Advancing Care in the Hudson Valley

Is there a cure or treatment for the winter blues?

By October 26, 2016 Just the Facts

If your mood takes a hit during the wintery months, you may be among the 5 to 10 percent of adults across the U.S. who suffer from a winter depression, says Kenneth Oclatis, Ph.D., Director of Outpatient Mental Health Services and Special Programs at MidHudson Regional Hospital.

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What can I do to manage my diabetes this time of year?

By October 26, 2016 Just the Facts

Thanksgiving isn’t the only event we celebrate in November. It is also Diabetes Awareness Month, and, according to Donna Gibbons, Diabetes Program Manager at Westchester Medical Center (WMC), getting screened for diabetes may be the perfect way to mark the occasion.

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I want to quit smoking. Any advice?

By October 26, 2016 Just the Facts

Only a little over 6 percent of smokers are successful in their efforts to quit smoking, but according to Larry McGrath, Director of Respiratory, Sleep Lab and Neuro at HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus, you can significantly boost your odds by seeking the help of a medical professional.

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What is holiday heart syndrome and how can I avoid It?

By October 26, 2016 Just the Facts

It may sound festive, but there is nothing cheerful about holiday heart syndrome, a very real phenomenon in which heart-related emergencies spike around the food-and-drink-centered holidays.

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What should I know about toddler safety during the holidays?

By October 26, 2016 Just the Facts

Most parents are well versed in the dangers of toy-choking hazards facing toddlers, but according to Darshan Patel, MD, Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, parents of young children should be mindful of a few lesser-known holiday hazards.

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Events— November, December

By October 24, 2016 Events

November 5

Extra Life Gaming Marathon

Game for 24 hours and help a good cause at Extra Life’s annual gaming marathon which unites thousands of gamers from around the world to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Funds raised go directly to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of your choice. For more information, contact Meredith Buono at meredith.buono@wmchealth.org or 914-493-5412.

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New Caregiver Center Advances Patient-Centered Care

By October 24, 2016 Health News

Westchester Medical Center (WMC), the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), recently opened a brand-new Caregiver Center in its newly unveiled main concourse, designed to support patients’ families and friends by offering access to resources and support while their loved ones are receiving care.

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Westchester Medical Center Health Network Staff Members to Run TCS New York City Marathon

By October 24, 2016 Health News

Eight Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) employees from network facilities across the Hudson Valley will channel the fighting spirit demonstrated by so many of their patients when they team up to Go the Distance to Make a Difference in the TCS New York City Marathon on November 6.
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HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley Hospitals to Expand

By October 24, 2016 Health News

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) and HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley (HealthAlliance), a member of WMCHealth, unveiled plans for a five-year, $133.6 million project that includes a 110,000 sq ft expansion — highlighted by a new, four-story tower addition — and 70,000 sq ft renovation of the HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus, as well as a medical village hub at HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus, that will transform the delivery of healthcare in Ulster County. Read More

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Child Life Internship Program at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Is a New York State First

By October 24, 2016 Health News

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) and the children’s hospital for the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County is among the first hospital-based programs of its kind to receive accreditation for its Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy academic internship program by the Child Life Council (CLC), a national organization representing more than 5,000 specialists who help children overcome challenging events, like hospitalization.

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