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Southside Hospital is first in Suffolk to use device to prevent people with an irregular heartbeat from having a stroke

Southside Hospital is the first in Suffolk County to use an implantable device that helps prevent strokes in patients who have an irregular heartbeat. The device, called the WATCHMAN, is an alternative for people who have an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation and cannot tolerate long term blood-thinning medications. The WATCHMAN, which is about the size of a quarter, closes a small sack of tissue that comes off the heart. This small sack of tissue is termed the left atrial appendage (LAA) accounts and over 90% of the blood clots that develop in patients with atrial fibrillation form in the LAA. This device prevents blood clots that form in that sack from getting into a person’s blood stream and causing a stroke. “This device will be able to help many patients with atrial fibrillation who have an elevated stroke risk and cannot take long term blood thinning medications for protection,” said Erik J. Altman, MD, chief of electrophysiology at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. “Many patients who have atrial fibrillation have had a problem in the past taking blood thinners such as bleeding or may have a future risk such as falling which can be very dangerous when they are on these medications. This is another step in our efforts to offer patients new options in the setting of high-quality cardiac care”. The WATCHMAN procedure on average takes less than 1 hour and patients can go home the next day.

Southside Hospital offers cutting edge, comprehensive therapy for atrial fibrillation to treat the arrhythmia with ablation and reduce stroke risk with appendage occlusion. For more information about the WATCHMAN and other cardiology services at Southside Hospital, call 631-591-7400.

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North Shore-LIJ Hospitals using MRI-friendly device to treat sudden cardiac arrest

Heart doctors at North Shore-LIJ Health System hospitals on Long Island and New York City are now offering patients a new, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) system designed to treat sudden cardiac arrest that also can be safely used during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Approximately 650,000 Americans rely on ICD’s to detect irregular heartbeats and deliver lifesaving electric shocks or painless pacing to stop lifethreatening or fast, irregular heartbeats. Until recently, patients have not been able to receive MRI scans because of potential interactions between the MRI and the device function, which might result in complications or risk to patients. “North Shore-LIJ strives to be on the forefront of new advances in cardiac care and now patients have access to the MRI-compatible ICD technology at every hospital we offer electrophysiology services,” said Stanley Katz, MD, executive director and senior vice president of cardiovascular services at North Shore-LIJ. “Patients with the

new device will now benefit from the sophisticated diagnostic imaging their doctors need to monitor and treat a range of diseases and medical conditions.” Research shows that more than onethird of patients who have an ICD implanted will likely need an MRI within four years, he said. Patients with ICDs are often older adults with other serious medical conditions that require an MRI for diagnosis. MRI is an imaging test used regularly for a wide range of diagnoses including conditions such as stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and muscle, bone, knee and back pain, all which are prevalent among older adults. “Patients in their 30s, 40s and 50s may also require an ICD to treat cardiac arrest, so the MRI-friendly device is important for younger patients for long-term care,” Dr. Katz added. The Evera MRI SureScan ICD System from Medtronic has been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to allow for MRI scans on any part of the body.

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February is the month that highlights the heart – there’s Valentine’s Day, of course, plus American Heart Month, which encourages hospitals, doctors and the public to focus on cardiac health. New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville is at the forefront of regional cardiac care, and plans to take part in February’s national emphasis on Heart Month, reminding people of all ages about simple steps to a healthier heart. “As individuals vary, so does their heart health,” says Srirama Kalapatapu, M.D., a cardiovascular disease specialist at NYP/Lawrence. “Lifestyle habits and genetic history can make some people susceptible to heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for both men and women, causing about 600,000 deaths in the U.S. annually,” he says. That’s one reason the American Heart Association is spreading the word about Heart Month –including events such as National Wear Red Day, held by many organizations and businesses on the first Friday of February. The association also sponsors programs aimed especially at females, such as its Go Red for Women initiative, which stresses the importance of cardiac health to help reduce a sobering statistic: one in every three women will die from heart disease or stroke. NYP/Lawrence also plans to salute its team of heart specialists and staff during Cardiovascular Professionals Week - February 14 to 20 – as part of a program sponsored by the national Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals as part of Heart Month. The hospital has plenty to be proud of regarding its cardiovascular services. Last April, NYP/Lawrence opened a new Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory headed by director Mark A. Apfelbaum, M.D., who is also an associate professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. The cath lab offers the latest in cardiac procedures as part of NewYork-Presbyterian’s renowned heart program – it’s been ranked #3 in the country and #1 in New York state, according to U.S. News and World Report. The facility is one of the few sites in Westchester County licensed to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty for patients who are having a heart attack. Staffed by interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists of ColumbiaDoctors - the faculty practice of Columbia University Medical Center - the cath lab offers minimally invasive procedures such as heart biopsies, coronary stenting, and pacemaker implantation. NYP/Lawrence also received kudos in December when it was given the Get With The Guidelines ® – Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award. The award salutes hospitals that put specific quality improvement measures into practice according to the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s guidelines.

