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St. Catherine Of Siena Medical Center Welcomes Isabelle von Althen-Dagum MD

Isabelle von Althen-Dagum, MDSMITHTOWN, NEW YORK— Isabelle von Althen-Dagum, MD, has joined the Gastroenterology Group at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center. The office is located at 317 East Main Street, Suite 1, in Smithtown.

Dr. von Althen-Dagum received her medical degree from the University of Ottawa, in Canada, and completed her gastroenterology residency and fellowship programs at Toronto General Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital and Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

Prior to joining the specialty group at St. Catherine of Siena, Dr. von Althen-Dagum was the Medical Director of SUNY at Stony Brook Department of Gastro Health Services Center. Her expertise has earned her leadership awards for outstanding dedication in the field. 

Dr. von Althen-Dagum’s and expertise is in the field of colon cancer screening, colonoscopies, reflux, gallbladder disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and Helicobacter pylori. She specializes in endoscopy procedures with a clinical interest in women’s gastrointestinal health.

To make an appointment with Dr. von Althen-Dagum, call (631) 360-4000. Most insurance plans accepted.

For more information about St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, please visit stcatherines.chsli.org.


Ozone Health Advisory For Thursday, May 18


              Ozone Health Advisory For Thursday, May 18, 2017


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an ozone health advisory for the Long Island region. Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken advises that young children, the elderly, those who exercise or are involved in strenuous outdoor work, and those with pre-existing respiratory or heart problems, limit strenuous outdoor activity. Ozone levels are often elevated after noon through early evening on hot, sunny days.

Air Quality Forecasts are available on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website athttp://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/aqi/aqi_forecast.cfm

Information about ozone and health is available on the New York State Department of Health website:




How Will The Proposed American Health Care Act Impact On You?

Americans are watching and wondering what will happen to their health care if changes are made to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare.  Congress is scheduled to vote on the GOP proposal to repeal and replace the ACA Thursday, March 23, 2017. The proposal supported by President Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is called the American Health Care Act. If the Congress approves the legislation (216 votes are necessary for approval) the bill will move to the senate where Senators will have the opportunity to review and alter. 

Kaiser Family Foundation* is thought of as an invaluable tool used by professionals regarding health care policy. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s website (non-partisan) has information that will allow you to evaluate and compare the proposed American Health Care Act (to be voted on 3/2317) with the ACA. Click on this link to learn more about what the changes in health care may mean in your life. Kaiser Family Foundation

* The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) is a non-profit, non-partisan, private foundation. 


Suffolk County Offers Program In Kings Park For Seniors To Help Prevent Falls

Staying Independent for Life

Commissioner of Health Services, Dr. James Tomarken invites mature residents to attend the county’s national award-winning program focused on falls prevention. The program is intended to empower mature adults to carry out behaviors that reduce the risks of falls and improve their quality of life.

These programs are ‘Stepping On’, a CDC model program, comprises a seven-week course that focuses on balance and strength, home and community safety, vision, safe footwear and medication review. The program has proven to reduce the number of falls for participants by 31 percent. A second option entitled “Staying Independent for Life” covers much of the information that is provided in the ‘Stepping On’ program in a condensed two-hour session.

Between 2011 and 2016 these programs collectively reached over 11,406 senior citizens to teach them about how to prevent falls in the home and live independently.

The program will be offered as follows:

Kings Park

             Tuesday, February 28 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  Martin Luther Terrace Apartments

  116 Wartburg Court

  Kings Park, NY 11754

  To register call 631-853-7214

Additional programs will be rolled out in communities throughout Suffolk County over the course of the year. For more information about Suffolk County Falls Prevention Programs, call the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at 631-853-6492 or visit: www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/PreventiveMedicine/PublicHealthNursing

Watch this video to learn more about what your peers are doing at Suffolk County’s falls-prevention programs:





Suffolk County Dept. Of Health Confirms Case Of Measles On LI


Suffolk Reports Confirmed Case of Measles in Infant

Health officials urge exposed individuals to monitor for symptoms

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) has been notified of a laboratory confirmed case of measles in an infant who arrived recently from overseas. The child was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Room (ER) in West Islip on January 19, for evaluation and was released, and was seen at HRHCare Martin Luther King Jr. Family Health Center in Wyandanch on January 25.

To prevent the spread of this highly communicable disease, SCDHS asks individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles, to call their physicians, health care providers or emergency rooms before going for care. If it is not possible to call ahead, individuals with symptoms should identify themselves as a potential measles patient immediately upon presentation so that others are not exposed in a waiting room. 

Anyone who is not fully immune to measles and was in the Good Samaritan Hospital ER between the hours of 5:57 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on January 19, 2017, is considered exposed to measles. Those individuals should notify their healthcare providers immediately if they experience symptoms consistent with measles. Persons with questions about exposure at Good Samaritan Hospital should call 631-376-3000.

Anyone who is not fully immune to measles and was at HRHCare Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center in Wyandanch between the hours of 9:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.is considered exposed to measles. Those who were exposed and have not already been contacted by HRHCare should contact the health center at 516-214-8020 immediately, as preventive measures may be effective if vaccine is administered within 72 hours of exposure (by January 28, 2017) or if immune globulin (IG) is administered within 6 days of exposure (by January 31, 2017).

Only persons with two documented measles-containing vaccines, a blood test showing immunity, or those born (and lived in the United States) prior to 1957 are considered immune to measles. Individuals who have had only one measles vaccine dose should obtain a second dose.

Commissioner of Health Services James L. Tomarken, MD, said, “We are in close contact with Good Samaritan Hospital, HRHCare, and the New York State Department of Health. Good Samaritan Hospital and HRHCare are reaching out to individuals who were exposed to measles on the dates of potential exposure. However, there may be others who were exposed and whose contact information we do not have. We ask anyone who was at these locations and may have been exposed to be alert for symptoms and to contact their health care providers immediately if they experience symptoms.” 

Individuals who may be at high-risk for complications from measles include children less than 1 year of age, pregnant women and immunocompromised persons.

Measles symptoms generally appear in two stages: early symptoms include a runny nose, cough and a fever. Eyes may become reddened and sensitive to light, while the fever may gradually rise each day. Later symptoms begin on the third day and consist of a temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, and a red, blotchy rash lasting four to seven days. The rash usually begins on the face and then spreads over the entire body. Little white spots may also appear inside the mouth.  Symptoms usually appear in 10-12 days after exposure, although they may occur as early as seven or as late as 21 days after exposure.

Measles is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people or by airborne transmission. Measles is one of the most contagious communicable diseases and can be contracted at any age.

SCDHS is also asking all health providers to report all cases of suspect measles to the SCDHS Bureau of Communicable Disease Control at 631-854-0333.

For facts about measles, visit http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2170  OR  http://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html.