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Hospital Seeks Volunteers For Spinal Cord Injury Research Study, Research Examines Development of New Therapeutic Approaches to Treat Paralysis and Other Movement Disorders

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw and The Wadsworth Center in Albany are recruiting volunteers who have had spinal cord injury to participate in a study of spinal reflex training. The results of this study will help us, in the future, to develop a new therapeutic treatment for better functional recovery after spinal cord injury or other damage to the nervous system. Both institutions are part of the New York State Department of Health.

After spinal cord injury, stroke or other traumatic events to the nervous system, reflex functions often change. Because reflexes play an important part in movement and behavior, when reflexes are not working well, movements may be disturbed. Researchers have found that people can learn to increase or decrease a reflex response by means of training. Learning to change a reflex response may become an effective approach as a rehabilitation treatment.

Research participants will stand or sit in a chair while wearing a standard clinical EEG cap for monitoring brain activity. Surface electrodes will be placed on the skin over leg muscles for monitoring muscle activity and over a nerve to produce reflex responses. Nerve stimulation may cause a brief mild sensation. The procedure is completely harmless and non-invasive.

Participation in this study requires approximately three sessions per week for two to three months, followed by four to eight sessions over another two to three months. Each session will last approximately 90 minutes. Participants will be paid $15 per session.

Every effort will be made to accommodate the individual schedules of participants, i.e., before work, after work, lunchtime, etc. Participants should be reliable and prompt since the success of the study depends on consistent participation and it may be difficult to make up missed sessions.

Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the nation’s leading physical rehabilitation hospitals, specializing in rehabilitation following spinal cord injury, stroke and other neurological conditions. The hospital is operated by the New York State Department of Health and is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System. The Wadsworth Center is the research-intensive public health laboratory of the New York State Department of Health dedicated to science in the pursuit of health.

For additional information on how to join this research study, please contact Aiko Thompson at thompsona@helenhayeshosp.org or Laura Tenteromano at 845-786-4854.

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Adapted Sailing Program Scheduled

group to sail in conjunction with Nyack Boat Club’s annual Tappan Zee Regatta on the Hudson River

The Nyack Boat Club, sponsors of the annual Tappan Zee Regatta, will be hosting the fourth annual Adapted Sailing program, in conjunction with the Helen Hayes Hospital Adapted Sports & Recreation Program, this May. Members of adapted sailing teams, along with Boat Club members and therapists from the leading physical rehabilitation Hospital, will be mentoring individuals with physical disabilities on how to sail using adaptive boats and equipment.

The program kicks off with an Introduction to Sailing Workshop on Thursday, May 7, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Nyack Boat Club in Nyack. This will be followed by a day of Adapted Sailing on the Hudson River on Friday, May 15 from 11:30 am to 6:30 p.m. at the club in Nyack, Rockland County. The day will kick off with a meet the sailors lunch and panel discussion on adaptive sailing. From there, the group will head down to the Boat Club docks on the Hudson River to get on board the specially adapted sonar boats. Adaptive sailing skills and techniques will be demonstrated to individuals with physical disabilities who are new to the sport. Participants are welcome to stay for an informal reception and roundtable discussion on opportunities in adapted sailing.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 17 – 18, the Boat Club will host the Tappan Zee Regatta. Competitors of all abilities, including the Paralympic teams, will be participating in the event. Spectator boats will be available for individuals of all abilities to get out on the water and view the Regatta.

The Workshop, day of sailing and spectator opportunity are all free of charge. Dinner following the Regatta, which will take place at 6:00 pm on May 17, is $15. Pre-registration for the workshop and day of sailing is required by May 1, 2009. For additional information, or to register contact 845-786-4950.

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Hospital To Host Adapted Sports & Recreation Expo

Helen Hayes Hospital will host its second annual “Adapted Sports & Recreation Expo” on Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw. The event is free of charge and is open to all individuals with physical disabilities, as well as their family, friends and caregivers.

The Expo will feature an extensive exhibit fair with representatives from various organizations that offer a range of adapted sports and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities, including: downhill skiing; adapted golf; kayaking; rowing; sailing; handcycling; horseback riding; basketball, tennis; gardening; quad rugby and others. Participants will be able to speak with the representatives to learn about the activities available in the greater New York Metropolitan region, how they can play or participate, and the specialized equipment which is available. Adapted sports equipment will also be on display.

Matthew Castelluccio, Adapted Sports Coordinator at Helen Hayes Hospital states, “Participating in sports and recreational activities, whether competitively or just for enjoyment, helps to maintain optimum health. The Expo is an ideal opportunity for individuals of all abilities to learn about the range of adapted equipment and programs that are available in our region.”

The event is free of charge. For additional information or directions, please call the Helen Hayes Hospital Public Relations Office at 845-786-4225, or visit the hospital’s web site at www.helenhayeshospital.org.

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Hospital To Host Yoga Classes Designed for Individuals of Varying Abilities

Helen Hayes Hospital will host a Basic Adapted Yoga program designed specifically for people of varying abilities. Classes will meet on six Wednesdays, from March 11 through April 15, 2009 at 12:00 Noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Auditorium at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw.

Yoga improves circulation, range of motion, flexibility and endurance. It also helps to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.

The instructor, Bruce Van Horn, is experienced in adapting yoga to all levels of abilities. The classes offer an excellent opportunity for people with disabilities, including individuals with stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other physically limiting conditions, to try yoga.

Pre-registration for the Basic Adapted Yoga classes is required. The fee is $48 for six classes. For information or to register, call Matthew Castelluccio, Adapted Sports Coordinator at Helen Hayes Hospital at 845-786-4950.

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Hospital To Host Osteoporosis Educational Programs

The New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program (NYSOPEP) headquartered at Helen Hayes Hospital will be offering comprehensive Bone Health Education Seminars this winter and spring. The seminars will be repeated on four dates:

  • Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 10:15 am – 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 10:15 am – 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All programs will take place at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw.

The seminars are open to hospital patients, as well as individuals in the community who are interested in learning more about the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Participants will learn what their bone density test results mean, how to promote healthy bones and how to reduce the risk factors for osteoporosis and fracture. The most current information about nutrition, exercise and medications available for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis will also be discussed.

The Bone Health Seminars are free of charge and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. For additional information, or to register, call 845- 786-4772.

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Hospital To Host Blood Drive

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will host a Blood Drive on Wednesday, February 18, 2009, from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM in the hospital’s auditorium.

There is a critical need for donors in the Hudson Valley regions. All eligible donors are urgently encouraged to come out and donate blood. Fasting is not necessary.

Employees, volunteers, visitors, and community members are invited to donate blood. No appointment is necessary. Donors should be healthy, between the ages of 17 and 75, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the last 56 days. People over the age of 75 may also participate by presenting a physician’s letter of approval. Donors must have a form of identification, such as an employee ID or driver’s license.

For further information, please call 845-786-4814.

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Adapted Skiing Programs Scheduled

This winter, Belleayre Mountain in Highmount, New York will be hosting a series of Adaptive Skiing Workshops and an Adaptive Awareness Day. The events, which are open to individuals with disabilities, are being held in conjunction with Helen Hayes Hospital’s Adapted Sports and Recreation Program and are free of charge.

Adaptive Skiing Workshops are scheduled for the following dates: January 18; February 8 & 22; March 1 & 29; April 12
Two sessions will be offered on each day: from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Instructors specializing in adaptive skiing will offer beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons. Lessons are free of charge but pre-registration is required. First time students will receive an overview of the equipment and fittings prior to getting out on the snow. Adaptive equipment will be available for skiers with disabilities.

The Adaptive Awareness Day will take place at Belleayre on March 1. Staff of Helen Hayes Hospital will distribute information on adaptive sports and additional activities will take place at the mountain.

Helen Hayes Hospital, the region’s leader in specialty physical rehabilitation services, is committed to enabling individuals of all abilities to pursue competitive and recreational sports and activities. These activities speed the recovery process, improve and maintain health and conditioning and foster socialization and camaraderie. The Adapted Sports & Recreation Program makes activities such as kayaking, yoga, sailing, softball, basketball and gardening available to individuals of all abilities.

