Helen Hayes Hospital welcomes your inquires. Members of the press/media should contact:
Mary Creagh, Public Relations Director
845-786-4225 | creaghm@helenhayeshospital.org

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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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, July 11, 2006 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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Expanded Coverage for Cardiac Rehabilitation Approved

hospital cardiologist plays critical role in advocating for new guidelines

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced expanded coverage for cardiac rehabilitation services to three additional groups of patients. Marjorie King, M.D., a board certified cardiologist who serves as Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Helen Hayes Hospital, as well as President of the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), strongly advocated for the new policy and played a pivotal role in affecting the change.

Coverage for outpatient cardiac rehabilitation will now be provided to Medicare beneficiaries who have had a heart valve repair or replacement; percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) or coronary stenting; or heart or combined heart-lung transplant. Previously, Medicare only covered outpatient cardiac rehabilitation for patients with angina, heart attack or bypass surgery. In announcing the change, CMS stated that cardiac rehabilitation should be comprehensive and include medical evaluation, exercise, education and nutrition services. Patients will be covered for two to three sessions per week for 12 to 18 weeks, and potentially longer based on need.

“This is a tremendous advance for our cardiac patients,” states Dr. King. “ The CMS decision affirms what we have known for some time: that rehabilitation and appropriate treatment is fundamental to improving a cardiac patient’s quality of life. The previous guidelines had not been updated in over 20 years, so it was time for benefits to correspond to the  advances we have made in medical care. Through evidence-based care, we know that outpatient cardiac rehab improves patient outcomes.”

In her role as President of AACVPR, Dr. King worked closely with a coalition of professionals to advocate for the change in cardiac rehabilitation benefits, developing Association position statements and  traveling to Washington, DC to share information on the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation. “Ultimately, we need to ensure that cardiac patients have access to the care they need to get better,” explains Dr. King.

Along with its inpatient cardiac rehabilitation program, Helen Hayes Hospital provides comprehensive outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw, as well as at it’s satellite site at Nyack Hospital. Rehabilitation programs are tailored to a patient’s needs and goals and include monitored exercise, education and risk factor modification focused on stress, diet, smoking and blood pressure and cholesterol control. Upon completion of the program, patients are reevaluated to measure their functional gains and to provide a prescription for ongoing exercise, which can be pursued in the HHH Wellness Center. Services are provided by a board certified cardiologist, exercise physiologist, nurses, physical therapists and registered dieticians.

In 2003 (the latest year for which full statistics are available), 910,000 individuals died due to cardiac disorders, with 83% of deaths occurring in individuals over 65 years of age. In 2006, it is estimated that heart disease will cost $403 billion health care dollars.

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Golf Outing Scheduled

event will benefit physical rehabilitation hospital

The North Rockland Lions Club, in conjunction with the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation, is sponsoring the Robert E. Byrne Golf Outing on Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at the Phillip J. Rotella Golf Course in Thiells, New York. The outing will benefit adapted sports programs at Helen Hayes Hospital, one of the country’s leading specialty physical rehabilitation hospitals, as well as local charities designated by the Lions Club.

For a contribution of $175, golfers are treated to greens fees, use of a cart, brunch, as well as a cocktail reception, dinner, prizes and awards, silent auction, and the chance to win a Cadillac in a “Hole in One,” compliments of Poughkeepsie Chevrolet & Cadillac. Golfers of all abilities are welcome to participate.  Prior to the outing’s tee-off time of 11:00 a.m., Jason Birnbaum of Mitchell Spearman Golf will treat golfers to a chipping and putting clinic.

Guests not wishing to golf are welcome to attend the cocktail reception and dinner, which takes place at Kruckers Picnic Grove in Pomona, at a cost of $60. During the dinner, The North Rockland Lions Club, along with members of the Byrne family, will present recognition awards to a volunteer from Helen Hayes Hospital and a volunteer member of the Lions Club.

Helen Hayes Hospital is dedicated to enabling individuals of all abilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles and encourages this through their support of adapted sports and recreation programs. Such endeavors are incorporated into the rehabilitation program, and continue once patients are discharged back to the community.  Exposure to new leisure activities, as well as re-introduction to activities favored prior to being injured, speeds the recovery process and demonstrates that living a full and enjoyable life is within reach. Adapted sports and recreation programs include gardening, kayaking, hand cycling, snow skiing, golf and sailing.

For additional information on the golf outing on June 14, or to register, call the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation at 845-786-4365.