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NYP/Lawrence Hospital Cardiac Care Team (l to r) Richelle Powell, RN; Ci Tramontozzi, CM; Tina Sokolik, RN, Nurse Manager; SriRama Kalapatapu, MD, Chief of Cardiology; Danielle Lestrange, RN, MBA, Director, Critical Care Division; Sibby Chennikara, RN; and Melissa Josephs, RN.

The Get With The Guideline initiative helps hospital cardiac teams speed recovery and reduce re-admissions for heart-failure patients, using measures that include precise patient evaluation, proper use of medications, and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before patients are discharged, they receive information on managing their heart condition and overall health; follow-up visits and other transitional care are also scheduled. “We are pleased to recognize NewYorkPresbyterian/Lawrence Hospital for its commitment to heart-failure care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of interventional cardiovascular programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston; he is also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Adds NYP/Lawrence President Michael Fosina: “This has been an exceptional year for NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital when it comes to cardiac care,” noting the opening of the cardiac cath lab, coupled with the recent Get With The Guidelines award.

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Orange Regional Medical Center celebrates debuts Pediatric Diagnostic Imaging Rooms

Orange Regional Medical Center recently held a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to celebrate its enhanced Diagnostic Imaging rooms. Three rooms received custom wall murals hand-painted by a local artist featuring Orange County countryside with hot air balloons, illuminated ceiling lights replicating open sky, and multi-sensory distractions including soft music. These colorful rooms support Orange Regional’s mission to create a child and family friendly environment for patients who utilize diagnostic imaging services. “In alignment with our organizational goal of enhancing the care of children I was thrilled to peruse this project with our Diagnostic Imaging team, who identified the need to create a better environment for the children of our community. Children prove to be some of our most vulnerable patients that we treat here at Orange Regional,� said Orange Regional Medical Center Child Life Specialist, Michelle Ferguson. “With this enhanced environment, we offer multiple levels of distraction and comfort.�

Orange Regional’s Diagnostic Imaging rooms’ improvements were made possible by a $30,000 grant from the enCourage Kids Foundation, formerly known as the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Ms. Ferguson secured the grant which was received through the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation. “By providing funding to pediatric partners like Orange Regional, our Pediatric Hospital Support Program allows them to implement their most critical and crucial programs – addressing the unique needs of their patients,� says Michele Hall-Duncan, Executive Director of enCourage Kids Foundation. “Since 1996, we’ve awarded nearly $14.5 million in grants to area hospitals, supporting 787 projects, and we are proud to partner with Orange Regional.� For information on how to donate to Orange Regional’s Child Life Program or to “The Future is Orange� Capital Campaign, call the Foundation Office at 333-2223 or visit


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At New York Methodist Hospital, a new treatment targets prostate cancer

A new treatment offered by radiation oncologists at New York Methodist Hospital (NYM) is helping to extend and improve the lives of patients living with an advanced stage of metastatic prostate cancer. The therapy, called radium-223 dichloride, is administered once a month for six months on an outpatient basis with a simple injection, and specifically targets and kills cancer cells that have metastasized to a patient’s bones while minimizing harm to healthy tissue. NYM is currently the only hospital in Brooklyn to offer the therapy. “When prostate cancer metastasizes (spreads), it is most commonly to the bones,” said Hani Ashamalla, M.D., chairman of radiation oncology at New York Methodist. “This is not only a very serious stage of the disease, but it can also be painful, with symptoms that severely impact a patient’s quality of life. As prostate cancer growth is often driven by male sex hormones, the standard course of action is hormone therapy, but bone cancer cells sometimes prove resistant. Now, thanks to radium-223 therapy, patients at this stage of the disease have not run out of effective options.”

