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Adapted Sports Dates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary M. Creagh May 28, 2013 (845) 786-4225 HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES ADAPTED SPORTS EVENTS The Helen Hayes Hospital Adapted Sports &Recreation Program announces a schedule of upcoming activities. Prior experience is not required and participants will receive … Continue reading

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Helen Hayes Hospital Named Paralympic Sports Club Chapter

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, New York has been named a Paralympic Sport Club. Through it’s Adapted Sports & Recreation Programs, the Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to creating a bridge between sports, physical activity and wellness and individuals … Continue reading

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The WalkAide System: Treatment for Foot Drop

The Prosthetic Orthotic Center at Helen Hayes Hospital is a certified center to provide the WalkAide system. The WalkAide system simulates the typical nerve-to-muscle signals in the leg and foot, causing the foot to lift at the appropriate time in … Continue reading

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Stroke: Act FAST

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and I’d like to take this opportunity to make sure our readers know some of the basic facts about stroke, and give them some resources to consult if they want to know more. Many of … Continue reading

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Speech Language & Audiology Services at HHH

Happy Better Speech and Hearing Month! May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about communication disorders and to promoting treatment of these disorders. It is a time to educate the public on treatments that … Continue reading

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May is Osteoporosis Prevention & Awareness Month

Follow these tips for healthy bones!   Smoking Harms Bones. By Quitting smoking you can improve the quality of your bones and your overall health.   The formula for Stronger Bones: Get the Recommended C (Calcium) + D (Vitamin D) … Continue reading

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Therapy is Over, Now What?

Craving increased energy and flexibility?  Here’s a solution!   Are you looking for an exercise program that will increase your flexibility, balance, core strength and energy level while at the same time lowering your stress and pain? Then the Ai … Continue reading

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Helen Hayes Hospital Clinical Laboratory: Who is Running My Lab Tests?

Research has shown that at least 70% of all medical decisions rely on some sort of laboratory data. The Clinical Laboratory at Helen Hayes Hospital is licensed by the New York State Department of Health, and accredited by the College … Continue reading

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Hints for Older Drivers

As we get older, there are many physical and cognitive changes that impact on our driving skills. While no one can stop the aging process, there are many things you can do to maximize your driving skills. One step can … Continue reading

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Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month

April is National OT month – and by that we are not referring to overtime- but to Occupational Therapy! OT is an integral part of a patient’s rehabilitation program and a key reason they are admitted to a specialty physical … Continue reading

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The Smart Apartment: CRT Bridges the Gap Between Regaining Function and Regaining Quality of Life

The Center for Rehabilitation Technology (CRT), a clinical department of Helen Hayes Hospital, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. The overall goal of the Center is to provide skilled assessments, trial of devices/software, and training on … Continue reading

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Hand Therapy: A Certified Hand Therapist Makes All the Difference

Are you a new post-operative hand patient? Does hand arthritis limit your activities? Does it hurt to use the computer or even lift a cup of coffee? Perhaps you have been newly diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, or … Continue reading

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Best Practices in Wound Care: Spinal Cord Injury Service leads the way

The Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Service at Helen Hayes Hospital is a wonderful and amazing place and I am proud to serve there as the Nurse Manager. Our team of rehabilitation specialists provide the most up to date medical care … Continue reading

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Facial & Temporomandibular Joint Pain

Multi-faceted treatments relieve symptoms According to a study published in 2011, facial or temporomandibular joint pain and muscle disorder (TMJMD) is experienced by 75% of the US population. TMJMD ranks as one of the most commonly occurring conditions resulting in … Continue reading

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Brain Injuries Do Not Discriminate – A Primer on TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 30.5% of all injury related deaths in the United State are related to TBI. On an annual … Continue reading

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Hospital to Host Care Transitions Conference

Program to focus on easing patient transitions from hospital to home Helen Hayes Hospital will host a conference entitled Hospital to Home: Improving Care Transitions & Outcomes, on Thursday May 9, 2013. The program takes place from 8:30 am to … Continue reading

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Hospital to Host Adapted Sports, Recreation & Living Expo

Helen Hayes Hospital will host an “Adapted Sports, Recreation & Living Expo” on Saturday, April 6, 2013 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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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 4, 2013 from 9:00 am … Continue reading

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Outpatient Medicare Therapy Benefits: what do therapy caps mean to you?

