Local News

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Good Samaritan Hospital embarks on a $9 million upgrade.

Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), is embarking on a $9 million comprehensive upgrade to the facilities that house two of its leading programs, which will bring a new level of patient experience to the region and foster a specialized, patient-first approach to bariatric and orthopedic care.

The 10,000-square-foot orthopedic unit renovation will increase the number of patient recovery rooms by a third, to 14 private en-suite rooms. The refurbished space also includes a multipurpose room for patient education, mindfulness exercises and community dining; a PT/OT gym; and a walking track.

The new, dedicated 6,000-square-foot bariatric unit includes seven private en-suite recovery rooms for increased patient safety and sensitivity, and the unit will be built to bariatric-accessible specifications to ensure patient comfort. The project is expected to be complete in spring 2019.

Good Samaritan Hospital’s $9 million refurbishment is one of several recent investments made by WMCHealth in communities across the Hudson Valley.



After-hours ONS Ortho Urgent Care in Greenwich

Beginning June 18, after-hours emergency orthopedic care was made available at the Greenwich office of Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS). ONS Ortho Urgent Care is available at the ONS Greenwich office at 6 Greenwich Office Park, Greenwich, CT 06831 from 5–8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

Studies rank fractures and sprains among the top 10 reasons people seek attention from an emergency department.


For the 13th year in a row, White Plains Hospital has been recognized with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This recognizes the hospital’s success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

White Plains Hospital also made the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), the only drug approved by the FDA to treat ischemic stroke. If administered within the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and reduce the chance of permanent disability.

Hospitals must achieve a time to thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes or less in at least 75 percent of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA to meet Elite Honor Roll criteria. To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, they must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get with the Guidelines-Stroke indicators for two or more consecutive years and 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.



Stanley Wolczechowski, RN, a critical care specialist, monitors ICU patient data in the eHealth Center.

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s (WMCHealth) eHealth telemedicine program — which provides 24/7 complementary care to more than 100 ICU patients daily on hospital campuses across the Hudson Valley — has been recognized as one of the nation’s top telemedicine programs three consecutive times in a national quality survey, Philips Quality Indicators Report.

The survey, which measures several key ICU patient health indicators, such as blood sugar levels, ventilator settings and venous thromboembolism prophylaxis, collects data from more than 50 telemedicine hubs monitoring patients in over 300 hospitals across the United States. WMCHealth’s program ranked first, second and third in the last three quality surveys.



Rosalyn Foster, Assistant Director, Nutritional Services, and Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, BCC, Jewish Community Liaison

Calvary Hospital recently added a new refrigerator/freezer at its Bronx campus, dedicated to storing glatt kosher meals and cholov Yisroel dairy products for Jewish patients. Support from several foundations, including the David Berg Foundation, made it possible for Calvary to purchase the unit.

Each year, Calvary cares for more than 800 Jewish patients and families at its Bronx and Brooklyn campuses, The Dawn Greene Hospice at Mary Manning Walsh Home (Manhattan), Ozanam Hall of Queens Nursing Home, and in hundreds of homes throughout the greater New York area.


Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), announced it has been accredited as a Sponsoring Institution for graduate medical education (GME) by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in affiliation with New York Medical College (NYMC). With this distinction, Westchester Medical Center assumed sponsorship of 30 ACGME residency and fellowship programs July 1.

For decades, Westchester Medical Center has partnered with NYMC to provide GME programs. Now accredited by ACGME, Westchester Medical Center will be fully responsible for administrative oversight of all GME programs at the Valhalla campus, while also preserving the legacy of its affiliation. This includes residency programs at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and the Behavioral Health Center, both of which are members of WMCHealth.

As an ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institution, Westchester Medical Center will champion innovation in its GME programs to promote research and education and prepare future care providers. As a result of this enterprise, Westchester Medical Center, in affiliation with NYMC, will advance the highest quality care for the Hudson Valley.



Public Health Minute makes its debut.

The informative public health radio show Public Health Minute debuted locally on July 26 on Westchester’s WVOX radio, where William Latimer, PhD, President of The College of New Rochelle, was interviewed by William O’Shaughnessy, President and Editorial Director, Whitney Global Media, WVOX and WVIP.

Latimer is creator and host of the show, which is aired by radio stations in eight states. The program explores topical health issues through interviews with healthcare-related and other professionals. It is in its sixth year, with over 700 segments aired with experts from more than 500 colleges, universities and hospitals.


CareMount Medical announces the launch of CareMount 24/7, a state-of-the-art technological platform offering patients on-demand access to their health care from anywhere, online, anytime. Addressing the ever-growing demand for clickable convenience, CareMount 24/7 features four key online platforms: virtual visits, online scheduling, patient portal and pre-check-in. Urgent care wait times for CareMount’s eight urgent care centers have already been in place.

Virtual visits essentially replicate an office visit, allowing patients to connect with a physician in real time to receive a diagnosis, treatment plan and prescription, as needed. For example, when a patient is unable to visit a CareMount urgent care, a virtual visit can be the solution. Patients can also use their mobile device or desktop to manage postoperative care remotely. Virtual visits are available for current and future CareMount Medical patients.



An employee donates blood at the Crystal Run Healthcare Blood Drive in Monroe on July 10.

Crystal Run Healthcare hosted a local blood drive at the Practice’s Monroe location to support the New York Blood Center.

Twenty-seven units of blood were collected from donors in an ongoing effort to address the critical blood shortage in the Hudson Valley.

The recent blood drive marks the third annual blood drive held in Monroe and the second for Crystal Run this year, bringing the total number of units donated in 2018 to 47.



Twigs volunteer Margaret Marcogliese

The Twigs of Northern Westchester is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) and providing comfort items to its patients.

This year, Twigs donated $80,000 to support four Hospital programs. The gift, raised from sales at the Twigs Thriftree Thrift Shop at 449 Lexington Ave. in Mount Kisco, will be allocated to art therapy, cancer health and wellness, caregiver support, and community health.

Each of the following NWH programs received $25,000: The Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center, where family caregivers find respite and support; The Bruce and Andrea Yablon Cancer Health and Wellness Program, which empowers cancer patients and survivors to live a healthy lifestyle in ways that powerfully touch mind, body and spirit; and the Community Health, Education and Outreach Program, which partners with schools and local groups to build a healthier community. The Hospital’s Art Therapy Program on the Behavioral Health Unit received $5,000.