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Monday, April 29, 2019

Phelps Hospital has received a four-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. As identified on the federal website medicare.gov/hospitalcompare, Phelps Hospital was the highest-rated hospital in Westchester County. The Hospital Compare resource is a consumer-oriented website that regularly issues ratings of hospital performance. Hospital Compare provides information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country, enabling members of the public to compare a variety of clinical quality ratings, as well as consumer-reported satisfaction.

Phelps, part of the Northwell Health system, rated four out of five stars. Ratings are based on several components, which include surveys of patients’ experiences, timely and effective care, complications, readmissions, mortality, and value of care. The site also directly compares performance measure information related to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgery and other conditions.


Phelps Hospital receives a four-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Pace University’s College of Health Professions (CHP) is launching a new Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, its sixth graduate degree launched in two years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 24 percent increase in the employment of occupational therapists by 2026. The program offers a unique hybrid learning approach, combining both online and face-to-face instruction; allowing students flexibility and preparing them for exciting careers in occupational therapy.

CHP’s 28-month, 70-credit program is organized around four major themes: evidence-based practice and scholarship, occupation and client-centered approaches, ethics and interprofessional practice, and innovation and technology. Students will be equipped with the capabilities to maximize clients’ quality of life and occupation engagement.

The program is accepting applications for fall 2019, effective immediately. To learn more about the program or to apply for fall, visit www.pace.edu/ot. Note: The program is pending approval of the New York State Education Department and has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. It anticipates obtaining candidacy status in April 2019.


The Prosthetic & Orthotic Center at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw has again received accreditation from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC). ABC’s high standards and commitment to superior patient care make achieving accreditation a mark of exceptional quality. This newest accreditation and ABC’s decision to move the Prosthetic & Orthotic Center to the maximum interval of three years between on-site surveys recognize the Center’s commitment to providing the top medical care patients need to achieve the outcomes they deserve.


The Helen Hayes Hospital Prosthetic & Orthotic Center, from left: Tom McCorry, Program Director, CO; Bert Bergin, CPO; Nidia Peña-Atristain, CP; Carl Schneider, CP; Kevin Monroe, technician; and Wilberto Abreu, technician

Phelps Hospital has again received accreditation for its physician training from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Accreditation is achieved through an annual review process that includes verification of teaching physician board certification, resident inpatient and outpatient visit volume, obstetrical deliveries, scholarly activity, and procedures. Also included is a review of resident performance on annual in-training exams and the results of an annual, anonymous resident/faculty survey administered by ACGME.


Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) announces the launch of the Institute for Women’s Health and Wellness, a comprehensive network service devoted to providing women living in and around the Hudson Valley with high-quality, comprehensive, multidisciplinary care as close to their homes as possible. The Institute for Women’s Health and Wellness will eventually provide an interwoven structure of women’s health services across the WMCHealth Network, which has member hospitals in all corners of the Hudson Valley.


Westchester Medical CenterMaria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla and HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus in Kingston — all members of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network — were recently recognized with the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative Safe Sleep Project’s Quality Improvement Award. The award recognizes the hospitals’ awareness and parent education efforts to impact safe sleep practices and reduce the occurrence of sleep-related deaths in infants.

The recognition is given in honor of the hard work and dedication of staff to improve safe sleep practices and recognizes the medical teams for increasing documentation of caregiver safe sleep education and modeling a safe sleep environment during the infant’s hospitalization, as well as ensuring that new mothers and other infant caregivers understand safe sleep protocols.


Westchester Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus receive the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative Safe Sleep Project’s Quality Improvement Award.

The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) was recently awarded a $198,000 grant from the Taft Foundation to expand the work of WIHD’s Community Support Network.

The grant will help young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities successfully transition from school to adult life. The funding will also support these transition-aged youths as they develop independence and embark on adulthood through a significant expansion of WIHD’s self-advocacy and technical assistance programs.

A new self-advocacy group, coordinated through Facebook, will organize recreational, social and employment opportunities; encourage peer-to-peer connections; and develop a youth learning community intended to empower participants and increase their potential for independence.


The community showed its support for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital — and the seriously ill and injured children under its care — once again by generously donating $300,000 to the hospital during the 100.7 WHUD Radiothon for the Kids.

Thanks to the outpouring of support of 100.7 WHUD listeners throughout the Hudson Valley and contributions from community partners like ShopRite Supermarkets Inc., Saw Mill Auto Sales and All Aboard Childcare Education Centers, donations from this year’s fundraiser will support the life-changing and lifesaving care offered by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of Westchester Medical Center Health Network, to children from the region and beyond.

Other Radiothon supporters include Tompkins Mahopac Bank as well as Sleepy Hollow Middle School, which raised over $2,000 in support of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in honor of students who have received advanced care at the hospital.


Girls’ Night Out, a heartwarming evening featuring tributes to heart disease survivors and their supporters, raised awareness about women’s heart health, as well as hope that new advances in cardiology will save more lives in the future.

The event, a fundraiser for the Westchester Medical Center Health Network Heart & Vascular Institute, drew about 350 people to the Doral Arrowwood Hotel Conference Center in Rye Brook. It paid tribute to female heart disease survivors and the physicians whose groundbreaking techniques and compassionate care helped save their lives.

In a heartwarming moment, physicians were reunited with their patients on stage after the audience watched a video that featured their personal stories and the expert care that saved their lives.

Proceeds from the event benefited the WMCHealth Heart & Vascular Institute.


Calvary Hospital hosted 120 people at its 39th annual Communion Mass and breakfast sponsored by the New York Chapter Knights of Columbus. The Chapter presented a check for $10,000 to Timothy P. Barr, Executive Vice President, Calvary Fund. For nearly four decades, the local Knights of Columbus Chapter has supported Calvary by making the hospital the principal beneficiary of its year-round fundraising efforts. With this latest gift, the New York Chapter has raised more than $1,145,000 to date for the Hospital’s unparalleled palliative care services.


From left are John Sweeney, Chair, Charity Ball; Joseph P. Kearns, Chair, Charity Ball; Timothy P. Barr, Executive Vice President, Calvary Fund; Bishop Gerald T. Walsh, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of New York and Associate Chaplain of the New York Chapter; and Kenneth F. Lathem Jr., New York State Deputy.

NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Division received national recognition for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, the highest and most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can earn for nursing excellence and innovation. The credential, which includes NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s psychiatry program, is considered the gold standard and comprises a select group of 8 percent of hospitals in the United States.


Linda Espinosa, MS, RN, NEA-BC, (fourth from left, top row) with members of the nursing team at NewYork-Presbyterian