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Monday, April 10, 2017

Robert S. Walker, MD, Young Physicians Program founder and Crystal Run Healthcare gastroenterologist, presents to students during the program’s kickoff session March 7.

On Tuesday, March 7, Crystal Run Healthcare kicked off its first Young Physicians Program in West Nyack. The program, founded and led by Robert S. Walker, MD, provides high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in the medical field with the opportunity to attend lectures and interactive demonstrations in a variety of medical specialties and settings with Crystal Run providers and staff.

Between March 7 and April 25, the 23 high school juniors and seniors accepted into the program participate in eight sessions.


Scarsdale Medical Group and White Plains Hospital signed an agreement that will formalize and advance their relationship as partners.

With offices in Scarsdale, Harrison and Eastchester, Scarsdale Medical Group has been providing care in Westchester and surrounding counties for nearly 60 years. The group has more than 50 physicians focused on providing primary care as well as a wide range of medical specialties for the entire family.

This new alliance will result in seamless coordination of care between the practicing physicians of Scarsdale Medical Group and the advanced services at White Plains Hospital.

White Plains Hospital has provided patient-focused care to the Westchester community for nearly 125 years and has recently undergone a campus transformation and geographic expansion, with 17 satellite facilities across the county.



Pictured, from left: Beverly and Frank Finnegan; Sandra Horan, RN, BSN; Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice Chief Executive Director Maria Todaro; and Tulip Ball Chair Marisa Perez-Rogers

The HealthAlliance Foundation will recognize community and hospital leaders at its 28th annual Tulip Ball on April 29. Frank and Beverly Finnegan are the 2017 Tulip Ball honorees, Sandra Horan will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice will be presented with the Community Service Award.

Frank Finnegan, a retired IBM business unit executive, and Beverly Finnegan, a retired American Cancer Society regional vice president, are longtime residents and Kingston community supporters. They have worked to raise funds for local nonprofits by helping organize bicycling events and golf tournaments, including the Michael B. Finnegan Golf Classic, named in memory of their son. The golf classic supports cancer care at HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Beverly Finnegan is Chair of the Woodland Pond at New Paltz board and a member of the HealthAlliance Foundation and Ulster Community College Foundation boards. Frank Finnegan is on the Wiltwyck Golf Club board.

Sandra Horan, a bachelor’s-prepared registered nurse, is HealthAlliance’s Chief Nursing Officer. She has dedicated 40 years of service to the healthcare system and its predecessor Kingston Hospital, including three years as executive director of Margaretville Hospital, a member of WMCHealth. The Tulip Ball will not only hail her success in overseeing HealthAlliance clinical programs but will serve as a farewell celebration. Horan is retiring May 1.


Montefiore Health System and CityMD are proud to announce a new partnership that will improve access to primary, specialty and urgent care services for patients of both CityMD and Montefiore. Under the agreement, Montefiore will become CityMD’s exclusive preferred provider partner in the Bronx and Westchester. Individuals who visit CityMD’s urgent care centers in these communities will now have the opportunity to be connected to necessary follow-up care with Montefiore’s community of primary and specialty care providers.


As a reflection of Northern Westchester Hospital’s (NWH) nursing professionalism, teamwork and patient care, NWH has achieved Magnet recognition for the second time, announced by the Chair of the Commission on Magnet on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. NWH achieved this recognition previously in 2012.

With this credential, NWH again joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just 448 U.S. healthcare organizations out of over 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition. NWH is also one of nine hospitals worldwide that are Planetree Designated with Distinction, which means NWH is a teaching hospital and nationally recognized leader for patient-centered care, committed to fostering patient and family engagement and creating innovative programs and services that are fundamentally attentive to the needs of patients and their families. Currently only five hospitals worldwide are both Planetree Designated with Distinction and Magnet-recognized.

Registered nurses at NWH are incented to obtain higher levels of education, including baccalaureate preparation and certification in their specialties.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges healthcare organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of America’s Best Hospitals includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.


ArchCare at Home, formerly Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, will hold its Annual Wines Around The World fundraiser on Wednesday, April 26, at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor, New York. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and includes:

  • Wine tasting by Pernod Ricard USA
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Live music
  • A raffle

For information about sponsorship opportunities, or to RSVP, please contact Karlynne Vazquez at 914-810-2561 or kvazquez@dsfhs.org.


Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester Foundation’s 2017 Spring Benefit Gala will be held Wednesday, May 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison, New York.

Join the foundation for an evening that supports the vital home healthcare services and free community health education programs of Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester. The evening will feature a networking cocktail reception; gourmet dinner stations; dessert bar; special awards ceremony; and a silent auction with opportunities to bid on dining out, event tickets, cruises and accommodations, and gourmet gift and wine baskets.

Go to www.vns.org to register and to get information about sponsorships and journal advertising.



Mary Leahy, MD, CEO, Bon Secours Charity Health System, signs the $180 million-plus agreement with Joe Robinson, Senior Vice President, Health Systems Solutions, Philips Healthcare North America.

Royal Philips and Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS), a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), have formed a multi-year, $180 million strategic partnership, which will make Philips solutions available to BSCHS to transform the delivery of health care to the residents of New York’s Hudson Valley, including population health programs that can improve care and help build healthier communities.

The partnership will provide BSCHS with advanced medical technologies and a comprehensive range of clinical and business consulting services.

The partnership between Philips and BSCHS builds on the existing 15-year, $500 million relationship between Philips and WMCHealth, which started in 2015.



A WMCHealth clinician monitors patients from the eHealth operations center.

State-of-the-art telemedicine technology linking HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), with the specialized WMCHealth telehealth operations center is now operational.

WMCHealth’s secure, high-definition eHealth Program offers HealthAlliance patients personalized care from advanced WMCHealth specialists without having to travel to visit them. The specialists complement — and do not replace — the healthcare teams at HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus in Kingston.

The new programs connect all HealthAlliance hospitals with WMCHealth’s 5,500-square-foot eHealth operations center.