ShopRite Raises $92,000 for WMCHealth during Winter Fundraiser

Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is grateful for the support of longtime partner and sponsor ShopRite.

During its winter fundraiser, ShopRite collected more than $92,000 in donations from shoppers at its 27 area locations. The money will go to support programs and services throughout the WMCHealth network.

WMCHealth’s Girls Night Out Honors Heart Disease Survivors and Raises Awareness about Women’s Heart Health

Fundraiser draws more than 400 and honors Elizabeth Bracken Thompson as Community Champion

VALHALLA, NY (March 14, 2024) – Girls’ Night Out, a heartwarming evening featuring tributes to heart disease survivors and their caregivers, was held Feb. 15 at The Sleepy Hollow Hotel in Tarrytown. WCBS-TV news anchor Mary Calvi emceed the event with proceeds benefiting the Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s (WMCHealth) Heart & Vascular Institute, which offers comprehensive cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery services, as well as WMCHealth’s new five-story Critical Care Tower now under construction. A sellout crowd of over 400 attended.

Girls’ Night Out Emcee WCBS-TV Anchor Mary Calvi and Honoree Elizabeth Bracken Thompson with patients and healthcare providers featured in the event’s fashion show.

Foundation Board member Elizabeth Bracken Thompson received the WMCHealth Foundation’s 1st Community Champion Award. Bracken-Thompson is a partner with the award-winning public relations firm of Thompson & Bender in Briarcliff Manor and a long time WMCHealth supporter. The evening also included dining, dancing and a videotaped fashion show featuring healthcare providers and patients modeling fashions from fashion designer Beverley Olivacce, the event’s exclusive fashion partner. Other sponsors included Macy’s; Cross County Shopping Center and M&T Bank.

Heart disease is still the number one killer of women in the United States, causing 1 in 3 deaths or approximately one every minute.

Gabbie Fried, RN, Vice President of Cardiovascular Services with WMCHealth’s Heart & Vascular Institute said that 80 percent of heart diseases and strokes are preventable.

“Through education and screening and by developing a personalized plan to reduce risk factors and encourage exercise and healthy eating, our Cardiovascular Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program works to head off potential heart problems. The program has seen successful results, and we are seeing more patients than last year,’’ she said.

This year’s fashion show featured patients that included Jake Amoroso, a New York Police Department officer, whose successful surgery allowed him to become a member of the force, 15-year-old Mia Santana who came here from the Dominican Republic with her mother to undergo lifechanging heart repair, and young siblings Gabriel (8) and Rei (4), who received treatment for congenital heart issues.

Read about their stories and see the fashion show video here.

Donations to support WMCHealth can still be made here.

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with nine hospitals on seven campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 13,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. The Network has Level I (adult and pediatric), Level II and Level III trauma centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, home-care services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State. Today, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated health care in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org or follow WMCHealth on Facebook.com/WMCHealth or Instagram.com/WMCHealth.

Girls Night Out Celebrates Heart Health Awareness Month

Girls’ Night Out, an annual fundraiser for the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) Heart and Vascular Institute, will be held on Feb. 15, 2024 at The Sleepy Hollow Hotel in Tarrytown. 

The event will celebrate the triumphs of heart patients and recognize the physicians and healthcare professionals whose compassion and skill save lives. February is Heart Health Awareness Month. Heart disease remains the number one killer of women in the United States, causing 1 in 3 deaths or approximately one every minute. 

Girls’ Night Out will be emceed by award-winning, WCBS-TV news anchor Mary Calvi. Proceeds from the event will benefit the WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute, which offers a wide range of cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery services — including heart failure and heart transplantation, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and more — to Hudson Valley residents. 

To learn more about sponsorships for the event or to purchase tickets or make a donation here.

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 (wmchealth.org)

Jack’s Story: Margaretville Hospital Diagnosis and Transport to Trauma Center Saves Local Restaurateur  

In an instant, unexpected health emergencies can happen and when they do, every minute counts. Just ask Jack Zamor. A local restaurateur and 16-year resident of Arkville, Jack juggled busy days and appreciated quiet nights. But one September evening in 2020 was far from quiet. Jack had severe abdominal pain and it would not pass. “It was agony and no matter what I did, there was no relief. Convinced my appendix would burst, I reluctantly texted a friend for help,”  he explained.

Jack soon arrived at the Margaretville Hospital Emergency Department where a CT scan revealed a diagnosis much more urgent than appendicitis. Jack was suffering from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. A rupture would likely be fatal. Arrangements were made for immediate air transport to a trauma center.

