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August 7, 2019

Nurses Week 2019 at NYP Hudson Valley Hospital's Angela, Paula, Stacey, and Lara

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital is proud of its 20-year relationship with Support Connection Inc., and hosts the “Support-A-Walk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer” kickoff breakfast every August in our Main Lobby. Attendees signed up for teams and heard from hospital leadership and the “Support A Walk” organizers. Also speaking this year was Paula Natale, ICU Unit Secretary, who was named a 2019 Walk Ambassador for the event, which will be held on Sunday, October 6th and marks Support Connection’s 25th Anniversary. Joining the public at the breakfast were NYP Hudson Valley Hospital physicians and Magnet nurses, including those from the hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, which provides the space for Support Connection’s monthly support group. The annual walk, held at FDR Park in Yorktown, raises funds for support services, such as counseling, support groups, and wellness programs.

June 20, 2019

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Magnet nurses organizers
NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Magnet nurses event celebrating and honoring cancer survivors

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital's Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center honored and celebrated our cancer survivors with “A Celebration of the Journey" event, organized by Magnet Nurses.

Throughout the event, 60 cancer survivor honorees and their guests posed for photos on our red carpet and took part in an art installation that centered around the night’s theme, "Hope Grows Here." Heather Purvis, RN, designed a tree that each honoree placed fingerprints around to create the look of branches and roots. Each fingerprint was color coordinated to reflect the type of cancer that the honoree overcame. The complete collaborative work is displayed in the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center for all to see.

Guests also learned about the latest advancement in integrative treatments from Dr. J. Gregory Mears, Hematology/Oncology, NYP/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NYP Hudson Valley Hospital. To end the evening, each person took home inspirational cards made by our Cancer Center staff, as well as a yellow carnation&emdash;with yellow being the color of hope.

May 10, 2019

Nurses Week 2019 at NYP Hudson Valley Hospital

Capping off a great National Nurses Week celebration at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital were the 2019 Transformational Leadership Awards:

Clinical Nurse Excellence to Jean Smith-Rakotz; Nurse Leader to Casey Forde; Nurse Preceptor to Amy Garrabrant; Nurse in an Advanced Practice Role to Margaret Adler; Nursing Support Partner to Regina Caputo; Rising Star to Marissa Offenbacher; Structural Empowerment Unit to Maternal Child Health; Friend of Nursing to Claudia Rivas, LMSW, Cancer Center; and The Kay McNamara Quality Cup Award to PCU.

Among the speakers, Stacey Petrower; President; A. Bonnie Corbett, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President-Patient Services, and Michael Delfino, Chairman of the hospital's Community Board of Directors, all offered praise for the nurses’ achievements in 2019 and excellence in patient care. Patricia Anderson, Patient Speaker, told NYP Hudson Valley Hospital nurses: "I am honored to have been treated and cared for by all of you."

Another highlight was the awarding of Magnet Nursing scholarships to two local high school seniors: Annie Peechat, of Mahopac High School and a Putnam BOCES student, and Giavanna Toscano, of Peekskill High School. Each student also was recognized with a certificate from New York State Senator Peter Harckham.

In addition, National Nurses Week coincides with the celebration of Hudson Valley Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Issue.  Two of the top 20 nurses nominated for “Nurse of the Year” were from NYP Hudson Valley Hospital: Casey Forde, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Patient Care Director, Maternal Health, and Donna Selwa-Selig, BSN, CEN, BC RN, Emergency Department.

April 16, 2019

Safe Sleep Initiative

In response to the NYS Department of Health’s Perinatal Quality Collaborative, Magnet OB/NICU nurses at NYP Hudson Valley Hospital volunteered to develop and implement a hospital and community-wide initiative to educate patients and families on the safe-sleep practice of infants.  SIDS still claims 3,500 infants each year in the United States and more than half of these deaths are preventable. Studies show that when clinical nurses model behavior for safe sleep practices, patient and families are more likely to incorporate those practices at home. As part of community education, a team of OB/NICU Magnet nurses from NYP Hudson Valley Hospital presented to the Yorktown Town Board on April 16, 2019 and informed the 100 residents in attendance about safe sleep practices for infants.  Our clinical nursing staff also replaced receiving blankets in the nursery and NICU with wearable blankets to model “no loose blankets” in the infant’s crib.

March 27, 2019

The Magnet Ambassadors hosted Nurse Certification Day on March 27th, honoring the nurses who achieved certification in their area of expertise.

