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Well Elderly and Driving

As we age, we strive to maintain our independence. For many, this includes the ability to drive. Driving is a complex task that requires the coordination of many skills, from basic movements to quick reaction times. Yet subtle changes in … Continue reading

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2015 Adapted Sports, Recreation and Living Expo to be Held at Helen Hayes Hospital April 11th

The 6th Annual Helen Hayes Hospital Adapted Sports, Recreation and Living Expo will be held April 11th from 11am – 4pm in the atrium of the hospital located in West Haverstraw, NY. The Expo will showcase adapted sports and recreation … Continue reading

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Hospital to Hold Emergency Drill

Helen Hayes hospital will conduct a “Code Silver: Deadly Aggressive Behavior Drill” on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. The drill will be held in conjunction with the Rockland County Office of Emergency Management and the Rockland County REACT Team. The drill … Continue reading

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Local Chapter of United Spinal Association Established at Rehabilitation Hospital

Helen Hayes Hospital has been named as the headquarters for the newly created Hudson Valley Chapter of the United Spinal Association. The charitable organization will provide free membership and offer resources, advocacy, ongoing education and peer support to individuals with … Continue reading

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United Spinal Hudson Valley Chapter

Pioneers in SCI Empowerment Helen Hayes Hospital is happy to announce we have started the Hudson Valley Chapter of The United Spinal Association. The Hudson Valley Chapter is a united effort of dedicated individuals dedicated to enhancing the lives of … Continue reading

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REHABILITATION HOSPITAL APPOINTS MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Marjorie L. King, MD, MAACVPR, FACC, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, according to Edmund J. Coletti, Chief Executive Officer. A graduate of Dickinson College, Dr. King received her medical degree from the … Continue reading

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Rewiring the Brain: Cutting Edge Rehabilitation Techniques

Neuroplasticity, mirror therapy and graded motor imagery At Helen Hayes Hospital, we as clinicians strive to provide the most dynamic and most effective therapies available within our professional practices. Over the 27 years of my practicing occupational therapy, many new … Continue reading

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Rehab Post Joint Replacement

Intense inpatient rehab offers patients maximal gains Helen Hayes Hospital’s state of the art and highly acclaimed orthopedic rehabilitation unit offers an innovative and intensive therapy program, specially designed for patients who have recently had hip or knee replacement surgery. … Continue reading

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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 is offering comprehensive Bone Health Education Seminars. The seminars will be repeated on the following two dates: Monday February 9, 2015                 5:30 pm – 8:30 … Continue reading

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Helen Hayes Hospital to Host Programs on Groundbreaking Osseointegration Surgery for Amputees: Lectures for Clinicians & Patients

Helen Hayes Hospital to Host Programs on Groundbreaking Osseointegration Surgery for Amputees: Lectures for Clinicians & Patients Dr. Munjed Al Muderis, the world’s leading expert in osseointegration surgery for amputees, will present two lectures at Helen Hayes Hospital in West … Continue reading

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Ensuring a Seamless Continuum of Rehabilitation Care

Meeting the needs of patients and their referring clinicians Just recently, we announced the appointment of Mindy Tallis, RN, BSN to the position of Director of Utilization Management at Helen Hayes Hospital. A dedicated member of the HHH staff for … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Meditation in a Rehabilitation Setting

An adjunct therapy that speeds recovery My name is Sarah White and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have worked at Helen Hayes Hospital for four and a half years, starting as a Case Manager and in 2014, … Continue reading

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Medicare and Medicaid Now Cover Heart Failure Patients for Cardiac Rehab Helen Hayes Hospital Integral in the Process

Up until this year, Medicare and Medicaid only covered a patient for participation in cardiac rehab if they had diagnoses of: • Heart attack within the preceding 12 months • Coronary artery bypasses surgery within the preceding 6 months • … Continue reading

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Rehabilitation Hospital Appoints Behavioral Health Director

Andrew Hornstein, M.D. has been appointed Director of Behavioral Health at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, according to John T. Pellicone, M.D., Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Hornstein received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in … Continue reading

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Staying Safe This Winter: Cold Weather Tips For The Family

With the official start of winter just around the corner, and the first Hudson Valley snowfall under our belts, it’s the perfect time to review cold-weather safety. Use this refresher on some of the dangers of cold weather to keep … Continue reading

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Utilization Director Appointed at Rehabilitation Hospital

Mindy Tallis, RN, BSN, has been appointed the Director of Utilization Management at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw. Ms. Tallis will oversee both the Admission Department and the Case Management/Discharge Department in her new role at the specialty physical … Continue reading

