People in the News

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ALBANY, New York — Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) President Bea Grause announces the appointment of Sandi Toll as HANYS’ new General Counsel. Toll was most recently first assistant counsel to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Toll served as first assistant counsel to the governor beginning in July 2015, after serving nearly two years as assistant counsel to the governor, where she advised the governor and policy staff on legal matters related to health issues.

Before that, Toll was a partner at the law firm of Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago and a member of the healthcare litigation and complex commercial litigation practice groups. She represented clients on healthcare fraud and abuse matters, and supervised and conducted internal investigations. While at Jenner & Block, she was named an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star in health care. She also maintained an active pro bono practice, including representing clients asserting civil rights violations, clients facing the death penalty, and clients seeking habeas relief.

Toll has a J.D. magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction from Cornell University. She succeeds former general counsel Mark Thomas.



Maria Georgopoulos

Calvary Hospital has promoted Maria Georgopoulos to Director of the Bereavement Services Department. Georgopoulos succeeds Sherry Schachter. Georgopoulos is responsible for spearheading Calvary’s efforts to expand the Hospital’s professional learning programs, expand the bereavement services programs that meet regularly in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan, and increase the professional strength of the bereavement counselor staff.

Georgopoulos’ professional certifications include a Fellow in Thanatology with The Association for Death Education and Counseling. She is active in various professional teaching activities, including the Annual Bereavement Course with Calvary Hospital and as Adjunct Faculty with The College of New Rochelle, teaching courses in mental health counseling, such as group counseling and Mental Health Counseling Internship Practicum. She is also a licensed mental health counselor with a private practice. She graduated from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development with a master’s in mental health counseling and received her bachelor’s from St. John’s University with a major in psychology.



Jennifer Park, MD

NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley welcomes Jennifer Park, MD, a board-certified family medicine physician. Dr. Park provides a range of primary care services to NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley’s growing network of primary and multispecialty care physicians. She joins the medical group’s internal medicine practice at 22 South Division St. in Peekskill and is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital.

After earning her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Park completed her residency at Lancaster General Hospital, where she served as chief resident and won the Resident Teacher Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. She remained at Lancaster to complete her fellowship in family medicine and population health and trained in a specialized clinic that offered primary care, medical and social services to patients with frequent hospital admissions. During this time, Dr. Park graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia with a master’s degree in public health.

Dr. Park is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Family Medicine Education Consortium and the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences Alumni Association.



Calvary recently recognized Peter Kuzma, RN, CCC, with the DAISY Award. Kuzma is pictured with Margaret M. Pelkowski, RN, MSN, Vice President, Patient Care Services at Calvary.

Calvary Hospital recently honored Peter Kuzma, RN, CCC, with the DAISY Award for the second half of 2017. Nurses recognized with this biannual award must demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise as well as extraordinary, compassionate care. Honorees are also expected to go above and beyond to make a difference and to exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and their families. Award recipients are chosen by their co-workers, administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

DAISY — www.daisyfoundation.org — is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The foundation was formed in January 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications related to idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.



Alice M. Police, MD, FACS

Noted breast surgeon Alice M. Police, MD, FACS, has joined the Northwell Health Cancer Institute as Regional Director of Breast Surgery in Westchester County. Dr. Police is now accepting patients at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow and The Breast Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.



Emil Nigro, MD

Phelps Hospital announces that Emil Nigro, MD, formerly medical director of emergency services, has been appointed President of the Medical Staff. In this role, Dr. Nigro will preside over the governing body for the medical practitioners at Phelps and will also serve as the Chair of the Medical Board. During his residency, Dr. Nigro worked per-diem in the Emergency Department at Phelps Hospital and accepted a full-time position there in 1979. In 1984, Dr. Nigro was appointed Phelps’ director of emergency medicine.


Judy Dilworth has joined Phelps as Magnet Program Director. In 2020, Phelps intends to apply for certification as a Magnet Hospital, an accreditation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Being credentialed as a Magnet Hospital recognizes a hospital’s attainment of nursing excellence. Hospitals with this credential are better able to attract and retain quality nursing staff and achieve a high level of patient satisfaction. To date, only 7 percent of hospitals in the country have achieved this performance-driven level. Dilworth has over 20 years of experience with hospitals that have achieved Magnet status.


Ralph Lucariello MD, longtime board member and current board Chair of Cabrini of Westchester, was honored with the Trustee of the Year award from LeadingAge New York, part of a national association of 5,500 not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Lucariello, a resident of Bronxville, recently accepted the award at Cabrini of Westchester. This prestigious honor is given in recognition of trustees who have served with distinction and made significant contributions to the betterment of services for the aged and infirm.

Dr. Lucariello’s extensive career in Catholic health care spans several decades as an accomplished physician as well as service in many leadership roles, including the areas of administration, medical education and ethics.


White Plains Hospital (WPH) announces that Daniel Y. Wang, MD, has joined as Director of WPH’s Cardiac Electrophysiology Program.

Previously a faculty member at Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Wang performs challenging catheter ablation.

His areas of expertise include advanced treatment options, such as leadless pacemakers, subcutaneous defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy and HIS-bundle pacing. Dr. Wang received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and conducted his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed fellowship programs in cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology at Columbia University Medical Center and received his postdoctoral training at Columbia University Medical Center’s Division of Cardiology.



Seah Lim, MD, PhD

Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), recently appointed Seah Lim, MD, PhD, as Medical Director of Hematology and Associate Chief, Division of Hematology and Hemostasis in the Department of Medicine at Westchester Medical Center’s Cancer Institute based in Valhalla.

Dr. Lim will oversee hematology services at Westchester Medical Center’s Cancer Institute and will also serve as Associate Program Director of the hospital’s hematology/oncology fellowship program. He is board-certified in hematology and internal medicine.

Dr. Lim earned his medical and undergraduate degrees from the Aberdeen University School of Medicine in the United Kingdom and a PhD from the University of Wales College of Medicine. He completed fellowships at Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre in Birmingham, England (hematology and hemato-oncology), University College in London (hemato-oncology and infectious disease), and Cambridge University (hematology and hemato-oncology), as well as a residency at Aberdeen Teaching Hospitals in Scotland (internal medicine).