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Miles With Meaning: WMC Doctor Runs Marathon In Support Of His Patients

Dr. Stephen Ferrando.
Dr. Stephen Ferrando. Photo Credit: Westchester Medical Center

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- This fall, six Westchester Medical Center Health Network employees from across the Hudson Valley will channel their fighting spirit in the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 6.

As Dr. Stephen Ferrando paces himself through his third TCS New York City Marathon -- he’s run in more than 40 marathons total -- he’ll have the minds of others in mind. Ferrando is Director of Psychiatry for WMCHealth’s Behavioral Health Center, which has offered a full spectrum of inpatient, outpatient, community and emergency mental health care services for individuals and families since 1929.

“Behavioral health and mental health are key aspects of who we all are, but the issue is often accompanied by a stigma,” said Ferrando. “By running the TCS NYC Marathon in support of our patients, I hope to help raise awareness and minimize that stigma.”

He recognizes that, much like a marathon, his work and that of others to gain acceptance and understanding of mental health challenges has been long and arduous. But he will continue to pound the pavement, and he hopes his latest 26.2-mile journey can be an impactful step in the right direction.

Donations collected for each runner’s efforts will support essential programs and services in the local and regional hospitals the runners represent. To give, click here.