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Friday, January 13, 2017

ABC News Anchor Diana Williams and Helen Hayes Hospital’s (HHH’s) Director of Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Glenn M. Seliger, MD, were honored at the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation’s Night of Inspiration fundraiser on Nov. 17 at the Nyack Seaport. Williams received the Helen Hayes MacArthur Rose Award for her staunch advocacy on behalf of individuals with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as the injury sustained by her son in a motorcycle accident. Dr. Seliger received the Excellence in Rehabilitation Medicine Award for the extraordinary care and compassion he provides to patients and families dealing with the devastating impacts of TBI and his many contributions to the field of brain injury rehab.

Proceeds from the event will support the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation and its mission to fund programming and research at HHH. For more photos from the event, please visit HHH on Facebook.


Helen Hayes Hospital (HHH) CEO Edmund J. Coletti with Night of Inspiration honorees, HHH Director of TBI Rehabilitation, Glenn M. Seliger, MD, and ABC News Anchor Diana Williams.

At its 33rd Annual Awards Gala on Nov. 14 at The Pierre Hotel in New York City, Calvary Hospital raised nearly $1 million for programs and services benefiting Calvary patients and their families. Sade Baderinwa, Eyewitness News Anchor, WABC-TV, was master of ceremonies. Four-time World Series Champion and New York Yankees legend Bernie Williams performed with his All-Star Band.

Carlos M. Hernandez, Chair of the Board of the Calvary Fund and a dinner co-chair, presented The Calvary Medal to Henry A. Fernandez, Chair and CEO, MSCI Inc. He was recognized for his distinguished corporate and civic leadership and outstanding philanthropic commitments to the Calvary mission.


From left are Carlos M. Hernandez, Chair of the Calvary Fund Board of Directors; Henry A. Fernandez, honoree; Thomas J. Fahey Jr., MD, Chair of the Calvary Hospital Board of Directors; and Frank A. Calamari, President and CEO, Calvary Hospital.

Researchers at the White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care are evaluating patients with lung cancer for participation in nationally recognized clinical trials. Patients with late-stage locally advanced or metastatic lung cancer may be eligible for recruitment into an ongoing, multicenter clinical study. The CheckMate study is a Phase III clinical trial comparing single-agent nivolumab or nivolumab plus ipilimumab combination regimens versus platinum doublet chemotherapy (PT-DC) in patients with stage IV lung cancer who have not received prior chemotherapy (treatment-naïve) or patients with recurrent squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The purpose of the clinical trial is to evaluate each treatment regimen for improved overall survival and progression-free survival. CheckMate is being conducted nationwide. Of six study sites in New York state and the local region, White Plains Hospital is the only study site in Westchester County.

At present, the Hospital is a study site for clinical trials of treatments for almost every type of lung cancer as well as an Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved trial for the screening of lung cancer in high-risk individuals.

For additional information about the CheckMate trial, screening for lung cancer, and cancer clinical trials at White Plains Hospital, contact Marisa Cortese, PhD, FNP, at 914-849-7582.


In recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a group of lung cancer survivors who had been treated at Phelps Hospital gathered recently with family, friends, physicians and other healthcare providers for a Celebration of Life. The survivors were invited to this special occasion, held on the hospital campus at the James House, by Avraham Merav, MD, their thoracic surgeon and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Phelps. The atmosphere was joyful as the survivors shared their stories with fellow survivors and reconnected with those who were responsible for their recovery.

Under the direction of Dr. Merav, the Westchester Lung Nodule Center was established at Phelps in 2012 to promote the detection of lung cancer at an early stage when it is most curable.

Phelps is accredited as a Community Hospital Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. For information about lung cancer screening and smoking cessation support at Phelps, visit www.lungnodulecenter.org or call 914-366-2333.


Avraham Merav, MD, and his administrative assistant, Janette Palmieri (farthest row back), pose with survivors of lung cancer who have been treated at Phelps Hospital. The event was held in recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

On Nov. 23, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital held a ribbon-cutting for its new state-of-the-art surgical and oncology pavilion. Top hospital administrators, medical staff, and community and government leaders toured the 36,000-square-foot space to learn about services offered at NYP/Lawrence. The cancer center is a collaboration between academic partner Columbia University Medical Center and NYP/Lawrence Hospital, and provides a comprehensive menu of services, from prevention to diagnosis to advanced treatments and survivorship.

The physician teams include cancer specialists who are members of the NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester and ColumbiaDoctors faculty practices. Many of these physicians are members of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center — one of only three National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in New York state.


(From left, front row) Dennis Glazer; Richard Dresdale; Steven J. Corwin, MD, President and CEO NewYork-Presbyterian; Catherine O’Connor Williams; Joan O’Connor; Lee Goldman, MD, Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, Columbia University Medical Center; Michael J. Fosina, President, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital; Kevin Plunkett, Deputy Westchester County Executive; Tom Welling; and Ken Jenkins. (From left, back row) Lisa Smith Barr; Mary Taylor Behrens; Maureen Killackey, MD, FACS, FACOG, Clinical Director of Cancer Services for NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and Professor, Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Medical Center; Karen Westervelt, SVP and Chief Operating Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network; Laura Forese, MD, EVP, Chief Operating Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian; the Honorable Mary C. Marvin; Ed Dinan, former president and CEO, NewYork-Presbyterian; and Miguel Silva, MD, Director of Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

Joel Seligman, President and CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), is pleased to announce that the hospital has earned its fourth consecutive “A” grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog, and is the only hospital in Westchester County to receive an “A” grade. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide an excellent overview of patient safety in the United States. NWH is among 884 hospitals to receive an “A” grade, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States and adding to its list of accreditations and awards.

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.


White Plains Hospital (WPH) announced that it has been redesignated as a Magnet organization by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Magnet designation is the highest and most prestigious international distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence. WPH is one of only three Magnet hospitals in Westchester and one of 25 Magnet hospitals in New York state. Only about 7 percent of hospitals in the United States are currently Magnet-designated.

Hundreds of WPH staff members and leadership gathered with great anticipation in the Hospital auditorium to listen in on a live conference call with representatives from the ANCC during which the redesignation was announced.

To be recognized as a Magnet hospital, healthcare organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy review process demanding widespread participation from leadership and staff. The ANCC Magnet survey team spent three days conducting an on-site survey at WPH in September 2016.


White Plains Hospital nursing and hospital leadership celebrate their redesignation as a Magnet organization by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Westchester’s Ridge Hill will be 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.

The exhibit will be open to the public beginning Jan. 6, 2017, in the WestMed building at 73 Market St. at Ridge Hill Shopping Center in Yonkers.


Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s Faces of Burke exhibit will be at Ridge Hill in January.

The featured photographer for the exhibit is Jesse Rinka, who is based in Tarrytown. The photo gallery will feature portraits of six Burke patients, along with their stories.