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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The United Spinal Association’s Hudson Valley Chapter will present the 2018 Adapted Sports, Recreation, and Living Expo on Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at Helen Hayes Hospital (HHH). The free event will showcase adapted sports and recreation opportunities, as well as a variety of products and services for individuals with disabilities, seniors, and their families and caregivers.

Exhibitors for the 2018 Expo include the Wheelchair Sports Federation, one of the leading resources for competitive adapted sports in the New York region; the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which will showcase accessible outdoor activities; SureHands Life and Care Systems; and many more.

Representatives will be on hand from companies and organizations offering auto and van conversions, wheelchairs and scooters, adapted and durable medical equipment, ramps, lifts, advocacy and law services, and more. Representatives will also be in attendance from organizations offering adapted sports activities, such as the HHH Adapted Sports and Recreation program, which offers adapted skiing, golfing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, gardening, airsoft and more. Select adapted sports equipment will be on display and available for attendees to test drive.


The first of 21 planned new Montefiore School-Based Health Centers recently opened at the Teller Avenue Educational Campus in the Bronx. This was made possible thanks to a creative financing model — the combination of state, city and private donor funds. Pooling state Capital Restructuring Financing Program dollars, NYC DOE funds and a $1.5 million gift from The Gray Foundation is allowing 1,000 students at the Teller Avenue Educational Campus to access comprehensive healthcare services right where they are — at no cost to the students or their families.

Montefiore currently operates 25 clinics in schools throughout the Bronx, which provide almost 40,000 K-12 students with essential care, such as immunizations, chronic disease management, mental and behavioral health interventions, and public health interventions from teams of physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, dentists and outreach workers. The expansion of the clinics will allow an additional 24,000 Bronx students to have access to these vital services, enabling them to remain healthy and achieve academic success.


The Wound Care Center at Nyack Hospital has opened a hyperbaric treatment area complete with two new state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers. Each Monoplace Hyperbaric Chamber accommodates one patient at a time.


Nyack Hospital’s Wound Care Center hyperbaric chamber

CareMount Medical has been recognized again by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). PCMH is a system of care that uses evidence-based, patient-centered processes, focusing on highly coordinated care and long-term relationship-building. CareMount Medical earned a Level 3 PCMH Recognition due to its commitment to the patient experience.

All of CareMount Medical’s 19 primary care locations received recognition as Level 3 PCMHs in December 2017. CareMount Medical has had the third-highest number of facilities earn a Level 3 designation in the U.S.


Phelps Hospital recently held an open house to display its new state-of-the-art interventional radiology suite located in the Radiology Department on the main floor of the hospital. The suite is the latest major investment the hospital was able to make as part of the Northwell Health system.


Interventional radiology suite at Phelps Hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, recently unveiled advanced angiography medical imaging equipment for a 3-D imaging platform. The imaging technology evaluates every artery and vein (except the heart) to identify blockages more precisely, allowing physicians to clear the blockages and remove plaque. This new equipment utilizes the lowest-dose X-ray possible.


Calvary Hospital has a new website, www.calvaryhospital.org. Designed to be easy to navigate for users at all levels of technical skill, the site features mobile responsive and adaptive design. Desktops, laptops, iPads and cellphones will all work equally well.

The new site is designed to address a range of needs, whether a visitor is: 1) seeking basic information about how to access quality hospice/end-of-life care; 2) a healthcare professional who wants to make a referral or seek employment; or 3) someone who wants to support the Calvary mission with a charitable gift. The site offers seamless access to the Hospital’s:


The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) announced that its Dental Services program for people with disabilities has received two awards from the New York State Dental Foundation (NYSDF).

WIHD is the recipient of a $5,000 award from the NYSDF’s Give Kids a Smile Award program. The award recognizes an organization’s ability to build, expand or enhance education, access and/or capacity with respect to oral health care for children.


The Westchester Institute for Human Development receives an award.

In addition to the award, WIHD received from NYSDF the donation of a portable, hand-held NOMAD X-ray unit. The donation was made courtesy of NYSDF’s new Equipment Donation Program. The NOMAD unit, which was provided by KaVo Kerr Group, will be used on WIHD’s Dental Van.

Last year, WIHD received a state grant to replace the nearly obsolete mobile dental care clinic van, which serves individuals with severe disabilities who have significant barriers to proper and regular access to dental care. A new, modern van will be unveiled in the coming months.


The Montefiore Einstein 3D Laboratory recently hosted a ribbon-cutting with a tour and demonstration of its new 3D printers as well as remarks from Co-directors of the 3D Lab, Evan Garfein, MD, Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Oren Tepper, MD, Director, Craniofacial and Aesthetic Surgery. The evolution of 3D printing has impacted medicine in countless ways. Surgeons now have the ability to print 3D, patient-specific models to help improve patient education and assist with preoperative planning and intraoperative decision-making. The 3D Lab comes equipped with the latest 3D printing capabilities and advanced technologies, as well as a unique partnership with 3D Systems, one of the premier 3D printing companies in the world. 3D Systems has chosen to partner with the Montefiore Einstein 3D Laboratory to marry the best in engineering and medical capabilities to make the most of our 3D printing technology for our patients. This partnership elevates our 3D printing lab capabilities and brings a new component into medical 3D printing.


HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), has received contingency approval from the New York State Department of Health for a transformative $92 million expansion and enhancement of HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus, HealthAlliance and WMCHealth announced.

The reimagined HealthAlliance Hospital will have a new, four-story tower and 437,000 square feet of space — 100,000 square feet more than the hospital’s current configuration. It will boast over 200 total beds, of which 140 will be private, and a new state-of-the-art emergency department, ICU and medical-surgical tower.

The new HealthAlliance Hospital effort and the planned consolidation of all HealthAlliance inpatient and emergency services in that re-created Mary’s Avenue hospital are the first part of a multiyear, $133.6 million Healthy Neighborhood Initiative project. The project will also redevelop the current HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus into a “medical village” — an innovative focal point for the city’s health and related needs. Of the $133.6 million total, $88.8 million of the multiphase project’s funding will come from the New York State Capital Restructuring Financing Program, with the balance coming from WMCHealth, HealthAlliance and a capital fundraising campaign.

Other WMCHealth investments in the Hudson Valley include a $40 million expansion of Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis that will also include a medical village, as well as a just-completed $8 million renovation of MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie. WMCHealth is also investing $230 million in its flagship campus in Valhalla, with the construction of the 280,000-square-foot Ambulatory Care Pavilion, Westchester County’s largest healthcare construction project in decades.