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Monday, June 12, 2017

The Phelps Hyperbaric team, standing in front of the hyperbaric chamber, left to right: Owen J. O’Neill, MD; Elizabeth Smykowski, Nurse Manager; Adam Piscitello, Certified Hyperbaric Technologist; Ryan Murray, hyperbaric technician; Tim Wages, Senior Administrative Director, Ancillary Services; Gary Willard, MD, Medical Director, Hyperbaric Medicine; Sandrah Gurash, Certified Hyperbaric Technologist; Lubiha Perez, Certified Hyperbaric Technologist; Ernest-Obed Ahiable, hyperbaric technician; and Barbara Sweet, RN, Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse

The Hyperbaric Medicine Department at Phelps Hospital has achieved Accreditation with Distinction for its program from the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). This accreditation demonstrates that the department meets the highest standards as developed by experts in the field of hyperbaric and dive medicine. The program received its first four-year accreditation in 2013.

The UHMS, an international nonprofit organization serving more than 2,500 members in 50 countries, is the chief accrediting body and the primary source of scientific information for diving and hyperbaric medicine physiology worldwide. The society is the leading representative of the hyperbaric medical community to federal, state and local agencies on matters related to efficacy, standards of care and reimbursement.

The 12-person hyperbaric chamber at Phelps is the largest, most state-of-the-art hyperbaric chamber in the Northeastern United States, measuring 9 feet in diameter and 28 feet long.


The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with multiple Commendations to the cancer program at NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Lawrence Hospital, which received its original accreditation in 1988.

To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed the CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered care. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is awarded only to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, NYP Lawrence Hospital maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.

Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.


Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) will hold its Annual Benefit, themed “Leading The Way, Together,” on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at the Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Drive, Mt. Kisco, New York. The Hospital will pay tribute to physician honoree David William Miller, MD, Chief of Anesthesiology, and community honoree Nancy Karch, Chair of the Northern Westchester Hospital Board of Trustees. The benefit co-chairs are Albert and Doris Chance and Steven and Harriet Libov.

Dr. Miller, a resident of Armonk, New York, and a MEDNAX-affiliated anesthesiologist, has served as Chief of Anesthesiology at NWH since 2003. He is a member of the Northern Westchester Hospital Medical Board, Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Trustees.

Karch, a resident of Katonah, is a former senior partner of the international consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where she spent 26 years; she joined the Northern Westchester Board of Trustees in 2006.

For additional information, please contact Gaby Golod Greenwald at 914-242-8392 or ggreenwald@northwell.edu.


With more than 20 years of experience as a New York state-designated Level II Trauma Center, MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), recently passed a rigorous peer review process to become the Hudson Valley’s first and only trauma care program verified Level II by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

MidHudson Regional Hospital joins Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital as ACS-verified trauma centers in the Hudson Valley, with Level I designation for adult and pediatric trauma care, respectively.

Established by the ACS in 1987, the national verification program for hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers that provide not only the institutional resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care — from pre-hospital to rehabilitation — to address the needs of all injured patients. To earn ACS verification, a trauma center must prove its strict adherence to best practice guidelines, demonstrate efficiency of treatment, invest in the continuing education of clinicians and staff, and have an institutional commitment to excellence in trauma care.

MidHudson Regional Hospital has four full-time, board-certified trauma surgeons on staff, complemented by an elite group of neurologists, orthopedists, vascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists and additional specialists. The trauma program handled nearly 900 trauma activations in 2016, making MidHudson Regional Hospital one of the busiest and most-experienced Level II trauma centers in New York state.



Michele Caiola holds the St. Elizabeth Seton Legacy Award.

The St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation hosted its third annual Cherish the Child Luncheon honoring Larchmont resident Michele Caiola on May 4, 2017, at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, New York. The luncheon, attended by more than 160 guests, surpassed the Foundation’s fundraising goal.

The day began with a tour of the Pediatric Center and a VIP sneak peek at its new 32-bed, technology-dependent addition, which, when it opens in June 2017, will make the Pediatric Center the largest children’s subacute care center in the country. Guests were introduced to our children and staff and learned what makes our programming unique and our care unparalleled.

The proceeds from the day benefit two critical fundraising efforts with family at the heart of the matter: the Hummingbird Campaign, which is the Foundation’s $6 million philanthropic effort in support of its expansion, and the Pediatric Center’s Home to Home (parent and sibling transportation) program.

Pat Tursi, CEO of the Pediatric Center, presented Caiola with the St. Elizabeth Seton Legacy Award, which is given annually to honor a person or a community organization that has made a significant contribution to the Foundation’s Continuum of Care through their time, actions, talent and dedication.


White Plains Hospital has been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by the Women’s Choice Award, America’s trusted referral source for the best in health care. The Hospital is a repeat recipient of this honor, being recognized first in 2011. The methodology used to select White Plains Hospital as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience is unique in that it evaluates specific Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, good patient experience positively correlates to disease management, adherence to treatment plans and health outcomes.

White Plains Hospital is one of 400 Award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for patient experience in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award.

Women’s Choice Award has also named White Plains Hospital as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics and an America’s Best Breast Center.

For more information about America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience, please visit www.womenschoiceaward.com/best-hospitals.



From left to right: Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement Brian Harrington; Matt Whittle; Ann Gannon; Children’s Rehabilitation Center Trustee Marc Rosa; Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center Board Member Catherine Franzetti; Mary Ann Williams; Katia Barker; Carl Franzetti, DO; and Melina Barker

On Sunday, April 23, 2017, alumni from the Fordham Chapter of Westchester County, including Children’s Rehabilitation Center Trustee Marc Rosa and Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center Board Member Catherine Franzetti, and their friends, volunteered their time and gardening handiwork to the Pediatric Center in celebration of Earth Day.

A total of eight volunteers spent the afternoon cleaning the grounds of the Pediatric Center and planting pansies and lilies in front of the building and around its entryway.



From left: Ellen Bloom, Director of Marketing and Development, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital; Jonelle Bingham-Alexander, MD, Clinical Director of OB/GYN, NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley; Stacey Petrower, President, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital; Ellen Higgins, FNP, NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley; and William J. Higgins, MD, Vice President, Regional Executive Medical Director for NewYork-Presbyterian’s Physician Services Division

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital recently received the coveted People’s Choice Business of the Year award at a reception presented by the Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce. The event was held at The Chalet on the Hudson and included other community-based awards.