Surviving Farmingdale Bus Crash Students & Families Thank Medical Staff at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

Farmingdale school Superintendent, Paul Defendini, will bring cards made by school students and their families to thank the doctors, nurses and staff who helped save the lives of students involved in a deadly bus crash in September.

What: The bus was transporting Farmingdale High School’s marching band from Long Island to a camp in Pennsylvania when it crashed on a New York highway. Two teachers died and dozens of children were injured. Survivors were treated at Westchester Medical Center.

Representatives from the Farmingdale School District, including district superintendent Paul DeFendi recently returned to WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital to thank doctors, nurses and support staff members for their work caring for young victims of the September bus crash involving Farmingdale High School students.

District representatives met with clinical and support staff members and presented thank you notes written/drawn by students in the district’s elementary schools. A total of 15 boxes filled with cards were presented.

WMCHealth’s Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y., and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, N.Y., also cared for bus crash victims and representatives from both hospitals were on hand and received boxes of thank you notes to bring back to their respective hospitals. Victims cared for at these hospitals were either treated and released or transferred to WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and Westchester Medical Center for care. At one point, 12 bus crash victims were at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital/Westchester Medical Center.

WMCHealth’s TCS New York City Marathon Team Raises nearly $75,000 to Support Hudson Valley Patients

Runners representing hospitals in the Westchester Medical Center Health Network run at the TCS New York City Marathon on November 5

A special group of Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) employees and families of patients raised $74,500 running in the TCS New York City Marathon on November 5 in support of WMCHealth facilities across the Hudson Valley.

The team’s 10 members ran in support of the life-changing and lifesaving care provided at each of WMCHealth’s 10 Hudson Valley hospitals. Family and colleagues of the runners gathered to cheer on the team.

Thanks to this year’s runners Stephen Baker, Irene Tsetsekos, Salima Choudrini, Anita Shah, Moira Mansfield, Adam Cox, Hillary Schneck, Fran Myrthil, Keri Decker and Mary Browne.

You can still continue to help our cause to give amazing care by making a donation today at 2023 NYC Marathon – Campaign (