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NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Community Events for Second Half of November 2017 PDF Print Email

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By Valerie Hovasapian, Vice President, Thompson & Bender for NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital


Nov. 15, 2017:   NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital announced a series of community events available to the public for the month of November. From free flu vaccinations to a “Meet the Doctor” discussion on the triggers and current treatments for memory loss, there is a variety of events and topics offered. All offerings are free unless otherwise noted.


Weight Loss Surgery Seminar

Tuesday, November 21 │ 5:30 to 7:00 pm

The Columbia University Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital invites you to attend our free preoperative education seminar. This seminar is led by our clinical staff to provide information regarding surgical options, expected weight loss, and lifestyle changes required after weight loss surgery. All patients considering weight loss surgery are required to attend a seminar prior to scheduling a first appointment.

Location: Hospital Lobby Conference Room

Registration: Call 914-787-4000 


Joint Replacement Seminar

Wednesdays, November 15, 22, and 29 │ 9:45 to 11:15 am

Are you tired of knee, hip, or shoulder pain? Have you scheduled joint replacement surgery? Whether or not you are planning to get a new knee or hip, all are welcome to attend our pre-operative Joint Replacement Patient Education class. You’ll learn firsthand about the surgical and rehabilitative experience and meet our multidisciplinary team, who can answer your questions.

Location: Hospital Lobby Conference Room

Registration: Call 914-787-2119


Aphasia Support Group Meeting

Wednesdays, November 15 and 22 │ 2:00 to 3:00 PM

Aphasia is a communication disorder that often results from damage to the brain – usually caused by stroke. It can affect the ability to speak, understand, read, and write. These free meetings are for anyone who has the condition and are led by an NYP Lawrence speech therapist. The gatherings offer information on how to improve communication, the latest in aphasia research, language games, and a place to make friends in a supportive environment. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information, call Dahna Stadtmauer or Meagan Moscaritolo at 914-787-3373.

Location: Palmer Hall, 1st floor, Rehabilitation Department (Speech Office) 


Eat Right Live Long Series: Living a Healthier Lifestyle with Diabetes

Wednesday, November 15 | 5:00 to 6:00 pm

If diabetes is left uncontrolled it can affect other areas of the body – eyes, kidneys, or heart. However, diabetes can be controlled by following a better nutrition plan. Join Katie Campbell, RD, CDN, CDE, to learn how you can better manage your diabetes by controlling carb intake, reading labels, portion control, and meal planning.

Location: Hospital Lobby Conference Room

Registration: Call 914-787-5000 

 

Careers in Medicine:  High School Students - Write a Prescription for Your Future!

Wednesday, November 15 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm

This free program is for high school students interested in careers in the health care industry. Meet our doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, other clinicians, and support staff to learn firsthand about their jobs, fields of study, and the path they took to accomplish their dreams. Interactive exhibits include learning how to take vital signs; intubating a mannequin; suturing specimens; examining organisms; and much more.

Location: New Rochelle High School, House 4, 265 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801

Registration: Register at https://goo.gl/forms/R0HVDxSm5UH3zEtF2 or call 914-787-5000

 

Living with Cancer Support Group

Thursday, November 16 | 5:00 to 6:30 pm

This ongoing support group is for adults who have been recently diagnosed with cancer or are in treatment and is led by licensed clinical social workers from Gilda’s Club of Westchester.

Location: Cancer Center Conference Room, Hospital's 1st floor

Registration: Call 914-644-8844 or email Joan Jacobus at CLOAKING

 

Childbirth Class

Saturday, November 18 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Our childbirth classes provide you with important information about the birthing process and answer your questions concerning what to expect during labor. Classes are taught by certified Lamaze instructors. A tour of the Center for Maternal-Child Health is also included.

Location: Hospital Lobby Conference Room

Cost: $200

Registration: Call 914-787-5044

 

Meet the Doctor: Memory Loss – Triggers and Treatments

Tuesday, November 21 | 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Steven Grenell, MD, a neurohospitalist with ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice of Columbia University Medical Center, and NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, will lead a discussion on the causes of memory loss, normal and abnormal, the latest research, and medical and lifestyle interventions that can help you maintain your memory function. Light refreshments will be served.

Location: Lake Isle Country Club, 660 White Plains Road, Eastchester   

Registration: Call 914-787-5000

 

Look Good, Feel Better

Monday, November 27 | 10:00 am to Noon

This free program is designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. You will learn specific techniques to help you look and feel your best while undergoing treatment.

Location: Cancer Center Conference Room, Hospital’s 1st floor

Registration: 1-800-227-2345


Pictured here:  NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital.

 
A Major Step in Orthopedics at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital PDF Print Email

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By Geoff Thompson, Thompson Bender              


Nov. 8, 2017:   NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Orthopedics is undergoing an important transformation, ushered in by nationally renowned sports medicine and orthopedic physicians from Columbia University Medical Center. 