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Hospital To Host Yoga Classes Designed for Individuals of Varying Abilities

Helen Hayes Hospital will host a Basic Adapted Yoga program designed specifically for people of varying abilities. Classes will meet on six Wednesdays, from January 14 through February 18, 2009, at 12:00 Noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Auditorium at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw.

Yoga improves circulation, range of motion, flexibility and endurance. It also helps to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.

The instructor, Bruce Van Horn, is experienced in adapting yoga to all levels of abilities. The classes offer an excellent opportunity for people with disabilities, including individuals with stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other physically limiting conditions, to try yoga.

Pre-registration for the Basic Adapted Yoga classes is required. The fee is $48 for six classes. For information or to register, call Matthew Castelluccio, Adapted Sports Coordinator at Helen Hayes Hospital at 845-786-4950.

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Hospital Seeks Volunteers For Bone Density Research Study

The Helen Hayes Hospital Clinical Research Center in West Haverstraw is currently recruiting women for a new research study. The study will determine if the investigational use of an approved medication effects bone density in people with elevated fasting blood sugar.

To be eligible for the study, a woman must have elevated fasting blood sugar, sometimes described as borderline or pre-diabetes; must be post-menopausal for five years; and must be willing to take Vitamin D and a Calcium supplement.
Individuals who qualify and participate in the study will receive a physical examination, laboratory tests, electrocardiogram, bone density scans and study medication at no charge.

Osteoporosis is a serious health concern worldwide. It is a preventable disease that causes weakening of the bones and a loss of bone mass, resulting in fractures and disability. The disease is expected to affect one in every two women. Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the country’s leading centers in osteoporosis research.

For more information on how to join this research study, call Barbara Burke, RN, Nancy Barbuto, RN or Michelle Corda, RN at 845-786-4828 or 845-786-4804.

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Hospital To Distribute Flu Vaccines

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will be administering the influenza vaccine to individuals 18 years of age and older, while supplies last, on Monday, November 24, 2008.

Flu vaccines will be administered in the outpatient department on the second floor from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Appointments are not necessary. Individuals 60 years of age and older receive the vaccine free of charge. The vaccine is also available to individuals 18 – 59 years of age for a fee of $25.00 (cash or check only). Pregnant women can only receive the vaccine with a prescription from their physician. Individuals with Medicare must bring their card.

For additional information, please call 845-786-4500.

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New CEO Appointed at Helen Hayes Hospital

State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., has announced the appointment of Val S. Gray as Chief Executive Officer of Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw. Mr. Gray has directed the Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Facilities Management since 2005. He succeeds Magdelana Ramirez, who has retired after nearly 20 years as the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Val Gray has a successful history with the Department of Health and is well-qualified for this position. Before he joined us in 2003, Val spent more than 20 years overseeing several hospitals in New York and has developed a wealth of experience in hospital administration,” Commissioner Daines said.

“I also congratulate Maggie Ramirez on her retirement after a 30-year career dedicated to the health of New Yorkers,” Commissioner Daines added. “Since she began leading Helen Hayes Hospital in 1989, she has expanded clinical and research services to include a transitional center for patients with traumatic brain injuries, specialty disability Centers of Excellence and additional therapy clinics. We wish her well.”

Mr. Gray began his career at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, and was CEO of the Cornwall Hospital from 1986-98. He then spent three years at the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, first as senior vice president for administration and then as president. He joined DOH in 2003 as Deputy Director of Health Facilities Management and became Director in 2005.

During his time at DOH, Mr. Gray supervised the rebuilding of the New York State Veterans Nursing Home at Oxford (serving the Southern Tier), which is nearing completion. In addition, the State Veterans Nursing Home in Batavia (Western New York) implemented an innovative “zero-lift” system, using mechanical means so that no staffer would have to risk injury lifting a patient. The Department of Health also operates Veterans Nursing Homes in St. Albans (New York City) and Montrose (Hudson Valley).

Mr. Gray earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Alfred University and a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University.

“I am truly honored to be appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Helen Hayes Hospital,” says Mr. Gray. “This is a wonderful hospital, with an established reputation for excellence in rehabilitation medicine, and it is humbling to be asked to carry on its long tradition of service. I have had the opportunity to visit HHH on many occasions, and now, I look forward to working with both the clinical and non-clinical staff to build on Helen Hayes Hospital’s leadership position in physical rehabilitation.”

Operated by the Department of Health, Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the nation’s leading specialty physical rehabilitation centers. Founded in 1900, the hospital is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is capable of caring for patients with the most complex and challenging disabilities. It has 155 inpatient beds, a comprehensive day hospital program, and an active outpatient service, as well as many specialized therapeutic services. In 1980, the hospital was renamed in honor of the Broadway and film actress Helen Hayes, who served on the Board of Visitors at the hospital from 1944 until her death in 1993.

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Hospital To Distribute Flu Vaccines

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will be administering the influenza vaccine to individuals 18 years of age and older, while supplies last, on Monday November 10, 2008.

Flu vaccines will be administered in the outpatient department on the second floor from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM. Appointments are not necessary. Individuals 60 years of age and older receive the vaccine free of charge. The vaccine is also available to individuals 18 – 59 years of age for a fee of $25.00 (cash or check only). Pregnant women can only receive the vaccine with a prescription from their physician. Individuals with Medicare must bring their card.

For additional information, please call 845-786-4500.

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Hospital To Host Election Day Blood Drive

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will host a Blood Drive on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM in the hospital’s auditorium.

There is a critical need for donors in the Hudson Valley regions. All eligible donors are urgently encouraged to come out and donate blood. Fasting is not necessary.

Employees, volunteers, visitors, and community members are invited to donate blood. An appointment is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Donors should be healthy, between the ages of 17 and 75, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the last 56 days. People over the age of 75 may also participate by presenting a physician’s letter of approval.

For further information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 845-786-4814.

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Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation Sponsors Gala, Proceeds to Benefit Adapted Sports and Recreation

The Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation will hosts its 25th annual Gala, to benefit New York State’s largest specialty physical rehabilitation hospital, on Sunday, November 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey. The proceeds from this year’s event will support the Helen Hayes Hospital Adapted Sports and Recreation Program.

This year, two extraordinary individuals will be honored with the Helen Hayes MacArthur Award in honor of their tremendous contributions to the rehabilitation field. The award draws its inspiration and spirit from the hospital’s namesake – First Lady of the American Theater-Helen Hayes MacArthur- who served on the hospital’s board for 49 years.

Carolyn C. Zollar, J.D., Vice President of Government Relations and Policy Development for the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) will be honored for her leadership and advocacy in ensuring patient access to high quality physical rehabilitation care nationwide. Ms. Zollar is a strong believer in the importance of effective rehabilitation programs, helping patients return to as full a life as possible. Over a 30-year career, she has been a staunch proponent and tireless advocate for rehabilitation care and providers. She has drafted legislation and bills supporting the rehabilitation industry and has assisted countless rehabilitation providers across the country, providing grassroots support and planning.

Marjorie L. King, M.D, a dedicated, well-loved and respected Rockland County cardiologist will be recognized for her twenty-five years of helping patients overcome cardiac disease. Dr. King has held numerous leadership positions on a local and national level, has promoted standards for cardiovascular rehabilitation, and has served with organizations including the American Heart Association and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. She is Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation services at Helen Hayes Hospital and is affiliated with Hudson Heart Associates.

These honorees know well that Helen Hayes Hospital, through programs such as the Adapted Sports and Recreation Program, helps patients explore new activities and return to activities enjoyed prior to being becoming disabled. This is the key to returning to a full, productive and enjoyable life with family, friends and colleagues.

The Adapted Sports & Recreation Program offers a range of competitive and recreational activities to individuals with disabilities, including golf, downhill skiing, kayaking, sailing, bowling, gardening and handcycling. Such activities speed the recovery process, improve and maintain health and conditioning and foster socialization and camaraderie.

