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HOSPITAL of the Year! Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
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For over 100 years, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains has been helping patients get back to the lives they love.
 
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Burke welcomed the second class of residents in its Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency program this year, with plans to expand the program in the future.
 
 
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In 2017, Burke’s nurses were recognized with a national quality award from Press Ganey
 
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Jeffrey Menkes was named President & CEO at Burke in 2017
   
For over 100 years, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains has been the cornerstone of rehabilitative care in Westchester County. As the only freestanding rehabilitation hospital in the county, Burke has helped countless patients get back to the lives they love after experiencing a life changing illness or injury, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopedic surgery and other neurological conditions. What began in 1915 as a convalescence home for patients dealing with conditions such as pneumonia, ulcers and fatigue has grown into a world-class acute rehabilitation hospital.
This year, Burke has continued to make strides across all of its programs, offering expanded services and treatments for patients. In April, Burke welcomed its newest President and CEO, Jeffrey Menkes. He brings with him over 30 years of experience in healthcare administration, including serving as a senior vice president at Montefiore Health System, of which Burke is a member.
Under Menkes’ leadership, Burke has continued to expand its outpatient division. There are now seven outpatient clinics throughout Westchester and the Bronx—including their newest location in Armonk— offering a variety of services, such as physical, occupational and speech therapy. In November, Burke launched a new outpatient physician practice on its White Plains campus, where board-certified Burke/Montefiore doctors treat and manage complications related to stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, cardiac disease, pulmonary disease, orthopedic surgery, musculoskeletal disorders, arthritis and other debilitating conditions that do not need to be treated in a hospital. Along with these services, Burke has partnered with hospitals throughout the Montefiore Health System to offer expanded services, including the newest with St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.
In addition to providing cutting-edge rehabilitative care, Burke is committed to teaching the next generation of rehabilitation professionals. In 2016, Burke became a teaching hospital and home to an ACGME-accredited Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency program. This year, Burke welcomed its second class of residents, with plans to expand the program in the future. This nationally-recognized program envisions being the future benchmark for all Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency programs in the country. Burke also trains future rehabilitation professionals through its two-year neurorehabilitation fellowship program and the HELP program, a program for college students who are interested in careers in the medical field.
As a nonprofit, Burke relies on the generosity of donors, volunteers, foundations and corporations. This year marked the most successful Burke Award—Burke’s largest fundraiser—to date. The Burke Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Trustees and is given to individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the field of rehabilitation.
Burke also recognizes the importance of giving back to the surrounding community. There are a number of free support groups, lectures and events offered throughout the year. In addition, Burke’s signature events include the annual Heels & Wheels 5K in May, which brings together able bodied and adaptive athletes, as well as the Wheelchair Games in September, which is now in its 38th year and offers adaptive athletes a chance to compete in fun and friendly track and field events.
And now, 2017 is concluding on a high note: Burke’s nurses have received a national quality award from Press Ganey, the second such recognition they’ve been given in the last five years.



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