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June 6, 2016

4H Club Donation to Cancer Center

The Scottsburg Highlanders 4H Club, led by Linda Carney and Ann Davis, along with leadership from Livingston County Cornell Cooperative Extension, including Director Bo Freeman, turned out in numbers Friday, June 3rd for the 4Her's donation check presentation to the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center project. Accepting the check on behalf of Noyes Health were Foundation Chairman Jon Shay, Noyes Health Director of P.T., Diagnostic Imaging, Mental Health and Laboratory, Michael Donegan, and Noyes Health Foundation Director Cynthia Oswald. The Club has raised over $500 by selling photo postcards of Livingston County this past year. The photos were taken by the young people and their photography instructor Bob Oswald, Light Bandit Photography. The Club will continue to sell postcards at their booth at the Hemlock Fair next month. This is also the group of young people that is spearheading the Caring Capes project for cancer patients. Caring Capes are easy to make bright, colorful, fleece capes that will be given out to patients receiving radiation therapy when the new Cancer Center in Dansville opens. The public is encouraged to donate completed Caring Capes or make a financial donation to the program. For more information call Livingston County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Youth Team Coordinator, Mark Wittmeyer, at 585-991-5420.Thank you to all our 4H friends for your generous donation and your ongoing support of Noyes Health! For more information visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page or contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of PR/Foundation or 585-335-4323.... Read More

May 31, 2016

Road Trip Snacking

My family is headed out on a road trip in a few weeks and as is tradition in the Wichtowski household, mama will pack the snack bag. Finding the right balance between fun and healthy foods is the key to keeping the troops happy. After all, it wouldn’t be much of a road trip if all I had to offer the family was twigs and berries. That being said, junk food full of salt and sugars but void of any nutrition is the perfect combo-pack for sugar highs followed by my tummy is empty and so is my brain lows. With a little planning, you can save money, keep the family happy, and feel good about the food provided. A week before your trip, ask your family members what they would like for snacks and then involve them in putting together the goodies. This is a great opportunity to fit in a little nutrition education in the context of everyday living. Studies show that children who are involved in the planning and prepping process are more likely to eat healthy foods. Depending on the age of the children in the household, it may make sense to package individually sized portions. In addition, you can reduce litter in the car and in the landfill by storing snacks in re-usable plastic containers. If you will be traveling all day before reaching your destination, consider packing a healthy lunch to save on time, money, and calories. And finally, before you head out, make sure everyone in the family takes time to eat a healthy breakfast. To make snacks and lunch easy, pack a variety of nutrition packed foods that can be eaten without utensils or just a spoon. Before hitting the grocery store, consider the balance of snack bag foods. You want some healthy carbs, fruits and veggies, protein, and drinks. Finally, throw in a little bit of fun! When you are ready to load, pack a bag for the non-perishables and a cooler for the perishables. Here are some suggestions to stock your car for this summer’s road trip: Healthy Carbs Homemade popcorn (leave it unbuttered for the sake of your upholstery) Whole wheat crackers Whole wheat mini pitas Whole wheat bread or bagels Energy or granola bars – look for ones with whole grains and limited added sugar Fruits and Veggies Apples Bananas Grapes Clementines or pre-cut orange slices Baby carrots or carrot sticks Celery sticks Cucumber slices Sugar snap peas Grape or cherry tomatoes Apple sauce – individual containers – no added sugar Dried fruit – raisin, craisins, apricots, apples Protein Hummus – store bought or homemade – serve with pitas, crackers, or veggies Cheese – string, cubed, or sliced Peanut butter – individual size containers for celery sticks, apple slices, or crackers Hard boiled eggs Nuts and seeds – almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds Lean meats for sandwiches or to top crackers Drinks Water bottles for everyone – Freezing the water bottles the night before is a great trick for keeping the water cold and the slow melt keeps kiddos from gulping down all the water at once. Low sugar juice boxes or low-fat, soy, or almond milk for lunch time Caffeine drinks as needed for the drivers! Something Fun A bit of chocolate (small individual pieces instead of large candy bars - keep it in the cooler –take it from me, melted chocolate, white shorts, and car upholstery do not mix!) Gum (if the child is old enough) Trail mix – make it with the children ahead of time- pop in a few chocolate chips amongst the nuts and dried fruits Even with planning, some fast food stops may be inevitable. If you find yourself at one of these highway stops, consider these healthy fast food options: Salad – light on the dressing Choose a side of fruit or baked potato instead of fries Ditch the bun and skip the mayo – save calories and fat by eating only half the bun and using mustard instead of mayo Choose grilled chicken over a burger or fried chicken Load up with veggies at the sub shop – choose a lean meat and then load on as many veggies as you like Drink milk or water instead of soda Have fun this summer – enjoy the journey and as always, be healthy out there! Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

