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Friday, June 15, 2018

The St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation hosted its fourth annual Cherish the Child Luncheon at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, New York. The luncheon was attended by more than 150 guests and surpassed the Foundation’s fundraising goal. Proceeds will benefit Home to Home, the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center’s parent and sibling transportation program.


Cherish the Child Luncheon

Home to Home addresses transportation barriers to give Pediatric Center families even more opportunities to visit and be present in their children’s lives. Approximately 80 percent of Pediatric Center parents live in the five boroughs of New York City, which is why easing this financial burden is critical.

During the program, grateful parent and Pediatric Center Board Member Rachel Amar shared how the Pediatric Center has been her son Max’s home for the past 12 years and that she fears the devastating reality of what will happen next for Max when he “ages out” of the Pediatric Center at age 21 and must move to a geriatric nursing home. Pat Tursi, CEO, spoke after about her plan to address this crisis through the Pediatric Center’s next endeavor: the nation’s first residential program for medically complex young adults ages 21 to 35. This next home, Tursi explained, is the answer to the intensifying need for a rapidly growing population in New York state and nationwide.


In honor of National Prevention Week May 13–19, the Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), made up of Catskill Regional Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Center, Catskill Regional Medical Group and Orange Regional Medical Group, hosted a film screening of Reversing The Stigma — real stories about combating addiction in New York state.

“This film inspires community conversation and undoubtedly changes participants’ perceptions of those who battle the disease that is addiction,” says GHVHS Director of Community Health Amanda Langseder. “We encourage the members from all sectors of the community to join in, educate themselves and become part of the solution.”

“Stigma that leads to shame and isolation keeps people from seeking treatment and support. This screening event in collaboration with state and local government and community providers, gives people hope that recovery is possible,” says Darcie M. Miller, LCSW-R, Commissioner, Orange County Department of Social Services and Acting Commissioner, Orange County Department of Mental Health.

Contact Peggy Bonneau at Peggy.bonneau@oasas.ny.gov if you are interested in organizing an event to preview Reversing the Stigma in your community.


Montefiore Health System’s Residency Program in Social Medicine was awarded the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Award for Excellence in Social Mission in Health Professions Education. The award, presented by The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University and the Beyond Flexner Alliance, recognizes outstanding leadership in promoting social mission in health professions education.

Since 1970, the Residency Program in Social Medicine has graduated 813 family physicians, internists and pediatricians, two-thirds of whom practice in underserved areas, making health care better for all.


The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) recently hosted a graduation ceremony for 25 trainees of the 2017–2018 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Program.


The LEND Program graduation ceremony

The interdisciplinary leadership training program is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the federal government at 52 universities around the country.

The LEND Program at WIHD is a 320-hour, two-semester program. The 25 trainees who graduated from WIHD’s LEND Program represent audiology, genetics, law, occupational therapy, organizational development, psychology, public health, social work and speech language pathology. Trainees include graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from health and education disciplines, self-advocates, and family members of children and adults with disabilities.

Each year, the LEND trainees are recruited through community-based partners and through academic affiliation agreements with a number of colleges and universities: Fordham University, Mercy College, New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Puerto Rico.



Calvary’s Annual Spring Donor Reception held at The New York Botanical Garden

Calvary Hospital hosted its Annual Spring Donor Reception at The New York Botanical Garden. Nearly 280 people gathered at the picturesque site to hear about the latest news from the Hospital as well as enjoy the Conservatory, a buffet dinner and an all-women classical music trio. Two family members — Lynn Milito and James R. Waters — shared their experience with CalvaryCare for their father and aunt, respectively.


The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), along with the Bon Secours Charity Health System, welcomed local leaders and New York state officials to Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of WMCHealth, for a special ceremony heralding the beginning of construction on a transformative $40 million hospital renovation project.


Acclaiming the construction on a transformative $40 million hospital renovation project

The Investing in a Healthier Community project is expected to usher in a new era of health care in the City of Port Jervis and its surrounding tristate-area community, with facility and diagnostic equipment upgrades and the development of a “medical village” hub for local residents.

At its completion, the Investing in a Healthier Community effort will bring to Port Jervis an expanded, state-of-the-art Emergency Department with 10,000 square feet of space; a new, welcoming entrance and expanded lounge for patients and family members; and an upgraded imaging center replete with world-leading diagnostic technologies plus a redesigned bariatric center. Also, three dozen semiprivate rooms will be converted to private rooms for increased patient comfort and privacy.


The emergency app that could save your life: Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) launched a new communications technology, Twiage, allowing first responders to communicate directly with hospitals, saving time in an emergency. WMCHealth is the first hospital network in New York state to fully implement this HIPAA-compliant communication technology across all of its network emergency departments.

The Twiage technology allows emergency medical services and other prehospital providers to communicate in real-time with ER personnel to share patient information and shave off lifesaving minutes. GPS tracking technology allows the Emergency Department teams to know the ambulances’ exact location to prepare for the patient’s arrival.


Westmed Medical Group announces that Fortune and Great Place to Work are again recognizing them as one of the 2018 Best Workplaces in Health Care & Biopharma. “Westmed took the 21st spot on the list, moving up from No. 27 last year,” says Anthony Viceroy, CEO of the multispecialty medical practice. This is the second year in a row that Fortune recognized the Purchase-based medical group as a top-tier organization in the country and the fourth year it has been rated by Great Place to Work.

The 2018 ranking considered input from more than 95,000 employees in the healthcare and biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job — such as “belief that their work makes a difference” and “actually love coming to work” — to determine which organizations would be named the year’s Best Workplaces.


The Council of The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) voted to convene a Task Force on Death and Dying to develop a white paper regarding the physician’s role in end-of-life and palliative care. The paper will also discuss the impact of death and dying on the disparate and the disabled populations.

“These are complex issues, and it is very important that we address this controversial issue in the most appropriate way,” says MSSNY President Thomas Madejski, MD. “The Task Force will be ethnically and philosophically diverse and will include members from across MSSNY’s membership — including physicians from the Long-Term Care and Disparities committees.”

MSSNY has a long-standing policy that opposes physicians’ participation in accelerating a patient’s natural death.



Calvary welcomes people with certified therapy dogs.

Since mid-2015, Calvary Hospital has welcomed people with certified therapy dogs to visit patients regularly at the Bronx campus. Patients and family members eagerly anticipate these visits. All breeds are welcome as long as the dogs are certified. Currently two teams visit patients at the Bronx campus. One is made up of Calvary nurse Kathy Figueroa, RN, who visits the Bronx campus regularly with her 3-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Harley. Chloe, a 5-year-old Husky mix owned by Cara Scotti, also makes regular visits.

Those interested should contact Stephanie Mastropaolo at Calvary’s Family Care Center: smastropaolo@calvaryhospital.org.