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December 2009 Archives



Cynthia Bacon

Public Affairs and Marketing

(718) 670-2515


Flushing, N.Y. – December 17, 2009 – A 58-year-old man who lives in Corona, Queens came to the emergency room of New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) with extreme pain and tingling in his left arm.  Although he did not realize it at the time, he had lung cancer.  Recently, he made medical history as the first patient in the United States to be treated for lung cancer through the use of radioactive pellets placed directly in the tumor, and today his recovery is going well.  Known as brachytherapy, this treatment approach is commonly used to treat prostate cancer.


“Although the patient came in because of pain in his arm, it was not due to an injury. It was discovered that the cause was a Pancoast tumor, a tumor in the lungs that affects the arms and shoulders but rarely causes symptoms, such as cough or shortness of breath, typically associated with the lungs," according to Dattatreyudu Nori, M.D., chairman, Radiation Oncology. 



Amy Massimo

Director, Public Affairs

(845) 348-2773


Nyack, NY – December 21, 2009 – At a celebratory gathering at Nyack Hospital, KeyBank presented a generous donation of $20,000 in support of the Hospital’s award-winning Emergency Department.   This donation recognized the role of Nyack Hospital’s Emergency Department in providing outstanding emergency care to the community.   Representing KeyBank at this event were Robert Cerminaro, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking and Fran Reinstein, Vice President, Community Relations.


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Pictured, left to right: Fern Schwartz, Vice President , Development, Nyack Hospital; Fran Reinstein, Vice President, Community Relations, KeyBank; Robert Cerminaro, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, KeyBank; David H. Freed, DHA, President & CEO, Nyack Hospital; Michael Rader, MD, VP/Medical Director, Nyack Hospital; Oscar Marcilla, MD, Director, Emergency Services, Nyack Hospital


The gathering was held in the Hospital’s newly renovated ExpressCare Unit, located on the first floor of the hospital.  ExpressCare was developed to treat patients with minor injuries and illnesses and is open 7 days a week from 9 am – 1 am. 

New York Downtown Celebrates Beekman Tower Topping-Out




Anthony Ercolano

Special Projects

(212) 801-1702


New York, NY – November 19, 2009 – World renowned architect Frank Gehry, front center, looks up at Beekman Tower during a topping-out ceremony, on Nov. 19.  Ms. Sarah Jones represented the Hospital at the topping-out ceremony.  The high-rise will include 903 apartments, a public school, ground floor retail space, below-grade parking for 175 cars, and two landscaped public plazas.  As a primary stakeholder in this venture, New York Downtown Hospital will occupy the fifth floor of the Beekman Tower.  The Hospital is in discussion with its affiliate, the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and community representatives to insure that the appropriate healthcare services are provided at the Beekman Tower. The Hospital also owns the underground parking area, providing an additional source of parking for our patients.  The 76-floor high-rise is designed by Gehry and developed by Forest City Ratner Companies. It is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2011. (AP Photo)



Katherine Emmanouilidi

Manager, Marketing and Public Relations

(201) 833-7092


Nicole Russell

Public Relations Coordinator

(201) 833-3284


Teaneck, NJ – December 1, 2009 – The Holy Name Hospital Gift Shop, under the direction of Patrick Finnegan, Gift Shop Manager, recently donated $100,000 for Villa Marie Claire, the Hospital’s hospice facility in Saddle River, which is currently under construction and set to open next year. The donation was presented to Michael Maron, President and Chief Executive Officer, Holy Name Hospital; Kevin McCarthy, Vice President, Development, and Executive Director of the Holy Name Health Care Foundation and Charles Vialotti, M.D., Holy Name’s Chief of Radiation and Oncology and Medical Director of the Villa Marie Claire. The monies donated are proceeds from the sale of Gift Shop merchandise throughout the year.



Jane Ellis, Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations at Holy Name Hospital; Charles Vialotti, M.D., Chief of Radiation Oncology and Medical Director, Villa Marie Claire; Michael Maron, President and Chief Executive Officer Holy Name Hospital; Patrick Finnegan, Manager, Holy Name Hospital Gift Shop; and Kevin McCarthy, Vice President, Development, and Executive Director of the Holy Name Health Care Foundation.


Three Kings Day Health Fair at CABS Health Center

When: Friday, January 8 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. 

What: Stop by the health center to celebrate Three Kings Day. Free health screenings including blood pressure, glucose, HIV counseling and testing, pregnancy.


Where: CHN's CABS Health Center, 94-98 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn 11206.


 More Info: Call (718) 388-0390 or email


 Men's Health Clinic 


When:    The first and fourth Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


What:     Primary healthcare services for men in a male-centered environment.


Where:   CHN's Helen B. Atkinson Health Center, 81 W. 115th Street, New York 10026


To Make an Appointment: Call (212) 426-0088


Mammogram Mondays 


When:    First Monday of each month from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


What:    Mammograms for women ages 40 and older, with or without insurance who are New York City residents. Mobile mammogram unit provided by American Italian Cancer Foundation.


Where:  In front of CHN's Helen B. Atkinson Health Center, 81 W. 115th Street, New York 10026


To Make an Appointment: Call (212) 426-0088


About Community Healthcare Network

Community Healthcare Network (CHN) is a not-for-profit organization that includes 10 health centers that provide access to affordable, culturally-competent and comprehensive community-based primary care, mental health and social services for diverse populations in underserved communities throughout New York City. CHN is accredited by The Joint Commission. Our services are completely confidential and as a Federally Qualified Health Center CHN does not turn anyone away. CHN serves more than 65,000 individuals a year who would otherwise have little or no access to critical health care.



