WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Nearly 200 friends, donors and healthcare partners raised nearly $125,000 for Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester at its 17th annual benefit gala at the Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison.
Guests enjoyed cocktails, conversation, food, a silent auction and views of the club’s verdant golf course. The annual event is critical in helping the nonprofit agency to fulfill its mission, as many of the services it provides are not reimbursable by government or other sources. Honoree Frank A. Corvino spoke about the profound changes in healthcare in recent years, noting that home healthcare requires greater collaboration among healthcare organizations. “As healthcare is changing, VNS Westchester will play an even greater critical role in patient care,” Corvino said. Hosted by Michael Gargiulo, NBC4 New York Anchor (his fourth turn at emceeing the VNSW event), the gala’s awards ceremony honored Corvino, chairman of the Greenwich Hospital Foundation and recipient of VNSW’s 2015 Distinguished Service Award; and Dr. Sumir Sahgal, chief medical officer of EssenMed House Calls, and recipient of VNSW’s Community Leadership Award. The awards were presented by Tim Leddy, interim president and chief executive officer, VNSW, and Mary Gadomski, VNSW’s director of community education. In his remarks, Leddy acknowledged the many individuals, local businesses, corporate sponsors, partner organizations, and other contributors from throughout the community who made the evening possible.
Dr. Sahgal said the many healthcare professionals present who dedicated their lives to the community humbled him. “Similar to VNS Westchester, we at EssenMed House Calls are passionate about caring for the elderly,” Sahgal said. He thanked VNSW and his team at EssenMed, for “putting patients first.” Proceeds from the Spring Benefit Gala directly support VNS Westchester’s efforts to provide expanded programs, complementary care services, and charitable care for its home healthcare patients in Westchester, the Bronx, Dutchess, Putnam and Rockland counties.
Funds also support the wide range of free community health education programs and services that the agency provides to seniors and other populations in the five-county region it serves. Founded in 1901, VNSW is the largest independent not-for-profit, Medicare-certified home healthcare agency in Westchester. The agency provides skilled nursing with case management, rehabilitation therapies, medical social work and home health aide services to people of all ages, and offers a wide range of specialty care programs, and free community health education for the public and healthcare professionals.
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