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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Charles Rothberg, MD, President of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), released the following statement regarding the Executive Budget Proposal:

“While MSSNY is continuing to review all of the legislative proposals contained in the Executive Budget, New York’s physicians appreciate the continued efforts of Governor Cuomo to assure the availability of affordable health insurance options for New Yorkers despite efforts by some at the federal level to drastically reduce funding for these programs. The enormous Budget deficit this State faces presents a significant challenge. While we have concerns with some provisions of the proposed Budget that could make it more difficult for patients to receive needed physician care, we will continue to work proactively with the Governor and Legislature to meet these challenges so as to protect and preserve our world class healthcare system.”

On Feb. 4, Calvary Hospital hosted 190 people at the 38th Annual Communion Mass and Breakfast sponsored by the New York Chapter Knights of Columbus. The chapter presented a check for $10,000 to Timothy P. Barr, Executive Vice President, Calvary Fund.

The New York Chapter of the Knights of Columbus recently hosted its 38th Annual Communion Mass and Breakfast at Calvary Hospital. From left are John Sweeney, Chair, Charity Ball; Patrick Iyahen, MD, New York Chapter Chair; Timothy P. Barr, Executive Vice President, Calvary Fund; Bishop Gerald T. Walsh, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of New York and Associate Chaplain of the New York Chapter; Kenneth F. Lathem Jr., New York State Deputy; and Joseph P. Kearns, Chair, Charity Ball.

For nearly four decades, the local Knights of Columbus chapter has supported Calvary by making the hospital the principal beneficiary of its year-round fundraising efforts. With this latest gift, the New York chapter has raised more than $1,135,000 to date for the Hospital’s unparalleled palliative care services.

The chapter’s next annual charity dinner is on Saturday, June 2.

Westmed Medical Group, of Purchase, New York, announces it has been awarded the Accredited Urgent Care designation, the highest level of distinction for urgent care centers. It has met all of the Urgent Care Association of America’s criteria for quality of patient care, safety and scope of services.

Westmed’s six Urgent Care Centers — in White Plains, Rye, New Rochelle, Ridge Hill in Yonkers and the Boyce Thompson Center in Yonkers in Westchester County, and in Greenwich in Fairfield County — provide patients with walk-in, extended-hour medical attention with high-quality providers for a large scope of medical conditions.

The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) has received the prestigious Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

NCQA’s PCMH Recognition Program is the most widely adopted PCMH evaluation program in the country. The PCMH model puts patients at the forefront of care. PCMHs build better relationships between people and their clinical care teams. Research shows they improve quality, the patient experience and staff satisfaction, while reducing healthcare costs.

To earn this recognition, WIHD received a score of 94.5 out of 100 in a process that took over a year. The recognition is valid for two years.

Cabrini of Westchester has earned an overall Five-Star Facility Rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The CMS Five-Star Quality Rating System assigns nursing facilities nationwide a rating between one and five stars. Those care facilities with Five Stars are considered to have “much above average” quality compared with other nursing home facilities in their state.

The ratings are based on the star rating for the following categories: health inspections, quality measures and staffing levels at the facility. Data for the ratings come from the last three years of health inspections, the average number of hours of care provided to each resident by a member of the Nursing Department, and more than 10 physical and clinical measures.

Elaine Schulte, MD

Elaine Schulte, MD, has launched a new Adoption Program at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Parents of adopted children can now consult with a nationally recognized expert in adoption medicine, and families can receive pre-adoption consultation services, as well as post-adoption evaluation and ongoing medical care. Domestically adopted newborns, children adopted from foster care and internationally adopted children are all included. Dr. Schulte provides families with general information about adoption and can also review a prospective child’s medical records. In addition, newly adopted children receive a comprehensive medical exam to screen for a variety of health issues and previously undiagnosed conditions.

Bon Secours Community Hospital’s Surgical Weight Loss Institute, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMC Health), announces its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success.

Cardiac care services are now provided at Putnam Hospital Center through The Heart Center, a Health Quest affiliate.

Three cardiologists — Lawrence Solomon, MD; Anthony Messina, MD; and Aarti Campo, MD — have begun seeing patients on the hospital campus, with offices at 672 Stoneleigh Ave., Suite C-126. All three are board-certified through the American College of Cardiology and specialize in general cardiology, as well as nuclear cardiology and echocardiography.

The Heart Center team at Putnam Hospital Center

Dr. Solomon received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 17 years.

Dr. Messina is Medical Director for Health Quest’s CT and Nuclear labs. He graduated from New York University’s School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than nine years. He is fluent in Spanish and Italian.

Dr. Campo joined The Heart Center in 2017, having previously served as director of the heart failure program for PinnacleHealth Hospital in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo in New York and has been in practice for five years.

Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley has expanded its mission from delivering within a 20-mile to now a 35-mile radius of the kitchen located in Wappingers Falls, New York. This change will take place April 3, 2018. Six months ago, Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley grew from feeding the families of sick parents and caregivers to feeding the families of children who are battling cancer.

In the fall of 2017, the charity also moved into its larger, commercial facility in Summerlain Plaza in Dutchess County.

Sparrow’s Nest is a nonprofit charity, committed to helping families in many parts of the Hudson Valley with caregivers and children battling cancer. The charity prepares and delivers two homemade meals weekly to families in Dutchess and Putnam counties and parts of Ulster and Orange counties.

Putnam Hospital Center recently received a Comprehensive Center designation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). The MBSAQIP is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Putnam Hospital Center earns a Comprehensive Center designation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Putnam Hospital Center met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and protocols for care. As a Comprehensive Center, the hospital participates in a national data registry that produces semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, as well as identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.