Radium-223 is a powerful radioactive isotope that, like all radiotherapy treatments for cancer (such as external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy), takes advantage of radiation’s ability to kill cancer cells. Radium223’s chemical properties allow it to specifically target cancer in the bones and then quickly disappear from the body. Many patients who have undergone this therapy are not only living longer, but are also experiencing considerable relief from pain caused by metastatic prostate cancer. “Combined with other treatments for metastatic prostate cancer that are available at NYM, radium-223 therapy packs an additional punch that can help our patients live longer, and live better, too,” said Ivan Grunberger, M.D., chief of urology at New York Methodist. New York Methodist Hospital (NYM), a voluntary, acute-care teaching facility located in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, houses 651 inpatient beds (including bassinets) and provides service to over 40,000 inpatients each year. In addition, approximately 500,000 outpatient visits and services are logged annually. The Hospital, founded in 1881, has undergone

Hani Ashamalla, M.D., chairman of radiation oncology at New York Methodist Hospital.

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Medicine and Surgery and Women’s Health. New York Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Cornell Medical College and is a member of the NewYorkPresbyterian Healthcare System.


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Innovative Rehab Technology at NYU Lutheran will help restore lives


Vincent Cavallaro (from left), vice president of neurology and rehabilitation services at NYU Lutheran, Diane Senerchia, executive director of the Northfield Bank Foundation, Karen Lennon, executive vice president of patient and community engagement at NYU Lutheran, and Regina Boukhvalova, vice president and business development officer at Northfield Bank, visit the NYU Lutheran Medical Center Rehabilitation Gym to present a $23,390 check from the Northfield Bank Foundation for the Bioness Integrated Therapy System equipment to help stroke patients restore cognitive and motor function.

Loss of memory, speech, and motor function are some of the most debilitating effects of stroke, and thanks to a generous donation by the Northfield Bank Foundation rehabilitation specialists at NYU Lutheran can make recovery a whole lot easier. The Northfield Bank Foundation presented a $23,990 grant last week to fund the purchase of the Bioness Integrated Therapy System, an engaging, electronic rehabilitative therapy tool that combines the latest in touchscreen technology with programming that can improve a range of cognitive and motor functions. “We have various patient populations that can benefit from this technology and it can be used by different therapists for a variety of different diagnoses,” said Vincent Cavallaro, vice president of neurology and rehabilitation services at NYU Lutheran. “The Bioness system helps with gross motor improvement, eye movement, memory, coordination, and balance. We can also closely monitor the activity and adjust the program based on the patient’s progress.” The donation from the Northfield Bank Foundation continues the organization’s tradition of supporting the health and wellness of its Brooklyn neighbors. “We realize how important this technology is for the people of Brooklyn,” said Diane Senerchia, executive director of the Northfield Bank Foundation. “The need is here and we are invested in the community.” Physical therapists, speech therapists, and occupational therapists at NYU Lutheran will soon be able to use the Bioness Integrated Therapy System to help in their patients’ recovery.

Southside Hospital offers Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Southside Hospital recently began offering pulmonary rehabilitation services to help people with chronic lung conditions have a better quality of life. The program, which is located in the outpatient rehabilitation building on Southside Hospital’s campus, is led by the program’s medical director Scott Hall, MD. The pulmonary rehab program features pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, exercise physiologists, registered nutritionists and social workers.

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Nursing Home resident Joanie captures the spirit of care and compassion

“Tis the Season”—this is the phrase that signifies a time when people give to others, sometimes in the form of gifts and other times in the form of care and compassion. For Joanie Gallo, a long-time resident at St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center, care and compassion for the children of Angela’s House influenced her to spread the gift of awareness and philanthropy. Angela’s House, a not-for-profit organization, established in 1992, was created to offer families and professionals an agency to call to help medically frail children and their families. Angela’s House assists families caring for children with special health care needs that are medically fragile, chronically ill or living with a life threatening illness. The organization actively identifies families caring for children who have a severe disability or medical condition, and helps obtain supportive services to improve the quality of life. Joanie was moved to help raise awareness and funds for Angela’s House through an interaction with St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Clerk Christina Spano. Christina was a part of a special committee for a benefit concert to support Angela’s House during the fall. “Joanie heard me talking about collecting money around the time of the event and she wanted to help raise money for the children of Angela’s House, whom she feels are just like her,” said Christina. What makes Joanie’s gift of awareness even more special is that she has cerebral palsy, and has needed complex medical care like many of the children at Angela’s House. Her act of kindness took more effort than most. For each donation Joanie secured for the children of Angela’s House, she had to use a customized board to communicate with other residents, staff and visitors at the nursing home. Christina explained that “Joanie can’t speak, she uses her board—she went around asking people using a flyer that I shared with her.”

