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White Plains Hospital has been certified for a second time as a “Great Place to Work” for 2022-23. The Great Place to Work Certification is awarded to a select group of organizations that meet or exceed a national benchmark for employee satisfaction. 

Reviewed and produced by Great Place to Work, Hospital employees from all departments and job functions were asked to complete a confidential survey that includes questions on leadership effectiveness, respect, fairness and employee pride in the community. White Plains Hospital scored significantly above the benchmark required to be certified.  

The Lake Success, New York office of NSPC Brain & Spine Surgery has been approved to serve as one of several study sites for a nationwide clinical trial of a drug to treat the pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), a neuropathic facial pain condition that produces sudden, excruciating pain in the jaw or cheek area on one side of an affected persons face. 

According to Jeffrey A. Brown M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.N.S., a senior partner and attending neurosurgeon at NSPC, the clinical trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of a drug manufactured by Biohaven Pharmaceuticals called Rimegepant compared to a placebo for adults, 18 years or older. A nationally known expert in the treatment of TN, Dr. Brown serves as the Facial Pain Association (FPA) Medical Advisory Board National Chairman. 

The Biohaven Pharmaceuticals TN study is open to patients, reports Dr. Brown, with poorly controlled trigeminal neuralgia as determined by careful evaluation. It will be double blinded and will take approximately seven to nine weeks to complete, with an opportunity to continue for an additional 12 weeks. Participants may be able to continue a stabilized dosage of their current medications. Patients will be randomly assigned either Rimegepant or a placebo. 

Barbara Brangan, treasurer, Putnam Community Foundation, Corrinne DiVestea, executive director of Putnam Community Foundation, Joseph DiVestea, chair of the Putnam Community Foundation, Dr. Mark Hirko, President of Putnam Hospital, Sen. Peter Harckham and Ken Kearney, developer, Kearney Realty and Development Group.  

State grant monies and generous community donations of $1 million have breathed new life into Putnam Hospital’s Birthing Center. Following the temporary suspension of delivery services in the Birthing Center in March, renovations to the unit recently began in preparation for an upcoming reopening. 

The upgrades are being partially subsidized through three major sources totaling $1 million. These include a $500,000 state grant secured by New York State Sen. Peter Harckham, $250,000 from the Kearney Realty and Development Group and $250,000 from the Putnam Community Foundation. The $500,000 state appropriation, funded through the Community Local Community Assistance Program (CLCAP), will help ensure continued access to maternity care for thousands of greater Putnam County residents while also offsetting roughly 25 percent of the renovation’s projected cost. In addition, the Putnam Community Foundation committed $250,000. The foundation’s chairman, Joseph DiVestea, and his family have been longtime supporters of Putnam Hospital. 

The 12,000-square-foot Birthing Center will feature seven patient rooms, two on-call suites, operating room, scrub room, nurse station, waiting area, well baby nursery, conference room, staff lounge and medication room. Estimated costs for the renovations are between $1 million and $2 million.  

White Plains Hospital has once again received an “A” from healthcare watchdog the Leapfrog Group in its Fall 2022 Hospital Safety Grades for its excellence in providing safe and expert care to its patients. The Hospital remains the only healthcare facility in Westchester County, and one of only 19 hospitals in New York state, to receive the highest possible rating. White Plains Hospital has received an “A” each period since the beginning of 2019, marking the eighth consecutive time it has earned an “A.”   

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients and is considered the gold standard measure of patient safety. It uses performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, and information from other supplemental data sources. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” to nearly 3,000 hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.  

The annual 100.7 WHUD Radiothon for the Kids (Radiothon) returned to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital after two years of in-studio broadcasts. 100.7 WHUD personalities spoke live from the lobby of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital with children and their families who shared their stories of triumph over significant medical challenges. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital nurses and physicians also spoke live in what was an energetic and uplifting environment. 

All donations support the lifesaving and life-changing pediatric services the hospital provides to children of all ages. Brave children are the heartbeat of the yearly Radiothon, and these former patients are hospital ambassadors representing the thousands of children cared by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital services annually. 

The Maternity Department at Good Samaritan Hospital received the Labor and Delivery and Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Awards from Healthgrades for the fifth year in a row, which places Good Samaritan Hospital among the top five percent of hospitals evaluated nationwide. A 5-Star rating for Vaginal Delivery for the eighth consecutive year was also awarded. 

Saint Joseph’s Medical Center President and CEO Michael J. Spicer; Dr. Molham Solomon, Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Director of Women’s Health at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center; William Doty, and Saint Joseph’s Medical Center Board Chairman James J. Landy. 

More than 500 friends and supporters of Saint Joseph’s Medical Center turned out for the Annual Ball held at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY.  The gala raised more than half a million dollars. Honorees for the black-tie event were William Doty and Dr. Molham Solomon.  

Mr. Doty, who received the 2022 Community Service Award, is a major supporter of St. Vincent’s Hospital and long-time member of St. Vincent’s Advisory Board and member of the Saint Joseph’s Health Fund Board. The Doty family has been one of the staunchest supporters in the development of St. Vincent’s, both financially and in lending their time and talents over the years to insure its ongoing success.  Mr. Doty was an integral part of merging St. Vincent’s into Saint Joseph’s, utilizing his detailed business skills to guide the growth of the fund and thus helping to stabilize and strengthen the combined organization. He is a resident of Harrison. 

Dr. Solomon, who received the Distinguished Service Award, is Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Director of Women’s Health at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. He provides women’s healthcare in Yonkers, Bronx, and Manhattan at St. Joseph’s PC and the Family Health Center, as well as hospital coverage. After finishing his medical education abroad, he completed a residency in Family Medicine at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. He went on to complete a Women’s Health fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center and another residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Staten Island University Medical Center. Dr. Solomon is a resident of Greenwich. 

Burke Rehabilitation announced the expansion of its therapy services with the opening of a new site in the Bronx Hutchinson Metro Center. Burke held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the relocation and expansion of services previously provided at 2826 Westchester Avenue. 

The new facility more than doubles the size of the former location and provides over 5,000 square feet of brightly lit and open space, outfitted with the latest technologies. Ample patient parking is available. The facility offers five private treatment rooms, including a designated occupational therapy area. In addition to physical and occupational therapy, the site provides speech and swallowing therapy.  

White Plains Hospital’s modernized, expanded ICU  

White Plains Hospital announced that it has opened a new state-of-the-art intensive care unit (ICU). This updated space expands ICU capacity at the Hospital and will allow the most medically vulnerable patients to receive the life-saving care they need in a more advanced setting. As White Plains Hospital continues to add more advanced services, including the recent addition of cardiac surgery and the forthcoming addition of neurointerventional surgery, the expansion of critical care has been essential to support the growing number of patients with complex needs.  

The 12-bed redesigned unit facilitates high-quality patient care across all touchpoints. Each room is equipped with negative pressure for infection control, in-room lifts for improved physical therapy capabilities, a private bathroom and other amenities. Advanced beds feature pressure equilibration, pulmonary and general physiotherapy capabilities to improve recovery and reduce the potential for wounds. Adjacent workstations allow close patient observation when required. The unit also features four larger universal care rooms, which allow patients recovering from cardiac surgery to progress through phases of care while remaining in the same room.