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The Relationship Between the Regional NICU Nurses at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and the Families of Premature Babies Extends Beyond Those First Few Days

By August 3, 2015 Features

Just 23 weeks into her pregnancy, Tania Thorbourne underwent an emergency C-section at Westchester Medical Center. Only after she awoke in the recovery room did she get a first glimpse of London, her daughter, secure in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. Lying with a breathing tube in an incubator, she weighed one pound, eight ounces, and was smaller than the palm of Thorbourne’s hand.

“The nurses came over to me and said, ‘Hi, Mom. Do you want to take a seat?’” recalls Thorbourne. “It really touched me. It was the first time I had been called ‘Mom.’” Read More

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Scrapbooking Therapy

By June 22, 2015 Features

All baby milestones are special, but for a baby in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
(NICU), they are very different—first skin-to-skin contact, last day of oxygen support or feeding tube—and deserve not only celebration, but also commemoration. Such was the inspiration for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s scrapbooking program: letting Regional NICU families create a keepsake of their child’s trying—yet triumphant—earliest days, displaying not only photographs but also preemie diapers, tiny ID bracelets, feeding tubes and letters written by parents  to their children. Called “Let Your Star Shine Bright” and supported by donations, the class meets every Monday in the Regional NICU’s conference room to bring parents together for what is—on the surface—merely a distraction.
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Sometimes Best Friends are Brought Together by Dire Circumstances—in These Cases, the Need for a Heart Transplant

By June 22, 2015 Features

The last thing Sal Prestigiacomo imagined, though he’d been getting breathless while walking up flights of stairs, was that he was dangerously ill. “I thought I had bronchitis,” the 61-year-old Staten Island resident explains. But he grew worse until, in the fall of 2012, he landed in a local hospital. There, he got frightening news: He’d had several silent heart attacks. Surgeons attempted a bypass, but the damage was so extensive it was impossible to repair. He lapsed into prolonged unconsciousness. Read More

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For His Entire Medical Career, Sam Simon, MD, Has Been Doing Double Duty as a Farmer

By June 22, 2015 Features

When Sam Simon was a growing up on a farm in Middletown, New York, he dreamed of following in the footsteps of his family veterinarian or his family doctor. “I looked up to them, both physically and mentally,” he says. “They always had the answer—no matter what the question was.”

Simon, a retired orthopedic surgeon and now Chairman of the Board of Visitors at MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, elaborates: “My GP made house calls. Whatever it was, he was there. His intimate knowledge of the family and its dynamics impressed me, and later my favorite part of medicine would be in the examining room with the patient one-on-one.” Read More

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Bon Secours Charity Health System and WMC Announce New Healthcare Partnership To Improve Community Healthcare

By June 22, 2015 Health News

When it comes to your health, partnership has never been more important. That’s why Bon Secours Charity Health System and Westchester Medical Center (WMC) announced a new healthcare partnership this past May, created to strengthen community care and to bring the best care closer to home. Read More

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Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Celebrates Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day

By June 22, 2015 Health News

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center celebrated its 11th annual Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day on May 3. The one-mile walk was led by former patient Gabriel Sanchez, a 13-year-old boy diagnosed at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital two years ago with a rare genetic immunodeficiency disorder called chronic granulomatous disease. He led with pride and received a sash in a ceremony at his elementary school in the Bronx.

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WMC Presents Cinnabon with Honorary DAISY Award

By June 22, 2015 Health News

Recently, Westchester Medical Center nurses and nurse managers visited Cinnabon in The Galleria at White Plains to present franchise owner Dan Ventarola and his team with an honorary DAISY award. DAISY awards are given out by the DAISY Foundation at 1,900 hospitals nationwide to recognize excellence in nursing. Read More

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Top Trauma Verification Earned Again

By June 22, 2015 Health News

Westchester Medical Center is now one of just two hospitals in New York State with Level I trauma verification, the highest awarded by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and it’s the only hospital in Southern New York to receive ACS verification for both adult and pediatric Level I trauma.

The verification is especially important in light of New York State’s move to use ACS verification to designate trauma centers, regardless of prior status. Read More

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Does Aloe Help with Burns?

By April 21, 2015 Just the Facts

I have an aloe plant in my kitchen in case of burns, but does that really do anything?

Unfortunately, that aloe may make your skin soft, but it’s an old wives’ tale it will help a burn.

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Should I Have My Child Tested for Allergies Even if They Don’t Appear to Have Them?

By April 21, 2015 Just the Facts

My children don’t seem to be allergic to any foods, but should I have them tested just in case?

Better safe than sorry, right? Not in this case. “Blood testing to screen for food allergies is not a good idea without a history of reaction to a food,” says Subhadra Siegel, MD, Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. Read More

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