Issue Date: February 4, 2021
WCA In The News!
WCA Advocates on behalf of Regional Healthcare Providers, Employers & Consumers
In a recent op-ed published in The Journal News, WCA's president & CEO Michael N. Romita discusses the over sized influence held by the health insurance carriers. The recent Montefiore-United Healthcare contract negotiations are an example of why our collective advocacy is needed... Click Here for Full Op-Ed
WCA weighs in on the importance of repositioning property development in Briarcliff
Michael N. Romita discusses the idle 100 acre property and former innovation hub, Philips Research campus in Briarcliff Manor. According to Romita, repurposing those buildings into residential and mixed-use development "is important for the vitality of the region." Click Here for Article
WCA comments on the future of downtown New Rochelle
Michael N. Romita gives his take on a potential development site in New Rochelle. "Assuming that New Rochelle continues to develop, it's a pretty valuable lot," Romita said. Cities like New Rochelle, he noted, put a limit on the number of residential units to ensure a good mix of retail, commercial and housing. Click Here for Article
NY’s Hospitals & Health Systems Improve the Economy & Community
Hospitals remain a key economic driver in the Hudson Valley region. Recently released 2019 data shows an economic impact of over $12 billion. WCA continues to support this key sector through targeted advocacy and programmatic initiatives. Click Here to View Report
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Member News & Announcements
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NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital recently opened its new Maternal & Newborn Care Unit, designed to enhance the care and comfort of expectant moms and their newborns and provide the best patient experience before, during and after childbirth. The center features bright, private postpartum rooms, each with a bathroom, shower, and a comfortable bed for a partner to sleep that allows for family-focused support and bonding. The center also has state-of-the-art surgical suites, a dedicated triage suite, and a Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Read More Here.
 A new joint venture between PepsiCo Inc. and Beyond Meat Inc. will produce and market new snack and beverage products made from plant-based protein. The Planet Partnership LLC (TPP) will leverage Beyond Meat's technology in plant-based protein development and PepsiCo’s marketing and commercial capabilities to create and scale the new snack and beverage options, according to the companies. Read More Here.
Volunteer New York! has announced that Deborah Fay, Manager of Government Affairs, NY at Entergy, has been selected to receive their premier Legacy Award to be presented at their 41st Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards on April 9, 2021. The Legacy Award is given to a prominent leader in Westchester with a strong personal and professional commitment to volunteerism. More Info Here.
Tim Foley has recently been named the CEO of the Building Realty Institute (BRI) after a successful first year at the helm. This change comes as the BRI steps into a new era of leadership and continues to emerge as one of the thought leaders in the building and realty industries in the Westchester and Mid-Hudson region. Read More Here.
Concordia College New York and Iona College recently announced the institutions are proceeding with a formal agreement for Iona College to acquire Concordia’s Bronxville campus and provide continued education for Concordia’s students through a teach-out plan, enabling most students to continue their degrees to completion at Iona. Concordia College New York’s classes will cease beginning with the fall 2021 semester and the college will close. Read More Here.
Humayun Islam, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed chair of the newly combined Departments of Pathology and of Microbiology and Immunology at New York Medical College (NYMC). Dr. Islam has served as interim chair of the Department of Pathology since 2019. He joined NYMC in 2002 and currently holds a faculty appointment in the School of Medicine (SOM) as clinical professor of pathology and clinical associate professor of medicine. Read More Here.
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