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At Crystal Run, we are proud of our history of being pioneers in healthcare innovation and bringing many ‘firsts’ to our patients and the communities we serve. In 2011, our Urgent Care in Rock Hill became the FIRST Urgent Care in Sullivan County to become a Certified Urgent Care Center as designated by the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) in addition to being Accredited by The Joint Commission. In 2014, we then became the FIRST Urgent Care in Sullivan County to become an Accredited Urgent Care Center as recognized by the UCAOA. What sets us apart is our model of care. Crystal Run Urgent Care is seamlessly integrated with over 40 specialties so your provider can quickly access your medical history through our shared electronic health records system. Urgent Care is open 7/365 so should you need to see us on an evening, weekend or holiday, rest assured we are here for you, just as we have been since the day we opened our doors in Rock Hill in 2004.

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What is Sullivan 180? By Sandi Rowland, Executive Director srowland@sullivan180.org

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ullivan 180 is a new nonprofit organization created to turn around the health and wellness of Sullivan County. For the past several years, Sullivan County has ranked 61 out of 62 New York Counties by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation in terms of health and quality of life outcomes. Over the last two years, Sullivan Renaissance convened a variety of partners representing businesses, organizations and individuals in healthcare, education, agriculture, government, the arts and faith-based institutions looking for ways to address these poor health outcomes. From this dialogue Sullivan 180 was conceived. The intent is to turn around the health of the county by 180 degrees. In the fall of 2017, Sandi Rowland

was hired as Executive Director of Sullivan 180. She comes from Allegany County, Maryland, which is also a rural community with demographics and health challenges similar to Sullivan County. She has directed three nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving community health and also has worked throughout Latin America. Since beginning operations in October, Sullivan 180 has grown to a staff of four. All staff are bilingual in Spanish and have skills in events’ planning, community outreach, and resource development. There are many initiatives, programs and activities throughout the County that are working to improve community health. Sullivan 180 is working closely with community partners to make sure new efforts are not duplicated but rather are coordinated and enhance other initiatives.

Sullivan 180 is also identifying and applying for new grants and resources to support health and wellness needs throughout the County. Sullivan 180 is building and fostering innovative ways for residents of Sullivan County to improve their health. This encompasses not only physical, but also mental, spiritual and environmental wellness. One of the initial priorities of Sullivan 180 is to give people the tools they need to make healthier

lifestyle choices. In addition to educating about what healthier choices are, Sullivan 180 is developing ways to support people in adopting and maintaining healthy habits in the areas of nutrition and diet, exercise and fitness, smoking

cessation, and stress management. Sullivan 180 is piloting a community wellness initiative to train a cadre of volunteer Community Health Champions this spring. The volunteer Community Health Champions will work through churches, community groups, and in their own neighborhoods coaching and supporting individuals and small groups with tools, tips and support as people work together to adopt healthier lifestyles. Sullivan 180 is also working with community partners to increase access to appropriate health care services which are accessible, affordable, and convenient including primary care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and oral health care. Sullivan 180’s mission is to build a healthy, vibrant Sullivan County where everyone has a sense of purpose, connection to family and community and access to fresh foods and an active lifestyle. To find out more visit www.sullivan180.org or email info@sullivan180. org.

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Plantastic whole food eating STORY AND PHOTO KAROL SUNDHOLM

CHANNA MASALA Ingredients: • 1 medium onion, chopped • 1” of grated fresh ginger • 2 cloves of garlic (or to taste), minced • 1 tsp. salt ( to taste) • 1 tsp. Indian garam masala spice (or curry powder) • ¼ tsp turmeric • ¼ can tomato paste • ¼ cup of water • (2) 15 oz. cans chick peas(drained and rinsed) • 1 ½ cups of water • 1 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped (optional.)