The Gala is the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation’s major fund raising event. Tickets are $250 and opportunities for sponsorship and advertising space in the Journal are currently available.  In addition, donations are being accepted for the auction and raffle.

For additional information about the Gala, contact the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation office at 845-786-4365.

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Hospital To Host Blood Drive

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will host a Blood Drive on Wednesday, July 9, 2008, from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM in the hospital’s auditorium.

There is a critical need for donors in the Hudson Valley regions. All eligible donors are urgently encouraged to come out and donate blood. Fasting is not necessary.

Employees, volunteers, visitors, and community members are invited to donate blood. An appointment is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Donors should be healthy, between the ages of 17 and 75, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the last 56 days. People over the age of 75 may also participate by presenting a physician’s letter of approval.

For further information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 845-786-4229.

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Adapted Golf Workshops & Outings Scheduled

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw has announced the schedule for the upcoming season of its GolfAbility program. GolfAbility is an adaptive golf instruction program to teach the basics of golf to individuals with disabilities.

GolfAbility workshops and outings have been scheduled to run from May through September. The workshops will take place at the GolfAbility center, which is located on the campus of the physical rehabilitation hospital. The center consists of a 1300 square foot synthetic putting green with six cups and three accessible netted tee areas. Participants will learn how to use appropriate adaptive golf equipment, including single-rider carts. A single-rider cart is a specially equipped golf cart that allows a disabled golfer to play seated or standing, directly from the cart, and can be driven right on to the green. The two outings will take place at a local golf course.

All workshops will be conducted by Joyce Fried, LPGA, who will be assisted by recreational and physical therapists. Sessions will start with a group lesson and then participants will break into small groups to practice concepts learned during the lesson as well as building on skills learned in previous sessions. The cost of each workshop is $15 per golfer. The GolfAbility programs will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and each workshop will be limited to 16 participants. GolfAbility golf outings will take place at the Rockland Lake Executive Course with a tee time of 3:00 pm. Players will pay their own course fees. Dates are as follows.
Workshops: June 9, July 14, July 28
Outings: June 16, June 23, July 21, September 8

Information on cancellations due to weather conditions can be obtained by calling 845-786-4484 after 1:00 p.m. on the day of a scheduled program.

GolfAbility is open to individuals who may have played prior to acquiring a disability and individuals who are new to the sport. The program seeks to prevent golfers from giving up the game due to injuries, orthopedic impairments, cardiopulmonary disease, stroke, arthritis and other age related conditions. It also seeks to encourage people of all abilities to take up the sport, including individuals with spinal cord injury or amputation.

GolfAbility is possible through support of the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation & the North Rockland Lions Club.

Pre-registration for workshops is required. The $15 registration fee should be made payable to the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation. Participants may register for as many workshops as they wish, but priority will be given to new participants. Checks received after a class has been filled will be returned. Registered participants will be called one week prior to each workshop to confirm acceptance status. For additional information or an application form, call Dave Wickes at 845-786-4200 or Matthew Castelluccio at 845-786-4950

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Hospital To Open New Child Care Center

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw announces the newest addition to its comprehensive campus – a state-of-the-art building that will house the hospital’s childcare center – the TLC Learning Center. The hospital will host a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the grand opening on Tuesday June 3 at 11:00 am.

The new building replaces the hospital’s current childcare center, which opened in 1987 in a renovated building on the campus. At 9,000 square feet, the new facility offers greatly expanded space and capacity. It is licensed to care for 78 children and features two infant rooms, two toddler rooms and one pre-school room. TLC Learning Center serves children of hospital employees and is open to families in the local community.

Hospital management, in conjunction with the TLC staff, worked closely with the architects and builders to develop a unique and beautiful building. The spiral roof points to the sky and the expansive windows look out to the Hudson River’s vast horizon, signaling the joy of learning and exploration. Spacious outdoor play areas, including bike trails and kid-size gardens, are just a few of the amenities. Designed with a child’s comfort in mind, the building has radiant floor heating, child-friendly bathrooms and large windows at a child’s eye level. In addition, the building features numerous Green/LEED building concepts, such as the use of rapidly renewable resources and recycled materials, energy-saving occupancy sensor lighting and high efficiency heating and cooling systems.

“The ability to host an on-site childcare center is extremely beneficial in recruiting and retaining a quality work force,” explains Magdalena Ramirez, the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer. “In turn, this contributes to providing the highest quality care to our patients. Our childcare facility has always been open to the community and we are confident that parents will find the new building spectacular and the childcare excellent.”

TLC Learning Center is a not-for-profit corporation licensed by the New York State Office of Family and Childrens Services.

The ribbon-cutting program on June 3 will include tours of the new facility, as well as brief opening remarks, a performance by the children and light refreshments

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Hospital Hosts Art Exhibit

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw is hosting an exhibit featuring work of the artists of the Lattimore Atelier Studio in Cornwall, New York. The exhibit will be on display in the hospital Atrium From June 1 through July 31, 2008.

The Atelier’s students have included a variety of work in this group show. Landscapes from Italy to the Hudson Valley, still lifes and portraits are all featured. The body of work is representative of the range of paintings and drawings being created by the students and their instructor, the artist Andrew Lattimore.

Lattimore, a classically European trained portrait and landscape painter, established the school of fine art at his Atelier located in a historic textile mill. Under his tutelage, students take drawing and still life, portrait, landscape and plein air painting classes. Lattimore encourages the students to learn not only from him, but also from each other, as they congregate in the expansive Atelier with ceiling high windows that drench the space in a diffused light. A multidimensional artist with a distinctive vision, Lattimore’s paintings are in collections throughout the United States and Europe. Most recently, New York State Governor George Pataki selected Lattimore to paint his official portrait that will hang in the state capital. The artist is represented by several galleries and teaches classes at his Atelier in Cornwall.

The exhibit at the physical rehabilitation hospital is open to the public on a daily basis and is free of charge. For additional information, call the Public Relations office at 786-4225.

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Wheelchair Softball Games Scheduled

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will host two Wheelchair Softball Games: on Wednesday, June 25 and Wednesday September 3, 2008, at 4:30 p.m. at the rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw.

The United Spinal Softball Team will provide a lesson on how adapted softball is played. Team members will bring adapted equipment and participants will play a full game. Individuals of all physical abilities, including players using wheelchairs, are welcome to come and play or cheer the players on as a spectator.

Pre-registration is encouraged. For information, call 845-786-4950.

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Adapted Sailing Program Scheduled group to sail in conjunction with Nyack Boat Club’s annual Tappan Zee Regatta on the Hudson River

The Nyack Boat Club, sponsors of the annual Tappan Zee Regatta, will be hosting the third annual Adapted Sailing program, in conjunction with Helen Hayes Hospital, this May. Members of adapted sailing teams, along with Boat Club members and therapists from the leading physical rehabilitation Hospital, will be mentoring individuals with physical disabilities on how to sail using adaptive boats and equipment.

The program kicks off with an Introduction to Sailing Workshop on Thursday, May 8, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Nyack Boat Club in Nyack. This will be followed by a day of Adapted Sailing on the Hudson River on Friday, May 16 from 11:30 am to 6:30 p.m. at the club in Nyack, Rockland County. The day will kick off with a meet the sailors lunch and panel discussion on adaptive sailing. From there, the group will head down to the Boat Club docks on the Hudson River to get on board the specially adapted sonar boats. Adaptive sailing skills and techniques will be demonstrated to individuals with physical disabilities who are new to the sport. Participants are welcome to stay for an informal reception and roundtable discussion on opportunities in adapted sailing.

On Saturday, May 17, the Boat Club will host the Tappan Zee Regatta. Competitors of all abilities, including the Paralympic teams, will be participating in the event. Spectator boats will be available for individuals of all abilities to get out on the water and view the Regatta.

The Workshop, day of sailing and spectator opportunity are all free of charge. Dinner following the Regatta, which will take place at 6:00 pm on May 17, is $15. For additional information, contact 845-786-4950.

