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Monday, August 13, 2018

Montefiore Nyack Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Certification for the third consecutive time since 2014. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality awarded by the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation in recognition of an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

“Montefiore Nyack Hospital is proud to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission,” says Mark E. Geller, MD, President and CEO, Montefiore Nyack Hospital. “This certification demonstrates our commitment to providing exceptional care and service to patients with orthopedic disease in the diverse communities we serve.”

Montefiore Nyack Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review in April. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with hip and knee joint replacement-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.


Clinicians across Northwell Health partnered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for the health system’s fifth annual Know the Difference Day on June 7 to educate staff and hospital visitors about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.


The fifth annual Know the Difference Day raised awareness about the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Led by diabetes educators, nurses and physicians, the event raised awareness about the differences between the two types of diabetes, those affected by the disease and treatments available to help manage the disease.

Approximately 1.25 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes, which is caused by an autoimmune disease. People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin and require insulin through multiple daily injections or infusion through insulin pumps.

Currently, 27 million Americans are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and are insulin-resistant. The causes of the disease are tied to metabolism and genetic susceptibility. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through dietary modifications, exercise and oral medicines.

On hand at Zucker Hillside Hospital during the education day was Vincent Maltese, age 18, a JDRF ambassador who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 14.

“I was overwhelmed when I was diagnosed as a freshman in high school because diabetes did not run in my family,” Maltese says. “It was a huge thing for a young kid to deal with, and I had to put an analytical lens on the food I ate, measuring and calculating my meals and using an insulin pen.”

As part of the systemwide event, the Department of Medicine at North Shore University Hospital telecast grand rounds with Grazia Aleppo, MD, an endocrinologist at Northwestern University, which focused on continuous glucose monitoring. The talk was followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Aleppo and two JDRF ambassadors — one who discussed living with diabetes as a teenager and the other who was diagnosed with the disease at age 40.


Saint Joseph’s Medical Center has received the prestigious American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

“Saint Joseph’s is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” says Saint Joseph’s Medical Center President and CEO Michael Spicer. “Congratulations to our stroke team and all of our employees who have worked so hard to achieve this goal.”


The Breast Program at White Plains Hospital has been granted another three-year/full reaccreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is given only to organizations dedicated to providing the best patient-centered care, and challenges breast centers to enhance the care they provide by addressing patient-centered needs and measuring the quality of the care they deliver against national standards.

White Plains Hospital was first accredited in 2012 and again in 2015 by the NAPBC, a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education.


Phelps Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

“We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” says Paul E. Lleva, MD, a neurologist and Stroke Director at Phelps. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Additionally, Phelps Hospital received the association’s Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the FDA to treat ischemic stroke.


The Center for Breast Health at Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, has been granted a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is given only to centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.


Breast center accreditation team

Saint Joseph’s Medical Center’s Center for Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, an outpatient facility offering a comprehensive approach for patients with non-healing wounds, has received accreditation from the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).

UHMS accreditation means the facility has met the highest standards of care and patient safety through rigorous evaluation of the adequacy of the facility, equipment, staff and training to ensure that the utmost quality is maintained. UHMS is an international nonprofit association serving some 2,000 physicians, scientists, associates and nurses from more than 50 countries in the fields of hyperbaric and dive medicine.


An expanded Radiation Oncology Department and new Center for Radiosurgery were celebrated recently at the White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care. The newly renovated space will provide patients access to the Varian Edge Radiosurgery System — the first facility in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Fairfield (Connecticut) counties to do so. U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., joined White Plains Mayor Tom Roach and Hospital President and CEO Susan Fox, among other community and hospital leaders, donors and patients, for a ribbon-cutting announcing the Paul and Harriet Weissman Department of Radiology Oncology and an impressive new space that includes a sophisticated radiosurgery suite, named for the Clarvit family, featuring the latest treatment technology.


The White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care expands its Radiation Oncology Department.

In keeping with White Plains Hospital’s mission to promote an optimal patient experience and healing environment, the sleek, serene design of the new space complements the Hospital’s ongoing campus modernization, including the rest of the Center for Cancer Care, renovated and expanded in 2016, and the new lobby and six-story patient tower, completed in 2015.


Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties and St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital presented a documentary, Consider the Conversation, at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. Crystal Run Healthcare palliative care specialist Danielle Belser, MD, Assistant Medical Director of Hospice, presented the documentary along with Kirti Joseph, MD, and Sue Martino, NP-C, of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Palliative Care.

Consider the Conversation is a series of films created to inspire dialogue around end-of-life wishes. The films address how America struggles with preparing for and talking about the end of life and ways to make the subject less taboo.


NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital announces the opening of its new digestive health center and the growth of its gastroenterology and hepatology team. The NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Digestive Health Center has achieved the Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission and is located on campus at 1978 Crompond Road in Cortlandt Manor.

Physicians Herman B. Kleinbaum, MD; Mitchell Josephs, MD; and David E. Lin, MD, formerly of Hudson Valley Center for Digestive Health, have joined the team. The physicians are affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital and will perform all their procedures at the new center.

Dr. Josephs specializes in the treatment of liver disease, GERD and colon cancer detection. Dr. Lin focuses on all general gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disorders, including CRC prevention, GERD, acid peptic disorders, liver disease and pancreaticobiliary. Dr. Kleinbaum treats patients with end-stage liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as performing routine colonoscopy and endoscopy.