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et food be thy medicine” Hippocrates once said. We would say today “You are what you eat.” How many times have we heard that? I started my Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) journey eight years ago. I needed to lose weight, regain my lost energy and basically to turn back the clock a few years. (Sound familiar?) Encouraged by friends, I read “Forks Over Knives,” edited by Gene Stone. I prepared to go “cold turkey” by planning my meals, and having all the ingredients on hand. The change to a whole food plant based diet worked for me right away, and within a few weeks I lost weight, and my energy improved. I love to cook and enjoy the challenge of trying new recipes. I took the Forks Over Knives online cooking course by Rouxbe’ and am a certified plant based cook. In this article I hope to pass along the basics of a WFPB lifestyle and some useful nutritional information. The smallest changes to adopt plant based foods in your diet will have positive results on your health. I will stick with the science and share only the facts with references so that you can explore the information on your own. Why use the term WFPB lifestyle and not Vegan? Basically Vegan is a no animal or animal based products philosophy. To paraphrase from “Whole-Rethinking the Science of Nutrition” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD., the ideal human diet is to consume plant based foods as close to their natural state as possible. To eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, raw nuts and seeds, beans and legumes and whole grains, and avoid heavily processed foods, animal products and added salt, oil and sugar. Lifestyle, not genes, accounts for 80 percent of chronic diseases like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Why WHOLE Food Plant Based?

Indian inspired Channa Masala is a dish made from a tomato based recipe.

‘There are virtually no nutrients in animal-based food that are not better provided by plants. You can get all the protein your body needs and you’ll live longer...’ Colin Campbell, PhD. Thomas Campbell II, M.D. “The China Study” | What about Fiber? What about Protein? To paraphrase and quote from Dr. Michael Greger, “We evolved eating a large amount of fiber.” A very small percentage of Americans reach even the minimum fiber intake, making it one of the most widespread nutrient deficien-

cies. This chronic deficiency in fiber is the leading cause of diverticulosis, a condition not found 100 years ago. Most Americans eating the “SAD”, Standard American Diet, consume not only more protein and fat than we need, but both animal fat and protein does not contain the fiber and essential phytonutrients that our body needs for healthy vitality. From “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD. and Thomas M. Campbell II, M.D. “There are virtually no nutrients in animal-based food that are not better provided by plants.” But even protein? Based on a long term study by The Harvard School of Public Health. “You can get all the protein your body needs from plants – and you’ll live longer if you do…. there are substantial benefits from replacing even some meat consumption with plants.” One of my favorite quick dishes is an Indian inspired Channa Masala: This is a tomato based recipe and takes about 25 minutes to prepare.

To Begin: Saute’ the onion in a bit of water until slightly browned. Add garlic, ginger, salt, garam masala, turmeric, tomato paste and ¼ cup of water. Cook 5 minutes. Add the beans, 1 ½ cups water and cilantro and simmer for 20 minutes. The finished dish should be a bit saucy. If it is too dry while cooking cover the pan and or add a few tablespoons of water. I like this dish over brown rice with some chopped cilantro sprinkled on top, along with a nice green salad this makes a delicious and nutritious meal. ENJOY! For more information on the health benefits of a WFPB lifestyle: Dr. Michael Greger’s website: nutritionfacts.org and book “How NOT to DIE”. Diabetes specific: Dr. Neal Barnard’s “Program for Reversing Diabetes” and website: pcrm.org (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine), which provides a Free 21 Day Kickstart Program with a 21-Day Meal Plan, Daily Messages, and Coach Tips. WFPB Information and recipes: forksoverknives.com. Heart Disease specific: Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition Based Cure”. Our local libraries are also an excellent resource. I can be contacted by email at plantasticcook@yahoo.com, I will do my best to answer questions and steer you in the right direction for more information. Happy and Healthy Eating!


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Building a Healthier Sullivan County LEADING BY EXAMPLE. Catskill Regional Medical Center is working hard to improve the health of Sullivan County. Chris Wood, BSN, RN-BC, TNCC, ENPC, is one of our devoted nurses at Grover M. Hermann Hospital in Callicoon. Chris continues to set a healthy example by staying active. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities in our beautiful community such as gardening, hiking and taking nature walks with her dog. Even throughout the winter months she stays active by snowshoeing with her family. These activities help keep her active – leading by example. It’s just one more example of how Catskill Regional Medical Center is contributing to building a healthier community.

