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Can Healthcare Be Cheaper Than A Cup of Coffee?

July 18, 2019

BioIncThere are a number of reasons healthcare is so expensive in the U.S. and many of the issues that cause these rising costs require big-picture solutions beyond one patient or doctor. But there is one way that healthcare organizations, doctors and their patients could help lower costs. In fact, they could make a doctor visit cheaper than a Starbucks Latte.

Bioinc@NYMC News: Samant Virk, M.D., founder and chief executive officer of MediSprout, a BioInc client

Health IT Outcomes

A Heavenly Match

July 17, 2019

Generic NYMC in the News LogoAltruistic kidney transplants, in which the donor is neither a relative nor a spouse, are rare. Of the 79 living donor kidney transplants performed since 2014 at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), only three cam from donors with limited prior relationships.

NYMC Faculty: Thomas Diflo, M.D., professor of surgery

Advancing Care in the Hudson Valley

Look Out, World!

July 17, 2019

Generic NYMC in the News LogoOn October 14 2015, dental consultant Renee Saltzman was watching her daughters Emilie and Ella, Respectively 7 and 8 at the time, during their weekly equestrian lessons. Emilie had been struggling to keep an unfamiliar horse under control. Then, without warning, and with great force, she was thrown. Renee ran to her unconscious daughter and found she was not breathing. 

NYMC Faculty: Avinash L. Mohan, M.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery

Advancing Care in the Hudson Valley

Building Better Cells

July 17, 2019

Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D.Creating, improving and custom-packaging a product under the highest standards of manufacturing is good practice. But when that product is the human cell, such improvements can help fight disease, repair damaged tissue and save lives. 

NYMC Faculty: Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., professor of pediatrics, division of pediatric hematology, oncology and stem cell transplantation, and professor of medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy

Advancing Care in the Hudson Valley

WMCHealth’s Spring Events Raise Funds and Spirits

July 17, 2019

Michael Gewitz, M.D., FAHA, FACC, FAAPHeld at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the 40th Annual Westchester Medical Center Gala celebrated the 15th birthday of Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, the only all-specialty children's hospital in the Hudson Valley. The evening included a cocktail reception, dinner and a performance by a choir made up of patients from the past 15 years, including formerly conjoined twins.

NYMC Faculty: Michael Gewitz, M.D., professor of pediatrics, vice chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

Advancing Care in the Hudson Valley

New Telemedicine Programs Links Newborns in Kingston to Top Neonatologists in Valhalla

July 17, 2019

Edmund F. La Gamma, M.D.Babies delivered at HealthAlliance: Broadway Campus in Kingston, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), can now benefit from the expertise of the top neonatologists at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, a fellow WMCHealth member in Valhalla, with a top-rated Level IV Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU).

NYMC Faculty: Edmund F. LaGamma, M.D. '76, professor of pediatrics, division of newborn medicine and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology

Advancing Care in the Hudson Valley

The truth about the Holocaust and Holocaust education

July 17, 2019

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.Principal William Latson of Spanish River Community High School in Palm Beach County, Florida was removed from his position and reassigned to a different position in the Palm Beach County school district after refusing to admit that the Holocaust was a “factual, historical event.”

NYMC Faculty: Ira Bedzow, M.A., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and director of Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

History News Network

Just the Facts: What are the best ways to protect skin from summer heat

July 17, 2019

Generic NYMC in the News LogoWe all know that the sun can cause sunburn, but it's easy to forget that concrete surfaces, strollers, metal bleachers, slides and other play equipment also can burn sensitive skin after just one to three seconds of exposure.

NYMC Faculty: Francis V. Winski Jr., M.D., clinical assistant professor of surgery and otolaryngology

Advancing Care in the Hudson Valley

Just the Facts: How do I keep my children safe around the pool?

July 17, 2019

Generic NYMC in the News LogoFor infants and toddlers, having a closed-off pool area is the key to safety. "Build or install a self-latching gate with childproof locks and, ideally, an audible alert when motion is detected in the water," says Darshan Patel, MD, Chief of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).

NYMC Faculty: Darshan D. Patel, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, family and community medicine, and emergency medicine

Advancing Care in the Hudson Valley

After 71 years of marriage, a husband and wife die on the same day

July 16, 2019

"Broken heart syndrome -- which is, in fact, a real thing -- is when someone finds out some shocking news, typically terrible news, and there's a massive release of these stress hormones that are released into the bloodstream, and the heart is then bombarded with these stress hormones," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

NYMC Faculty: Matthew W. Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

CNN News

IT Revenue Cycle Conference: Speaker Series

July 15, 2019

On October 11th, Jeffrey will give a presentation on "Serving Those Who Have Served Us: Why and How to Market Veterans' Healthcare to Your Community" at Becker's Health IT + Revenue Cycle 2019.

