Local News

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital announces the opening of a second outpatient rehabilitation location in Yonkers.


Burke Rehabilitation Hospital opens a second outpatient rehabilitation location in Yonkers.

Executive Plaza is the eighth outpatient therapy site in Burke’s network. Other locations include Yonkers-Ridge Hill, Armonk, Bronx, Mamaroneck, Purchase, Somers and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s campus in White Plains.



Robbins Gottlock, MD

June is World Pride Month, marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, a seminal event in the movement to secure full civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Much has transpired in 50 years, and for most of his life, Robbins Gottlock, MD, has been in the thick of it.

Dr. Gottlock, founder of the LGBTQ Health Center of Excellence at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, doesn’t mind explaining the meaning of the initials in the center’s name. What Dr. Gottlock does mind are the stark health disparities faced by LGBTQ people as a result of discrimination, social stigma and denial of their civil and human rights. Dr. Gottlock advocated for a dedicated center focused on LGBTQ health care at Phelps. His efforts paid off. Last year Phelps Hospital was designated a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.


The Seizure Diagnostic Center at White Plains Hospital has again been recognized as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Several hundred patients receive treatment each year at this Center. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, an estimated 3 million people of all ages in the United States have been diagnosed with epilepsy.


NewYork-Presbyterian, in collaboration with physicians from Columbia University Irving Medical Center, has launched a sports medicine and performance training facility in Westchester County that gives patients and athletes access to sports medicine physicians, therapists and sports performance coaches — all at a single location.


Linda Vester Greenberg; Michael Fosina; Mariano Rivera; Christopher Ahmad, MD; William Levine, MD; Laura Forese, MD; Steven J. Corwin, MD

The NewYork-Presbyterian Sports Performance Institute is a 9,600-square-foot facility in Scarsdale that caters to athletes of all ages and skill levels, from high school athletes to weekend warriors to elite professionals — whether they are looking to enhance their performance, recover from a recent injury and return to sports, or receive medical care to heal a recent injury or relieve pain from a chronic condition. Sports performance training services are powered by EXOS, a national leader in proactive health and performance.

Overseeing the Institute are William Levine, MD, the Frank E. Stinchfield Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Chief of Orthopedics at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and head team physician for Columbia University Athletics; Christopher Ahmad, MD, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Chief of Sports Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and head team physician for the New York Yankees and New York City Football Club; and Jeffrey Geller, MD, the Nas S. Eftekhar Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital.


The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) hosted a graduation ceremony for 20 trainees of the 2018–2019 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Program.


LEND class of 2019

LEND is an interdisciplinary leadership training program funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the federal government at 52 universities around the country.

The LEND Program at WIHD is a 320-hour, two-semester program. The graduates represent audiology, genetics, law, occupational therapy, organizational development, psychology, public health, social work and speech language pathology. Trainees include graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from health and education disciplines, self-advocates, and family members of children and adults with disabilities.

Each year, LEND trainees are recruited through community-based partners and through academic affiliation agreements with a number of colleges and universities: Fordham University, Mercy College, New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Puerto Rico. Through participating in LEND, trainees develop knowledge and skills to become leaders working with and on behalf of children with disabilities and other special healthcare needs, and their families, to improve health outcomes and decrease disparities.



CEO Pat Tursi with Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center resident Stephanie and Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano

The St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation hosted its annual Cherish the Child Luncheon at Bronxville Field Club. More than 200 guests joined — dressed to the theme in their Derby best — and over $95,000 was raised. That made it our most successful spring fundraiser to date!



Mark Apfelbaum, MD, gives a hands-on tutorial of a simulated cardiac cath procedure to students from the Archbishop Stepinac High School Honors Academy program.

More than 200 high school students and parents visited Archbishop Stepinac High School for the fourth annual Careers in Medicine event hosted by NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. Students from public and private high schools throughout Westchester gained hands-on experience and the opportunity to meet over 50 physicians and clinicians from various specialties and areas in health care, including cardiac, OB/GYN, pediatrics, emergency medicine, orthopedics, surgery and pharmacy. Students learned to intubate and suture mannequins, scope a knee under the guidance of an orthopedic surgeon, and use laparoscopic instruments as if they were performing an actual surgery.

The event was created in 2015 by Matilda M. Taddeo, MD, an internal medicine and cardiology specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester, and Susan Campanile, MD, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and an internal medicine physician with NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, to share their love of medicine and give back to the community.


Montefiore Nyack Hospital recently celebrated the opening of a new Transitional Care Unit (TCU), which provides care to patients who are transitioning from an acute hospital stay to a safe return home or a skilled nursing facility. The unit has 16 private rooms, each with its own bathroom, in a comfortable setting that offers amenities such as a grooming salon, country dining room, recreation room, and state-of-the-art medical equipment and therapy gym. Patients do not need to leave the hospital to receive comprehensive rehabilitation treatment, and the unit is monitored with 24-hour nursing coverage and on-site physicians.


Montefiore Nyack Hospital celebrates the opening of a new Transitional Care Unit.

Patients who may benefit from rehabilitation in the TCU include those who are recovering from hip or knee replacement surgery, fractures, other orthopedic conditions, flare-up of chronic illness, or those who are medically deconditioned due to surgery, injury or other complications.


Montefiore Health System, in partnership with St. John’s Riverside Hospital, recently cut the ribbon on Montefiore Yonkers Radiation Oncology, a new radiation therapy cancer center.


Barbara Binder; Shalom Kalnicki, MD; Norman Rosen, MD; Ron J. Corti; Ulrich Hermanto, MD; Jeffrey Short; Rebekah Branco

White Plains Hospital (WPH) broke ground on a pivotal addition to its campus, a 252,000-square-foot, nine-story outpatient center for advanced medicine and surgery, located at the corner of Maple and Longview avenues, adjacent and connected to both the main Hospital and the Center for Cancer Care. The announcement was made at the groundbreaking at the site.


A construction rendering of what the new White Plains Hospital outpatient center for advanced medicine and surgery will look like

The facility is one of the most significant additions to the Hospital’s ongoing campus transformation, which has also included extensive campus modernization and renovation, such as the expanded Center for Cancer Care, completed in 2016, and the Hospital’s new lobby and inpatient tower, completed in 2015. Since 2015, approximately 475,000 square feet have been renovated or added to the Hospital. The new project is estimated to cost $272 million.

The advanced center will house new operating rooms, endoscopy suites, cutting-edge imaging, wound care delivered through hyperbaric chambers and specialty physician practices including orthopedics, spine, maternal-fetal medicine, neurosurgery, and a Heart and Vascular Center.

The facility will also be a job creator for the county. In 2018, WPH supported 6,264 jobs through a combination of direct employment (3,034) at the Hospital and its satellites and indirect job creation (3,230) for supply and equipment vendors, contractors, laborers and in local businesses that support the Hospital’s workforce and visitors. The new project is expected to bring 9% growth in new jobs over the four-year period. In the city of White Plains in 2018, WPH supported or sustained 2,605 jobs, accounting for one in every 36 jobs within the city, either directly or indirectly. By the end of construction, the impact on the city is projected to be 2,869 jobs, of which 441 will be attributed to the new center.