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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Frank Calamari (left) and Dennis Berberich (right) are pictured with Nisi Eapen, the winner of the 2017 Dennis Berberich Scholarship for Calvary Care Technicians.

On July 31, more than 325 people attended Calvary Hospital’s 29th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic at Brae Burn Country Club and Century Country Club in Westchester County. The event raised over $300,000 for Calvary programs and services for patients and their families.

Each year, proceeds from this event’s tennis portion support the Dennis Berberich Scholarship Fund for a Calvary care technician (CCT) who is part of the nursing department. This year’s honoree is Nisi Eapen, who joined Calvary as a ward secretary in 2010 and became a CCT in 2015. Eapen is now pursuing her RN — and ultimately her degree as a nurse practitioner — at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.



The Fighting Kidneys, a team of “Nephletes,” pose for a picture during this year’s Crystal Run Healthcare Classic 10K and Rowley 5K road races, held June 4 at Middletown High School.

Crystal Run Healthcare recently hosted a dress down day, led by pediatrician Lin-Lin Y. Remenar, MD, to help support NephCure Kidney International, an organization exclusively committed to supporting research that pursues the cause of the potentially debilitating kidney disease focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and nephrotic syndrome, and to improve treatment and help find a cure.

In 2013, Dr. Remenar, her son, Van, and her family founded The Fighting Kidneys, a team of “Nephletes” who compete in the Classic Team Charity Challenge in the Crystal Run Healthcare Classic 10K and Rowley 5K road races each year. In total, Crystal Run and its employees raised $1,410, which contributed to the more than $8,000 that The Fighting Kidneys raised to date this year for NephCure Kidney International. Since the inception of The Fighting Kidneys, more than $40,000 has been raised and donated.


The state Department of Health has approved an agreement allowing the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Hudson Valley to join Northwell Health.

The partnership with Tarrytown-based VNA further expands the scope of services Northwell delivers to residents of Westchester and Putnam counties. It builds on the strong regional foundation Northwell has established in recent years with the addition of Northern Westchester Hospital of Mount Kisco, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow and Westchester Health Associates, a medical group that has more than 100 providers in 39 locations throughout Westchester and Putnam counties, as well as Stamford, Connecticut.

Made up of a certified home health agency, a licensed home care services agency and a hospice agency, VNA of Hudson Valley and its 350 employees provide home care to about 6,000 patients. VNA provides a wide range of home services, including skilled nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapy.

The Northwell Health Home Care Network includes a team of about 2,000 nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech/language therapists, social workers, and home health aides who work with patients in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Long Island to provide the same caliber of care they would expect in a hospital but in the privacy of their own home. Its staff serves more than 40,000 patients annually.



St. Anthony Community Hospital’s Annual Golf & Tennis Classic Event Committee includes (l-r) Frank Petrucci, Michael McSweeney, Douglas Stage, Esq., Katie Bisaro, Jessica Cardella and Jane Brief. Not pictured are Garrett Durland, Marlene Roerden, Linda Stephen, Barbara Sullivan and Bob Yates.

St. Anthony Community Hospital’s Annual Golf & Tennis Classic, sponsored by the Warwick Health Foundation, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Warwick Valley Country Club.

Proceeds from the classic will support St. Anthony Community Hospital, ensuring that the hospital’s healthcare providers continue to have access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and the finest environment of care for each of our patients.

The Bon Secours Warwick Health Foundation supports advances in health for our community. In past years, monies raised at the Golf & Tennis Classic, as well as other events, have supported patient room renovations, nursing education and repairs to the parking lot at St. Anthony Community Hospital. They also have helped fund Grandparents Day at Schervier Pavilion and air conditioning installation and resident room renovations at Mount Alverno Center.

The classic offers something for everyone: golf, tennis, dining and joining together to support the health of our community. Attendees will play an 18-hole golf scramble or a round-robin tennis event. The day concludes with a reception. The Hole-In-One prize is a new Ford, courtesy of Leo Kaytes Ford.



From left, Karen Erickson, Director, Pharmacy, and Interim Director, Oncology Services, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center; Eileen Peterson, BSN, RN, OCN, Assistant Clinical Nurse Manager, Cancer Center; A. Bonnie Corbett, the hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Patient Services; Lawrence Koutcher, MD, radiation oncologist, Cancer Center; Maryann Torres, Curry Automotive; Brad R. Candullo, General Manager, Curry Automotive; Stacey Petrower, President, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital; and Martin Oster, MD, oncologist, ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley

Curry Automotive’s Subaru dealerships and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Connecticut, Westchester and Hudson Valley selected NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital as a recipient of Subaru’s Love Promise campaign for the second year in a row. The nationwide campaign invited Subaru customers in June to write a “care card,” a note of hope and inspiration, to be tucked in a package for cancer patients that includes a blanket.

Blankets and cards were delivered to the lobby of NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center and were given to patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation oncology in the center. The donation also included lunchboxes with crayons and craft items for children who accompanied their loved ones.


Westchester Medical Center and Empire BlueCross BlueShield recently announced that Empire BlueCross BlueShield reached a tentative multiyear agreement with HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, which operates the hospitals on Broadway and Mary’s Avenue in midtown Kingston.

HealthAlliance is rejoining Empire’s networks as a participating provider, effective Sept. 1, 2017. Covered services provided by the hospitals to Empire members will resume on an in-network basis.


For the more than 500,000 premature babies born in the U.S. each year, human touch can have a powerful impact on healthy growth and development. To ensure that all babies — including those who are the most vulnerable — get the hugs they need to thrive, the Huggies No Baby Unhugged program awarded seven $10,000 grants to hospitals across the country, including Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, to help support or establish volunteer hugging programs. These programs provide much-needed physical human interaction for newborns in neonatal intensive care units that can help make their transition from hospital to home quicker.

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital will use the grant in a variety of ways, such as investing in volunteer training and recruitment, hugger chairs, and educational materials for volunteers and patient families.



From left, Helen Connor, Patient Care Technician; Amanda Long, RN; Elyse Marlow, RN; T.J. Oltz, RN (back); Sharon Frazier, EMS Coordinator (front, in red), and Stacy Fell, RN, of MidHudson Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department, along with trauma surgeon Zubair Zoha, MD; and Emergency Department Medical Director Mark Papish, MD, stand at the Union Vale Fire Department and Rescue Squad Station No. 1 in Verbank.

The Emergency Department nursing team and a veteran trauma surgeon at the Level II trauma center of MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), were recently recognized for extraordinary medical excellence by the Dutchess County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council.

The honors came two months after MidHudson Regional Hospital passed a rigorous, peer-review process by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), which verified the hospital’s George T. Whalen Family Trauma Center with Level II status. This is significant as New York state now uses only the ACS verification program as its standard to designate trauma centers.

MidHudson Regional in Poughkeepsie was the first and remains the only hospital between New York City and Albany to earn ACS Level II designation and joins fellow WMCHealth members Westchester Medical Center (Level I adult) and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital (Level I pediatric) with ACS verification.