May 31, 2016

Dogwood Parade

Noyes Health is proud to have won 3rd place in this year’s Dansville Dogwood Festival Parade, themed, “50 Years, Then and Now”. “Thank you to the 2016 Float Committee, and the employees who came and helped decorate the float and then ride along in the parade,” said Ashley Derrenbacher, office coordinator for Noyes Health’s Community Outreach Services and this year’s Float Committee chairperson. Dr. Frame and Dr. Roque were special guests on the float and people along the parade route were very surprised and happy to see them! Noyes Health is pleased to have employees, past and present, that are involved with the community and volunteer their time in efforts such as the annual Dansville Dogwood Festival. For more information visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page or contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of PR/Foundation or 585-335-4323.... Read More

May 31, 2016

Hindle Funeral Home Celebrates Fifty Years of Service With Donation to Cancer Center

As a celebration of fifty years of service to the Dansville area the Hindle Funeral Home Inc. has made a charitable donation in the amount of $5,000 to the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center, at Noyes Memorial Hospital. “We do this in the name of all of the families we have served since 1966”, said owner, Carl Hindle, “Lisa, Christian, and I want to personally thank all the families that made this donation possible by placing their trust in us to serve them”. The Hindle Funeral Home was founded in 1946 by Theodore E. Baird. In 1966 Charles E. and JoAnn Hindle purchased the business from the late Ted and Walter E. (Gene) Baird. Edward and his wife JoAnn operated the funeral home until their retirement in 1995. Carl and Lisa Hindle then took over ownership of the business and continue to run it today with their son a third generation funeral director, Christian E. Hindle. The Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center is a collaboration of UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute, Jones Memorial Hospital and UR Medicine Radiation Oncology, along with Noyes Health. The Cancer Center will be located on the campus of Noyes Hospital and provide patients in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Western New York more convenient access to comprehensive cancer care. It will serve as a hub for oncology services, and it includes a medical oncology clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, Allegany County, and a UR Medicine Radiation Oncology clinic in Hornell, Steuben County. Established with a $2 million gift from Ann and Carl Myers, the regional cancer center at Noyes is expected to be completed in early 2017. The $5.8 million project will feature a 4,500 square foot lower level addition to house a radiation oncology clinic and a 2,300 square foot medical oncology clinic featuring three exam rooms and seven chemotherapy/infusion chairs in renovated and new first-floor space. “We are thrilled with this generous donation from the Hindle family and encourage other local businesses to support the Cancer Center project,” said Noyes Health Foundation Director, Cynthia Oswald. “We are currently kicking off our local business fundraising campaign and can’t thank Hindle Funeral Home, Inc. enough for leading the way with their support”. For more information on how to make a donation visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page #AnnandCarlMyersCancerCenter, or contact Cynthia Oswald, PR/Marketing Director, at or 585-335-4323.... Read More