NYMC Faculty: Jeffrey L. Brown, M.D., clinical professor of pediatrics

Becker’s Hospital Review

11 Questions You Should Ask Your Cardiologist During Your First Visit What can I do to fight heart disease?

July 15, 2019

Julio PanzaSeeing your primary care doctor for your annual physical or because you're being slammed with a virulent case of the flu is one thing. Visiting a cardiologist for the first time for possible heart issues is another. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. annually.

NYMC Faculty: Julio A. Panza, M.D., professor of medicine

U.S. News & World Report

That Florida principal and our Holocaust education imperative

July 11, 2019

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.After refusing to admit that the Holocaust was a “factual, historical event,” Principal William Latson of Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton, Fla., was removed from his position and reassigned to a different position in the Palm Beach County school district.

NYMC Faculty: Ira Bedzow, M.A., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and director of Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

Daily News

Resuscitation - Vital Treatment Option Applies to More Than Cardiac Events

July 09, 2019

David MarkensonWhen healthcare providers are evaluating and upgrading their resuscitation programs, they often focus on cardiac care. That’s understandable, since even in the medical community resuscitation is often seen as primarily focused around patients presenting with heart attacks or other cardiac-related issues. However, this lifesaving activity is vital to improve outcomes in many other patient conditions as well, says Dr. David Markenson, Chief Medical Officer for the American Red Cross Training Services and Medical Director at the New York Medical College Center for Disease Medicine, which he co-founded in 2005.

NYMC Faculty: David Markenson, M.D., medical director of the Center for Disaster Medicine

Health Stream

Values-Based Leadership During the Transformation of Health Care

July 03, 2019

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.Health care today is changing in ways that have the potential to undermine its ethical foundations. To manage these changes effectively, leaders must develop the complex skills necessary to give “voice” to the core values of health care in this evolving landscape. This entails, first, recognizing the competing ethical values underlying the challenges they face. Next, leaders must be competent in analyzing complex ethical dilemmas. Third, and perhaps most challenging, they must learn to develop and implement realistic strategies that can maintain the core values of health care in a rapidly-changing climate. To train values-driven leaders in these critical skills, we have created an ethical leadership program for health care that is based on the Giving Voice to Values (GVV) methodology. This article will make the argument for developing a version of GVV aimed at those in leadership positions in the health care field and briefly describe the program.

NYMC Faculty: Ira Bedzow, M.A., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and director of Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

HR People and Strategy

Experts Describe Community Approaches to Reducing Gun Violence

July 02, 2019

Stephan Carlson, M.D.,The renovations may seem like minor cosmetic adjustments, but many studies published over the past couple of years from communities across the United States have found that urban-remediation efforts can both reduce gun violence and other crimes like vandalism and increase time that residents spend outdoors.

NYMC Faculty: Stephan M. Carlson, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Psychiatric News

High Administrative Costs and Low Enrollment Led To the Demise of Startup Insurer Crystal Run

July 01, 2019

Adam E. Block, Ph.D.Identifying the reasons for poor financial performance of health plans is important for startups and health plans expanding their markets and for state and federal regulators who aim to promote competitive markets, for health insurance. This is especially important during a time when 112 members of the House of Representatives have cosponsored HR 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019, which would eliminate health insurers from all U.S. markets.

NYMC faculty: Adam E. Block, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health in the Division of Health Policy and Management

Managed Care

A ban, not a moratorium, on human embryo modification

June 28, 2019

Stuart Newman, Ph.D.We must ban, not simply pause embryonic gene editing before someone decides to forge the very biological nature of future generations, threatening their health and hijacking their identities before they are even born.

NYMC faculty: Stuart A. Newman, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and medicine

 

The Berkeley Daily Planet

10 GI physicians featured in June

June 28, 2019

Edward Lebovics, M.D.Here are 10 gastroenterologists Becker's ASC Review profiled in June: Edward Lebovics, M.D., is the chief of the gastroenterology and hepatobiliary disease division at the Valhalla, N.Y.-based Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Lebovics also serves as the Upham professor of gastroenterology and is the director of the Sarah C. Upham division of gastroenterology and hepatobiliary diseases at New York Medical College.

NYMC faculty: Edward Lebovics, M.D., professor of medicine and interim chair of the Department of Medicine

Becher’s GI and Endoscopy

First documented bite by Asian longhorned tick in the U.S.

June 27, 2019

"We were very surprised to document that the patient was bitten by this particular tick species which was not known at the time to even exist in our state," Dr. Gary P. Wormser from New York Medical College, in Valhalla, told Reuters Health by email.

NYMC faculty: Gary P. Wormser, M.D., professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology, and pharmacology, and vice chair of medicine for research and development

 

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