Couple Married 66 Years Share Good Health After TAVR Procedure at Good Samaritan

A couple married for 66 years celebrated their Valentine’s Day in good health, thanks to minimally invasive heart surgery they each had at Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).

Elizabeth and James Mooney are now enjoying their retirement in Florida after undergoing a transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, procedure at the Suffern hospital.

James was the hospital’s first patient to undergo TAVR in January 2021. Elizabeth had hers late last year.

Chirag Badami, MD, their heart surgeon at Good Samaritan, said TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that repairs the aortic valve. It takes about an hour and a half, and patients typically go home in a day. Prior to TAVR, patients had to undergo open heart surgery with more potential for complications and longer recovery time.

“This couple of 60 plus years got to prolong their lives and live symptom-free for hopefully many more years to come,” said Dr. Badami.

Good Samaritan Hospital recently reached a milestone of 100 transcatheter aortic valve replacements.

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

Fundraiser for WMCHealth’s Heart and Vascular Institute draws more than 400

VALHALLA, NY (February, 24 2023) – Girls’ Night Out, a heartwarming evening featuring tributes to heart disease survivors and their caregivers, was held Feb. 9 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown. WCBS-TV news anchor Mary Calvi emceed the event with proceeds benefiting the WMCHealth Heart & Vascular Institute, which offers comprehensive cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery services to patients of all ages, as well as a heart disease prevention program. A sellout crowd of over 400 attended.

The evening included dining, dancing and a fashion show featuring healthcare providers and patients modeling fashions from Macy’s at Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers, the event’s main sponsor. Other sponsors included Boston Children’s Health Physicians; Compass One; Garfunkel Wild, Heidell, Pittone, Murphy & Bach LLP; Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP; New York Medical College; The Premier Collection; ShopRite; TD Bank; Tompkins Bank; Unitex; Vizient; Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP and Wilson Elser.

February is Heart Health Awareness Month. Heart disease is still the number one killer of women in the United States, accounting for about one in every five female deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Julio Panza, MD, Director of the Department of Cardiology at Westchester Medical Center, said that the heart’s function affects many systems of the body. “Because there is truly a connection between our hearts and so many other systems in our bodies, interdisciplinary collaboration between all of our clinical specialists is so important,’ he said. “Our work to change and save lives is truly a collaboration that delivers miracles every day.’’

Gabbie Fried, RN, Vice President of Cardiovascular Services with the Heart & Vascular Institute said heart health awareness and prevention effort are key in reducing heart disease risks.

“Our new Cardiovascular Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program works to prevent coronary disease and save lives,’ she said. “Through education and screening and by developing a personal plan for exercise and healthy eating the prevention team works to head off potential heart problems.’’

Ribbon Cutting at MidHudson Regional Hospital

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (January 24, 2023) — MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Health Network (WMCHealth), today held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new Maria Fareri Children’s Healthcare Services inpatient pediatrics unit at the hospital. 

The new inpatient pediatrics unit or “neighborhood” at MidHudson Regional Hospital officially opened at the end of 2022 and now features 10 private rooms – double the amount of the hospital’s prior inpatient pediatrics unit – with private bathrooms, showers and sleeping accommodations for a child’s caregivers. 

The inpatient neighborhood also features a new infusion center and welcoming spaces for music and art therapy, and other child life activities promoting healing.

“We’ve experienced an incredible response from the community since Maria Fareri Children’s Healthcare Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital launched in 2020. This inpatient service expansion and environment upgrade will help us provide inpatient pediatric services to even more families in the Poughkeepsie area and surrounding communities,” said Michael Gewitz, MD, Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations for WMCHealth as well as the Executive Director and William Russell McCurdy Physician-in-Chief at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. “In many regions across the country, there is limited access to inpatient pediatric care, and this expansion demonstrates WMCHealth’s continued commitment to investing in specialized services that benefit our entire community.” 

“Ensuring accessible, quality care for children in Dutchess County is critical, and today’s dedication and unveiling of this expanded inpatient facility will go a long way toward strengthening our community health,” said Dutchess County Executive William F.X. O’Neil. “We thank the staff at WMCHealth, MidHudson Regional Hospital, and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital for their leadership and continued commitment to improving children’s healthcare in our area.” 

The Mid-Hudson Region’s Choice for Pediatric Hospital Care

The new and expanded inpatient pediatrics neighborhood at MidHudson Regional Hospital exemplifies WMCHealth’s continuing commitment to the health and wellbeing of children in the Mid-Hudson region and beyond. Since WMCHealth launched Maria Fareri Children’s Healthcare Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital a little over two years ago, the hospital has recorded more than 1,100 inpatient discharges and 10,000 pediatric emergency department visits. 

“The pediatric care team has always included nurses skilled in pediatric care and in response to the community’s trust in our service, WMCHealth recruited hospital-based pediatricians and allied professionals to the 24/7 MidHudson Regional Hospital staff, added a pediatric emergency medicine specialist, launched pediatric subspecialty telehealth consultative services, and debuted a pediatric ambulatory surgery program,” said Jenny Sung, MD, the onsite clinical director for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Healthcare Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital. 

A Continuum of Care, Close to Home

Maria Fareri Children’s Healthcare Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital supplies care under the auspices of WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, which is renowned locally and nationally as a provider of high-quality subspecialty pediatric care. If advanced pediatric care is necessary, an in-network patient transfer from MidHudson Regional Hospital to the nearby Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is seamless and ensures children continue to receive care as close to home as possible. 

