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L-R: Kathy Sheehan, Director of Emergency Services; Dan Bengyak,
Vice President of Human Resources; Joe Surace, Vice President of
Operations; Lieutenant Frank Labrada; Police Officer Frank Quinn;
City of Newburgh Acting Police Chief, Lieutenant Aaron Weaver;
Christopher LoPresti, SLCH Director of Security; Guillermo Buendia,
SLCH Security Manager.

SLCH thanks Newburgh Police for participation in drill

NEWBURGH (December 6) - St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital recently held a ceremony for the City of Newburgh Police Department in recognition of the Police Departments efforts during the recent Active Shooter Drill held at the hospital’s Newburgh campus. The drill, performed last month, included three scenarios testing not only the hospital’s security measures but also utilizing the police departments expertise. SLCH thanks the City of Newburgh Police Department for their continued partnership and ongoing efforts.  

L-R: Kathy Sheehan, Director of Emergency Services, Dan Bengyak, Vice President of Human Resources, Joe Surace, Vice President of Operations, Lieutenant Frank Labrada, Police Officer Frank Quinn, and City of Newburgh Acting Police Chief, Lieutenant Aaron Weaver, Christopher LoPresti, SLCH Director of Security and Guillermo Buendia, SLCH Security Manager.


Present at the grand opening were Preferred's executive leadership:
CEO Berry Weiss, Preferred Gold CEO Raizy Weiss, Administrator
Allen Hymowitz, Director of Patient Services Sandra Picillo, and
Middletown Director of Operations Wendy Javier.

Home care company opens in Orange County

MIDDLETOWN (December 6) - 0range County have a new home health care agency office in the heart of their county.

Preferred Home Care of New York, one of the state's largest home care agencies, is expanding. On Tuesday, December 5, the company hosted a grand opening of its new office at 21 Center Street in Middletown, New York.

"Orange County residents deserve quality jobs-and quality care-and we're thrilled to be a part of that," says Preferred CEO and President Berry Weiss. "The last few years have seen a rapidly increasing demand from the area, and we're excited to be able to meet it."

Preferred Home Care currently services almost 6,000 clients, with eight branches across the New York metropolitan area. Offering over 7000 aides and 250 support staffers, the JCAHO-accredited healthcare provider has grown-in just 10 years-into one of the state's most high-volume agencies.





WMC expands cardiology offerings to HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus

VALHALLA (November 27) – The Heart & Vascular Institute, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), recently expanded its robust suite of heart and vascular care offerings to network affiliate HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus with three distinguished cardiologists who will care for patients in Kingston.

Dr. Kenneth Giedd, former director of Nuclear Cardiology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City, received his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed clinical and research fellowships in cardiovascular medicine, interventional cardiology and nuclear cardiology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, now NewYork – Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Paul Hanna, formerly with the Permanente Medical Group in Walnut Creek, Calif., received his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed an internal medicine residency at Bellevue Hospital Center through the New York University School of Medicine and a cardiology fellowship at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. He is certified in cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Syed Naqvi, formerly with New York Cardiac Care P.C., earned his medical degree from King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, and completed a residency in general and cardiovascular surgery at Lahore’s Mayo Hospital. He completed a fellowship at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center in Milwaukee. Dr. Naqvi is board certified in cardiovascular disease and nuclear cardiology and has extensive experience in echocardiography.

“We are pleased to bring this top-ranked team of cardiologists to HealthAlliance,” said Julio A. Panza, Chief of Cardiology at WMCHealth. “Kingston-area patients now have access to the broadest possible range of solutions from a team of world-class physicians, supported by some of the most highly skilled and experienced nurses and technicians in the region.”

WMCHealth’s Heart & Vascular Institute is committed to providing the highest quality comprehensive cardiovascular care and expertise to residents of the Hudson Valley, close to home, in the communities where they live.


From left, Amy Moore, manager of Volunteers and Guard Services;
Penny Mann, Engagement Office director and “Fed by Grace”
Program Director Patricia Rennish

Bon Secours Community Hospital staff contributes Thanksgiving food baskets

PORT JERVIS (November 27) - For the twelfth consecutive year, every department at Bon Secours Community Hospital along with medical staff pitched in to assemble Thanksgiving Day food baskets for needy families in the Port Jervis area. 

The baskets, which not only contained a turkey and other traditional Thanksgiving Day table favorites but also extra gifts like cooking pans, utensils and table cloths, were donated for distribution to “Fed by Grace” Food Pantry.

“Fed by Grace,” is an outreach program of Grace Episcopal Church in Port Jervis where it feeds over 200 families each month.

Approximately 30 local volunteers were on hand to load the baskets onto a waiting truck. And before removing them from the hospital’s loading platform they were blessed by Chaplain Rev. Patricia Kauffman.

“We thank everyone at Bon Secours Community Hospital for again helping our less fortunate families to have a happy Thanksgiving,” said Fed by Grace Program Director Patricia Rennish.


