Helen Hayes Hospital
Route 9W, West Haverstraw
NY 10993
Speech Therapist with a spinal cord injured patient
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Our patients say it best

Almost every day, we receive warm, wonderful letters of thanks from former patients, their families, and friends. We thank them for taking the time to praise the excellent care they received, for telling us about their recovery and for sharing their “Helen Hayes Hospital Experience” with us, which we in turn share with you here.

“Who would have imagined that a little piece of Heaven sits on a hilltop overlooking the Hudson River in West Haverstraw, NY? The staff at Helen Hayes Hospital are totally devoted to the patients, determined to give them the best opportunity to improve their lives.” – P.S.

“I wish the world could know the wonderful things that are happening on the fourth floor of Helen Hayes Hospital (and other floors too!) In the middle of our personal crisis, we met such wonderful people – people who were where they should be, doing what they do best – caring for people who have had an injury. I pray each day for all of you and thank you from the bottom of my heart.” – L.G.

“We as a family will forever be grateful for the memories you helped create, for the strength and fortitude you provided, and for the commitment and dedication to our father and his treatment. Thank you so much for making such an enormous difference in his life and in each of ours.” – M.C.

“Words cannot describe our gratitude to your phenomenal staff for exceeding any expectations we had from her (our mom’s) recovery. The team on 2B is as responsive as they are professional, trying to fulfill every request… It feels like we are at a 5 star hotel rather than a hospital… I consult to other hospitals in my work and know a phenomenal one from a good one from a poor one and you are the BEST.” – L.I.

“From the minute I arrived, I was treated with the utmost empathy, kindness and respect… I have nothing but praise for the care I received as a patient at Helen Hayes Hospital. I think there was some divine intervention that there was not a bed available for me [elsewhere] as I cannot believe that I would have been treated with that same level of care, encouragement, support, positive reinforcement, kindness and respect that I received at Helen Hayes.” – T.M.     

“Helen Hayes [Hospital] staff welcomed me and gave me the best in accommodation, care and treatment. Even if my stay was relatively short, I felt the positive impact of a highly skilled and professional staff working compassionately to rehabilitate and restore health.” – A.H.

“Thank you for providing me with a most perfect place to recover from total knee replacement surgery… I was so inspired by every single person I came in contact with. Each and every one took an interest in me and made me feel great. The words that come to mind when I look back at my week there are – inspirational, peaceful, caring, positive, professional, encouraging and friendly.” – P.F.

Not one day went by that we were not supported by a comprehensive, sensitive, multidisciplinary approach. Nothing was too much to ask. My Dad made an interesting observation toward the end of his stay. He told me that it was obvious to him that the staff all got along and liked one another. A rather interesting perspective on success, I think. – S.M.

“The collegial atmosphere was apparent, the collaborative environment was infectious, and the team as a whole was genuinely interested and concerned for my recovery. In a word, simply stated, they were awesome. .” – J.T.

“The amazing devotion of your nurses and staff was the biggest contribution in facilitating my speedy recovery. The expertise of your professionals, combined with genuine warmth and a cheerful attitude, made my stay here an extremely positive experience. I was treated with respect and dignity and attention was paid to all aspects of my physical and emotional needs. You gave me the gift of your trust in my ability to regain total independence. You gave me a new lease on life.” – H.M.

“I just can’t thank enough each and every one of the staff for all of their dedication. I was very impressed with the dignity and respect with which the nursing staff treated me during my stay. ” – K.A.

“You have a difficult job, but a rewarding one. I hope that I have been able in some small way to express what an important task you have in restoring health and mobility to grateful people like me, who come under your care for a brief time and find the rest of their lives improved because of it.” – E.M.

“When we come to a place like Helen Hayes, we are more than likely in a fragile state, physically and mentally, and most of all emotionally. You lie awake at night wondering what your new life is going to be like. I made acquaintances with the patients around me, reveling in every step they made in therapy, as if it were my own. We were all going through the same thing, with comparable challenges and fears. So a victory for one was a victory for all.” – K.K.

“The fact that I was able to have my hair washed and styled by volunteers was an extra that I didn’t expect, but made me feel so good.” – G.H.

