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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare services in New York’s Hudson Valley, and Cerner, a global leader in healthcare technology, announce a 10-year strategic alliance that will support WMCHealth in building on its industry-leading care experience for its patients, their caregivers and workforce.

Under the alliance, WMCHealth will roll out Cerner’s integrated EHR system and services at its Valhalla and Poughkeepsie campuses, including its flagship Westchester Medical Center, as well as network members Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital — the advanced care pediatric center for the Hudson Valley — the Behavioral Health Center and MidHudson Regional Hospital. This will lay the groundwork for a network-wide EHR system. With the help of Cerner, Westchester Medical Center will become a showcase site for cutting-edge IT solutions and services.

Additionally, Cerner will provide IT service delivery for the EHR system. WMCHealth will benefit from Cerner’s 40 years of experience through its relationships with other academic medical centers and health systems.

“WMCHealth and Cerner share a vision of how to effectively use health IT solutions to support improved outcomes and patient experience,” says Dick Flanigan, President, Cerner Health Services. “Our alignment emphasizes putting the person at the center of our work together to drive innovation. This relationship will help WMCHealth to focus on its mission of delivering exceptional care, while knowing they have an expert team to focus on the delivery of IT.”

Nursing students at The College of New Rochelle (CNR) School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions got the chance to show off their clinical practice skills recently during a demonstration of the college’s newest high-tech simulated hospital center.

The College of New Rochelle’s new clinical simulation center

Like a real hospital, CNR’s new $100,000 facility has an ICU, EKG machines, intravenous pumps, and carts to simulate dispensing medication and entering electronic medical records. But the highlight of the demonstration were two high-fidelity mannequins that can mirror a wide range of medical conditions and provide lifelike patients on which students can hone their skills.

College of New Rochelle President William Latimer, PhD, Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson watched the demonstration during a tour of the facility on the first floor of the college’s Ursula Administration Center. With lifelike respiration, pulse and blood pressure, the mannequins can simulate conditions such as asthma, stroke, congestive heart failure, diabetes and more, allowing students to diagnose and treat these mock patients in a safe learning environment.

During the demonstration, nursing students successfully treated an asthma attack. They administered intravenous medications and oxygen, monitored vital signs, and accessed the patients’ medical information using a computerized electronic records system identical to the ones used in hospitals.

Latimer says the simulated hospital was an extremely valuable tool for CNR’s signature nursing programs.

“The college’s School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions enjoys a stellar reputation in nursing education and deservedly so,” he says. “This new simulation lab will provide our nursing students with even greater levels of clinical practice to prepare them for jobs in the community, in hospitals and a broad base of community-based agencies.”

This lab is an expansion of clinical simulation areas currently used by nursing students at CNR. The school’s Learning Resource Center for Nursing, a multipurpose facility in Angela Hall, includes four laboratories and a full obstetrical suite with a mannequin that can simulate childbirth, as well as a pediatric simulation suite and a community “home-like” suite. Two of the laboratories are used for simulation experiences, one for health assessment and one for skill practice with static mannequins.

The School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions offers undergraduate programs in nursing, including a traditional undergraduate program Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); a second-degree accelerated BSN program for those holding degrees in other fields, which students can complete in five semesters; a BSN program for RNs; and a graduate program with multiple tracks and post-master’s certificate programs.

Westmed Medical Group has opened a new Women’s Imaging and Ultrasound Suite at its location in Greenwich, Connecticut: 644 West Putnam Ave., Suite 202.

The imaging suite will offer state-of-the art imaging in 2D and 3D mammography, bone density, and ultrasound. Patients will be able to schedule these services online at westmedgroup.com/imaging or on a walk-in basis with a valid prescription.

Helen Hayes Hospital (HHH) announces that the hospital’s subacute Skilled Nursing Facility and Transitional Care Units have once again received five-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

CMS’ Five-Star Quality Rating System guides patients, their families and caregivers in the selection of a nursing facility. HHH is honored to again be recognized as a top-tier provider based on the quality of patient care, services, staff and other rating criteria.

For the 13th consecutive year, each year since the inception of its awards program, Press Ganey Associates Inc. has recognized Calvary Hospital for the Hospital’s consistent top scores for patient and family satisfaction. This past year, Calvary received the Guardian of Excellence award for maintaining scores at or above the 95th percentile for patient satisfaction throughout the nation.

Press Ganey partners with more than 10,000 healthcare facilities — including nearly 50 percent of U.S. hospitals — to measure and improve the quality of their care. The company’s databases are the largest in the industry and allow facilities nationwide to benchmark their results against peer organizations.

The Kingston Planning Board has given unanimous final approval to plans presented by HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), to build a new $92 million HealthAlliance Hospital on Mary’s Avenue in the city of Kingston.

Plans to build a new $92 million HealthAlliance Hospital

The board’s approval immediately followed a presentation by WMCHealth and HealthAlliance executives of the site’s architectural and construction plans. HealthAlliance submitted architectural renderings and construction drawings to the Health Department recently.

The expanded hospital will feature the addition of a two-story, 79,000-square-foot building adjoining the current HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus, as well as a full renovation of 48,000 square feet of space within the existing Mary’s Avenue Campus hospital. Key components of the new 175-bed facility will include a 25,000-square-foot emergency care center that will incorporate special services for cardiac observation and behavioral health, a 10-bed ICU, and a six-bed medical stepdown unit, providing an intermediate level of care between the ICU and the new hospital’s medical-surgical wards. Most patient rooms will be private, designed to reduce noise, enhance rest and facilitate healing.

The hospital will also feature a newly constructed birthing center with ultramodern labor, delivery and postpartum rooms. The building will have a new imaging department and fully remodeled centers for ambulatory surgery, infusion therapy and endoscopy.

A new, welcoming hospital lobby with central registration and admitting, financial counseling, family support services, a retail pharmacy, a gift shop, and comfortable waiting areas is another of the hospital’s planned amenities.

The new hospital will let HealthAlliance consolidate all inpatient and emergency services, currently split between the Broadway and Mary’s Avenue campuses, into one convenient location. The Broadway Campus is to be converted into a “medical village” — an innovative focal point for the area’s outpatient healthcare and related needs — after patient care services at Broadway are relocated to the new Mary’s Avenue site.

The combined project, known as the Healthy Neighborhood Initiative, is expected to cost $133.6 million. Some $88.8 million of the total will come from the state Capital Restructuring Financing Program, with the balance coming from WMCHealth, HealthAlliance and a capital fundraising campaign.