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Helping Patients Emerge From Coma

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and highlight a particular program that we have here at Helen Hayes Hospital that is very close to my heart. My name is Shana McGann and I am a Certified Brain … Continue reading

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Medicare Open Enrollment Time

Key points to consider when making your selection between traditional Medicare & Managed Medicare plans – and just how does inpatient rehab fit in? Ah, fall is in the air. Brisk temperatures, the crunch of leaves underfoot, and every other … Continue reading

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New CEO Appointed at Helen Hayes Hospital

        Howard Zucker, M.D., J.D., Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, has announced the appointment of Edmund J. Coletti as Chief Executive Officer of Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw. Mr. Coletti previously served the rehabilitation … Continue reading

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A Classic Is Always A Classic

Thanks to all for a very successful 2014 Classic Race Helen Hayes Hospital would like to thank the hundreds of racers and race supporters who joined us on October 5th and made the 2015 Helen Hayes Hospital Classic Race and … Continue reading

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Cautious Optimism: an exciting time to be working in spinal cord injury rehabilitation

The recent announcement of the recovery of a spinal cord injured patient from complete injury to motor incomplete gives me an opportunity to reflect on this eighth year anniversary of my working at Helen Hayes Hospital (HHH) as the Director … Continue reading

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Ambulatory Care Services at Helen Hayes Hospital

Promoting a smooth continuum to outpatient care. Ambulatory Care – or Outpatient-Services are an integral link in the continuum of care at Helen Hayes Hospital. Within this department, specialized nurses assess each patient to gather information and are able to … Continue reading

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Hidden in Plain Site – The Impact of Alcohol Disorders on Health and Rehabilitation

This is a topic that may be disturbing to some readers and in my opinion, it should be. As a psychologist Board Certified by the American Psychological Association in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Alcohol and Other Substance Use Disorders, … Continue reading

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Bringing Back the Classic Race – A Great Competition For All Abilities

All of us at Helen Hayes Hospital are thrilled to be bringing back the Helen Hayes Hospital Classic Race on October 5, 2014. The fist Classic took place in the pouring rain in 1983, but that did not dampen the … Continue reading

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Celebrating Remarkable Recoveries

September is particularly special at Helen Hayes. In addition to the many exciting programs listed on our calendar, our annual Honors Assembly will be held on the 16th at 1:30pm. During this ceremony, our community, staff, patients and their families … Continue reading

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Providing Psychotherapy Services on a Traumatic Brain Injury Service

Hello, I’d like to take a brief moment to introduce myself as I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting all of you. My name is Jessica Redis and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing psychotherapy to … Continue reading

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Accuracy of Info on the Web

“Don’t believe everything you read” a primer on healthy web searching This long-standing piece of wisdom was good advice to follow in the past for anything in print, and is even more applicable today with the avalanche of online information … Continue reading

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Run, Roll & Stroll – the Helen Hayes Hospital Classic Race is Back rehabilitation hospital brings back competition for runners and wheelchair racers

True classics never fade away- they come back stronger than ever, and that’s certainly the case with the Helen Hayes Hospital Classic 10K Race & Fun Run. This inspirational athletic event for individuals of all abilities is scheduled for Sunday, … Continue reading

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Hospital To Host CarFit Event; program promotes vehicle safety for older drivers

A CarFit event, which offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them, will take place at Helen Hayes Hospital on Saturday September 27, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. CarFit is a nationwide … Continue reading

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GolfAbility 2014

A great season to learn to play golf! The 2014 GolfAbility season wrapped up on Monday, June 30 with the traditional weenie roast and pitch/putt competition. The grand prize was a Calloway Golf Bag donated by our LPGA pro, Joyce … Continue reading

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The Value of Accreditation

Currently, Helen Hayes Hospital is waiting for its every three year on-site survey by The Joint Commission (TJC). This survey is an “unannounced” survey and helps to ensure that that the Hospital is always survey ready. The stated mission of … Continue reading

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Fitness Myths, Busted

Do you feel intimidated about joining a wellness program? Hopefully, this will help clear up some stereotypes. Myth: Gyms are for young people. Fact: Seniors should exercise even more than younger people to counteract the natural decline in muscle strength … Continue reading

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Osteoporosis and Bone Health- a Primer

May is National Osteoporosis Month – the perfect time to think about your bone health. We thought it would be a good opportunity to cover some basic facts. About 85-90% of adult bone mass is acquired by age 18 in … Continue reading

