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Press Contacts

Andy LaGuardia
Director of Communications
WMCHealth Network
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
Phone: 914.493.6532
Email:Andrew.LaGuardia@wmchealth.org

Anna Dolianitis
Communications Manager
Westchester Medical Center
Phone: 914.493.3147
Email: Anna.Dolianitis@wmchealth.org

Helene Guss
Director, Communications
Bon Secours Charity Health System
Phone: 845.368.5570
Email: Helene_Guss@bshsi.org

Lynn Nichols
Director, Marketing
MidHudson Regional Hospital
845.332.9441
Lynn.Nichols.@hahv.org

Gerry Harrington
Marketing Coordinator
HealthAlliance Hospitals
Phone: 845.334.4760
Email: Gerry.Harrington@hahv.org

Press Policies

Thank you for your interest in covering the WMCHealth Network.  No matter where your story originates, the following policies apply.  For campus-specific information, please see the tabs below.

The health, comfort and privacy of our patients, their families and our staff are top priority at all Westchester Medical Center Health Network facilities. 

No member of the press may enter the hospital without first contacting a member of the media relations team, and all press must be accompanied by a media relations representative at all times.

Thank you for your understanding of and adherence to our guidelines.  We look forward to collaborating with you.

Member hospitals in the WMCHealth network are known locally, nationally and internationally for quality care and progressive thinking.  We are happy to field interview requests for our clinical staff to discuss current healthcare trends, medical advances and research breakthroughs, as well as share health and wellness information and comment on inspirational stories originating from our member hospitals.  Our administrative team also is available to discuss the business of healthcare and the WMCHealth Network.

All media inquiries and interview requests must be directed to the WMCHealth media relations department, and members of the press must be accompanied by a media relations representative for any interview conducted on a WMCHealth campus.  This includes interviews arranged by patients and their families/representatives. 

Patients/families/representatives are not authorized to invite press members to a WMCHealth facility. Before any interviews of patients/families/representatives are conducted or any pictures, video, audio, etc., are captured at a WMCHealth facility, the patient or authorized representative must complete a consent form provided by the media relations department.  None of the aforementioned activities can occur until the form is completed and signed.

Once on-campus, press may not approach or record patients, families, staff or other visitors in or around WMCHealth facilities.  This is for the privacy of our visitors and efficacy of care.

We will do our best to facilitate all media requests, but cannot guarantee that all requests will be honored.

A patient or authorized patient representative has the option to consent to a listing in a WMCHealth public patient directory. With that consent, we are permitted – but not required – to release one-word patient condition information.    No additional information can be shared without written consent from the patient/patient representative.

WMCHealth uses the following condition descriptions, which are recommended by the American Hospital Association:

Treated and Released – Patient discharged from hospital. 

Undetermined - Patient is awaiting physician and/or assessment.

Good - Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are excellent.

Fair - Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.

Serious - Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.

Critical - Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.

Deceased – WMCHealth does not disclose deceased information.

Westchester Medical Center/Maria Fareri Children's Hospital

News crews covering stories pertaining to Westchester Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and the Behavioral Health Center are required to park their vehicles on Woods Road, the main access road to WMCHealth’s Valhalla campus.  Please be aware that for the safety and privacy of our patients, visitors and staff as well as care efficiency, campus security may relocate news crew parking to another location. 

MidHudson Regional Hospital

Where To Meet Your Media Relations Representative

Before you arrive on campus, please contact Lynn Nichols at (845) 483-5581 for the best location to meet the hospital media relations representative who will escort you to your interview.

Breaking News Procedure

In the event of breaking news, media staging will take place in the northeast corner of the employee parking lot, near the intersection of Cedar Ave. and Baker Ave. Access to the hospital may be restricted at the sole discretion of the media relations team. As in all other instances, no member of the press may enter the hospital without first contacting a member of the media relations team and all press members must be accompanied by a media relations representative whenever they are in the hospital or on hospital property.

HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus

Where To Meet Your Media Relations Representative

Before you arrive on campus, please contact Gerry Harrington at (845) 334-4760 for the best location to meet the hospital media relations representative who will escort you to your interview.

Breaking News Procedure

In the event of breaking news, media staging will take place outside the hospital’s Broadway Entrance, on street level. Access to the hospital may be restricted at the sole discretion of the media relations team. As in all other instances, no member of the press may enter the hospital without first contacting a member of the media relations team and all press members must be accompanied by a media relations representative whenever they are in the hospital or on hospital property.

HealthAlliance Hospital:Mary's Avenue Campus

Where To Meet Your Media Relations Representative

Before you arrive on campus, please contact Gerry Harrington at (845) 334-4760 for the best location to meet the hospital media relations representative who will escort you to your interview.

Breaking News Procedure

In the event of breaking news, media staging will take place outside the Auditorium of the hospital’s Administrative Services Building, 85 Mary’s Ave. in Kingston, off Webster Street. Access to the hospital may be restricted at the sole discretion of the media relations team. As in all other instances, no member of the press may enter the hospital without first contacting a member of the media relations team and all press members must be accompanied by a media relations representative whenever they are in the hospital or on hospital property.

Margaretville Hospital

Where To Meet Your Media Relations Representative

Before you arrive on campus, please contact Gerry Harrington at (845) 334-4760 for the best location to meet the hospital media relations representative who will escort you to your interview.

Breaking News Procedure

In the event of breaking news, media staging will take place outside Mountainside Residential Care Center, adjacent to the hospital at 42158 Route 28. Access to the hospital may be restricted at the sole discretion of the media relations team. As in all other instances, no member of the press may enter the hospital without first contacting a member of the media relations team and all press members must be accompanied by a media relations representative whenever they are in the hospital or on hospital property.