The Magnet Ambassadors hosted Nurse Certification Day on March 27th, honoring the nurses who achieved certification in their area of expertise. NYP Hudson Valley Hospital has 150 nurses who are certified and many have multiple certifications, well above the national average. The purpose of becoming certified is validation of knowledge and skill, which in turn gives the nurse a sense of professional pride.

February 27, 2019

Magnet Nurses make significant contributions to all the Health Fairs held at NYP Hudson Valley Hospital, supplying an important focus on certain conditions and staffing tables to answer questions.

Magnet Nurses make significant contributions to all the Health Fairs held at NYP Hudson Valley Hospital, supplying an important focus on certain conditions and staffing tables to answer questions. At the Healthy Heart Fair in our Main Lobby, nurses from 2 South educated the public about Congestive Heart Failure. More than 100 residents and employees attended the fair, where cardiologists, primary care physicians and other clinicians were on hand. Attendees took advantage of a free blood pressure screening and expert advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid risks associated with heart disease, while enjoying healthy snacks and giveaways.

January 26, 2019

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital was honored at the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce (HVGCC) Annual Awards Dinner in late January, receiving the Quality of Life Award

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital was honored at the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce (HVGCC) Annual Awards Dinner in late January, receiving the Quality of Life Award. The annual event took place at The Mansion at Colonial Terrace in Cortlandt Manor. NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital received the award because of its positive impact on the community, access to elevated care and ongoing commitment to its patients.  Pictured (l to r): A. Bonnie Corbett, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Patient Services; Angela Gonzalez-Perez, Vice President, Operations; Stacey Petrower, President, NYP Hudson Valley Hospital; Ellen Bloom, Director, Community Affairs; Peter Courtway, Corporate Director, IT, NYP Regional Hospital Network; Dr. Jayne A. Lieb, Bariatric Surgeon, NYP Medical Group Hudson Valley; Dr. Shireen Pais, Gastroenterologist, NYP Medical Group Hudson Valley; Dr. Jennifer Harms Amorosa (wife of Dr. Louis Amorosa); Dr. Louis Amorosa, Orthopedic Surgeon, NYP Medical Group Hudson Valley.

December 19, 2018

Holiday Helpers, a lady in red with her back to the camera

“Holiday Helpers” at NYP Hudson Valley Hospital wrapped more than 500 gifts in the Main Lobby to make wishes come true for local children and their families. Now in its 23rd year, the event also relies on more than 100 employees who volunteer as personal shoppers. Magnet nurses are very engaged in this annual tradition.

November 14, 2018

Shine a light staff alongside Stacy Petrower

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital patients, employees and administrative and medical leadership joined a nationwide "Shine A Light" vigil on November 14th organized by The Lung Cancer Alliance on behalf of individuals with lung cancer, survivors, and their caregivers and families. Among the supporters for a vibrant program presented by the hospital's Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center were Magnet nurses and Cancer Center staff, alongside Stacey Petrower, President, NYP Hudson Valley Hospital (center); and Dr. Mark Stoopler, Medical Oncologist, ColumbiaDoctors, and Angela Gonzalez-Perez, Vice President, Operations (back row, center). To bring the evening to a close, Paul Butler, Chaplain Coordinator, requested all to raise "lights" for a "moment of reflection" in acknowledgement of survivors, patients and their families, as well as gratitude for medical advances.

October 7, 2018

Largest NYP hospital support group team

Raising awareness of breast cancer is a priority for NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital year round, but the month of October brings a special spotlight on education and fundraising. This year produced one of the largest NYP Hudson Valley Hospital team of physicians, Magnet nurses, and employees ever, who were among the 10,000 attendees at the annual “Support A Walk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer” at FDR Park in Yorktown. The hospital is a proud annual sponsor of Support Connection, Inc.

September 27, 2018

nursing leadership photo

Every September, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital holds the Silver Lining Healthy Aging Fair in our Main Lobby, presented by the NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Committee, providing important information to seniors and access to our physicians, Magnet nurses and other caregivers. NICHE is the leading nurse-driven program designed to help hospitals and healthcare organizations improve the care of older adults. NYP Hudson Valley Hospital was first designated as a NICHE hospital in February 2011. In March 2014, the hospital’s NICHE designation was upgraded to “Exemplar.” This high rating is due to the hospital’s focus on providing geriatric-friendly education and resources for good nutrition, improving mobility and overall health promotion. Pictured, the Falls Prevention team at the fair.

