|Westchester Medical Center|
|Westchester County Health Care Corporation|
|Location||100 Woods Road, Valhalla, NY, United States|
|Hospital type||Acute Care|
|Affiliated university||New York Medical College|
|Emergency department||Regional Trauma Center|
|Helipad||FAA LID: 7NK8|
|Lists||Hospitals in the United States|
Westchester Medical Center University Hospital (WMC), formerly Grasslands Hospital, is an 895-bed Regional Trauma Center  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. 652 beds are at the hospital's primary location in Valhalla, while the other 243 beds are at the MidHudson Regional Hospital campus in Poughkeepsie. It is organized as Westchester County Health Care Corporation, and is a New York State public-benefit corporation.
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.
Westchester County Health Care Corporation is guided by an 18-member board of directors, many of whom are appointed by the New York State Governor. Its management team is headed by President and CEO Michael Israel, who is also on the board and reports to the board. In 2017, it had operating expenses of $1.379 billion, an outstanding debt of $670.27 million, and a level of staffing of 3,342 people.
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 which renamed it Grasslands Hospital. In the 1920s and 1930s, Grasslands Hospital specialized in treating adults and children with tuberculosis, polio, scarlet fever, and diphtheria and 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 being spun off from the county government as an independent public benefit corporation known as the Westchester County Health Care Corporation.
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":
Westchester Medical Center is home to the region’s largest biomedical research site and much more:
On May 9, 2014, WMC completed its purchase of St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, renaming it MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center. This added 40 psychiatric beds, 18 rehabilitation beds, 60 chemical dependence beds, and 125 medical beds (including pediatric and intensive care beds) to WMC's total.
On May 20, 2015, WMC announced that it would become the majority corporate partner in the Bon Secours Charity Health System, taking on active management of its three hospitals in Rockland and Orange counties and ancillary services.
On December 14, 2014, WMC and nonprofit HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley announced it was in discussion for WMC to become the sole corporate member of HealthAlliance. This would result in WMC taking over management of HealthAlliance's two hospital campuses and ancillary healthcare services in Kingston, New York, along with HealthAlliance's Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center nursing home in Margaretville, New York.
With the establishment of these new associations, Westchester Medical Center announced in 2015 the creation of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, or WMCHealth. The network has 1,900 patient beds in 10 hospitals on 8 campuses, spanning 6,200 square miles in the lower and mid-Hudson Valley of New York. The network has nearly 3,000 attending physicians and employs over 12,000 staff.
WMC broke ground for a new ambulatory pavilion on its main campus in Valhalla, NY. The new building will be attached to the main hospital. It will include 20,000 square feet of new, private inpatient rooms, 75,000 square feet of office space for affiliated private physician outpatient practices, and 185,000 square feet of ambulatory care services, including an Advanced Imaging Center, an Ambulatory Surgery Center, and a Heart and Vascular Institute. At $230 million, this is the largest healthcare construction project in Westchester County since the hospital itself was built in 1977, and the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital was built in 2004. This building is open, and added 180 new full-time jobs to the hospital and local economy.
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