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Toasting to a Healthy Westchester Dinner

By WCA September 06, 2019

Contact: Julia Emrick

(914) 948-6444


Toasting to a Healthy Westchester: Westchester County Association hosts annual wine pairing dinner to support healthcare advocacy initiatives

(September 3, 2019 – White Plains, NY) – The annual Toasting to a Healthy Westchester, a wine pairing dinner hosted by the Westchester County Association (WCA), brings together key healthcare and business stakeholders for an evening of conversation and celebration.  The dinner supports the WCA’s extensive healthcare initiatives and programs that take place throughout the year, which include research, stakeholder meetings and legislative advocacy.

The setting will be the elegant Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown. Leading healthcare and life science stakeholders from the region will be joined by Keynote Speaker Paul Keckley, Ph.D, Independent Healthcare Research & Policy Analyst and editor of The Keckley Report. In addition, Joel Seligman, President & CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital, will be celebrated with the Healthcare Champion Award. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 24th from 5:30-8:30pm. Tickets for the dinner are $300 for WCA members and $350 for non-members. For reservations, visit or contact Christina Barry at for more information.

WCA is honored to welcome Dr. Keckley, renowned expert on healthcare policy and a frequent speaker and advisor to healthcare organizations focused on long-term growth and sustainability strategies, back to Westchester for the evening. Those who attended last year’s dinner will no doubt remember the robust conversation that took place during Keckley’s talk. “This year I plan to take a look at trends, disruptions, and tipping points taking place in the health industry through a few different lenses: clinical, technology, capital and private equity, regulation, and politics,” said Keckley from his home in North Carolina. “There is so much happening, and it’s all happening very fast. What do we need to be watching closely? What’s incendiary? What are the possibilities out there that could completely change the future? These are the questions I’ll pose and then we’ll open it up to what I’m sure will be a fully engaged and fascinating conversation.”

During the evening Joel Seligman, President & CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital who will retire later this year, will receive WCA’s Healthcare Champion Award, in recognition of his years of advocacy and service to improve healthcare outcomes in Westchester County. WCA President & CEO Bill Mooney stated, “Joel has been an invaluable resource to me personally, and our organization as a whole, in terms of educating us about the complexities of our critically important healthcare sector.  Joel has been a key participant within our healthcare consortium since its inception over a decade ago and is such a passionate leader of Northern Westchester Hospital, an anchor institution in our community.”

Purchase College, SUNY will also be giving out Student Science Entrepreneurship Awards to two deserving students for their potential to make a scientific contribution to the business world.

About Paul Kekley, Ph.D.

In addition to The Keckley Report, he authors, a monthly column for Health and Hospital Networks and has published three books and 250 articles. During the period preceding the passage of the Affordable Care Act, he facilitated sessions between White House Office of Health Reform sessions and major health industry trade groups as private sector input was sought in the legislation. Keckley serves on the board of Tivity Health, as an advisor to Western Governors University and the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy, and is a member of the Health Executive Network and Healthcare Financial Management Association. He served as Managing Director of the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis (2014-2015), Executive Director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions (2006-2013), executive administration at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (1998-2006), Chief Executive Officer of PhyCor Management Corporation-the IPA Subsidiary of PhyCor Inc. (1994-1998) and Managing Partner of The Keckley Group, a health care research and policy analysis firm (1974-1994). He also served as Independent Chairman of Interdent, a California dental practice management company (1992-1996) and as an Adjunct Professor in the Schools of Medicine, Business and Health Policy at Georgetown University and Vanderbilt University.

About Joel Seligman

During his tenure as president and CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital, Joel Seligman has focused on providing clinical excellence, improving quality and expanding community outreach. Under his leadership, Northern Westchester opened a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, an Interventional Radiology Suite, two operating rooms, a Breast Institute and a Women’s Imaging Center. The hospital also opened a Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center in 2005, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department in 2011 and a parking garage in 2012. In March 2016, Northern Westchester opened a Surgical Suite with six state-of-the-art Operating Rooms and 14 Pre- and Post-Ambulatory Care patient rooms.

Prestigious accolades have followed. Northern Westchester was selected as one of the first five Planetree designated — the highest level of achievement for patient-centered care — hospitals in the country in 2007. In 2010 and again in 2013, the hospital was re-designated as Planetree Patient-Centered Care Hospital with Distinction. After receiving Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center — the gold standard for nursing — Northern Westchester became the only hospital in the nation to have Magnet designation and Planetree designation with distinction. Mr. Seligman has served on many prestigious boards and is the recipient of many community and civic awards.

About the Westchester County Association

The Westchester County Association ( is Westchester County’s leading economic development and business advocacy organization. For nearly 70 years, the WCA has been the leading independent voice of Westchester’s business community, developing and advancing proactive policies and initiatives that foster smart growth and economic vitality in the region. The WCA also is focused on promoting Westchester County as the region’s best place to live, work and play: offering a high quality of life; access to good jobs; world-class schools, cultural institutions, dining and recreational opportunities; and close proximity to New York City.

Calendar Listing

What: Toasting to a Healthy Westchester

When: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Tappan Hill Mansion

81 Highland Avenue (GPS: 200 Gunpowder Lane), Tarrytown, NY

Tickets: Members: $300 / Non-Members: $350

Reservations & Information Contact: or Christina Barry,



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