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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

J-Lo Stars In Local Hospital Ad, DAISY Awards And Other News In The World Of Westchester Health

Posted By: Advancing Care

J-Lo Stars in Local Children’s Hospital Ad

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As the newest spokesperson for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, actress, singer and American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez is now starring in regional advertisements supporting the local CMN Hospital, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.

As the mother of twins, Lopez understands the value of children’s hospitals in our communities. Commercials supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide also appeared during American Idol last season.

“Like” Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital on Facebook to watch the commercials and see the advertisements.


Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

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On May 27, 425 WMCHealth volunteers, who donated 37,000 hours of their time at the Valhalla campus in 2014, were celebrated at an annual volunteer appreciation luncheon at Tappan Hill Mansion.

These individuals were recognized for donating their time and talents to support WMCHealth’s mission and for providing assistance and support to hospital staff, patients, family members and the community at large.

Volunteers at WMCHealth range in age from 16 to 98 and serve 45 different departments across the Valhalla campus, which includes Westchester Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and the Behavioral Health Center. Volunteer tasks include administrative work, child life support, Eucharistic ministry, family and caregiver support, mobile library services, research, greeting and navigation assistance and more.


DAISY Award Honorees

Congratulations to the WMCHealth nurses who were honored at this year’s DAISY Awards! The nationwide DAISY Awards recognize nurses for the care they provide and the tremendous impact they have on patients and their families. Nurses are nominated for this honor by colleagues, patients and family members.

Here are this year’s honorees along with quotes from their nomination submissions:

Debra Cava, Nursing Coordinator
“Through it all, Debbie remembers that the patient comes first, and whatever needs to get done, she will get done.”

Laura Natale, Pediatric Nurse
“She was just outstanding and showed tremendous compassion, concern and perseverance, and she should be recognized for that.”

Jane Barrett, TICU Nurse
“Jane is a great resource to our unit, always approachable when questions and concerns are brought up.”

Carolann Stadt, MICU Nurse
“Carolann has gone above and beyond the call of duty on several occasions.”

To nominate a nurse for extraordinary patient care, visit www.westchestermedicalcenter.com/daisyawards.


Hudson Valley Magazine, Excellence in Nursing Awards

Four WMCHealth nurses were among the top 20 honorees for Hudson Valley magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Awards. The awards recognize local nurses who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to give hope, help and healing to patients of the Hudson Valley.

The Honorees:

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ER Nurse
Teresa Chirichella is an Emergency Department nurse at Westchester Medical Center with more than 25 years of experience. Teresa was recognized for her critical-thinking abilities and the kindness and compassion that she shows patients.

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Director, Oncology Services
Mary Luvera, RN, at MidHudson Regional Hospital, has more than 45 years of nursing experience in the Hudson Valley. Among the achievements for which she is recognized are her roles in advocating for excellence in oncology nursing practice and patient outcomes and elevating the requirements for RNs in the oncology field.

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NICU Charge Nurse
Jamie McPartlan has worked in Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s neonatal ICU since 2007. She is described by a colleague as “an excellent communicator who leads by example and works tirelessly to comfort patients and their families.”

Tina Roeder, RN
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Tina Roeder is the Clinical Nurse Specialist and Educator for the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. She is recognized as someone always willing to help and mentor others, making a significant impact on the practice of neonatal nursing.
Community Fundraisers: Making a Difference

In 2014, more than 30 community fundraisers raised over $160,000 for Westchester Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, the Behavioral Health Center and MidHudson Regional Hospital.

Here are some highlights from recent fundraisers:

Making Strides for MHRH:

Hand In Hand Run Walk

More than 200 runners and walkers gathered in Beacon, New York, to raise funds for the Panichi Family Center for Communications and Learning, a special needs preschool at MidHudson Regional Hospital. The fundraiser has contributed thousands of dollars over 10 years.

Scoring a Home Run for WMC

Softball Tournament

Firefighters from the Bedford Village, Bedford Hills, Katonah and Pound Ridge fire departments raised $4,000 through a charity softball game in fall 2014, sponsored by the Bedford-Armonk Rotary Club to benefit trauma and burn care at WMC.

The Sky’s The Limit for MFCH

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Chappaqua father and son, Scott and Jackson, climbed Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro in July 2014 and raised more than $55,000 for MFCH’s Companions in Courage Lounge renovation and upgrades.

Interested in hosting a community fundraiser? Please contact the Westchester Medical Center Foundation at (914) 493-2575 or [email protected].