Local News

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Three leading oncology practices — New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, Tennessee Oncology and West Cancer Center — have united to launch OneOncology. The venture will bring together more than 225 community oncologists from more than 60 national sites of care.

General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm with a history of launching innovative companies, has made a $200 million investment in the company to support its current growth plans and ensure it will be at the forefront of the transformation to a value-based cancer care system.

Flatiron Health, with technology currently embedded in 275 oncology practices nationwide, will power the OneOncology technology and data platform. OneOncology will leverage Flatiron’s suite of services to provide access to key clinical and operational data and the latest research via a connected, national, cloud-based network.

Jeff Vacirca, MD, CEO of New York Cancer & Blood Specialists; Jeff Patton, MD, CEO of Tennessee Oncology; and Lee Schwartzberg, MD, Executive Director of West Cancer Center, say this partnership will enable the nation’s best oncologists to learn from unique challenges, drive meaningful innovation and leverage the benefits for patients.

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital joined the Village of Bronxville, the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce and The Bronxville School to raise awareness about wellness and injury prevention at the inaugural Be Well Bash. Physicians and staff from NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and ColumbiaDoctors Orthopedics and Sports Medicine provided expert tips about how to stay healthy and achieve fitness goals. It was an afternoon filled with fun activities, including the NFL PLAY 60 Skills and Drills Program and soccer drills led by the New York City Football Club’s Street Team. Participants also enjoyed injury-prevention workshops, music, food, entertainment, face painting and more. Christopher Ahmad, MD, Chief of Sports Medicine and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, as well as Head Team Physician of the New York Yankees and New York City Football Club, was on hand to talk with the public about the importance of injury prevention, especially in young athletes.

Timothy J. Hughes, VP of Operations, Mary Marvin, Mayor of Bronxville, and Christopher S. Ahmad, MD, Chief of Sports Medicine

Calvary Hospital recently hosted four groups of emergency medical technicians from The Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY). During their one-day visit to the Hospital’s Bronx campus, the EMTs learned about Calvary’s unique approach and international leadership in palliative care, how to best care for patients at the end of life, and effective pain management tips. They also made rounds with three Calvary physicians.

Calvary and FDNY have collaborated since 2004 with this palliative care module. This is one of 60 modules in the curricula for their paramedic training program. More than 140 men and women are enrolled in FDNY’s 2018 paramedic training program. All will visit Calvary before they graduate later this year.

Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP, announced that pursuant to a new state statute that took effect Oct. 9, 2018, all employers are required to immediately establish a sexual harassment policy and provide the policy in writing to all employees. This applies to public and private employers, regardless of the number of employees. If an employer already has a policy, then it must be updated to meet or exceed the policy recently required by the state of New York.

Employers are advised to post the policy where it is easily accessible by employees and are encouraged to have employees sign to acknowledge receipt of the policy. Note that employers may be held liable for failing to take corrective action against sexual harassment by or of non-employees.

Employers have until Oct. 9, 2019, to provide state-approved sexual harassment training to all employees in their primary language. Retraining of all employees must be undertaken at least once a year every year thereafter. New employees must be trained as soon as possible after hiring — preferably within 30 days of hire.

Montefiore’s stroke care has been recognized with an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation, meaning the highest standards of lifesaving stroke care are close to home for millions of New Yorkers. Only 174 of the more than 6,000 hospitals nationwide accredited by The Joint Commission have earned Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center certification. Montefiore’s Stroke Center treated 1,400 patients in 2017.

The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center celebrated its 30th anniversary at its newly expanded facility in Yonkers, New York.

The Pediatric Center was founded in 1988 in Manhattan and relocated to a brand-new facility in Westchester County in 2012, where it has since thrived and continued to grow with the completion of a new 32-bed wing in 2017. The Pediatric Center is home to 169 of the most medically complex children in New York state and is a recognized leader in administering care to children who are technology-dependent, with more than 60 children relying on ventilators and other forms of advanced-technology-based care to survive and thrive.

Calvary Hospital and EnoB are collaborating on Flowers for Healing, a program in which caregivers will get to make floral arrangements each week. The program is being offered in the Family Care Center at Calvary’s Bronx campus and will run through Dec. 14. Before and after each session, Calvary will measure the impact this program has on caregiver stress levels. There is no charge for family members who want to participate.

Calvary’s Flowers for Healing program

This program was made possible by the generous support of the Irving Hansen Memorial Foundation. In the first session, participants made beautiful bouquets out of sunflowers, button pompoms, yellow aster and smoke bush.

Montefiore Health System and Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative PPS have been selected among nine finalists for the NYS Medicaid Social Determinants of Health Call for Innovations Initiative. They presented their three-pronged, systemwide approach to addressing the social determinants of health (SDH) at the NYS State Medicaid SDH Summit at the New York Academy of Medicine.

Montefiore’s Call for Innovations Initiative

The three-pronged approach includes 1) incentivizing and systematically conducting routine SDH screening; 2) utilizing an evidence-based referral tool (NowPow) to link patients to community resources and services through community-based organizations (CBOs); and 3) supporting CBOs by providing them return-on-investment (ROI) training, coaching and tools, including an ROI calculator.

Recognizing the role of food and good nutrition in staying healthy, fighting disease, and promoting healing and general well-being, the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is putting its weight behind a new initiative to address food policy issues in the Hudson Valley.

WMC Food for Life Council

Headed by powerhouse leaders in the food arena, such as Feeding Westchester, Chef Peter X. Kelly of Xaviars Group, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, ShopRite, Pace University College of Health Professions, Westchester County, and others, the new Hudson Valley Food for Life Council will address access to nutritious food across our community.

WMCHealth’s Food for Life initiative focuses on developing programs that contribute to the overall health of communities served within a 6,200-square-mile radius of the Hudson Valley, affecting more than 3.5 million residents.

In recognition of the role that food and good nutrition play in fighting disease and overall health, WMCHealth is committed to promoting healthy eating and access to wholesome, local foods while supporting regional food industries, purveyors and stakeholders.

Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) hospitals across the Hudson Valley recently received Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Recognition — the highest level awarded — for their exceptional care of stroke patients in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program.

Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of WMCHealth in Valhalla, and network affiliates HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus in Kingston, MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie; and Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern were each awarded Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement recognition for their consistent achievement for 24 consecutive months or more.

Hundreds of people attended the Westchester Institute for Human Development’s (WIHD) Second Annual Fall Fun Fest: Celebrating Abilities, held on the Oval, Cedarwood Hall in Valhalla. The free event featured entertainment, refreshments and a “Turtle Pluck” event, which raised funds for WIHD’s vital services and programs.

Westchester County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky and Westchester Institute for Human Development President and CEO Susan Fox, PhD