New York Bariatric Group (NYBG) will open its Fishkill office at 200 Westage Business Center, Suite 314, Fishkill, NY on April 13, 2015.

Shawn Garber, MD, Director of the New York Bariatric Group and Chief of Bariatric Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, said, "With obesity rates growing each year in the United States, it's important that those affected know the signs, dangers, and treatments available to combat obesity. We are excited to bring our unique, comprehensive bariatric program to Dutchess County."

Eric Sommer, MD, who performs bariatric surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, will see patients at the Fishkill office in addition to his current offices at 1985 Crompond Road, Building C, across from the hospital.

Dr. Sommer is a board certified surgeon who has performed more than 600 bariatric procedures including laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. He also has an extensive advanced laparoscopic background performing laparoscopic Nissen/Toupet fundoplicaton for reflux, laparoscopic inguinal and ventral hernia repair, laparoscopic colectomy and laparoscopic splenectomy.

Some facts about the New York Bariatric Group:

  • NYBG was the first and is the most experienced with virtually scarless single incision surgery for lapband and sleeve gastrectomy in the northeast;
  • NYBG patients not only receive immediate results after surgery, they also enjoy better eating habits and long-term healthy lifestyles;
  • Free informational seminars are provided in person and online with Board Certified physicians.

Free informational sessions are held at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital every fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information or to register for the informational sessions, call 914-734-3557 or (800) 633-8446 or visit

In an effort to make fresh, wholesome foods more widely available to the community, NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital will be launching a shuttle service from downtown Peekskill to provide transportation to its Farmers' Markets this season.

The hospital's Farmers' Market will launch its fourth season on May 12. More than a dozen vendors will offer a variety of products from fresh produce to gourmet specialty items on the hospital campus from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from May through November.

"Half the battle of getting people to eat healthier is to make wholesome food more affordable and more readily available to those who might not have access to it," said John Federspiel, president of NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital. "Using a grant we were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last year, we will provide a shuttle service to and from downtown Peekskill to help those without transportation take advantage of the Farmers' Market."

Federspiel said that the $99,899 USDA grant is meant to accomplish two goals: It will support local farmers and it will help the hospital make the market more accessible to the community. Also funded by the grant, is the purchase of an EBT machine, which will allow farmers to accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. This will make fresh, healthful foods more affordable for lower-income residents, he said.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital was one of only 10 organizations in New York State and the only one in Westchester and Putnam counties to be awarded some of the $52 million distributed nationally for such programs through the 2014 Farm Bill.

The newest initiative is part of the hospital's Harvest for Health program, which includes an organic garden, teaching kitchen and a locally-sourced food service for patients and employees.

The program is aimed at using healthful eating as a way to prevent chronic disease and positively influence a patient's recovery. The hospital opened the Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen last year. The kitchen offers a variety of healthful cooking classes to the community. This year's markets will be held on May 12 and 26; June 9 and 23; July 14 and 28; August 11 and 25; September 8 and 22; October 13 and 27 and November 10 and 24.

To learn about Farmers' Markets, shuttle stops or classes in the Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen, call 914-734-3780 or log onto and look under Harvest for Health.

Helen Hayes Hospital has been named as the headquarters for the newly created Hudson Valley Chapter of the United Spinal Association. The charitable organization will provide free membership and offer resources, advocacy, ongoing education and peer support to individuals with spinal cord injury, their families and caregivers in the Hudson Valley region.

Whether leaving rehab after sustaining a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or having spent years of frustration coping with disability, the new Chapter aims to provide members guidance and resources on a variety of topics such as employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation. In addition, the Chapter will raise local awareness about spinal cord injury and disease, promote life-long health and host special programs and events.

"We are very excited to institute an official chapter of United Spinal at Helen Hayes Hospital," says Hudson Valley Chapter president, Matthew Castelluccio. "United Spinal is the largest not-for-profit dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries and diseases and we are looking forward to extending the organization's benefits to past and present HHH patients, as well as to members of the community."

The Chapter's home base at Helen Hayes Hospital enables members to access all that HHH has to offer to the spinal cord injury/disease community, including the hospital's Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program. This program includes introductory clinics to such sports as hand cycling, sailing, rowing, skiing, softball, golfing, rock climbing, adapted yoga and gardening. In addition, members can benefit from a peer mentoring program and monthly spinal cord injury support groups. "A peer mentor can make a tremendous difference in how successfully someone adjusts to spinal cord injury, effectively helping to restore a person's self-confidence and coping skills and providing a new social network.," says Elaine Castelluccio, Chapter Vice President.

