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Here’s What You Need to Know When Dealing With Postpartum Depression

By April 23, 2019 Features, Uncategorized

Expert OB-GYN staff members at HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley explain the causes, symptoms and treatments for postpartum depression.

By Lisa Cesarano

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One Week. Six Transplants.

By March 27, 2019 Uncategorized

Last May, the WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute at Westchester Medical Center performed six heart transplants in seven days – all with excellent outcomes.

By Melissa F. Pheterson
As seen in the March/April 2019 issue of Advancing Care 
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What should I do if my child is being bullied — or is the bully?

By April 11, 2018 Uncategorized

“All bullying has two things in common: It involves an imbalance of power — whether it’s social presence or physical strength — and behavior that’s repetitious,” says Abraham Bartell, MD, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Read More

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The Westchester Warriors: Fighting for Pediatric Cancer Patients

By October 20, 2017 Uncategorized

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), recently celebrated the tremendous fundraising efforts of the Westchester Warriors, a youth hockey team that raised more than $100,000 during the team’s 2017 spring/summer season. This amount represented more than 10 times the funds raised in the previous season. Read More

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A Personal Approach to Treatment

By August 18, 2017 Uncategorized

Joe Lao, 23, was a college freshman suffering from Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Positive recurrent Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he turned to Mitchell Cairo, MD, the Chief of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) for treatment after previous treatments failed.
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Saving a Spine

By June 19, 2017 Features, Uncategorized

Losing control of his skateboard, a young man from Dutchess County suffered a fractured and dislocated spine, fearing he would never walk again. Luckily, an expert surgeon set the record straight — along with his spine.

By Melissa Pheterson

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True Believer

By February 15, 2017 Features, Uncategorized

When a car accident left him with severe brain trauma, quick thinking and quick action gave a police officer a second chance at life.

By Melissa Pheterson

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Beating the Odds

By February 22, 2016 Uncategorized

How one woman — with her cardiologist’s help — is reducing the effects of heart disease.


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How can I maintain a healthy weight in winter?

By December 18, 2015 Just the Facts, Uncategorized

The key is planning and pacing, according to Maria Scaffidi, Bariatric Coordinator at the Surgical Weight Loss Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network. Eat breakfast and then four additional small meals per day, ideally on small plates, to keep you nourished and prevent overeating. “High-protein and high-fiber snacks between meals help fuel the body and keep you warmer during winter months,” Scaffidi says. (Think avocado or peanut butter on wheat toast with grapefruit or a warm sweet potato topped with Greek yogurt.) Wash it down with zero-calorie drinks; Scaffidi recommends two liters of water per day, including hot herbal tea. If you’re craving cold-weather “comfort foods,” prepare healthy versions such as vegetable chili or low-fat macaroni and cheese. Track your food intake via paper or smartphone; “it makes you more accountable and aware of portion sizes.” Round it out with adequate exercise and sleep. “Studies show that less sleep can possibly alter hunger hormones.”

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The Future Is Now

By December 18, 2015 Uncategorized

 WMCHealth’s new telemedicine initiative is transforming healthcare.


In the not-too-distant future, telemedicine will likely become part of the standard of care across the country — but for the Hudson Valley region “the future is now,” says Corey Scurlock, MD, MBA, the newly appointed Medical Director at Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s (WMCHealth) telemedicine program called WMCeHealth. Telemedicine is defined as the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology. WMC’s eHealth program includes a 5,500-square-foot operations center with 20 multimedia stations and the latest telemedicine patient-monitoring technologies and software that reaches throughout the region.  Read More

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