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Friday, May 12, 2017

Julio A. Panza, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s Heart and Vascular Institute, and Srihari S. Naidu, MD, Director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy program (holding scissors), were joined by colleagues and community members to celebrate the official opening of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy office in Garden City, the Heart and Vascular Institute’s first Long Island location.

The Heart and Vascular Institute, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), recently celebrated the opening of its first Long Island practice, which brings cardiac care to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients living in the area.

WMCHealth’s program, led by Srihari S. Naidu, MD, Director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) program, launched in 2016 to offer advanced care to patients with the cardiac condition.

The Heart and Vascular Institute’s Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy program will see patients at the Garden City office, located at 877 Stewart Ave., Suite 12, on Thursdays and will also see patients at the Westchester office, located at 19 Bradhurst Ave., Suite 3850S, in Hawthorne.


The Healthy Steps Program at Montefiore Health System has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the United Hospital Fund (UHF) as part of a new initiative, Partnerships for Early Childhood Development, to identify social and environmental risks that interfere with children’s healthy development and to connect families with essential services to address those risks. Montefiore will use the award to connect children ages 3 to 5 who are not progressing developmentally as expected with Preschool Special Education Services. Preschool Special Education Services connect children in need with dedicated professionals who address the children’s unique educational needs with developmentally appropriate instruction. The UHF grant will fund a collaboration between the Healthy Steps Program and the Bronx Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) at Bronx Independent Living Services to develop an efficient referral system where children identified as needing Preschool Special Education Services will be seamlessly connected with them. During this yearlong project, children who qualify at two Montefiore pediatric primary care locations, the Comprehensive Family Care Center and The Family Care Center, will be guided by associates from Montefiore and ECDC through the referral process, from evaluation through implementation of services.



Phelps Lactation Consultant Yeva Posner, RN, IBCLC, with a new mother and baby

Phelps Hospital recently joined the international ranks of Baby-Friendly Hospitals. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program created in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. This prestigious designation, made by Baby-Friendly USA, recognizes Phelps for offering new mothers the information, confidence and skills they need to succeed in breastfeeding and caring for their infants when they leave the hospital. Phelps is now one of just 418 designated Baby-Friendly Hospitals and birthing centers across the United States, the 16th hospital in New York state and the second in the Hudson Valley to achieve this designation.

Yeva Posner, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant, led the four-year effort to earn the designation.


WESTMED Medical Group is proud to announce it has been named by Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine as one of the country’s Best Workplaces in Health Care. The distinction was earned for being an organization dedicated to the well-being of our patients, physicians and employees.

WESTMED ranked 27th on the list (one of the three companies listed for New York state and one of two in Connecticut), which is based on surveys from nearly 88,000 employees across the industry nationwide.

WESTMED also has rolled out initiatives such as the iEngage team, whose members include talented employee volunteers from each WESTMED location who work collaboratively with senior leadership to drive culture and employee engagement throughout the organization as it innovates and grows.


On April 3, Calvary Hospital hosted its Annual Society of 1899 Planned Giving Program and Reception at Christie’s in New York City. The event attracted more than 150 of Calvary’s longtime and newer donors. This year’s program included remarks by Frank A. Calamari, President and CEO, Calvary; Bonnie Brennan, Senior Vice President, Senior Director, Christie’s; with remarks by Elizabeth Wight, Specialist, Private and Iconic Collections; and Michael J.A. Smith, Chair of Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council. After a presentation in one of the auction rooms, guests were treated to a reception and private viewing of Christie’s Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style sale.

Calvary established The Society of 1899 to honor the visionary men and women who have made a planned gift or bequest to the hospital. These generous legacy gifts helps ensure that Calvary’s core values of non-abandonment and death without physical pain and suffering will extend to future generations when they need this critical care.



Members of the leadership team and staff from departments across Westchester Medical Center joined Michael Israel, WMCHealth President and CEO, in cutting a ceremonial ribbon to open the main concourse.

Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), recently unveiled a new, contemporary main concourse to greet patients and visitors to the region’s advanced care medical center.

The new concourse, now an important extension of the hospital’s caregiving environment, is a functional crossroads that will eventually connect Westchester Medical Center and the 280,000-square-foot Ambulatory Care Pavilion currently under construction on WMCHealth’s Valhalla campus. The eight-story Ambulatory Care Pavilion, the largest healthcare construction project in Westchester County since the construction of Westchester Medical Center’s main tower in 1977, is slated for completion in 2018.

The main concourse more than doubles the size of Westchester Medical Center’s former main lobby, offering a beautiful, soothing environment for community members who visit the hospital.

The 13,200-square-foot concourse, replete with stainless-steel accents, tri-colored terrazzo floors, carefully curated art, energy-efficient lighting, and coordinated colors and textures, welcomes guests through the front doors of Westchester Medical Center. Warming lamps and an outdoor waterfall wall greet visitors as they drive up to the valet station.

Five donated, rainbow-colored screenprints from Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species series turn the main concourse into an art gallery for guests to enjoy between tests and appointments.

With the new main concourse came the addition of a boutique-style gift shop, a fully renovated Au Bon Pain Café Bakery and an 1,800-square-foot Caregiver Center.

The main concourse also features Sabbath entry doors next to the main vestibule, as well as Sabbath bathroom fixtures for observant members of the community.


ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, New Jersey, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary as the first proton treatment center in the tri-state area and the 10th facility in the nation.

The anniversary converged with another important ProCure milestone: The Center graduated its 2,500th patient. To celebrate, new and past graduates, alongside friends, family and ProCure staff, gathered at the Center for a special graduation ceremony that honored the patient journey and the fight against cancer.



FDNY EMTs currently enrolled in the paramedic training program spent an entire day at Calvary Hospital’s Bronx Campus. Calvary educated them about palliative care and pain management that will be helpful in the field. Maria Levoce, EMT-P, CIC, Paramedic Original Program Clinical Liaison, FDNY EMS Training Academy (at far left in striped shirt) and Thomas Durkin, EMT-P, CIC, Paramedic Original Program Clinical Coordinator (far right in blue shirt) flank the current EMS members in the paramedic program. In the front row (left to right) are Kathleen Wood, Brittany Wood and Bo-Ann Thorpe. In the back row (left to right) are Timothy Stein, Johan Velasco, Randy Brokman and Javin Schaefer.

Calvary Hospital recently hosted its most recent group of EMTs from the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY). During their one-day visit to the Hospital’s Bronx campus March 22, the seven EMTs learned about Calvary’s unique approach and international leadership in palliative care, how to best care for patients at the end of life, and effective pain management tips, and made rounds with two Calvary physicians.

The EMS members are currently enrolled in a nine-month training program to become certified paramedics. EMS members have basic life support skills. Paramedics, with advanced life support skills, practically bring the emergency room to wherever it is needed. Calvary and FDNY have collaborated since 2004 with this palliative care module. This is one of 60 modules in the curricula for their paramedic training program. More than 60 men and women are enrolled in FDNY’s 2017 paramedic training program. All will visit Calvary before they graduate later this year.