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Catskill Regional CEO UPDATE

From the CEO

Catskill Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schiller

Dear Colleagues,

My sincerest thanks to all of our employees, physicians and volunteers for going above and beyond during what is turning out to be one of the more severe flu seasons in recent years. If you haven’t received your flu shot, it’s not too late. At this time of year, it’s important for all of us to eat healthy, exercise regularly, wash our hands effectively and get plenty of rest. I have received many letters from patients and families who appreciate the excellent care we are providing, here is one from last week:

In Service,

Jonathan

Congratulations

Catskill Regional was recognized by Cornell Cooperative Extension for work site wellness success and was the recipient of the Wellness Committee Bronze Medal.

RELATE Training

People Centered Communication

If you attended your initial RELATE class in 2015 or 2016, you must complete a two hour refresher class by January 31, 2018.

The next refresher class will be held in the Board Room on January 24 at 5:00 p.m.

If you attended RELATE training in 2017, you will have to complete the refresher class in Spring of 2018 – dates to be announced.

If you are a new employee and have not attended RELATE training, you can choose classes offered on February 12 or March 8 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room.

The Influenza virus is widespread across the nation, including New York State, according to information provided by New York State DOH and the CDC. We have seen the effects of the flu which has caused high censuses and we know everyone is working extremely hard to meet the healthcare needs of our community during this critical situation.

We continue to look for additional ways to help manage the influx of patients and appreciate your support and patience. Also, to ease congestion in the ED, please encourage people you know who may be suffering from the flu to use our new Monticello Urgent Care facility at the corner of Route 42 and Concord Road. Walk-ins are welcome and there is no appointment necessary.

We are prepared to meet the needs of the staff and the community. Each of us needs to be diligent in recognizing the symptoms and preventing the spread of the flu.

• Hospital employees experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue) should contact the Employee Health Department at x2073 or 333-2060.

Remember, in addition to a flu vaccine, there are other things you can do to prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Strict adherence to hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, and wearing of a mask per policy if you have not had the flu vaccine, are all important aspects of protecting our patients and ourselves. Flu vaccines are still available in Employee Health.

We would like to thank everyone for their continued commitment to protecting and improving the health of our community. Your efforts show a resilient commitment to the well-being of our patients, employees, physicians and community.

Wellness Wednesdays

Free cardiac risk assessments are being offered to CRMC employees and volunteers through our Healthy Heart Program in conjunction with Employee Health Wellness Wednesdays.

Results are tabulated immediately after your assessment to determine your risk for heart disease. This brief assessment includes:

• Review of your medical history

• Height, weight / waist measurements

• A small blood sample

• Cholesterol & glucose screening

• Blood pressure screening

Upcoming dates are February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2 and June 6. Time is from 7:30 a.m. to noon in the Rehab waiting area on the first floor of the Harris Main Campus.

For Healthy Heart Program information, call 845-333-1509.

Annual Heart-A-Thon

Proceeds to Provide Cardiology Training and Patient Care Equipment

Catskill Regional announces the 40th Annual 98.3 WSUL Heart-A-Thon, benefitting Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Cardio-Pulmonary Department. This year’s Heart-A-Thon will take place on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Woodland Garden Café, located on the Hospital’s ground floor.

The Heart-A-Thon will broadcast live on WSUL, 98.3/95.7 FM and all pledges will be read aloud on the air. The event will feature guest speakers, information and tips about heart health and a variety of health care demonstrations.

Proceeds from the Heart-A-Thon will subsidize the purchase of an advanced cardio training mannequin, in addition to supporting the Grover M. Hermann Hospital Division in Callicoon.

Representatives of various community organizations from across Sullivan County will be on hand every 30 minutes to present the donations they have raised. Listeners can call in their pledges to express their support. Tribute hearts, to honor loved ones who have been afflicted with cardiac related conditions, are also available for purchase at the $1.00 and $10.00 contribution levels at multiple retail locations throughout the community.

Private donations can be made by a check payable to CFOS/WSUL Heart-A-Thon and mailed to: CRMC/Attn: Jodi Goodman, P.O. Box 800, Harris, N.Y. 12742.

Dress Down Fridays

A $20.00 donation buys you casual dress down for every Friday in February!

Your donation will be announced on air February 23 at the WSUL Heart-A-Thon.

A sticker will be placed on your badge for this privilege. Purchase from Jodi Goodman in the Community Service Office.

Upcoming Events

Please Join Us

Town Hall Meetings Held Through February

Town Hall meetings have been scheduled in the Board Room on the dates and times listed below. The meetings (scheduled for ½ hour) will update everyone on what is happening at CRMC at both the Harris and Callicoon campuses.

Meetings will be held on:

Wednesday 1/31 7:00 a.m. - Harris Board Room

Friday 2/2 1:00 p.m. - Callicoon Solarium

Monday 2/5 2:30 p.m. - Harris Board Room

Wednesday 2/7 4:00 p.m. - Harris Board Room

Monday 2/12 2:00 p.m. - Harris Board Room

Celebrity Dinner for the Boys and Girls Club

Join us for the 2018 Sullivan County Celebrity Fundraiser Dinner to support the Boys and Girls Club at The Sullivan Events Center on Friday, March 23.

The event will be '90's theme. Participants are required to raise funds prior to and during the event. Event time and details to follow.

Please contact Jodi Goodman at ext. 2185 if you are interested in participating.

Blood Donation Drives

Blood Drives are scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month.

All drives take place in the 2nd floor Board Room, in the Ambulatory Services Building, at the Harris Campus from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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