People in the News

Friday, October 26, 2018

Bryan Lewis, President, Kidney Cancer Action Network, met with Congresswoman Nita Lowey at her White Plains District Office on Aug. 30. The purpose of the meeting was to both thank Congresswoman Lowey for her instrumental support in helping to secure $15 million annually in research funding for kidney cancer and review the resulting impact. This past year, an inaugural $10 million program was launched that has awarded 22 meritorious research applicants with crucial funding for this disease. The research community has been reinvigorated, and this infusion of research dollars has motivated and drawn a new wave of young researchers to the field. This, in turn, has created a renewed sense of hope for a cure in the patient community throughout Westchester County and beyond.


Support for research funding for kidney cancer


Delaney Gracy, MD

Delaney Gracy, MD, Director of Clinical Services at the Montefiore School Health Program, has been appointed Liaison between two of the largest and most influential national organizations focused on the health care of children in schools: the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health and the School-Based Health Alliance. In this role, Dr. Gracy will help create synergy between the two organizations to optimize advocacy and the development of best practices in care for children across the country.

Dr. Gracy, a practicing pediatrician, joined the Montefiore School Health Program in early 2018 and oversees all clinical services provided at Montefiore’s 27 school-based health centers located in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the Bronx. This school year, several new clinics will open, making medical, dental, mental health and community health services available to more than 40,000 students throughout the Bronx.


Calvary Hospital recently honored Bronx resident Erica Swinnie, CCT, with the Catch A Star Award for the first half of 2018. Honorees are expected to go above and beyond to make a difference and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and family members. The Hospital encourages patients, family members, visitors and employees to nominate members of the nursing staff, including nurses, Calvary Care technicians and administrative staff, who demonstrate and exemplify Calvary Hospital’s Core Values of Caring, Compassion, Commitment, Non-Abandonment and Dignity through their work. Award recipients are chosen by their nurse administrators and nursing committee based on the nominations and performance.


Margaret M. Pelkowski, RN, MSN, Vice President, Patient Care Services; Marilyn Crockett, RN, Patient Service Manager; Erica Swinnie, CCT; and Leonila C. Quinones, RN, MA, DON, Director of Nursing Operations

Swinnie joined Calvary in April 2002 as a telephone operator. A year later, she transferred to the Nursing Department, trained as a Calvary Care Technician and has worked in the department since then. She also received the 2018 Dennis Berberich Scholarship for Calvary Care Technicians, which allows one Calvary Care Technician to further his or her career in nursing. Swinnie is enrolled at Lehman College, where she is working toward her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.


The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center welcomes Adriene Rosell, CNHA, FACHCA, MHA, as its new Vice President of Operations. The Pediatric Center’s current Vice President of Operations, Lisa Poskanzer, will assume the newly created position of Employee Experience and Engagement Ambassador.

As the Pediatric Center’s Vice President of Operations, Rosell will oversee the daily operations of 169 residents, including the integration of special education services with the on-site John A. Coleman School. Under Rosell’s leadership, a team of more than 600 clinical and nonclinical staff members will join together in the holistic care of each child to ensure that his or her greatest potential is reached.

Rosell holds a master’s degree in health administration from St. Joseph’s College of Maine and a Bachelor of Science in psychology/behavioral science from New York Institute of Technology.



Rick McCarthy named CIO at White Plains Hospital

The executive team at White Plains Hospital announces that Rick McCarthy has been named Chief Information Officer as of July 30. In this role, McCarthy will oversee the effective use and application of all technology platforms that support workflow and quality patient care, as well as ensure system security and privacy throughout the organization.

McCarthy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health systems management from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science degree in technology management from the University of Maryland.



Susan Fox, President and CEO of White Plains Hospital

Susan Fox, President and CEO of White Plains Hospital, has been appointed to the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Board of Trustees, where she will represent the needs of the region on the increasingly important national healthcare stage, beginning in 2019.

This role complements her new position as Chair of the AHA Regional Policy Board 2, which represents healthcare organizations in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Regional policy boards are responsible for providing input on public policy issues and unique regional needs. Prior to being appointed Chair, Fox served three years as a delegate to the regional policy board.

Fox was also recognized as one of the 2018 Crain’s Notable Women in Health Care. As one of the first female CEOs of an acute care hospital in Westchester County, Fox’s combination of visionary thinking, strategic planning and passionate commitment to the management of White Plains Hospital has proved invaluable in meeting the challenges of today’s complex healthcare environment.

Fox was appointed President of White Plains Hospital in 2013 and President and CEO in 2015.



Robert S. Ross, FACHE

Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) recently welcomed Robert S. Ross, FACHE, to the network’s leadership team as Executive Vice President for the Northern Region. In his new role, Ross will serve as lead executive for the network’s hospitals in Dutchess, Ulster and Delaware counties, working to advance an integrated delivery system in which patients have seamless access to care in the Hudson Valley communities where they live.

Ross holds a master of health services administration degree from The George Washington University in Washington and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer and information sciences from Brooklyn College.


The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) welcomed 25 trainees to the 2018-2019 class for its Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) program. The class will graduate May 9, 2019.


Front row: Lindsay Lenihan, Janet Longo-Abinanti, Michelle Bina, Kelsey Cole, Rebecca Haegedorn and Lailiz Ortiz-Ortiz; middle row: LEND Director Jenean Castillo, PhD, Mayta Garcia, Desiree Rodriguez, Angela Chen, Evelyn Berger, Andrea Martinez, Janelle Richards, Sabrina Mazzuoccolo, Andrea Moreno and Monica Young; back row: Juliet Thomas-Arthurton, Jesse DeLoughry, Javan James, Deepkumar Patel, Carli Andrews, Dana Dieterich, Jade Bedell, Mariah Carlson, Emmanuel Pena Serrano and Helen Rice

LEND 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 program held at WIHD is a 320-hour, two-semester program. Trainees include graduate students and postdoctoral Fellows from health and education disciplines, self-advocates, and family members of children and adults with disabilities.

As one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, WIHD is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities and vulnerable children through professional education, direct service provision and innovative research.


Calvary Hospital recently honored Shawn Boyd, RN, with the DAISY Award for the first half of 2018. 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 exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and their families. Award recipients are chosen by their co-workers, administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.


Marilyn Crocket, RN, Patient Service Manager, Shawn Boyd, RN, and Margaret M. Pelkowski, RN, MSN, Vice President, Patient Care Services

Boyd began working at Calvary Hospital in 2007 as a licensed practical nurse. After she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Helene Fuld College of Nursing in 2008, she began working as a registered professional nurse. As a recipient of the DAISY Award, she received numerous nominations from colleagues as well as family members.