Expanding to Care for More Babies: DeCicco & Sons Accepting Donations to Support Expansion of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

VALHALLA, N.Y. (May 4, 2022) – Now through May 17 DeCicco & Sons stores are accepting donations from the public to support the expansion of the Isaac and Naomi Kaplan Family Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).

The RNICU at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is a vital resource for families as it cares for the most acutely ill newborns, including extreme low-birth-weight babies as well as full-term babies with congenital disorders and rare diseases. The RNICU is the only center of its kind based in New York’s Hudson Valley region and as such, more than 700 critical-care cases are transferred or admitted to the RNICU annually.

Demand for advanced neonatal services at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital continues to grow and the expansion will add eight neonatal care areas to the RNICU, bringing its licensed bed count to 57. The expansion is a critical need that will enable the RNICU to care for more babies while maximizing safety, operational efficiency, and family comfort.

“The RNICU is the only resource providing this level of advanced neonatal care in the Hudson Valley. DeCiccos & Sons is widely known for its support of charitable organizations in the

community, and WMCHealth is fortunate to be among them,” said Michael Gewitz, MD, the William Russell McCurdy Physician-in-Chief of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

DeCicco’s & Sons started as a tiny storefront in the Bronx in 1973 and today has 10 store locations in Westchester and Putnam Counties. It has become the food market of choice for those with a love for food and cooking. Each year, the DeCicco family puts thousands of dollars back into the community through charities and local groups.

Those interested in supporting the campaign for an expanded and enhanced RNICU at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital can do so by visiting Give.WMCHealth.org/NICU40

or contacting the Westchester Medical Center Foundation at 914.493.2575 or foundation@wmchealth.org.


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 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org or follow our network on Facebook and Instagram.

About DeCicco & Sons

Started in 1973 by John, Joe, and Frank DeCicco in a tiny storefront in the Bronx, DeCicco’s grew slowly but surely into the thriving business we know today. With a lot of hard work, superior customer service and a constant presence of the best food options available on the market; DeCicco’s built itself a well-cemented reputation of being the food market of choice for those who have a serious love for food and cooking.

Westchester Medical Center Health Network Named Official Hospital Partner of the Hudson Valley Renegades

Partnership Brings Together Two Premier Hudson Valley Brands to Collaborate on a Robust Lineup of Community-Driven Initiatives Aimed At Improving Health and Wellness for Residents

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. (March 16, 2021) – Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) and the Hudson Valley Renegades, the High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced today a major partnership making WMCHealth the inaugural Official Hospital Partner of the Renegades.

“Our organizations are cornerstone brands of the Hudson Valley and touchstones for life events for residents of the communities we serve,” said Michael Israel, President and CEO, Westchester Medical Center Health Network. “As a network, we are deeply committed to ensuring the health and wellness of those in our local communities, and being able to partner with the Renegades presents a tremendous opportunity for us to advance that mission through new initiatives and programs.”

At the heart of the partnership is a comprehensive community program that will have a lasting impact on Hudson Valley residents. Among the highlights of the community programs will be annual events promoting both partners’ dedication to the health and wellness of the communities they serve.

WMCHealth, which employs more than 13,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians, will become the title sponsor of the Renegades Community Program, and the presenting sponsor of HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel), a yearly organization-wide charitable initiative started by the Yankees in 2009. They also become title sponsor of We Care Wednesdays, a weekly promotion throughout the season aimed to integrate the non-profit community within Dutchess Stadium.

 “The Renegades are elated to welcome WMCHealth into the Renegades family!” said Steve Gliner, President and General Manager of the Renegades. “It was clear to us from the start that WMCHealth exemplifies many of the same community-focused values we hold true to our organization, and the synergy that exists between our two organizations will make for a very successful partnership.”

The Renegades will also help to give back to the Foundations of WMCHealth with the new Runs for a Cause program. Each run scored at home during the season aims to encourage crowd-sourced fundraising efforts for the various subdivisions of WMCHealth’s network of services, including but not limited to, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of WMCHealth and the only acute care children’s hospital in the region.


About the Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades are in their second season as the High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. They have played their home games at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. since 1994. The Renegades open the 2022 season on Friday, April 8 at the Greenville Drive with a nine-game road trip before returning home for the hope opener at The Dutch on Tuesday, April 19 against the Brooklyn Cyclones. Single-game tickets go on sale on Saturday, February 19 at https://www.milb.com/hudson-valley/tickets/single-game-tickets, by phone at (845) 838-0094 or at the ticket office at The Dutch.

About Diamond Baseball Holdings

Diamond Baseball Holdings (DBH) is a subsidiary of Endeavor, the global sports and entertainment company. DBH was formed in 2021 to support, promote, and enhance Minor League Baseball through professional management, best practices, innovation and investment. (DiamondBaseballHoldings.com).

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 10 hospitals on eight 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 1, Level 2, and Pediatric 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 Fashion and Beauty Event Brings Awareness to Women’s Heart Health


Important Fundraiser Supports WMCHealth’s Heart & Vascular Institute

VALHALLA, NY (February 11, 2022) – Girls’ Night Out, a fashion and beauty event that brings awareness to women’s heart health while supporting care provided by WMCHealth’s Heart & Vascular Institute, will be held in-person March 3 at Sonesta White Plains Downtown in White Plains, NY.

