Subaru White Plains Makes Generous Donation

Left to right: Michael D. Israel, WMCHealth CEO; Sean Coughlin, President, Chief Executive Officer at The Premier Collection; Sean Colligan, Subaru Distributor Corp.; Jeremy A. Abramson, Vice President at The Premier Collection and Michael Gewitz, MD, Physician-in-Chief of WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

Subaru White Plains has generously donated $73,270 to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital as part of Subaru America’s #SharetheLove event! This donation will help us provide life-changing treatments, world-class facilities, and innovative programs that make a real difference in the lives of our young patients.

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DeCicco’s Campaign Raises $31,000 to Support Child Maternal Health and Critical Care Tower

Thank you to DeCicco & Sons for helping WMCHealth to raise $31,839 to support child maternal health and the network’s new Critical Care Tower at Westchester Medical Center.

Between April 28 and May 12, shoppers at DeCicco’s donated the funds to help expand Women’s Health Services, including Maternity and Labor and Delivery, providing a healthy start for new moms and babies.

Proceeds will also go to support the new Critical Care Tower — a modern, five-story facility that will have 128 private, ICU-capable rooms.

WMCHealth’s 2024 Gala Honors Former Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Regeneron Co-Founder George D. Yancopoulos, MD, PhD

Physicians and nurses also received honors; Gala proceeds support new Critical Care Tower at Westchester Medical Center

L to R: President and CEO of WMCHealth Michael D. Israel, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Chair of the Board of Directors of WMCHealth Zubeen Shroff

VALHALLA N.Y. (June, 2024) – Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s (WMCHealth) 2024 Gala saluted former Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Regeneron President George D. Yancopoulos, MD, PhD, physicians Ivan Miller, MD and Augustine Moscatello, MD, and the dedicated medical/surgical nursing teams at Westchester Medical Center.

The event took place on Saturday, June 1st, at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts in Katonah, NY. Proceeds from the gala are supporting the new Critical Care Tower at Westchester Medical Center – a modern, five-story facility that will have 128 private, ICU-capable rooms.

Honorees at the event included:

John F. Heimerdinger Lifetime of Service Award

Former Congresswoman Nita Lowey was honored with the John F. Heimerdinger Lifetime of Service Award. During her three decades in Congress, Congresswoman Lowey was a staunch advocate for healthcare, championing increased federal investments in biomedical research on diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s at the National Institutes of Health.

Community Champion Award

George D. Yancopoulos, MD, PhD, Board Co-Chair, Co-Founder, President, and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron, was recognized as a Community Champion. Dr. Yancopoulos has been instrumental in the development of Regeneron’s twelve FDA-approved and authorized medicines and numerous technologies that have saved and improved countless lives.

Physician Exemplar Awards

Ivan Miller, MD, Director of Emergency Medicine at Westchester Medical Center, received the Physician Exemplar Award. Dr. Miller was honored for his exceptional dedication to emergency medicine. He oversees all Emergency Departments within the WMCHealth system, tackling the most complex cases in the Hudson Valley and ensuring the provision of top-tier care.

Augustine Moscatello, MD, Director of the Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at Westchester Medical Center, was also awarded the Physician Exemplar Award. Dr. Moscatello has participated in over thirty medical missions worldwide, including in Ukraine, Cuba, Vietnam, Thailand, India, and Ethiopia. In the past eighteen months, he has traveled to Ukraine three times, providing critical care to injured civilians and military personnel.

Care Champions Award

The Westchester Medical Center Medical and Surgical Nursing Teams were honored with the Care Champions Award. These dedicated professionals exemplify coordinated and comprehensive care for patients undergoing medical and surgical treatment, demonstrating outstanding expertise and compassion every day.
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Four Children Appointed as Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Ambassadors

Left: Malory Saki, Rei Saki, Chris Saki, Gabe Saki; Center; Jameson Swankie, Valerie Swankie, Mike Swankie, Dakota Phillips; Right: Valerie Williams, Iyanna Williams; Far Right: Nicole Lucas, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

Four brave young children were appointed as ambassadors for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital during a heartwarming ceremony at Clovers Stadium in Pomona, just before a New York Boulders baseball game. As ambassadors the children, all of whom received successful treatment for serious illnesses at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, will represent the thousands of children cared for annually by the hospital.

