We believe that when you help one person, you can lift up an entire community. That’s the Open Door Effect, and it’s how we extend the benefits of quality health care throughout Westchester and Putnam counties.
When people maintain good health, there are fewer school and work absences and fewer visits to local emergency rooms. As each Open Door patient becomes better equipped to manage his or her health, health care costs are lowered for everyone. Chronic diseases are managed better, and expensive treatments become less necessary. But more importantly: people feel better every day.
The Open Door Effect depends on health care that is accessible, affordable, patient-centered, and far-reaching. Prevention is a key component of the “Open Door Effect,” which is why we’ve expanded our wellness services to improve patients’ lifestyles. Whether it is blood pressure control, prevention of diabetes, reduction of asthma severity, cancer screenings or maintaining appropriate body mass index, our efficient model of health care achieves clinical results that consistently surpass national benchmarks for patient outcomes.
It’s through the Open Door Effect that we accomplish our goal of building healthier communities and finding health care solutions for all – one patient at a time.
Ossining is a vital community with a vast range of types of housing, from the very modest to the luxurious estates, and a diversified population enjoying a healthy racial and religious mix. The Village of Ossining is situated within 3 square miles and according to the U.S. Bureau of Census, 2000 census 24,010 reside in this historic village on the Hudson River.
Residents of Ossining can conveniently reach New York City via the Metro North Railroad or major highways. Westchester County also has an extensive bus system which enables commuters to use public transportation to go anywhere in the county.
The Village boasts shopping centers; mini-malls, individual stores, and a historic crescent shaped downtown shopping area, which includes a variety of restaurants. The Arcadian Shopping Center contains banks, restaurants, a pharmacy, a supermarket, which caters to a variety of food needs, and stores for home decorating, gifts, toys, and many other items. Additionally, the shopping center recently became home to a satellite campus of the Westchester Community College.
Ossining has an extensive recreational program for all age groups, including a summer day camp for local children. Students and adults enjoy classes, trips, sports and other activities throughout the year. There are programs specially designed for senior citizens such as swimming, art, and dance. There is a publicly owned boat and canoe club and boat launching ramp, and a few private marinas.
Ossining is an active and caring community with services to fit most needs. The fire department and the ambulance corps, which includes an Advance Life Support Program, are made up of highly trained volunteers who take their jobs very seriously. There are services for seniors ranging from a nutritional program to club activities and trips, while the Ossining library is an extremely fine one with a busy schedule including children’s programs, adult classes, and workshops, art shows, special exhibits, career information services and concerts. The Ossining Open Door Health Center has a sliding fee structure based on patient income. The Community Action Program (CAP) actively supports the interests of minorities and the poor, and the Interfaith Council for Action (IFCA) is involved in the rehabilitation of housing. The Ossining Historical Society Museum contains a wealth of information about the community and is staffed with knowledgeable and helpful volunteers. In addition, there are many other numerous volunteer organizations that serve the community.
In addition to Ossining’s public schools, there are three parochial schools in the area that include kindergarten through eighth grade. The Ossining High School, which was on the list of the country’s top 250 best schools in the year 2000, offers students a variety of enrichment opportunities, including two high school programs which offer college-level courses. One of these is a free program of advanced placement courses, the other offers college credit courses under the supervision of Syracuse University.