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Stroke Rehabilitation at Helen Hayes Hospital

Stroke Rehabilitation at HHH includes both inpatient and outpatient services, offering a continuum of care from the acute Inpatient Neurology program to our Outpatient Neurology services. When patients are admitted to Helen Hayes Hospital, we are proud to be able … Continue reading

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May Is National Stroke Awareness Month It’s time to get the facts and be “stroke smart”

• The National Stroke Association wants everyone to be “Stroke Smart” by… o Reducing Stroke Risk o Recognizing Stroke Symptoms o Responding quickly by calling 911 at the first sign of stroke • Stroke Facts o Stroke is a leading … Continue reading

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The HHH Foundation- advancing the mission of the region’s premiere rehab hospital

There is always something happening at the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation! Just in this past year we funded the building of a “Smart Apartment” on the hospital campus. This amazing therapeutic and learning center is engineered with cutting edge communication … Continue reading

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Hospital To Host CarFit Event

Program promotes vehicle safety for older drivers A CarFit event, which offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them, will take place at Helen Hayes Hospital on Saturday May 17, 2014 from 9:00 am … Continue reading

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Physical Rehabilitation Medicine Celebrates a Milestone

Helen Hayes Hospital recently participated in the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, (AAPM&R) annual Assembly at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The AAPM&R invited rehabilitation hospitals and … Continue reading

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Why Risk Googling? Go for Health Information with a Reputation!

Many people, perhaps most, have questions about health matters. Libraries—hospital, public and otherwise—often get calls asking for health information, and where to find it. To help with questions like these, the Medical Library Association (MLA) asked the Consumer and Patient … Continue reading

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ALERT: Due to the Weather

ALERT: Due to the weather, ALL outpatient services are being cancelled for Thursday, February 13.

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A Valentine’s Day Primer…Making Sense of the New Cholesterol Guidelines

A Valentine’s Day Primer…Making Sense of the New Cholesterol Guidelines The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recently released new guidelines about treatment with cholesterol lowering medications to reduce heart attack or stroke. The experts who developed these … Continue reading

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ALERT: Due to the weather

ALERT: Due to the weather, ALL outpatient therapy visits are being cancelled for Wednesday, February 5. In addition, the Wellness Center and Pool will be closed.

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PRESS RELEASE: Hospital to Host Adapted Sports, Recreation & Living Expo

Helen Hayes Hospital will host an “Adapted Sports, Recreation & Living Expo” on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw. The event is free of charge and is open … Continue reading

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Perspective, Gratitude and Resilience-Some Beginning of the Year Thoughts on Rehabilitation

For you faithful readers of the Helen Hayes Hospital blog and for newer readers as well, let me begin by wishing you and your loved one’s a happy, safe and healthy year to come. My title at Helen Hayes is … Continue reading

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PRESS RELEASE: Make Your Home –eSmart! Rehabilitation Hospital Offers Home Accessibility Workshops

The Helen Hayes Hospital Center for Rehabilitation Technology is hosting a series of “Make Your Home e-Smarter” workshops. The programs are designed for anyone interested in learning more about accessible e-smart homes (electronically smart homes), including patients, family members, care … Continue reading

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PRESS RELEASE: Hospital Blood Drive Scheduled

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will host a Blood Drive on Wednesday February 19, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM in the hospital’s Auditorium. There is a continuous need for blood donors in the Hudson Valley region. All … Continue reading

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Transitioning into the Community Following Brain Injury

On November 1, 2013, The Transitional Rehabilitation Center at Helen Hayes Hospital celebrated twelve years of serving the brain injury community. The Center’s Structured Day Program serves the community of brain injury survivors in the lower Hudson Valley who have … Continue reading

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MYOFASCIAL RELEASE: IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?

Myofascial mobilization is as old as human history itself. The current schools of myofascial manipulation are influenced not only by the most current evidenced based science, but what has been learned from in the past, as well. There are early … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy offered in our 92-94 degree therapeutic pool offers many advantages and benefits to individuals recovering from all phases of injury or illness. The scope of patient diagnoses treated in our pool is surprisingly vast, encompassing everything from post-surgical, … Continue reading

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Helen Hayes Hospital Introduces Side-Alternating Vibration Therapy to its Rehab Programs

Vibration therapy is a type of neuro-muscular re-education, a treatment technique or exercise performed by an individual with the purpose of improving, via the nervous system, the level of communication between the body and the brain. Because of the fact … Continue reading

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