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Beacon group learns about breast cancer prevention

BEACON (November 14) - The Women of Faith, Health and Wellness Ministry invited Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood, and Board Member and Chairman of the Board Medical Committee, Dr. Amy Novatt, OB/GYN, to address the meeting of the group at a workshop on Breast Cancer Awareness which took place at Springfield Baptist Church in Beacon on Saturday. (photo attachment)

"This organization teaches African American women about breast cancer prevention, awareness of early symptoms, and overall women's health," explained Nettie Womack, Springfield Baptist Church minister and co-founder of the Women of Faith, Health and Wellness Ministry.

Both she and her sister, co-founder Patty Nelson are breast cancer survivors and choose to share their stories with women of this ethnicity to educate them about breast cancer.

"Miles of Hope funds programs like this one to educate and perform outreach to groups of women particularly affected by high breast cancer mortality rates,” said Forood. “Early detection is the key for both African American and Latina women who are adversely affected by late stage detection. All women will benefit from early detection which means getting an annual mammogram and being aware of any changes in their body. Dr. Novatt addressed this extensively in her talk and after an hour and a half of questions, everyone was enlightened by the information on breast cancer prevention."

Miles of Hope is a public charity with a mission to fund outreach, education and services for people affected by breast cancer within the 9 counties of the Hudson Valley. For more information, .


Antibiotics aren't always the answer: November 13-19 is U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week

NEW CITY (November 14) - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind residents that if you have a cold or flu, antibiotics won't work for you. When you feel sick, you want to feel better fast; but antibiotics aren't the answer for every illness.

Most illnesses are caused by two kinds of germs: bacteria or viruses.

"Antibiotics can cure infections caused by bacteria, but not infections caused by viruses (such as colds or flu, most coughs and bronchitis, sore throats not caused by strep bacteria, or runny noses),” said Dr. Ruppert. “Taking antibiotics for viral infections will not cure the infections, keep other people from catching the illness, or help you feel better."

Get smart about antibiotics by following these tips:

  • Prevent infections by practicing good hand washing and getting recommended vaccines. Washing your hands is one of the best ways to keep yourself and your family healthy by preventing the spread of germs that cause infections. Vaccinations help prevent infections that may require antibiotics and helps prevent diseases from spreading.
  • Do not ask for antibiotics when your doctor thinks you do not need them. Remember antibiotics have side effects. When your doctor says you don't need an antibiotic, taking one may do more harm than good. Instead ask for the best treatment for your illness.
  • Only take antibiotics prescribed for you; do not share or use leftover antibiotics. Antibiotics treat specific types of infections. Taking the wrong medicine may delay correct treatment and allow bacteria to multiply.
  • Ask if watchful waiting is right for you. For some illnesses, your doctor may recommend watchful waiting, meaning waiting a few days to see if you get better before deciding to prescribe antibiotics.
  • Ask about side effects. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any side effects of the antibiotics.
  • Take the antibiotic exactly as your doctor prescribes. Even if you feel better, do not skip doses or stop taking an antibiotic early without approval from your doctor.
  • Never save antibiotics for future illnesses. Discard any leftover medication once the prescribed course of treatment is completed. Rockland County's "Operation Medicine Cabinet" collects all outdated, unused and unwanted medications including all controlled substances and non-controlled substances. Visit for more information.

Taking an antibiotic when it is not needed can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance. Although some people think a person becomes resistant to specific drugs, it is the bacteria, not the person, that become resistant to the drugs. When resistance develops, antibiotics may not be able to stop future infections. Every time someone takes an antibiotic they don't need, they increase their risk of developing a resistant infection in the future.

When you use antibiotics correctly, you do the best for your health, your family's health, and the health of those around you. For more information talk with your doctor or pharmacist, or visit the New York State Department of Health website at


Crystal Run Healthcare welcomes four new providers 

TOWN OF WALLKILL (November 13) - Crystal Run Healthcare announces the addition of four new providers to the practice

Ratika Gupta, MD, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is seeing patients in West Nyack. Allergy & Immunology will be a new specialty now available at Crystal Run Healthcare in Rockland County.

Gary Loden, MD, is Board Certified in Urology and specializes and is seeing patients in Newburgh.

Amish Naik, MD, specializes in Orthopedic Surgery with and is seeing patients in West Nyack.

Ann Stewart, ANP-BC, is a Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specializing in Internal Medicine and will provide care to patients in Rock Hill.


ORMC gets national award for stroke treatment

TOWN OF WALLKILL (November 10) - Orange Regional Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

ORMC Stroke Committee

Hospitals earning the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods. They must also achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures. To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Orange Regional earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed,” said Medical Director of Orange Regional’s Stoke Center, Dr. Olga Fishman. “This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely. Orange Regional continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

Orange Regional has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center or as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.  

For more information on stroke care at Orange Regional, visit






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