“I want to express my appreciation for a very finely run and professional facility. My family was always encouraged to ask questions and attend my therapy sessions, which allowed them to participate in my recovery. My case manager was first rate, attended to every request and was sensitive to all of our family needs, and did whatever she could to make our lives less stressful. And I always felt better after my interactions with my doctor. He was accessible, friendly and very knowledgeable and never too busy to spend time with me and my family. He never left my room until every question was answered. And believe me, there were many.” – E.P.

“I was treated with dignity, courtesy and respect. The staff was patient, knowledgeable, caring, competent, pleasant and kind. It seemed obvious that they are well trained. I particularly loved the car and apartment set-up that you had so that I could be shown how to maneuver around those areas before going home.” – M.B.

“From aides to therapists and nurses, every member of the Helen Hayes Hospital staff worked together for the benefit of all patients, and our family was filled with gratitude that our father had the opportunity to be there…We as a family will be forever grateful for the memories you helped create, for the strength and fortitude you provided, and for the commitment and dedication to our father and his treatment. Thank you so much for making such an enormous difference in his life and in each of ours.” – M.C.

“I also want to say how delicious the food was very fresh and beautifully prepared. And the rooms, bathrooms and showers- always spotlessly clean.” – B.M.

“With sincere and heartfelt gratitude, I want to thank your doctors, therapists and staff for helping my father make a full recovery from stroke. From the moment we approached your facility, from the visual signs of recovery, messages of hope, pictures of patients standing victorious, we knew that our father was in the best place he could be. We cannot thank you enough.” – C.K.

“You set the bar by which all hospitals should be measured the atmosphere is amazing, from the elegant lobby, to the rooms with views of the majestic Hudson River.” – P.H.

“I have never met a more dedicated group of nurses. I have been in and out of hospitals over the last eight months and I can say with certainty that the nursing care I received at HHH has been the very best.” – L.E.

“Your care was worth being two and a half hours from home!” – D.G.

“I was lucky to be transferred to Helen Hayes Hospital for physical rehabilitation. Your facility is first rate. The patient rooms are spacious and clean. The therapy rooms are well organized. The food was very good. But the real treasure is your staff.” – P.O.P

“To summarize my entire experience at Helen Hayes Hospital as both an inpatient and outpatient, it was extraordinary. The staff are highly trained professionals and possess the qualities of kindness and caring which are so important to a recovering patient.” – G.S.

“The care I received far exceeded my expectations. Everyone involved in my care showed concern and care and really put me back on my feet. I am very grateful to the entire staff and have recommended to everyone I know that should they need rehab care, Helen Hayes is the only place to go. My heartfelt thanks to everyone.” – S.H.

“All the doctors, nurses, aides, food service employees, security and maintenance workers deserve such praise for their attention, care and reassuring behaviors towards my son, especially during his most difficult times. We have a saying in the Hispanic culture -‘De los buenos quedan poco,’ meaning ‘there are only a few good people left in this world.’ All of you certainly are ‘de los buenos.’”– P.C.

“I am constantly told by friends, family and physicians that my recovery is a miracle. Initially, I didn’t understand, but then I came to realize that the miracle was Helen Hayes Hospital.” – T.M.

“When I referred my client to Helen Hayes for an assistive technology evaluation, he was a marginal student who disliked school. The professional way that the Center for Rehabilitation Technology worked with him gave him hope and confidence, and their recommendations and training changed his life! He is on track to graduate with a 3.8 GPA, applying to four-year colleges, and his goal is to work in electronic music production. He and his family attribute all of this to his use of assistive technology.” – J. S.

“Our family thanks every staff member at Helen Hayes Hospital – from your CEO, to your physicians who provided the best care possible, to the nurses who worked around the clock, to the physical and occupational therapists who made the rehabilitation process easier and also to your staff in Patient Relations. My grandmother sends her special gratitude to the pharmacist who went out of her way and took extra time to help translate therapy sessions. My grandmother’s recovery would not have been possible if it weren’t for the great effort and care provided by all the staff members of Helen Hayes Hospital.” – J.L.

“I want to thank all the hard working staff for their attentive and caring help. I especially want to thank my nurses aides, case manager, dietary staff, (food was excellent), hair stylist, the volunteers and all the amazing physical and occupational therapists. Everyone was a pleasure to work with and I am so grateful for their dedication to their jobs, which is not always an easy task.” – A.G.

