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Published on April 25, 2016

Open House to Celebrate Hospital Week

Hospital_week_banner_news-release.jpgUHS Delaware Valley Hospital will be holding an open house on Tuesday, May 10 from 4-7 p.m. for the community to come and help observe hospital week. “We have made many positive enhancements to our facilities and services over the past several years and we wanted to celebrate by offering the community an opportunity to tour the hospital, our new pharmacy, and outpatient rehabilitation center; participate in some free screenings; learn about things they can do at home to keep their computers safe from “ransom ware”, keep germs at bay and be prepared for an emergency. Every department, even the non-clinical ones, will be participating,” says Dotti Kruppo, Director of Community Relations. “It’s a great opportunity to benefit from all the work that occurs not only in our clinical areas, but behind the scenes to protect our patients, their privacy and ensure they receive high quality care.”

Free blood pressure, grip strength, balance and oxygen level screening will be available. Participants can learn about a new service: home sleep studies and see the equipment the patient takes home to complete the study. Each department has created handouts, and will give visitors an inside look at their units and the work they do.

Visitors can bring their favorite recipe and Cathy McLachlan, certified dietitian nutritionist, will run it through our nutritional analysis program. At 6:30 PM, Gayle Klein, the Delaware Valley Hospital Community Pharmacy’s supervising pharmacist, will give a talk about pain medications and their benefits and risks. DVH addiction treatment staff and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council will be on hand to answer questions.

Attendees can see one of our new private rooms, with private bath and shower, and in the imaging department see what type of images each piece of equipment generates. “You’ll be able to see the difference between an ultrasound image and a CT scan for example,” said Kruppo.

One of the most exciting demonstrations will be telemedicine; a program DVH is working to bring to the community in conjunction with UHS. Due to a recent grant award, DVH will be able to sponsor programming from the UHS Stay Healthy Center at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City right in Walton. Area residents will be able to not only see a seminar, for example, in real time, but will be able to actively participate! Telemedicine is being utilized more and more, especially in rural areas to reduce the need for patients to have to travel long distances for care.

Recently, UHS Delaware Valley Hospital created an office space for the Rural Health Network of South Central NY so they would have a central location in Delaware County to better reach area residents. Representatives from the network will be on hand to create awareness of their services. Likewise, Tamie MacDonald from NY Connects will be in attendance to discuss services offered by her office, which is operated out of the Delaware County Office for the Aging.

Refreshments, giveaways and door prizes will round out the event.

UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and healthcare system serving Greater Binghamton and surrounding counties. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 60 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.

Full press release attached here.