Local News

Monday, August 28, 2017

From left: Scott D. Hayworth, MD, FACOG, President and CEO, CareMount Medical; Abe Levy, MD, Chief Medical Officer Emeritus; and Chris Sclafani, PE, MBA, Chief Operating Officer

CareMount Medical, the largest independent multispecialty medical group in New York state, announces the dedication of its full-service clinical laboratory located in Brewster. The Dr. Abe Levy Clinical Laboratory at CareMount Medical is licensed by the state of New York. It is named in honor of CareMount Medical’s former chief medical officer, Abe Levy, MD.

The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art analyzers linked to cutting-edge automation. The advanced technology is supported by highly trained medical technologists, assuring high-quality standards, accuracy in testing and rapid test result turnaround time. The team’s approach is focused on providing the best outcomes for patients. CareMount built this lab with the ability to accommodate new technologies as they become available. Current testing platforms include, but are not limited to, chemistry, hematology, coagulation, urinalysis, immunoassay, vitamin D and Lyme disease.



Honorees Frank and Beverly Finnegan and foundation representatives at the opening of the new medical practice in Lake Katrine

Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s (WMCHealth) Advanced Physician Services (APS) recently celebrated the opening of a new medical practice in Lake Katrine that will make comprehensive surgical services easily accessible to patients in the Mid Hudson Valley.

More than three dozen medical and business leaders attended the ribbon-cutting for the practice, WMCHealth Physicians, which specializes in surgical services including general, vascular, thoracic, neurological and breast surgery, as well as abdominal surgical oncology.

Staffed by physicians from MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie and HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley in Kingston, all members of WMCHealth, the newly opened practice fulfills the health network’s commitment to providing advanced care services in all areas of the Hudson Valley.

WMCHealth Physicians is at 1561 Ulster Ave., second floor, in Lake Katrine. For appointments or more information, patients and physicians can reach WMCHealth Physicians at 845-383-1759.



Pictured from left are Robert Ladenhauf, Facilities Mechanic; Allison Wingerter, Nursing Supervisor; Barbara LaPorte, Patient Services Representative; Joan Patterson, Director of Nursing; and Mary DeFreitas, Chief Human Resources Officer, during the Relay for Life of Sullivan County, held June 3 at Liberty High School.

Physicians and staff of Crystal Run Healthcare came together to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. A total of $2,550 was raised by employees in a variety of ways, including a practice-wide dress down day as well as numerous raffles and bake sales the past several months. Including Crystal Run Healthcare’s corporate sponsorship, a grand total of $14,550 was donated to the American Cancer Society in support of five local Relays in Sullivan County, Newburgh, Pine Bush, Goshen and Rockland County.

Each year, more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries come together to raise necessary funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay for Life movement. At these events, participants and survivors celebrate what they’ve overcome, remember those who have lost the battle against the deadly disease, and honor those who have fought or are still fighting. The Relay for Life movement inspires all participants to take action against a disease that has taken too much.


Scarsdale Medical Group (SMG) and White Plains Hospital (WPH) have made their partnership official as of July 1, 2017.

Founded in 1957, SMG is a medical practice in Westchester with offices in Scarsdale, Harrison and Eastchester and nearly 50 primary care and specialty physicians. The group has more than 200,000 patient visits a year and has earned a well-established reputation for providing high-quality, individualized care.

The partnership will provide seamless coordination of care between the practicing physicians of SMG and the advanced services available at WPH, aligning the group’s clinical and administrative operations, including billing and scheduling, EHR, and laboratory testing.

WPH has been providing advanced care to the Westchester community for more than a century. In recent years, the Hospital has been undergoing a major campus transformation and geographic expansion, with nearly two dozen physician offices across the county and additional sites planned.



Northern Westchester Hospital’s newly renovated Meditation Room

Thanks to the generosity of Northern Westchester Hospital Board Chair Nancy Karch and supporters Kamran and Ellen Hakim, Northern Westchester Hospital has a newly renovated Meditation Room — a serene space that welcomes all staff and visitors.

The Meditation Room can be found in the main lobby of the Wallace Pavilion at Northern Westchester Hospital, opposite the gift shop.

Fifteen-minute guided meditation sessions are held at 12:15 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Those who cannot make these sessions can listen to guided imagery audio recordings from home or anywhere in the Hospital. Healing prayer is offered on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

In addition to almost-daily meditation sessions, the Meditation Room is used as an oasis for visitors who want a quiet sanctuary where they can spend time in quiet reflection. Visitors may engage in their own spiritual practice, bringing mindfulness to help calm and center them in trying times.



Pictured at the opening of Faces of Burke on July 11 are (left to right): Burke Rehabilitation Hospital President and CEO Jeffrey Menkes and Country Bank President and CEO Joe Murphy Jr.

Country Bank in Scarsdale, located at 80 Garth Road, is presenting Faces of Burke, a traveling photography exhibit designed to showcase the individuality and courage of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s patients. The compelling photographs and stories of the subjects illustrate a diverse and inspiring group of patients who have succeeded in regaining mobility and independence through their experience at Burke. Country Bank is a Gold Sponsor of the exhibit, which will be on view at the bank through the end of the year.



A John A. Coleman School graduating student is all smiles!

The John A. Coleman School’s White Plains campus graduated a total of 65 students on June 30, 2017, including 10 children from its inclusive nursery school, Children’s Place, as part of the 2017 graduation ceremony. This is the largest graduating class in the Coleman School’s history — an important milestone for the school, which is the second largest preschool in Westchester County.

The ceremony was attended by students, their loved ones, and staff from the Coleman School and the adjoining Children’s Rehabilitation Center. Assemblymember Shelley Mayer was this year’s commencement speaker, and she was joined by some of her colleagues in office, including Assemblymember David Buchwald, Yonkers City Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino and White Plains City Councilwoman Milagros Lecuona. Greenburgh Police Officer David Wagman was also on hand.

Following this, Maria Leitenberger, Principal of the John A. Coleman School, presented 24-year-old Rebeca Fernandes with the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation Alumni Award. Fernandes graduated from our program in 1996 and has also received services at the Children’s Rehabilitation Center since she was only a few months old. She graduated from Port Chester High School and currently attends the Successful Learning Program at Pace University for students with developmental disabilities. Fernandes also works part time at a law firm, doing clerical work. Fernandes’ life exemplifies the values and ideals of both the Coleman School and the Children’s Rehabilitation Center.


ArchCare at Home will hold its 16th Annual Golf Outing on Sept. 13 at The Vineyards, Riverhead, New York. Enjoy a day of golf, lunch, open bar and a buffet Awards Dinner. This fundraiser will benefit ArchCare at Home’s Helping Hands Program, a nonmedical program for the elderly and disabled.

Registration begins at 11:30 am. Lunch is at noon, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cocktails, a buffet dinner and awards reception will follow. For more information, please contact Christine Alford as 631-887-7028 or events2@dsfhs.org.