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Margaret Black, Vice President of Operations at Allan Block Insurance Agency, has been awarded the Frederick Dayton Award. Each year, The Independent Insurance Agents of Westchester County (IIAWC) present the Frederick H. Dayton Award to an agent who has contributed meaningfully to the IIAWC and their community. Margaret Black has held positions with IIAWC as President and chaired the Education Day Committee and Scholarship Committee. In addition, she has served as President of the NY Hudson Valley User Group, chaired several committees of Applied Client Network, continues to sit on the Product Advisory Committee of Applied Client Network, and serves on Traveler’s Agent Technology Council. In the community, Black serves on the local Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, and is President of the Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns and serves on the Christopher Manno Scholarship Fund. JoAnne Murray, President of the Allan Block Agency, says “This is a well deserved honor for Margaret because of her commitment and dedication to the Independent Agents, the companies they represent and for her outreach to the community.”

Irvington High School sophomore Luke Carmosino won the Section One Class C Cross-Country Championship on November 7 at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls. Carmosino crossed the finish line with a time of 16:44:9 and, as a result, moved on to the state championships at Monroe Woodbury High School on November 14, where he placed 12th. The Irvington High School boys’ cross-country team placed third out of 17 schools in the Class C race on November 7.

Watercooler-Brett-Pesce-PAGE-10Irvington High School alumnus Brett Pesce scored his first NHL goal (along with an assist) for the Carolina Hurricanes, helping lead to the Hurricanes’ 4-3 win over the LA Kings.

Phelps Memorial Hospital Center has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. The Joint Commission included Phelps in its 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” based on the hospital’s success in attaining and sustaining excellence in six areas of measurable performance: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, hospital-based psychiatric care and immunizations.

Phelps Memorial Hospital Center also has achieved “Exemplar” status for its NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) program. NICHE is designed to help nurses provide specialized care to patients age 65 and older. The “Exemplar” status recognizes Phelps’ ongoing, high-level dedication to providing the highest quality, most appropriate care to older adults. Phelps is one of only 10 hospitals in New York State to achieve this status. The highest of four possible program levels, the Exemplar status was attained following a rigorous evaluation of the hospital’s current NICHE program and its future goals for the program. The requirements include implementing the NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) model and evidence-based protocols on all applicable hospital units, including specialty units; applying aging-sensitive policies; incorporating input from patients, families and other healthcare providers in the development and execution of NICHE initiatives; and assuming regional and national leadership roles.

Please send submissions about distinctions, honors, and awards given to local community members, students, and organizations to: thewatercooler@thehudsonindependent.com

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