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Friday, July 14, 2017

Nyack Hospital received a grant for two digital X-ray suites in its new Emergency Department.

Nyack Hospital has received a $300,000 grant for two digital X-ray suites, which will be located in the new Emergency Department as part of the Hospital’s Transformation Project. The funding is being provided by the New NY Bridge Community Benefits Program.

The Hospital’s Emergency Department is one of the busiest in the Lower Hudson Valley, providing care to nearly 60,000 individuals a year. It is a New York state-designated Area Trauma Center and is currently the only facility in Rockland County with this designation.

The Transformation Project at Nyack Hospital will increase the size of the Emergency Department to 26,000 square feet, offering a separate fast-track Urgent Care Center, new rapid assessment area, private behavioral health assessment unit, larger trauma treatment bays, dedicated imaging suite with a CT scanner and an integrated decontamination room. The addition of an adjacent Urgent Care Center will assist with providing patients with non-emergent conditions a more appropriate level of ambulatory care and access to primary care providers, reducing unnecessary visits to the Emergency Department.


WESTMED Medical Group is proud to share that its practice 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 — based on surveys from nearly 88,000 employees across the industry nationwide. The results show that the company’s team members take great pride in working at WESTMED Medical Group and enjoy a supportive work environment with effective communication and trust in leadership.


Montefiore Health System, the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has been awarded two grants to improve the ability of primary care physicians in small practices to treat common behavioral health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.

With $188,320 from the United Hospital Fund (UHF) and $215,670 from the New York State Health Foundation, Montefiore will support and evaluate a new guide it has spearheaded, Advancing Integration of Behavioral Health into Primary Care: A Continuum-Based Framework to help primary care providers implement and improve access to behavioral health services in six primary care practices in New York City and five more elsewhere in New York State.

Through a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services innovation grant led by Henry Chung, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Montefiore’s Care Management Organization, Dr. Chung and his team will support the use of the framework among the participating practices, advise on primary care site-specific goals and lead monthly knowledge-sharing and problem-solving webinars for improving behavioral health integration. Practices will provide information about their progress, successes and barriers to advancing integration — information which is required to develop quality and sustainability strategies for small practices.

The pilot will result in practice-changing recommendations and an updated guide that will inform clinicians, policymakers and payers about how to best advance behavioral health care.



Members of the West Nyack Medical Home team, including Crystal Run providers, nursing and support staff, display their newly awarded NCQA Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home Certificate of Recognition.

Crystal Run Healthcare’s state-of-the-art medical facility in West Nyack was recently granted Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) — the highest level of recognition a PCMH can receive.

The NCQA PCMH is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. In receiving Level 3 PCMH recognition, the NCQA has verified that Crystal Run has made a commitment to providing quality improvement within its practice and employs a patient-centered approach to care, resulting in happier and healthier patients.

The NCQA’s PCMH Recognition Program is the most broadly endorsed PCMH evaluation program in the country, with more than 12,000 practices — with more than 60,000 clinicians — recognized.


Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) has earned its fifth consecutive “A” grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog, and is the only hospital in Westchester County to receive that grade. The announcement was made by hospital President and CEO Joel Seligman.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, issued twice yearly, assign letter grades to hospitals nationwide for patient safety. Of the 2,639 general acute-care hospitals included, NWH is among 823 hospitals to receive an “A” grade, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States and adding to its list of accreditations and awards.

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades look at 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs. The grades are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.


For the 12th year in a row, White Plains Hospital has been recognized with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes the Hospital’s success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

White Plains Hospital also attained the Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the FDA to treat ischemic stroke. If administered within the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and reduce the chance of permanent disability.

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive years and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines, with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.



Pictured are (from left): Burke Award honorees Steven and Barbara Kessler, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital President and CEO Jeffrey Menkes, and Burke Award honoree and former director of Burke’s stroke program, Michael James Reding, MD.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s 2017 Burke Award Dinner was held June 8 at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase. Attended by 320 guests, the Burke Award Dinner is Burke’s signature event and largest fundraiser of the year. The Burke Award is the highest honor bestowed by Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s administration and board of trustees, awarded to individuals or groups who contributed to the field of rehabilitation.

The John A. Coleman School, with campuses in White Plains and Yonkers, was recently selected as a 2017–2018 National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) School of Excellence. This is the 10th consecutive year the Coleman School has received this honor.

Selection as a School of Excellence is the highest level of recognition a private special education school can achieve through NASET.

To be honored with this recognition, private special education schools must meet rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education.


The St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation is pleased to announce new, 2017 Board appointments across its Continuum of Care at the Foundation, the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center and the John A. Coleman School.

At the Foundation, we welcome Benny Caiola, a principal with Bettina Equities Company LLC. At the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, we welcome Michael Gallagher, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Corporate Risk Solutions LLC; David Ingber, Senior Vice President of Network Financial Operations at Westchester Medical Center Health Network; and Claudia Pici-Morris, Special Consultant in the CEO and Board Consulting Practice of Egon Zehnder. At the John A. Coleman School, we welcome Lisa Marrero, MD, FAAP, Attending Pediatrician at Sound Shore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College.