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Westchester Medical Group to consolidate at new HQ, add staff

June
3

The Westchester Medical Group said it will consolidate administrative offices at 32,000 square feet of space at 2700 Westchester Ave. in Purchase by the end of September. It will add 40 to 50 more employees at the site over the next 18 months.
Chief Financial Officer Clark Yoder said the group was moving administrative offices out of the third floor of 210 Westchester Ave. in Harrison, to accommodate more clinical practice there.
The new offices also will draw staff from two other offices in central Westchester. The medical group will consolidate billing, human resources, general finance, and a call center at the new site. The group employs 510 people plus 143 doctors, Yoder said. About 150 to 160 people work in administration.
CB Richard Ellis represented the medical group in the lease, which will run at least 10 years. The building, owned by Normandy Realty Partners, would be about one-third vacant once the medical group moves in.
In early 2010, Westchester Medical Group expects to open a $7 million surgical center in Rye.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
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Workplace stress seminar is cancelled

June
2

A program scheduled for Wednesday, June 3, at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division in White Plains on stress management in the workplace has been cancelled due to lack of registrants, the Business Council of Westchester said.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
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Engel Burman Group will co-develop St. Agnes project

April
3

North Street Community said it has a joint venture agreement with The Engel Burman Group to develop an assisted living community at the former St. Agnes Hospital in White Plains. Engel Burman is a real estate company that owns, builds and manages residential and other kinds of properties throughout the eastern United States, including the Bristal Assisted Living communities on Long Island. North Street Community plans to redesign the 150,000-square-foot former main hospital building into an assisted living community, with a separate area for those residents with memory loss associated with dementia.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Friday, April 3rd, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
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SEIU claims victory in hospital organizing vote

December
12

Business staff at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle and Mount Vernon Hospital voted 4-to-1 today to join United Healthcare Workers East, Local 1199 of Service Employees International Union, a union organizer said yesterday.
The vote was 106 to 24, with seven votes challenged, said Minerva Solla, vice president with the union’s organizing department. There will be 216 workers in the unit, she said.
Local 1199 also represents more than 900 service and technical workers at the New Rochelle and Mount Vernon hospitals.
Officials from the National Labor Relations Board, which oversaw the election, could not be reached for comment.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Friday, December 12th, 2008 at 7:06 pm |
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Hospital workers to vote on joining SEIU

December
11

About 180 business staff at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle and Mount Vernon Hospital will vote tomorrow on whether to join United Healthcare Workers East, Local 1199 of Service Employees International Union.
If successful, it would be the second group of hospital business workers that Local 1199 has organized in Westchester County this year, said Minerva Solla, vice president with the union’s organizing department.
In March, about 100 workers at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers voted to join the local, she said.
Hospital business staff include a wide range of job categories, including cashiers, coders, computer operators, clerk/typists, dietary clerks, data entry clerks, medical records staff, and switchboard operators.
The balloting will be overseen by the National Labor Relations Board. If the workers agree to representation by the local, they would subsequently form committees and start to negotiate a contract with management.
Solla said the Saint Joseph’s workers signed a contract with management several months after the vote.
Local 1199 also represents more than 900 service and technical workers at the New Rochelle and Mount Vernon hospitals.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Thursday, December 11th, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
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Mount Kisco Medical Group renews MVP contract

December
10

Mount Kisco Medical Group has extended its contract with MVP Health Care for three years effective the start of 2009, both sides said today. MVP is the third insurer with whom the medical group has renewed contracts. Cigna and Healthnet signed deals earlier, said Dr. Scott Hayworth, the practice’s chief executive officer. Talks are continuing with a fourth insurer, whom Hayworth declined to identify. The practice will continue to see patients covered by that insurer while talks continue, he said. Mount Kisco Medical Group has 11 offices in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties, and 170 primary care and specialty physicians in MVP’s network. The extension covers all MVP plans except its Medicaid managed care and Medicare Advantage programs.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
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Medical pavilion opens in White Plains