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Hospital To Host Yoga Classes Designed for Individuals of Varying Abilities

Helen Hayes Hospital will host a Basic Yoga program designed specifically for people of varying abilities. Classes will meet on six Wednesdays, from May 21 through June 25, 2008, 12:00 Noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Auditorium at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw.

Yoga improves circulation, range of motion, flexibility and endurance. It also helps to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.

The instructor, Bruce Van Horn, is experienced in adapting yoga to all levels of abilities. The classes offer an excellent opportunity for people with disabilities, including individuals with stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other physically limiting conditions, to try yoga.

Pre-registration for the Basic Yoga classes is required. The fee is $48. for six classes. For information or to register, call Matthew Castelluccio, Adapted Sports Coordinator at Helen Hayes Hospital at 845-786-4950.

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Hospital To Host Art Exhibit

Recent paintings by New York artist Diane Drescher will be on view in the Atrium at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw from April 1 – April 30, 2008.

Water is a central motif in many of Drescher’s paintings. This past year, she turned her focus exclusively to the scenes of the Hudson River and the resulting paintings comprise her first solo show entitled “Illuminated Landscapes.” The paintings are filled with light and space and portray the rich personality of the river as seen at different times of day and in all kinds of weather.

Drescher created the paintings on site at the Haverstraw County Park and the Stony Point Battle Ground, with views of Haverstraw Bay, the widest point in the Hudson River. The show also features works from Woodstock and the Hamptons. The artist loves nature and the outdoors and her paintings are a tribute to this sensibility.

Born in Wisconsin, Diane Drescher graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and moved to New York City to continue her studies in design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She established a successful career in apparel design while at the same time continuing her painting studies at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Fine Art. Travels to Europe over a 10 year period for the purpose of researching design trends for commercial projects provided an ideal opportunity to view art in the museums of Paris and London. As a result, Drescher refined her painting style by incorporating vivid colors, thick application of paint, and distinctive brush strokes. She has exhibited widely since 2003 in group shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn and in Westchester, Rockland and Ulster Counties. She resides in New York City and maintains an art studio in Garnerville Arts & Industrial Complex in Garnerville, NY .

The exhibit in the Atrium of the physical rehabilitation hospital is open to the public on a daily basis and is free of charge. For additional information, call the Public Relations Office at 786-4225.

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Hospital Seeks Volunteers For Osteoporosis Research Study

The Helen Hayes Hospital Clinical Research Center in West Haverstraw is currently recruiting women to participate in a study examining new treatments for osteoporosis.

To be eligible for the study, a woman must be between age of 45 or older, postmenopausal, diagnosed with osteoporosis and currently taking the medication Actonel, Fosamex or no treatment.

Individuals who qualify and participate in the study will receive all study-related care at no charge, including bone density testing, physical examinations, laboratory services, calcium and vitamin D supplements and free study medication. Financial compensation for time and travel will also be available.

Osteoporosis is a serious health concern worldwide. It is a preventable disease which causes weakening of the bones and a loss of bone mass, resulting in fractures and disability. The disease is expected to affect one in every two women. Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the country’s leading centers in osteoporosis research.

For more information on how to join the many women participating in this research study, call 845-786-4828 or 845-786-4802.

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Hospital To Host Adapted Sports & Recreation Expo

Helen Hayes Hospital will host an “Adapted Sports & Recreation Expo” on Saturday, April 12, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw. The event is free of charge and is open to all individuals with physical disabilities, as well as their family, friends and caregivers.

The Expo will feature an extensive exhibit fair with representatives from various organizations which offer a range of adapted sports and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities, including: downhill skiing; adapted golf; kayaking; sailing; handcycling; horseback riding; basketball, tennis; gardening; quad rugby and others. Participants will be able to speak with the representatives to learn about the activities available in the greater New York Metropolitan region, how they can play or participate, and the specialized equipment which is available. Adapted sports equipment will also be on display.

Matthew Castelluccio, Adapted Sports Coordinator at Helen Hayes Hospital states, “Participating in sports and recreational activities, whether competitively or just for enjoyment, helps to maintain optimum health. The Expo is an ideal opportunity for individuals of all abilities to learn about the range of adapted equipment and programs that are available in our region.”

The event is free of charge. For additional information or directions, please call the Helen Hayes Hospital Public Relations Office at 845-786-4225, or visit the hospital’s web site at http://www.helenhayeshospital.org.

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Hospital To Host Blood Drive

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will host a Blood Drive on Tuesday, February 5, 2008, from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM in the hospital’s auditorium.

There is a critical need for donors in the Hudson Valley regions. All eligible donors are urgently encouraged to come out and donate blood. Fasting is not necessary.

Employees, volunteers, visitors, and community members are invited to donate blood. An appointment is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Donors should be healthy, between the ages of 17 and 75, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the last 56 days. People over the age of 75 may also participate by presenting a physician’s letter of approval.

For further information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 845-786-4229.

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Hospital Receives Grant From North Rockland Lions Club

The North Rockland Lions Club has awarded $3,600 to the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation, a portion of the proceeds from the 2007 Robert E. Byrne Golf Outing, which recently took place at the Phillip J. Rotella Golf Course in Haverstraw. The donation will support the physical rehabilitation hospital’s GolfAbility program.

In presenting the check, Frank Monaghan, President of the North Rockland Lions Club states, “The North Rockland Lions Club is dedicated to providing community service. We are very proud of our long relationship with Helen Hayes Hospital.” Cary Smolen, Chair of the 2007 Robert E Byrne Golf Outing says, “ We are very pleased to support the hospital’s GolfAbility program, which helps individuals with disabilities to participate in the sports and activities so many of us enjoy.”

The year 2007 was GolfAbility’s seventh season. GolfAbility is an instructional program to teach the basics of golf, and promote golf as a rewarding leisure activity, to individuals with disabilities and mobility impairments. It encourages individuals with disabilities who have never considered golf to take up the game, and also prevents golfers from giving up the game due to injuries, orthopedic impairments, cardiopulmonary disease, stroke and other conditions. GolfAbility hosts workshops and golf outings from May through September, under the direction of hospital physical and recreational therapists and LPGA pro Joyce Fried.

Helen Hayes Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive physical rehabilitation hospital in New York State, helping individuals with disabling illnesses and injuries to rebuild their lives. The Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation supports the mission and strategic objectives of the Hospital through the development of resources and community awareness.

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Hospital Hosts Art Exhibit

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw is hosting an exhibit featuring the work of photographer James Kaval and the painter Jonathan Murray. The exhibit will be on display in the hospital Atrium during the month of December, 2007

James Kaval will be exhibiting a collection of photographs of “CROW HOUSE – Rockland ‘s ghost of the past.” Mr. Kaval worked as a stringer for the Journal News before attending the Rochester Institute of Technology, from 1974 to1978, where he studied photography both as a science and a fine art. He is currently the artist-in-residence at Crow House, the residence of late Rockland artists Henry Varnum Poor (1888-1970) and Anne Poor (1918-2002). Crow House was and in some respects remains the epicenter of the artistic life of Rockland County. Mr. Kaval’s passion is uncovering and preserving historic architecture, especially photographically.

He recently stated, “Inspiration at Crow House simply requires you to go wherever it leads. Crow House gave me these images, which show you what it is and what it once was, with perhaps its last breath. Its fate, now, is up to the broad community of art lovers. The images, however, belong to Rockland County, as Crow House does.” Mr. Kaval added, “As far as my photography is concerned, I’m not looking to change history, I’m just here to record it before it disappears.”

The artist Jonathan Murray began his art career in tenth grade while attending high school at Newburgh York Free Academy in Newburgh, New York. A car accident soon after graduation derailed his plans and brought him to Helen Hayes Hospital for rehabilitation. Now, thirty –five years later, he is proud to exhibit his work for the hospital’ patients, staff and the community to enjoy.

The exhibit at the physical rehabilitation hospital is open to the public on a daily basis and is free of charge. For additional information, call the Public Relations office at 786-4225.

