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Lawrence Hospital Center Holds Successful 11th Annual Golf Tournament at Quaker Ridge; Brokaw Wins Men’s Longest Drive PDF Print Email


June 15, 2011:  On Tuesday, May 24, the rain stayed at bay and the weather turned delightful for Lawrence Hospital Center's 11th Annual Golf Tournament at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale.

The hugely successful event, which was sold out and raised $25,000 more than the prior year, was chaired by Michael Meyers.  He was joined by committee members Michael Donovan, Charles Preusse, Michael Pytosh, Leighton Welch, Richard Whitney, and Paul Whyte.

The Generoso Pope Foundation, with David Pope at the helm, once again demonstrated its loyal and ever-generous commitment to Lawrence as founding sponsor.  Patron sponsors included Carrafiello Diehl & Associates, Columbia Presbyterian Neurosurgery, Garfunkel Wild PC, Sodexo, and TD Bank.

Mercedes-Benz of White Plains and Pepe Auto Group again sponsored the hole-in-one prize on the 9th hole with some of their gorgeous cars on display, but alas, no one won this year.

Auctioneer extraordinaire Patrick O'Brien of Bronxville brought the evening to a lucrative close, bringing in top dollars for the fabulous auction items donated by Tom Dempsey, Janie Dim, Michael Duncan, John Fitzgibbons, Michael Koester, Kurt Krestinski, Doug Londal, Scott Mackesy, Carl Mayer, Pat McCloskey, Michael Meyers, Andy Paul, Michael Pytosh, Sheldon Reynolds, George Shapiro, MD, Paul Whyte, and Leighton Welch.

JB Brokaw won the men's longest drive (his father, Barry, won the hole-in-one at #9 in 2009!) and Janie Dim of NYC for women's longest drive; to Doug Reetz for closest-to-the-pin, an incredible 5 inches; to Tom Purcell, Buzz Dabrasky, Rich Kuplicki and Tom Mastroianni for a record-breaking low net of 51; and to Richard Whitney, Ken Whitney, Scott Johnston, and David Tohir for a most impressive low gross of 68!

Pictured here:  L to R:  Richard Whitney, Chairman Michael Meyers, Leighton Welch, and Michael Pytosh.

Lawrence Hospital Responds to Question: What Is Justification for Proposed Hospital Addition? PDF Print Email


Editor's Note: The following is the second in a series of responses from Lawrence Hospital Center to questions posed by MyhometownBronxville concerning the proposed hospital addition now before the Planning Board.*

The question posed in this article is, "What justification does Lawrence Hospital have for the new addition? " The following is the hospital's response.

June 8, 2011:  The proposed new addition is a down payment on the future viability of Lawrence Hospital Center.  Like hospitals everywhere, Lawrence faces some major challenges--two, in particular:  To keep pace with advances in technology and thereby retain quality doctors and nurses to supply quality service, and to upgrade its facilities to provide the kinds of hospital care currently in demand.

The proposed project before the Village Planning Board is designed to meet these two challenges.  It will create six state-of-the-art operating rooms and provide enhanced cancer care services, including radiation oncology, which is not currently available at Lawrence.

Six Operating Rooms:  The existing operating rooms at Lawrence were designed to meet the technology available in 1950s.  Today's surgeries and top-notch surgeons require greater space for all the advanced equipment, better temperature control, and literally "room for people to operate."  A typical modern operating room requires 600 square feet of space.  The current rooms at Lawrence Hospital are, on average, half that size.  Lawrence Hospital must upgrade the operating rooms to prevent losing good doctors or, even worse, not being able to attract new ones.

New Cancer Center:  The increasing incidence of cancer, especially as the "baby boomers" mature, strongly supports a community need for a new cancer center especially in Bronxville where the average age is one of the highest in Westchester County.

To make the point, the incidence of cancer nationwide is 2.2 per 1,000 for people 64 and under.  For people 65 and older, however, the incidence is considerably higher--22 per thousand.  The 65-and-older population in the Lawrence service area is higher than the average--14.1% compared to 12.7% in the total U.S. population.

Currently, facilities at the hospital for chemotherapy are very small and do not provide a comfortable space for patients and their families during treatment, a process that can last up to six hours.  Moreover, patients who require radiation therapy currently cannot receive that care at the hospital and must make arrangements elsewhere, even though their doctors are located at Lawrence.

Radiation therapy at Lawrence would also provide a convenience not only to Lawrence cancer patients, but for local residents who chose to have initial cancer treatment elsewhere, but want to receive their daily radiation treatments closer to home.

State Approval: The New York State Department of Health has evaluated the community need in the Bronxville area for enhanced patient care services at Lawrence and issued the required certificates of need for construction of the six operating rooms, vaults for linear accelerators (for radiation treatments), and new elevators.

The Hospital is combining these three projects into one less expensive project and applied to the State for an amended certificate of need in April, 2011.  The combined project is no larger than the ones covered in the three original certificates, and makes more efficient utilization of space and dollars.

In short, the project is critical to the long-term fiscal viability of the hospital and the retention and recruitment of high quality physicians and surgeons, including those outstanding physicians comprising the voluntary medical staff and the Columbia Surgeons practicing in the Center for Advanced Surgery here in Bronxville.

It will also assure that a well-run, fiscally viable community hospital remains close at hand to the residents of Bronxville.

*Note:  The first article addressed the financing of the proposed addition. To see that article, hit the link below.

Financing Hospital Addition

Pictured here:  The facade of Lawrence Hospital Center.