Together, in support of the benefit concert, Joanie and Christina raised $1003.00 for Angela’s House. However, Christina was surprised to learn that though the efforts to support the concert had ended, Joanie’s efforts to support the children of Angela’s House had only just begun. “She came to me, smiling ear to ear” explained Christina, when describing Joanie’s success in collecting $454.00 on her own, well after the fundraising event. Executive Director of Angela’s House, Bob Policastro, was deeply moved by Joanie. “For Joanie to take to the spirit of what we do—knowing what she probably has been through in her life, and still wanting to help other children—she is not only paying it forward, she is a remarkable inspiration.” Mr. Policastro came to the nursing home to meet Joanie and gave her a gift in return—a symbol of hope—the Angela’s House angel pin. Joanie now proudly displays it on her wheelchair dashboard. Joanie undoubtedly is one of the most beloved residents at St. Catherine of Siena Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Care Center and her efforts have left a lasting impression on Christina. “We only get one life—what is it to be kind, what is it to be compassionate—to give of yourself and help other people—in this case, it is children—children who are not able to go out and live a normal and healthy life.” Not only has Joanie touched the heart of Christina, but she stands to teach others that the spirit of kindness can forever impact the lives of others. During the holidays, as you celebrate the season of hope, the season of giving, remember Joanie’s extraordinary efforts. If you are moved by Joanie’s spirit of care and compassion, think of ways you too can pay it forward and give back to others in need. For more information about St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center, please call (631) 870-3444 or visit


Pictured (L-R) St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Clerk Christina Spano, Nursing Home Resident Joanie Gallo and Executive Director of Angela’s House Bob Policastro.


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Driving past houses each day, we rarely take the time to wonder who is inside. Is the home filled with excited, yet exhausted new parents and their beautiful baby? Is there a family along with their loyal pets sitting down to dinner? Or around the bend of a family room, is there a loved one bound to a hospital bed on a ventilator? I never wondered what took place behind closed doors of other people's homes until working with a Nurse Practitioner performing home visits. Walking into our first home, I was quietly shocked that behind the normal facade of the home lived a family taking care of their uncle who became paraplegic after a cerebrovascular accident. He struggled with depression, uncontrolled diabetes, incontinence, chronic wounds, and cardiovascular disease. A family member was constantly caring for their uncle: changing linens, bathing him, feeding him, monitoring his blood glucose, and changing his extensive wound dressings. Without any medical training or complaints, these family members were providing the type of care in the middle of their living room that is normally seen in acute care settings. The Transitional Care Model, designed by Dr. Mary Naylor at the University of Pennsylvania, addresses care management of patients with five or more chronic conditions. Her model seeks to minimize acute illnesses among older adults. Based on her evidence based practice model, advanced practice nurses (APN) are at the forefront of the project. APNs can conduct home visits with these complex patients to provide medication reconciliation and prevent complications by addressing concerns early and keeping patients out of the hospital. Caring for patients in the community is a vastly different and complex experience. In a hospital based setting, nurses and providers can easily retrieve up to date lab results, look up diagnostic imaging results like chest x-rays, and ask for second opinions from other nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists and physicians readily available. I felt stranded on my first day in home care, longing for concrete study results to clue me in on the best treatment options. The sense of discomfort from not having every resource, coupled with heavy reliance on physical assessment and interpersonal skills can transform providers into better clinicians. Homecare requires astute listening skills, independence, autonomy, critical thinking, cultural competence and sincere compassion for patients' living conditions. Home care becomes both challenging and rewarding because of the relationship created between provider and patient when inside their home turf, rather than being in our familiar hospital setting.