Doctors will be seeing patients in Bronxville and Tarrytown, with surgical procedures performed at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital.

The collaboration with Columbia will result in a significant expansion of services offered, including the addition of fellowship-trained experts in the following orthopedic specialties: hip & knee reconstruction, sports medicine, foot and ankle, hand, elbow, shoulder, spine, and trauma. These services are complemented by the hospital’s Joint Replacement Program and extensive outpatient physical therapy services.

“We are delighted to bring these new specialized services to NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and provide access to world-class Columbia physicians,” said Michael J. Fosina, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. “Our patients will have access to a wider array of orthopedic services using the most advanced surgical and non-operative techniques.”

“Columbia Orthopedics is thrilled to expand our services to patients in Westchester County and local communities throughout the region,” said Dr. William Levine, orthopedic surgeon-in-chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and Frank E. Stinchfield, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. “Through our collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, patients will benefit from an academic medical practice that leverages the latest research and technology to deliver advanced orthopedic specialty care close to where they want and need it most – home.”

The Joint Commission awarded NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital’s Joint Replacement Program its Gold Seal of Approval again in 2016, which demonstrates the hospital’s continuous compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes the hospital’s dedication to these state-of-the-art standards.

New patients are welcome. Appointments can be made by calling 914-750-4650. For more information, visit www.nyp.org/lawrence-ortho.

Pictured here:  NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Jane Benjamin, PhD: How to Cope when Disaster Strikes Over and Over Again? PDF Print Email

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By Jane Benjamin, PhD, Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Director, The Counseling Center of Bronxville


Nov. 8, 2017:  Because so many recent tragic events have provided reminders of just how fragile life can be, the desire to hunker down with loved ones and shut out the world may be very strong. This is a way for the heart and mind to heal.

The Napa Valley fires; Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria; the Las Vegas shooting; and the killing of parishioners at a church in Texas provide a backdrop of unprecedented political acrimony and despair.

The last few months have delivered non-stop heart-breaking tragedies with little or no time to pause or catch one’s breath in between. It has been a deluge of human tragedy. How does the psyche manage this onslaught, and what are the ways, in the midst of them, to take care of ourselves emotionally?

When one is faced with a tragedy, a number of things happen. First off, the mind quickly assesses whether there is a direct threat to self or loved ones. If there is a threat, then one’s entire focus narrows to how to remain safe, how to protect one’s family, how to get away from danger and how to carry on. In other words, despite how profound the trauma may be, one’s initial marching orders are clear. But when there is not a direct danger to oneself, then one is left to absorb the narrative and the images of the disaster without needing to specifically do anything. One might feel blessed and lucky. “I am safe" or “my family is safe."

But one might also be overwhelmed by the randomness of many tragedies and, thus, on edge about the safety of loved ones without any clear actions to take to ensure their safety.  

For some people, the barrage of tragedies has produced a kind of numbness or inability to absorb the pain in any way. It’s as if the emotional pores are clogged, and nothing else can penetrate. This can create guilt, and we might ask ourselves, “Why do I feel nothing about these poor people?” and negative self-attributions such as, “I must be one cold fish or much too self-absorbed to feel so little about this tragedy.”  This sort of numbness is normal. It is the psyche’s way of protecting itself. This self-protection may manifest as feeling “nothing” or as focusing on small mundane details of one’s life such as, “what groceries do I need?” or “what  exercise class should I take?” These details fill up the mind and protect it from the emotional overwhelm that looms.

For some, there is the need to play and re-play the tragedy. Sigmund Freud coined the phrase “repetition compulsion,” and it is relevant here. When one is faced with a traumatic event, quite often the mind cannot absorb the magnitude of the event all at once--it is too big a bite. And so the mind goes over it again and again as a way of trying to take it in and metabolize it. In this era of 24-hour news and the Internet, this repetition is easy to achieve. CNN will air the same heart-breaking images over and over for all to see. Some people will indeed find themselves watching and re-watching disturbing images of the hurricane, the shooting, or political battles. It can be difficult to tear oneself away.

So what can one do with this feeling of disaster saturation? First off, it helps to figure out what kind of power or sense of agency you actually do have. Can you donate money or supplies? Can you volunteer in some way that helps victims of the tragedy? Can you support an organization (e.g., Red Cross, anti-gun groups, Doctors without Borders) that can both help in the present and perhaps help in preventing future tragedies? 

Secondly, it’s important to step away from the never-ending images via TV, Internet, and the newspaper of the tragedy itself. While initially it may feel necessary to watch the event over and over, at some point it is better to pull oneself away ... and this may not be easy. It is also important to reach for the activities that are self-soothing for you. Obviously, this varies person to person. Would it help to walk outdoors, cook your favorite food, listen to music you love, or watch a mindless movie? 

And finally, because all of these tragic events have provided reminders of just how fragile life can be, the desire to hunker down with loved ones and shut out the world may be very strong. This is a way for the heart and mind to heal ... and at times, it is essential.

