Allison Friedel

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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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide in America is at a record high.  Nearly 50,000 people died by suicide last year – 15 deaths for every 100,000 people. This marked a five percent spike over 2018, the year with the previous highest number of suicides. Suicides among young people were also higher than ever before.  “Circumstances and psychosocial experiences and

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Open Door thanks All Partners of the Healthier Mamaroneck Fair

The Healthier Mamaroneck Access to Care Health Fair is in partnership with members of the Healthier Mamaroneck Coalition and is made possible with support from: Alzheimer’s Association Community Resource Center Hispanic Federation Larchmont Mamaroneck Lions Club MVP Health Care National Association of Hispanic Nurses Office of State Senator Shelley B. Mayer Office of State Assemblyman

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A Reminder: Adults Also Need to get Vaccinated

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a time when many parents of school-aged children get their children vaccinated. While most schools require students to get certain vaccinations, many adults need to be reminded of the importance of getting vaccinated. “Unfortunately, many recommended vaccinations are commonly neglected by adults,” said Dr. Daren Wu, Chief Medical Officer

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Open Door Finds that Better Health Care Technology Results in Better Patient Outcomes

When Gloria walks into her primary care provider’s office at Open Door Family Medical Center in Ossining with a bad cold, it’s not only about treating her minor respiratory infection. Her pre-visit planning document, viewed on the provider’s computer, spells out the gaps in her preventive health care. At the age of 52 and with

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Open Door Receives USDA Grant to Further WIC Outreach

Free nutrition education, referrals, breastfeeding support, counseling, and healthy foods are available to low-income families through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, commonly known as WIC. However, historically, only about 50 percent of those in New York State who are eligible take advantage of it.  Open Door Family Medical Center, in

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Early Diagnosis and Intervention Key in Developmental Delays

In his exam room, Dr. Andrew Swiderski hands his young patient a toy cell phone, encouraging the child to push the buttons that produce various sounds. Then he covers the keyboard with his fingers.  “Usually, a child will look up at me or his parent and say, ‘Why are you doing this?’  He’s made the

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