The annual event, emceed this year by Emmy-award-winning, WCBS-TV news anchor Mary Calvi, is an opportunity for colleagues and friends to network, shop, dance and enjoy fine food and drink, while learning the benefits of good heart health.

Heart disease remains the number one killer of women in the United States, causing one-third of all female deaths annually. With the proper lifestyle and treatment, however, 80 percent of heart ailments and strokes are preventable, according to the American Heart Association.

Many of these life-changing and lifesaving heart treatments are offered by the Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s (WMCHealth) Heart & Vascular Institute, and Girls’ Night Out also serves as a fundraiser for this important service. WMCHealth’s Heart & Vascular Institute offers the Hudson Valley’s most comprehensive cardiac care program, offering a wide range of cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery services to women, men and patients of all ages.

An Evening to Remember
Girls’ Night Out will begin with a cocktail hour during which guests can shop a variety of vendors, and secure beauty tips during live demonstrations in the Bloomingdale’s White Plains beauty suite. Raffle prizes and a silent auction will be available, too.

Following the cocktail hour, guests will enjoy dinner while watching the event’s highlight: a pre-recorded fashion show sponsored by Macy’s at Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers.  The fashion show will feature patients, healthcare providers and their dramatic stories of triumph over cardiac disease.

Event Inspiration

Girls Night Out was inspired by Tanya Dutta, MD, to support the WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute.  Dr. Dutta was Director of Echocardiography at Westchester Medical Center before her passing last year.

How Do I Get Tickets?

For tickets and other information, please visit Give.WMCHealth.org/GNO22. Red attire is encouraged and for the health and safety of our guests, Girls’ Night Out will be held in compliance with New York State regulations, which currently require proof of vaccination for all those attending.

Girl’s Night Out corporate sponsors include Boston Children’s Health Physicians; Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP; Martin, Clearwater & Bell LLP Mobile Life Support Services, Inc.; New York Medical College; The Premier Collection; ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.; TD Bank; Tompkins Mahopac Bank; Unitex Textile Rental Services; Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter LLP;  Vizient and Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

Event sponsors include Bloomingdale’s White Plains; Cross County Center; Macy’s and Navy E. Djonovic.

About Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network

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.  For more information on Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, interested parties can visit WestchesterMedicalCenter.org/MFCH or follow the hospital at Facebook.com/MFCHatWMC and Twitter.com/MFCHatWMC.

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 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org.

After Successful Neurosurgery, Local Boy, 6, Appointed Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Ambassador

VALHALLA, N.Y. (June 28, 2021) — Six-year-old Derek Blau of Nanuet was recently cheered on by friends, family and community members during a special ceremony where representatives from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital appointed him as a hospital ambassador for the 17th Annual Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day. Derek was presented with an official sash designating him as an ambassador for the walk scheduled for Sunday, September 12. The annual fundraiser for the Hudson Valley’s children’s hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), regularly draws thousands of participants.

Derek was diagnosed with a chiari malformation, a structural skull defect that pushes a portion of the brain into the spinal column. The condition can result in pain, muscle weakness, breathing problems and other symptoms. Neurosurgery at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital helped relieve Derek of his symptoms, and now he is eager to support the hospital as a Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day ambassador.

As one of the Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day ambassadors, Derek will help represent the more than 30,000 seriously ill and injured children cared for by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital annually. Those seeking to support Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and its advanced care mission by participating in the Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day should call 914.493.2575 or visit Give.WMCHealth.org/GTD21.


About Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network

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.  For more information on Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, interested parties can visit WestchesterMedicalCenter.org/MFCH or follow the hospital at Facebook.com/MFCHatWMC and Twitter.com/MFCHatWMC.

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 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org.

Stem Cell Transplant Patient, 7, Named Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Ambassador

VALHALLA, N.Y. (August 2021) — Seven year-old Camryn Kellam who is doing well after undergoing a stem cell transplant during the height of the pandemic last year has been named an ambassador for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Go the Distance Walk.

The Fishkill girl was recently cheered on by family and representatives from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital during a special ceremony where she was presented with an official sash designating her as a hospital ambassador for the 17th Annual Go the Distance Walk. The annual fundraiser for the Hudson Valley’s children’s hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), usually draws thousands of participants, but this year for the safety of all it will be conducted virtually. Families and organizations eager to participate are encouraged to walk a one-mile course of their choosing between now and November 7.

Camryn was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease three weeks after birth. In March of 2020, she was diagnosed with Moyamoya Disease, which is a narrowing of blood vessels in the brain. Complications from the two conditions necessitated a stem cell transplant and her oldest sister was her life-changing donor.  As one of the Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day ambassadors, Camryn will help represent the more than 30,000 seriously ill and injured children cared for by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital annually.

Those who wish to create a team and support the advanced care mission of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital should call 914.493.2575 or visit Give.WMCHealth.org/GTD21 for team-building and fundraising instructions.


About 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.  For more information on Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, interested parties can visit WestchesterMedicalCenter.org/MFCH or follow the hospital at Facebook.com/MFCHatWMC and Twitter.com/MFCHatWMC.

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 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org.