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  • Daniel Blum Appointed

    President & CEO

    Phelps Joins North Shore-LIJ

    Health System

    State-of-the-Art SurgiCenter Opens

    The All-Important Kidneys:

    Your Bodys Filter

    The Inner Ear and Balance


    phelps T O D AY

    News from Phelps Memorial Hospital Center Spring 2015

    Daniel Blum President & CEO

  • Letter from thePresident and Chairman

    Dear Friend,

    A lot has been happening at Phelps over the past several months.

    In November, after 25 years at the hospitals helm, Keith Safian stepped down from his position as President & CEO. This change occurred shortly before Phelps joined the North Shore-LIJ Health System, becoming the systems first hospital in Westchester County. It is exciting for us to be part of this superb organization, and we look forward to the benefits that the hospital and our community will realize from this relationship.

    In February, the much-anticipated opening of our new SurgiCenter took place. The facility has exceeded all expectations in terms of functionality and patient comfort and satisfaction. The combination of the state-of-the-art facility and our out-standing surgical staff makes the Phelps SurgiCenter one of the top surgery centers in the region.

    We continue to expand Phelps Medical Associates, our primary care and multi- specialty medical group, with plans to establish practices at additional locations in the coming year.

    In our roles as Chair of the Board and the new President & CEO, we look forward to working together to fulfill Phelps mission to serve the healthcare needs of our community. We wish you the best of health in the warm months to come.


    Richard J. SinniChair, Board of Directors

    Daniel BlumPresident & CEO


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    Table of Contents


    Daniel Blum Appointed Phelps President & CEO 5

    Vincent DeSantis Named a 2014 Westchester CFO of the Year 5

    Phelps Becomes Part of North Shore-LIJ Health System 6

    The SurgiCenter: A Milestone in Phelps History 8

    The All-Important Kidneys: Your Bodys Filter 10

    Relief from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 13

    Family Medicine Residency Program Thrives in Third Year 15

    Dont Call It a Comeback: Chickenpox Has Been Here for Years 18

    Dizziness and the Inner Ear 21

    Phelps Medical Associates News 23

    Vitality: Why Preventing Falls Is So Important 27

    Healthy Life Calendar 30

    Los tan importantes rinones: El filtro de su cuerpo 33

    No la llame un retorno: La varicella ha estado aqu por aos 36

    Report from Auxiliary President Mark Frederich 39


    EditorMary Sernatinger

    Managing EditorTina Dorfman

    Medical EditorBruce Heckman, MD, MPH

    Editorial AdvisorsDaniel Blum

    Lucy C. Engelhardt, RNRobert R. Lane

    Mary McDermott, RN

    PHELPS TODAY is a publication of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, a 238-bed, not-for-profit acute care community hospital located in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Phelps, part of the North ShoreLIJ Health System, has been providing medical and mental health services to Westchester and surrounding communities since 1955.

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    Request Your Appointment Online!Appointments for many of Phelps outpatient services can be made on the hospitals website, including: cardiovascular, diabetes, hyperbaric, infusion, nutrition counseling, occupational and physical therapy, pain center, pulmonary/respiratory, radiology/x-ray, senior services, sleep, speech & hearing, voice & swallowing, and wound healing. You can even make an appointment to donate blood online. Just go to and click on Request an Appointment any time of the day or night!

    Phelps Community Service PlanPhelps Memorial Hospital Center is committed to improving the health and well-being of the community. To see our Community Service Plan (2014-16) and learn about our current and planned activities and initiatives, please visit and click on Community Service Plan. A summary of the hospitals 2013 community service is described in our Caring for Our Community publication, which is also available at the same address (click on Caring for Our Community). A printed copy of these publications may be requested by calling 914-366-3115.


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    Exciting Projects to Begin at Phelps!

    wo major construction projects will begin at Phelps this spring. A new MRI facility featuring the most advanced technology

    will be built in the area of the current main lobby. The front of the 755 Building will be expanded to create a magnificent new main lobby.

    During construction, it will be neces-sary to close the road that runs in front of the hospital and the 755 Building, but it will still be possible to get from one side of the campus to the other by driving behind the hospital.

    Access to Admitting and the main hos-pital will be through the West Wing entrance, shown on the map at right as New Main Entrance.

    Access to the 755 Building will be through its back entrance, directly across from the garage.

    T Signs will be posted, and we will do our best to minimize any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding as The new main lobby will be a grand entrance to Phelps Memorial Hospital.

    Kendal Way

    Use 755 North Entrance to access physicians and services in the 755 Bldg.

    Route 9 North Broadway

    707 MRI

    777 Building




    West Wing

    James House

    755 Building

    Garage Entrance


    PedestrianAccess / Elevators



    ce Build


    Robins Nest

    Kendal on Hudson

    To Route 117

    West ParkingWest Parking

    Southwest Parking


    Southwest Parking


    South ParkingSouth Parking

    Northeast ParkingNortheast Parking


    Hudson RiverTappan Zee Bridge

    Rockefeller State Park Preserve

    Rockefeller State Park Preserve

    Phelps Lane

    Tim Grajek illustration & design

    Use New Main Entrance to access Admitting and Hospital

    Bus StopsEmergency Dept.

    Park here for Admitting and Hospital

    Park here for 755 Bldg.

    Park here for 755 Bldg.

    New Main Entrance




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    Road Closed

    we make these major improvements to our hospital.


    Vincent DeSantis Named a 2014 Westchester CFO of the Year

    Phelps VP of Finance and Chief Financial Officer Vincent DeSantis was honored as 2014 Westchester CFO of the Year in the large company category. He

    accepted his award at a ceremony hosted by Westfair Communications last fall at the Wainright House in Rye.

    When Mr. DeSantis came to Phelps in 2001, he brought more than 25 years of experience in accounting and auditing.

    Daniel Blum has officially assumed the role of Presi-dent and CEO o f P h e l p s Memorial Hos-p i t a l C e n -ter, following the resignation

    of Keith Safian, who led the hospital for 25 years. From 2009 until assuming his new role, Mr. Blum served as Phelps Senior Vice President.

    We believe that Daniel Blums exceptional knowledge and experi-ence will ensure Phelps continuing success as we transition to become a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health

    System, said Richard J. Sinni, Chair of the Phelps Board.

    While he was Senior Vice President, Mr. Blum developed Phelps Medical Associates, the hospitals multi-spe-cialty medical group, and was respon-sible for implementing the hospitals strategic plans and overseeing its clini-cal and ancillary services. He serves as collaborating administrative executive on Phelps Graduate Medical Education Committee and Chairman of the Board of Robins Nest, the hospitals child care center.

    Prior to joining Phelps, Mr. Blum was Senior Vice President of White Plains Hospital Center, Vice President of Operations of the Stellaris Health

    Network, and Operations Manager at St. Vincents Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. He began his healthcare career as a paramedic and paramedic instructor in New York City and worked at several New York City hospitals in clinical and administrative capacities.

    Mr. Blum holds a bachelors degree in philosophy and a masters degree in healthcare administration, both from New York University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Medical Group Management Association. Mr. Blum is also Chairman of the NYS Department of Health Emergency Medical Advisory Council.

    Daniel Blum Appointed Phelps President and CEO

    Prior to joining Phelps, he was associate executive director/CFO of Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York City, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Earlier in his career, he spent 18 years at the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, LLP, where he was senior manager of the healthcare division.

    Mr. DeSantis earned his BBA and MBA at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, and is a New York State CPA. He was an adjunct professor of healthcare finance in the graduate division at Iona College and in