at the emergency room, the doctor and nurses told me I had a kidney infection that progressed into the early stages of sepsis, an infection of the blood that is often fatal,” Harney, a Salisbury resident since 1963, said. Following her diagnosis, Harney spent three days in the intensive care un...

Sharon Hospital president to present community report and open forum May 16

Posted: 5/8/2018

Sharon Hospital President Peter Cordeau will present a “State of the Hospital” community update at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 16. Members of the surrounding community are invited to attend the forum at Sharon Town Hall, 63 Main St., Sharon, Conn. Attendees will hear from Cordeau about Sharon Hospital’s progress since joining Health Quest in August 2017, including updates on new services and discussion of challenges ahead. A question-and-answer period will follow Cordeau’s presentation. A continental break...

Sharon Hospital hosts Mental Health First Aid training

Posted: 4/17/2018

Sharon Hospital and Mental Health Connecticut have teamed up to offer Mental Health First Aid, a training program that teaches participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training is from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, and Thursday, May 10, at Sharon Hospital, 50 Hospital Hill Road, in the general surgery and wound care lobby at the north entrance of the hospital. This complimentary event is open to the public and has limit...

Health Quest’s 6-week Get Fit Challenge returns April 28

Posted: 4/9/2018

Prize drawings for eligible participants include spa package Go for a hike. Stretch at a park. Hit the gym. Or tackle the workout of the week to be eligible for prize drawings during Health Quest’s spring Get Fit Challenge. Beginning Saturday, April 28, the healthcare system challenges the communities of the Hudson Valley and northwest Connecticut to get active and log their workouts at WeGetFit.org. Sign up for a free Get Fit account at the website and learn how to eat healthy and exercise while explor...

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