“As I left the Center for Rehabilitation Technology accompanying my daughter, and her new electric wheelchair, I had a tremendous feeling of indebtedness and appreciation. The CRT staff has serviced us ever so well over the last 5-7 years, adapting and creating accessories which fit properly and allow more function as well. They truly know what’s important – how to create it – and they really care that it’s done to perfection.” – F.S.

“We would like to extend a note of gratitude for everything that has been done for our nephew, who served his country with unquestionable pride and gave the ultimate sacrifice. Your facility is quite impressive and the attention he received in helping him recover is outstanding. Our family is most grateful to be at Helen Hayes Hospital. The staff has been most accommodating and attentive.” – E. & D. R.

“The care that I received was outstanding, the encouragement that I was given daily was above and beyond anything that I expected. I owe a large amount of my speedy recovery to the support and care that I got from your organization.” – D.N.

“If I were to make a concentrated search for a facility that would lend itself to excellence in every phase of its care, there would be none that would exceed the exceptional regard and professionalism of the entire staff of Helen Hayes Hospital.” – V.M.

“I came into the hospital a very nervous hip replacement patient…I left confident and relaxed, comfortable with my ability to care for myself and my family…You cared for me intensely when I needed care, and let me care for myself when I was ready. What more could a rehabilitation patient ask for?” – R.L.

“Very simply, in terms of concern, spirit and compassion, based on the people I have come in contact with, your hospital is in a class by itself.” – B.P.

“I have nothing but accolades for Helen Hayes Hospital. The physical facility itself is the cleanest, brightest and most cheerful hospital I’ve ever been in, not to mention the magnificent river view which has to be a plus in anyone’s recovery…You don’t forget those special touches of TLC that do not come in a pill dispenser.” – E.S.

“If a person had to be in a hospital, I can’t think of a better one than Helen Hayes…The Helen Hayes experience stays with you. I heartily recommend it.” – P.T.

“Helen Hayes Hospital is a beautifully maintained, welcoming, professional and caring environment…everyone is totally committed to patient care and rehabilitation…It is obvious that every member of your staff is highly skilled, taught to take pride in their work and shares the same priority – total patient care.” – J.T.

“I just can’t thank you enough for the care and dedication of all the nurses, therapists, aides and volunteers at Helen Hayes Hospital…This hospital sets an example of what a hospital should be…You gave me the help I needed to recover …and rebuilt my confidence in myself to handle the challenges I’m about to embark on for the rest of my life.” – T.A.

“There is a tremendous marriage of learning, caring and good humor at Helen Hayes Hospital that enables patients and their family and friends to face difficult times…Words pale in comparison to deeds well done. At Helen Hayes Hospital, deeds well done happen everyday.” – W.G.

“I am proud to say that I am able to walk and do many things that I thought I would never be able to do again…Your staff worked with me and gave me the courage and determination I needed to accomplish many feats…your entire hospital is run by angels and you are performing miracles everyday.” – V.D.

“My recovery was beyond my expectations and the time needed to accomplish it was far less than I thought it would be.” – J.P.

“My therapist enabled me to exceed what I thought my own limits to be and established for me a standard of excellence by which I will always measure other therapists…I want to thank everyone at Helen Hayes for minimizing the difficulties of being hospitalized and maximizing my potential as a patient.” – K.L.

“I would like to go on record to say that your hospital is one of the best, if not the best, in the United States.” – M.S.

“From my admission to my discharge, every minute was utilized to my benefit…with the guidance and support of your wonderful staff, I could feel myself improving daily…I have nothing but praise for every aspect of the rehabilitation program at Helen Hayes…my speedy recuperation was due in large part to all of you.” – S.W.

“Giving my father back his dignity at a time when our world fell apart is owed to your physical, occupational and speech therapists, as well as your nursing and medical staff.” – J.K.

“Every once in a while we are given a gift – a gift that has meaning, a gift that cares, and a gift that really has an impact on your life. Helen Hayes Hospital was that sort of gift to me.”

“You gave us back a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. “– M.S.

“I had a beautiful view of the Hudson River from my room, the entertainment was great, the food delicious and everything was immaculate. At times, I felt more like I was staying at a resort than a hospital. “– M.R.

“I’ve never seen such hospitality and courtesy as from all the staff and the people who operate HHH.”