Cortlandt Manor, NY - (January 14, 2013) – Gilda’s Club Westchester, a leader in support for cancer patients and their families, will bring its services to upper Westchester and Putnam residents through a partnership with the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
“Gilda’s Club has a reputation for providing quality services to cancer patients and their families,’’ said John C. Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “Their focus on offering a warm and caring environment is in keeping with Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s core belief that a patient is always a person first. We are proud to be chosen by Gilda’s Club as the location for their move into upper Westchester and Putnam. It will greatly benefit our patients and add to the comprehensive services provided at our Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center.’’
Gilda's Club Westchester, located on Maple Avenue in White Plains since 2001, provides networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities in a warm, inviting place where cancer patients can come together to share their experiences.
The White Plains clubhouse serves all of Westchester and Rockland Counties as well as Connecticut's lower Fairfield County.
Gilda’s Club Westchester Chief Executive Officer Melissa Lang said they had been looking for opportunities to make access easier for residents in upper Westchester and surrounding areas and that Hudson Valley Hospital Center was a perfect fit.
“Gilda’s Club Westchester is thrilled to be partnering with Hudson Valley Hospital Center and their distinguished team of clinical professionals at their Comprehensive Cancer Center,’’ said Lang. “Their extraordinary program and philosophy that quality service includes providing emotional and social support for patients and their families in one location is consistent with our belief that psychosocial services are an essential complement to medical care."
Starting in February, Gilda’s Club Westchester at HVHC will offer a support group for people newly diagnosed with cancer. The group called “Living with Cancer,’’ will meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center at 1978 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor. This will be followed in March by the start of a second support group for the children of those diagnosed with cancer. “Kid 2 Kid” will offer children ages 5 to 12 a safe, supportive environment to discuss how cancer has affected their lives. The group will meet every third Thursday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at HVHC’s Cancer Center. For more information on these programs, call Miranda Dold, LCSW at 914-644-8844.
Anne Campbell Maxwell, administrative director of oncology services at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center, said that excellent cancer care means treating the patient as a whole person, providing emotional and social support in addition to medical treatment.
“As a comprehensive cancer center, we strive to offer all services in one location,’’ said Campbell-Maxwell. “This includes social and emotional support, which is integral to the patients’ health and recovery. Gilda’s Club Westchester provides the quality support services that mesh perfectly with our philosophy. This will be a tremendous asset for our patients, the entire community and our clinical team.’’
The first Gilda's Club opened in 1995 in New York City in fulfillment of Actress/Comedien Gilda Radner's dream to have an informal, welcoming place, like a clubhouse, where people living with cancer, their families and friends, might come together to laugh and cry, exchange information and experiences, find support and pass it on to others. Other clubhouses soon opened around the country, creating 22 clubhouses nationwide.
In July 2009, Gilda's Club and the Wellness Community joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. Today, through a network of over 50 local affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and on-line resources, they bring the highest quality emotional and social support to millions of people touched by cancer.
The Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center at HVHC opened its doors in November 2011. Unlike others in the area, HVHC's Cancer Center offers all services in one location close to home. Our team of physicians and medical professionals work together to design a treatment plan that coordinates all services so patients can receive treatment in one place, eliminating travel time and reducing stress. The center offers radiation, infusion and support services in a new state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology and designed with comfort in mind.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community. In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit www.hvhc.org