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Monday, January 6, 2020

Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP’s Head of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, Valerie K. Ferrier, recently hosted a presentation titled “Things You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know to Protect Your Business” at the GNYCC Business Center Educational Breakfast Series.


Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP’s Head of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, Valerie K. Ferrier

Ferrier is a Partner and Head of the Labor & Employment Practice Group at Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP in New York City, where she advises and represents business owners across various industries in labor and employment matters. Her presentation offered insight into a variety of legal issues business owners and employers need to be aware of to protect their bottom line. Topics included compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, timekeeping, record keeping, pay practices and more.

Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP has the distinction of being the oldest and largest boutique litigation and appellate firm, emphasizing all areas of professional liability, medical and healthcare related litigation. For information on upcoming events, visit mcblaw.com.


VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth has been ranked by the NYS Department of Health as having the highest success rate in NYS with HIV viral load suppression (85%) as compared with other Medicaid HIV/AIDS Special Needs Plans. Similarly, SelectHealth network physicians have been successfully treating members with hepatitis C since 2015, with cure rates as high as 98%, comparable with those seen in clinical trial settings.

VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth is a New York State Department of Health Special Needs Plan (SNP) for Medicaid-eligible New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and/or who identify as transgender or live in a homeless shelter. NYS DOH recently expanded eligibility for residents of Nassau and Westchester counties, making it the first and only SNP of its kind to be available in New York state outside of New York City. VNSNY is working with Northwell Health in Nassau county and in Westchester, Montefiore Medical Center system hospitals in Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and White Plains, as well as Hudson River Health Care, with a system of 28 locations in Westchester and Long Island.


Lenox Hill Hospital held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of its new, state-of-the-art Reproductive, Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Center at its Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat campus.

The highlight of the REI facility is a 900-square-foot assisted reproductive technology laboratory with in-vitro fertilization, egg freezing, tissue freezing and embryo banking capabilities. Adjacent to the lab, the space houses egg-retrieval and embryo transfer rooms, a sperm collection and andrology processing suite, and a five-bed recovery unit designed for the highest level of patient safety and comfort. The center also features a 4,400-square-foot dedicated clinical area for patient evaluation. The clinic’s location at a hospital is an added benefit should any complications arise.

The facility will not only expand fertility services but also, as an academic infertility program, it will help to advance the reproductive field as a whole due to the center’s research capabilities.


Graduates of SUNY Old Westbury’s Bachelor of Science program in Health and Society will receive priority consideration for admission into the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University School of Public Health under an agreement between the two SUNY institutions. The first group of Old Westbury students could be accepted and enrolled in the MPH program as early as the Spring 2020 term.

This collaboration between the two SUNY campuses follows a similar agreement announced in April that provides priority admission to up to 23 qualifying Old Westbury graduates each year into Downstate’s Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Science—Physician Assistant, and the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs.

Additionally, the original agreement has been expanded to provide priority admission for up to five students in the Master of Medical Informatics Program in the SUNY Downstate School of Health Professions.

“This is the third such program partnership for our school and we are honored to be able to bring additional SUNY alumni into a professional curriculum, Medical Informatics, that represents the future of health care with its strong focus on technology,” says Allen Lewis, PhD, CRC, Dean of the School of Health Professions at SUNY Downstate.

Under this agreement, Old Westbury students who maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher will receive early consideration for admission and not be required to take the Graduate Record Exam prior to admission.


Being a caregiver can be an overwhelming, selfless task. Modeled after the pioneering Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center at Northern Westchester Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Caregivers Center is Long Island’s first hospital-based resource center expressly dedicated to providing support services for patients’ family members. The Peconic Bay Medical Center Caregivers Center recognizes the vital but often stressful role of family caregivers in providing the best care for loved ones, not just during a hospital stay, but during the recovery period that follows when loved ones return home.

Peconic Bay Caregivers Center held a special Caregivers Retreat recently, presenting valuable resources and support for family members with loved ones who are patients of Peconic Bay Medical Center or who are caring for loved one at home. With the Caregivers Center originally built to provide a place of support and comfort, it was only fitting that during the Caregivers Retreat John and Mark Cronin of John’s Crazy Socks, a local multimillion dollar sock business and winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 New York Award, stopped by to address attendees.

Co-founded by John, a young man diagnosed with Down syndrome, along with his father, Mark, the company manufactures and sells “crazy socks” to spread happiness and put smiles on people’s faces. From beach turtles to “Pugs and Kisses” to otters holding hands, each pair of socks offers the buyer the chance to express their passion and personality. The dynamic father and son duo gave an inspirational speech about the power of love, caring and commitment to making a difference in the world.


Pictured, from left: Tara Anglim, Director of Patient & Family Centered Care at PBMC, Mark Cronin, President and Co-Founder, John’s Crazy Socks, John Cronin, Co-Founder & Chief Happiness Officer, John’s Crazy Socks, and Amy Loeb, Deputy Executive Director, PBMC

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital has been named a 2019 Long Island Top Workplace by Newsday. The honor is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by Energage LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution and connection, among others.


Members of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital staff celebrate being named a top workplace. Pictured, from left: Sean Kosinksi, Jaime Burke, Michael Gillin, Erin Despres, Geri Maila, Erin Grismer, Willie Jenkins, and Gary Gerard. Photo by Rachel Siford for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

Peconic Bay Medical Center has again teamed up with Project Fit America to expand its groundbreaking fitness education program into the eastern end of Long Island.

Students at Southold Elementary School are now able to participate in the state-of-the-art program, designed to empower children to take personal responsibility of their health with excitement and enthusiasm. With the program’s equipment and installation gifted from Peconic Bay Medical Center, Southold officially kicked off the launch on-site during a recent school assembly. Joined by trainers from Project Fit America, students had the opportunity to demonstrate the fundamentals of the program that they will be using on a continual basis.

The expansion to Southold came just weeks after the program debuted at nearby Westhampton Beach Elementary School. Both locations include an outdoor playground area of various fitness stations as well as indoor equipment and teacher training tools with a designated curriculum, courtesy of Peconic Bay Medical Center. The cost to implement the program in each school is $23,000.

Six years ago, Peconic Bay Medical Center spearheaded the original initiative to bring Project Fit America to New York State, making the Riverhead Central School District the very first location in New York State to be able to offer the program. On a mission to create “physically educated” children, Project Fit America’s initiative goes beyond traditional fitness, incorporating state-of-the-art equipment to improve children’s abilities through a dynamic lesson plan consisting of games, activities and challenges both indoor and outdoor.

Southold Elementary School is now the ninth school to receive the grant. The Project Fit America playground is also open for public use.


Southold Elementary School children demonstrating the new Project Fit America equipment