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Karen Huxtable

Manager, Public and Media Relations

(607) 547-4581


Diane L. Wells

(607) 547-6354,


Cooperstown, N.Y. – December 21, 2009 – Reginald Q. Knight, M.D., has joined Bassett Healthcare as Director of the Center for Spine Care. Board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in advanced spine surgery, Dr. Knight will specialize in spine disorders and work in collaboration with other medical providers in treating patients. The Center is a collaboration of many areas within Bassett, including orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, physiatry/pain management and physical therapy.


"Dr. Knight is a national leader in developing new techniques and devices to perform less invasive back surgery," said Chief of Surgery Steven Heneghan, M.D. "Under Dr. Knight’s direction, our Center for Spine Care will provide a comprehensive and streamlined program of treating community members suffering with back pain." 



Amy Massimo

Director, Public Affairs

(845) 348-2773


Nyack Hospital – December 21, 2009 – At their Annual Holiday Luncheon gathering, The Nyack Hospital Auxiliary presented the Hospital with a generous donation of $25,000.  In 2009, the Auxiliary raised over $100,000 for Nyack Hospital through the Gift Shop, Thrift Shop, Cafeteria Sales, Membership dues, and other events held throughout the year. 


The Auxiliary is made up of volunteers who are dedicated to raising funds to support Nyack Hospital programs and services. They run and manage the very busy Gift Shop located in the main lobby of the Hospital and Thrift Shop on Main Street in Nyack. They are also very involved in the planning and executing of some of the hospital’s biggest fundraising events throughout the year.


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Pictured, left to right: Phyllis Darrin, Thrift Shop Manager; Elaine Weiss, Vice President, Nyack Hospital Auxiliary; David Freed, DHA, President & CEO, Nyack Hospital; Brigitte Simon, President, Nyack Hospital Auxiliary; Mindy Rader, Auxiliary Coordinator; John Burke, CFO, Nyack Hospital


The Auxiliary is always looking for motivated and energetic volunteers to bring new ideas and excitement to fundraising efforts for Nyack Hospital. Your community connections, career skills, and unique background can be a great asset to The Auxiliary, as well as the community Nyack Hospital serves.


For more information about becoming part of The Auxiliary at Nyack Hospital, please call 845. 348.2772.


Nyack Hospital

Nyack Hospital is a 375-bed community acute care medical and surgical hospital located in Rockland County, NY.  Founded in 1895, it is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. For additional information, please visit our web site at




Melissa Weisstuch                              

Vice President, Marketing

(914) 681-2380  


White Plains, NY – December 2009 – There is a little-known art gallery in Westchester that boasts a striking collection of drawings, paintings and sculptures. What’s unique about this showcase is that the works of art are not created by professional artists and it’s not open to the public. Nonetheless, there’s a lot of art here worth viewing and all of it has been created by adults who are recovering from emotional disorders or suffer from psychiatric illness which affects their functioning.


The exhibition area is actually the offices and walls of White Plains Hospital Center’s Continuing Day Treatment Program (CDT) — an intensive, multi-disciplinary day program serving adults with a wide range of  emotional difficulties. Since its inception thirty years ago, the professional staff at CDT has helped countless numbers of patients make the transition from inpatient care to the community as well as others who are undergoing outpatient psychotherapy.



Melissa Weisstuch                              

Vice President, Marketing

(914) 681-2380  


White Plains, NY – December 2009 – White Plains Hospital Center has named Ann T. Rupp, R.N., of Ossining as Head of the Hospital’s Diabetes Education Program.   She will be responsible for directing the Hospital’s extensive community education outreach program about how to prevent diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. which has seen a 22% increase since 1990.


Ms. Rupp brings a wealth of experience to the position. Recently, she was Diabetes Educator for the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center where she provided independent clinical education and developed workshops and classes for diabetes patients and their families.


As a registered nurse, she served in a variety of clinical positions at Henry Street Settlement, Montefiore/Einstein Hospital, The Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Hudson Valley Hospital Center, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center and at White Plains Hospital Center where she cared for patients on the neurological/medical surgical unit.





Maureen Curran Kleinman

Marketing and Communications

(201) 291-6310


Ridgewood, NJ – December 15, 2009 – The Valley Hospital, has been recognized for service excellence for a 7th consecutive year under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Program.SM This distinction acknowledges a strong commitment by The Valley Hospital to provide “An Outstanding Inpatient Experience.”


Valley is one of only two hospitals in the country to receive the award for a seventh consecutive year.  


Caption:  J. D. Power and Associates recently recognized The Valley Hospital as a Distinguished Hospital for Service Excellence for the seventh year in a row. Shown here is Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital (center), and hospital staff celebrating the recognition in the hospital’s lobby. 


New York Downtown Hospital Announces New Appointments




Anthony Ercolano

Special Projects

(212) 801-1702


New York, NY – December 2009 – Jeff Menkes, President and CEO of NewYork Downtown HospitaI is pleased to announce that Anthony Smith, M.D., has been appointed, and has assumed his duties, as our new Chairman of The John T. Flynn Department of Medicine.  Dr. Smith received his medical degree from New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY and completed his residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City.  He completed his fellowship in Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care Medicine at St. Vincent’s.  Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College and is Board Certified in Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care and Internal Medicine.  He is fluent in English and Spanish.  Dr. Smith was recognized once again as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in the New York metropolitan area in 2009 and was a recipient of the Patients’ Choice Award in 2008.