Pictured here:  Dr. Jane Benjamin. 

Photo courtesy The Counseling Center 


 
NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester Welcomes Four Physicians to Scarsdale Practice PDF Print Email

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By Geoff Thompson, Thompson & Bender


Oct. 25, 2017:  NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester is pleased to welcome four new Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) physicians to its growing network of primary and multi-specialty care physicians.

They are internists Deborah Finkelstein, MD, and Deborah Hemel, MD; internist and infectious disease specialist Debra Adler-Klein, MD; and gastroenterologist Julie Tobak, MD.

The physicians are affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and join Dr. David M. Goldberg in delivering outstanding care to Westchester in a new comprehensive medical practice at the Vernon Hills Shopping Center at 700 White Plains Road in Scarsdale.

Deborah Finkelstein, MD, a board-certified internist, has been serving the Westchester community since she started in private practice there 15 years ago. Dr. Finkelstein earned her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine-primary care at Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein is an assistant professor of medicine at CUMC. She has a high level of proficiency in Spanish.

Deborah Hemel, MD, a board-certified internist, has been practicing in Westchester and the Bronx since 2013. Dr. Hemel earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2005 to study Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at the University of Haifa in Israel. She went on to complete her residency in internal medicine at New York University - Bellevue Medical Center. Dr. Hemel is an assistant professor of medicine at CUMC.

Debra Adler-Klein, MD, a board-certified internist and infectious disease specialist, has been practicing medicine for the last 30 years in Connecticut. She earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at the Stamford Hospital and a fellowship in infectious diseases at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (then known as Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Presbyterian Hospital). Dr. Adler-Klein is an assistant professor of medicine at CUMC.

Julie Tobak, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist and an expert in endoscopy and colonoscopy, has been practicing in Westchester for the last 14 years. After graduating with honors from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Tobak completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Montefiore Medical Center and remained there for a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology. Dr. Tobak practices all areas of clinical gastroenterology, with a special interest in gastrointestinal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and colorectal cancer screening. She is an assistant professor of medicine at CUMC and serves on the board of advisors of the Westchester chapter of the American Cancer Society.

"We are delighted to welcome these talented and dedicated doctors to NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester," said David Alge, senior vice president of Community and Population Health at NewYork-Presbyterian. "Their addition to our network of physicians supports our mission of providing the highest quality health care to communities throughout the New York metropolitan area."

For more information about the medical group, visit www.nyp.org/medicalgroups or call 914-787-2242 for appointments.

Pictured here:  NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville.

Photo by A. Warner

 
NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Announces Community Events for October PDF Print Email

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By Valerie Hovasapian, Thompson & Bender, for NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital


Oct. 18, 2017:   NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital announces a series of community events available to the public for the month of October. A variety of events and topics will be offered. All offerings are free unless otherwise noted.

Joint Replacement Seminar

Wednesdays, October 18 and 25, 9:45 to 11:15 am

Are you tired of knee, hip, or shoulder pain? Have you scheduled joint replacement surgery? Whether or not you are planning to get a new knee or hip, all are welcome to attend our pre-operative joint replacement patient education class. You'll learn firsthand about the surgical and rehabilitative experience and meet the members of our multidisciplinary team, who can answer your questions. 

Location: NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, lobby conference room

Registration: Call 914-787-2119

Aphasia Support Group Meeting

Wednesdays, October 18 and 25, 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Aphasia is a communication disorder that often results from damage to the brain, usually caused by stroke. It can affect the ability to speak and understand, read and write. Led by an NYP Lawrence speech therapist, these meetings are for anyone who has the condition. The gatherings offer information on how to improve communication, the latest in aphasia research, language games, and a place to make friends in a supportive environment. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information, call Dahna Stadtmauer or Meagan Moscaritolo at 914-787-3373.

Location: NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, Palmer Hall, 1st floor, Rehabilitation Department (Speech Office)

Free Community Flu Shots

Tuesday, October 24, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

To reduce your risk of contracting the flu this season, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe are offering free flu shots to adults 19 and older. NYP Lawrence will administer the flu vaccinations. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call the Flu Shot Hotline at 914-787-6060.

Location: Eastchester Public Library (Auditorium), 11 Oak Ridge Place, Eastchester, NY

Childbirth Class

Saturday, October 28, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Our childbirth classes provide you with important information about the birthing process and answer your questions about what you might expect during labor. A tour of the Center for Maternal-Child Health is also included.

Location: NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, lobby conference room

Cost: $200

Registration: Call 914-787-5044

Look Good Feel Better

Monday, October 30, 10:00 am to Noon

This program is designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. You will learn specific techniques to help you look and feel your best while undergoing treatment.

Location: NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center conference room

Registration: Call 1-800-227-2345

Pictured here:  The façade of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

Photo by N. Bower

 
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