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State-of-the-Art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Opens at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital

Staffed by Columbia University Medical Center physicians, the facility offers a variety of minimally invasive, potentially lifesaving procedures for heart patients
NewYork-Presbyterian is opening a new cardiac catheterization laboratory at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville. Offering a wide array of advanced cardiac procedures, the cutting-edge facility is the latest addition to NewYork-Presbyterian’s world-class heart program, ranked No. 3 in the country and No. 1 in New York State, according to U.S. News and World Report. Procedures in the lab are expected to begin the first week of May. 

 “The main purpose of our new cardiac catheterization lab is to perform safe, effective procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases,” said Dr. Mark Apfelbaum, director of the NewYork-Presbyterian Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital and associate professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. “Patients will benefit from high-quality, nationally renowned cardiologists performing these procedures, which are essential for patients who require tertiary care.”

Staffed by interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists of ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice of Columbia University Medical Center, the lab will offer a variety of minimally invasive procedures such as coronary stenting, heart biopsy, and pacemaker implantation and will be one of the few centers in Westchester licensed to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty for patients having a heart attack. 

The lab will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is conveniently located near the hospital’s emergency room, which can save precious minutes in transit for patients experiencing a heart attack. In addition to the emergency and diagnostic procedures offered, patients can also undergo routine testing via angiograms and cardiac imaging. In an angiogram, doctors take a series of X-rays of the heart to search for narrowing and blockages. Similarly, cardiac imaging allows doctors to screen for narrowing arteries via a specially designed catheter with ultrasound tips. Patients who may require more advanced cardiac care will have easy access to surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

“This facility is an outstanding addition at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital,” said Ed Dinan, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital. “By teaming with NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia, we’re providing patients in Bronxville and Westchester access to the highest quality of cardiac care right in their backyard.”
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Please join us for a free presentation on dietary and lifestyle strategies for reducing your risk for breast cancer on Oct. 28. See details below. 
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Grilling Safety Tips, Adapted from 
by NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital's Katie Campbell RD, CDN

From traditional favorites such as hot dogs to side dishes and desserts, grilling is a great way to add flavor to all types of food. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a few healthy grilling tips.

Before the Big Cookout
Clean your grill by scrubbing it with hot, soapy water. When you're ready to cook, allow the grill to heat up sufficiently to eliminate potential bacteria problems.

Make sure you have the right tools. Relying on color alone does not ensure the doneness of meat, poultry and fish. A food thermometer is the only way to ensure food has been cooked to a safe internal temperature.

And, remember to pack extra plates and utensils. It's important to separate: one set for raw meat, poultry and seafood; and another for cooked and ready-to-eat foods. The same rule of separation applies when marinating foods. Do not use the same brush to baste raw meat as you do for cooked foods, as doing so can contaminate the cooked foods and result in food poisoning.

Setting the Menu
Once you're equipped for a safe cookout, think beyond the traditional barbecue favorites with these healthy options.

• Go lean by grilling up a marinated Portobello burger or a turkey burger. Ground turkey breast can be as lean as 99 percent fat-free. Add cilantro, shallots or chili sauce to spice things up. Or, mix in feta cheese, kalamata olives, oregano and pepper and serve on a pita for a Greek-style burger. Just remember to use a food thermometer to ensure ground turkey reaches a safe temperature of 165°F.

• Add nutrition to your meal with vegetables cooked right on the grill. Baste vegetables such as red peppers, corn, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms or onions, season with herbs and place on a hot grill until they are tender and brown.

• Don't forget dessert. Grill fruit kabobs, pineapple slices or peach halves on low heat until the fruit is hot and slightly golden for a tasty and nutritious dessert. Grill watermelon for 30 seconds on each side to bring out unique flavors.

Visit for a full list of safe cooking temperatures and other tips to reduce the risk of food poisoning, whether at cookouts or at home. For more tips on eating healthfully, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area.

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Bronxville Couple Celebrate Survivorship Together

Just months after Sandy Hayes beat her breast cancer and recovered from a double-mastectomy, her husband, Bob Ward, found out he had a heart complication, kidney stones, and lymphoma. But the  Bronxville couple, both in their late 60s at the time, stayed positive throughout both diagnoses and treatments; Sandy walked to almost every treatment at Lawrence Hospital and Bob continued to work his part-time job at a local golf course. He even continued to play golf during treatment, and no one at the club ever suspected he was sick, he said.

“Neither of us ever thought that anything but a good outcome would come of it,” Bob said. “We stayed positive and never thought of the worst.”

Today, two years since Sandy's victory over cancer and one year since Bob's, the two are in excellent health. While they attribute their success to their positive attitude and healthy lifestyle, they are also very grateful to have had a local hospital that offers highly professional, quality cancer care and treatment.

