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HOSPITAL of the Year! Westchester Medical Center
Story Number is : 122012101
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Westchester Medical Center is honored to be selected as Hospital of the Year by Hospital Newspaper.
Westchester Medical Center, along with our Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, cared for more than 120,000 patients in 2012. They came to us for our advanced care and services, and that is a responsibility we take very seriously. To meet that responsibility, we need to be continuously growing and changing.
Perhaps the best example of this is our commitment to investing in the Medical Center, particularly in those areas most critical to our region’s well-being. That is why we opened a new 9-bed unit at our Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, to make more room in a facility that has operated above capacity since we opened the doors in 2004. This project, along with many others, epitomizes our significant commitment to progress at the Medical Center – more than $120 million in capital investment in 2011 and 2012 alone. Among the many advancements now underway is the expansion of the region’s only Neuro ICU, which will add to the 134 ICU beds that exist on our campus today, and a second neuroradiology biplane suite. We have also broken ground on the construction of the world’s most advanced Hybrid OR that will enable our expert interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and vascular surgeons to work seamlessly to provide lifesaving care in one environment.
We have also made a significant commitment to growing our subspecialty physician base. In 2007, we employed a handful of physicians. Today, more than 130 of our 900 credentialed physicians are working full-time for WMC in areas like cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, transplant, advanced gynecological and obstetrical care, endovascular and neurosurgery, among many others.
The concentration of critically injured and ill patients is higher at WMC than any other hospital in the nation. Today, WMC is operating at capacity; 20 times every day patients are transferred from other hospitals and emergency departments in the 5,000-square-mile region we serve. We are and will continue to be a vibrant and ever-changing organization that contributes $1.6 billion annually to our local economy. Recent advances in technology and clinical capabilities mean that many patients, who in the past would have died from their injuries or illnesses, are now surviving. As the definition of “life-saving care” changes, WMC will ensure that the finest facility and staff are available for those who need us the most.

Facts about Westchester Medical Center
Our advanced healthcare services make us the specialty referral hospital of choice for physicians and patients as well as the proud hosts of many "onlys" in the Hudson Valley region.

The “Only” Facts About Us
Westchester Medical Center is home to the:
• Only full-service center for the heart in the region at
Westchester Heart and Vascular

• Only all-specialty Children's Hospital in the region

• Only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in the region

• Only Level IV (highest level) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
in the region

• Only critical care Hyperbaric Center in the region

• Only comprehensive Stroke Center in the region

• Only advanced-care academic Medical Center in the region

• Only Level 1 adult and pediatric Trauma Centers with
24-hour medevac helicopter and ground transport in the
region-STAT Flight-staffed with teams of critical care
flight nurses and paramedics

• Only Burn Center between New York City and the Canadian
border in Eastern New York and the only one in New York
State verified by the American Burn Association

• Only Transplant Center in the region, offering innovative,
state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment for patients of all
ages who require kidney, liver, heart, corneal and bone
marrow transplants

Other Facts and Statistics
• Our Trauma Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are the highest-level units of their
kind in the region

• Our children's hospital, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, is home to one of only five
Pediatric Asthma Clinical Research Centers in the U.S.

• Our comprehensive cardiac program has performed more than 1.5 million procedures to date

• Our Transplant Center has performed more than 2,000 transplants

• ICU Focus = 134 dedicated Adult, pediatric and neonatal intensive care beds

• Westchester Medical Center is one of the region's largest sources of employment with a
workforce of over 5,000 and roughly 900 attending physicians

• Westchester Medical Center's economic impact = over $1.6 billion annually

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