Cancer Support Groups Offered At Cortlandt Hospital

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Renowned cancer support group Gilda's Club will come to northern Westchester through a partnership with the Hudson Valley Hospital Center. Photo Credit: Provided

CORTLANDT, N.Y. - Renowned cancer patient support group Gilda's Club will come to northern Westchester through a partnership with the Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

“Gilda’s Club has a reputation for providing quality services to cancer patients and their families,’’ said John Federspiel, president of the Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “Their focus on offering a warm and caring environment is in keeping with Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s core belief that a patient is always a person first. We are proud to be chosen by Gilda’s Club as the location for their move into upper Westchester and Putnam.’’

Beginning in February, Gilda's Club Westchester will offer support groups at Hudson Valley Hospital Center for people newly diagnosed with cancer. These support groups are in addition to those already offered by Gilda's Club in White Plains. Previously, the White Plains office was the sole location serving all of Rockland and Westchester counties, as well as southern Fairfield County, Conn.

Chief Executive Officer of Gilda's Club Westchester, Melissa Lang, said the nonprofit has been seeking opportunities to make access easier for northern WestchesterCounty  residents.

“Gilda’s Club Westchester is thrilled to be partnering with Hudson Valley Hospital Center and their distinguished team of clinical professionals at their Comprehensive Cancer Center,’’ Lang said. “Their extraordinary program and philosophy that quality service includes providing emotional and social support for patients and their families in one location is consistent with our belief that psycho-social services are an essential complement to medical care."

The first support groups begin in February. “Living with Cancer,’’ will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday's of the month at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center, 1978 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor.

This will be followed in March by the start of a second support group for children of those diagnosed with cancer. “Kid 2 Kid” offers children ages 5-12 support groups to discuss how cancer has affected their lives. The group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month  at Hudson Valley Hospital Center's cancer center.

For more information on these programs, call licensed clinical social worker Miranda Dold at 914-644-8844.

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