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Artist Liron Sissman To Exhibit At HHH

Oil paintings and limited edition prints by award-winning artist Liron Sissman will be featured in a solo exhibit in the Atrium of Helen Hayes Hospital, on Rt. 9W in West Haverstraw, NY.  The exhibit will be on display from November 2st through November 30th and is open to the public free of charge. For additional information about this exhibit please call: 201-952-1666 or 845-786-4225. For additional information about Liron’s works please visit: www.liron.com

About Liron:
Liron’s oil paintings have been featured in more than 40 shows in New York City and throughout the Northeast, won multiple awards, and are widely collected by corporate collectors and by individuals in the U.S. and abroad. Liron’s artwork was recently the subject of a 40 minute TV program. Liron is a full-time painter and is listed in Who’s Who in America and in Who’s Who in American Art.

About Liron’s Paintings:
Liron paints nature both flowers and landscapes metaphorically. “Every painting is a self portrait. I do not paint flowers.”  The artist uses form, color, and often texture to convey emotions.  Flowers in Liron’s paintings are visual metaphors conveying relationships. Having no faces of their own, her flowers represent an image that viewers of diverse backgrounds can identify with. Overcoming superficial dissimilarities, they serve the artist as portraits of universal appeal.

Why Flowers? “The fragility of flowers, coupled with their ephemeral beauty, intriguing delicacy, and striking colors attract sensitivity and amplify the drama. The fleeting existence of flowers triggers urgency.”

Liron’s landscapes, like her flowers, are not merely intended to reflect nature but rather to project an inner reflection, a metaphorical journey. “In life we catch glimpses of our ideal. At times it is right behind the corner, so visible it is believable, almost reachable. Our proximity translates into a sweet promise.” Liron’s landscapes are dominated by a body of water seen through trees. Using water as a symbol of life, serenity, and that promise, the artist’s trees may either represent a barrier or they may yield to define a path. Most often they partially obscure, connoting a hurdle as they provide a glimpse.

I admire the intensity of emotions found in the works of the Expressionists. Like them, I too mix my soul with my paints.  However, I strive to be subtle in my expression of the intense.”

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Hospital To Host Stroke Seminar

Helen Hayes Hospital will present a free educational seminar program called You Don’t Need Another Stroke to inform stroke survivors, family members and caregivers about how to help protect against a future stroke. The program will take place on Wednesday October 17, 2007 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw.

The seminar is program is designed to provide stroke survivors with information to help them become effective partners in their own recovery.  It will include an educational video and will be facilitated by Alyssa Hecht, CTRS. Educational materials will be distributed to all attendees.

According to the American Heart Association, there are approximately 5.5 million stroke survivors in the United States today. People who have had a stoke face up to a nine times greater risk of having another stroke and are at more than double the risk of having a heart attack versus the general population.

The event is free of charge and registration is not necessary. For additional information, call 845-786-4200.

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Hospital Recruits Volunteers

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw is currently recruiting volunteers to assist in various capacities at the physical rehabilitation hospital.

New volunteers are being accepted to staff the Gift Shop. Flexible hours are available and no previous retail experience is required. Gift Shop volunteers enjoy a pleasant environment while contributing a valuable service to hospital patients. All proceeds from the Gift Ship support patient programs and services.

Volunteers are also being sought for various clerical opportunities within the hospital. Working side-by-side with hospital staff, volunteers will provide valuable assistance with office responsibilities in a range of capacities.

All new hospital volunteers receive a full orientation to the hospital, as well as to the Gift Shop or department they will be working in.

Helen Hayes Hospital is New York State’s largest physical rehabilitation hospital, helping individuals recover from traumatic injuries and disabling diseases. For additional information on Helen Hayes Hospital or volunteer opportunities, or to register to volunteer, call 845-786-4225.

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Hospital Contracts To Serve Military Personnel

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw has been designated as an approved provider of specialty physical rehabilitation services for military personnel. The rehabilitation hospital has been selected by Health Net Federal Services, the managed care program contracted by TRICARE, the provider of healthcare services to U.S. service personnel.

The designation will enable Helen Hayes Hospital to care for military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, including those with brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations and other disorders. The hospital will also be able to offer treatment to all veterans and retired service personnel requiring rehabilitation care.

“As a national leader in physical rehabilitation, we are truly honored to be able to offer our services and comprehensive expertise in rehabilitation to the members of our military so they may make the fullest possible recovery from their injuries,” states Magdalena Ramirez, Helen Hayes Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our experienced rehabilitation teams will provide the medical and nursing care and physical, occupational and speech therapy services these men and women need to regain their mobility and independence.”

Founded in 1900 as one of the country’s first free-standing public rehabilitation hospitals, Helen Hayes is the largest and most comprehensive physical rehabilitation facility in New York State. The combination of a highly skilled staff, the latest technology and a comprehensive continuum of services make the hospital ideally situated to care for the polytraumatic needs of returning military personnel. Located on a beautiful campus overlooking the Hudson River, within 30 minutes of West Point, the hospital is also situated in a region with a long military history and a large population of military personnel.

“We are particularly proud of our traumatic brain injury program, which could benefit many soldiers,” states Dr. Glenn Seliger, director of traumatic brain injury rehabilitation services. “ From coma recovery to intensive acute rehabilitation care, to outpatient therapy, a transitional rehabilitation service and support groups and follow-up day programs, we have been very successful in restoring cognitive, vocational, social and physical skills to our patients with brain injury.”

Along with the traumatic brain injury program, Helen Hayes Hospital is also widely acclaimed for rehabilitation services for spinal cord injury, amputation, stroke and other disabling conditions. The hospital is owned and operated by the New York State Department of Health and is affiliated with the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.

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Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation Gala Scheduled

The annual Helen Hayes Hospital Gala, a benefit for the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw, will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at the Pearl River Hilton in Pearl River, New York. Sponsored by the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation, the theme of this year’s Gala is “Island Breeze.” Two individuals will be honored with the Helen Hayes MacArthur Award at the event,

Receiving the 2007 Helen Hayes MacArthur Award at this year’s Gala will be acclaimed actress Ellen Burstyn and President of Rockland Community College, Cliff Wood. Past recipients include John McLoughlin, Montel Williams, Christopher Reeve, Rosie O’Donnell, Dikembe Mutombo, Lily Tomlin, Arthur Ashe, John Hockenberry, and Edward James Olmos.

The Gala is held annually to honor the achievements of individuals who help and inspire other people to live their lives to their fullest potential. This commitment is shared by the staff of Helen Hayes Hospital, who work each day toward the singular goal of helping patients achieve maximum independence. The presentation of the Helen Hayes MacArthur Award is a highlight of the Gala evening. The Award was established by the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation to honor the hospital’s namesake, First Lady of the American Theater Helen Hayes MacArthur.

The Gala is the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation’s major fund-raising event. Tickets are $300 and opportunities for sponsorships and advertising space in the Journal are currently available. In addition, donations are being accepted for raffle prizes. For additional information about the Gala, contact the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation Office at 845-786-4365.

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Hospital To Accept Used Needles

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will be accepting used needles, lancets and syringes from Rockland County residents on Tuesday, July3, 2007 from 10:00 AM until Noon and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the hospital’s loading dock.  This service is part of the Rockland County SHARPS Disposal Program, operated by a coalition of county hospitals and nursing homes, and is free of charge.

Any Rockland resident who uses SHARPS in the home is eligible to participate in this county-wide program.  This includes individuals with diabetes or other medical conditions, such as cancer or allergies, requiring medication by injection.

The SHARPS Disposal Program is an environmentally responsible method to dispose of unwanted needles, lancets and syringes, which are a potential danger to sanitation workers and the environment when disposed of improperly.  Residents must place the used items into an approved container, which may be obtained from a surgical supply house or pharmacy. When the container is full, it should be closed and brought to one of the collection sites.

SHARPS are collected every month at a designated hospital or nursing home. For additional information on the SHARPS Disposal Program, a schedule of collection sites, or the drop-off at Helen Hayes Hospital, call the Department of Health at 845-364-2615.