November
18

North Street Community LLC has opened the Westchester Medical Pavilion, a 72,000-square-foot medical office complex at 311 North St. in White Plains. About 40 percent of the four-story building has been leased so far following a $4 million renovation, the developer said.
Among the new leases: Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester, a not-for-profit home hospice care provider; Edna L. Roker Social Adult Day Care Center Inc., a senior day care program; Urogynecology and Advanced Pelvic Surgery P.C., a GYN specialist for women’s health.
Dennis Noskin Architects of Tarrytown is the architect for the project. Rakow Commercial Realty Group is the exclusive leasing agent. North Street Community has plans to build 335 independent condominiums for those 60 and older at the 23-acre campus.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
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Irvington company covers costs of organ transplants

August
29

The Maxon Co., an Irvington-based manager of health care plans, has begun offering insurance to cover the cost of organ transplants.

Maxon said it is the first third-party administrator in the state to offer the insurance, which is offered to employees of companies with self-funded insurance plans.

The coverage is underwritten by AIG Medical Excess, a specialty medical insurer, and covers costs related to transplants of the heart, lung, liver, intestine, kidney, pancreas, bone marrow and stem cells, Maxon said.

The insurance covers all transplant-related expenses, including physician, hospital and drug charges, when in-network resources are used, Maxon said. Coverage begins at patient evaluation and continues for a year after the surgery, it said.

Posted by David Schepp on Friday, August 29th, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
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ENT and Allergy Associates opens NJ office

August
25

Greenburgh-based ENT and Allergy Associates said it has opened an office in Mahwah, N.J., its 29th clinical office in the metro region. ENTA now has 86 physicians and more than 50 licensed audiologists.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, August 25th, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
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PsychoGenics names scientific adviser

August
25

PsychoGenics Inc. of Eastview named John McCall to its Scientific Advisory Board, reflecting the company’s growth in the areas of drug discovery and development. McCall has more than 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry including senior positions at Pfizer, Pharmacia and Upjohn, the company said. McCall is president of PharMac LLC, a consultancy in Boca Raton, Fla.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, August 25th, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
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Emisphere says staff moves cut costs

August
11

Second-quarter losses at Emisphere Technologies Inc. were reduced as the company’s 2007 decision to move management from Eastview to New Jersey and to cut staff helped reduce expenses, it said.
Emisphere reported a net loss of $7.63 million, or 25 cents a share, on revenue of $14,000. For the comparable quarter a year earlier, it had a net loss of $12.1 million, or 43 cents a share, on revenue of $398,000.
A new management team last year shook up the biotech researcher. It moved its senior management from The Landmark at Eastview to new headquarters 50 miles away in Cedar Knolls, N.J., south of Parsippany.
By splitting its campus, it was able to trade laboratory space in Westchester at some $50 a square foot for office space in New Jersey at about $20 a square foot, company spokesman Bob Madison said.
Emisphere also cut staff since last year by about 40 percent, chiefly people in information technology, finance, and human resources, he said. It currently employs 71 people. The cost-cutting has saved the business about $1 million annually, he said.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, August 11th, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
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EpiCept stock jumps after drug review

July
25

EpiCept Corp. of Eastview saw its stock price jump after it said it obtained a key European approval for Ceplene, its treatment for a common form of adult leukemia. The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use issued a positive opinion regarding the marketing of Ceplene. The drug is administered in conjunction with low-dose Interleuken 2. Stock of EpiCept closed today at 81 cents, up 51 cents.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Friday, July 25th, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
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Barr reaches licensing deal with Bayer

June
24

Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Montvale, N.J., with research and manufacturing operations in Pomona, said it has a deal to market and distribute generic versions of Bayer’s Yasmin and Yaz oral contraceptives in the United States. Bayer will provide the drugs to Barr before the patents expire, and Barr will sell them under the Barr Laboratories label. Barr said the deal allows the company to launch its own authorized generic versions of the drugs years before the patent expirations. Yasmin had reported sales of $575 million in the 12 months ending in April, while Yaz had sales of $384 million in that period.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
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Acorda shares fall on downgrade

