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Helen Hayes Hospital
Route 9W, West Haverstraw
NY 10993

Helen Hayes Hospital Hudson Valley

Mike is going home today. I remember the day I met Mike, as he lay quietly in bed, attired in his hospital gown. He really didn’t say much. I thought he was a quiet fellow. He didn’t move around much either, at least not his arms and legs. In an unusual contrast, his head was […]

Posted On: October 7, 2015

It has been only a short 63 years since the world’s first international competition for athletes in wheelchairs was held in Aylesbury, England. In 1952, less than a decade after the end of World War II, England and the Netherlands joined at the Spinal Injuries Centre at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital for the first Stoke […]

Posted On: September 30, 2015

New Codes Tell Patient Stories A good storyteller understands that it’s all in the details. It is the details that convey the essence of the story. In the world of coding, capturing all the necessary details is critical to accurately communicate and report the documentation in the medical record – in other words, to convey […]

Posted On: September 9, 2015

It’s an exciting time to be the new Chief Medical Officer of a rehabilitation hospital. Healthcare payment and delivery reform is accelerating and the role of rehabilitation within new delivery models is being defined. As healthcare costs increase, payers are experimenting with new payment models that reward value, rather than volume, and are encouraging providers […]

Posted On: August 26, 2015

A healthy heart beats roughly 100,000 times a day and pumps about five quarts of blood each minute, or 75 gallons every hour. Its job is to supply the body with oxygen rich blood. Blood is pumped through the heart’s four chambers with the help of four heart valves. These heart valves open when the […]

Posted On: August 7, 2015

The SubAcute Rehabilitation unit at Helen HayesHospital offers an array of services to patients in need of short- term rehabilitation care before returning home. It offers a less intense level of rehabilitation care, developed to meet a broad range of patient needs. The hospital’s SubAcute unit is well suited for individuals who may not be […]

Posted On: July 6, 2015

I get asked this question fairly often. My name is Jacqueline Brigandi and I am the Staff Development Coordinator at Helen Hayes Hospital and a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse, CRRN for short. Maybe this excerpt from our Hospital Plan for Nursing Care can shed some light on it for you… The professional nurse who practices […]

Posted On: July 1, 2015

How can I determine where my loved one or I should receive physical rehabilitation? What are outcomes and why are they so important in a post-acute care setting? You may find yourself asking these questions if you are looking for a post-acute care facility for yourself or a loved one. It is important to make […]

Posted On: June 10, 2015

When most patients are utilizing a wheelchair for mobility, their typical “cardio” exercises are limited to hand bikes or hand weights. Strengthening interventions for the upper body include those same hand weights, resistive bands, or cable machines. After a while, these exercises can become repetitive and frankly, boring. Introducing the therapy ropes. These heavy, nylon […]

Posted On: June 9, 2015

May is Stroke Awareness Month and the Stroke Rehab Team at Helen Hayes Hospital would like to share some stroke education with you! A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. The blood carries oxygen that is essential for the cells of the brain to function. The cause […]

Posted On: May 19, 2015
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