Mount Kisco, NY —
Daren Wu, MD, and Lisa Schwartz have been named to the Board of Trustees of Northern Westchester Hospital. The announcement was made by Michael Schwartz, Chair of the Hospital's Board of Trustees.
"Ms. Schwartz and Dr. Wu have shown incredible dedication to the Hospital and our community, and we are delighted that they have joined the Board of Northern Westchester Hospital," said Mr. Schwartz. "They each bring critical skills to the board in areas that include philanthropy and global, public and community health. As the hospital continues to address the critical needs of our community, their participation strengthens our board and its ability to make an impact."
Ms. Schwarz is the founder and proprietor of Rainbeau Ridge Farm in Bedford Hills, NY, where she has spent more than a decade devoted to building community around local, sustainable and nutritious food. An accomplished cheesemaker, farmer, and educator, she is author of Over the Rainbeau: Living the Dream of Sustainable Farming and a frequent speaker on topics related to sustainable farming. She has been honored as one of Westchester County's 2012 Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs and named one of 2008's Most Influential Residents.
For years, Ms. Schwartz has been actively engaged in global and local health concerns, including at Northern Westchester Hospital where in 2000, she, along with her husband, established the hospital's first endowment for nursing education. She is former chair and current board member of SEED Global Health and serves on the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Board of Dean's Advisors. She is also a trustee of Teach for China in Beijing, a non-profit working to ensure educational equity; a former director of Bedford 2020; a trustee of the Westchester Land Trust; and founder of the PreSchool Connection.
A former management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton, she holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Wellesley College.
Dr. Wu, a board-certified family physician, is Chief Medical Officer of Open Door Family Medical Centers, Inc., a community health center that has been designated a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. Open Door has 13 sites in Westchester and Putnam Counties, with more than 100 clinicians serving the health needs of over 50,000 patients.
In addition to his primary passion – "being in the trenches" and taking care of patients – Dr. Wu enjoys working on systemic changes, such as maximizing the use of electronic medical records (EMR) and incorporating team-based care coordination in order to integrate behavioral health and medical care delivery.
Dr. Wu is a member of the faculty of New York Medical College and regularly precepts medical students in their primary care rotations. He is also a founding member of the New York Medical College – Phelps Hospital Family Residency training program, which has an outpatient facility dedicated to residency teaching in Open Door's Sleepy Hollow site.
Dr. Wu completed his internship and residency training in Family Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He is a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, and received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University in New York. He is a resident of Old Greenwich, CT.
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About Northern Westchester Hospital:
Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), a member of Northwell Health, 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 www.nwhc.net and connect with us on Facebook.
About Northwell Health:
Northwell Health is New York State's largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, more than 650 outpatient facilities and nearly 15,000 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 66,000 employees – 15,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We're making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.