Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

White Plains Hospital’s Connie Kiselak goes to great lengths to provide top-notch medical care all over the globe.

deniseWhile most of us spend months planning leisurely summer vacations at the shore—or perhaps the Adirondacks this year—White Plains Hospital Nurse Connie Kiselak’s idea of a good summer respite entails flights to South America to help desperately poor children get critical medical care. A registered nurse in the Radiology Department at White Plains Hospital, Kiselak takes these trips on her own dime—using her free time—for the nonprofit Healing the Children. She took her first trip in June 2014, to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and now has a trip scheduled every nine months.

That week in Guayaquil, her pediatric urology team performed surgeries on 23 children, most of whom had severe birth defects. Each surgery lasted five or six hours, with little time for the all-volunteer medical staff to rest and regroup. “We would start at 6 a.m. and go to 11:30 or 12 at night, every night,” Kiselak says. Of course, Kiselak is no stranger to long hours. She started her career as a nurse in the White Plains Hospital Emergency Room back in 1979 and has, since then, moved around a bit. “I’ve worked in just about every department there is,” she says. For the last decade or so, Kiselak has been a warm presence in the Radiology Department, doing everything from calming anxious patients undergoing biopsies and bone and CT scans to making sure thousands of Westchester women get state-of-the-art breast care year after year.

“I do a lot of different things in a day, which I like,” Kiselak says.