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Vassar Brothers Medical Center recognized for Transcatheter Valve Certification

Posted: 3/25/2021

The American College of Cardiology has recognized Vassar Brothers Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients receiving transcatheter valve repair and replacement procedures, also known as TAVR.  The American College of Cardiology (ACC) awarded Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) with the Transcatheter Valve Certification in March based on evaluation of the staff’s ability to meet standards for multidisciplinary teams, formalized training, shared decision-mak...

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...

$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...

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 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...

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...

Vassar Brothers Medical Center introduces new less- invasive carotid surgery

Posted: 11/16/2020

In September, Rhinebeck resident William Carroll began to feel some mild discomfort in his neck. Not one to delay his healthcare, Carroll, 78, promptly made an appointment with his primary care physician, where he found out upon ultrasound that his right carotid artery was about 70 percent blocked.  The carotid arteries are major blood vessels that supply blood to the brain, neck and face. The two carotid arteries are on the left and right sides of the neck. Carroll was referred to Dr. Andreas Spir...

Nuvance Health seeking volunteers for COVID-19 blood plasma prevention and study intervention trials

Posted: 10/6/2020

If you have been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19 and do not require hospitalization, you may be eligible to take part in clinical studies examining both the treatment and prevention of the virus. Nuvance Health is seeking volunteers through the early fall of this year to participate in two clinical trials to test the effectiveness of convalescent blood plasma for outpatient COVID-19 study intervention. The trials aim to recruit 1,100 people from across the country to help researchers determine if ...

Self-Referral Screening Mammogram Frequently Asked Questions

Posted: 10/6/2020

Spanish Portuguese   What is a screening mammogram? Mammography is a specialized type of medical imaging that uses low-dose x-ray to see inside the breasts. A mammography exam is called a mammogram. A screening mammogram is different from a diagnostic mammogram. A screening mammogram is for women who have no apparent signs of breast cancer. Women who are at average risk of developing breast cancer should start having annual screening mammograms at age 40. A physician may recommend a diagnostic mamm...

Nuvance Health launches self-referral screening mammogram program at new locations

Posted: 10/5/2020

Women who meet criteria can now schedule a screening mammogram without a physician order at Nuvance Health imaging centers in Carmel, Fishkill, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and Rhinebeck NY, and Sharon, Conn. Nuvance Health has launched a self-referral screening mammogram program at imaging centers in Connecticut and New York. Self-referring screening mammogram means that women who meet criteria can schedule a routine mammogram without a physician order. This improves access to these important screenings and...

Nuvance Health hospitals earn American Heart Association Gold Plus Awards

Posted: 8/14/2020

Nuvance Health hospitals Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Danbury Hospital have earned the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline ® Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI),   the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requir...

Nuvance Health names 2 new hospital presidents

Posted: 7/29/2020

Veteran health system leaders Peter Kelly and Dr. Mark Hirko have taken on new roles in Nuvance Health. Kelly is the new president of Vassar Brothers Medical Center in the City of Poughkeepsie. Hirko will serve in an expanded leadership capacity as president of both Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn., and Putnam Hospital in Carmel, NY. Kelly has served as president of Putnam Hospital since 2016 and Hirko has served as president of Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn., since December 2019. Kelly replaces Josep...

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...

Nuvance Health opens COVID-19 Plasma Donation Centers at 3 hospitals

Posted: 4/23/2020

Nuvance Health will launch three Convalescent Plasma Donation Centers, giving people who have recovered from COVID-19 an opportunity to donate potentially life-saving plasma to critically ill patients fighting the virus. The Plasma Donation Centers are located at three Nuvance Health hospitals: Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, and Danbury and Norwalk hospitals in Connecticut. Vassar Brothers Medical Center will open on Monday, April 27, followed by Norwalk Hospital on Wednesday, April...

Vassar Brothers Medical Center uses Meal Train to assist with food donations

Posted: 4/14/2020

The many caregivers at Vassar Brothers Medical Center are grateful for the outpouring of support from the community. One amazing way the community has come out to offer support is through food donations. Vassar Brothers is now using Meal Train to better organize the community’s expression of gratitude through the donation of nutritious meals. This is also a great way to support local restaurants, which are also working hard in these uncertain times. The goal is to feed as many staff as possible and to r...

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 ...

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...

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