NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Integrates Columbia Radiology

Patients at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital who need imaging exams now benefit from the expertise of Columbia's subspecialized radiologists. Members of the Department of Radiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) began providing comprehensive radiology services to the hospital, located in Cortlandt Manor, New York, in May of 2022. 

The new partnership introduces Columbia's fellowship-trained, board-certified radiologists to the hospital, expanding the access and modalities of imaging exams offered at that location. 

"We now have the ability to offer a number of exams that, until recently, would have required patients to travel outside of our community for care," says Stacey Petrower, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital. "With this partnership, our patients now have access to leading radiologists from Columbia University Irving Medical Center, right here in Cortlandt Manor."

Cardiac MRI is just one example of an exam that was not previously offered at the hospital despite having heart-imaging capability with a powerful 3T MRI scanner. Cardiac imaging requires specialized expertise, with exams often tailored to individual patients and read by radiologists in real time. With Columbia's cardiac imaging team on board, the hospital can now offer this exam to patients.  

“We have worked collaboratively with Columbia Radiology leadership to develop a well-rounded program to fully support the clinical needs of our hospital,” says Angela Gonzalez-Perez, vice president of operations of NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital. “This multi-specialized team of radiologists will also double the breast imaging capability at the hospital's Breast Imaging Center, and our interventional radiology division will also expand significantly over the next few months.”

"This integration extends Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian’s radiology footprint into northern Westchester," says Lawrence H. Schwartz, MD, James Picker Professor of Radiology and chair of the Department of Radiology at Columbia and chief of the radiology service at NewYork-Presbyterian CUIMC. "We are excited to bring our outstanding radiology expertise and experience to the NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital community."

Marc Brown, MD, executive vice chair of clinical operations in the Department of Radiology at Columbia, is serving as interim chief of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital radiology team. In late July, Amichai Erdfarb, MD, will join the department faculty and serve as chief of radiology at the hospital.

Erdfarb, a neuroradiologist with many years of clinical and leadership experience, will oversee the full integration of NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital's clinical care with Columbia Radiology, providing patients and referring providers with seamless access to the expertise of the entire department. The integration includes several radiologists dedicated exclusively to the northern Westchester location who will join Columbia Radiology over the next few months.

"I'm looking forward to this opportunity to build and integrate high level care and imaging expertise to support NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital," says Erdfarb. "Our goal is to better serve our patient population and referring community."

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital is a 128-bed community hospital that serves the residents of Westchester, Putnam and Lower Dutchess Counties. Radiologists from CUIMC's Department of Radiology provide imaging services for two additional NewYork-Presbyterian locations: NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital in Upper Manhattan and NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Westchester County.