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Date Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Date Updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2022

MidHudson Regional Hospital Making Important Construction Progress on New and Expanded Inpatient Pediatrics Unit

On Track for 2022 Opening, New Inpatient “Neighborhood” will Double Private Rooms Available to Families; WMCHealth Deepens Investment in MidHudson Regional Hospital’s Pediatric Services

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (July 19, 2022) — MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Health Network (WMCHealth), continues to make progress on the construction of a new Maria Fareri Children's Healthcare Services inpatient pediatrics unit at the hospital.

The new inpatient pediatrics unit or "neighborhood" at MidHudson Regional Hospital will have 10 private rooms – double the amount of the hospital's current inpatient pediatrics neighborhood - with sleeping accommodations for a caregiver. The inpatient neighborhood will have also feature a new infusion center and open spaces for music therapy, art therapy and other activities that promote healing.

The Community's Choice for Pediatric Hospital Care

The new inpatient pediatrics neighborhood at MidHudson Regional Hospital is on pace to open later this year and the project exemplifies WMCHealth's continuing commitment to the health and wellbeing of children in the Mid-Hudson region and beyond. 

Since WMCHealth launched Maria Fareri Children's Healthcare Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital less than two years ago, the hospital has recorded more than 700 inpatient discharges and 5,000 patient visits overall. In response to the community's trust in the service, WMCHealth recruited additional hospital-based pediatricians to the 24/7 MidHudson Regional Hospital staff; added a pediatric emergency medicine specialist; launched pediatric subspecialist consultative services; and debuted a pediatric surgery program.

Elissa Chessari, Chief Operating Officer, Northern Region, WMCHealth and Michael Gewitz, MD, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, WMCHealth and Physician-in-Chief, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, review plans for the new pediatrics inpatient unit.
Elissa Chessari, Chief Operating Officer, Northern Region, WMCHealth (left) and Michael Gewitz, MD, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, WMCHealth and Physician-in-Chief, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, review plans for the new pediatrics inpatient unit.

"The community's response to our Maria Fareri Children's Healthcare Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital has been tremendous, and we thank local families for entrusting us with the care of their children," said Michael Gewitz, MD, Executive Director and William Russell McCurdy Physician-in-Chief at WMCHealth's Maria Fareri Children's Hospital.

"The expansion to the new pediatric inpatient neighborhood later this year will enable us to offer our services to an even greater number of families in our area. Our pediatric program at MidHudson Regional Hospital continues to grow in size and scope with the support of Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and the WMCHealth Network. We look forward to caring for more children from our community," added Jenny Sung, MD, Medical Director, Maria Fareri Children's Healthcare Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital.

Families interested in learning more about Maria Fareri Children's Healthcare Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital should visit MidHudsonRegional.org/Pediatric-Services

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with nine hospitals on seven campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 13,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. The Network has Level I (adult and pediatric), Level II and Level III trauma centers, the region's only acute care children's hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, home-care services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State. Today, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated health care in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org or follow WMCHealth on Facebook.com/WMCHealth or Instagram.com/WMCHealth.


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