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Friday, November 10, 2017

CoveCare Center, formerly known as Putnam Family & Community Services, and CareMount Medical announce an innovative new partnership. In an effort to unite physical and behavioral health services and align with recent New York state guidelines, CoveCare Center and CareMount Medical are leading the way.


From left: Dara Caputo of CareMount Medical; Liza Szpylka and Natalia Sanchez-Bahr of CoveCare Center; Thomas Lester, MD, of CareMount Medical; and Chris Williamson of CoveCare Center

Integrated care promotes collaborative treatment for those who experience physical health conditions in addition to mental health and/or substance use issues. With increased communication and coordination between the organizations’ healthcare professionals, this approach improves the overall quality of care by addressing the whole person, while also reducing costs.

CoveCare Center therapists will now provide mental health counseling and treatment as well as alcohol and substance use treatment and prevention services at CareMount Medical locations, beginning with their offices in Brewster and Patterson, New York.


NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and Gilda’s Club Westchester are partnering in a new program that will bring Gilda’s Club Westchester’s cancer support services to the Bronxville-based hospital. The partnership will allow patients at NYP Lawrence and the southern Westchester community to participate in the Gilda’s Club Westchester programs, regardless of where they receive their cancer treatments. The programs are free.

Previously, patients at the Hospital had to travel to Gilda’s Club Westchester in White Plains to participate in the cancer support groups and other educational and supportive oncology services offered by Gilda’s Club Westchester.

Starting in September and October at NYP Lawrence, licensed clinical social workers from Gilda’s Club Westchester began leading Post-Treatment and Living with Cancer support groups, as well as conducting a Coping Skills Workshop for anyone with cancer.

Gilda’s Club Westchester’s mission is to create welcoming communities of emotional and social support for those of all ages who are living with cancer, along with their families and friends, free of charge. Its innovative programs are an essential complement to medical care, providing compassionate support through individual and family counseling, support groups, lectures, workshops, and social activities.

In northern Westchester, Gilda’s Club Westchester has a partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor offering Living with Cancer support groups for men and women newly diagnosed with cancer. These are held the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6–7:30 p.m. at the Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1980 Crompond Road in Cortlandt Manor.


Northwell Health has entered into a partnership with Surgical Specialty Center of Westchester, a freestanding, multidisciplinary, outpatient surgery center based at 440 Mamaroneck Ave. in Harrison, New York. Northwell acquired a 20 percent initial position in the center with its eight surgeon owners. The ownership agreement will allow Northwell rights to attain up to 51 percent of the center within five years.


Northwell Health has entered into a partnership with Surgical Specialty Center of Westchester.

The agreement marks the ninth joint venture Northwell Health has signed with operators of ambulatory surgery centers, with plans to build out a network totaling more than 20 centers in the coming years. The health system’s current ambulatory surgery joint venture partners include SurgiCare of Manhattan, SurgiCare of Westside, Endoscopy Center of Long Island in Garden City, Garden City SurgiCenter, South Shore Surgery Center in Bay Shore, Suffolk Surgery Center in Shirley, Digestive Health Center of Huntington and Richmond Pain Management Ambulatory Surgical Center on Staten Island.


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy five years ago, New York physicians came together to help their colleagues whose practices had been damaged by the hurricane.

Now, in the midst of the devastation Hurricane Maria has brought to the island of Puerto Rico, Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) President Charles Rothberg, MD, is asking his fellow physicians across New York state to come together to donate money to help in the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

MSSNY’s Medical Educational and Scientific Foundation, a not-for-profit subsidiary, is collecting funds to assist in the recovery efforts. One hundred percent of the funds raised will support physicians’ practices in Puerto Rico. The program will help cover expenses (not covered by insurance or other funding) for relocating or rehabilitating a physician’s medical office.

The fundraising efforts will go directly to the physicians in Puerto Rico to aid in replacing equipment, helping needed staff, rebuilding patient records and similar needs. For information, go to mssny.org.


Each year, Crystal Run Healthcare helps provide local students with the tools necessary to succeed and be productive in school. For the 11th consecutive year, Crystal Run employees purchased backpacks and school supplies to be donated to families throughout Sullivan, Orange and Rockland counties. This year’s school supply drive was an ongoing partnership among Crystal Run Healthcare, the Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Clubs, and People to People in Rockland County.


From left, Christina Kincaid, front desk/mailroom clerk at Crystal Run Healthcare, Patrick Hanley of the Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Clubs and Tara Kammarada, Director of Human Resources at Crystal Run Healthcare, pose for a picture with backpacks that Crystal Run employees donated.

Staff from Crystal Run Healthcare first began purchasing school supplies for donation to charities back in 2007 and began working with the Boys & Girls Clubs in 2011. This is the second year the practice has worked with People to People’s Back to School with Dignity program. The school supply drive is one of the many philanthropic programs that the employees of Crystal Run Healthcare participate in and support in order to give back to local communities.


On Sept. 16, more than 225 adults and children participated in the 15th Annual Dan’s 5K Fun Run/Walk in the Gerritsen Beach section of Brooklyn. This was the 15th annual event spearheaded by Dan Foster, a local cancer activist and 21-year cancer survivor, whose goal is to support families affected by cancer. The proceeds from this year’s event benefited the Brooklyn-based Circle of Hope Cancer Foundation (COHCF). Foster is a longtime volunteer for this foundation.


Pictured from left at the 15th Annual Dan’s 5K Fun Run/Walk are Anna McCormack, Circle of Hope Cancer Foundation; Timothy P. Barr, Executive Vice President, Calvary Fund; Harvey O’Brien, Circle of Hope Cancer Foundation; and Dan Foster, a longtime volunteer with COHCF.

Before the event began, Harvey O’Brien, COHCF President, presented their latest gift — a check for $5,000 — to Timothy P. Barr, Executive Vice President, Calvary Fund. The funds will benefit the thousands of patients and families that Calvary helps each year in the borough. With this latest gift, COHCF has raised $105,000 for Calvary care in Brooklyn.