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Keith Safian Celebrates 25 Years As Head Of Phelps In Sleepy Hollow

Keith Safian
Keith Safian Photo Credit: Phelps Memorial Hospital

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- Phelps Memorial Hospital Center marked a significant milestone in June, when Keith Safian celebrates his 25th year as president and chief executive officer.

Under Safian's leadership, the 238-bed full-service community hospital in Sleepy Hollow has grown to become a leading health-care provider and major economic force in Westchester County.

During Safian's tenure, Phelps became a teaching hospital with the establishment of residency training programs for family medicine and dental residents, both in partnership with New York Medical College and Open Door Family Medical Centers. The programs provide an extraordinary training environment for 24 residents.

Safian made some key business decisions that continue to benefit the hospital and the community. In 1995, an unprecedented affiliation with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) made Phelps the first non-Manhattan location for MSKCC radiation therapy and medical oncology. Several years later, the hospital leased 21 acres of its 69-acre campus for the building of Kendal on Hudson, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community that is home to 300 residents.

Under Safian's direction, Phelps has been at the forefront of information technology. He supported early implementation of electronic medical records, and Phelps has achieved Stage 6 designation by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), which indicates the highest degree of clinical automation to support patient safety and quality outcomes.

The Child Care Council of Westchester recently recognized Safian as a "Champion for Children" for his support of Phelps' onsite child-care center, The Robin's Nest.

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