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Friday, October 26, 2018

The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) joined with state and local officials to celebrate the unveiling of its new Mobile Dental Clinic, a state-of-the-art dentist office on wheels that provides dental services throughout the region to children and adults with disabilities.


WIHD Mobile Dental Clinic ribbon-cutting

The nearly 39-foot-long Winnebago replaces an obsolete and aging van that WIHD has been using to provide dental services to the region. The new vehicle is designed with contemporary countertops, cabinetry and flooring along with a new compressor, vacuum and dental delivery system to operate two dental suites. It is equipped with the latest dental care equipment, including two dental chairs, hand-held X-ray equipment, sterilizing lab, cabinets, stools, and a special wheelchair lift and door. The van’s exterior is attractively branded with WIHD’s logo and bright teal colors.

The purchase and equipping of the new Mobile Dental Clinic was funded by a $376,826 grant WIHD received last year from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program. In addition, WIHD received a donation of a portable, hand-held X-ray unit from the New York State Dental Foundation.


CareMount Medical has demonstrated its continued commitment to patient safety by gaining reaccreditation from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) for 10 of its facilities throughout the Hudson Valley.

CareMount Medical received AAAASF reaccreditation for the following locations:

  • Carmel Pain Management Suite
  • Katonah Plastic Surgery Suite
  • Katonah Urology Suite
  • Mount Kisco Endoscopy Suite
  • Mount Kisco Pain Management Suite
  • Mount Kisco Plastic Surgery Suite
  • Mount Kisco Radiology Suite
  • Mount Kisco Urology Suite
  • Peekskill Endoscopy Suite
  • Poughkeepsie Oakwood Urology, OB/GYN, Plastic Surgery, Dermatology and Pain Management Surgical Suite

To earn reaccreditation, CareMount Medical passed inspection on hundreds of important criteria concerning patient safety. AAAASF facility surveyors are board-certified medical specialists trained to perform a thorough and complete facility inspection.


This past summer, Calvary Hospital hosted the 21st consecutive session of its bereavement camp for 67 children and teenagers, ages 6–18. Calvary’s Camp Compass, held at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, was led by experienced grief professionals. The five-day experience was filled with traditional fun camp activities, grief education and emotional support. Calvary’s Camp Compass provided a unique opportunity for peer bonding between children and teens facing a similar life circumstance. This was an incredible experience for the children.


Calvary’s bereavement camp for children

Campers enjoyed recreational activities, such as swimming, fishing and basketball. They also:

  • Built wooden trains to symbolize the campers’ grief journey
  • Enjoyed a rousing performance by the Harlem Wizards basketball team
  • Participated in an obstacle course, barbecue lunch, dance party and ice cream party
  • Enjoyed visits by two therapy dogs, painted pottery, made jewelry, learned salsa and hip-hop dancing, and did scrapbooking

In addition, three professional clowns gave daily lessons in juggling and performing clown tricks.

All of the campers attend the Hospital’s year-round bereavement programs: Precious Moments for children ages 6 to 9 years old, the In-Be-Tween group for ages 10 to 12, or the Teen bereavement support group for 13- to 18-year-olds. These groups, which meet at Calvary’s Bronx Hospital, in downtown Brooklyn and in Manhattan, have helped hundreds of children to date with their grief process.

Supporters of the Hospital’s children’s bereavement programs and Calvary’s Camp Compass have included, but are not limited to, Newman’s Own Foundation, Eileen T. Nugent, the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, the van Ameringen Foundation, the George Link Jr. Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation, Robert Mize and Isa White Trimble Foundation, and the Hagedorn Fund.

Calvary’s bereavement program is available to anyone who has experienced a significant death in his or her life, whether that person was a patient at Calvary or someone from the larger community whose death was attributable to illness, accident or violence.


Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), joined a growing number of businesses in Rockland County to become a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite as designated by the Rockland County Department of Health’s Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program.


Good Samaritan Hospital — Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite

The hospital, which employs more than 1,400 female staff, offers a designated Employee Lactation Room complete with a breast pump that employees can use, breastfeeding-related education materials and breastfeeding-centered artwork to help a mother feel more comfortable and relaxed while using the room.

Breastfeeding-friendly employers who proactively support employees who choose to breastfeed their infants when they return to work have seen many positive impacts to the bottom line. Employers that provide lactation support services report higher employee retention, fewer absences, higher morale and greater overall productivity in their workforce.


Montefiore Nyack Hospital announces its trauma center has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. The Hospital has the only Trauma Center in Rockland County, and its Emergency Department is one of the busiest in the Lower Hudson Valley, serving almost 60,000 patients annually.

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the COT. The Verification Program is designed to promote the development of trauma centers where hospitals provide necessary resources to address the trauma needs of all injured patients. The program also incorporates initiatives to improve all phases of care of the injured patient and to prevent injuries before they occur. Recognizing that trauma is a surgical disease, the COT demands surgical leadership and commitment from each facility’s surgeons to the improvement of trauma care.


CareMount Medical has expanded into risk-based partnerships with three leading Medicare Advantage (MA) payers, including Aetna, Anthem and WellCare.

MA plans typically offer more benefits than traditional Medicare, including prescription drug coverage, dental, vision and more. Partnering with MA plans allows CareMount physicians to deliver other high-value services, such as preventative services, hospital discharge planning, care coordination and outreach. CareMount physicians are considered in-network for these health plans, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs for patients compared with seeing a healthcare provider outside of these plan networks.


Calvary Hospital hosted an event Oct. 22 in Manhattan titled Making Palliative Care a Global Public Health Imperative.

The keynote speaker at the free event was Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, University Professor, Georgetown Law; Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law; Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law; and Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National & Global Health Law.

Other speakers included Christopher P. Comfort, Medical Director, Calvary Hospital; Bruce Jennings, Senior Fellow, Center for Humans and Nature, Adjunct Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University, and Senior Adviser, the Hastings Center; Thomas Merrill, General Counsel, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene; Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, PhD, MPH, JD, President, Board and Chair, Advisory Board, Collaborative for Palliative Care Fellow, Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center, Fordham University Gabelli School of Business.