People in the News

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A special group of Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) employees who had trained for months to complete a 26.2-mile race of a lifetime at the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 4 ran for their patients and their co-workers and to support WMCHealth facilities across the Hudson Valley.


WMCHealth 2018 Marathon Team

The team’s 10 members included Bill Leverenz, RN, HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley; Munyaradzi “Munya” Rwakonda, RN, Good Samaritan Hospital; Chris Howard, BSN, RN, MidHudson Regional Hospital; Christopher McGovern, NP, Westchester Medical Center; Sandra Kaufmann, RN, Westchester Medical Center; Kara Bennorth, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, WMCHealth; Julianne Darcey, RN, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital; Sarah Vaithilingam, MD, Behavioral Health Center; Roz Schultz, RN, Westchester Medical Center; Claire Becker, MS, Westchester Medical Center.

All were motivated by their own unique stories and participated in this year’s marathon in support of the life-changing and lifesaving care provided at each of WMCHealth’s 10 Hudson Valley hospitals. Donations collected for each runner’s efforts will support essential programs and services in the local and regional hospitals the runners represent.



Scott D. Hayworth, MD, FACOG

Scott D. Hayworth, MD, FACOG, President and CEO of CareMount Medical, has been named to the inaugural City & State Westchester Power 50 list. Dr. Hayworth is ranked 19 on the list of Westchester County’s most powerful and influential leaders. Those named to the list were chosen based on their accomplishments, economic clout, and philanthropic and community involvement.



Cindy Lopane

The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) announces that Cindy Lopane has joined the organization as Director of Development and Community Engagement.

Lopane was most recently at the March of Dimes in White Plains, where she served as Development Manager and Community Manager since 2010. She brings to WIHD wide-ranging expertise that includes project management, marketing, fundraising, event planning and education advocacy. Among her many responsibilities at the March of Dimes, Lopane planned and executed with staff special fundraising events, including March for Babies, Signature Chefs Auction/Gala and the Real Estate Honoree Breakfasts.

Lopane holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Dominican College. She is actively involved in the community, having served as past President of the Special Education Parent Teacher Association and past President of the Parent Teacher Council, both in the Harrison Central School District. She is currently President of the Harrison High School PTA and sits on the Board of the New York Raptors Special Hockey program.


CareMount Medical announces that Pakeeza Alam, MD, FACOGMcKirven Ceus, MDParantap Gupta, MDAyo Moses, MD, MBA; and Saad Yousuf, MD, have joined the medical group and are available to see patients.

Dr. Alam (urogynecology) is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine and completed her OB/GYN residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center and her fellowship in urogynecology at Georgetown University/MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Alam is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the American Urogynecologic Society and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Ceus (sports medicine) is board-certified in family medicine. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency at UHS Wilson Medical Center and his fellowship in primary care sports medicine at West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

Dr. Gupta (gastroenterology and hepatology) is board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Topiwala National Medical College, University of Mumbai, and completed his internal medicine residency at The University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed a gastroenterology fellowship at Stony Brook University Hospital and an advanced endoscopy fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining CareMount Medical, Dr. Gupta was an interventional gastroenterologist at Crystal Run Healthcare for five years. He is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Dr. Moses (family medicine) is board-certified in family medicine. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from American University of Antigua College of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency at New York Medical College at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center. Prior to joining CareMount Medical, Dr. Moses was the Chief Resident Family Medicine Physician at New York Medical College at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center. He is affiliated with the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Yousuf (oncology and hematology) is board-certified in internal medicine. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in hematology and oncology at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Yousuf is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, American College of Physicians and Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society.


Pace University hosted the harris project in Pleasantville for the first Co-Occurring Disorder (COD) Awareness Walk in the United States.


Co-Occurring Disorder Awareness Walk

More than 350 people participated, including Michael Orth, the Commissioner for the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, Westchester County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky, New York State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, members of Pace’s men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s basketball, soccer, softball and field hockey teams, and more than 80 student-athletes from Mercy College and volunteers from Valhalla High School.

Entertainment was provided by Zeke Thomas, the son of NBA legend, philanthropist and Hall of Fame Player Isiah Thomas. As a survivor of sexual assault trauma and substance abuse, Zeke was excited by the opportunity to support the harris project in creating a new outlook and treatment style for COD that is desperately needed.

This landmark event was organized by the founder of the harris project, Stephanie Marquesano of Ardsley, Pace University Director of Government and Community Relations Bill Colona, and Pace Student Athlete Advisory Committee members Amanda Dickerson and Victoria Kealy.


Helen Hayes Hospital celebrated its 118th annual Honors Assembly. The inspirational event, which coincided with National Rehabilitation Week, honored the achievements of six exceptional patients from Rockland, Orange and Dutchess counties who have made outstanding accomplishments in their rehabilitation programs over the past year, inspiring others along the way.


Commissioner of Health Howard A. Zucker, MD, HHH physical therapist Ilona Sharapan, DPT, and HHH Spirit of Achievement Award recipient Thomas Gayzur

Patients, their families and friends, hospital staff, and local dignitaries — including New York State Commissioner of Health Howard A. Zucker, MD —attended the event at the state-owned physical rehabilitation hospital. Dr. Zucker presented the hospital’s highest award, the Spirit of Achievement Award, and in his opening comments noted, “Every time I come here, I marvel at what I see — brave patients working with the best of the best to achieve remarkable recoveries.”

The Helen Hayes Hospital Honors Assembly began in 1900 as a school graduation ceremony for children at the then-pediatric rehabilitation facility. Today, the event serves as a celebration of the hospital’s evolving patient community, recognizing patients’ tremendous resolve and selfless support of others facing similar odds.


A new tradition began at The College of New Rochelle on Oct. 1, as 176 nursing students participated in the college’s first White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony, initiated in 1993 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, is now held at hundreds of schools throughout the country to mark the start of clinical practice. In addition to reciting the oath to compassionate patient care, students are officially “cloaked” in the iconic white coat that signifies their status as healthcare professionals.


The College of New Rochelle’s first White Coat Ceremony

The inaugural White Coat Ceremony was supported by the Gold Foundation through a grant generously given by Foundation board trustee Elaine Adler and administered through a partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.