To enable the start of its charitable work in the community, the Hudson Valley Chapter recently elected its 2015 board of directors and officers. The 2015 board of directors are Matthew Castelluccio (President), Elaine Castelluccio (Vice President), Ashley Manzano (Secretary), Lori Meszler (Treasurer), and members Hilda Kogut, Peter Gagliardo, Keith Gurgi, Kathleen Martucci, Dr. Ferne Pomerantz, Yvonne Evans and Mary Creagh.

For more information about the United Spinal Hudson Valley Chapter, or to become a member, please contact Matthew Castelluccio at 845-786-4950. To learn more about the national United Spinal organization, please visit

Rehabilitation Hospital Appoints Medical Director


Marjorie L. King, MD, MAACVPR, FACC, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, according to Edmund J. Coletti, Chief Executive Officer.

A graduate of Dickinson College, Dr. King received her medical degree from the MS Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University. She completed an internship, residency and fellowship in internal medicine and cardiology at New York University, Manhattan Veterans Administration Medical Center and is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology.

Dr. King joined Helen Hayes Hospital in 1984 as Director of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Services. Extending the inpatient continuum of care, she implemented Outpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs, along with a cardiac, peripheral artery disease and pulmonary Wellness Program. Dr. King has served as Chair of the Hospital's Patient Safety Committee and Institutional Review Board. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. King is widely published, both nationally and internationally, having recently co-authored on "Performance Measures on Cardiac Rehabilitation for Referral to Cardiac Rehabilitation/Secondary Prevention Services." She was also the lead author on "Medical Director Responsibilities for Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation/Secondary Prevention Programs," both of which represent seminal works in the field.

Dr. King first became involved in volunteer advocacy for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation with the New York State Affiliate of the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR.). On a state level, she was a founding member of the Southeast Region Chapter and a two-term State President. In 2000, she was appointed to the AACVPR Board of Directors and served as President for the 2005-2006 term. She received the organization's Distinguished Service Award in 2003, was selected to be in the very first class of Masters of AACVPR, and was the recipient of the 2012 AACVPR L. Kent Smith Award of Excellence, the prestigious award given in recognition of outstanding contributions by an individual to the fields of cardiac and/or pulmonary rehabilitation. She has represented AACVPR on multiple Medicare, American College of Cardiology and American Medical Association work groups related to quality improvement and value based purchasing and has also been active with the American Heart Association, American Red Cross and the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association.

"We are very pleased to have Dr. King assume the position of Chief Medical Officer," says Mr. Coletti. "Her accomplishments are vast and she is a strong advocate for the rehabilitation profession and for our patients. Over her 30 years of service, she has developed a comprehensive cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program that is nationally recognized for outstanding patient outcomes while simultaneously providing the leadership to expand and enrich the hospital's clinical programs and research initiatives."

Helen Hayes Hospital is the state's largest physical rehabilitation hospital, offering a comprehensive array of inpatient, outpatient and specialty rehabilitation services to help individuals who have sustained traumatic injuries or who have chronic debilitating diseases. The hospital is operated by the New York State Department of Health and is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and affiliated with the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The 6th Annual Helen Hayes Hospital Adapted Sports, Recreation and Living Expo will be held April 11th from 11am &ndashh 4pm in the atrium of the hospital located in West Haverstraw, NY. The Expo will showcase adapted sports and recreation opportunities, as well as a variety of products and services for individuals with disabilities, seniors, and their families and caregivers.

Vendors will include representatives from companies and organizations offering auto and van conversions, wheelchairs and scooters, adapted and durable medical equipment, ramps, lifts, advocacy and travel services, and more. Representatives will also be on-hand from organizations offering adapted sports activities, such as Achilles International, the Helen's Angels handcycling team, and the HHH Adapted Sports and Recreation program, which offers adapted skiing, golfing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, gardening, airsoft and more. Select adapted sports equipment will be on display and available for attendees to test-drive.

Admission is free. For more information on the Adapted Sports, Recreation and Living Expo, please contact Helen Hayes Hospital's Adapted Sports and Recreation Director, Matthew Castelluccio, at 845-786-4950 or