September 17, 2018

magnet nurses group photo in the main lobby

Organized by the Magnet Nurses of its Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital presented a Cancer Awareness Health Fair in the Main Lobby, to provide education about the latest treatments and support services available to patients with breast, ovarian, colorectal, lung, or prostate cancer, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma. A special thank you goes out to our community partners who sent representatives and provided information: Gilda’s Club, Support Connection, American Cancer Society, and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

September 8, 2018

Peekskill Police & Fire 5k group

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital is an annual sponsor of the Peekskill Police & Fire 5k. Led by Dr. Phillip Calenda, the NYP Hudson Valley Hospital team of 30 included Magnet nurses, who proudly ran or walked the 3-mile route near the Riverfront to raise funds for scholarships in memory of Peekskill Police Det. Charles Wassil and Peekskill Firefighter Kevin J. Bristol. Leading the hospital team with impressive runs were Ben Lukens, Pharmacist (22:29), and Marissa Offenbacher, RN, Obstetrical Services (22:50).

August 22, 2018

magnet nurses group photo at the kickoff breakfast

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital is proud of its long-time relationship with Support Connection Inc., hosting the “Support A Walk” kickoff every August in our Main Lobby. At the kickoff breakfast, attendees sign up for teams, and hear from hospital leadership and the “Support A Walk” organizers. Magnet nurses are in attendance in abundance, particularly those from the hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, which also provides the space for Support Connection’s monthly support group. The walk is held annually on the first Sunday of October at FDR Park in Yorktown, raising funds for support services, such as counseling, support groups and wellness programs.

June 9, 2018

community outreach group with a person holding a seat belt

A community outreach originated by OB Magnet Nurses and the Peekskill Police Department continued in June. As every baby who leaves the hospital must be placed in a secure car seat at discharge, the OB and NICU nurses, led by Sabrina Nitkowski-Keever, MSN, RNC, Director, Maternal Child Health, and Casey Forde MSN, RN, NE-BC, Patient Care Director, were inspired to extend the emphasis on safety into the community. Partnering with Peekskill police officers, they hold a Car Seat Safety and Installation program for three hours once a month on the hospital campus. The public is invited to receive free installation of a car seat or get one already installed inspected for safety. Since its launch in September 2017, more than 75 families have been assisted by this free community program.

May 11, 2018

Emergency Department Group photo

Throughout the week of May 6th, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital joined healthcare organizations around the country in honoring its nurses and patient care technicians during National Nurses Week. Three consecutive Magnet designations awarded to NYP Hudson Valley Hospital underscore the skills, compassion, and overall excellence of the hospital’s nursing staff. Said Stacey Petrower, President, NYP Hudson Valley Hospital: “We take pride in their accomplishments and daily contributions to ensure the highest quality care for our patients.” A light was also shined on the important role of the hospital’s patient care technicians to the nursing team. Said A. Bonnie Corbett, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Patient Services: “On behalf of all caregivers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, we thank you for your invaluable contributions to patient care. We would not be able to put our patients first without you, our amazing PCTs. Thank you for your talents and heartfelt commitment to excellence.”

Staff and community were invited to the nurses’ annual Transformational Leadership Awards ceremony, which capped off the weeklong celebratory events. Recognized for nursing excellence were the Emergency Department (pictured), with the Structural Empowerment Unit Award, and several individuals: Allison Frost, RN (Preceptor); Margaret Treanor, RN (Rising Star); Steve Sniffen, PCT (Nurse Support Partner), and David Lasso, Clinical Engineer, Bio-Med (Friend of Nursing). Ambulatory Surgery was the 2018 recipient of the Kay McNamara Dare to Soar Award, created in memory of Kay McNamara, a Clinical Nurse Manager for the 2South Unit. The award is bestowed each year on a nursing unit that has made strides in improving the quality of care on their unit and reflects the dedication that Kay believed in.

Stacy, Bonnie and patient speakers

A highlight of the 2018 Transformational Leadership Awards ceremony were our "Patient Speakers," community residents who shared inspiring stories about how the caregivers at NYP Hudson Valley Hospital – from the Emergency Department, ICU, and Cardiology among them – saved their lives. From right, Jacqueline Snyder-Allen and Jim Keefer (with his wife, Suzanne), are joined by Stacey Petrower, President, and A. Bonnie Corbett, Chief Nursing Officer, and Vice President, Patient Services.

scholarship winners

Another highlight was the awarding of Magnet scholarships to two high school students aspiring to a career in health care. In the months leading up to the National Nurses Week event, the Magnet nurses reach out to high school educators throughout our service area, informing them of the scholarship opportunity for high school seniors, and the criteria, including an essay that describes the reason for their interest in the nursing profession. Matthew Esposito, RN, Magnet Committee Chair, announced the winners: Nicole Daly of Mahopac High School, and Kevin Carchipulla Jimbo of Ossining High School.