“We are extremely grateful and happy that Sandy made the decision to stay local,” Bob said, after explaining that he was originally against Sandy's insistence to be treated at Lawrence.

Bob, New York City born and raised was adamant that Sandy undergo treatment at a city hospital, believing that was the only option for high-quality care. But Sandy was determined to be able to walk to her treatments, and had confidence in Lawrence.

“I knew driving to the city would cause more stress,” Sandy said. Once she convinced Bob to meet her Lawrence doctor, who is also an assistant professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Bob felt confident Sandy would be well cared for. “We felt we were getting the best of both worlds at Lawrence,” Sandy said.

Bob was very impressed with Sandy's oncology team and with what he learned of the cancer care program. “I was pleasantly surprised and very pleased at the professional care, concern and compassion they demonstrated while dealing with Sandy's cancer.”

When it came time for Bob to embark on his own fight against cancer, he did not think twice about where he wanted to be treated.
“It is hard to say that treatment can be enjoyable, but being treated at Lawrence made the whole experience as enjoyable as it could possibly be,” Bob said.

Bob and Sandy are now cancer-free and continuing to live life to the fullest. Bob still golfs regularly and Sandy is active with NYP/Lawrence's cancer survivor and breast cancer survivor support groups.

“We walked by the hospital every day and were glad we didn't need it. But when we needed it, it was here,” Bob said.

Next year, as NYP/Lawrence Hospital celebrates National Cancer Survivor Day, the new Surgery and Oncology Pavilion will be open and treating more patients like Sandy and Bob, providing them the benefit of quality cancer care close to home. 
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We are looking to fill a variety of positions in nursing, pharmacy, medical technologists, social work and administration. Please join us for an open interview on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Thank you. 
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We are offering free community flu shots on Oct. 20, Oct. 27 and Nov. 5 for adults, age 19 and over. Please see flyer for more information.
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Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom and the Baby 

Our Lactation Counselor, Judy McArdle, RN, IBLOC, provides all our new mothers with a great list of reasons why breastfeeding is good for them and their babies.  Judy also leads the Breastfeeding Support group for new moms, regardless of where they have given birth, on the second Monday of every month.  Click here for more information on the support group. 

The Benefits of Breastfeeding
  The American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding 

  Breast milk is more digestible than formula

  Breast milk helps pass meconium 

  Breast milk contains immunities to diseases and aids in the development of baby's immune system. 

  Breastfeeding satisfies baby's emotional needs and increases bonding between mother and baby 

  Baby's suckling helps shrink mother's uterus after childbirth 

  Nursing helps mom lose weight after baby is born 

  Breast milk is always readily available, free and always at the right temperature and comes in a nice package 

  Breast milk provides perfect infant nutrition 

  Breast milk always has the right proportions of fat, carbohydrates and protein 

  Breastfeeding decreases baby's risk of otitis media (ear infections) 

  Breastfeeding may decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) 

  Breastfeeding results in less sick days for parents and require fewer doctor visits 

  Breast milk aids in the proper development of a baby's gastrointestinal tract 

  Breast milk provides natural pain relief for baby 

  Human milk is the perfect food for a sick infant 

  Breast milk has never been recalled due to manufacturing problems 

  Facilitates proper dental and jaw development and less tooth decay and better speech development

  Less chance of baby getting eczema and can delay onset of allergies

  Less spit-up 

  Breastfeeding is better for premature infants 

  Suckling optimizes hand-to-eye coordination

  Breastfeeding is a self confidence booster for mom

  Breastfeeding protects against Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis, diabetes and asthma 

  Breastfeeding reduces a mother's risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer

  It's what breasts were designed for!
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Larisa Geskin, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, will perform free skin cancer screenings on July 10 from 12 to 3 pm at Lawrence Medical Associates, 685 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NY. Please call 914-787-5000 to register.
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Cancer survivors enjoyed a celebration in their honor at our annual Cancer Survivors party last night. 
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NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital is a 291 bed community hospital located in southern Westchester County.

The acute care facility, which has served residents for more than a century, includes a state of the art Maternity Department, Sleep Center and a planned Surgery and Oncology Pavilion now under construction.

