When 55-year-old Sharon Young of Wappingers Falls was transported to the Emergency Room at MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center last August, the last thing she expected was a two-month stay in the Intensive Care Unit. Having had an esophagectomy a month and a half prior, Young was supposed to have been on the other side of a bout with esophageal cancer. Read More
The Insane Inflatable 5K
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY
Test your strength and endurance—while having fun—at this run to benefit MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center. The 3.1-mile course will feature 12 to 15 inflatable obstacles that must be conquered along the way. Registration fees are $59 if you sign up by July 17 and go up to $75 on event day, or $100 for an all-access pass that grants you entry to any wave of your choosing. Waves begin at 8:45 am.
With caregiver burnout on the rise and quickly becoming a serious healthcare dilemma, finding ways to help the family members who care for the injured and the ill has become a national focus. “The caregiver is often the silent patient; they are stressed, not eating or sleeping, but often nobody asks them how they are doing,” says Patricia Boyce (right, center), Director of Westchester Medical Center’s Caregiver Center Program. Mary Delaney, LCSW-R (left), Director of the Family Resource Center at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, further explains, “Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and WMC have the highest acuity/case mix in the United States; our patients are some of the sickest and most critically ill anywhere. This type of service helps the caregiver cope with so many things which they feel are totally out of their control.” This is why WMC has created two distinct caregiver services programs. Read More
How can I guard against hyperthermia?
A day or two of extreme heat and humidity is not a problem for most people, says Ivan Miller, MD, Director of the Emergency Department at Westchester Medical Center. “However,” he says, “three or more days of persistent extreme heat and humidity increase the risk of heat-related illnesses.” During those times of high heat, there are a number of ways to reduce risk of hyperthermia and avoid a trip to the Emergency Department. Those include keeping kids and the elderly out of hot cars (never leave young children unattended in the car during warmer months, period); drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated; limiting exposure to the heat and sun and places without proper ventilation; and wearing breathable, light-colored clothing. Always be aware that those most vulnerable to complications from high temps are the very old, who may spend too much time exposed to the heat due to slow ambulation, and the very young, whose thermo-regulatory systems are still immature.
For more about Westchester Medical Center’s emergency medicine program, go to: www.westchestermedicalcenter.com/emergencymedicine Read More