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Friday, October 6, 2017

Crystal Run Healthcare’s primary care office in Stony Point was recently granted Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) — the highest achievable level of recognition a PCMH can receive.

Members of the Stony Point Medical Home team, including (l-r) Thomas Avella, MD; Suman K. Sawhney, MD; and Lawrence Model, MD, display their newly awarded NCQA Level 3 PCMH Certificate of Recognition.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. In granting Level 3 PCMH recognition, the NCQA has verified that Crystal Run has made a commitment to providing quality improvement within its practice and employs a patient-centered approach to care, resulting in happier and healthier patients.

The NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Program is the most broadly endorsed PCMH evaluation program in the country, with more than 12,000 practices (including more than 60,000 clinicians) recognized.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, California, recently conferred a bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the ICU at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York.

The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that earn this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

White Plains Hospital is a repeat recipient of the Beacon award, the ICU having first received it in 2014 and the Cardiac Care Unit in 2016.

The award signifies success in developing, deploying and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes. The White Plains Hospital ICU earned a bronze award by meeting evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria.

From Aug. 21-25, Calvary Hospital hosted the 20th consecutive session of its bereavement camp for 60 children and teenagers, ages 6–18. Calvary’s Camp Compass, held at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, was led by experienced grief professionals.

All of Calvary’s Camp Compass campers built wooden lighthouses to help remember the loved ones they lost.

The five-day experience was filled with traditional, fun camp activities, as well as grief education and emotional support.

Calvary’s Camp Compass provided a unique opportunity for peer bonding between children and teens facing a similar life circumstance. This was an incredible experience for the children. The campers enjoyed activities such as swimming, fishing and basketball.

All of the campers attend the Hospital’s year-round bereavement program, Precious Moments, for young children ages 6–10, tween group for ages 10-12 or teen bereavement support for ages 13–18.

To date, these groups, which meet at Calvary’s Bronx Hospital, in downtown Brooklyn, and in Manhattan, have helped hundreds of children with their grief process.

Manhattan is known by many names. The Big Apple. The Capital of the World. The City that Never Sleeps. To ENT and Allergy Associates LLP (ENTA), it will now also be known as the county that houses five state-of-the-art clinical offices treating conditions related to ear, nose, throat, allergy, audiology and sleep.

ENTA, whose 187 physicians serve patients in 40-plus offices across New York and New Jersey, has long followed a strategy of meeting the needs of the growing populations throughout the various neighborhoods and communities in which it delivers medical care, by either expanding or upgrading current offices, merging with existing practices to create state-of-the-art clinical sites, or opening brand-new offices of its own.

At 18 E. 48th St., between Madison and Fifth avenues, ENTA announced it had signed a letter of intent with Meygrand Associates LLC to develop its newest office in Midtown Manhattan. The 7,800-square-foot medical space, to be staffed by board-certified physicians practicing side-by-side with licensed hearing aid-dispensing audiologists, will consist of 11 state-of-the-art ENT exam rooms, three allergy rooms, two audiology booths and a hearing aid dispensing room. The site is expected to begin operations in October 2017.

Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, one of the nation’s leading providers of health and quality-of-life services for medically complex children, announced the grand opening of its $24 million, 32-bed technology-dependent expansion in Yonkers, New York. With the opening of the new wing, unveiled at an on-site ceremony attended by state and local officials on Sept. 7, the 201,000-square-foot facility now serves a total of 169 children, including 50 technology-dependent children.

Trustees from Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, the John A. Coleman School, the Children’s Rehabilitation Center and the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation, along with Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Health Sherlita Amler, MD, President of the Sisters of Charity of New York Sr. Jane Iannucelli, S.C., CEO Pat Tursi and Pediatric Center resident Stephanie cut the ribbon to Oakland Beach — one of the Pediatric Center’s new neighborhoods of care.

As the first in New York state to develop a long-term program for children who are dependent on ventilators in 2006, the Pediatric Center has been a trailblazer for more than 10 years in the delivery of outstanding care for these children, setting the industry standard to its highest level. At its current capacity, the Pediatric Center has become the largest provider of children’s subacute care in the United States.

According to the Pediatric Center’s administrators, many admissions to the new wing come from out of state or far away from their families.

This expansion is serving to reunite medically complex children with their families by bringing them closer to home.

Also attending the grand opening were various elected officials. Additionally, the President of the Sisters of Charity of New York, Sr. Jane Iannucelli, S.C.; Chair of the Board of Directors Mike Hegarty; and trustees from the Pediatric Center’s affiliated organizations — the John A. Coleman School, the Children’s Rehabilitation Center and the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation — were on hand to celebrate this momentous occasion.

A special group of Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) employees representing multiple healthcare professions and celebrating the cultural diversity of our region will compete in the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 5 in support of WMCHealth facilities across the Hudson Valley.

The team’s 12 members — five registered nurses, a cardiac rehabilitation care manager, an oncology pharmacist, a physical therapist, an outpatient mental health counselor, two anesthesiologists and an OB-GYN, all of whom are motivated by their own special stories — will compete in support of the life-changing and lifesaving care provided at each of WMCHealth’s 10 Hudson Valley hospitals.

Donations collected for each runner’s efforts will support essential programs and services in the local and regional hospitals the runners represent.

Contributions can be made by visiting wmchealth.org/marathon.

HealthAlliance Foundation Board Chair Richard A. Mantey, Kingston Auxiliary President Darlene Bover and foundation Executive Director Steffen T. Kraehmer presented a check in the amount of $130,074 to HealthAlliance Pres-ident and CEO David Scarpino and Chief Medical Officer Paul Llobet, MD. The donation allowed HealthAlliance, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), to purchase eight telemedicine units. The units transmit pertinent information from bedside monitors to off-site clinicians through WMCHealth’s secure eHealth service. The technology also connects HealthAlliance patients by a live video feed to off-site specialists who consult with HealthAlliance physicians, nurses and other clinicians and assist with diagnoses and treatments.

HealthAlliance Foundation Board Chair Richard A. Mantey, in blue shirt, and Kingston Auxiliary President Darlene Bover hold a check in the amount of $130,074 that they and foundation Executive Director Steffen T. Kraehmer, left, presented to HealthAlliance President and CEO David Scarpino and Chief Medical Officer Paul Llobet, MD.