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elcome to the season of extended daylight hours, outdoor activities, and associated risks. We love the cool, crisp air introducing us to warmer weather, but who invited allergies, rashes, and sprains that always seem to come along for the ride? The snow has melted and temperatures are just starting to allow for a comfortable walk around the neighborhood or a hike through the woods. You might even be looking forward to exploring new trails or getting back on a few personal favorites. All should be well if you’ve taken the proper precautions before your adventure; you’ve done all you can to protect yourself and you’re ready to go. Unfortunately, nature still has its way of tossing in a few unexpected (and often unwelcome) surprises.

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Take note that Poison Ivy leaves have a reddish appearance in the spring. During this season, the plant is plenty full of urushiol, the chemical responsible for rashes, blisters, and itches. While you might catch one of these rash criminals before you come into contact, it’s more difficult to avoid small bugs and insects, and their bites. To fight off small irritants like mosquitos and ticks, apply an effective insect repellent, smoothly and evenly, and reapply as directed on the label. For rashes that appear suddenly and spread quickly, ones that are joined by a fever, or cover the entire body, seek medical care. SPRAINS

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able to kick dirt. Now, as you get out and about again, it’s natural you could be feeling a little clumsy. That hill didn’t seem as steep last year; that rock definitely wasn’t on that path; whatever obstacle you face, we hope it serves as consolation that our Monticello facility offers walk-in Xray services and extended hours. Just limp your way in when you need us no appointment necessary. Hikes aren’t the only worry. Accidents and incidents happen in the garden, on the playground, and at other moments when you least expect them. When you need help, Middletown Medical is there. Our Monticello office, conveniently located at 518 Broadway, now accepts walk-ins and you don’t even need to be a Middletown Medical patient to receive care. So get out there! Spring only comes once a year, but we’re here six days a week. SULLIVAN COUNTY LOCATIONS

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After class or before, guests and clients are welcome to grab a hot tea and get comfortable to do some wellness reading, enjoy the featured artwork, or just relax.

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ellness. It’s a word we’ve been hearing a lot of lately in magazines, online articles, newspapers, TV shows, and even in our own conversations. So what is wellness to you? How do you define it? For Dawn Hyde and Jason Barnes, owners of the recently opened River Family Wellness on 21 Lower Main Street in Callicoon, a large part of

what wellness is, is community. Born and raised here in Sullivan County, Hyde and Barnes moved to NYC and eventually to Portland, Oregon, where they resided for years before making the move back here to the Catskills in the fall of last year, quickly getting to work on a dream they shared for years. “We’ve been manifesting and dreaming about this for a long time,” said Hyde. “We just always pictured

our idea for a wellness center being here, where we’re from. I feel called back to this land, always,” she smiled, “and the community is just so sweet and lovely. We felt it was important to bring this medicine back to it.” According to Barnes, their intention was to go off and learn, to gather as much information as they could, and then - not just move back to the area - but move back with

With a massage room downstairs as well as upstairs, Barnes has plenty of space to treat clients, and with a massage bed like this one, who wouldn't want their first or tenth massage? Barnes also sometimes performs cupping therapy as a part of massage. Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine that can help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, and relaxation.

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something to give and offer the community they so love. “I think in the back of our minds b we just always assumed we would end up back in this area,” Barnes said. “Our lifestyle has always been in touch with yoga and alternative j health, and I’ve been doing massage and studying acupuncture for years so we thought, why not offer that?” “My path was always going to be body work or health care. Originally


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Everything you need for comfort in class is available: blankets, cushions, yoga mats, straps, blocks and more.