Magnet nurses were honored among the top 20 in the region by Hudson Valley Magazine for its 2018 Excellence in Nursing Awards

Also during National Nurses Week festivities, three Magnet nurses were honored among the top 20 in the region by Hudson Valley Magazine for its 2018 Excellence in Nursing Awards. Congratulations to Suzy Araneo, ED; Jennifer Dedivanovic, NICU, and Barbara DiCaprio, 4South. Joining the celebration on May 9th were nurse leadership and the honorees’ three patient care directors, respectively, Donna Rosenberg, Casey Forde and Kathleen Foley.

April 23, 2018

Organ Donation at CEU Panel

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital joined the entire NYP health system in spreading awareness about Donate Life Month and the critical importance of organ donation as well as the referral process and eligibility requirements. Staff learned more about organ donation from a panel organized by the hospital's Education Department, represented here by Kathy Widas, RN, BSN, who is joined by two community partners: Gabrielle Frankel, BA from LiveOn NY, and Carmela DeLuca, LMSW, of the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration. Magnet nursing leadership from ICU are also integral to the hospital’s organ donation education effort.

March 30, 2018

Doctor Pais and her team - Colorectal cancer

March brings Colorectal Cancer Awareness. Providing an “Ask the Doctor: Lunch and Learn” community lecture, Dr. Shireen Pais, advanced therapeutic gastroenterologist, told 26 attendees that the colonoscopy is key for early diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer care, adding that the fact is colorectal cancer often can be cured if it is found early enough. Joining community residents and supporting Dr. Pais were several of her Magnet nursing colleagues from the hospital’s Digestive Health Center, Ambulatory Surgery, and the Gastroenterology Division of NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley. “Ask the Doctor: Lunch and Learn” community lectures are a monthly series at NYP Hudson Valley Hospital. To learn more, visit nyp.org/hudsonvalley/events.

February 17, 2018

wound care at JV mall

NYP Hudson Valley Hospital Magnet nurses are frequently at community events, providing the residents we serve with information and answering questions. On February 17th, Eileen Donatelli, RN, BSN, ACHRN, WCC, and Dahlia Robles, CHT, highlighted the services and resources of the hospital’s Institute for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at the Jilco/Yorktown Chamber of Commerce Expo. A crowd of 300 people interacted with 38 vendors at the Expo, held at the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown.

January 25, 2018

Doulas breakfast bingham, higgins

For many years, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital has recognized that doulas are an asset in the birthing experience of our patients. On January 25th, 24 doulas were treated to breakfast hosed by the Magnet nurses of Obstetrical Services and prepared by Chef Emilie Berner of the hospital’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen. Dr. Jonelle Bingham-Alexander, Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology, NYP Hudson Valley Hospital, and Clinical Director, OB/GYN, NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley, and members of the OB team shared information about the clinical excellence of the hospital’s obstetrical care and its focus on meeting the personalized needs of patients in a family-centered environment. The discussion included a lively Q&A. Pictured,from left: Sabrina Nitkowski-Keever, MSN, RNC, Director, Maternal Child Health; Casey Forde MSN, RN, NE-BC, Clinical Nurse Manager; Dr. Bingham-Alexander; Linda LeMon, IBCLC, C.D., CBE, Lactation Consultant; and Dr. William J. Higgins, Vice President and Regional Executive Medical Director, NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group.

October 10, 2017

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Magnet nurses show their excitement in the ballroom of the American Nurses Credentialing Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Magnet nurses show their excitement in the ballroom of the American Nurses Credentialing Center

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Magnet nurses show their excitement in the ballroom of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference in Houston at receiving the prestigious 2016-2020 Magnet redesignation. While 7 percent of hospitals nationwide earn Magnet status, only 2 percent have earned it three consecutive times. Our nurses were greatly appreciative of the presence and support of a large contingent of nurses from NYP and regional hospitals.

Organizers of the 2017 ANCC National Magnet Conference

Organizers of the 2017 ANCC National Magnet Conference, booked a year in advance, were undeterred by the challenges that arose in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and brought a message of support to the city, 9,000 nurses strong. This included NYP Hudson Valley Hospital Magnet nurses. Led by Peggy McSherry Martino, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian, and A. Bonnie Corbett, DNP, MS, NEA-BC, Vice President, Patient Services, and Chief Nursing Officer, NYP Hudson Valley Hospital, our Magnet nurses chose to support East Houston Regional Medical Center, the hospital that temporarily suspended service and began operating out of Bayshore Medical Center in Pasedena, TX.