May 26, 2016

Sunscreen Smarts

Back in the early 1980s, a suntan lotion company advertised its product as “the deepest, darkest tan - the savage tan.” The accompanying photo was of a white woman with a very, dark (fake) tan standing next to a tiger – all meant to be very exotic and attractive. Besides what some folks would consider its political incorrectness, the ad also encouraged vast amounts of time in the sun. Fast forward 30 plus years and we are much more aware of the dangers of too much time in the sun. The latest statistics indicate that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), anyone can develop skin cancer regardless of age, gender, or race. 5 million U.S. residents were treated for skin cancer last year. Furthermore, the CDC reports that nearly 9,000 Americans die each year from melanoma. Most cases of melanoma are caused by exposure to the sun. So while it is great to spend time outdoors and enjoy the sunshine, it is important to protect your skin from the harmful rays. The best way to do this is with clothing, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. You can protect yourself by purchasing the correct sunscreen, applying it properly, and being diligent daily as you venture outside. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen that offers the following: broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays), sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher and water resistance. (At this point, there is no scientific evidence that a SPF higher than 50 is any more effective than a SPF of 50. Purchasing a SPF of 30 or 50 will work.) You should use sunscreen every day if you will be outside. And because the sun emits harmful UV rays year-round, apply sunscreen even on cloudy days when up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can still penetrate your skin. Remember, snow, sand, and water increase the need for sunscreen because they reflect the sun’s rays. When applying sunscreen, use enough to generously coat all exposed skin. Ask yourself, “Will my face, ears, arms or hands be covered by clothing?” If not, apply sunscreen. Most people only apply 25-50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen. The AAD suggests following the shot glass guideline. One ounce which is about a shot glass full is the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of an average size body. Adjust this amount depending on your body size. Apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors and reapply approximately every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. Don’t forget your lips with a SPF 30 or higher lip balm or lipstick. Sunscreens help protect your skin from sunburn, early skin aging and skin cancer. However, sunscreen alone cannot fully protect you. In addition to wearing sunscreen, dermatologists at the AAD recommend taking the following steps to protect your skin and find skin cancer early: Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade. Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, when possible. Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn. Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements. Don’t seek the sun. Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look tan, you may wish to use a self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it. Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, itching or bleeding on your skin, see a board-certified dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early. For more information on skin cancer, sunscreens, and protection visit the American Academy of Dermatology website at or the CDC’s site at Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

May 24, 2016

Noyes Health Engineering Department Receives Prestigious Recognition in Rochester

Noyes Health is proud to announce our Engineering Department, along with Gardner PLUS Architects, PLLC, and the Pike Company were selected for the prestigious Genesee Award by the Rochester Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute for the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department Project at Noyes Health in Dansville, New York. The award is given for excellence in construction management through teamwork between owner, designer and constructor, upholding the Construction Institute’s principals of how well prepared construction documents can positively influence the process, quality and successful outcome of a project. The award was presented at the Chapter’s annual dinner meeting at the Strathallan in Rochester on April 23rd. The Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department opened in June of 2014. It is the only Emergency Department in Livingston County and treats almost 15,000 E.D. patients annually. The Emergency Department is the entry point of care for a majority of patients. Most importantly, the Emergency Department is the safety net for communities when alternate services are closed, nonexistent, or not accessible. The new 10,000 square feet Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department, replaced the 3,000 square feet Emergency Department opened in 1973. “Through the opening of the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department, the Noyes Health medical team has been able to give their patients a more appropriate level of care and get them home faster,” said Amy Pollard, Noyes Health President and CEO. For more information on Noyes Health visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page, or contact Cynthia Oswald, PR/Marketing Director, at or 585-335-4323.... Read More

May 24, 2016

Noyes Health Dialysis Director and Physician Present Abstract at National Conference

Noyes Health is proud to announce Dr. Asad Majid, Internal Medicine and Nephrology and Prudence King, M.S., R.N., Noyes Health Dialysis Center director, were invited to present a hemodialysis patient case study at the American Nephrology Nurses Association National Symposium in Louisville, Kentucky on May 1st and 2nd. The abstract presented a case study of one of Noyes Health’s hemodialysis patients who has a rare disorder called porphyria cutanea tarda. The abstract was also accepted and published in the Nephrology Nursing Journal (March/April edition). Congratulations to Dr. Majid, Ms. King, and our excellent team of caregivers at the Noyes Health Kidney Disease and Dialysis Center in Geneseo. For more information on Noyes Health and our Kidney Disease and Dialysis Center in Geneseo, visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page, or contact Cynthia Oswald, PR/Marketing Director, at or 585-335-4323.... Read More