I was looking at chiropractic work or orthopedics, something to do with body care, so I got into massage and massage therapy as a place to start from,” stated Barnes. “I figured doing that would allow me to kind of jump off into that world of health care.” With Hyde sitting cross-legged on the floor and Barnes holding a steaming cup of tea, they began to explain a bit of their journey togeth-

er, from traveling the world to living in New York City; Portland, Oregon to coming home to the Catskills. Barnes was studying massage while they lived in NYC but when they made the move to Portland, he transferred to the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, receiving his Masters degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. “I’ve been working full time doing massage out in Portland for close to

ten years,” he explained. “Being in that world I just wanted to do more and more and I was working alongside acupuncturists so it just connected. I had some background in meditation, eastern studies, Qigong, and Tai chi but once I started learning about Chinese medicine and when I realized that could be something I could do, it just clicked and I thought, that’s it.” While Barnes was busy with mas-

IHyde and Barnes have put a lot of thought and love into all of the details of the wellness center, both big and small, making the space feel both special and reflective of their passions. Before opening, Barnes and Hyde, along with the help of friends and family, put their energy and heart into refinishing the floors and accenting the main wall of the room where classes are held.

sage and acupuncture, Hyde was studying yoga and movement, eventually getting her certification as an instructor. “This is such incredible, powerful stuff that we’re dealing with here, and it can be life-changing. I was starting to dabble in the spiritual path and then I got a really bad injury at work.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 14H


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Hyde had been bartending when she got a pretty serious back injury. For seven months she received acupuncture treatments and massage three times a week at various wellness centers in the Portland area. “Going to those wellness centers and experiencing the different ways of healing the body I thought, this is special, and I want to share this,� she said. “I was going in for physical pain: muscular, skeletal stuff, but what I got out of acupuncture was so much more. It gets to every single part of your being, the emotional body, everything. It definitely changed me. It broke open some pretty cool places, and I realized you know, I don’t want to keep bartending,� she said laughing, “so I started investing in a different lifestyle. And I got offered a job at a wellness center as the manager. Everything starting changing after that.� A few weeks into working at the wellness center, she found out she was pregnant, and nine months later Kylah River was born. Now you’ll often see Kylah’s smiling face running around the center, or

These are the sweet faces you'll be greeted by when visiting River Family Wellness, owners Jason Barnes and Dawn Hyde with daughter Kylah River.

you may catch her in the window looking out. Hyde and Barnes made the opening of River Family Wellness official the first week of January and are incredibly pleased with the way it’s turned out so far. They have a full running schedule of teachers offering massage, yoga, movement classes, meditation, workshops, wellness

programs and very soon, acupuncture. They even have artwork from local artists displayed on their walls. They’ve had clients and customers from all walks of life and from all different areas of the state. “We want to try to be as accessible to the community as we can. Our classes are sliding scale and we’ll be doing community acupuncture on

sliding scale also,� Hyde explained. “We want people to know that we’re here, you know? To help them, to share with them, to support them.� Barnes echoed her sentiment by quickly adding, “We want to encourage and inspire people to make a connection with themselves and think about their health in a different way, and to know that this kind of medicine is out there. We want this to be a place where the community can come together.� “I want people to tap into that, to know that we all deserve to be happy, free, and healthy,� Hyde continued, “and I don’t even know if my offerings will inspire that in people, but I’m just so happy that we have this space to hold for other teachers and healers to be able to share with the community as well, because maybe something that they do will help to inspire someone.� For schedule details, to get in contact, or for more information you can visit their website at www.riverfamilywellness.com, check out their River Family Wellness Facebook page, give them a call at 887-9004 or email them at info@riverfamilywellness.com

