Health Quest

Spring 2015

My Health Quest is a comprehensive magazine with all the health tips you need to stay on the path to a healthier you, while also educating you about the health and medical resources available right here in your community.

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Health Quest 2 PAGE 3 • Leave Your Mark at Health Quest • Outdoor Workout Quiz • Healthy Recipe: Mushrooms on Toast PAGE 4 • Solving the Problem of Picky Eating • Pediatric Care at VBMC PAGE 5 • Health Quest's Cutting- Edge Stroke Care PAGE 6 • e Place to Go for Heart Valve Disease PAGE 7 • Writing Your Way to Better Health • Stop Your Snoring at Health Quest's Sleep Centers PAGE 8 • Health Quest Cancer Care: A Hidden Gem PAGE 11 • e Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery • Weight Loss Success Starts at Health Quest PAGE 12 • Researching Cures PAGE 13 • When You Don't Need an Antibiotic • Our New Online Home PAGE 14 • Speeding the Healing of Dangerous Infections • A Better Way to Treat Back Pain PAGE 15 • My Health Quest Calendar SR. VP STRATEGIC PLANNING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH QUEST David Ping MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, HEALTH QUEST Gina D'Angelo-Mullen MARKETING MANAGER, HEALTH QUEST Amy Wallace MARKETING MANAGER, PUTNAM HOSPITAL CENTER Debbie Cooley PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS DIRECTOR, HEALTH QUEST John Nelson MANAGER, PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, NORTHERN DUTCHESS HOSPITAL Sarah Bradshaw-Colomello MANAGER, PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, PUTNAM HOSPITAL CENTER Marcela Rojas DESIGNER Katie Kochenderfer MANAGING EDITOR Emily Main ACCOUNT MANAGER Haley Johnson THIS ISSUE My 4 7 A MESSAGE TO OUR READERS Dear Readers, For skiers, snowboarders and tobogganers, it was a great winter. However, I feel I can speak for many of us in the Hudson Valley when I say, "Welcome, spring!" As we wait for the trees to bud, the flowers to bloom and the temperatures to rise, it's time to think about getting outside, enjoying fresh air and sunshine, and doing something as simple as going for a walk. It's great for your heart, helps control weight and clears your mind. We know how good we feel after exercise. Inside this magazine is a story on an exciting development in our Health Quest system. A new Division of NeuroInterventional Surgery provides stroke care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center not available at any other hospital in the mid-Hudson Valley. We have already seen tremendous results with patients whose lives were saved while physicians averted the impact that strokes or aneurysms can bring. You will also learn about our initiatives in diabetes prevention, cancer care, clinical trials, the alleviation of back pain and cardiac health. We are your partners in health and wellness and consider it a privilege to serve and care for you. Sincerely, Luke McGuinness President and CEO Health Quest For inquiries or comments, please email If you're trying to keep track of multiple medical appointments for your family, Health Quest's patient portal makes it easier than ever — ask Dory Yatsko. As a working mother and development assistant for the Putnam Hospital Center Foundation, Yatsko uses the patient portal to organize not only her appointments but her parents' and son's health information as well. "I love the ease of access the portal allows me," Yatsko says. "Now I don't need to rely on anyone's recollection of test results or medications because I am able to refer to the patient portal. You have to be proactive about your medical care, and the portal gives you the support you need." TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PORTAL OR TO LOG IN, VISIT HEALTHQUEST.ORG/MYHQ247. Your Vitals, JUST A CLICK AWAY

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