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Thursday, March 4, 2021
JiTT app on iphone

Northwell Health launched its Just in Time Teaching Tools app.

Northwell Health’s Office of Academic Affairs has launched its Just in Time Teaching Tools app to aid in the advancement of medical education knowledge and teaching skills of students, trainees and faculty. The app is now available in the Apple Store.

The new app uses the Just-in-time teaching (JiTT) model — a pedagogical approach that involves close interaction between instructors and their classrooms — to better provide timely and relevant teaching tips to trainees and faculty who need to actively engage with their instructors, specifically for those in the patient care setting.

JiTT infographics are adaptable to an array of clinical specialties and include foundational teaching principles in areas such as setting expectations, questioning techniques, feedback and coaching, and bedside teaching. Clinically specific teaching techniques include content pertaining to internal and family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, psychiatry and neurology. Sub-specialties are also included.


Northern Westchester Hospital has opened a state-of-the-art Electrophysiology Lab for treatment for all types of heart rhythm irregularities. The Cardiac Cath Lab and the Electrophysiology Lab are available to provide care 24/7 and are an extension of Lenox Hill Hospital’s nationally renowned cardiac program, offering a regional center of excellence for interventional and procedural cardiac care.

Subbarao Choudry, MD, serves as Director of the Electrophysiology Lab working in cooperation with a team of clinical and support staff. Dr. Choudry received his medical degree from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York where he also completed a residency in internal medicine. He completed research fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, a cardiology fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and cardiac electrophysiology. Dr. Choudry also has privileges at Phelps Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital, both part of Northwell Health.


The Electrophysiology Lab at Northern Westchester Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital celebrated the opening of its Maternal & Newborn Care Unit, designed to enhance the care and comfort of expectant moms and their newborns and provide the best patient experience before, during and after childbirth.

Located on the second floor of NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, the center features bright, private postpartum rooms, each with a bathroom, shower and a comfortable bed for a partner to sleep, allowing for family-focused support and bonding. The center also has spacious labor and delivery rooms with a soaking tub for use during labor, state-of-the-art surgical suites, a dedicated triage suite and a Level 2 neonatal intensive care unit for newborns who need additional medical support.

The obstetrics and gynecology division has certified nurse-midwives and physicians experienced in the management of complex deliveries, and the hospital provides a full range of services patients may need before, during and after birth, including birthing classes and breastfeeding support groups. The hospital is certified by Baby-Friendly USA — a joint initiative of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund — for its support of mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies, and its nursing team has received national recognition for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program.

The Maternity & Newborn Care Unit was designed in collaboration with EwingCole architects and OLA Consulting Engineers, and is part of a broader initiative to enhance obstetric services across NewYork-Presbyterian’s health system.

Patients can begin their pregnancy care with the skilled obstetricians at NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley, and those physicians follow them through their pregnancy journey. Physicians in the obstetrics and gynecology division at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital have academic appointments in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. This relationship gives mothers and their newborns access to subspecialty physicians at NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University Irving Medical Center.


New Maternal & Newborn Care Unit at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital announced that it has received another three-year accreditation from The Joint Commission, the gold standard for hospitals. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval accreditation demonstrates continuous compliance with its performance standards and is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site review by a team from The Joint Commission, which reviewed Burke’s physical plant as well as patient care, policies and procedures, documentation, and infection control. The surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews. The results of the survey were highly positive, with no high-risk level issues identified.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help healthcare organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

In addition to accreditation from The Joint Commission, Burke is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Both of these highly respected accreditations are voluntary and confirm Burke’s commitment to meeting the highest standards and level of patient care.


Burke Rehabilitation Hospital receives another three-year accreditation from The Joint Commission.


Garnet Health Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Brian Tew

Garnet Health Medical Center, formerly Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award. The distinction places Garnet Health Medical Center in the top 5% of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Garnet Health Medical Center is the only hospital in Orange County, NY to receive this recognition for the third consecutive year.

Garnet Health Medical Center was also recognized with the America’s 100 Best Hospital for Coronary Intervention for five consecutive years, the Coronary Intervention Excellence Award for five consecutive years, the Stroke Care Excellence Award for two years in a row, the Critical Care Excellence Award for two years in a row, the General Surgery Excellence Award for four consecutive years, Bariatric Excellence Award for five consecutive years, Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award for two years in a row, Labor and Delivery Excellence Award for two years in a row, and the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award for two consecutive years.

In addition, Garnet Health Medical Center has received certification from Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd (DNV GL) Healthcare as a Primary Stroke Center. The DNV GL – Healthcare Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that the medical center addresses the full spectrum of stroke care — diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education — and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes. Garnet Health Medical Center is one of only two designated stroke centers in Orange County by the New York State Department of Health.

Garnet Health Medical Center offers a stroke support group that meets virtually on the fourth Tuesday of every month.


Vassar Brothers Medical Center opened its doors to the new Emergency Department and Trauma Center and its long-awaited pavilion. The largest construction project in City of Poughkeepsie history, the pavilion is eight floors and 752,000 square feet, with 294 patient rooms to recover in from a surgery or illness.

The innovative building has a distinctive shape that follows the topography of the Hudson River, with design elements that include an S-curve, stone and mosaics that reflect the area. It sits on the 9-acre medical center campus adjacent to Route 9 and the Hudson River and connects to the main campus. The pavilion also incorporates the latest in sustainable design and is expected to receive LEED certification for energy efficiency.

Patients who are sick or recovering from surgery will stay in quiet, spacious private suites with room for their family members to spend the night, once COVID-19 visitation restrictions are lifted. The individual patient rooms are double the size of the legacy hospital’s semiprivate rooms. They provide ample space for families and visitors to encourage patient-centered healing and care. A highly skilled medical staff will care for the community in advanced operating suites and private recovery rooms designed for healing. The expansive emergency and trauma center — with triple the number of exam and treatment rooms — is designed to cut down wait times and put doctors directly at the bedside.


Vassar Brothers Medical Center’s new pavilion — the largest construction project in City of Poughkeepsie history