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Thursday, November 15, 2018
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Catholic Health Services (CHS) has appointed Keith Downing, MD, MS, MPA, FACOG, FPMRS, Division Chief of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

A urogynecologist, board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Downing specializes in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders, which the National Institutes of Health estimates 25 percent of U.S. adult women suffer from. His research has been published in many peer-reviewed journals, and he was named an emerging clinician-scientist by the American Urogynecologic Society in 2012.



Nick Fitterman, MD

Northwell Health’s Vice Chair of Medicine Nick Fitterman, MD, has been named the new Executive Director of Huntington Hospital.

An internal medicine physician and hospitalist by training, Dr. Fitterman began his medical career at Huntington Hospital in 1992. Dr. Fitterman was the Head of Hospitalists at Huntington Hospital before becoming Vice Chair of Medicine at Northwell.

Dr. Fitterman is an elected governor of the American College of Physicians’ (ACP) Long Island Region, has been named to the ACP’s honor roll as a top hospitalist and was awarded a mastership by the ACP. Dr. Fitterman also has a fellow designation from the Society of Hospitalist Medicine and is the Former President of the group’s Long Island chapter.

A graduate of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Dr. Fitterman served as Chief Resident at SUNY Stony Brook. He is an Associate Professor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Dr. Fitterman succeeds Gerard Brogan, Jr., MD, who was promoted to Chief Revenue Officer of Northwell Health.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Mercy Medical Center. The award — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment standards. Units that achieve this three-year recognition meet national criteria consistent with the Magnet Recognition Program, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Forum.


ICU nurses Maria Stallone, Caitlin Sweeney, Beth Vlahavas, Katherine Colangelo and Nicole Romano

AACN President Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN, applauds the commitment of Mercy Medical Center ICU caregivers for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care.

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by the ICU at Mercy Medical Center signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. The ICU earned its silver-level award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:

  • Leadership structures and systems
  • Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
  • Effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development
  • Evidence-based practice and processes
  • Outcome measurement


Sanjey Gupta, MD

Southside Hospital has a new Emergency Medicine Chair — Sanjey Gupta, MD. Dr. Gupta is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and a voting member of the Board of Directors for the New York Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He was previously the Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park. Dr. Gupta’s career at Northwell Health began as a resident at North Shore University Hospital and he returned to Northwell Health in 2014 as the Chair of Emergency Medicine at what is now Long Island Jewish Valley Stream.

“Dr. Gupta has been an incredible asset in each of the Northwell Health roles he has held, and he will help Southside Hospital to continue to develop into a prominent trauma and academic hub in Suffolk County,” says John D’Angelo, MD, Executive Director of the Emergency Medicine at Northwell Health.


More than 120 people attended the Circle of Hope Cancer Foundation (COHCF) 20th Annual Card Party and luncheon held at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club in Brooklyn. This year’s event was in memory of Sean Halligan, COHCF Vice President and a long-time volunteer. Halligan passed away at Calvary’s Brooklyn campus earlier this year after a brave battle with cancer.

Harvey O’Brien, COHCF President, presented a check for $10,000 to Barbara J. Nitzberg, Director of Public Affairs & Community Relations at Calvary Hospital. The proceeds from the event will benefit Calvary’s program of care in Brooklyn. With this latest gift, COHCF has raised $130,000 to date for Calvary Hospital in Brooklyn.


Catholic Health Services (CHS) has named George Beauregard, DO, Senior Vice President of Value-Based Care for CHS Physician Partners, a CHS employed faculty network, which includes approximately 250 physicians and 100 mid-level providers.

Dr. Beauregard, a physician executive with 20 years of multi-leadership experience in large physician networks and integrated delivery systems, brings talent and robust credentials to this role. He recently served as Vice President and Chief Physician Executive for St. Luke’s Health Partners of Boise (SLHP), Idaho (which comprises approximately 2,400 providers) where he led the design and implementation of essential components that transformed SLHP into becoming a clinically and financially integrated network. In addition to his leadership roles, Dr. Beauregard has wide-ranging clinical experience and has served on various boards for healthcare organizations, including the Central Healthcare Collaborative, which is part of the Idaho Healthcare Coalition/State Healthcare Plan — a recipient of a $40 million grant from Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to help transform health care in Idaho.


Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Assistant Professor Catherine Benedict, PhD, has been awarded a five-year, $693,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop and test a digital health platform to help young female cancer survivors evaluate their options for having children, making health decisions and planning for the future. The new tool being created by Dr. Benedict and her team in the Center for Health Innovations and Outcomes Research has the potential to be a much-needed aid for the more than 400,000 young adult female cancer survivors currently living in the United States, many of whom hope to achieve parenthood someday.

Fertility is a central concern for many young survivors after treatment because many cancer therapies are associated with infertility issues and place women at greater risk for early menopause. In the first phase of her study, Dr. Benedict will work with a development team to build a web-based decision support and planning tool. The tool will be based off data previously collected by Dr. Benedict, which examined how young women made decisions after cancer treatment regarding future family planning and the kind of support they wish they had when making those decisions.

The second phase of Dr. Benedict’s study will allow female cancer survivors to use the tool to help them make fertility decisions. Participants will then provide feedback and complete surveys to determine if the tool was helpful and whether it led to improved decision-making and lowered distress during the process. If the tool is found to be effective in supporting women through this process, larger clinical trials could follow and the tool could one day become a regular part of cancer care.


Calvary Hospital hosted its 15th Annual Trusts and Estates Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. This invitation-only event attracted more than 300 of New York’s most experienced trusts and estates attorneys. Over the past decade, Calvary’s attorney conference has earned a reputation as a must-attend event for trusts and estates practitioners.

This year’s “Ethics for Breakfast” program, moderated by Surrogate, Bronx County, Hon. Nora S. Anderson, was entitled “You Did What? The Ethical Considerations in Dealing with Clients’ (and Others’) Difficult and Sometimes Unusual Decisions.” The distinguished panel was comprised of Brian P. Corrigan, Esq., Partner, Farrell Fritz, P.C.; Peggy Sheahan Knee, Esq., Member, The Knee Law Firm, LLC; and Martin M. Shenkman, Esq., Principal, Martin M. Shenkman, P.C.


Members of the Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council

The conference is organized by Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council (PAC).PAC members are volunteers from the legal, investment, accounting, insurance, and banking professions.