Updated Media Advisory: State Health Commissioner to Make Two Stops in Westchester County Friday in Connection with 6-County Public Health Week Tour

Note: Time Change

Highlights Changes in Health Care, Breastfeeding Promotion

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 7, 2011) – On Friday, New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., will speak to New York State's physicians on the transformation of health care to a new model of care and he will showcase a hospital's exemplary performance in increasing the rates of breastfeeding among new mothers.

The stops in Westchester County represent the final stops in Commissioner Shah's 6-county tour in connection with National Public Health Week, during which he is drawing attention to the State's highest public health priorities and highlighting effective local initiatives that are addressing them.



State Health Commissioner Shah; members of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY)


Speaking at MSSNY's Annual House of Delegates meeting, Commissioner Shah will discuss how the delivery of health care in New York must move away from the old model of reactive medicine that focuses primarily on treating serious health problems to one that is more proactive in preventing and managing health care problems before they become serious.


Westchester Marriott
670 White Plains Road
Tarrytown 10591


Friday, April 8, at 9 a.m.

Press wishing to attend should contact Lynda Lee Adams at the Medical Society at Ladams@mssny.org or call 516-7507344 (office) or 516-428-6391 (cell).



State Health Commissioner Shah; Hudson Valley Hospital CEO John Federspiel; Westchester Acting Health Commissioner Cheryl Archbald, M.D.; Putnam County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, M.D.; staff of Hudson Valley Hospital Center; several mothers and their babies.


Commissioner Shah will highlight the significant health benefits to infants and mothers from exclusive breastfeeding and the critical role that hospital maternity care practices play in supporting exclusive breastfeeding. He will present an Award of Excellence to Hudson Valley Hospital Center for efforts that resulted in an increase in breastfeeding to 95 percent of mothers giving birth at the hospital.


Hudson Valley Hospital Center
Wagner Conference Room
1980 Crompond Road
Cortlandt Manor 10567


Friday, April 8, at 11:30 a.m.


For the complete schedule of Public Health Week activities, go to: http://health.ny.gov/press/releases/2011/2011-04-01_public_health_week_media_advisory.htm