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Kidney donor and recipient meet for the first time Mineola students witness emotional meeting at North Shore-LIJ Transplant Center

On December 11, perfect strangers, Tiffany Tung and Dawn Bates, met for the first time and declared themselves “sisters for life” before an audience of more than 20 Mineola High School students. Ms. Tung, recipient of a life-saving kidney transplant at the North Shore University Hospital Transplant Center met her donor, Ms. Bates, while students, who had shadowed kidney doctors, surgeons and nurses as part of the health system’s SPARK Challenge, witnessed the meeting and the real-life impact organ donation can have. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. “People who donate and receive kidneys are normal people,” said Ernesto Molmenti, MD, surgical director of the Transplant Center. “They work, they have families.

When you donate, you allow people in need to return to their lives. It’s a true gift of life, and these people are to be admired.” For Ms. Tung of Westbury, NY, this was her second kidney transplant. She had been living with kidney failure since turning 15. “I know that I am a very lucky person,” she told the audience. “I can’t even find the words to describe my feelings about the entire process and meeting the woman who has saved my life.” Ms Bates, who lives in Deer Park, NY, explained that she had originally approached the transplant center to discover the possibility of being a donor for one of her relatives. When the doctors told her she was incompatible with her relative, Dawn was faced with a decision.

Pictured (l to r) Dawn Bates shares a relaxed moment with Tiffany Tung, the woman to whom she donated a healthy kidney. Also on hand to share in the women’s first meeting was Dr. Ernesto Molmenti, Surgical Director, North Shore University Hospital Transplant Center and Dr. Nicole Ali, Surgical Director of the Center.

“I was told that I might be a match for someone else through a complex chain of transplants known

as a swap,” she said. “Although I couldn’t give help my relative, there was someone else who could benefit


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from my kidney. So, I decided to go forward. Just because I hit a brick wall doesn’t mean there has to be a brick wall for someone else.” Nicole Ali, MD, medical director of the transplant center, said it was her hope that the students would be so inspired by witnessing the meeting of a donor and a recipient that they would be moved to take action. “These young people at the point of applying for their drivers’ licenses,” she said. “I truly hope that this new level of understanding will encourage them to consider organ donation and sign the back of their licenses.” The event struck a chord with the young people in attendance. As one student later said, “Being able to witness this in person has made a lasting impact on my life.” For more information, go to


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James Harden joins the Calvary Hospital Board of Directors Calvary Hospital has announced that James Harden has joined the Board of Directors for Calvary Hospital, the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. “Having board members with a strong personal commitment to Calvary’s unique mission is essential to our future success,” said Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., MD, Chairman, Calvary Hospital Board of Directors. “We are confident that Jim’s insight and experience will help us increase the breadth and depth of our outreach on the important work that Calvary does each and every day.” In 2011, Mr. Harden retired as President & CEO of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Under his tenure, Mr. Harden led a dramatic turnaround of this $2.l billion healthcare system, achieved A-bond rating, and award-winning quality of services. Previously, Mr. Harden was employed by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for 23 years. He held various positions there, leaving as Executive Director-Regional Care Network. Mr. Harden was also an Assistant Hospital Administrator for New York University Medical Center.


Mr. Harden gives generously of his time to various non-profit and community organizations. His current commitments include but are not limited to: Memorial Sloan Kettering (Senior VP- Strategic Partnerships), Columbia University (Board of Trustees), and Notre Dame University College of Business (Nonprofit Professional Advisory Council). Mr. Harden was graduated from Stonehill College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors and from Columbia University with two degrees: a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health. Mr. Harden resides in New York City with his wife. For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 5,800 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to

Catholic Health Services presents its Top Leadership Award

Each year, Catholic Health Services (CHS) seeks nominations from its staff for the Patrick J. Scollard Award for Leadership. This year’s winner of CHS’s highest honor is the system’s Vice President for Clinical Informatics Mary Trembinski, RN, MSN, ANP. Chosen from among colleagues across CHS, she was recognized at the system’s 12th annual leadership conference, held at the DeMatteis Center in Greenvale. “Mary’s commitment to Catholic Health Service’s mission is apparent in word and deed,” said CHS President and Chief Executive Officer Alan D. Guerci, MD. “She is a manager dedicated to quality, leading by example through her activities inside and outside of the organization.” In a tight three-year timeframe, Trembinski spearheaded the implementation of the electronic medical records (EMR) system Epic at all six CHS hospitals. This far-reaching project required considerable planning, testing and training and most important, a cohesive team. Trembinski galvanized her group and was present at each go-live, maintaining visibility and accessibility. Outside of the office, Trembinski participates in charity events, walks, and annual food and toy drives for the underserved.