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eart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The New York State Department of Health reports that Sullivan County holds true to that trend as well. In fact, the consequences of heart disease extend well beyond the Catskills and the United States – it has become the leading cause of death worldwide. While heart disease is an umbrella term that refers to a number of potential heart-related conditions, the most common type of these in the United States is coronary artery disease (CAD), which occurs when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart and other parts of the body. The first sign of CAD is often a heart attack. Heart disease can also lead to heart failure, which is a condition that causes poor performance or functioning of the heart itself. Fortunately, many of the risk factors that lead to heart disease, and

hence heart failure, are very modifiable. By rethinking some of the everyday lifestyle choices we make, like what and how much we eat, whether or not we smoke, how much exercise we get, we can lower our risk of developing heart disease. Being overweight or obese is a serious risk factor for developing heart disease, as is living a sedentary lifestyle, and these tend to go together in many people. Adding even ten to twenty minutes of physical activity to your day can make an impact on your health. As far as what to eat, a healthy diet consists of just what you’d expect: lots of fruits and vegetables, legumes, multigrain and whole grains, lean meats and meals that are overall low in saturated fats. So, get moving and stay away from processed foods. Certain other medical conditions can also increase your risk for heart disease, including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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‘Something people often forget about heart health, or perhaps may not even know, is that poor dentition and dental infection are also risk factors that have been related to heart disease.’

health is important to consider. Along with daily brushing and flossing, consider tooth varnishing in those 6 months to 6 years of age. This is a coating that is brushed onto the surfaces of the teeth, which helps prevent or slow cavities. It’s something we offer at Catskill Regional Primary Care locations as a service to children in our community, and I recommend it. There is no wrong time to begin a discussion on heart health with a doctor – the younger, the better. Being proactive rather than reactive when it comes to matters of the heart is really the way to go. To get started, take stock of your own modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors and make an appointment.

Lauren S. Roman, MD Dr. Lauren S. Roman is Boardcertified in Family Medicine and is a life-long Sullivan County resident. She received her medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Studies and completed her internship and residency at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas. About Catskill Regional Medical Group Catskill Regional Medical Group is a primary care and multi-specialty practice founded by Catskill Regional Medical Center, with offices in Monticello, Harris, Callicoon and Livingston Manor. Learn more at CatskillRegionalMedicalGroup.org.

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he Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) welcomed a new member to its family of Computerized Tomography (CT) diagnostic systems available to their radiation department. With $3.3 million in federal funding from the Low-Volume Hospital program, CRMC was able to purchase the SOMATOM Definition AS, a single source CT scanner that can maximize clinical outcomes for patients while minimizing the radiation dose they receive per scan. This unique CT scanner utilizes state-of-the-art technology to produce the most advanced diagnostic images in Computerized Tomography exams available. “The equipment will help us more rapidly diagnose stroke and other conditions for patients,” said Catskill Regional CEO Jonathan Schiller.

“There are other clinical equipment needs that we have including cardiopulmonary equipment and neurology equipment that we will be investing in.” For Gene Bernieri, senior adminstrator of ancillary services, this project was critical to growth and development at CRMC for so many reasons. “CT has moved to the forefront in the diagnosis of many conditions,” Bernieri said. “This technology will help us as we strive toward our mission of improving the health of the community.” This new CT scanner, which is located next door to their current CT scan, will support the emergency, oncology, neurology, orthopedics, and cardiology departments. “It’s nice to see the growth of the hospital,” said Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System Rolland Peacock. “They’re bringing everything up to date. The work being

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With $3.3 million in federal funding from the Low-Volume Hospital program, CRMC was able to purchase the SOMATOM Definition AS, a single source CT scanner that can maximize clinical outcomes for patients while minimizing the radiation dose they received per scan.

done here is great.” CRMC is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) which includes Orange Regional Hospital in Orange County. In Sullivan, CRMC supports a 218bed main hospital campus in Harris and the 15-bed Grover M. Hermann Hospital in Callicoon. “The difference between coming in and knowing you can get a CT scan and not be diverted somewhere else can be the difference having permanent impairment or being a normal person,” said Rolland “Boomer” Bojo,

R.N. Vice President, Patient Care and Administrator, Catskill Regional Medical Center/Grover Hermann Division. Additionally, Berenais stated, “This is a paradigm shift in our treatment for our patients. It means outcomes for patients, means our patients will be healthier.” Patients can schedule an appointment for CRMC Diagnostic Imaging by calling (845) 794-3300, ext. 2225 or 2226, Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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