Westchester Medical Center

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Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center 2014-02-17 15-54.jpg
Location 1800 Orleans Street, Valhalla, NY, United States
Coordinates 41°05′10″N 73°48′20″W / 41.086133°N 73.8054204°W / 41.086133; -73.8054204
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Acute Care
Affiliated university New York Medical School
Emergency department Regional Trauama Center
Helipad FAA LID: 7NK8
Beds 652
Founded 1977
Website www.westchestermedicalcenter.com
Lists Hospitals in the United States

Westchester Medical Center University Hospital (WMC) is a 652-bed Regional Trauma Center [1] providing health services to residents of the Hudson Valley, northern New Jersey, and southern Connecticut. It is known for having one of the highest case mix index rates of all hospitals in the United States.[2]

Westchester Medical Center is the primary academic medical center and University Hospital of New York Medical College. Many of New York Medical College’s faculty provide patient care, teach, and conduct research at the adjacent campus. The Center also offers roadside-to-bedside seminars to healthcare professionals and first responders throughout the year, providing them with information on topics like stroke treatments, transporting critical patients or organ transplants. Westchester Medical Center provides diverse specialty services through its six "Centers of Excellence", hosts one of the leading Kidney and Liver transplant programs in New York, and is home to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, the only all-specialty children's hospital in the region.


Originally purchased in 1915, the site which would eventually become Westchester Medical Center was first used as a United States Army Hospital during World War I. In 1920, the Army turned the hospital over to the Westchester County Government who them renamed it Grasslands Hospital. In the 1920s and 1930s, Grasslands Hospital specialized in treating adults and children with Tuberculosis, Polio, Scarlet Fever, and Diphtheria but later became known for its cardiovascular services and became one of the first public institutions to establish a Renal Dialysis Unit. Grasslands Hospital was closed in 1977 to make way for its modern replacement, the newly built regional academic medical center known as Westchester Medical Center. In 1998, Westchester Medical Center became an independent institution after breaking away from the county government.

Clinical and speciality services[edit]

With more than 900 physicians practicing a wide range of specialties from Cardiology to Trauma, Westchester Medical Center provides medical care to all patients through its six "Centers of Excellence":

  • Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital: The only all-specialty children’s hospital in the region. Pediatric specialists, including pediatric neurosurgeons, open heart surgeons, cardiologists, oncologists and infectious disease specialists, contribute to MFCH’s status as housing the only regional neonatal intensive and pediatric care units in the Hudson Valley. MFCH also has one of the largest pediatric corneal transplant programs in the nation.
  • Trauma and Burn Center: As the New York State Department of Health-designated Burn Center for the Hudson Valley region, the Center treats both adult and pediatric trauma and burn cases, and is one of eleven hospitals designated as a Regional Burn Center.[3]
  • Transplant Center: Offering evaluation and treatment for patients of all ages who require kidney, liver, heart, corneal, and bone marrow transplants.
  • Heart Center: Known for its cardiac surgery and cardiac catheterization programs, the Heart Center at Westchester Medical Center offers cardiovascular services to patients of all ages.
  • Cancer Center: A player in cancer education and translational research, the Cancer Center provides diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic cancer programs and services.
  • Neuroscience Center: Providing neurosurgical and neurological services to both adults and children, the Center features "knifeless" brain surgery, a comprehensive epilepsy program and a Cerebrovascular Center.
  • Behavioral Health Center: The Behavioral Health Center at Westchester Medical Center offers inpatient, outpatient, community and emergency care for adults, children, and adolescents.

Quick facts[edit]

Westchester Medical Center is home to the region’s largest biomedical research site and only:

  • Advanced-care academic Medical Center
  • Level I Trauma Center – both adult and pediatric
  • Organ Transplant Center
  • Full-service Heart Center
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Level IV (highest) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Burn Center in New York State verified by the American Burn Association
  • All-specialty Children’s Hospital
  • Regional Resource for Large-Scale Disasters
  • Critical care Hyperbaric Center
  • Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Regional Perinatal Center

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • Awarded the 2010 IPRO Patient Safety Quality Award[4]
  • In 2009 named one of the 100 top hospitals in the nation for improved performance by Thomson Reuters[5]
  • Ranked fourth in New York State for overall bariatric surgery by HealthGrades in 2011. Previously received the HealthGrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award for 2007/2008, 2008/2009, and 2009/2010 [6]
  • One of only 25 hospitals in the nation to receive the American Heart Association’s 2008 Triple Performance Achievement Award


  • In 2009 Westchester Medical Center installed a 256-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner, the first of its kind in the Hudson Valley.[7]
  • In 2008 Children's Hospital physician Dr. M. Fevzi Ozkaynak helped lead a study that discovered new treatment for neuroblastoma, the most common cancer diagnosed in the first year of life.[8]
  • In 2008 Westchester Medical Center physicians completed the first combination heart/liver transplant ever performed in the Hudson Valley.[9]

MRI patient death[edit]

In July 2001, 6-year-old Michael Colombini was undergoing a routine MRI scan when an oxygen tank (that it was thought to be made of aluminum, actually it was made of steel) was improperly brought into the MRI room. The extremely large magnetic field of the MRI machine pulled the ferrous metal tank into the machine's core with great speed and force, killing the boy.[10][11][12]


  1. ^ "New York State Department of Health Hospital Profile of Westchester Medical Center". 
  2. ^ "US HHS CMS Case Mix Index files". 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "IPRO Quality Award WInners 2010". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Thomas Reuters press release". Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  6. ^ "Westchester Medical Center - Valhalla, NY (), free ratings & reports". Healthgrades.com. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  7. ^ Ferrette, Candice (2009-06-26). "Hospital owns area’s fastest CT scanner". The Journal News. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  8. ^ "New Tool Against Deadly Childhood Cancer". CBS News. 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  9. ^ Ferrette, Candice (2008-07-18). "Woman gets rare heart-liver transplant". The Journal News. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  10. ^ "Court Allows Damages for MRI Mishap That Killed 6-Year-Old". 
  11. ^ Chen, David W. (2001-08-01). "Small Town Reels From Boy's MRI Death". The New York Times. 
  12. ^ "Four Years After The Tragedy: The Wake Of An MRI Death.". 

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