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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Helen Hayes Hospital’s Adapted Sports & Recreation Program offers a wide variety of enjoyable, fully accessible sports and activities. There are activities for individuals of all ages, abilities and experience levels, including hand-cycling, water skiing, kayaking, bowling, fishing and more. Adapted equipment is provided, and the program offers great opportunities to get back in the game or try out a new activity.


Helen Hayes Hospital’s Adapted Sports & Recreation Program

A 7-year-old Cornwall boy who has endured multiple surgeries to overcome a rare congenital condition was cheered on by his second-grade classmates in a special ceremony naming him one of three ambassadors for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s 15th Annual Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day, scheduled for Sept. 15.

Asher Levy-Dahl’s teacher, Kelly Byrne, shared stories about Asher’s acts of kindness and bravery in the face of his medical challenges, and his classmates vowed to join him on the walk around the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital campus in September. As one of three Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day ambassadors, Asher will help represent the more than 30,000 seriously ill and injured children cared for by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital annually.


Asher Levy-Dahl with Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Heather McGorman

The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center.

To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 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.


Nurses in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at White Plains Hospital (WPH) received the 2019 Medical Service Award at the Children’s Dream Foundation’s “Supper at the Shore” event at the Shenorock Shore Club in Rye on May 17. WPH’s Assistant Director of EMS & Emergency Preparedness, Erik Larsen, MD, was Co-Chair of the event.

The Children’s Dream Foundation has been supporting pediatric care-centered programs in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley for years, including at WPH. Through its generous grants, WPH has been able to purchase specialized pediatric equipment, including advanced airway equipment and a Pediatric SIM model for its Simulation Training Lab. The award recognizes WPH’s highly specialized nursing staff and the exceptional care they provide in the Hospital’s NICU and as part of its growing pediatric services.


Nursing staff of the White Plains Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital raised nearly $150,000 for its new rehabilitation gym and more than $500,000 overall at its Burke Award Dinner. The honorees were Tom and Bonnie Grace, Cuddy & Feder LLP, and Mary Beth Walsh, MD.


Burke Award honoree Cuddy & Feder: (left to right) Lawrence Otis Graham, William S. Null, Ashley C. Steinberger, Anthony B. Gioffre III, Neil T. Rimsky and Christopher B. Fisher
Photo credit: Jesse Rinka Photography

Vassar Brothers Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline Silver PLUS Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.


Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw announces the reopening of its Wellness Center following extensive updates to the physical rehabilitation hospital’s professionally supervised, on-site fitness facility. In addition to the renovation and expansion of workout space and acquisition of new exercise equipment, the Wellness Center introduced several new fitness classes and workout options for patients with disabling injuries and illnesses.

The Wellness Center at Helen Hayes Hospital is dedicated to promoting lifelong fitness. Membership at the Center is short-term and designed to serve as a bridge between rehabilitative therapy and independent exercise at home or within the community.


The recently updated on-site Wellness Center at Helen Hayes Hospital

The Montefiore Wakefield Center for Joint Replacement Surgery just achieved The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip & Total Knee Replacement.


White Plains Hospital, in partnership with St. Vincent’s Hospital, unveiled a brand new, 18,000-square-foot Family Health Center/Behavioral Health Center — a facility to support an integrated program to address the high prevalence of mental illness, particularly depression, in people with chronic diseases. A ribbon-cutting was held at 79 East Post Road in White Plains.


Ribbon-cutting for the 18,000-square-foot Family Health Center/Behavioral Health Center

The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) has been awarded $4.3 million in grants from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to assist schools and providers and help families navigate early intervention and special education services for their children.

WIHD will operate the Early Childhood and School Age Family and Community Engagement Centers for NYSED’s Office of Special Education to serve residents throughout the Hudson Valley over the next five years.


White Plains Hospital has adopted the SCOUT Wire-Free Radar Breast Localization System. SCOUT uses nonradioactive, radar technology to provide real-time surgical guidance during breast surgery. Rather than placing a wire immediately before surgery, a SCOUT reflector is placed in the target tissue prior to the day of surgery at the patient’s convenience. During surgery, the SCOUT guide uses real-time distance measurement guidance to accurately detect the location of the SCOUT reflector — and the tumor to within 1 millimeter of accuracy.


Lenox Hill Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines using the latest scientific evidence.

Additionally, Lenox Hill Hospital received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, the only drug approved by the FDA to treat ischemic stroke.


Salman Azhar, MD, Director of Stroke at Lenox Hill Hospital, holds the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus award.

Phelps Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines using the latest scientific evidence.

Phelps Hospital also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus award.

To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, the only drug approved by the FDA to treat ischemic stroke.


Phelps Hospital


Betsy the caterpillar unites the identities of the four organizations.

The Elizabeth Seton organizations that help medically complex children have announced a new brand, adopting one logo for unity and one name for greater clarity: Elizabeth Seton Children’s.

  • Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center is now Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center.
  • John A. Coleman School is now Elizabeth Seton Children’s School.
  • Children’s Rehabilitation Center is now Elizabeth Seton Children’s Rehabilitation Center.
  • St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation is now Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation.

The new brand signals a unified purpose and mission for Elizabeth Seton Children’s as it works to address the “aging out” crisis affecting residents at the Center, the largest residential center in America designed to care for the most medically complex children.


Montefiore Nyack Hospital is now using Twiage to assist with the measles outbreak prevalent in its location of Rockland County. Twiage provides for prehospital communication with first responders and Emergency Department staff, enabling advance preparation of incoming patients. The hospital has worked with Twiage to develop a new field that will help identify patients with symptoms consistent with measles who may require isolated care.

When that field is utilized by a first responder, the corresponding display screen in the hospital is colored blue, assisting with distinguishing potential incoming measles cases.

The isolation field also provides for more specific information related to potential measles cases, such as measles exposure, vaccination information and illness symptoms, including fever, rash, cough, runny nose and red eyes.


Jeff Rabrich, DO, Medical Director, Emergency Medicine, Montefiore Nyack Hospital, uses Twiage to prep for incoming patients.