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Monday, October 21, 2019

Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), welcomed His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, to lead a dedication and blessing of the hospital’s new temporary Emergency Department, which will allow patient care to continue seamlessly while the hospital continues work on a transformative $40 million, multiphase expansion and enhancement project.


Bon Secours Community Hospital welcomes His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

The Cardinal joined WMCHealth and Bon Secours Community Hospital leadership and staff, along with community leaders and elected officials, for a ceremony blessing the new space and heralding the completion of the first phase of construction. Patients are being cared for in this new space to allow for demolition of the previous emergency department, which will be converted into a new, larger, state-of-the-art emergency department.

The temporary space features all of the same capabilities and amenities of a permanent emergency department, including 10 private bays, with a separate cardiac treatment area and triage space, as well as new diagnostic and monitoring equipment.


Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw presented its 119th annual Honors Assembly on Sept. 17. The inspiring event, which coincided with National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, recognized the extraordinary recoveries and achievements of the physical rehabilitation hospital’s patients over the past year. This year’s ceremony honored six patients from Rockland, Orange, Dutchess and Bergen counties who have made outstanding accomplishments in their rehabilitation programs, inspiring others along the way.


From left: physical therapist Lauren Carlino; Glenn Seliger, MD, Director of Helen Hayes Hospital’s Traumatic Brain Injury Program; Helen Hayes MacArthur Rose Award honoree Jaime Ramirez; and occupational therapist Sara DiBernardo

The Honors Assembly began in 1900 as a school graduation ceremony for children at the then pediatric physical rehabilitation facility. Actress Helen Hayes McArthur herself presented the diplomas and later awards during her long history advocating for the hospital. Today, the Honors Assembly serves as a celebration of the hospital’s patient community and recognizes patients’ tremendous resolve and selfless support of others facing similar odds.


Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) welcomed 26 trainees Sept. 5 to the 2019-2020 class for its LEND program. The class will graduate May 7, 2020.


Front row: Lauren Frank (genetics), Marlana Barrasso (psychology), Lindsay Brown (audiology), Ally Abbott (genetics), Fallon-Marie Hughes (self-advocacy), Becky Cook (family advocate) and Sharon Williams (counseling, US Virgin Islands). Middle: Gabriela Miranda (nutrition, Puerto Rico), Chelsea Payraudeau (SLP), Latha Thanati, MD (public health), Taralynn Vecchio (SLP), Lauren Kennish (SLP), Kim Brennan (family advocate), Amy Lee (psychology), Bernice Ortiz P (public health, Puerto Rico), Zoey Calderon-Weinstein (family advocate, SLP), Trudy Fenster (law, US Virgin Islands), Amanda Hernandez (SLP). Back: Jacklyn Rukaj (psychology), Vini Zaninovic (social work), Ava Iannitti (social work), Maya Afruzi (OT), Jamil Samkari, MD (public health), Shirin Oumarova (OT), Lara Perkins (family advocate/public policy). Not pictured: Naydine Johney (psychology).

The LEND Program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) is an interdisciplinary leadership training program funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the federal government at 52 universities around the country. The 320-hour, two-semester program is held at WIHD.

Trainees include graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from health and education disciplines, self-advocates, and family members of children and adults with disabilities.


White Plains Hospital announces it has been certified as a Great Place to Work for 2019–2020. The Great Place to Work Certification is awarded to a select group of organizations that meet or exceed a national benchmark for employee satisfaction based on the results of an extensive confidential survey.

As part of the certification process, Hospital employees from all departments and job functions were asked to complete a survey that includes questions on leadership effectiveness, respect, fairness and employee pride in the community. White Plains Hospital scored significantly above the benchmark required to be certified.

Best known for producing its annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list for Fortune magazine, Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework and expertise needed to create, sustain and recognize outstanding workplace cultures.


On Sept. 12, Phelps Hospital, part of the Northwell Health system, held a ribbon-cutting to open what will be the 10th branch of the Cohen Children’s Northwell Health Physician Partners pediatric practice, the first outside of Long Island, where Northwell is headquartered. Peter Mercurio, MD, President of Westchester Health, called the county the fastest-growing area for new medical facilities in the region. The center, on the fifth floor of Phelps’ main building, will be open for appointments Mondays until 6 p.m., Thursdays until 7 p.m. and three Saturdays a month.


From left: Whitney McBride, MD; Allison Spitzer, MD; Cindee Ivker, MD; Hildred Machuca, DO; Heather Magnan, MD; and Glenn Kaplan, MD

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 2nd Annual Be Well Bash. The event was held on the front lawn of The Bronxville School.


From left: New York State Sen. Shelley Mayer; Westchester Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins; Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita; New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin; Tim Hughes, Vice President, Operations, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital; Jim Palmer, Bronxville Village Administrator; Randolph Mayer, Bronxville Board of Trustees; Glenn D. Bellitto, Eastchester Councilman; and Tuckahoe Mayor Greg Luisi

Over 1,000 people attended and interacted with Columbia Orthopedics, including sports medicine providers and specialists in OB-GYN, primary care, cardiology and other specialties, to learn how to stay healthy and achieve their fitness goals. The afternoon was filled with activities including the NFL PLAY 60 Skills and Drills and the New York City Football Club Street Team; injury prevention workshops; a cooking demonstration; yoga and ab crunch classes; music; food; entertainment; face painting; giveaways; and much more.


Orange Regional Medical Center was recently verified as a Level II Adult Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Orange Regional joins 11 other hospitals in New York state that offer this high level of emergent care and is the first Level II Adult Trauma Center in Orange County. Advancing trauma care is significant, and Orange Regional has been working toward this designation for the past seven years.

“We are proud to be the only Level II Adult Trauma Center providing highly specialized medical treatment and capabilities unavailable at any other hospital in Orange County,” CEO Scott Batulis says. “Level II Adult Trauma designation means patients, and their families, who require highly specialized care due to tragic events, can be treated at Orange Regional instead of being transferred to other facilities farther away. This designation reinforces a commitment to provide vital healthcare services to the community.”

Orange Regional’s Level II Adult Trauma Center is recognized by the New York State Department of Health and works under the guidelines of the ACS Committee on Trauma.


Regular breast cancer screenings are critical because early detection can save lives, according to Health Quest Medical Practice midwife Julie Denney. That’s why Northern Dutchess Hospital has teamed up with Cancer Services Program of the Hudson Valley to offer breast cancer screenings from 2:30–5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the hospital, 6511 Springbrook Ave.

Women ages 50 to 74 with no health insurance or who are underinsured may be eligible for this community-benefit event. The screening includes a breast exam and 3D mammogram in the women’s imaging center at the hospital.

An appointment is required. Space is limited.



Manuel C. Perry, MD, Oncology and Hematology Division Leader

Crystal Run Healthcare has received recertification by the QOPI Certification Program LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Inc. (ASCO). The QOPI Certification Program builds on ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI), providing a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care.

Crystal Run Healthcare first achieved certification in 2010, at which time it was one of the first 16 community cancer care practices in the United States to earn certification from ASCO.