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Monday, January 20, 2020

Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP’s Head of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, Valerie K. Ferrier, recently hosted a presentation titled “Things You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know to Protect Your Business” at the GNYCC Business Center Educational Series.


Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP’s Head of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, Valerie K. Ferrier

Ferrier is a Partner and Head of the Labor & Employment Practice Group at Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP in New York City, where she advises and represents business owners across various industries in labor and employment matters. Her presentation offered insight into a variety of legal issues business owners and employers need to be aware of to protect their bottom line. Topics included Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, timekeeping, record keeping, pay practices and more.

Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP has the distinction of being the oldest and largest boutique litigation and appellate firm, emphasizing all areas of professional liability, medical and healthcare related litigation. For information on upcoming events, visit mcblaw.com.


VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth has been ranked by the NYS Department of Health as having the highest success rate in NYS with HIV viral load suppression (85%) as compared with other Medicaid HIV/AIDS Special Needs Plans. Similarly, SelectHealth network physicians have been successfully treating members with Hepatitis C since 2015, with cure rates as high as 98%, comparable with those seen in clinical trial settings.

VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth is a New York State Department of Health Special Needs Plan (SNP) for Medicaid-eligible New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and/or who identify as transgender or live in a homeless shelter. NYS DOH recently expanded eligibility for residents of Nassau and Westchester counties, making it the first and only SNP of its kind to be available in New York State outside of New York City. VNSNY is working with Northwell Health in Nassau county and in Westchester, Montefiore Medical Center system hospitals in Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and White Plains, as well as Hudson River Health Care, with a system of 28 locations in Westchester and Long Island.


Lenox Hill Hospital held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of its brand-new state-of-the-art Reproductive, Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Center at its Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat campus.

The highlight of the REI facility is a 900-square-foot assisted reproductive technology laboratory with in-vitro fertilization, egg freezing, tissue freezing and embryo banking capabilities. Adjacent to the lab, the space houses egg-retrieval and embryo transfer rooms, a sperm collection and andrology processing suite, and a five-bed recovery unit designed for the highest level of patient safety and comfort. The center also features a 4,400-square-foot dedicated clinical area for patient evaluation. The clinic’s location at a hospital is an added benefit should any complications arise.

The facility will not only expand fertility services but also, as an academic infertility program, it will also help to advance the reproductive field as a whole due to the center’s research capabilities.


For more than 20 years, Houlihan Lawrence has come together in support of Breast Cancer Awareness, the company’s largest philanthropic initiative. Thanks to the tireless work of the company’s 1,300 real estate professionals, this October Houlihan Lawrence raised $150,000, a new company record.

Integral to the success of the company’s efforts was a new Stronger Together 360-degree marketing campaign. Unifying the company’s years-long efforts in support of breast cancer awareness, the campaign harnessed the power of the company’s agents to generate awareness, support the region’s charitable walks and platform Houlihan Lawrence’s leadership position as a top corporate donor.


The Houlihan Lawrence team at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Manhattanville College

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland returned to Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla for its sixth exciting season. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, the festive celebration takes place six consecutive weekends through January 4, plus weekday bonus days during the school holiday. For one $20 all-inclusive ticket price, guests enjoyed unlimited access to Santa’s Village, amusement rides, a live circus performance, an ice-skating rink plus free skate rental, a dazzling holiday light show featuring favorite elves Ned and Albert and Westchester’s 40-foot-tall lighted Christmas tree. For the sixth straight year, Westchester Medical Center was the host of the circus and presenting partner of the annual event. New platinum sponsors for 2019 included Wegmans and Verizon. They were joined by returning platinum sponsors Con Edison and Party Line Rentals and M&T Bank, sponsor of the family-friendly New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on Dec. 31.


In recognition of Organ Donor Enrollment Day, Montefiore Nyack Hospital received a Platinum Recognition Award from LiveOnNY for being the top performer in Rockland County for raising organ donation awareness and hosting activities to increase enrollment in New York’s state registry for organ, eye and tissue donors.

New York state Senator David Carlucci, who recently received the LiveOnNY Legislative Champion Award for his outstanding efforts to pass Lauren’s Law, was in attendance. Organ donations in NYS have increased from 21% to 36% since the legislative enactment of Lauren’s Law in 2012. During a daylong enrollment event at Montefiore Nyack, 32 people were enrolled by LiveOnNY to join the organ donor registry. Overall statewide, 2,500 organ donors were registered, bringing the five-year annual event total to more than 16,000 registered organ donors. Anyone who missed enrollment day but still would like to become an organ or tissue donor can register online at Registerme.org/EnrollmentDay.


(L–R) NYS Senator David Carlucci; Lizbeth Waddell, Director of Hospital Services at LiveOnNY; Mark Geller, MD, President and CEO Montefiore Nyack Hospital; and Rozanne Watson, transplant recipient and advocate

The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass is taking its treasures on the road to help patients. The Neustadt recently opened a three-month exhibition in the lobby of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s White Plains campus (785 Mamaroneck Ave.). Four lamps, made more than a century ago by the New York tastemaker Louis Comfort Tiffany, are on view for the hundreds of patients, guests and staff who pass through every day.

This new exhibition, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Shade Garden, features opalescent glass lamps with motifs including daffodils, apple blossoms, peonies and pond lilies. It is the first major display of Tiffany’s works in Westchester County. Prior to coming to Burke, the lamps were shown at the Montefiore Hutchinson Campus in the Bronx from June to October.

This exhibition program is made possible through the generous support of The Fine Art Program and Collection at Montefiore Einstein, Bronx; Simone Healthcare Development, Bronx; and H. Guy Leibler, President of Simone Healthcare Development and Neustadt Trustee.


William M. Mooney Jr., President and CEO, Westchester County Association; Jeffrey Menkes, President and CEO, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital; Lindsy Parrott, Executive Director and Curator of The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass; and Thomas Roach, Mayor, City of White Plains

Northern Westchester Hospital has been awarded Gold Certification for Excellence in Person-Centered Care by Planetree International, recognizing the hospital’s achievement and innovation in the delivery of person-centered care. Northern Westchester is one of only 90 healthcare organizations worldwide to receive the Person-Centered Care Gold Certification since the program’s launch in 2007, and the only organization to earn the award five times.

Gold Certification for Excellence in Person-Centered Care represents the highest level of achievement in person-centered care, based on evidence and standards. Person-centered healthcare prioritizes the active participation of patients and their families throughout the healthcare process with an emphasis on partnership, compassion, transparency, inclusion and quality.


Putnam Hospital Center earned the distinction of an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit focused on improving healthcare quality, safety and transparency.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses national performance measures from CMS, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and other supplemental data sources. Taken together, those performance measures produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The Safety Grade includes 28 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs.

Of the 2,633 graded, Putnam Hospital Center was among 878 hospitals in the nation that earned an “A” rating. Leapfrog assigned A to F grades to acute-care hospitals based on their ability to prevent errors, accidents, injuries, infections and other harm to patients.


On October 25, NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Division in White Plains celebrated 125 years of providing comprehensive, compassionate mental health care, and adopted a new name for its Westchester campus to reflect its expanded role in behavioral health: NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center.

Since opening its doors in 1894, the newly named NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center has been at the forefront of the movement known as moral treatment, with Weill Cornell Medicine psychiatrists providing patient-centered care in facilities specifically designed to offer the tranquility and activities required for mental health healing. The movement also focused on treating patients with dignity, compassion and respect. Today, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s psychiatry specialty is ranked among the top five in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.


NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Division celebrated 125 years of providing mental health care.