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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...

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...

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...

Dyson Breast Center appoints board-certified, fellowship-trained breast surgeon as chief

Posted: 10/8/2019

Dr. Susan Boolbol comes from Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City to lead comprehensive breast health team in Hudson Valley Breast surgeon Dr. Susan Boolbol has joined the Dyson Breast Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, now part of Nuvance Health, as Chief of Breast Surgery and the Breast Program. She will begin seeing patients Oct. 14 and is taking appointments now. “Diagnosing and successfully treating breast cancer is a personal mission for me. Vassar Brothers Medical Center...

Vascular surgeon joins team at Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Posted: 9/25/2019

Dr. Mohamed Elsagga recently joined the Health Quest Medical Practice Division of Vascular Surgery, now part of Nuvance Health. He treats patients at 21 Reade Place, Suite 200, and has privileges at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. “I am eager to meet with patients from our community and offer comprehensive care, using advanced, noninvasive endovascular techniques to improve the health and wellness of those in our community,” Elsagga said. Elsagga comes to the Hudson Valley from Panama City, Fla. His pro...

Nuvance Health Community Education announces training programs for September

Posted: 8/23/2019

September classes are as follows: Babysitting Preparedness Course Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck, NY Cost $50; call 845-475-9742 to register The course covers feeding, diapering, safety in the home, prevention of sudden infant death syndrome, prevention of shaken baby syndrome, basic first aid skills, how to cope with a crying baby, pediatric CPR and how to start a babysitting business. The course is led by nationally certified instructors who also have experie...

Welcome to Nuvance Health: New brand identity revealed

Posted: 8/20/2019

To mark the creation of Nuvance Health, and as one of many steps to transform the healthcare experience for consumers in New York’s Hudson Valley and western Connecticut, the nonprofit system today unveiled its new brand with an advertising campaign, a new system URL, nuvancehealth.org, and new social media pages. The brand conveys Nuvance Health’s motivation to challenge assumptions and expectations in healthcare and to deliver more convenient, accessible and affordable care throughout the region. Nuva...

2 Dutchess County hospitals recognized by U.S. News & World Report Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Northern Dutchess Hospital earn accolades for heart, colon and lung care

Posted: 8/7/2019

Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Northern Dutchess Hospital were recognized by U.S. News and World Report’s recently published Best Hospitals and High Performing Hospitals rankings. Both earned High Performing Hospital rantings in several medical specialties, while Vassar Brothers received state and regional rankings for the City of Poughkeepsie-based hospital’s performance across multiple areas of care. “This is an award that speaks to our ability to deliver safe, excellent care for our patients,” sa...

Vassar Brothers Medical Center verified as Level 2 Trauma Center

Posted: 8/5/2019

Vassar Brothers Medical Center has been named a verified Level 2 trauma center by the American College of Surgeons. The three-year verification identifies hospitals equipped with key resources to treat critically injured patients at the highest level of care. This includes 24/7 access to board-certified trauma surgeons, anesthesia and radiology services, emergency services support and more. “This verification confirms our ability to offer critical care services right in our community to patients with si...

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