Also, she promotes heart health and clinical lectures. The Farmingdale resident has a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s in nursing administration and is an adult health nurse practitioner. One of the two leading finalists for the Patrick J. Scollard Award is Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation and the ThinkSmart! Concussion Management Program at St. Charles Hospital Laura Beck, PT, MS. Beck has been with St. Charles Hospital since 1991 and has been progressively promoted to her current position. Her most recent challenge involved expanding the sports medicine program to include all aspects of a large orthopedic practice related to sports medicine with the hospital’s outpatient physical therapy for sports injuries unit and its ThinkSmart! program. She was able to successfully achieve this initiative in short order. Beck has a bachelor’s in physical therapy from Quinnipiac College and a master’s in health care administration from SUNY Stony Brook. She lives in Miller Place with her husband, Chris, and her children, Anthony and Nicole. The other finalist for this notable honor is Northport resident


(L-R) Guest speaker Bruce Tulgan, Founder, RainmakerThinking, Inc., Salvatore F. Sodano, CHS chairman, Board of Directors, Patrick J. Scollard former president and CEO of CHS and St. Francis, Scollard finalist Christopher Cells, St. Joseph Hospital, Scollard winner Mary Trembinski, CHS Services, Scollard finalist Laura Beck, St. Charles Hospital and Alan D. Guerci, MD, CHS president and CEO.

Christopher Cells, BS, RN. Cells is St. Joseph Hospital’s performance improvement and informatics coordinator. An expert in technology, Cells has employed it to improve quality, tracking and trending data enhancing patient safety. He assisted with the Epic EMR imple-

mentation and has been a key player in Joint Commission and Department of Health Surveys. Available 24/7, Cells has employed his nursing background combined with his informatics role to improve quality measures. Specifically, he used data analysis to reduce C-Difficle rates.

Cells lives the mission, volunteering at the system’s Healthy Sundays events, health fairs and other hospital events. He is presently finishing his MSN in Nursing Informatics at NYU with a focus on virtual reality clinical simulation.

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Fordham Westchester’s Veterans Writing Workshop celebrates Publication of Anthology

Fordham Westchester held a reception December 8 to celebrate the publication of Afterwords: As You Were, the 20th anthology from Fordham’s Veterans Writing Workshop. The Veterans Writing Workshop is designed to provide veterans with the tools and confidence to share their military experiences through writing. Veterans participating in the 10-week program read their stories at the reception. Fordham Westchester offers the program free of charge to veterans. David Surface is the founder and instructor for the program. Veterans from the program who attended the reception included, from left, Matt Phair, James McCauley, Peter Stone, Matt Coffey, Terry Soloman, Rod Carlson, Nick Lamonica, George Kelly, program instructor David Surface, and Randy Swan.


Feinstein Institute, to support STEM Education, hosts NY teachers

Seventy Long Island teachers visited The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research for the Long Island Professional Development Day where they learned about how technology is advancing and being incorporated into research. North Shore-LIJ Health System speakers included Chad Bouton, vice president of advanced engineering and leader in the center for bioelectronic medicine, Victor Fornari, MD, director of the division of child & adolescent psychiatry, John Kane, MD, vice president of behavioral health services, and Fred Muench, PhD, director of digital health interventions in the department of psychiatry/addictions services. Several researchers from the Feinstein Institute Young Investigators Society spoke as well. The day was coordinated by the North Shore-LIJ’s Workforce Readiness division, which is led by Cheryl Davidson.

“We are thrilled to host this event because it is a way for educational and scientific institutions to work together,” Ms. Davidson said. “Here, teachers are experiencing cutting-edge research that they’ll take back to their class rooms and encourage their student’s interests in science and technology.” The Feinstein Institute was one of 10 groups to participate in Professional Development Day and is part of the Long Island STEM Hub’s initiative to educate more students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, ranks in the top 6th percentile of all National Institutes of Health grants awarded to research centers. For more information, visit


