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.
For a complete list of event sponsors, please visit visit WMCHealth.org/Gala.