“Quick diagnosis and decision making saved my life,” recalls Jack. “I remember wheeling from the hospital onto the ambulance. We then traveled to a field behind the supermarket, which was lit by headlights, to an awaiting medevac helicopter. It took a few minutes, but it seemed like forever.”

Today, Jack is fully recovered and remains extraordinarily grateful for the Margaretville Hospital clinical team – and for life-saving access to trauma-level air transport.

Your support continues to make a difference throughout our community for patients like Jack. Together, we can continue raising the bar because we recognize that health challenges come without warning and for so many patients like Jack, minutes matter. 

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The Coxes’ Story: Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Helps Couple Manage Son’s Epilepsy

Adam and Ali Cox are grateful for the expertise of doctors in the Pediatric Neurology department at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network. Doctors at the hospital diagnosed their son Christopher with epilepsy and helped the family to manage this serious condition.

Christopher had his first seizure at age one, but others followed and got progressively worse until Drs. Philip Overby and Steven Wolf stepped in. After Christopher’s first seizure, doctors prepared the Coxes by giving them the training and strategies they needed to help Christopher if, and when, a second seizure came. Through vigilance, medication and education, 4-year-old Christopher’s epilepsy is under control. The Coxes are now dedicated to helping educate families like themselves- parents of the more than 470,000 children under the age of 14 in the United States who have Epilepsy.

“To the Pediatric Neurology Department at Maria Fareri – THANK YOU!! You never know when someone may need your help. Children with Epilepsy are some of the most vulnerable, and how wonderful it is to know, especially as a parent of a child with Epilepsy, that there are people who are ready, willing, and able to help. If you are in a position to provide a donation, I could not think of a better cause,” said Adam Cox.

Please give to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital today!

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Katherine’s Story: WMC Helps Woman Who Suffers Life-Threatening Aneurysm While in Greece

Katherine Tsetsekos is grateful for the miracle that returned her to her work and family after being so close to death.

While traveling in Greece, Katherine suffered a life-threatening aneurysm that put her in a coma. Her doctor Chirag Ghandi, MD, said that 50 percent of people who suffer and aneurysm like this one never make it to the hospital and a quarter of those never return to normal. Katherine was one of the lucky ones. Doctors at Westchester Medical Center communicated with doctors abroad, overseeing Katherine’s care until she could be flown home to Westchester Medical Center by air ambulance where she underwent multiple surgeries. With physical rehabilitation and the loving care of her two daughters, Katherine has returned to work and is picking up where she left off in her life.

“I was very fortunate, as we all are to have a hospital where miracles like this can happen.’’

Please give to Westchester Medical Center today!

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Andrew’s Story: College Student Gets Back on Track with Therapy at MidHudson Behavioral Center

Andrew is grateful for the treatment he receives from the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at MidHudson Regional Hospital. As a new college student at a nearby school, Andrew felt lost. He found himself sinking deeper and deeper and didn’t know where to turn. His sessions with Marshal Sheldon, a mental health therapist at MidHudson Regional Hospital helped him to put things in perspective and refocus his priorities. Working with Marshall, Andrew gained insight and skills to cope with depression and anxiety.

“I found it really hard to find my place. So, I ended up spending a lot of time on wrong priorities when I should have been focusing on doing well in my classes,” he said. “I ended up isolating and making it so much worse by cutting myself off from everybody.  Until I started talking to Marshall, I never really made an actual connection with someone. I feel like I can talk to him on more personal level.’’

Please give to MidHudson Regional Hospital today!

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Amanda’s Story: Cancer Care Close to Home Provides Support for Young Mother

Amanda Batista is grateful for the care she received at HealthAlliance Hospital’s Infusion Center after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Shortly after giving birth to her first daughter in March of 2020, Amanda Batista noticed a lump in her breast. At first she thought it was related to breast feeding until she got the diagnosis. Despite the fact that she was knowledgeable about cancer, she said she was still terrified.

“That’s why it was so important to have a place like HealthAlliance Hospital. A place close to home where you can receive the support you need. That is invaluable. I remember my first day of chemo. I wondered whether I would live to see my daughter turn 1, but after my first time at the Infusion Center, I felt like they got me. They were so thoughtful and caring. I’ll never be able to express how grateful I am,’’ said Amanda.

Amanda is now cancer free and enjoying her role as a new mother.

“Without HealthAlliance Hospital and the Oncology Support Group, I don’t know how I would have made it. It allowed me to continue working full-time. If I had to travel for care, not to mention taking care of a baby, it would have been impossible. Having this infusion center so close to home, was such a blessing,” she said.

Please give to HealthAlliance Hospital today!

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