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Bernstein & Associates, Architects Founded in 1990, Bernstein & Associates, Architects, specializes in the design and construction of hospital and healthcare facilities. Our focus: high-quality design, excellent service, and client satisfaction. We have worked for over 100 hospitals and another 200 private healthcare facilities, across the United States. Our project types have included all hospital and healthcare service groups, including: Adult Day Care, Alcoholism Treatment Facilities, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Assisted Living, Cancer Centers, Cardiac Cath, Cardiology, CCU/ICU, Clinics, Coronary Care, Dental, Dermatology, Dialysis Clinics, Doctors Offices, Drug Treatment Facilities, Elder Care, Employee and Student Health Support Services, Emergency Departments, Emergency Preparedness, Endoscopy, ENT, Expert Witness, Group Practices, Hospices, Hospitals, Infectious Disease, Information Systems, Intensive Care, JCAHO Survey, Joint Commission Survey, Laboratories, Master Plans, Medical Offices, Medical Equipment, Medical Libraries, Medical Records, Neurology, Nursing Homes, Ophthalmology/Eye Center, OB/Gyn, Orthopedic, Pain Care Facilities, Pathology, Patient Safety Consulting Services, Pediatric, Pharmacy, Physical Fitness and Sports, PT/OT, Primary Care Programs, Psychiatric, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Senior Citizen Facilities, Sleep Centers, Social Services, Statement of Conditions, Surgical Suites and Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Urgent Care Centers, and USP 797 Consulting Services. The firm's projects have won design awards from Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and the Architectural Woodworking Institute, and have been published in Advance, Health Facilities Management, Medical Technology Today, Bio/Technology, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Design Solutions, Hospitality Design, Sound and Communication, Contract Design and Hospital Newspaper. Architectural Services include: programming, planning, design, construction documents, bidding and negotiation, and construction administration. The firm also offers sustainable or “green” healthcare design. The firm has a number of LEED-accredited professionals, has successfully completed numerous green healthcare projects, and has published articles on “Greening the Healthcare Environment”. Project Management (or Owner’s Representative Services) is offered as a stand-alone service through our affiliated project management company, Empire Projects, Inc. ( Bernstein & Associates, Architects - PLLC 51201 Broadway - #803, New York, NY 10001 Contact: William N. Bernstein, AIA Managing Principal Tel: 212.463.8200 • Fax: 212.463.9898 NEW YORK - HARTFORD - PRINCETON


Prepare for a Career in Healthcare Sector Management at Long Island University.

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Students in the M.B.A. program follow the standard 48-credit curriculum, normally completed by part-time students over a 24-month period, with a focus on leadership in healthcare organizations. The Healthcare Sector Management Program will be offered at Long Island University’s Hudson Graduate Center at Westchester, located on the grounds of Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase, N.Y. Courses are offered on weekday evenings and on Saturdays. “The healthcare management field is one of the few sectors of our economy we know will continue to grow significantly over the next five years,” according to Dr. Kevin Nash, director of the M.B.A. Healthcare Sector Management program. For more information, please contact the Admissions Department at 914-831-2700 or Long Island University Hudson Graduate Center at Westchester 735 Anderson Hill Rd. Purchase, NY 10577

Calvary Hospital

Founded in 1899, Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only accredited acute care hospital devoted to palliative care for adult patients with advanced cancer and life-limiting illnesses. Its mission is to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Press Ganey has consistently ranked Calvary among the top one percent in patient satisfaction among 7,000 hospitals in the country

Each year, Calvary cares for more than 6,000 patients and their families. The continuum of care includes inpatient, outpatient, home hospice, home care, and the care of complex wounds. Calvary cares for inpatients at its 200-bed hospital in the Bronx and at its 25-bed Brooklyn satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. Calvary@Home offers home care and hospice for patients suffering from advanced cancer and other chronic and acute terminal illnesses. • Home care is available in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, and lower Westchester.

• Hospice services are offered in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, as well as Nassau, Westchester, and Rockland counties.

• Calvary also offers hospice services in more than 25 nursing homes in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Westchester, Rockland and Nassau counties.

In 2004, Calvary opened the Center for Curative and Palliative Wound Care at its Bronx facility. Since then, a team of experienced physicians, surgeons, and certified wound care nurses has helped more than 800 patients to date with complex chronic wounds caused by complications of diabetes, cancer, venous and arterial disease, and other illnesses. For more information, call Calvary Hospital (718) 518-2300, Calvary@Home (718) 518-2465, and Wound Care (718) 5182577. To sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to


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