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Hospital Conducts Research Into Stroke Prevention And Treatment Participants Being Recruited

Helen Hayes Hospital is conducting several research studies examining new ways to prevent recurrent strokes and new treatments for stroke recovery. Individuals who have had a stroke are being recruited for participation.

Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes (SPS3) is a† multicenter clinical trial being funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The research seeks to determine how to best prevent a second stroke in someone who has experienced a small subcortical stroke. Such strokes often occur at a younger age than other types of stroke and they can cause arm or leg weakness, as well as mild to severe memory loss, mood swings and impairment in judgment. Hypertension is the leading cause of these strokes and the study will also examine how to best control this risk factor.

Individuals who have had a small stroke within the previous few months are eligible to participate. Study participants will be evaluated and followed by a neurologist and cardiologist at Helen Hayes Hospital and may receive free anti- hypertensive medication, if needed, as well as aspirin and study medication. A total of 2,500 individuals are being enrolled in this study at over 60 sites internationally. For additional information, or to be screened for participation, call Laura Tenteromano, R.N., C.C.R.C. at 845-786-4854.

Helen Hayes is also continuing to recruit participants for another stroke prevention study that has been underway for a few years. Brothers and/or sisters who have both had ischemic stroke are being sought so researchers may examine genes that may increase the risk of having such a stroke. The brothers and/or sisters need not live near each other as the study requires only a single blood test. This study is funded by the NIH in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic. For additional information, call Laura Tenteromano at the number above.

The principal investigator for these studies is Jason Greenberg, M.D., Director of Stroke Rehabilitation Services at Helen Hayes Hospital. A graduate of Swathmore College, Dr. Greenberg received his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He recently joined Helen Hayes Hospital from Wake Forest University, where he spent over a decade working in acute stroke neurology and stroke rehabilitation. His work has been widely published in a number of professional journals and books and he has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Neurological Sciences, the Journal of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair and Stroke. At Helen Hayes Hospital, Dr. Greenberg leads a team of nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists and other professionals whose goal is to maximize the recovery of individuals with stroke.

Stroke is the nationís third leading cause of death and approximately 10% of survivors experience another stroke within one year.† Stroke causes paralysis, as well as impairments in speech, memory, judgment, sensation and coordination.

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Hospital To Host Adapted Gardening Workshop

Helen Hayes Hospital will host an Adapted Gardening Workshop on Saturday May 31, 2008 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw. The program, which is being sponsored in cooperation with the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County, is open to individuals of all abilities who would like to learn about adapted gardening tools and techniques.

Program participants will learn about amending soil, as well as selecting, planting and maintaining plants. Master Gardeners and Recreational Therapists will discuss and demonstrate how to incorporate the use of adapted tools and techniques to make gardening possible and enjoyable despite any physical limitations. Gardening from a seated position, getting up off the ground, the availability of adapted devices and how to make accommodations for loss of strength or dexterity will all be covered. A planting bed will be prepared for participants to utilize these tools and techniques. The setting for the program will be the hospital’s MacArthur Park, which offers spectacular views of the Hudson River.

Pre-registration for the workshop is required for the program, which is free of charge. For information or to register, call Matthew Castelluccio at Helen Hayes Hospital at 845-786-4950.

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Hospital Appoints New Board Member

Sister Mary Eileen O’Brien has been appointed to the Board of Visitors at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, according to Magdalena Ramirez, Chief Executive Officer.

Sister Mary Eileen is President of Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York and a member of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt. Under her aegis, Dominican College has grown from 1100 to almost 2000 students. Her dynamic educational vision has led to the creation of special graduate programs in nursing, occupational and physical therapy, as well as a popular Weekend College. Today, the College serves as a regional leader in the training of highly skilled healthcare professionals.

Sr. Mary Eileen began her educational career as a junior high school, and subsequently as a high school mathematics teacher. She went on to serve as principal of St. Luke School in the Bronx for five years before joining Dominican College in 1977. In 1978, she assumed the position of acting president of the College, before being appointed President by the Board of Trustees in 1979. Sr. Mary Eileen earned her doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from Fordham University and holds Masters degrees from both Teachers College of Columbia University and Manhattan College.

Along with her educational accomplishments, Sr. Mary Eileen has dedicated herself to congregational and civic leadership. Her community of the Sisters of St. Dominic elected her President of the Congregation, a position she held for six years. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Rockland Business Association, Leadership Rockland, St. Dominic’s Home and has co-chaired Rockland County’s annual “Forty Under Forty” initiative. In 2006, the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation presented Sr. Mary Eileen with its Helen Hayes MacArthur Award in recognition of her work in helping others reach their full potential in life.

Helen Hayes Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive physical rehabilitation hospital in New York State, helping to restore mobility and independence to individuals with physical disabilities and chronic disabling diseases. The hospital is operated by the New York State Department of Health and is affiliated with The NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.

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Hospital Offers Hand Therapy

Three highly skilled and certified therapists care for outpatients at two centers

Helen Hayes Hospital is pleased to announce that three members of its occupational therapy staff have earned the designation of Certified Hand Therapist. The three specialists treat patients through the hospital’s two Outpatient Occupational Therapy Centers: at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw, and at a satellite Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, New York. The three certified therapists are: Lisa Dominick, MS, OTR/L, CHT, Anabel Gomez. OTR/L, CHT and  Helen Kadin. OTR/L, CHT.

There are currently only 4,538 Certified Hand Therapists in the entire world, with 85% of them being occupational therapists and the remainder being primarily physical therapists. To become certified, a therapist must have a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy, and must pass a comprehensive exam. In order to keep the certification, hand therapists must demonstrate continued professional development and be recertified every five years.

Hand therapy involves rehabilitation of the upper extremities, from the shoulder down through the elbow, wrist and hand. Therapists evaluate and treat patients with the goal of restoring function, preventing further complications and reversing progression of disability. Certified Hand Therapists can help individuals with a range of disorders, including: tendon or nerve lacerations; fractures or dislocations; rotator cuff disorders; cumulative trauma/repetitive stress injuries; tumors or cysts; vascular disorders; inflammatory and degenerative arthritis; and nerve injuries. As many patients are recuperating from surgery, Certified Hand Therapists are also very knowledgeable in wound care.

The Certified Hand Therapists at Helen Hayes have access to and utilize a range of equipment and techniques, including: fluidotherapy; paraffin wax; warm water pool; assistive devices; splinting;  and a computer-based upper limb exerciser to help patients recover full use of their arm and hand.

“Restoring someone’s hand function is tantamount to restoring their ability to function independently on a daily basis,” reports Lori MacLeod, OTR/L, Director of Occupational Therapy at Helen Hayes Hospital. “Our Certified Hand Therapists enable a patient to regain the full use of their hand and arm so they can return to work, sports or leisure activities, or simply feed, bathe, or dress themselves. It is a credit to the hospital and a tremendous service to the community to have this level of expertise on staff,” she states.

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Rehabilitation Hospital To Sponsor Brain Injury Symposium

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, New York will sponsor a two-day educational conference, “A Symposium on Traumatic Brain Injury: a multidisciplinary approach to managing trauma, restoring function and re-entering the community” on  April 13-14, 2007. The program is open to nurses, therapists, case managers and other healthcare professionals who work with individuals with brain injury, or are interested in the field of brain injury.

The Symposium focuses on maximizing the recovery of individuals with brain injury, emphasizing a collaborative and multidisciplinary team approach to care. Presentations will cover utilization of the latest treatment modalities in trauma management, medical care and rehabilitative therapies, and community reintegration. Conference participants will be able to select from 15 different presentations in three program tracks. Speakers include physicians, physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory therapists, nurses, and neuropsychologists who specialize in brain injury.

The Symposium will feature presentation on the following topics:
Trauma & acute injury management
Virtual reality therapies
Neurological testing & neuroanatomy
Adapted driving
Neuro-optometric management of sensorimotor vision disturbances
Early ambulation with body-weight support
Saebo Flex treatment
Neuropsychological evaluations
Brain injury & behavior
Repairing the brain after TBI – research initiatives
The TBI continuum of care in recovery
Transitioning home
Patient panel discussion
Respiratory issues
Dysphagia in TBI

Continuing education credits will be granted.  For additional information, or to register, call 845-786-4225, or visit the hospital’s web site at www.helenhayeshospital.org.

