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Friday, February 3, 2017

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital announced that it has received national recognition for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program for a third consecutive time. Magnet recognition is the highest and most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can earn for nursing excellence and innovation. Magnet recognition is considered the gold standard and includes a select group of only 7 percent of healthcare organizations in the United States.

A. Bonnie Corbett, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Patient Services (left), and Stacey Petrower, President, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital (right), flank members of NYPHVH nursing leadership and nursing educators who contributed to the hospital’s Magnet redesignation.

The hospital was the first in a seven-county region to attain the highly coveted designation in 2007. The Magnet Recognition Program is the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing. It recognizes healthcare organizations whose nursing staff consistently delivers superior patient care with the highest levels of professionalism and innovation.

To keep pace with the increasingly challenging healthcare environment without compromising the quality of our services, Dominican Sisters Family Health Service recently partnered with ArchCare, the healthcare system of the Archdiocese of New York. We are proud to announce that we are now ArchCare at Home.

Joining with ArchCare will enhance our home health services by enabling us to provide patients with a continuum of care to meet their health needs at home as well as in other settings. We are confident that joining with ArchCare will make our agency even stronger and give those we serve a hopeful future for continued exceptional home care provided by our Bronx community programs.

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) has recognized the Department of Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center as one of 60 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals to achieve the College’s distinction of meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care nationwide. This distinction was achieved based on outstanding quality scores related to patient management in eight clinical areas including mortality, unplanned intubation, use of a ventilator for more than 48 hours, renal failure, cardiac incidents, respiratory, surgical site infections and incidence of urinary tract infections. The Department of Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center also achieved this honor in 2014.

From left: Cheryl Cafone, RN, Senior Director of Telemedicine, Westchester Medical Center; Christian Becker, MD, Assistant Medical Director, eHealth Center, Westchester Medical Center; Karen Berger, Vice President, Transplant and Clinical Services, Westchester Medical Center; Aron Reiner, Executive Director, Bikur Cholim; Rabbi Yaakov Litzman, Israel’s Minister of Health; Rabbi Yisroel Kahan, Medical Liaison, Bon Secours Charity Health System

Westchester Medical Center recently played host to Rabbi Yaakov Litzman, Israel’s Minister of Health. At Westchester Medical Center, Litzman visited families to offer his support for loved ones under the hospital’s care and toured WMCHealth’s new, 5,500-square-foot eHealth telemedicine center. The eHealth center features 20 multimedia stations equipped with the latest telehealth patient-monitoring technologies and is staffed around the clock by highly trained healthcare professionals. These professionals serve as a complement to the dedicated, bedside teams caring for WMCHealth patients in network ICUs and other clinical areas.

A ceremonial groundbreaking for the Nyack Hospital Transformation Project was celebrated on Dec. 5, 2016. The project encompasses a two-story addition, which will house a new medical village and increase the size of the Emergency Department to 26,000 square feet. Renovations to the hospital’s lobby and main corridors will also be undertaken.

Groundbreaking for Nyack Hospital Transformation Project

The more than 150 guests attending the ceremony included state and local health officials, elected officials, and healthcare executives including Montefiore Medicine President & CEO Steven Safyer, MD. Nyack Hospital is a member of Montefiore Health System.

Construction on the project is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Montefiore Health System and the Hebrew Home at Riverdale are proud to announce a unique partnership to improve care for patients requiring sub-acute rehabilitation at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. Montefiore physicians will provide geriatric, physical medicine and rehabilitation care, with oversight from the medical director of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, in a state-of-the-art, 45-bed wing overlooking the Hudson River. This clinical collaboration establishes a new, innovative model of rehabilitation care in which a Montefiore geriatrician and physiatrist will work collaboratively on care decisions after a patient is discharged from the hospital in order to improve outcomes and provide optimal care in an outpatient setting.

The sub-acute floor at the Hebrew Home, staffed by Montefiore physicians, opened Oct. 1 and will accept referrals from all acute hospitals, as appropriate.

The Helen Hayes Hospital Pharmacy Department was presented with two top awards for excellence in pharmacy services at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting on Dec. 6, 2016. Comprehensive Pharmacy Services named the department the 2016 Clinical Site of the Year and recipient of the 2016 Best Practices Award for the Northeast/Southern region. Francine Weber, HHH Director of Pharmacy, and Shaindy Gluck, Pharmacy Clinical Program Manager, accepted the award at the ASHP gathering of over 20,000 pharmacy professionals.

The Helen Hayes Hospital Pharmacy Department

The Clinical Site of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement and leadership in clinical pharmacy programs and outcomes, supporting all aspects of hospital operations through clinical pharmacy systems and processes. The Best Practices Award — which the HHH Pharmacy has received for several years — recognizes excellence in pharmacy services, with recipients needing a score of 95 percent or higher on CPS’ annual Operational Audit, measuring compliance in all areas of the medication management process.

WESTMED Medical Group (WMG) announced its continued expansion into Connecticut with the signing on of Norwalk Medical Group.

Norwalk Medical Group, with current offices at 40 Cross St. in Norwalk, Connecticut, will join WMG early in the second quarter of 2017. The well-respected practice in Norwalk includes 19 board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners offering primary care and a wide variety of medical specialties.

As a multispecialty medical practice, Norwalk Medical Group has provided medical care to Fairfield and Westchester counties for over 50 years. It has been recognized for achieving the highest level of Patient-Centered Medical Home certification by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

After joining WESTMED in the second quarter of 2017, the office number for Norwalk Medical Group will still be 203-845-4800.

Calvary Hospital and NASCK joined together for the third time to host an educational event for more than 30 rabbis, rabbinic students and chaplains focused on medical Halacha at the end of life. The speakers included (from left) Rabbi Edward Reichman, MD, Montefiore Hospital; Michael J. Brescia, MD, Calvary Hospital; Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Yeshiva University; and Rabbi Hershel Welcher, Congregation Ahavas Yisroel.

Calvary Hospital and the National Association of Chevra Kadisha (NASCK) joined forces again at the Hospital’s Bronx campus to educate more than 30 community rabbis, rabbinic students and chaplains from across the greater New York area. The event focused on advanced directives in Halacha, pain management, delirium and palliative care, hydration and nutrition, and the hospital chaplain as a liaison to the community rabbi. Attendees learned key medical information needed to provide accurate information to people seeking advice for loved ones or themselves.

Frontier Healthcare Holdings, a New York-based developer and manager of ambulatory surgery centers, announced it has partnered with AMSC’s ownership group to open a multispecialty ambulatory surgery center in the Bronx.

The new facility, which received approval to open on Dec. 5, 2016, at 951 Brook Ave., will feature gastroenterology, orthopedic, pain management and various other specialties. The 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility includes five procedure rooms and is expected to serve more than 8,000 patients annually. The center is expected to include five to 10 physicians and employ more than 30 healthcare professionals and administrative personnel.

The ownership team includes Louis Rose, MD; Abdo Balikcioglu, MD; Robert Slingsby; and Joshua Schwartz. Frontier Healthcare will also own a percentage of the center. The building, which had been vacant for a number of years, is expected to house a number of other medical practices as well.

For Frontier, the center represents its largest to date, both in the number of specialties it offers and in its physical size. Frontier now manages 14 centers, 13 of which are in New York.