SLEEPY HOLLOW, New York – Phelps Hospital recently held an open house to display its new state-of-the-art interventional radiology (IR) suite located in the radiology department on the main floor of the hospital. The suite is the latest major investment the hospital was able to make as part of the Northwell Health System. “Phelps investment in this cutting edge technology is a testament to our commitment to our patients and the quality of care they receive,” said hospital president, Dan Blum. “Our highly skilled physicians excel in using these advanced techniques to save patients’ lives, decrease hospital stays and provide phenomenal care.”
The investment Mr. Blum refers to was approximately $12 million dollars. It includes 3D Mammography, 128 Slice CAT Scanner; 3T MRI and Interventional Suite of technology.
The previous equipment was almost 13 years old.
Interventional radiology is the minimally invasive, image-guided treatment of medical conditions that once required open surgery. By harnessing the power of advanced imaging (ultrasound, X-rays, CAT scans, MRI scans and other innovative methods), interventional radiologists can see inside the body and treat complex conditions—even cardiovascular disease and cancer— less invasively and with unprecedented precision.
Dr. Anthony Febles is a Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist and Vascular/Interventional Radiologist and specializes in interventional and vascular radiology and has been with Phelps for two years. He has a special interest in teaching and is involved in the residency programs at Phelps. “The new equipment will allow us to take big steps forward and puts Phelps on the same level as powerhouse academic centers providing technology and expertise, and that is exciting,” said Dr. Febles.
The open house was also an opportunity to connect the technology and effectiveness of IR, with the human side. Several patients gladly participated in the event to offer their thanks and gratitude to Dr. Febles and his team. One patient, Maryann Testa, learned that a condition called pulmonary arteriovenous malformation was hereditary – and had the potential to be deadly — she and her son and daughter were found to have it. Dr. Febles operated on Maryann and her son. She was grateful that Dr. Febles took the time to explain the condition and the procedure in a way she could understand. “To say we love him, love is a word that is used too much sometimes or not enough, but we do love Dr. Febles. My family is protected now. I don’t have to worry about strokes, I don’t have to worry about them dying and that’s all thanks to Dr. Febles.” Another patient could not keep from crying in recounting how Dr. Febles saved her life. Regina Michline had given birth to a healthy baby girl in a hospital in New York City. The delivery was unremarkable and there were no complications. A couple of weeks afterward, she started bleeding. She was attended at another medical facility and was told she was fine and sent home. Later that evening, her husband had to call an ambulance and she was taken to Phelps bleeding out and was close to death. Dr. Febles stopped the bleeding and saved her life. “I wasn’t your patient. I came through the emergency room when my baby was 10 days old and you were not expecting me here. When I woke up I kept hearing your name, “oh you have to thank Dr. Febles” and I’m like “who’s Dr. Febles?” I’m so thankful for being here for the rest of my life. It’s God’s miracle. I believe that my miracle was you.”
Dr. Febles went on to say, “The new equipment is a game-changer. It means that we can provide a high level of care right here in Westchester that previously would dislocate my patients and sever relationships because they would have to travel into Manhattan otherwise. And we couldn’t do what we do without a dedicated staff. My staff is the best! They are caring and treat patients like family. It never ceases to amaze me the level of attention they give each and every one of our patients.”
For more information contact the radiology department at 914-366-3644.
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. www.phelpshospital.org. Phelps’ primary and specialty care medical group, Phelps Medical Associates, has nearly 20 practices located on the hospital campus and in the surrounding communities. www.phelpsmedicalassociates.org.
About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, nearly 700 outpatient facilities and more than 18,500 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 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.