Five New Members Elected to Phelps Board of Directors

Five new members were recently elected to the Board of Directors of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, a 238-bed community hospital in Sleepy Hollow.  The new directors are:  

Patricia Armstrong of Irvington has spent more than 30 years in the cable television industry, primarily in corporate finance roles.  She began her career working for a subsidiary of Time Inc. in Denver, CO.  From 2006 through 2012, she worked at Cablevision in Bethpage, Long Island as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations.  Now retired, she recently joined the Board of Directors of VIP Community Services, a not-for-profit organization aiming to help those suffering from addiction and poverty.

Tobe Banc, MD, of Briarcliff Manor is Assistant Medical Director at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, where she is also Director of Palliative Care Services and Director of Senior Health and Internal Medicine, a hospital-based geriatric, internal medicine and palliative care practice.  In addition, Dr. Banc is Medical Director of Kendal on Hudson, a continuing care retirement community on the Phelps campus. She has co-authored a training course and manual for health professionals in palliative care, which is used nationwide.  

David Swope of Ossining is founder of Club Fit, the multi-sport and recreational facility with locations in Briarcliff Manor and Jefferson Valley.  He is president of County Homes, LLC, a real estate investment company, and owner of Tappan Hill, a catering facility in Tarrytown. Mr. Swope is currently Chairman of the Board of Westchester Community College, a director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, and a trustee with Lesley University located in Cambridge, MA.

Kenneth Taber of Tarrytown is a partner in the New York City office of the national law firm Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman, LLP, known as Pillsbury. He is co-leader of the firm’s 200-attorney Litigation Section, and has represented the City of New York in what The New York Times called “landmark” litigation brought by the City to stem the flow of illegal guns.  Mr. Taber is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Harlem School of the Arts, and serves on that Board’s executive Committee. He is also a member of the Board of the San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 

Craig Zalvan, MD, FACS, of Briarcliff Manor, Medical Director of the Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, is a laryngologist specializing in voice, swallowing and cough disorders. He is also a partner in the otolaryngology group ENT Faculty Practice, LLP, a member of the Medical Executive Committee at Westchester Medical Center, and serves as a Faculty Senator for the Senate at New York Medical College.

About Phelps Hospital

Phelps Hospital, part of Northwell Health, is a full-service 238-bed acute care community hospital located in Sleepy Hollow, NY. With more than 1,700 employees and 500 medical staff members representing 60 medical specialties, Phelps offers one of the broadest ranges of community hospital services in Westchester County. Patients benefit from distinguished physicians, many of whom are pioneers in their field, offering the most advanced procedures using the latest technology. Phelps’ primary and specialty care medical group, Phelps Medical Associates, has nearly 20 practices located on the hospital campus and in the surrounding communities.

About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, about 750 outpatient facilities and more than 13,600 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 68,000 employees – 16,000-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 Institutes 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

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