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Adaptive 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.

Seven GolfAbility workshops and two GolfAbility 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 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 14 participants. Dates are as follows.

Workshops: May 15, June 5, June 19, July 10, July 24, August 7 August 21,
Outings: June 12 and September 11

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 has been made possible through support of the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation and the North Rockland Lions Club.

Pre-registration for workshops is required and participants must complete a GolfAbility application form in advance. 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 Eileen Andreassi at 845-786-4113.

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Spring Adapted Sports & Recreation Programs

Helen Hayes Hospital is offering information on several  adaptive sports and recreation activities to take place this spring and summer. All are designed specifically for individuals with physical disabilities.

Adaptive Sailing – workshops will take place on Wednesday, April 26 and Wednesday, May 3 from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Helen Hays Hospital. Members of the Nyack Boat Club will offer an introduction to sailing for individual with disabilities. On Friday, May 19, there will be an adaptive sailing clinic at the Nyack Boat Club, as part of their annual Tappan Zee Regatta, which takes place on May 20-21. Members of the US Paralympic sailing team will be on hand, there will be an expo of adapted sailing information and individuals will be able to sail using modified boats and equipment. For information, call 845-786-4113.

Adapted Gardening Workshop  - scheduled for Saturday, May 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the hospital in West Haverstraw. The program, which is being sponsored in cooperation with the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County, will provide an overview of spring planting, adapted tools and techniques and practice planting flowers in beds. Registration is $5.00 For information, call 845-786-4113.

Adaptive Kayak and Paddling Clinic - scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, 2005 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The program is offered by Atlantic Kayak Tours and will take place at their Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center, located at Annsville Circle in Peekskill, on the Hudson River. Atlantic Kayak staff will provide instruction on how to adapt and modify equipment to ensure successful and safe paddling. There will also be a lesson on basic paddling techniques. Participants will then have the opportunity to try out the kayaks and their newly learned paddling skills by going out on the water, under the supervision of trained and certified coaches. Pre registration for this workshop is required and the fee is $15.00 For information, call 845-786-4113.

Handcycling – a free handcycling clinic will be held in conjunction with United Spinal on Wednesday, June 14 at 3:30 p.m. at the hospital. Participants will be able to view the latest in handcycling equipment and will be able to try out the sport, which offers a terrific workout. Pre-registration is required. For information, call 845-786-4225.

Adaptive Softball – a game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19 at 4:00 p.m. at the rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw.  The United Mets softball team, associated with United Spinal, will provide a lesson on how adapted softball is played. Tem members will bring adapted equipment and participants will play a full game. Pre-registration is encouraged.  For information, call 845-786-4113.

GolfAbility - is an adaptive golf instruction program to teach the basics of golf to individuals with disabilities. GolfAbility workshops are scheduled for: May 15, June 6 & 19, July 10 & 24, August 7 & 24. Workshops are $15 per session. GolfAbility outings will take place on a local golf course and are scheduled for June 12 and September 11. For information on the workshops or outings, call 845-786-4113.

For information on any adaptive sports program, call Eileen Andreassi in the Recreational Therapy Department at Helen Hayes Hospital at 845-786-4113.

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Educational Program for New York State Designated Stroke Centers Scheduled

The New York State Department of Health and Helen Hayes Hospital are co-sponsoring a one-day educational conference, “New York State Department of Health Stroke Center Designation Project: An Update for Designated Hospitals,” on Thursday, May 11, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw. The program is open to staff of New York State Designated Stroke Centers, including physicians, nurses, emergency room personnel, therapists, case managers and others.

The conference focuses on bringing together healthcare professionals at the Designated Stroke Centers across the state for the purpose of sharing experiences, relaying the most recent data and laying out plans for the future. Updates on evidenced based practice and a discussion of operational issues at rural, urban, upstate and downstate centers will take place.

The conference will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Antonia Novello, New York State Commissioner of Health, who will speak on Stroke in New York State: the Individual and Public Health Impact. Physicians and nurses specializing in stroke, from facilities across the state, will present on an array of subjects, including: advances in acute management of stroke; emergency response to acute stroke; secondary stroke prevention; educating the public about stroke; the role of rehabilitation in stroke recovery; nursing strategies to improve outcomes; the role of telemedicine and outcome measures. Department of Health staff will also speak on progress made during the first two years of the stroke center designation project.

