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Nuvance Health hospitals in Connecticut resume elective surgeries and procedures

Posted: 5/21/2020

Post-pandemic care is set with safety of patients and staff as top priority Nuvance Health hospitals and ambulatory care centers in Danbury, New Milford, Norwalk and Sharon, CT are reopening for elective surgeries and endoscopy procedures starting today as the region observes a decrease in the rate of new COVID-19 infections and in accordance with Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order. Staff at Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital have been preparing for weeks to resu...

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...

Donor challenges region to raise $1M for Sharon Hospital

Posted: 5/11/2020

An anonymous benefactor from the region has made an extraordinary offer to match up to $1 million in philanthropic support for coronavirus (COVID-19) care efforts and ongoing emergency preparedness at Sharon Hospital. “These remarkable acts of kindness remind us of the region’s strong support for healthcare teams on the frontlines of one of the greatest public health crises of our lifetimes,” said Dr. Mark Hirko, the hospital’s president. “Significant gifts like this strengthen our ability to advance pa...

Putnam Hospital Center gets an A in new hospital safety grades

Posted: 5/7/2020

Putnam Hospital earned the distinction of an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit focused on improving healthcare quality, safety and transparency. “This is a nationally recognized score indicating the efforts a hospital puts forth to keep patients safe each and every day,” hospital President Peter Kelly said. “This is a true validation of the many efforts made by all the staff at Putnam Hospital in the pursuit of a high degree of patient safety.” The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is...

Sharon Hospital earns 3rd straight ‘A’ safety grade from healthcare watchdog

Posted: 5/6/2020

Sharon Hospital earned an “A” from The Leapfrog Group for quality patient care and overall safety for the third time in a row. “Now more than ever, our team’s shared vision of redefining the safe and effective delivery of care is crucial to fostering a safe environment here and across the region,” Sharon Hospital President Dr. Mark Hirko said. “The pledge of our clinical and support services staff to keep you and patients safe and well-cared for is unwavering.” The Leapfrog Group is an independent natio...

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...

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...

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 ...

Mobile Field Hospital at Sharon Hospital

Posted: 4/14/2020

On Friday, April 10, members of Governor Ned Lamont’s Foot Guard and Horse Guard, along with the Connecticut National Guard, deployed the final portion of the Department of Public Health’s Mobile Field Hospital in the exterior parking area of Sharon Hospital. Overseen by the Connecticut Military Department, the 25-bed site is a precautionary measure, part of Lamont’s statewide COVID-19 surge plan. The site in Sharon was strategically chosen to serve communities across the northwest corner, enhance bed c...

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...

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...

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...

Nuvance Health donates AED to local women’s shelter

Posted: 2/26/2020

In honor of American Heart Month, Nuvance Health wished to make a lasting and vital impact on the communities it serves with the gift of an automated external defibrillator to the Grace Smith House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. On Wednesday, February 19, the defibrillator, known as an AED, was donated to the shelter, where it will be located to help visitors in the event of a cardiac emergency. “We hope the defibrillator is never put to use, but in the event one of our residents should ne...

Sharon Hospital earns 5-star rating from federal healthcare agency

Posted: 2/19/2020

Sharon is only Connecticut hospital to receive top rating Sharon Hospital, part of Nuvance Health, recently earned a five-star overall hospital rating, the highest possible, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for quality patient care. It is the only hospital in Connecticut to receive the highest quality rating for patient care and is one of 407 facilities in the nation to earn the top score. “This achievement is a testament to the hard work and shared vision of our physicians, nur...

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...

Multispecialty center brings physicians and services to Hudson Valley Mall

Posted: 2/5/2020

Nuvance Health held a grand opening celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 4, for its newest and one of its largest multispecialty medical centers. Formerly the Macy’s store in the Hudson Valley Mall, Nuvance Health spent just over a year and more than $20 million transferring the vacant big box store into a healthcare center with urgent care, radiology, neurology and laboratory services. Family healthcare is provided in the facility by Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare), which leases space there and hosts Health...

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Post-pandemic care is set with safety of patients and staff as top priority Nuvance Health hospitals and ambulatory care centers i...
Older adults are invited to better their knowledge about Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and more during the Center for Healt...