May 23, 2016

Noyes Health Emergency Services Director Receives Recognition

Noyes Health is proud to announce our Emergency Services Director, Pauline Shaw, R.N., was selected as the Registered Professional Nurse of Excellence by the Monroe-Livingston Regional EMS Council. This award signifies her dedication, responsibility, exemplary professional behavior, ingenuity and insight in the EMS environment. Pauline was honored in Rochester at the Regional EMS Council’s annual Award Reception on Sunday, May 15th. The annual reception and awards’ presentation held at the Public Safety Training facility in Rochester is the kick-off for National EMS Week each year. Pauline is the first Noyes Health employee to receive this prestigious award. As Director of Emergency Services for Noyes Health, she oversees the day to day operations of the Emergency Department in Dansville, and the two after hour care centers in Dansville and Geneseo. As the winner of this award, Pauline’s name will be submitted by the Monroe-Livingston Regional EMS Council as a candidate to the New York State Bureau of EMS State awards. For more information on Noyes Health visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page, or contact Cynthia Oswald, PR/Marketing Director, at or 585-335-4323.... Read More

May 19, 2016

Summer Food Safety

Memorial Day, graduations, barbeques, boating, camping, picnics … summer is here NY! I don’t know about you but I love the tastes and smells of summer. There is nothing better than sitting in the sun, smelling the BBQ, and sitting down with friends and family for a summer banquet. For sure, this season brings a different way of cooking and entertaining – throw some hots and hamburgers on the grill, fix a few salads, and bring out the ice cream for dessert. Alas, sometimes the party does not go well when the potato salad has been sitting in the heat for too long and well, several tummies rebel. Every year, the CDC estimates that 1 in 6 (or 48 million) American get sick with a foodborne illness. In addition, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die. Safe food handling during the warm weather is the first step to reducing your risk for foodborne illnesses and keeping the party fun. Unfortunately, rates of foodborne illnesses are higher in the summer months. This is for two primary reasons: 1) There is bacteria present in the soil, air, water, and on the bodies of animals and people. These microorganisms grow faster in the summer months. They are particularly fond of temps between 90°and 110° Fahrenheit; and 2) People have food outside more often without the temperature control of refrigerators, ovens, and heating trays. Bottom line, lack of temperature control and extended time in the heat = bacterial growth. Safe food handling is critical for protecting yourself, your family and friends from foodborne illnesses. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers the following tips: Keep cold food cold. Place cold food in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs. Store food at 40° F or lower to prevent bacterial growth. Pack meat, poultry, and seafood while still frozen so they stay colder longer. Organize cooler contents. Pack beverages in one cooler and perishable items in another cooler. That way, as people replenish their drinks, the perishable items won’t be exposed to the warm outdoor temperatures. Keep coolers closed. Try to limit the number of times you open the cooler. The fewer times you open it, the colder it will remain. Don’t cross-contaminate. Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood securely wrapped and contained. Make sure no meat juices come in contact with other foods. Clean your produce. Before you pack the cooler, rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water. Be sure to do this for all produce including melons. Packaged fruits and veggies that are labeled “ready to eat,” “triple washed,” or “washed” need not be washed. Keep it cold/hot. When serving, keep cold foods at 40°F or colder until ready to serve. Once served, it should not sit out for longer than 2 hours, or 1 hour if the outdoor temperature is above 90°F. Hot food should be at or above 140°. Just as with cold foods, hot foods should not sit out for more than 2 hours or 1 hour if above 90° outside. IF FOOD IS LEFT OUT LONGER THAN THESE PRESCRIBED TIMES, THROW IT OUT. Clean your hands. If you don’t have running water, wash your hands with jugged water, soap, and paper towels OR use moist disposable towelettes. Thaw safely. Use the refrigerator for slow, safe thawing or thaw sealed packages in cold water. For quicker thawing, use the microwave’s defrost option if the food will be placed immediately on the grill. Marinate safely. Marinate foods in the refrigerator – never on the kitchen counter or outdoors. If you plan to use some of the marinade for a sauce later, reserve a portion in a separate container before you start the marinating process. NEVER REUSE MARINADE. Cook immediately after “partial cooking.” If you partially cook food to reduce grilling time, do so immediately before the food goes on the grill. Cook food thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to ensure the food is cooked all the way. Refer to the package or FDA chart for proper temperatures. Don’t reuse platters or utensils. Never put cooked meat on a platter used to transport raw meat. Bacteria from the raw meat will contaminate the cooked food. Always use a clean plate for cooked food. Keep the cooler in a shady spot. If at all possible, keep coolers under a table or in a shady spot. You can also cover it with a tarp or blanket to preserve the cool temperature. For more information on summer food safety, go to: or Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

May 12, 2016

May is Stroke Awareness Month.

