Garnet Health collaborates with organizations, schools, public agencies and businesses to educate the public, shift policy, and create a culture of health for the communities we serve. It is our goal to engage and influence other sectors while providing leadership for dynamic, large scale change.
In 2016 A University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute report published that:
- Only 10% of health can be attributed to clinical care
- 40% has been attributed to social and economic factors
- 30% to health behaviors
- 10% to environmental factors
By committing to community health work, Garnet Health will be a key driver to improving health and reducing chronic disease in our communities.
We are pleased to be able to provide health resources and education to our community in an effort to improve the health of families and support wellness proactively through promotion of healthy lifestyles; research; free classes, seminars, support groups and screenings; training and disease prevention. We also participate in and sponsor numerous community events including, but not limited to, participation and sponsorship of health fairs, walks/runs, conferences and various health-related efforts presented by other not-for-profit organizations in our community.
For a details, see our community service plans:
Feel Good Concert Series
From time to time, our Hospitals hosts community musicians and vocalists to perform for our patients, visitors and employees. Their melodies are a welcome addition to our healing environment.
Circle of Hope Family Support Group
A newly established FREE education and support group for those with a loved one struggling with addiction. In partnership with the Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County, the ORMC/CRMC support group helps family members or loved ones who are caring for an individual struggling with a substance use disorder. Family Support Navigators will be available to offer information about support for guidance and treatment. All meetings are free and confidential and verbal participation is not required.
Little Hats, Big Hearts
Our Hospitals partner with the American Heart Association (AHA), in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation, for the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” Program during February - American Heart Month to help raise awareness for congenital heart defects. Every baby born during February receives a little red hat. American Heart Month aims to raise awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of American men and women, and Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) Awareness Week, which focuses on congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.
Garnet Health Medical Center Medical Group and Garnet Health Medical Center staff participates in the Hudson Valley Walk to End Lupus.
Garnet Health Medical Center staff participates in the Emergency Preparedness and Fire Safety Expo at Home Depot in the Town of Wallkill, as well as the "Lowe's Safety Day" where staff provided car seat inspections to the community.
Wellness Coordinator Training to Improve Worksite Health
The Worksite Wellness Summit is a one-day training program hosted by Garnet Health Medical Center and Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills. It is a collaborative effort among the Orange and Sullivan County Chambers of Commerce, the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, Eat Smart New York, SNAP, HealthlinkNY, and Pow-r Against Tobacco.
Together, these organizations team up to provide a comprehensive day of education, information and inspiration to all participants who wish to provide worksite wellness programs and support to their business, school or organization.
American Heart Association’s Cycle Nation Spin-A-Thon
Garnet Health Medical Center employees participated in the American Heart Association’s Cycle Nation Spin-A-Thon. The evening was full of energy, exercise and fun. The Garnet Health Medical Center team had some stiff spirit competition, but still won an award for “best team spirit.” Congratulations to all who participated.
Nourish Your Neighbor Food Drive
Garnet Health Medical Center and Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills collect healthy food donations annually, in partnership with Eat Smart New York – a Cornell Cooperative Extension program. The Nourish Your Neighbor healthy food drive promotes local change that makes it easier for our neighbors living and working in Orange County to eat well.
CRMC Annual 98.3 WSUL Heart-A-Thon
Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills hosts the Annual 98.3 WSUL Heart-A-Thon, benefitting Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills’s Cardio-Pulmonary Department. The event takes place in the Woodland Wildlings Garden Café, located on the Hospital’s ground floor and broadcasts live on WSUL, 98.3/95.7 FM, with pledges read aloud on the air. The event features guest speakers, guest host segments with community leaders and personalities, information and tips about heart health, and a variety of health care demonstrations.
In 2019, the Heart-A-Thon raised $110,000. These funds will help subsidize the purchase of a TeleRehab™ system, an advanced cardiopulmonary rehabilitation telemetry system by VersaCare.
In conjunction with the American Heart Association and Ayo Fitness, Garnet Health has developed a program called Warrior Kids which is designed to inspire children to develop lifelong healthy habits through education, fitness and fun! Each week, participants of the program benefit from a 30-minute educational session followed by a 30-minute high-energy workout, both led by an accomplished fitness instructor. Warrior Kids is offered to large groups of campers or students for four consecutive weeks. Each child who completes the program receives a certificate and a free Warrior Kids gift bag.
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
National Breastfeeding Month is celebrated every year in August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Both ORMC and CRMC will be holding events in 2018 to raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and share experiences with fellow breastfeeding mothers.
Early diagnosis and cancer treatment is critical to improving outcomes. We offer several free cancer screenings to our community throughout the year, as well as year-round early detection cancer programs. Programs include breast, skin, prostate, lung and oral, head & neck cancer screenings.
GHVHS Community Health Team Attends State Health Summit
Members of our Community Health team, Amanda Langseder, Director of Community Health, and Andrew Oni, Program Coordinator, attended the recent New York State Health Summit VI to learn about the newly released New York State Prevention Agenda Priorities. They were joined by Garnet Health Medical Center Resident, Nithin Varughese, who is completing a rotation in Population Health. The New York State Health Summit brings together hospital systems across the State, including Garnet Health Medical Center and Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills, to learn about changes and newest additions to the Prevention Agenda. This agenda outlines evidence based interventions and strategies which we incorporate in our community service plans to improve the health of our community.
National Healthcare Decision Day
An awareness day to encourage staff, patients and visitors to begin their advance care planning no matter your age. Presented by the GHVHS Bio-Ethics Committee.
Celebrating our Cancer Survivors
Garnet Health Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center hosts an annual celebration of life in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD). This free event is open to anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer, is in treatment for cancer or has completed cancer therapy, as well as their friends, family members and caregivers.
At CRMC, Oncology Staff and executive leadership also gather to celebrate cancer survivors at the Annual Celebration of Life Picnic.
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Class
Prevent T2 participants are involved in a year-long program that promotes modest weight loss (5%-7% of current weight, if overweight or obese) and increased physical activity through lifestyle changes. The program meets regularly with Lifestyle Coaches, Amanda Langseder and Shelly Dehaan. Participants are coached in self-efficacy, physical activity and diet. Experiences are planned for the classes like a grocery store tour with a ShopRite dietitian as well as this interactive experience on the fitness trail.
CRMC RISE Walk
The 8th Annual RISE Walk took place at the Sullivan County Government Center in Monticello and raised funds for Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills’s RISE Program – Rape, Intervention, Services & Education of Sullivan County. The event raised more than $14,000 from walkers, fundraisers and event sponsors. That’s $6,000 more than the 2018 Walk. For more information, please contact the RISE office at 845-794-3300, ext. 2440 or e-mail RISE@ghvhs.org.
CRMC Sullivan Birth & Baby Fest 2019
The annual Sullivan County Birth & Baby Fest, hosted by Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills in partnership with the Sullivan County Breastfeeding Coalition and Maternal Infant Services Network, welcomed over 80 expectant parents and family members.
CRMC Caritas Award
Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills’s Departments of Emergency Medicine and Behavioral Health received the Caritas Award at the Celebration of Charity dinner recently for their work with Catholic Charities to help combat the Opioid crisis. The Caritas Awards are presented by Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster each year to organizations and individuals in the community who exemplify the agency’s mission to provide help and create hope.