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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Mount Sinai South Nassau’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and its staff of board-certified gynecologic and urogynecologic surgeons have earned top recognition from the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and the Surgical Review Corporation as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. The Center of Excellence program is a quality improvement initiative established to advance minimally invasive gynecology surgery worldwide.

Center of Excellence designation requires an extensive review of a hospital’s surgical facilities, operations and procedures as well as its staff’s education, training and continuous quality improvement efforts. Physicians who earn this designation must meet stringent criteria based on their individual expertise and experience.


For the second year in a row, Northwell Health’s Phelps Hospital has earned the prestigious 4-Star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Phelps is the only hospital in Westchester and Rockland counties to receive 4 Stars from CMS. Hospital Compare is a consumer-oriented website that regularly issues ratings of hospitals. It provides information on how well hospitals provide care to their patients, as well as patients’ ratings of their satisfaction with the hospital. Information on Hospital Compare website can help consumers make informed decisions about where to go for health care based on nationally accepted performance measures. Phelps, a part of Northwell Health, rated four out five stars. Ratings are based on several components, which include survey of patients’ experiences, timely and effective care, complications, readmissions, mortality, and value of care.


Northwell Health’s Phelps Hospital

Saint Joseph’s Medical Center joined with Yonkers officials for the grand opening of the hospital’s new physician-supervised outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at its Cardiovascular Center at 530 Yonkers Avenue.


Saint Joseph’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program ribbon cutting

Saint Joseph’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program helps patients with heart disease and cardiac conditions recover faster and regain optimal productive lifestyles. There are many benefits to cardiac rehabilitation, including:

  • Living longer and reducing chances for another heart attack
  • Controlling heart disease symptoms, such as chest pain or shortness of breath
  • Stopping or reversing damage to blood vessels in the heart
  • Lessening the physical and emotional effects of heart disease
  • Improving stamina and strength and getting back to daily activities, including work, hobbies, and regular exercise
  • Improving confidence and well-being

Blythedale Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce that it is now partnering with LegalHealth, a division of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), to provide an on-site legal clinic for the benefit of the Hospital’s most vulnerable patient families. LegalHealth has 18 years of experience advocating on behalf of and providing high-quality free legal services to low-income patients and families.


(L–R) Ruth Stein, Senior Staff Attorney, LegalHealth; Julie Brandfield, Associate Director, LegalHealth; Larry Levine, President and CEO, Blythedale Children’s Hospital; Randye Retkin, Founder and Director, LegalHealth; and Susan Murray, Vice President, Patient/Family Experience, Clinical Outreach, and Care Coordination, Blythedale Children’s Hospital

LegalHealth currently works with medical professionals at 37 New York hospitals and medical facilities. Blythedale will be its first children’s hospital clinic. Through the establishment of this first-of-its kind medical-legal partnership, Blythedale’s social workers, case managers and doctors will be trained to screen cases and refer patients and families who require legal assistance with matters that impact their health and well-being.


Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center in Yonkers has been awarded two major $250,000 grants to build the nation’s first skilled nursing facility for young adults with severe and complex medical conditions. The grants, awarded by the Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation and the Griffin Family Foundation, show that momentum for Elizabeth Seton Children’s urgently needed project is growing.

The Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation is a Yonkers-based foundation created in 1976 by Thomas Carvel, the late founder of the famous ice cream brand Carvel, and his wife, Agnes. It devotes its resources to a variety of projects and programs focusing on children and young adults with disabilities, including hospitals, arts programs, youth and social services, and higher education.

The Griffin Family Foundation is based in Briarcliff Manor. Formed by the late William Griffin, who was co-founder and Chair of Hudson Valley Bank, and his wife, Margaret, the Foundation has supported Elizabeth Seton Children’s for more than two decades.

The aging-out crisis is playing out nationally as a result of new medical technologies that allow approximately 3 million children with medically complex conditions in the United States to live longer than ever before. Elizabeth Seton’s Young Adult Center will transform the lives of young adults with medically complex conditions through programming, technology and design innovations specially tailored for their needs. To be co-located with Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center in Yonkers, the new facility will be the first freestanding home of its kind in the nation — a licensed skilled nursing facility and outpatient program serving individuals over age 21. Construction is expected to begin in 2021.


The Joint Replacement Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. The certification recognizes healthcare organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for knee and hip replacement. The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.

Montefiore Nyack Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site review on February 18. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards including evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted on-site observations and interviews.



Debra A. Simons, PhD, RN, Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Manhattanville College’s fledgling School of Nursing and Health Sciences has received a $60,000 grant to create a Clinical Learning Laboratory. The state-of-the-art Clinical Learning Laboratory will be equipped with human simulators and clinical simulation environments that emulate all levels of care.

The grant was announced by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MREDC), which provided $65.8 million for 105 projects in the Hudson Valley. Westchester received $19.2 million to fund 30 projects benefiting local governments, art and cultural institutions. Manhattanville was the only institution of higher education in Westchester to receive a grant.

“The use of clinical simulation is critical for training competent and safe practitioners, as it will help to bridge important connections between academic knowledge and clinical reasoning,” says Debra A. Simons, PhD, RN, Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Manhattanville recently announced that it is seeking accreditation for a School of Nursing and Health Sciences from the New York State Department of Education. A curriculum plan has been proposed for two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for traditional four-year and transfer students, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for second-degree students.


As a follow up to Stop the Bleed training provided to White Plains School District teachers, staff and administrators in 2019, White Plains Hospital recently donated Stop the Bleed kits to the White Plains City School District. The kits will be available in White Plains schools throughout the district and will be placed near defibrillator units already commonly available in schools. Stop the Bleed kits include tourniquets and wound packing equipment and are designed to help save lives in the event of a bleeding emergency. Recognizing this as the next level of school emergency preparedness, White Plains Hospital and the White Plains City School District have teamed up to provide ongoing Stop the Bleed training to its staff through simulations using high-fidelity mannequins.


(L–R) Sean Lews, Joseph Ricca, Erik Larsen, MD, Ed Tangredi, Farrukh Jafri, MD, Maggie Racioppo and Kate Lopez


Karen Morice, MD


Erika Trovato, DO

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital continues to build upon its reputation as an academic leader with the recent addition of fellowships in brain injury medicine and sports medicine. The two fellowships were granted initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in January.

Burke will host two fellows for each program over the span of one year. During their time, fellows will rotate at Burke’s main campus in White Plains and other institutions affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Health System, allowing broad exposure to the spectrum of care for patients with a wide range of conditions in both disciplines.

Karen Morice, MD, will serve as the director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship, while Erika Trovato, DO, will be the director of the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship.

Burke expects the first group of fellows to join the Burke graduate medical education programs in July 2020. Physicians who are interested in applying can do so by sending a CV to braininjuryfellow@burke.org for the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship or to sportsfellow@burke.org for the Sports Medicine Fellowship.

For more detailed information on either program, or to learn more about Burke’s ACGME-accredited residency program, please visit burke.org/education/GME-Programs.