Continuing education credits will be granted. Tuition is $100 per person, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For additional information, or to register, call 845-786-4225.

In August 2004, Dr. Antonia Novello, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, established designated stroke centers statewide to improve the standard and access to quality of care for patients with a presumptive diagnosis of stroke.
Founded in 1900, Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the nation’s premier physical rehabilitation hospitals, offering an extensive continuum of care and an array of specialty services to individuals with stroke, enabling them to resume active and healthy lives.

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Hospital Hosts Art Exhibit

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw is hosting an exhibit, entitled “An Array of Genres in Oil,” featuring the paintings of John B. Fragale. The exhibit will be on display in the Atrium from April 3 through 30, 2006.

A resident of Bardonia, Mr. Fragale has been painting for many years and specializes in both landscape and portrait paintings. He has a diversified background in the artistic field, including positions in stage designing, graphic arts, and as an art instructor. He has exhibited his paintings at the IBM Gallery of Arts & Sciences and Lever House in New York City, as well as in several venues within Rockland County. At Helen Hayes Hospital, he will be showing an array of portraits and landscape works in oil.

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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Helen Hayes Hospital Prosthetic Orthotic Center Offers Cranial Remolding Orthsis

Helen Hayes Hospital announces that its Prosthetic Orthotic Center now offers cranial remolding helmets for the treatment of plagiocephaly.

Plagiocephaly is an unusual flattening of a baby’s head due to pressure on the still soft skull. It may be characterized by a flattening on one side or the entire back of the head, and possibly an asymmetric forehead and ears. Diagnoses of plagiocephaly have risen dramatically since the institution in 1992 of the “Back to Sleep” program, which has been effective in preventing sudden infant death syndrome. The additional time that babies spend in car seats and other supine positions places them at increased risk of developing plagiocephaly, which is also common in premature and multiple births. Cranial remolding helmets work to redirect the child’s natural head growth toward greater symmetry. This is accomplished by maintaining contact over the prominent areas of the cranium, allowing room for growth in the areas of flattening. The cranial orthosis can be used in children from three to eighteen months of age. Typically, the child wears the helmet for three to four months.

Cranial orthoses are FDA approved and have been prescribed by pediatricians for the treatment of plagiocephaly for over 25 years. The first article written about cranial remolding orthoses to treat plagiocephaly was written by Dr.’s Clarren, Smith and Hanson in 1979 in a study done at the University of Washington.

A physician’s prescription for the device is required. ABC certified orthotists in the Helen Hayes Hospital Prosthetic Orthotic Center will measure the child, then fabricate a custom-made cranial remolding helmet to meet the child’s individual needs. The device will then be fit to the child and adjusted as the child’s head reshapes.

For additional information on cranial remolding helmets, insurance coverage, or to schedule an appointment, call the Helen Hayes Hospital Prosthetic Orthotic Center in West Haverstraw at 845-786-4122, or in Poughkeepsie at 845-471-3703. Services are provided at both locations.

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Helen Hayes Hospital Researchers Awarded Major Osteoporosis Grant from National Institutes of Health

The world renowned osteoporosis research team at Helen Hayes Hospital, New York State’s premier physical rehabilitation and research facility, has been awarded a further five year $2.5 million osteoporosis research grant by the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin diseases (NIAMS), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The hospital’s researchers were awarded this current grant to study how parathyroid hormone rebuilds bone structure that is destroyed by the devastating bone-wasting disease osteoporosis. Parathyroid Hormone (Teriparatide), which was approved for treatment of osteoporosis by the Food and Drug Administration in 2003, is the only osteoporosis medication currently available that actually rebuilds bone and reverses the damage caused by the disease. Lead investigator Dr. Robert Lindsay explains it this way. “As bone mass is lost the structural components of bone are also lost.  This change in bone architecture is a major reason for the bone fractures that result from osteoporosis. That teriparatide restores the architecture of bone is clear, but how it does so is still not fully understood. This grant will allow us to study, in humans, the ways in which teriparatide stimulates the formation of new bone tissue. This has the potential to benefit all patients who have osteoporosis today and give us insight into other ways that treatments could benefit bone, potentially leading to a cure for this debilitating disease.”

The award-winning osteoporosis group, led by Dr. Robert Lindsay, includes other internationally renowned investigators at Helen Hayes Hospital including Dr. Felicia Cosman, Dr. David Dempster and Dr. Jeri Nieves.

