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The Westchester Medical Group Announces Name Change to WESTMED Medical Group

September 22, 2009
Linda Martin
(914) 681-5282

Also Announces New Advanced Web Site with Patient-Friendly Portal

The Westchester Medical Group, a multi-specialty group medical practice based in White Plains that has served patients in the Hudson Valley since 1996, announces the change of its name to WESTMED Medical Group today. At the same time, WMG is rolling out a newly designed Web site, which will enable patients to participate more actively in their health care and keep them in better touch with their doctors.

“Our name change, which is modern and concise, represents our vision for medicine,” said Simeon Schwartz, MD, president of the WESTMED Medical Group. “WESTMED is a model of the future of medicine—right now—today--because we provide a broad range of quality, coordinated medical care; we offer a full service experience for patients; and we work to prevent major procedures and surgeries.”

Dr. Barney Newman, WESTMED’s medical director, further explained, “Health care at WESTMED is patient-centered and already at the standard that President Obama often cites with his emphasis on primary care physicians and specialists working together as a team to give the best patient care, and using state of the art systems and electronic medical records.” WESTMED was an early adopter of electronic medical records in 2002, implementing it as a way to improve care and reduce the cost of health care.

“For these reasons, our brand is different from other health care providers, which is one of the reasons why we broke off from ‘Westchester this or that,’ Dr. Schwartz added. “We are looking to lessen confusion with this name change.”

Dr. Schwartz said, “What further sets us apart is that we have invested millions of dollars in advanced information systems and staff focused on evaluating our care and identifying areas for continuous improvement.” He noted, “To my knowledge, we are the first medical practice in the community to do so. Our advanced quality tools are the very definition of what the Obama administration wants for measuring performance.”

WMG’s Medical Director, Dr. Barney Newman, said, “Along with our name change, we are bringing more technological innovation to the doctor-patient relationship to improve communication. We are enabling patients to have better access to us through our Web site at their convenience.” For example, patients will be able to view their virtual medical record 24/7 and see lab and radiology results, pay bills, schedule appointments, request prescription renewals and much more.

“These self-service and interactive features will be available to WESTMED patients 18 years of age and older via the patient friendly portal on the practice’s Web site at www.westmedgroup.com, “ said Dr. Newman. “We’re giving our patients easy-to-use Web tools to help them manage their non-emergency health care around the clock.”
WESTMED Medical Group is a rapidly growing physician-owned and managed multi-specialty group practice. It is staffed by a team of over 150 physicians dedicated to providing coordinated, efficient, quality care in central and lower Westchester County. It has locations in White Plains, Purchase, Rye, Scarsdale, Eastchester, Yonkers and Bronxville. The practice is widely known for its effective integration of high-efficiency business practices and cutting-edge technologies to continually improve health care delivery to Westchester residents.

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