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  • Westchester Warriors Hockey Club Raises More Than $100,000 for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Sets Future Goal of $250,000

    Posted: 09/21/2017

      Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network and the children’s hospital for the Hudson Valley, recognized more than 50 youth (11-13 years of age) hockey players and coaches from the Westchester Warriors for raising more than $100,000 during the team’s 2017 spring/summer season. The Warriors announced a $250,000 goal for the team’s total fundraising by next year and received a $5,000 contribution from Mark and Valerie Seelig to kick off their fundrai...

  • Twelve Westchester Medical Center Health Network Staff Members will “Go the Distance to Make a Difference” at TCS New York City Marathon

    Posted: 09/11/2017

    A special group of Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) employees representing multiple healthcare professions and celebrating the cultural diversity of our region will compete in the TCS New York City Marathon on November 5 in support of  WMCHealth facilities across the Hudson Valley. The team’s 12 members – five registered nurses, a cardiac rehabilitation care manager, an oncology pharmacist, a physical therapist, an outpatient mental health counselor, two anesthesiologists and a...

  • Cigna Expands Network in New York with Addition of Westchester Medical Center Health Network

    Posted: 09/06/2017

    Cigna (NYSE:CI) and Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), a 1,700-bed, 10-hospital healthcare system based in Valhalla, NY, have entered into a multi-year contract that adds most of the health network’s hospitals and employed physicians to Cigna's network of participating hospitals and doctors in the NY Metro market. The agreement became effective August 15, 2017.    With this addition to the network, Cigna customers who receive acute care and other medical services from WMCHe...

  • HealthAlliance Back in Empire BlueCross BlueShield Network

    Posted: 09/01/2017

    HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), has rejoined the Empire BlueCross BlueShield health insurance network. The multiyear agreement, which went into effect Friday, lets patients covered by Empire BlueCross Blue Shield go to all HealthAlliance facilities for all healthcare services. This means all patients covered by Empire BlueCross Blue Shield are now in network at HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus and HealthAlliance Hospital...

  • Telepsychiatry Brings Specialists to Delaware County Students via Innovative Mental Health Services Program

    Posted: 08/31/2017

    Delaware County students who previously had to travel long distances to access mental healthcare can now receive it in their own school through a new program provided by Margaretville Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), that combines in-person therapy and a special telepsychiatry program. Students and their families in the Roxbury Central School District were the first to benefit from the program, which started there in June. The program has been available to ...

  • Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Experts Offer Safety Tips as Hudson Valley Families Head Back to School

    Posted: 08/28/2017

    As the summer draws to a close, parents and children in the Hudson Valley are turning their thoughts and preparations to the start of the new school year. Amidst the back to school shopping and gathering of school supplies, experts at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, are urging parents to remember the most important back to school focus – their children’s physical and emotional preparedness for the year ahead.  Pediatrician Rebekka Levis, ...

  • Stay Safe When Viewing Solar Eclipse

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    On Monday, August 21, the Hudson Valley will experience a partial solar eclipse. Just as looking at the sun for 10-20 minutes on an average day without eye protection or pointing a laser in your eye for 10 seconds can cause irreparable damage, even a split second looking directly at the sun during the solar eclipse is too long. Without proper protection, looking directly at the solar eclipse can cause permanent vision loss. The sun is an intense light source and an eclipse intensifies that light, which ...

  • Stephen Ferrando, MD, Quoted In New York Magazine, Asked 'Is There Such A Thing As The 'August Blues'?

    Posted: 08/17/2017

    When we think of seasonal depression, we typically think of winter.  But what about the people who find difficulties during other times of the year?  Is there such a thing as August depression? Stephen Ferrando, MD, Director of Psychiatry at WMCHealth's Behavioral Health Center recently highlighted this lesser-known variety of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in a first-person New York Magazine piece written by Katie Heaney. READ THE ARTICLE IN NEW YORK MAGAZINE

  • How Can I Protect My Family From Whooping Cough?

    Posted: 08/11/2017

      Whooping cough can be difficult to distinguish from an upper respiratory infection or cold.  Characterized by coughing and fever, and highly contagious in the first 1-2 weeks, whooping cough gets its nickname from the audible “whoop” sound that those infected make when they gasp for air following a coughing fit. “Whooping cough is sometimes known as the ‘100 Day Cough’ because the longer a patient waits to treat it, the longer the coughing symptoms can persist – sometimes up to three months,...

  • New Treatment Alternative Available at Westchester Medical Center to Prevent Stroke for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

    Posted: 08/10/2017

    Patients who have an increased risk of stroke due to an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation and who cannot use blood thinners can now take advantage of a lifesaving alternative offered at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).   As a regional leader in cardiac care, Westchester Medical Center has begun offering a new technology called the WATCHMAN, which offers a catheter-based alternative to blood thinners for preventing st...