The team at HHH has spent several years studying parathyroid hormone (teriparatide), and the researchers are recognized as pioneers in their knowledge about its effects on bone. In a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine* earlier this year, on a study led by Dr. Felicia Cosman, the group showed that parathyroid hormone uniquely stimulates the formation of new bone, and does so even in patients previously treated with alendronate (Fosamax), currently the most commonly used treatment for osteoporosis. Dr. Lindsay noted, “This study is an exciting and logical follow on to that paper. Here we are examining how parathyroid hormone affects cells in bone in women with osteoporosis.”  Dr. Jeri Nieves, who will spearhead the statistical analysis of this new study, noted that, “this study is carefully designed to yield the maximum information. One exciting feature is that all participants receive free treatment and medical care throughout the study.”

The group at Helen Hayes Hospital has been in the forefront of osteoporosis research, supported by the National Institutes of Health for almost 20 years, with ground breaking research into the structural changes occurring in bone as osteoporosis develops, as well as into strategies for treatment of the disease.  In addition, Helen Hayes Hospital coordinates the New York State  Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program (NYSOPEP), for which Dr. Nieves is the principal investigator and Dr. Lindsay a member of the State Advisory Council. The investigators are faculty members of Columbia University. Dr. Cosman is medical director for the National Osteoporosis Foundation and Dr. Lindsay serves as a Foundation board member. In addition to research, the osteoporosis programs at Helen Hayes Hospital include an inpatient post hip fracture rehabilitation service, bone density screening, and an outpatient metabolic bone disease clinic, particularly for osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease of the skeleton in which the bones become weak and break easily. Osteoporosis causes more than 1.5 million bone fractures each year in the USA alone, and as the population of baby boomers ages, the problem will only become greater. It is estimated that as many as 40 million Americans have or are at risk of osteoporosis. In 2002, it was estimated that $18 billion was spent treating Americans with osteoporosis-related fractures.  These fractures, especially fractures of the hip, can result in death, loss of independence, and are one of the leading reasons women enter nursing homes in the United States.

To learn more about this and other studies at Helen Hayes Hospital, call 845- 786 –4804.

*Cosman et al NEJM July 2006

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Rehabilitation Hospital to Sponsor Adapted Golf Workshop

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, New York will sponsor a half-day educational program, “Tee Off Time for Adaptive Golf: playing, teaching, establishing a program,” on Monday April 10, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program is designed for professionals who teach golf, or are involved with adaptive opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities, including PGA and LPGA pros, therapeutic recreation specialists, physical and occupational therapists and parks and recreation staff.

Helen Hayes Hospital’s GolfAbility specialists will share their expertise on what is involved in setting up an adaptive golf program, including options for funding. They will discuss individuals who may benefit, including those with spinal cord injury, amputation, stroke, arthritis and other mobility impairments, and how these individuals can best be accommodated on the course. Participants will learn about adaptive equipment which is available, including single rider carts, and will able to try out adaptive techniques, skills and equipment during the hands-on session of the program.

Program instructors will be: Eileen Andreassi, CTRS, Director of Recreational Therapy, Helen Hayes Hospital; David Wickes, CTRS, Recreational Therapist, GolfAbility Coordinator, Helen Hayes Hospital; and John Stuart, Instructor, Eastern Amputee Golf Association. Recreation Therapists will receive three continuing education units (CEU’s) for attendance. In addition, the LPGA has approved the course for two non-LPGA certification units (CU’s) and PGA credits are pending.

This program is free of charge. Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-call basis. To Register, or for additional information, call 845-786-4200

GolfAbility is Helen Hayes Hospital’s instructional program to teach the basics of golf, and promote golf as a rewarding leisure activity, to individuals with disabilities and mobility impairments. The program encourages individuals with disabilities who have never considered golf to take up the game and also seeks to prevent golfers from giving up the game due to injury, illness or age related conditions. GolfAbility is funded through the continuing support of the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation and the North Rockland Lions Club.

Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the nation’s leading specialty physical rehabilitation hospitals, helping to restore mobility and independence to individuals recovering from catastrophic injuries and chronic debilitating illnesses, enabling them to move on to active and productive lives.

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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 spring. The seminars will be repeated on four dates:

  • Monday, March 6. 2006
  • Tuesday April 4, 2006
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2006
  • Tuesday, June 13, 2006

All programs will take place from 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw.

The seminars are open to hospital patients, as well as individuals in the community who have already had a bone mineral density test or 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- 786-4701.