As part of The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, CMS implemented therapy caps for hospital outpatient departments. HHH has received many inquiries about what the therapy caps mean for you, as an individual. The therapy … Continue reading

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Warm Water Therapy Relieves Arthritis Discomfort

“Before I started the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program, I had pain in my legs and arms. Sometimes the pain was so bad, it kept me from sleeping. Since I started three years ago, my pain has subsided.” -Nancy, Osteoarthritis The … Continue reading

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Flu Vaccination: of critical importance for healthcare professionals

As you have recently heard through news reports, the Centers for Disease Control is reporting a “worse than average flu season this year.” There have been 30 pediatric deaths in the United States, including four in New York State, as … Continue reading

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Brain Injury Specialist Training

Recently, a group of Helen Hayes Hospital staff from our Brain Injury unit pursued credentialing to become Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS), thru the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists developed this … Continue reading

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Warm Water Therapy Relieves Arthritis Discomfort

“Before I started the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program, I had pain in my legs and arms. Sometimes the pain was so bad, it kept me from sleeping. Since I started three years ago, my pain has subsided.” -Nancy, Osteoarthritis The … Continue reading

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Managing Pain After Orthopedic Surgery

a key to successful post-operative rehabilitation Pain is defined by the World Health Organization as “an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.” After orthopedic surgeries such as … Continue reading

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Reflex Control Could Improve Walking After Incomplete Spinal Injuries

A training regimen to adjust the body’s motor reflexes may help improve mobility for some people with incomplete spinal cord injuries, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. During training, the participants were instructed to suppress … Continue reading

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Nutrition for Healthy Bones

Everyone is concerned about what they eat but do not always think beyond the calories. Many nutrients are essential for overall health. A recent paper published in Osteoporosis International reviewed the role of nutrition in bone health based on information … Continue reading

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New Human Resources Director Appointed at Rehabilitation Hospital

Lisamarie Valla has been appointed Director of Human Resources at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw. Ms. Valla joins the physical rehabilitation hospital with an extensive and diverse background in the human resources field. Most recently, she served as Assistant … Continue reading

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Understanding Medicare Coverage in Rehabilitation.

Many people have difficulty in understanding the requirements for a patient to be admitted to a rehabilitation facility. A potential patient must first meet the requirements set forth by Medicare. To help in understanding the criteria for admission to a … Continue reading

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Our New Year’s Resolution: sharing our expertise

Like just about everyone else, we are starting off the New Year with a few hospital-wide resolutions. And like just about all resolutions- they are designed to enhance our overall well-being. However, they also have an important underlying goal: to … Continue reading

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Helen Hayes Hospital Appoints New Medical Records Director

Helen Hayes Hospital has announced the appointment of Janet Murgittroyd as Director of Medical Records. She will be responsible for managing the patient records of the rehabilitation hospital, according to Virgil Ennis, Chief Information Officer. Ms. Murgittroyd brings to her … Continue reading

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Helen Hayes Hospital Cardiologist Receives National Award

Marjorie L. King, MD, MAACVPR, FACC, Director of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Services at Helen Hayes Hospital, is the recipient of the 2012 American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation L. Kent Smith Award of Excellence. The Award is AACVPR’s most prestigious … Continue reading

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Dennis decides his own fate

The term ‘neuroscience research’ conjures up images of very serious people in lab coats and goggles, beakers and test tubes, and maybe a rat maze or two, in a cold, white laboratory. This may be a reality in some stages … Continue reading

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Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation presents: “A Night at the Races”

Title: Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation presents: “A Night at the Races” Location: Empire City Casino Description: FOR FUN & EXCITEMENT, THE CASINO’S THE PLACE! BUT DON’T FORGET THE HORSES… RELAX, DINE & WATCH THE RACE! Buffet Dinner in the Empire … Continue reading

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The Tablet Revolution – Apps for Everything

Title: The Tablet Revolution – Apps for EverythingLocation: Helen Hayes HospitalDescription: Tablets are with us everywhere: the classroom, workplace, coffee shop, park, car and at home. iPad, Android, and Windows Tablet Apps for people with disabilities can enhance communication, control … Continue reading

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Get Off Your Bony Butt!

