MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. - The Westchester County Department of Social Services has awarded Northern Westchester Hospital $10,000 to bolster two of its hospital staff enrichment programs.
The grant will be used for the English as a Second Language (ESL) program and management skills training, hospital officials announced Tuesday.
The hospital's ESL program "is an extremely valuable program enabling staff members to better communicate with each other and, more importantly, with our patients," said Kerry Flynn-Barrett, vice president of human resources at the hospital.
“Additionally," the management training program will focus on honing essential supervisory skills,” said Flynn-Barrett.
The grant was presented on behalf of the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment Board. Members of the WPWIB board are appointed by Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and oversee the counties' One-Stop Employment Centers and workforce development programs.
Northern Westchester Hospital officials said they provide continuing education for all staff members via internal programs, external educational partnerships and funding to attend off-site programs.
“Staff education and training is one of several key initiatives that enables Northern Westchester Hospital to continually deliver high-quality care and to ensure that the treatment patients receive here is among the best in the nation,” said Flynn-Barrett.
This year, the hospital will also receive a significantly larger grant from the government: $1 million from the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council to construct six operating rooms, 13 post-anesthesia care units and new surgical space.
This construction project at the hospital is one of 27 projects in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, a number of them health-care-related, which will receive state grants from the economic development council.