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Out of the myriad of awareness months, this is one of the most important because of the sheer numbers of people affected. Stroke is the number five cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 people per year. To put that in perspective, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of stroke every four minutes. But stroke is more disabling than fatal. Approximately, 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year and according to a 2016 report from the American Heart Association, it is projected this number will increase by 20% (from 2012 numbers) by 2030. Many of those people will suffer long term disability or memory loss. The need for awareness and education is, therefore, more critical than ever. Defining stroke, understanding the risk factors and warning signs, and knowing the treatment options are all part of the learning process. Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Blood carries oxygen and when the brain is deprived of blood rich oxygen, brain cells die. In fact, nearly two million brain cells die each minute a stroke goes untreated. There are two basic types of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic. 87% of strokes are classified as ischemic. An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot or a mass blocks a blood vessel, cutting off blood flow to the brain. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures, spilling blood into the brain. A TIA (transient ischemic attack) often called a “mini stroke” is a blockage but is it temporary. The symptoms are exactly the same as stroke but usually last less than five minutes. People are at risk for stroke primarily because of high blood pressure although there are other risk factors including smoking, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, stress, and a sedentary lifestyle. According to the National Institutes for Health, 80% of strokes can be prevented. This is because high blood pressure, the leading risk factor for stroke, can be treated. 77% of people who have a first stroke have blood pressure higher than 140/90 mmHg; however, almost 20% of American adults with high blood pressure don’t know they have it. Knowing your blood pressure number is very important in the fight against stroke. To maintain healthy blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke, physicians will often prescribe medications and advocate for a healthy lifestyle. The American Heart Association recommends following “Life’s Simple 7” to achieve ideal health: don’t smoke, be physically active, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy body weight, and control cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. In addition, knowing the stroke warning signs is critical to limiting the negative effects of a stroke. Recognizing the warning signs and calling 911 are crucial when it comes to limiting the severity of a stroke. Literally every minute counts. The American Stroke Association promotes the F.A.S.T. acronym to help people remember what to do: F – FACE DROOPING –have the person smile – is one side drooping? A – ARM WEAKNESS – have the person raise his or her arms – is one arm drifting down? (is one side of the body not responding or moving properly) S – SPEECH DIFFICULTY – have the person repeat a phrase – is the speech slurred? Or is there difficulty in finding words? T – TIME TO CALL 911 – call 911 IMMEDIATELY if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms Time is of the essence for all stroke patients. The sooner one is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin. Stroke medical treatments work to either open the blockage or treat the rupture. For ischemic strokes, there are two basic treatments: the administration of tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) or an endovascular procedure called a mechanical thrombectomy. tPa works by dissolving the clot and improving blood flow to the part of the brain deprived of blood flow. If administered within 3 hours, tPA may improve the chances of recovering from a stroke. According to the National Institutes of Health, stroke patients who receive tPA within 90 minutes of symptom onset are almost three times more like to recover with little or no disability. Many stroke victims do not get to the hospital in time for tPA treatment; that is why it is important to identify the stroke quickly and call 911 immediately. Endovascular procedures involve inserting a catheter with miniature instruments through the skin into a blood vessel for treatment. One such procedure is a mechanical thrombectomy which allows doctors to remove large blood clots from the brain with small instruments inserted via a catheter. The procedure is typically done within six hours of acute stroke symptoms, and only after a patient receives tPA. Hemorrhagic strokes may also be treated with endovascular procedures or by other surgical treatments. Remember time is incredibly important. If you or someone you are with exhibits facial drooping, arm weakness, or speech difficulty, call 911 immediately. You will be transported to a designated primary stroke center such as UR Noyes Health. Being a designated stroke center means a specially trained clinical team meets the stringent standards set by New York State for stroke care. The Noyes Health team is further advanced through affiliation with the University of Rochester Medical Center that allows emergency providers to connect with a team of interventional stroke neurologists 24/7. This brings the specialized resources of UR Medicine, a comprehensive stroke center, to Dansville and surrounding communities. To learn more about stroke prevention, symptoms, and treatment, go to: or To test your stroke knowledge, take a quiz at: Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More