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Friday, August 7, 2015

For the sixth year in a row, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center has received the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) for the treatment of stroke patients. Phelps earned the award by consistently meeting goals for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients according to AHA/ASA standards. These measures include the aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies. According to the AHA/ASA, stroke is the fifth most common cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. New or recurrent strokes affect approximately 795,000 people every year. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes. To contact the Stroke Center at Phelps, call 914-366-3397. For more information on “Get With the Guidelines,” visit americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines.

Montefiore Health System, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, in collaboration with other local partners, have been awarded $250,000 by the BUILD Health Challenge, a national program, to implement the Bronx Healthy Buildings Program. The new initiative will target deteriorating housing conditions in the Northwest and Central Bronx, with the goals of reducing hospitalizations due to asthma, while reducing energy consumption, creating green jobs and ensuring housing affordability. The grant will be used to improve substandard housing by conducting building inspections, identifying homes in need of repair and retrofitting these buildings to improve indoor air quality and energy efficiency. The funds will also support the recruitment and training of community health workers, who will educate tenants and landlords about asthma self-management and coordinate education campaigns for at-risk families and individuals.

CCS Oncology, a Buffalo-based cancer care conglomerate, has selected CureMD, the leading provider of specialty-specific EHR, practice management, population health and patient engagement solutions to enhance the delivery of care across its rapidly expanding network.

Buffalo’s largest cancer care network spent months evaluating the top EHRs in the industry. In the end, it was CureMD’s all-in-one oncology EHR that was selected due to its advanced chemotherapy management modules, evidence-based chemotherapy regimen libraries, automated drug dosage calculations, drug utilization forecasting, therapy flow sheets, DICOM/PACS imaging, patient engagement and population health management.

The Mount Kisco Medical Group (MKMG), a multi-specialty practice serving Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, and Ulster Counties in New York, has announced a new clinical affiliation with CVS Health, which will enhance patient access to high-quality, affordable healthcare services. Through the clinical affiliation, CVS Health will provide prescription and visit information to MKMG by enabling communication between their secure EHR systems, which will help enhance clinical care. Additionally, patients will continue to have access to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs at CVS/pharmacy stores and CVS/MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health.

White Plains Hospital’s Breast Cancer Program has earned the 2015 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s best breast centers, acknowledging its dedication to providing exceptional patient care and treatment. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer (excluding skin cancer) among American women according to the American Cancer Society, and one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, White Plains Hospital has joined an elite network of hospitals committed to empower women across the globe to make smart healthcare choices.

Leaders from the Mount Sinai Health System formally dedicated the Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory, named in recognition of the late senator’s tireless efforts to address children’s environmental health concerns during nearly 30 years in Congress. Located on the Mount Sinai Hospital campus, the Lautenberg Laboratory brings together a team of physicians and researchers to analyze threats to pediatric health from air pollution and household chemicals, as well as social stressors and nutrition.

In its recently published 2015 Best Doctors issue, New York Magazine recognized 29 Mount Kisco Medical Group physicians who represent 25 different specialties. Castle Connolly, a healthcare research and information firm, compiled the Best Doctors list.

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