Northern Westchester Hospital Schedules Annual Benefit “Close to Heart & Home”

Northern Westchester Hospital
Northern Westchester Hospital

MOUNT KISCO, NY — Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) will hold its Annual Benefit with the theme “Close to Heart & Home” on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Old Salem Farm, 190 June Road, in North Salem, NY. This year’s physician honoree is Jack Catanese, MD, FACC, attending cardiologist at NWH, who served as the NWH Medical Staff President and Trustee from 2005-2011. William Sarnoff, who has served on the NWH Board of Trustees since 2011, is this year’s community honoree. The benefit co-chairs are Heather and Kristoffer Durst, and Pamela and David Small. All proceeds from the benefit will fund patient-centered care.

Dr. Catanese, of Lewisboro, NY, will be honored for his dedication over the past 21 years to treating patients at NWH with a patient-centered focus, caring for each patient uniquely, and empowering patients to be an active participant in their care.

“Northern Westchester Hospital is a highly-respected institution, and being honored at this year’s benefit is so thrilling. I am very grateful.” said Dr. Catanese. “I deeply believe in the hospital’s mission of delivering patient-centered care, which is what drew me here in 1994. I will share this honor with my patients, because it is really about them, not me.”

Mr. Sarnoff, of Bedford, NY, a longtime advocate for a patient-centered, integrative approach to healthcare will be honored for his generosity in both the time and energy he dedicates to the hospital.

“The hospital does a superb job concentrating on the patient first. I’m so impressed by their emphasis on the prevention of illness and the promotion of health,” said Mr. Sarnoff. “The entire medical staff treats the whole patient, not just the disease. Northern Westchester Hospital is an incredibly important institution in our community.”

“The annual gala is a wonderful time for us to recognize those whose contributions enable Northern Westchester Hospital to excel as a healthcare leader, and it is extremely appropriate to honor Dr. Catanese and Mr. Sarnoff this year as we celebrate and raise funds to support our patient-centered programs and innovations at NWH. We are more than grateful to these two gentlemen for their leadership, vision and commitment,” said Joel Seligman, President and CEO, Northern Westchester Hospital.

The theme for this year’s benefit is “Close to Heart & Home,” and was chosen by the benefit committee because NWH is a community hospital, and also because it is a hospital that is incredibly dedicated to patient-centered care – putting the patient, their families and caregivers at the center of the way care is delivered.

“I’m impressed by the way the hospital strives to care for the patient as a whole – the mind, body, and soul. It’s a mission I support and I’m grateful to have such a high-quality healthcare institution in my backyard,” said Heather Durst, whose husband and son were born at the hospital. “I am looking forward to a meaningful, fun, and memorable evening.”

“It was wonderful to be asked to co-chair the gala this year. My family and I recognize how fortunate we are to have Northern Westchester Hospital right here in our community,” said Pamela Small, “Close to Heart & Home is a fitting theme to recognize such a community treasure and their approach to providing care. I am looking forward to spending this wonderful night with neighbors, doctors, supporters, and others who have benefited from the incredible care at NWH.”

“Close to Heart & Home” will take place at Old Salem Farm where the indoor horse riding rings will be transformed into a warm, autumn themed event space, and the menu, primarily locally sourced, will be provided by renowned Abigail Kirsch Catering. Cocktails begin at 6:30pm, with dinner at 8:00pm. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please visit


About Northern Westchester Hospital

Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, provides quality, patient centered care that is close to home through a unique combination of medical expertise, leading edge technology, and a commitment to humanity. Over 650 highly-skilled physicians, state-of-the-art technology and professional staff of caregivers are all in place to ensure that you and your family receive treatment in a caring, respectful and nurturing environment. NWH has established extensive internal quality measurements that surpass the standards defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) National Hospital Quality Measures. Our high quality standards help to ensure that the treatment you receive at NWH is among the best in the nation. For more information, please visit and connect with us on Facebook.

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