“My family owes everything to the talented and dedicated staff at MidHudson Regional Hospital. Without them, my son might not be with us today,” said Jeanine Geiser, a Beacon, NY resident and mother of Chase Pultz, 8. “Chase’s care began at MidHudson Regional Hospital where he was diagnosed with a severe infection that needed immediate advanced care. Chase was transferred to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital where he spent a month in the pediatric intensive care unit. Today, Chase is doing well and enjoying life the way a boy his age should. 

“My son’s case shows the importance of specialized pediatric care here in Dutchess County and the Mid-Hudson region,” continued Geiser, “and the unit’s opening will enable more families to benefit from MidHudson Regional Hospital’s pediatric services.” 

Recognizing Local History

The expanded pediatric inpatient accommodations at MidHudson Regional Hospital were modeled after Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital where pediatric inpatient units are referred to as neighborhoods – Sailing, Heroes, Flight, Theater, Arts, Literature and Athletics – with themed décors for a welcoming and family-friendly healing environment. As an homage to the MidHudson Valley’s rich agricultural history the MidHudson Regional Hospital inpatient unit will carry a “Farming” theme and name. The Farming Neighborhood at MidHudson Regional Hospital is open for the care of children and their caregivers. 

The inpatient pediatric service is a component of Maria Fareri Children’s Healthcare Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital, which also includes pediatric emergency and outpatient services. Families interested in learning more about Maria Fareri Children’s Healthcare Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital should visit our website.

Good Night Lights Brightens Spirits of Children at Maria Fareri Children Hospital

The holidays can be an especially difficult time for children and their families at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Knowing that, first responders came to the rescue on December 20 by bringing Santa to the hospital escorted by more than 100 emergency vehicles. With lights flashing and sirens sounding, the vehicles surrounded the hospital putting on a spectacular holiday light show for children who waved back from their rooms. 

Children are often at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital for extended periods as they battle heart disease, cancer, traumatic injuries and other serious ailments. Events like Good Night Lights offer fun and a positive distraction for hospitalized children and their families.  

Thank you to Westchester County Police Department for coordinating Good Night Lights!

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. 9, 2023 at The Marriott 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 visit 

Tickets can be purchased here.

100.7 WHUD Radiothon for the Kids Returning to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

100.7 WHUD to Broadcast Live from Hospital November 16-18;
Donations Through the Radiothon Support Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Advanced Pediatric Services

VALHALLA, N.Y. (November 11, 2022) – Now hear this! The annual 100.7 WHUD Radiothon for the Kids (Radiothon) is returning to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital November 16-18, after two years of in-studio broadcasts. 100.7 WHUD personalities will speak live from the lobby of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital with children and their families who will share their stories of triumph over significant medical challenges. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital nurses and physicians will also speak live in what is sure to be an energetic and uplifting environment.

All donations will support the lifesaving and life-changing pediatric services the hospital provides to children of all ages. Community members seeking to support the hospital through donations are encouraged to call 1.888.499.5437 during the live event, which will broadcast on 100.7 WHUD November 16 and 17 from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and November 18 from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. The hospital will alsoaccept donations through November 21 by texting “MFCH” to 51555 or online at  

Brave children are the heartbeat of the Radiothon, and these former patients are hospital ambassadors representing the thousands of children cared by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital services annually:

Jameson, 2, of Montgomery spent six days in Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and had multiple heart surgeries before his first birthday. Today, Jameson is doing extremely well and continues to be monitored by his care team at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

After initial care at WMCHealth’s MidHudson Regional Hospital, Chase, 8, of Beacon, was transferred to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital after what was thought to be a simple cold evolved into sinusitis and a serious brain infection. Chase underwent multiple neurosurgeries and spent significant time in the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Thanks to the care he received at both hospitals, Chase has returned home and is doing well.

Taylor, 9, of Stamford began showing symptoms of paralysis andwasdiagnosed with septic arthritis, which necessitated two surgeries and additional treatment.  At Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, doctors removed a sizable portion of thigh muscle, which was diseased by flesh-eating bacteria. After seven weeks in the hospital, today Taylor walks, runs, jumps and does everything a child can do.

Chloe, 14, of Dobbs Ferry collapsed at a Father’s Day picnic. An aneurysm was the cause and emergency surgery was performed at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital as a corrective measure.  The surgery was a success and today, Chloe is a member of the French Honor Society at her school, a skilled basketball player, a Girl Scout and a Sunday school teacher-in-training at her church.

Generous partners supporting Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital through the Radiothon include WHUD and Pamal Broadcasting, ShopRite Supermarkets, Lawrence and Tami Cohen, Tompkins Community Bank, Coral Sea Pools, Fujifilm, All Aboard Child Education Centers and Mahoney Asset Management. Contact Irene Tsetsekos at 914.493.2575 if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

Join Families across the Region September 18 for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day

Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day will support Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

VALHALLA, N.Y. (August 31, 2022) – Families from across the region are expected to attend Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s 18th Annual Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day September 18 for a day of fun-filled activities to support pediatric care in the Hudson Valley.

Families are welcome to attend the free event featuring activities including face painting, crafts, carnival games, music, character appearances, food and more!  The day’s activities begin at 9:30 a.m. with the one-mile walk around the Westchester Medical Center campus stepping off at 11 a.m.

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital  and its advanced pediatric services care for more than 30,000 seriously ill and injured children each year. The popular event is Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s largest annual fundraiser and draws thousands of former patients, families, staff, and supportive community members from around the region.

Four former patients who are ambassadors for the children’s hospital will lead the Go the Distance Walk: Derek, 7, of Nanuet, Chloe, 14, of Dobbs Ferry, Trevor, 8, of Stormville and Taylor, 9, of Stamford. To read their stories, learn more about event activities, how to sponsor a walk team or create your own, visit