During the ceremony, 8-year-old Gabe and his 4-year-old sister Rei, along with 4-year-old Jameson and 12-year-old Iyanna, were presented with official sashes and medals by Nicole Lucas, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

This year’s ambassadors are:

Gabe and Rei Saki — Congenital Heart issues

Gabe was born with a congenital heart defect – a hole between the two top chambers of his heart called an atrial septal defect. Pediatric cardiology specialists at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital performed a minimally invasive heart technique five days before his third birthday and was released from the hospital after 36 hours. Today, Gabe is thriving. He loves karate lessons, playing Minecraft and Roblox and spending time with friends.

Rei was born with the same congenital heart defect as her brother but because of its smaller size, doctors are closely monitoring it to see if it will close on its own without surgery. So far Rei remains a happy healthy child who can often be found painting, coloring, and dancing.

Iyanna Williams — Kidney Transplant

When Iyanna was 10-year-old she contracted COVID-19 and at that time it was discovered that her kidneys were failing and she needed a transplant. In September of 2023, after a year on the transplant list, a kidney became available and Iyanna underwent a transplant at Westchester Medical Center. After the four-hour surgery, Iyanna recuperated at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and was released within a week. Her family is thankful for her recovery and report that she is a sassy 12-year-old who is excited to be back at school with her friends

Jameson Swankie

When Jameson was born in April of 2020, his parents received the devastating news that he had a large hole in his heart. He was immediately transferred to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, where he spent six days in the Neonatal ICU. He underwent heart surgery in July of 2020 for multiple congenital abnormalities and underwent a second surgery in September of 2020 for an obstruction of his left kidney. His parents describe the doctors and nurses at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital as ‘angels on earth.’ Today, Jameson is an energetic 4-year-old who loves dinosaurs, Hot Wheels cars, and watching Bluey and Paw Patrol.

HealthAlliance Hospital Gala 2024 Supported Local Trauma and Behavioral Health Services

Honorees included esteemed physician Walter E. Woodley, MD, community champion Jane Struzzieri, and HealthAlliance Hospital Behavioral Health Emergency Department Team

Walter E. Woodley, MD and Jane Struzzieri

KINGSTON, N.Y. (May 28, 2024) — The 2024 HealthAlliance Hospital Honors event was held this month at Diamond Mills in Saugerties. More than 200 people attended the event, with proceeds from this year’s Gala supporting trauma care and behavioral health services at HealthAlliance Hospital.

The event honored physician exemplar Walter E. Woodley, MD, community champion Jane Struzzieri, and the Behavioral Health Emergency Department Team at HealthAlliance Hospital.

Josh Ratner, Chief Executive Officer of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley along with Chief Medical Officer Michael Doyle, MD, spoke at the Gala event, which was emceed by HealthAlliance Foundation Board member and longtime supporter of HealthAlliance Hospital Marisa Perez.

Logan Atchinson also spoke about their firsthand experience with behavioral health emergency services and the profound impact it had on their life. Princess George, Nursing Director of Emergency and Critical Care Services and Rebecca Cohen, Network Director for Crisis Care and Patient Placement, accepted the award on behalf of the Behavioral Health Emergency Department Team.

“The recognition of distinguished individuals such as Dr. Woodley, Ms.Struzzieri, and the Behavioral Health Emergency Department Team, highlights the importance of acknowledging those who make a difference at HealthAlliance Hospital and in the lives of community members who utilize our services,” said Ratner. “The support of corporate and event sponsors was also crucial, as it demonstrated the strong partnership between HealthAlliance Hospital and our local business partners. Such collaborations are essential for the advancement of healthcare services and the well-being of the community.”

Sponsors of this year’s gala included:

Corporate sponsors: Boston Children’s Health Physicians; Compass One Healthcare; Garfunkel Wild, P.C.; Gross & Edelstein, LLP; Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP; New York Medical College; The Premier Collection; ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.; TD Bank; Tompkins Community Bank; Unitex Textile Rental Services; Veolia; Vizient; and Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP.

Event sponsors: Dr. and Somak Bhitiyakul, Bruderhof Community, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, HealthAlliance Medical Staff, JL Bridgeview Construction Co. Inc., Local 21 Plumbers and Steamfitters, Naccarato Insurance, Sholes & Miller PLLC, Ulster Savings Bank, Waterside Spa and YMI Group.

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland Supports WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

L to R: Josh Ratner, Chief Executive Officer of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley; Irene Tsetsekos, Senior Director, Development; Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth Network); Michael Gewitz, MD, William Russell McCurdy Physician-in-Chief at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital; Seth MandelbaumWestchester Parks Foundation Chair; Jane Solnick, Westchester Parks Foundation Vice Chair; Elyssa Martinez, Westchester Parks Foundation Director of Programs.

