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#RihanaRuns had an extra-special incentive to exercise today for Random Acts of Kindness Day. She ran to raise money for Grace Smith House, Inc., a local nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence. Rihana's husband sponsored her run and donated $5 for each mile, so the 5 miles she had planned turned into 10. Together they raised $100 after Rihana decided to match the donation! We encourage you to get out there and do one nice thing for someone today.

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Monica Freer, pictured far right, knows how it feels to have a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Four of her six children started their lives in the NICU at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and she knows how the experience can be joyful and stressful all at once.

Monica began the Thirty-One Gifts thermal tote program to bring a little sunshine and love to these NICU families. Filled with journals, game books, hand sanitizer, tissues, snacks and other essential and fun items, Monica and her team created and donated 31 thermal totes and 20 handmade baby blankets to Vassar’s NICU. This year’s donation is part of more than 150 thermal totes donated over the past three years. Thank you to Monica and her team for their generosity!

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In 2013, Marie Cole was diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer during a routine mammogram at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. But that’s only one part of her story. She is an athlete, a survivor, and an inspiration to us all. Today, she is training for her next big swimming race. See how we treat cancer differently: http://bit.ly/1CJnT5m
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“Knowledge is power” is a message eighth-grade English teacher Sara Taveniere often shares with her students. Watch how this became Sara’s mantra for her gastric sleeve surgery. For more information about this procedure, please visit healthquest.org/weightlosssurgery
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This little red hat has a very special meaning. At least eight of every 1,000 infants born each year have a heart defect, according to the American Heart Association - New York State, and the #LittleHatsBigHearts campaign helps to spread awareness about this condition. Follow us all month long for photos of our tiniest patients supporting the cause!

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A big thank you to students from Linden Avenue Middle School’s Lams Knit Club for donating baby hats to Northern Dutchess Hospital on Valentine’s Day to support #LittleHatsBigHearts! This campaign spreads awareness about congenital heart disease, the most common type of birth defect. We are so grateful for their love to our littlest patients.

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Meet Helen and Peter Dykeman, love birds since they met during their college years in Albany. Married 60 years, this Rhinebeck couple works out at the Northern Dutchess Hospital Wellness Center together about three times a week. “I hate when I miss a day,” said Helen, who was referred to the fitness center by her physical therapist. Peter’s winter workouts keep him ready for his spring softball league. Being workout partners definitely keeps them committed to their fitness routines.

Happy Valentine’s Day to the Dykemans and everyone in our community!

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Congratulations to our bariatric team at Putnam Hospital Center, now members of a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care! After a rigorous evaluation, the hospital earned this designation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

Learn more about the accreditation and the hospital’s weight-loss surgery program: http://bit.ly/2nULYme

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Show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day and #FightTheFlu with a flu shot! Northern Dutchess Hospital is having a walk-in flu clinic on Feb. 14 for adults 18 and older to get the vaccine. The clinic will be open from noon to 5:30 p.m. in the hospital’s cafeteria conference room. For more information, please call 845-871-1720 ext. 1. Spread the word (not the flu) with our homemade Valentine’s cards!

We’d like to recognize our amazing recreation therapy staff at Northern Dutchess Hospital’s Thompson House, who bring so much joy to our residents. This team plans dozens of activities throughout the year, including music, crafts, aerobics, shows and field trips. This month, they are getting ready for a Mardi Gras parade, which will march through the residents’ hallways and include several colorful floats.

Pictured here are Diana Devens and Julia adding paper umbrellas to the Chinese float, and LaShaya Dicker with Frances prepping the head float with beads. Missing from the photos are team members Mary Reese and Diane Gregory.

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Indoor tanning has been shown to increase the risk of melanoma by 75% when exposed before age 30. For this reason, indoor tanning machines have been declared a carcinogen (the same as smoking and
arsenic) by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Tanning is a multibillion-dollar industry, so of course they would have you believe artificial tanning is safe. It is not safe.
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Someone is having a heart attack. You probably know to call 911 and follow dispatcher instructions, but what else can you do to help? We had a #HeartToHeart with Dave Jensen, the EMS Coordinator at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, who recommends these steps to make a difference:

1. Begin CPR, if directed.
2. Have the person chew a regular-strength aspirin or 324mg of baby aspirin. Remember: Don’t take aspirin if you are allergic to aspirin, have bleeding problems, take anoth...er blood-thinning medication or if your doctor advises you to not take it.
3. Use an automated external defibrillator (AED) if immediately available and the person is unconscious.
4. Take a CPR course in case of emergencies like this. Check out our upcoming classes: http://bit.ly/2FUMGX9

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At 28 years old, Diana Mauro discovered congenital heart disease (CHD) does not always show symptoms in infancy or childhood. By the end of 2016, she started to feel lightheadedness, shortness of breath and low blood pressure. After her primary care doctor detected a murmur, Diana was referred to a cardiologist at Putnam Hospital Center, who discovered enlargement and severe pressure in the right ventricle of her heart.

Tests were done at the hospital, which revealed a diagn...osis of a rare congenital heart defect called Scimitar Syndrome that had gone undetected her entire life. Following an open-heart procedure at a medical center in Manhattan and cardiac rehabilitation at Putnam Hospital Center, Diana had her one-year, post-surgical anniversary on Feb. 2! She celebrated by visiting the hospital’s Birthing Center to deliver newborn knit hats for the American Heart Association’s #LittleHatsBigHearts campaign to spread awareness about CHD. #HeartToHeart

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You don’t have to cope with heart failure on your own! If you or someone you know is affected by congestive heart failure, join us to learn how to "live" and optimally manage this disease. The group offers education, social and emotional support and the opportunity to connect with others.

This complimentary meeting will include:
- Guest speakers
- Question & answer forum...
- Educational information
- Light refreshments

This support group is located at the Health Quest Cardiac Rehab center at 115 Delafield Street in Poughkeepsie. For more information, please call Stephanie Mulcahy, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) at 845-473-1188 ext. 51118 (TTY/Accessibility: 800-421-1220).

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This flu season isn’t slowing down, according to the NYSDOH - New York State Health Department and Connecticut Department of Public Health. The week ending Jan. 27 had a record-setting 11,683 confirmed cases of flu for New York State. That’s the highest weekly total since the statistic began tracking in 2004.

Remember: It’s never too late to #FightTheFlu. Walk in today to one of our Health Quest Urgent Care locations for the flu shot or visit healthquest.org/fluseason to learn more.

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Due to the inclement weather, the following offices will be closed or have a delayed opening today: http://bit.ly/WeatherHQ

Please check back regularly for updates.

Here is a list of closings, cancellations and delays within Health Quest and all of its affiliates. We will update this list as often as possible.
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My Health Quest added 16 new photos to the album: SuperCrawl 2018.

SuperCrawl was a big success last Saturday! Our littlest competitors crawled on their hands and knees to the finish line, and baby Keith took home the gold! Big thanks to partners iHeartMedia of the Hudson Valley and Q92 and everyone who helped put on this event.

The final round of SuperCrawl was a real nail-biter! See which baby crawled their way to a first-place win.

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