Photo by A. Warner

Bronxville Resident Bill Snyder Uses Special Services of Lawrence Home Care--Best-Kept Secret in Bronxville PDF Print Email


June 1, 2011:  Sooner or later, everyone ends up in the hospital for some form of health repair, whether it be major or minor. What to do, then, when it's time to return home, especially if nursing care is needed?

This was the quandary faced by Bronxville resident Bill Snyder a few months ago.  A resident of the Alger Court condominium complex, he naturally went across the street to Lawrence Hospital Center for treatment and recuperation.  As a member of the hospital's board of governors and a member of the fund board of Jansen Hospice, one of the three agencies under the umbrella of Lawrence Community Health Services (LCHS), which operates in affiliation with the hospital, Bill has had considerable experience with Lawrence Hospital.

You would think, therefore, that Bill would know all about an important service affiliated with the hospital:  Lawrence Home Care of Westchester.  He did not.  The certified home health agency, another agency under the umbrella of LCHS (the other two being Jansen, as noted above, and The Bereavement Center of Westchester), is one of the best-kept secrets in Bronxville.  Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, with commendation, it provides housebound recovery services, including nursing.

"This was a revelation to me," said Snyder.  "Although I felt I had a good knowledge of the various hospital services, I had no idea of the breadth and depth of Lawrence Home Care.  Their expert treatment took place in the safety and convenience of my home.  No worries about rides to the doctor or scheduling appointments," he added. "I received periodic visits and exams by RNs and therapists, the cost of which was covered by Medicare."

Snyder's positive experience with Lawrence Home Care is not uncommon.  In fact, according to the latest Medicare Home Health Agency comparison, Lawrence Home Care scored higher than both the New York State average and the national average in almost every area.

On Sunday, June 12, Lawrence Home Care will hold a benefit to raise funds and subsidize the agency.  "The cost to provide these services is significant," stated Snyder, "and Lawrence Home Care deserves our charitable contribution to maintain the high standards I enjoyed."

At the benefit, to be held at a home in Bronxville, former county legislator Kay Carsky will be honored posthumously.  Kay, a cherished neighbor and leader in the community, died last February following a long battle with cancer.  Lawrence Hospital was one of many interests pursued by Kay, who was a member of the Lawrence Home Care Fund Board and a member of Lawrence Hospital Center's Board of Governors.

Members of the community are encouraged to attend the June 12 benefit.

For more information, please contact Nadia Trimmer at 914-787-5001.

Editor's Note:  Lawrence Home Care of Westchester is a licensed home health care agency that provides comprehensive expert home nursing services. Its team of professionals includes registered nurses, licensed physical therapists, and NYS-certified home health aides. It is affiliated with Lawrence Hospital Center and the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and can be reached at 914-961-2818.

Pictured here:  Bronxville resident Bill Snyder, who used the services of Lawrence Home Care of Westchester.

Jansen Hospice Raises Over $65,000 at Spring Benefit: See Photos of Those Attending PDF Print Email


June 1, 2011:  Over 140 guests gathered at the lovely Bronxville home of Ranny and Ken Hanau on Saturday evening, May 21, 2011, for the annual Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care May Benefit Cocktail Reception.

Chaired by Melinda and Tom Dempsey and Emily and Mark Liggitt, the successful event raised over $65,000 for Jansen's many vital programs, which are critical to the local community.

To see photos of those attending, please hit the link below:

Pictured here:  L to R are Gay Geetz, Greg Richter, and Carlo Vittorini.


Lawrence Hospital Explains Sources of Financing for Proposed Cancer Center Addition PDF Print Email

Editor's Note:  In response to several of our readers' inquiries and subsequent to the May 11 Planning Board presentation by representatives from Lawrence Hospital on the proposed addition, MyhometownBronxville asked hospital officials for an explanation of how the project would be financed.  Below is their reply verbatim.

June 1, 2011:  Before issuing the certificates of need to Lawrence Hospital Center for a cancer and operating room improvement project, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) first determined that these service upgrades are, in fact, needed in the community.

The NYS Dept. of Health's jurisdiction for issuing a certificate of need included a determination of community need and a review of the total costs of construction, including architect and engineering fees and equipment.  Originally, Lawrence received approvals for three separate projects:  construction of a cancer facility, renovation of operating rooms, and new elevators.  The hospital has chosen to combine these projects into one less expensive initiative and has filed (April 4, 2011) an amendment to do so.

The total project cost reported to the Dept. of Health is $39,257,915, which includes construction costs of $24,759,700, architect and engineering costs of $5,373,215, and equipment costs of $9,125,000.  The hospital has decided to lease the major portion of the high tech equipment rather than purchase it, substantially reducing the capital costs of the project.  The greatest portion of the difference between the $39,257,915 reported to the Dept. of Health and the $34,375,415 communicated to the residents of Bronxville is the reduction associated with leasing versus buying the high tech equipment.

The hospital has been working with TD Bank, a bank that has a strong interest in financing the project.  Construction will not commence without finalizing the bank financing, which makes prudent business sense and also a requirement of the DOH.

In addition, the hospital will not close on a loan in excess of $25,000,000 without having reasonable certainty that the Village will grant the necessary permits.  TD Bank has indicated that Lawrence could close on the loan in approximately 60 days.  The hospital remains in close contact with the representatives at the bank and will take action to move ahead with the financing as circumstances dictate.

The sources of funds needed include the $25,700,000 covered by a letter of interest from TD Bank, $2,000,000 in contributions received to date designated for the project, and hospital capital reserves of $6,675,415.

Lawrence has sufficient cash reserves to cover the balance although additional fundraising is planned.  Fundraising will be used to offset the cash reserve used for the project.

Pictured here:  The courtyard of Lawrence Hospital where the proposed Cancer Center/Operating Room addition would be built.

Photo by A. Warner

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