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Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Center Opens in West Nyack

Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Center has opened a multi-specialty, outpatient facility in West Nyack.

The opening was celebrated on June 11, 2024, with a dedication ceremony that included remarks by Philip Ozuah, MD, PhD, President and CEO of Montefiore Einstein; Mark Geller, MD, FACR, President and CEO of Montefiore Nyack Hospital; Neil Cobelli, MD, Chairman Orthopedic Surgery of Montefiore Einstein; Jason Fond, MD, Director of Orthopedic Surgery at Montefiore Nyack Hospital and Scott Edelman, MBA, CPA, CFE, Executive Director, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.

The two-story, 60,000-square-foot building at 3 Centerock Road will offer integrated comprehensive orthopedic medical and surgical care, advanced orthopedic and spine imaging, spinal interventions and expert physical rehabilitation services from the academic experts at Montefiore Einstein Orthopedic and Spine Surgeons, Montefiore Nyack Hospital and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.

Developed by Aspect Health and designed by global architecture, design and planning firm Gensler, The Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Center (MECOSC) will serve patients who need musculoskeletal services. Experts from Montefiore Einstein Orthopedic Surgery and Spine Surgeons provide orthopedic care and surgery, minimally invasive spinal intervention, and pain management for all orthopedic issues. Professionals from Montefiore Nyack offer the most advanced MRI system for diagnostic imaging as well as surgical care in the state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center. Patients requiring rehabilitation services to recover from an injury or to regain strength and mobility post-surgery have access to the experts from Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Center began accepting patients in April and is home to the largest orthopedic physician practice in Rockland County.

As a leader in academic musculoskeletal care, comprehensive services offered include state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery; advanced imaging with a 3T high field open orthopedic and spine MRI; and physical and occupational therapy rehabilitation services provided by the internationally renowned rehabilitation specialists from Burke Rehabilitation Hospital—all under one roof. The building’s design includes ample parking, calming and inviting waiting areas for patients and caregivers, spacious exam rooms and private consultation offices that redefine how best-in-class orthopedic and spine care is rendered. Montefiore Orthopedics’ board-certified surgeons and specialists utilize a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach, ensuring all patients seeking treatment for injury, arthritic conditions, joint pain and other ailments receive effective, precision care that reduces pain and improves their mobility and quality of life.

Once a patient has recovered from surgery, Burke Rehabilitation’s expert therapists will work one-on-one with them, using state-of-the-art equipment in a supportive environment designed to expedite return to their expected functional state. Burke West Nyack offers its award-winning, comprehensive rehabilitation care and services, including Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Concussion Management, Vestibular Therapy, Orthopedic Medicine and Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, and Hand and Upper Extremity Care.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, visit

VEOLIA Survey Says Americans Are Amenable To Drinking Recycled Wastewater Due To Climate Change

As recently as 10 years ago, most if not all Americans would have balked at the idea of drinking recycled wastewater. But Veolia’s new survey of American attitudes toward climate change, called the Barometer of Ecological Transformation, indicates the impacts of climate change have led to a striking shift in the measures that Americans are now willing to take to preserve natural resources, according to the company. Worsening storms, drought, flooding and other tangible signs of a changing climate are also making Americans feel increasingly anxious and vulnerable, the survey shows.

The highlights from the Barometer survey, which polled 2,000 Americans, include:

  • 61% of Americans expressed willingness to drink recycled wastewater to adapt to severe water shortages
  • 82% expressed willingness to pay more out of their own pocket to help cover costs for eliminating micropollutants in drinking water supplies
  • 74% expressed willingness to eat food from agriculture that uses recycled wastewater for fertilizer

Veolia provides water services to more than 550,000 customers in New York and approximately 22,000 customers in Rhode Island, as part of its role as America’s leading water business, providing water and wastewater services to more than 20 million people across the United States.

Rockland County Economic Development & Tourism To Hold First “FAM” Tour

Rockland County’s Economic Development & Tourism Department, in collaboration the company hired to promote the county, Alon Tourism Solutions, held its first Familiarization Tour and Marketplace (FAM) event in early June. The FAM Tour featured an extensive itinerary, taking travel trade professionals to numerous tourism destinations including Roundtable Brewery, the Garner Historic District & GARNER Arts Center, the Haverstraw Brick Museum, Holocaust Museum, Palisades Center, and more.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day said, “It is always a pleasure to highlight Rockland County’s tourism assets, which will continue to generate a positive economic impact for the County.”

“We are happy to welcome these tourism professionals to our FAM Tour and Marketplace,” said Lucy Redzeposki, Director of Economic Development & Tourism for Rockland County.  “This provided them with a first-hand experience of our county that they can then add to their tour itineraries, opening the door for new business.”

The event was geared to attract tourism professionals and Rockland’s assets to boost tourism.

“Tourism growth drives economic impact, revitalizes communities, creates jobs, and grows local businesses,” said Jennifer Ackerson, President & CEO of Alon Tourism Solutions. “Tourism is New York’s third largest private sector industry, contributing billions in economic impact annually. Our goal is for Rockland County businesses to secure a significant share of this thriving market.”

The tour included a Marketplace networking reception where Rockland County tourism stakeholders shared their products and services, laying the foundation for long-term partnerships.

“We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude for the fantastic site visit made possible by Alon and Rockland County,” said Isabelle Mary owner of MAD Tours & Events. “Your hard work ensured we experienced as much as possible for two busy and productive days! Each visit, food and beer tasting, along with interaction with our future tourism and hospitality partners were truly enjoyed.”