NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- For more than thirty years, Deborah Little has been dedicated to the nursing profession. She has held positions in nursing education, management, and as an advanced practice nurse. It’s that broad background in the profession and her warm personality that make her most attractive to Monroe College as the newly-appointed Chair of the School of Nursing.
“Deborah’s understanding of the vital practical components of what it takes to be a critical care nurse and also how to teach that and communicate it to students makes her a perfect fit for our highly-successful nursing program,” said Dean of Academics Jeff Wallis. “Combine that experience with her compassion and enthusiastic support for students and you have a total professional who will be able to build on what is already an excellent nursing program.”
Monroe practical student nurses have passed the PN-NCLEX exams at the extraordinary rate of 98% in 2011.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Recently the residents, family, friends and staff of Schaffer Extended Care Center (SECC), located on the campus of Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, enjoyed their 17th annual fashion show.
The staff of the Department of Recreation Therapy worked their magic and transformed the day room into a runway worthy of New York Fashion Week. Live music and a dynamic emcee added to the festive atmosphere for more than 50 guests. Many were tapping their feet to the music as they applauded the models and their outfits.
SECC residents and volunteer models chose one of their favorite outfits to showcase, which always provides an array of styles – from casual to ethnic, and everything in between. Broad smiles and loud applause greeted each participant as they made their way down the runway. The annual Fashion Show is greatly anticipated and was another successful event on the busy calendar at Schaffer Extended Care Center. It was often difficult to tell who was having the best time – the onlookers or the models.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) is pleased to announce a recent donation for its Cappelli Diabetes Center from the Rotary Club of New Rochelle.Read more
Bill Cannata a Captain with the Westwood MA Fire Department conducted a training session for the New Rochelle Fire Department to teach New Rochelle's first responders how to to identify persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how best to help them in an emergency. The session one of several he is providing this week to the different shifts. His fire/rescue autism program has educated more than 15,000 first responders.
Cannata explained how people with ASD may react to an emergency situation by getting out of control, acting aggressive, or simply shutting down -- they may walk back into a burning building, run away or assault rescue personnel. He provided examples including several based on his son Ted who is a 21-year old with autism.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- High school students have shown significant progress over the past two decades in improving many health-risk behaviors associated with the leading cause of death among youth—motor vehicle crashes—according to the 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although motor vehicle crashes account for more than 1 in 3 U.S. teen deaths each year, findings from this survey show dramatic improvements during the past 20 years in motor vehicle safety among youth:
• From 1991 to 2011, the percentage of students who rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol during the past 30 days declined from 40 to 24.
• The percentage of high school students who had driven a car during the past 30 days when they had been drinking alcohol decreased from 17 in 1997 to 8 in 2011.
• Between 2009 and 2011 encouraging improvements were also shown in the percentage of students wearing a seat belt, not riding with a driver who had been drinking alcohol and not driving a car when they had been drinking alcohol.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- To eliminate breeding sites for mosquitoes that can carry West Nile Virus, the Westchester County Department of Health will begin its annual West Nile Virus prevention efforts by checking catch basins throughout the county for standing water and applying larvicide as needed starting Monday, May 7.
Health department larviciding teams will begin in New Rochelle, Yonkers and Mount Vernon, evaluating and treating as needed all catch basins on county and municipal roads throughout the county over the next few months.
To help prevent mosquitoes from breeding, residents should eliminate standing water from around their properties, especially after it rains. Large areas of standing water on public property that cannot easily be removed should be reported to the Health Department by calling (914) 813-5000.Read more
WHITE PLAINS, NY -- The latest statistics on alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug use by Westchester and Rockland teens will be the focus of a forum Tuesday, sponsored by the Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth. The event, running from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westchester County Center, will feature Jack Claypoole, associate deputy director and administrator for Drug Free Communities at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The coalition is an umbrella group of 30 local organizations that work to prevent alcohol and drug use by teens. About 150 people are expected to attend the forum, titled “Youth Substance Use 2012: Applying Lessons Learned In Tackling Marijuana and Prescription Drug Abuse.”
County Executive Robert P. Astorino and District Attorney Janet DiFiore are honorary chairs of the coalition. Vito Pinto, director of the Westchester County Office of Drug Prevention and STOP-DWI, is the chair.Read more