MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. ? Dr. Abe Levy of the Mount Kisco Medical Group will be honored at a reception Sunday, Dec. 16, for his 40 years of service to the community.
Levy is stepping down as the group's medical director, a position he has held since 1999. He was named the practice's chief quality officer in 2004. Sunday's reception was planned by Levy's wife, Pat, and Mayor Michael Cindrich and his wife, Linda. It will take place at 2 p.m. in the community room at the Mount Kisco Public Library.
"Every day has been enjoyable and it's been wonderful for me to be of service to the patients in this community," Levy said. "I'm honored to have been given the chance to do so."
Levy graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School in 1966 and completed his Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. In 1972, he went to the University of Rochester as a Fellow in Psychosomatic Medicine.
Levy has championed the use of electronic medical records (EMRs) to improve patient safety and risk management. He has been active in the implementation of three EMR systems at the Mount Kisco Medical Group and three in-patient EMRs at associated hospitals.
The Mount Kisco Medical Group has been recording notes on its patients electronically since February 1998, he said, "and that makes their care more coordinated and safer."
Levy is chairman of the American Medical Group Association's Political Action Committee and a member of the AMGA Public Policy Committee as well as the CMO Council. He is a past-president of the Westchester Academy of Medicine and immediate past-president of the Westchester County Medical Society.
Levy said he would first and foremost like to thank his patients. Administratively, Levy credited Dr. Scott Hayworth, president and CEO of the medical group, for his leadership.
Levy's role will be taken over by Dr. Thomas Lester, an oncologist/hematologist, who will have the title of chief medical officer.
Lester has worked in the community for 20 years and was the president of the Katonah Medical Group before joining the Mount Kisco Medical Group.
In his retirement, Levy said he plans to relax, read, listen to music and play tennis.
Levy lives in Pound Ridge, where he has served as a member of the Water Control Commission for 12 years.
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