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) today announced the award of a $25,000 donation from Westchester Parks Foundation that was raised this past December at Westchester’s Winter Wonderland Drive Thru Light Holiday Extravaganza. The donation will be used to support the lifesaving and life-changing pediatric services offered to children and their families by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. 

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is the children’s hospital for New York’s Hudson Valley region and Fairfield County, Connecticut. Located in Valhalla, NY, this 136-bed advanced pediatrics facility cares for the region’s most seriously ill and injured children including those in need of cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, hematology and oncology treatments, organ transplants and other specialty pediatric services. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is also home to the area’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Level I pediatric trauma and burn care programs and its Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Maria Fareri Children’s Healthcare Services are available at WMCHealth’s MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Fourth Annual Margaretville Hospital Art Auction Raised Funds for New Heliport

The successful auction, held at MTC Community Room, featured artwork by local artists

MARGARETVILLE, N.Y. (May 21, 2024) – More than 100 people attended Margaretville Hospital’s Fourth Annual Art Auction, held on Saturday, May 18 at the MTC Community Room in Margaretville. The event – which featured art by Patrice Lorenz, Christie Scheele, Michael Reichman, Judy Howie-Coury, Hunt Slonem and other local artists – was a huge success. Attendees were able to preview the artwork both online and at a preview reception held at River Rock Events in Delhi.

Proceeds from the Margaretville Hospital art auction will support the Margaretville Hospital Heliport Project. Currently, when Margaretville Hospital patients need to be transported by helicopter to another facility, transport helicopters are called and land in a space roughly half a mile from the hospital, with patients shuttled by ambulance to the landing zone.

The construction of a Margaretville Hospital heliport will reduce the time it takes to get patients who need critical care to a higher acuity medical center. The heliport will also help preserve first responder resources, minimize the number of clinical personnel needed for transport, reduce risk associated with patient transfers, and increase access to trauma care specialists.

Sponsors of the event included:

Arkville Veterinary Care, BEAR Architects, Catskill Dream Team, Coldwell Banker – Timberland Properties, Delaware Bulldozing Corp, HomeGoods – The Kitchen Cheetah, Margaretville Telephone Company, Diana Mason, Peekamoose Restaurant, Phoenicia Diner, Richard A. Siegel & Polly de Mille, Sluiter Agency, and Wadler Bros. Inc. 

Mickey Hall: Making a Difference

“I like to say ‘thank you’ to my doctors and nurses by sending a donation to St. Anthony rather than just being treated and walking away. It doesn’t hurt my pocketbook, and I know that it makes a difference.”

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Juan Lopez: Supporting for Women’s Health Services at St. Anthony

Breast cancer awareness and prevention are deeply personal to Juan Lopez. “I lost my mother to breast cancer, and I want other women and their families to know about getting screened for this disease,” he said. “I also want to keep my mother’s memory strong.”

As an officer of The Mustang Club of Orange County, Juan shared his idea for a breast cancer event, open to the public, with the other club officers, Steve Matola, Sidney Silverman Bayer and Tom Perillo. And five years ago, they began to host their Breast Cancer Awareness Car Cruise to benefit Women’s Health Services at St. Anthony Community Hospital.

Their message during the cruise is loud and clear: Be aware, get screened and support local healthcare.

“St. Anthony is my hospital. They do a really great job for people in Warwick and nearby communities, and they’re small enough to care about their patients as neighbors,” Juan said. “The hospital needs community support to continue to provide the best care possible, like having the newest mammography equipment. We’re happy to do our part as a club to help!”

If you are interested in hosting a community event — like The Mustang Club of Orange County — to benefit a specific department at St. Anthony Community Hospital, please contact us at or 845.368.5151.

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Bill’s Story: My Doctor for More Than 25 Years

“Dr. Hirsch has cared for me since 1997. I am so grateful that he and Good Samaritan Hospital are here for me year after year.

“My wife, who was a nurse at Good Sam, knew him and always said that he was top-notch. She was thankful for his expertise, professionalism and kindness.

“Beyond my cardiac needs, Dr. Hirsch has stepped up to help me manage other challenging health issues. It’s really great that I can rely on him with complete confidence that he knows what’s right for me. We’ve gotten to know each other very well!

“Dr. Hirsch also took care of my mother-in-law. We credit him for keeping her alive for many years.

“I also have only excellent things to say about the staff at Good Samaritan. They take the time to listen and they truly care. What a special group of people.

“Donations from patients and their families help Good Samaritan’s doctors, like Dr. Hirsch, continue to provide our community the care we need. So if you can give a charitable gift, please do. It really does make a difference.”

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