Allison Friedel

Open Door Mobile Dental Van adds Tarrytown Schools to Travels

To support the needs of young children getting early dental care, the Open Door Family Medical Center goes to where the children are – via a mobile dental van that travels weekly to visit students at the Park and Brookside schools in Ossining.  The unit will shortly be adding the Morse and Paulding schools in …

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What’s the difference between an Urgent Care Center and a Health Center?

While many health care consumers like the convenience of an urgent care center, it’s important to understand the limitations of this type of health care service. Like hospital emergency departments, urgent care centers are focused on addressing the patient’s immediate problem–problems that are not life threatening. However, there remains confusion in understanding how an urgent care …

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Childhood Obesity: A Setup For Diabetes, Other Chronic Diseases

Dr. Andrew Swiderski, a pediatrician at Open Door Family Medical Center in Ossining, takes a systematic approach when discussing body weight with young patients and their families. He shares information that is both objective (by testing) and subjective (through observation) with them, discusses their general health, always focusing on the positive, and leaves them with …

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Open Door to Continue Offering Screenings through extension of Cancer Services Program

Open Door Family Medical Center has received a new grant from New York State Department of Health to continue to cover the cost of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings for eligible patients over the next five years as part of the New York State Cancer Services Program (CSP). Over the past five years, Open …

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The Great American Smokeout, Now 46 Years Old: A Reminder of the Dangers of Smoking

The rate of cigarette smoking has dropped precipitously since the American Cancer Society first took The Great American Smokeout nationwide in 1977.  The 46th year of the observance will be celebrated on November 16th. Still, an estimated 34 million Americans continue to smoke today (14 percent of adults – from a high of 42 percent …

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Open Door Midwives Deliver 10,000th Baby at Phelps Hospital

On October 6, the midwives at Open Door reached a milestone by officially celebrating the birth of Noah Quito, the 10,000th baby to be delivered by an Open Door midwife since the health center opened its midwife program in September 2003. All of the babies were delivered at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow.  The arrival …

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