Champagne Ball

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Honoring Dr. Barry Field and Mr. and Mrs. William O. Melvin, Jr.

Dr. Barry Field joined the Phelps Hospital medical staff in 1978. A respected leader, he served as chief of the hospital’s Division of Gastroenterology for a total of 10 years and as director of the Department of Medicine for 12.

Phelps has benefited from Dr. Field’s efforts to further the quality of care provided at the hospital, particularly through education. He established the Phelps Journal Club in 1986 – one of his first acts as Director of Medicine – and it has continued to be a popular teaching forum for the past 30 years. Dr. Field also helped establish the quality assurance program in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Field and his wife, Julie, who teaches the classics, have three children.  One daughter recently graduated from college, one daughter is in college, and their son is in high school.

For many years an avid skier and tennis player, Dr. Field now devotes most of his time to his family and his work. He has expanded his practice over the years and is grateful to be associated with four outstanding GI specialists today.

Mr. and Mrs. William O. Melvin, Jr., longtime residents of Scarborough Manor, were born and raised in Westchester County – Bill in Ardsley-on-Hudson and Ellen in Bronxville. Bill was founder of Acorn Derivatives Management, an investment management firm located in White Plains, and was its president for more than 25 years. A dedicated volunteer with a particular interest in the arts, Ellen has given a tremendous amount of time and energy to various museums and cultural centers.  Bill and Ellen have six children – four of whom were born at Phelps – plus four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Many members of the Melvin family have received care from Phelps physicians over the years, and Bill and Ellen have shown appreciation for that care by becoming strong supporters of Phelps. They are best known for establishing the Phelps Classic golf tournament to help raise funds and make more people aware of the excellent hospital in their community. The Phelps Classic has been extraordinarily successful, having raised more than $1.2 million over the past 13 years.  Now retired, Bill and Ellen continue to support Phelps and various other organizations both here and in Vero Beach, Florida, where they spend half the year.


“Nurse Call” – For Improved Patient-Caregiver Communication

A system called Nurse Call allows patients and caregivers to directly communicate with each other through the Vocera wireless system that is currently in use at Phelps. Benefits include:

  • Quicker response. Instead of ringing a call bell, patients can contact their assigned caregivers directly by talking into a “pillow speaker,” and caregivers can provide immediate feedback, determine what is needed and coordinate a response with others, if necessary.
  • Ability to respond according to level of need. When called by a patient, the caregiver is able to determine the severity of the need immediately and respond appropriately. For example, a nurse would respond to a patient experiencing pain right away, whereas a request for ice might be delegated to a Hospitality representative.
  • Improved staff performance. The system provides in-depth metrics regarding timeliness and responses, allowing nursing management to monitor workload, provide feedback to staff and review historical details with regard to safety and customer service.

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