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Hospital to Host Blood Drive

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will host a Blood Drive on Tuesday, February 7, 2006, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM in the hospital’s auditorium.

Hudson Valley Blood Services, which operates the drive, has declared an emergency blood shortage. In particular, there is a critical need for donors with O- and B- blood types. All eligible donors are urgently encouraged to come out and donate blood. All donors will receive a free total cholesterol screening. 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 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. 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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Hospital Hosts Art Exhibit

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw is hosting an exhibit featuring the works of John F. Gould (1906-1996). The exhibit, which is being coordinated with the Bethlehem Art Gallery, marks the beginning of the centennial year celebration of the artist and his talent. It will include a selection of original pieces, as well as giclee paper and canvas prints and will be on display from December 9, 2005 through January 31, 2006.

From the Statue of Liberty northward to Kingston, New York, Mr. Gould brought the historic Hudson River Valley alive in color and character. In a career spanning more than seventy years as an artist/illustrator, he painted the majestic Hudson River scenes of Bear Mountain, Newburgh, Beacon, Poughkeepsie and Saugerties.

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Mr. Gould studied art at Pratt Institute and later served as an instructor at the school for 22 years. He was a prominent illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post and an illustrator for many national corporations. In 1957, he established the Bethlehem Art Gallery, now located in Salisbury Mills, New York.

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 845-786-4225.

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Hospital Seeks Volunteers for Research Study into Osteoporosis Treatment

The Helen Hayes Hospital Clinical Research Center is one of a select group of sites nationwide where women with osteoporosis have the opportunity to participate in a research study examining new treatment options for osteoporosis.

The IQ Study is evaluating a once-monthly oral medication, which is already approved for the treatment of osteoporosis. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the medication’s effectiveness on bone quality and strength at the hip.

To be eligible for the study, a woman must be postmenopausal for at least twelve months, between the ages of 55 and 80, and already diagnosed with osteoporosis. Individuals who qualify and choose to participate will receive study-related medical care, including physical examinations and study medication, free of charge.

More than eight million women currently have osteoporosis, and millions more are at risk. It is a preventable disease that causes weakening of the bones and a loss of bone mass, resulting in fractures and disability. Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the nation’s leading centers in osteoporosis research.

For additional information, please call study coordinator JoAnn Cruz, RN at 845-786-4802.

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Physical Therapy Coordinator Appointed at Outpatient Rehabilitation Center

Daniel M. Bodkin, PT has been appointed unit coordinator of outpatient physical therapy services at the Helen Hayes Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Nyack Hospital. Mr. Bodkin comes to the center with a strong background in both the provision and administration of therapeutic care.

Mr. Bodkin joins Helen Hayes Hospital from Beth Israel Medical Center, where he most recently served as program manager of outpatient therapy services. Prior to that, he was the manager of the institution’s inpatient rehabilitation unit and also served as the senior physical therapist of acute orthopedics. In addition, Mr. Bodkin has a strong clinical background in treating patients with orthopedic conditions and in post surgical rehabilitation, and has a strong interest in manual therapy and techniques.

Mr. Bodkin is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy, and is currently working towards his manual therapy certification.  He is resident of West Nyack, New York.

In his new position, Mr. Bodkin will oversee the physical therapy program at the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. The center is staffed by licensed physical therapists and assistants, including therapists who specialize in orthopedic and sports related injuries. Following an initial thorough evaluation, therapists develop an individualized treatment plan and goals for each patient, using a range of techniques, approaches and equipment. Therapists also prescribe home exercise programs and educate patients on how to prevent recurring injury.

The Helen Hayes Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Nyack Hospital provides physical, occupational and speech therapy services. To schedule an appointment, call 845-786-4640.

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Hospital Gala Scheduled

The annual Helen Hayes Hospital Gala, a benefit for the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw, will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2005 at the Pearl River Hilton in Pearl River, New York. Sponsored by the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation, this year’s event will honor three individuals who help others live their life to the fullest potential. The Gala will begin with a cocktail reception at 4:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:00 p.m.

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.

Receiving the 2005 Helen Hayes MacArthur Award at this year’s Gala will be Montel Williams, John T. Pellicone, M.D. and John R. Reynolds. Past recipients include Governor George Pataki, Christopher Reeve, Rosie O’Donnell, Dikembe Mutombo, Lily Tomlin, Arthur Ashe, John Hockenberry, and Edward James Olmos.