June
23

Shares of Acorda Therapeutics Inc. of Hawthorne fell after an analyst for Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. Inc. downgraded the company but said there’s takeover speculation.
Shares of the drug researcher have risen 41.9 percent year to date after yesterday’s close of $31.16, down 69 cents. The company has reported positive results from a study of its fampridine-SR, a treatment to help MS patients with walking.
Friedman Billings lowered its rating from Outperform to Market Perform and kept its $32 price target. “Investors are increasingly speculating that (Acorda) could be an acquisition target now that regulatory risk surrounding fampridine-SR is significantly lower due to the success of (the study.) We believe the more likely scenario for (Acorda) is completing the buildout of its sales force (a key reason behind the secondary offering in 2/08) and launching fampridine-SR in the U.S.,” analyst David Amsellem wrote in a note released yesterday.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, June 23rd, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
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IntegraMed America signs 3rd affiliate

June
23

IntegraMed American Inc., the Purchase-based operator of fertility centers, said that the University of North Carolina School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has joined the company’s network of affiliates. As an affiliate, UNC receives distribution rights to IntegraMed’s products and services. The school is the third affiliate to join the network this year, the company said.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, June 23rd, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
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Hayman to leave as Med Society exec

May
29

Stuart Hayman, executive director of the Westchester County Medical Society for the past 10 years, said yesterday he will leave his position on Aug. 22. Hayman will take over as executive director of the New York State Society of Anesthesiolgy in New York City on Sept. 1. Hayman said the county society is searching for his replacement.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Thursday, May 29th, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
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Progenics stock rises on drug trial news

May
22

Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Eastview and its research partner, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, announced good and bad news concerning drug trials on its treatment for side effects of painkillers. Investors focused on the positive, and Progenics stock rose 9.79 percent today.
The companies said that a phase 2 study of an oral form of its Relistor drug for the treatment of constipation showed statistically significant improvements in patients. A phase 3 study of an intravenous form of Relistor on post-operative gastrointestinal function, however, fell short of research goals.
Progenics stock closed at $14.47, up $1.29.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
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IntegraMed America expands fertility refund program

May
21

IntegraMed America Inc. of Purchase, which operates fertility clinics, said it is expanding the services it will cover under a program that offers refunds in the event that patients are unable to deliver babies following treatment.
Qualified patients in the Shared Risk Refund Program are entitled to up to 100 percent of certain fees paid to the company if their in-vitro fertilization treatments fail to result in a successful delivery.
IntegraMed said it was expanding the program to include refunds of costs related to obtaining donor eggs, including donor recruitment, screening, compensation, and medications.
Citing a report by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the company said that donor egg recipients represent the fastest growing segment of in-vitro fertilization volume nationally. Treatments can cost up to $25,000.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
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IntegraMed America expands fertility refund program

May
21

IntegraMed America Inc. of Purchase, which operates fertility clinics, said it is expanding the services it will cover under a program that offers refunds in the event that patients are unable to deliver babies following treatment.
Qualified patients in the Shared Risk Refund Program are entitled to up to 100 percent of certain fees paid to the company if their in-vitro fertilization treatments fail to result in a successful delivery.
IntegraMed said it was expanding the program to include refunds of costs related to obtaining donor eggs, including donor recruitment, screening, compensation, and medications.
Citing a report by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the company said that donor egg recipients represent the fastest growing segment of in-vitro fertilization volume nationally. Treatments can cost up to $25,000.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
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HEALTH TECH COMPANY ANNOUNCES CONTRACT

May
19

Emerging Health Information Technology of Yonkers said yesterday it has been awarded a contract to provide Medicaid eligibility verification, service authorization, claims scrubbing and validation, and payment analysis to Jewish Home Lifecare.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Emerging Health is a subsidiary of Montefiore Medical Center.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, May 19th, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
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