Founded in 1900, Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the nation’s premier physical rehabilitation hospitals. It offers an extensive continuum of care and an array of specialty services to individuals with traumatic brain injury, enabling them to resume active and healthy lives.

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Debra Weiss Dance Company To Perform At Helen Hayes Hospital

The Helen Hayes Hospital Performing Arts Series is pleased to present the Debra Weiss Dance Company’s new show, Let’s Dance, on Saturday February 10 at 2:00 p.m. in the atrium of the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

The group will dance to live drumming and Native American flute. Audience members will be invited to play percussion instruments and dance in the finale. The beautiful costumes, streamers, dance and music will transport viewers to another time and place.

Let’s Dance is offered in the spirit of a community drum circle and dance. Traditionally, drum circles have brought people together to create harmonious, joyful rhythms. The energy of the drum circle is healing, unifying, and energizing.

The Debra Weiss Dance Company has been producing professional performances since its founding in New York City in 1983. Its work has been funded by New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Rockland County, and corporate, foundation and individual sponsors. In 1994, Debra Weiss, Artistic Director and Choreographer of DWDC, won the Lawrence Epstein Choreography Award, a national honor.

This free performance is made possible by a Community Investment Grant from Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.

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Hospital Appoints Human Resources Director

Helen Hayes Hospital has announced the appointment of Kathleen Martucci to the position of  Director of Human Resources. She will be responsible for overseeing all personnel and labor relations matters and operations at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw.

Ms. Martucci brings to her new assignment a wealth of experience garnered during a career spanning more than thirty years in the human resources field. She joined Helen Hayes Hospital in 1976 and has served in a range of capacities in the Human Resources Department, most recently as Director of Personnel. In addition, she has taken an active role in a number of important hospital initiatives, including serving as a founding member and board president of the hospital’s very successful child care center which recently broke ground for a new facility.

Ms. Martucci earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Dominican College and has gone on to complete a number of advanced programs in the field of human resource management.

“We look forward to incorporating Ms. Martucci’s expertise and knowledge of our hospital into ensuring that Helen Hayes continues to attract and retain the highly qualified staff which we are widely recognized for and which enhances our reputation for excellence in rehabilitation medicine,” comments Magdalena Ramirez, Chief Executive Officer.

Ms. Martucci is a resident of West Haverstraw, New York, where she resides with her son and daughter.

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Physician Joins Medical Staff of Rehabilitation Hospital

Helen Hayes Hospital has announced the appointment of Ferne R. Pomerantz, M.D. to its medical staff. Dr. Pomerantz will serve as Director of Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw.

Dr. Pomerantz joins the hospital from Westchester Medical Center where she served as Medical Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Prior to that, she served in a range of rehabilitation capacities at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, The Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Elmhurst General Hospital Center.

Dr. Pomerantz brings a very strong background in the field of rehabilitation medicine, specifically in the area of spinal cord injury. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation at New York Medical College in Valhalla. She has lectured extensively to rehabilitation residents at Mt. Sinai and Long Island Jewish and presented talks at various department’s lecture series at New York Medical College, as well as doing community outreach talks for the local community.

Dr. Pomerantz received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and her medical degree from the M.D. Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv.  She completed an internship in internal medicine at North Shore University Hospital and a residency at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in New York City where she also served as chief resident.

At Helen Hayes Hospital, Dr. Pomerantz will direct spinal cord injury rehabilitation services. Working closely with a interdisciplinary treatment team, she will manage the care of all inpatients on the spinal cord injury unit.  In addition, she will be providing outpatient medical care to this patient population.

John Pellicone, M.D., Medical Director states, “We are extremely happy to welcome Dr. Pomerantz to Helen Hayes Hospital. She brings a wealth of expertise in the management of spinal cord injury, which is one of the most devastating injuries an individual can sustain. Utilizing the latest technology and equipment available here at HHH, she will be able to help our patients make the fullest possible recovery.”

Each year, the physical rehabilitation hospital helps hundreds of individuals who have sustained both traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injuries to make the fullest possible recovery. Intensive physical and occupational therapy, along with medical and rehabilitation nursing care and an array of specialty services, is provided on a specially designated inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation unit.

Dr. Pomerantz resides in Scarsdale, New York with her husband, son and daughter.

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Hospital to Host Blood Drive

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will host a Blood Drive on Wednesday, November 8, 2006, from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM in the hospital’s auditorium.

Hudson Valley Blood Services, which operates the drive, has declared an emergency blood shortage. There is a critical need for donors in the Hudson Valley region. All eligible donors are urgently encouraged to come out and donate blood. All donors will receive a small gift in appreciation of their donation. Fasting is not necessary.

Employees, volunteers, visitors, and community members are invited to donate blood. An appointment is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Donors should be healthy, between the ages of 17 and 75, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the last 56 days. People over the age of 75 may also participate by presenting a physician’s letter of approval.

For further information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 845-786-4229.

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Hospital Seeks Female Volunteers for Research Study into Bone Loss

The Helen Hayes Hospital Clinical Research Center in West Haverstraw is currently recruiting women to participate in a new research study examining treatments for osteoporosis.

To be eligible for the study, a woman must be postmenopausal, in general good health, have osteoporosis as determined by bone mineral density tests or prior osteoporosis related fractures, and either on no treatment currently or on the medications Fosamax or Actonel for at least one year.

Individuals who qualify and participate in the study will receive free treatment with the osteoporosis medicationForteo. Forteo reduces the risk for spine and other non-spine fractures in postmenopausal women. Participants will be reimbursed for time and travel.

For additional information about this study or to learn more about bone health, contact a research nurse:  Nancy Barbuto R.N. @ (845) 786-4804, Lillian Woelfert R.N. @ (845) 786-4828, or JoAnn Cruz R.N. @ (845) 786-4802.

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Rehabilitation Hospital Breaks Ground for New Child Care Center

Helen Hayes Hospital, the state’s largest specialty physical rehabilitation hospital, recently hosted a ground-breaking ceremony to kick-off the construction of a new child care center on the hospital’s campus in West Haverstraw. The new building, which is expected to be completed in 2007, will replace the hospital’s current child care center facility.

On a bright and sunny day, children from the hospital’s child care center were joined by their parents, hospital and child care center board members, hospital staff and members of the community to mark this special occasion. The kids, dressed in plastic hard hats and equipped with brightly colored plastic shovels, threw the fist shovelfuls of dirt on their future home.

Hospital CEO Magdalena Ramirez thanked the many people who have been involved in getting the project up and running. “Today, we have one of the very best child care centers in the state,” she said, “and the new center will enable us to accommodate more children and broaden our already excellent program. For the staff and the community, it is so important to have this center on our campus and we are committed to creating a bright and spacious building which will provide the children with a safe, secure, nurturing and creative environment.”

The hospital’s current child care center, which opened in 1987, cares for 55 infants through pre-schoolers. Approximately 60% are children of employees, with the remaining children coming from the community.  The new facility will enable the center to expand to 75 children. The center has been recognized as having a very low staff turn-over rate, promoting the provision of high quality child care.

“We have long dreamed about having a beautiful new building for the children,” Ramirez stated, “and today that dream is one step closer to reality.”

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Hospital to Honor Former Patients

Helen Hayes Hospital will host its 106th annual “Honors Assembly” on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 1:30 PM at the hospital in West Haverstraw. The event, which is taking place during National Rehabilitation Week, recognizes patients who have made outstanding progress in their physical rehabilitation programs over the past year. Sixteen individuals from the New York Metropolitan region will be honored for triumphing over disability and for their contributions to the community.

The individuals receiving awards have been nominated and selected by the hospital staff. In all instances, the award recipients have demonstrated determination, strength, hard work and courage in the face of very challenging circumstances and obstacles. Through physical rehabilitation, they have regained functioning and independence to the greatest degree possible and have acted as role models to other individuals with disabilities.