Emmy Award winning television host, producer, author and philanthropist Montel Williams is being honored for his commitment to helping individuals cope with Multiple Sclerosis, as well as his support of research into a cure and his advocacy and educational efforts. Much of this work is accomplished through his Montel Williams MS Foundation.

As a board certified pulmonologist, Dr. John Pellicone provides exemplary patient care. As the Medical Director at both Helen Hayes Hospital and Nyack Hospital, he also provides the extraordinary leadership that enables both institutions to offer outstanding programs and services to the community. Dr. Pellicone is a resident of New City, NY.

John Reynolds, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital for Special Surgery, is being recognized for his leadership of this world-renowned specialty orthopedic hospital, where he oversees all clinical, academic, research, administrative and operational activities. He is a resident of New City, NY.

Along with benefiting the hospital, this evening’s Gala will also raise funds for those in need in the devastated region of the Gulf coast. When planning for this event commenced many months ago, the committee selected the theme “New Orleans Style” intending to celebrate the spirit and beauty of one of our nation’s most unique cities. In light of Hurricane Katrina’s massive and overwhelming destruction in New Orleans, this event has now taken on significance beyond the Foundation’s original mission. Proceeds from several silent auction items will directly benefit the Department of Physical Therapy of the Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions. Many of the school’s faculty and students have lost everything.

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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Hospital to Host Blood Drive

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will host a Blood Drive on Wednesday, November 9, 2005, from 10:00 AM to 3:30 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 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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Parathyroid Hormone Therapy Demonstrates Benefit in Osteoporosis

An NIH sponsored study finds that women with osteoporosis showed biochemical evidence of increased bone formation when given Parathyroid Hormone treatment, even after they had been on alendronate (Fosamax) for long periods. A cyclic regimen of parathyroid hormone might be as effective as a daily regimen at increasing bone density of the spine, even when less of the PTH drug is used. Increasing bone density reduces the risk of fractures, which are the major complication of osteoporosis.

The results of the study are reported in the August 11 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. The principal investigator and lead author of the study is Felicia Cosman M.D., medical director of the Clinical Research Center and osteoporosis specialist at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, New York.

The study evaluated whether patients treated with long-term alendronate, a standard medication for osteoporosis, have a good response to parathyroid hormone treatment. Prior investigations had led to questions about whether these two medications could be used in combination or in sequence. The study also addressed whether short, three-month cycles of parathyroid hormone therapy could be as effective as daily administration. Parathyroid hormone, or PTH, initially stimulates bone formation and later increases the entire bone remodeling process, which includes both degradation and rebuilding of bone. The concept of cyclic administration of parathyroid hormone was based on the hypothesis that early direct stimulation of bone formation by parathyroid hormone might be more important to the ultimate accrual of bone mineral density than later activation of bone remodeling by parathyroid hormone.

Researchers randomly assigned 126 women with osteoporosis who had been taking alendronate for at least one year to daily parathyroid hormone injections, 3-month PTH injections alternating with 3-month periods without parathyroid hormone, or alendronate alone for 15 months. Women in the two PTH groups also stayed on alendronate. The women were recruited at Helen Hayes Hospital and at the Saint Barnabas Osteoporosis Center in Livingston, New Jersey and were given PTH 1-34, which is the same compound currently marketed by Eli Lilly as Forteo.

In both parathyroid hormone groups, markers of bone formation activity rose prominently and rapidly. Among the women, who were receiving cyclic treatment, bone formation declined during cycles without parathyroid hormone and increased again during periods when the medication was administered. Bone breakdown also increased in both PTH groups but increased progressively more in the daily treatment group than in the cyclic-therapy group. The greater ratio of bone building to bone breakdown activity in the cyclic group may explain why the cyclic regimen was as effective as the daily regimen at improving bone density, despite the fact that only 60% of the drug was used in the cyclic regimen.

The data suggest that, after prior and continuing treatment with alendronate, the administration of parathyroid hormone stimulates bone formation and enhances spinal bone mass. “Many women with osteoporosis who have previously been treated with bisphosphonates might benefit from PTH therapy,” states Cosman. “Treatment with PTH should be considered for patients who have previously received alendronate or other bisphosphonates and are still at high risk for fracture.” She suggests that parathyroid hormone may further reduce the incidence of vertebral deformity in patients who have previously been treated with alendronate, although this possibility would need to be confirmed in a larger trial.

The data additionally suggest that intermittent cyclic treatment with PTH produces effects on bone mineral density similar to those induced by daily administration, but at a lower cost and with less effort on the part of patients.