Title: Get Off Your Bony Butt!Location: Helen Hayes HospitalDescription: Pressure Mapping can identify dangerous “hot spots” for people who sit for prolonged periods. Pressure-reducing wheelchair cushions can help preserve skin integrity and circulatory health. Date: 2012-05-22

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Control it All with Your Voice

Title: Control it All with Your VoiceLocation: Helen Hayes HospitalDescription: We live in a multi-tasking world with increasing hands-free electronic options. Come and learn how to control your computer, phone, iPad or tablet, and even appliances by voice.Date: 2012-04-19

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Wheelchair Users Can Sit-For-Le$$

Title: Wheelchair Users Can Sit-For-Le$$Location: Helen Hayes HospitalDescription: There are many wheelchair cushions and backs. CRT has more than 150 samples of varying contour, size and material. Come and learn about the latest general use seat and back cushions from … Continue reading

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CarFit

Title: CarFitLocation: Helen Hayes Hospital Parking lot GDescription: Open to the public. Free of charge, by appointment only. Call (845) 786-4809. A 20 minute, one-on-one consultation with a certified CarFit technician: • Mirror adjustments to reduce blind spots • Foot … Continue reading

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Adapted Sports

Title: Adapted Sports Location: Helen Hayes Atrium Description: A special one-day event showcasing an array of adapted sports and recreation opportunities, as well as products and services designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and seniors. Date: 2012-04-21 … Continue reading

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Access Newsletter

Inside the Access Summer 2011 addition we have articles on U.S.P.S Issues with the Helen Hayes commemorative stamp, and recognizing the National Nurse Week! Also, don’t forget to check this issue for information on the 1st Annual Charity Golf Outing. … Continue reading

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Helen Hayes Hosts Another Fun Adaptive Sailing Outing!

Recently, the HHH Adapted Sports and Recreation program hosted its annual Adapted Sailing event, with great success. We have been hosting this for the past six years in conjunction with the Nyack Boat Club (NBC) in Nyack, New York. The … Continue reading

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HHH Rehab Blog

Welcome to this first posting on Helen Hayes Hospital’s new blog – the Physical Rehab Blog. We’ve developed it as an extension of our web site and as a way to reach out to individuals with physical disabilities, prospective patients … Continue reading

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Hospital Blood Drive Scheduled

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will host a Blood Drive on Wednesday June 15, 2011, 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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Official Issuing of the Helen Hayes Commemorative Stamp

West Haverstraw, NY …  Helen Hayes Hospital will mark the official issuing of the Helen Hayes Commemorative Stamp at an event on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw. The entire community … Continue reading

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Adapted Sailing Program Scheduled

The Helen Hayes Hospital Adapted Sports and Recreation program, in conjunction with the Nyack Boat Club, will be hosting their sixth annual Adapted Sailing program this May. The program offers individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to learn to sail … Continue reading

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Adapted Golf Workshops & Outings Scheduled

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw has announced the schedule for the upcoming season of its GolfAbility program. GolfAbility is an adaptive golf instruction program to teach the basics of golf to individuals with disabilities. GolfAbility workshops and outings have … 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 April 30, 2011 from 9:00 am … Continue reading

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Hospital to Host Adapted Sports & Recreation Expo

Helen Hayes Hospital will host its fourth annual “Adapted Sports & Recreation Expo” on Saturday, April 16, 2011 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 … Continue reading

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Hospital Schedules Workshops in Assistive Technology

The Arnold Goldman Center for Assistive Technology at Helen Hayes Hospital is offering a series of free workshops focusing on an array of assistive technology products and services. Such technology enables individuals with physical disabilities to function at a higher … Continue reading

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Fundraiser to Benefit Physical Rehabilitation Hospital

Foundation joins forces with New City businesses The Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation will host an “Apples Poker Run” on Sunday, March 6, 2011 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Doyler & Dunney’s in New City, New York. The event, which … Continue reading

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