If Covid-19 underscored many of the problems in our society, it also spotlighted many of its strengths, including the dedication of health care workers.
“It highlighted the value that nursing brings to health care,” says Mary McDermott, senior vice president, patient care services and chief nursing officer at Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health in Sleepy Hollow.
You know how people say, Well, it’s not brain surgery. For Simon Hanft, M.D., it really is. A “Heart-in-a-Box”: Sounds like the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, no? It is a gift, all right, but one of a different, life-saving kind that can ease the process and increase the number of successful heart transplants. And Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla – one of seven heart transplant centers in New York state – is the first to make use of it.
In June, White Plains Hospital’s sleek, new Center for Advanced Medicine & Surgery (CAMS) opened, bringing together outpatient services with many of the hospital’s top specialists. Recently, Frances Bordoni – the hospital’s senior vice president of ambulatory and physician services and business development – took time to answer some of our questions about the new space and how it fits into the scheme of the hospital’s development.
“The accolades we receive are nice, but the only reason we’re here is because of the patients,” says William H. Jennings, president of Hartford HealthCare’s Fairfield Region, which includes St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. “Even with all the headwinds we, and the health care industry at large, are facing – an aging population, federal and state constraints – our mission is to improve access to quality health care.”
“I’ve always been interested in different ways to manage health conditions and overall health,” says Tonya Cremin, M.D., who practices in Monroe. “I’ve come to realize that health doesn’t have to be about medicine and pills, and it doesn’t have to be about surgery. There are a wide variety of other ways to treat patients.”