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"Lawrence hospital used to be a great hospital."
"Instead, she screamed and made a scene in the emergency room."
"I visited Lawrence hospital 2 days ago for a recurring underarm abscesses."
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Shannon Fraser
2 weeks ago
I visited Lawrence hospital 2 days ago for a recurring underarm abscesses. Dr Lahn as well as the other nurses i encountered, ensured that my experience there was close to pain free. I have needed this treatment done 5 times and this was the only time I can say the experience was not excruciating. Even after I relayed to the Dr that I was not a fan of the anesthetic that he was using, he assured me that he knew how to use it. My wait was not long for a Saturday morning and I was comfortable. I would recommend Lawrence to anyone.
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Response from the owner - 2 weeks ago
Dear Shannon Fraser, We hope you are feeling well after your treatment. Thank you for taking the time to leave this review of your experience here. We strive to make sure all of our patients are as informed and comfortable as possible. We are glad to learn you had a positive experiene. Thank you.
Joanna Przybyla
2 months ago
Just a few days ago I had my first surgery ever at the Lawrence Hospital. I was very nervous as I have never been hospitalized before. From the minute I entered the hospital everyone made me feel very special. The two nurses that prepared me for the surgery and then discharged me were extremely patient, professional and warm (I think one of them was Anni), the boy that took me to an operating room(I think his name was Wayne) was also very nice. Everyone I encountered took a great care of me and turned this negative experience into a positive one. I am very happy that I chose this Lawrence Hospital and I would recomend it to others.
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Arben Kola
2 months ago
This is the worst hospital I ever been in. I WOULDN'T RECOMMEND IT TO MY WORST ENEMY. The stuff is very disorganized, even with 2 people in the emergency room it takes u a minimum of 6 hours u see a doctor. And once u do u wait another 2 hours b4 u risive any treatment. Two time I been to this hospital and after waiting for 6 hours in pain I was send away without any treatment they said they couldn't help me. And they send me bills for thousands of dollars for treatment that I didn't ricieve. Even with my insurance.
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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Dear Mr. Kola, We are sorry to learn you were unhappy with your experience in our Emergency Department. If you would like, please email us at so we can further address your concerns. Thank you.
Cari P.
a month ago
I have been in the ER for 3.5 hours already, and still not been seen. There are hardly any other patients here. I have had something stuck in my throat all night, and the Ask-A-Nurse hotline strongly recommended I come to the hospital. I feel like I am in a third-world country. Actually, I received far superior hospital care in Nairobi, Kenya.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Dear Cari P., We are very sorry to hear you were having an issue for which you needed emergency care and hope you are doing better. We would like to learn more about your experience here. Please email us at so we can address your concerns. Thank you.
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a week ago
Well just check in to Lawrence / New York Presbyterian hospital all ready greeted rudely and told it's going to be to 2 hr wait with nobody in the waiting room.... will write up the ending review when everything said and done. Update they brought us in the back room of I'm waiting in the room no doctor on site over 2 hour wait in the back room no nurse Came in to check on her condition no doctor no water was offered I have to say there's no compassion in this hospital For patients still waiting 6:00am now..smh. Update just spoke to the doctor no by his 6:08 not by his choice by Minds I had to literally cut him off in the hallway to ask him are we going to be seen he responded and said yes and walked away probably to never return I might as well put on a white coat and diagnosis her myself give her pain medication write her a prescription to the pharmacy this is ridiculous iam really starting to think this is a really crappy
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Damiana Demoraes
a month ago
A month ago I had my first baby at saint Laurence and I couldn't be more pleased with the treatment I received. All the nurses that took care of me were helpful and caring. Really a professional atmosphere! Thank you!
Peg Moore-Maioriello
4 months ago
This hospital dropped from a 5 star, if there was no star, I'd use it. My family has been coming here for 40 years. I have never seen worse, even in terrible hospitals in NYC. The emergency room was full of ants and bugs. My husband's room had insects too. There was an incident with gas and they covered it up. The best people are the Nurses, Nurse's Aids (the ones who clean the vomit) and the Radiology Dept. Tim in Radiology is the BEST. I notice that all the better reviews are two years old and that is about the time when you began to change. YES FILTH and MORE.
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Response from the owner - 4 months ago
Dear Ms. Moore-Maioriello, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital is committed to providing high quality care to its patients. We’d like to get more specifics about your experience here. Please email us at so we can further address your concerns. Thank you.
Tiffany Estavillo
3 months ago
The absolute worst. I wish I could give less than one star. I went with my niece who was having a terrible allergic reaction. She was only 1 year old and had a history of eczema, allergies, and was pre-mature so was skinnier than most children. The second a woman saw her, she accused my entire family of being stupid as if we weren't trying everything in the book to help her. He grabbed my niece from her mother and my niece was screaming. She's insanely attached to the mother and grandmother than rocks her to sleep while she's dealing with all her uncomfortable issues. These people are supposed to work with children and their families in a respectable and professional way. Instead, she screamed and made a scene in the emergency room. Of course my family got defensive, we left and went to Westchester children's hospital in white plains. I will never bring my niece of any child I care for there.
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Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Dear Ms. Estavillo, We understand that visits to the Emergency Room, especially with young children, can be very challenging and stressful for families, so our goal is to always provide the highest quality care. We hope your niece is feeling better and we are very sorry to learn you were unhappy with the care she received in our Emergency Department. Please email us at so we can learn more about your experience here and address your concerns. Thank you.