The Honors Assembly has been held every year since the hospital was founded in the year 1900. During the early years, when the hospital was predominantly a pediatric facility and housed its own school, the event served as a graduation, marking the scholastic and physical progress of the young patients. The famous actress Helen Hayes MacArthur made it a point during her long association with the hospital to attend the event every year and personally present the diplomas and special awards to each patient.

Today, the Honors Assembly is designed to acknowledge the significant benefits that rehabilitation can have on a person’s life and to acknowledge Helen Hayes Hospital’s commitment to helping individuals live their lives to the fullest potential. It is a moving and inspiring ceremony, unique to the hospital.

In addition to family members and friends, the award recipients will be joined by hospital staff and volunteers, local dignitaries, former honorees, members of the community and the hospital’s Board of Visitors and Foundation.

Attached is a list of all Honors Assembly awardees. The public is invited to attend. A reception immediately following the ceremony will take place in the Noyes Conference Center.

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Hospital Recruits Volunteers for Gift Shop

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw is currently recruiting new volunteers to staff its Gift Shop. Flexible hours are available and no previous retail experience is required. Gift Shop volunteers enjoy a pleasant environment while contributing a valuable service to hospital patients and visitors. Volunteers receive a full orientation to the hospital and the Gift Shop, as well as retail training.

Helen Hayes Hospital is the state’s largest physical rehabilitation hospital, helping individuals recover from traumatic injuries and disabling diseases. All proceeds from the Gift Ship support patient programs and services.

For additional information on the Helen Hayes Hospital Gift Shop, or to volunteer, call 845-786-4210.

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Physician Joins Medical Staff of Rehabilitation Hospital

Helen Hayes Hospital has announced the appointment of Jason P. Greenberg, M.D. to its medical staff. Dr. Greenberg will serve as Director of Stroke Rehabilitation at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw.

Dr. Greenberg joins the hospital from Winston Salem, North Carolina where he served as Assistant Professor of Neurology at North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University in the Division of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases and the Program in Rehabilitation. In addition, he served on the Institutional Review Board at the University and as Assistant Medical Director of the hospital’s brain injury rehabilitation unit.

Dr. Greenberg brings a strong background in the field of neurology research. As co-investigator on a number of studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and private foundations and organizations, he is involved in the study of new treatment modalities and medications to enhance recovery from stroke. His work has been widely published in a number of professional journals and books and he has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Neurological Sciences, the Journal of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair and Stroke.

A native of Indiana, Dr. Greenberg received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He served as an internal medicine resident at Brown University/Roger Williams College of Medicine and was co-chief resident of neurology at the Boston University Affiliated Hospitals program. Dr. Greenberg went on to clinical and research fellowships in Neurology and Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, as well as additional training in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health.

At Helen Hayes Hospital, Dr. Greenberg will direct stroke rehabilitation services and will also conduct a range of clinical research protocols on stroke. “I am very pleased to join the stroke rehabilitation team at Helen Hayes,” says Dr. Greenberg. “The resources for individuals with stroke at this hospital are tremendous and I look forward to using them and working closely with my colleagues from all disciplines to enable patients to maximize their recovery.”

John Pellicone, M.D., Medical Director states, “We are very happy to welcome Dr. Greenberg to Helen Hayes Hospital. He is a highly skilled neurologist with a tremendous amount of expertise in the care and rehabilitation of individuals with stroke. This expertise, paired with his work in stroke research, will benefit our patients and be a strong asset to the rehabilitation care provided at Helen Hayes Hospital.”

Each year, the physical rehabilitation hospital helps hundreds of individuals with stroke to make the fullest possible recovery. Intensive physical, occupational and speech therapy, along with medical and nursing care and an array of specialty services, is provided on a specially designated inpatient stroke rehabilitation unit.

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Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation Gala Scheduled

The annual Helen Hayes Hospital Gala, a benefit for the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw, will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2006 at the Pearl River Hilton in Pearl River, New York. Sponsored by the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation, the theme of this year’s Gala is “Starlight Ballroom.” Two individuals will be honored with the Helen Hayes MacArthur Award at the event, which begins with a cocktail reception at 4:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:00 p.m.

Receiving the 2006 Helen Hayes MacArthur Award at this year’s Gala will be Sister Mary Eileen O’Brien, President of Dominican College and retired Port Authority Police Department Lieutenant John McLoughlin. Past recipients include Montel Williams, Governor George Pataki, Christopher Reeve, Rosie O’Donnell, Dikembe Mutombo, Lily Tomlin, Arthur Ashe, John Hockenberry, and Edward James Olmos.

Sister O’Brien is being honored for her commitment to expanding educational opportunities in the healthcare professions. Through her dedication and leadership, the College is at the forefront in the training of nurses, therapists and other healthcare providers, who are in tremendous need nationwide.

A former hospital patient, Lt. McLoughlin is being honored for his unselfish, heroic actions on September 11, 2001 and for his philanthropic community efforts. Over his years of inpatient and outpatient therapy at HHH, Lt. McLoughlin, played by the actor Nicolas Cage in the recently released World Trade Center movie, was an inspiration for numerous other patients dealing with adversity in their lives.

The Gala is held annually to honor the achievements of individuals who help and inspire other people to live their lives to their fullest potential. This commitment is shared by the staff of Helen Hayes Hospital, who work each day toward the singular goal of helping patients achieve maximum independence. The presentation of the Helen Hayes MacArthur Award is a highlight of the Gala evening. The Award was established by the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation to honor the hospital’s namesake, First Lady of the American Theater Helen Hayes MacArthur.

The Gala is the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation’s major fund-raising event. Tickets are $275 and opportunities for sponsorships and advertising space in the Journal are still available. In addition, donations are being accepted for silent auction prizes. For additional information about the Gala, contact the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation Office at 845-786-4365.

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Aquatics Program Open to Community

Exercise in warm water pool offers many benefits

The Aquatics Program at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw is available to anyone in the community who would like to exercise in the hospital’s state-of-the-art warm water pool, which is heated to 92-94 degrees. The pool has steps with bilateral rails and specialized hydraulic lifts to ensure access for individuals of all abilities, and also offers a flat floor divided into depths of 5’, 4 ’ and 2’ 9” to accommodate comfortable exercise for individuals of all heights.

Therapy staff are certified to offer the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program (AFAP), to help individuals with arthritis, or other joint problems, to maintain and/or improve their health and well being. An AFAP instructor leads participants in slow, gentle exercise routines. AFAP classes meet twice per week and take place at several times on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 5:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Individuals who simply wish to exercise within the warm water pool may participate in the hospital’s Aquatic Exercise Program. Participants perform their exercise routines independently during 45-minute sessions, and may bring a personal aid for assistance if needed. Sessions are offered on a two or three time per week basis, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The goal of aquatic exercise is to decrease pain and discomfort, while simultaneously increasing physical fitness and relaxation. Warm water immersion lessens the effects of gravity, providing buoyancy and reducing weight-bearing stress on joints, often enabling participants to perform exercises they are unable to do on land. Benefits of aquatic exercise include increased flexibility, strength, coordination and balance, as well as improved circulation. Individuals who can benefit from aquatic exercise include those with back pain, arthritis, joint replacements and neurological conditions.

Neither program is covered by insurance, nor is a physician referral required for participation. Individuals may enroll on a monthly or yearly basis. A lifeguard is on duty at all times. Participants have use of the locker rooms and must wear aquatic shoes when using the pool. For additional information, or to register, call Judy Berenson, C.T.R.S., Aquatics Director at 845-786-4457.

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Hospital to Host Blood Drive

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will host a Blood Drive on Tuesday, June 20, from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM in the hospital’s auditorium. The Drive will be operated by the Hudson Valley Blood Services

All eligible donors, including employees, volunteers, visitors, and community members are urged to donate blood. As blood supplies are dangerously low, the need for donations is great. An appointment is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Donors should be healthy, between the ages of 16 and 76, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the last 56 days. People over the age of 76 may also participate by presenting a physician’s letter of approval.

For further information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 845-786-4229.

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