Today's Date is: Sunday, February 18th 2018.
Read Archives   |    HVBJ Podcasts   |    Regional Resources   |    The Bookworm

Search our Archives:

By Department:

By Keyword:


The Weill Cornell Multiple Sclerosis Center at Nyack Hospital Recognized by National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care



The Weill Cornell Multiple Sclerosis Center at Nyack Hospital, a leading provider of care for people living with multiple sclerosis in the Hudson Valley Region in New York has been officially recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care through the National MS Society’s Partners in MS Care program. This formal recognition honors the MS Center at Nyack Hospital’s commitment to exceptional patient care; providing coordinated, comprehensive MS care; and a continuing partnership with the Society to address the challenges of people affected by MS.  The clinical staff at the center are, the MS Center Director, Jai S Perumal, MD and Jennifer Reardon, ANP.

The Society’s designation of Center for Comprehensive MS Care recognizes the need for patients to have access to a full array of medical, psycho-social and rehabilitation services to address the varied and often complex issues related to living with MS, a chronic disease. The center focuses on the total care of the patients with MS and facilitates a multifaceted approach involving a variety of specialties and expertise.                                          

“We have made a commitment to serving the multiple sclerosis community by partnering with the Judith Jaffe Multiple Sclerosis Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center,” Nyack Hospital Vice President and Medical Director Michael Rader said. “In the two years since the program was started at Nyack Hospital, the number of people with MS served has more than doubled, filling a real need in the community and surrounding areas.  Patients come from as far away as 100 miles or more to access our expert staff and comprehensive services provided.”

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.

We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

                We are moving research forward by relentlessly pursuing prevention, treatment and cure.

                We are moving to reach out and respond to individuals, families and communities living with multiple sclerosis.

                We are moving politicians and legislation to champion the needs of people with MS through activism, advocacy and influence.

                We are moving to mobilize the millions of people who want to do something about MS now.                                                                                                        

Phelps Memorial Hospital Opens Osteoporosis Center

Weak and fragile bones can become a serious problem as you age. To help people deal with problems brought on by low bone mass, or osteoporosis, the Phelps Osteoporosis Center has recently been established at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center.

A multi-disciplinary program under the medical direction of endocrinologist James Hellerman, MD, the center provides comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and support for patients with osteoporosis.

At the center, diagnosis of osteoporosis is made based on a comprehensive medical examination, lab tests, DEXA bone density scans, assessment of family history and other risk factors. An individual treatment plan for each patient may include: medication to increase bone density; individual nutrition counseling; support groups; and monthly group se ssions for education, nutrition guidance and exercise taught by physical and occupational therapists.

Nyack Hospital Excels in National Cancer Quality Performance Measures

Results released by The Commission on Cancer in 2013 from the 2011 National Cancer Data Base show Nyack Hospital with higher performance rates than local and regional data reported to the National Cancer Database for cancer care in Colon and Breast cancers.

"The results show that top quality care is available close to home," said Dr. Patricia Joseph, Director of Breast and Women's Health Services at Nyack Hospital.  "Our team is proud of the hospital's outcomes in cancer treatments which are also reflected in our exemplary patient satisfaction scores."

Nyack Hospital's cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The Commission has partnered with the National Quality Forum (NQF), the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) to provide accredited cancer programs with performance measures and comparison data as a method to assess quality of care.

For the Cancer Program Practice Profile Reports on Breast Cancer and Colon Cancer cases at Nyack Hospital in 2011 as compared to state and regional facilities, please visit: Program Practice Profile Reports attached.)


Hudson Valley Home Care Awarded Re-Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Hudson Valley Home Care has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for re-accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in home care. The accreditation award recognizes Hudson Valley Home Care's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's standards.

Hudson Valley Home Care underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in June 2013. A Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated them for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. The survey is held approximately every three years and Hudson Valley Home Care has been accredited since 1998.

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis and provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence," says Cathy Coogan, administrator, Hudson Valley Home Care. "We are extremely proud of our accomplishments and the services we provide to our community."

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Hudson Valley Home Care has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Margherita Labson, RN, executive director, Home Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. "Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend them for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

BBG&G Advertising and Public Relation