The study did not address the distinct clinical issue of concomitant treatment with PTH and alendronate in patients who have never been treated for osteoporosis. That is the subject of a companion article in the same issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. That article indicates that for women, who have not been on bisphosphonate medications previously, the use of PTH followed by alendronate may be the most effective bone building sequence.

PTH 1-34 is the first bone-building drug to be used to treat osteoporosis, and is currently approved as Forteo for use for up to two years in postmenopausal women and men at high risk of osteoporosis related fracture.

This study was sponsored by the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders, part of the NIH. Other investigators of the study were Jeri Nieves, PhD., Marsha Zion, M.S., Lillian Woelfert, R.N., and Robert Lindsay, M.D., all with the Clinical Research Center at Helen Hayes Hospital, and Marjorie Luckey, M.D. from St. Barnabas Osteoporosis Center in Livingston, NJ.

For additional information about osteoporosis, visit the website of the New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program at www.nysopep.org.

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Helen Hayes Hospital Honors Outstanding Employees

The second annual Helen Hayes Hospital CEO Awards were presented on June 21 in a ceremony in the rehabilitation hospital’s Noyes Conference Center. Eight hospital employees were honored for consistently going above and beyond the call of duty and exemplifying the legacy of caring and tradition of accomplishment which Helen Hayes Hospital is known for.

Chief Executive Officer Magdalena Ramirez started off by saying, “While these employees come from eight different areas of the hospital, they share common traits. Their work does not begin or end with their job description and they can always be counted on to excel in their respective position.”

Ms. Ramirez then presented the Awards to each employee, sharing information about what makes the staff member special and deserving of the honor. Excerpts of the presentations follow.
Barbara Hanley, Director of Physical Therapy: Ms. Hanley is a true leader who sets high standards of excellence in patient care, has nurtured research in the department, encouraged her staff to become involved with professional organizations, fostered the importance of continuing education and developed an incredible student education program.

Tamara Lopez, Medical Technologist Clinical Laboratory: Known for her gentle touch and vivacious personality, Ms. Lopez is a skilled medical technician who consistently steps up to bat when her department needs to score. Her bright and caring disposition immediately puts her patients at ease and she simultaneously develops and easy rapport with patients and co-workers alike.

Marc Michalowicz, DDS, M SC, Chief of Dental Medicine: Dr. Michalowicz has infused the dental service with energy, spirit and an upbeat attitude. He is a staunch advocate for the developmentally disabled and he has made the Dental Medicine service at HHH a nationally renowned center of excellence in the care of patients with special needs and in the training of dental residents, who have gone on to care for special needs patients at programs across the country.

John Oldfield, Security Officer: Mr. Oldfield has been an anchor on the 4:00 p.m. to midnight shift for years. Whether he is answering the phone at the desk, running a fire drill or checking on visitors, HHH is a safer place when John is on duty. He has discovered cars unlocked with the keys in them, has assisted local police departments and does not hesitate to escort staff members to their cars.

Marvin Reynolds, Environmental Services: Approaching 40 years of service, Mr. Reynolds is an HHH institution who cares for our hospital with loyalty and dedication. In fact, it’s hard to imagine the hospital without him. He plays an instrumental role in hospital operations on every unit. During his daily tours of duty, he takes the time to talk with patients and staff alike.

Carmen Rodriguez, CNA: To say that Ms. Rodriquez is a ray of sunshine is perhaps an understatement…she lights up the entire unit with her cheer, laughter and beautiful voice. She is not just attentive to the physical needs of her patients, she cares deeply about each of them, doing everything in her power to make them feel good about themselves and to enable them to benefit from the rehabilitation process. When former patients come back to visit, they make a beeline for Carmen’s warm welcome back hug.

Toniann Rubin, RN: The epitome of professionalism and dedication, Ms. Rubin is a shining star of the nursing department. She is totally dedicated to her patients with spinal cord injury and serves as a vital advocate on her patient’s behalf. She has taken on leadership roles in numerous projects and initiatives and she consistently seeks out professional development opportunities, striving to incorporate best practices and new techniques into patient care.

Rosemary Thornton, RN: A stronghold in the nursing department for 30 years, Ms. Thornton is widely respected and deeply appreciated by staff members from every department. She quickly responds and effectively deals with any issue and has demonstrated, time and again, her dedication to the mission of our hospital.

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