Vice President, Marketing
At the January 26 press conference at White Plains Hospital Center (WPHC), Congresswoman Nita Lowey (second from left) joined the Hospital's caregivers in a demonstration of WPHC's pioneering health information technology initiatives, designed to improve patient safety and outcomes, lower administrative costs and prevent medical errors. Lowey supports including $2 billion in the economic recovery package pending in Congress for upfront health IT costs such as equipment and training as a critical priority. With Lowey (l-r) were Jon B. Schandler, WPHC President and CEO; Jennifer Wright, R.N., assistant nurse manager; Michael Palumbo, M.D., Director of the Hospitalist Program and Marcia Blieden, Clinical Informaticist for Physician Services. Jack Routledge, Director of Marketing, served as the bedside mock patient during a demonstration highlighting how the Electronic Medical Record's several layers of safety checks and balances--potentially lifesaving--prevent medication prescriptions errors from occurring.