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Crystal Run raises funds for arthritis

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Seen here are Crystal Run employees Lynn Haskin, left, Kristan Paladino, Tara Winchell, Marjorie Weidkam, Dr. Samir Sodha and daughter Niva, Eileen Hogan, Bonnie Ferraiolo and Ann Kelly at the 2015 Hudson Valley Walk to Cure Arthritis. Physicians and staff of Crystal Run Healthcare came together to fundraise for the walk, held on May 2 at Thomas Bull Memorial Park. Eleven employee teams raised a total of $10,359 in donations to benefit the walk.  Read more

Blood drive in Ellenville

ELLENVILLE, NY — The American Red Cross and Ellenville Regional Hospital will join together for a community blood drive on Wednesday July 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Ellenville Regional Hospital at 10 Healthy Way in Ellenville. The Red Cross blood drive will take place in a traveling donor center outside of the hospital in the parking lot.

Local blood donors are needed all year round to ensure the blood supply stays strong. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs blood.  Read more

Tournament to fight breast and prostate cancer

HAWLEY, PA — The Paupack Hills Women’s Golf Association will hold its 20th annual golf tournament to fight breast and prostate cancer on Monday, July 13, at the Paupack Hills Golf Club in Greentown. Last year’s event raised more than $16,000 for the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

The event will begin with a “Tee Off” cocktail party on Sunday, July 12, at Paupack Hills Golf and Country Club, hosted by Jim and Cathy Usher.  Read more

John Carey joins Middletown Medical

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Middletown Medical has announced the addition of Dr. John Carey, a highly-regarded fixture on the Orange County family medicine scene since 1980.

For close to 30 years, Dr. Carey operated a successful private practice in Goshen, and also was affiliated during this time with the now-closed Arden Hill Hospital, also in Goshen.

Board certified by the American Board of Family Practice, Dr. Carey is also a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and the Medical Society of Orange County.  Read more

Crystal Run to offer healthcare plans

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Crystal Run Healthcare, a provider of value-based care, is expanding to offer health coverage for those who work or live in Orange and Sullivan Counties. The newly launched Crystal Run Health Plans received New York State approval for its commercial Small Group Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and an Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) of health plans.  Read more

Ayurvedic Wellness Center coming

MONTICELLO, NY — Ground has been broken at the site of the planned Z Living/Veria Nature Cure & Ayurvedic Wellness Center at the former grounds of Kutsher’s Country Club.  Read more

Improving communication with your health providers

Advantages of better communication

Open and clear communication between you and your doctor is key to receiving the best quality of health care. It is the responsibility of the doctor or nurse to understand your healthcare concerns and explore symptoms that you may have. It is your responsibility to report in a clear and organized way what worries you and any symptoms you may be experiencing.

Choosing a new doctor  Read more

Recognizing alcohol and drug abuse early; Getting treatment and preventing relapse

A simple definition of addiction is continued use of a substance in spite of repeated negative consequences.

When a person discovers, and eventually admits, having a problem with alcohol or other drugs, the best solution is to quit entirely. Half-steps or efforts to control or “cut down” drinking or use after addiction has taken hold will lead to more severe problems.  Read more

Family Council presents gift to adult care center

LIBERTY, NY — Members of the Family Council of the Sullivan County Adult Care Center presented the gift of a new stove to be used in the facility’s renovated Short-Term Rehabilitation unit.
Seen here are Robert Konvalin, left, Family Council vice president; Shennoy Wellington, Adult Care Center administrator; Judy Spafford, director of rehabilitation; Heather Saylor, registered occupational therapist; Joe Heilman, Family Council co-president; and Joseph Prisciandaro, Family Council member.

Reducing your risk of medication errors

It is estimated that there are as many as 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events that occur in the U.S. annually with 530,000 of these events occurring in the Medicare-age group alone. The Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die from medical error each year. Of these preventable deaths, one-third are from medication errors.  Read more

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