PLANNED PARENTHOOD HUDSON PECONIC ANNOUNCES KEY MANAGERS
Vanita Kumar, MD, Sharon Peckham, and Megan Toohey Join PPHP
Hawthorne, NY – Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) recently appointed Vanita Kumar, MD as Medical Director; Sharon J. Peckham as Director, Health Center Operations; and Megan Toohey as Vice President, Public Affairs.
“I am so pleased to welcome Dr. Kumar, Ms. Peckham and Ms. Toohey, and their collective expertise in health care services and advocacy that will enhance our work to provide quality, affordable and non-judgmental health care and vital education programs,” President/CEO Reina Schiffrin said.
Dr. Kumar has been a medical provider at PPHP for the past ten years, and in her new role as Medical Director, in collaboration with the Director, Medical Services & Quality, oversees PPHP’s clinical programs, quality of care, and regulatory compliance. She provides direct patient care services, clinical supervision, and training for PPHP medical staff.
Dr. Kumar currently holds the position of Family Medicine Physician and Faculty Team Leader at Montefiore Medical Center and is an Associate Professor for Family Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She received her medical degree at The George Washington University School of Medicine followed by a Family Medicine residency at Beth Israel Medical Center and a Faculty Development fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Ms. Peckham manages the administrative and clinical staff at PPHP’s 11 health centers, and her position marks her return to PPHP where she previously worked in a variety of roles. For the past eight years, Ms. Peckham has held management positions in private medical practices. Most recently, she has held the position of the Executive Administrator for CCW Management, in affiliation with Columbia Doctors Medical Group, which has nine locations and 175 employees.
As Vice President, Public Affairs, Ms. Toohey will be responsible for oversight of Public Affairs, Communications & Marketing, and Education & Training. Prior to joining PPHP, she held the position of Director of State Relations at the University at Buffalo.
Prior to her position at University at Buffalo, Ms. Toohey held a variety of positions including Political and Economic Relations Officer at the Consulate General of Canada, Health Policy Analyst at The United Hospital Fund, Legislative Assistant for Hodes Associates in Albany, and Confidential Assistant for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
PPHP operates health centers in Brewster, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Spring Valley, White Plains, Yonkers, Huntington, Patchogue, Riverhead, Smithtown, and West Islip.
Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) is the 20th largest affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 11 health centers in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties. In 2013, PPHP provided services to more than 34,000 patients in more than 68,000 visits. PPHP conducted almost 1,700 education and training programs, reaching more than 29,000 youth and adults, and mobilized 15,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPHP has served the community for 80 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. For more information about PPHP’s services and programs, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.pphp.org” www.pphp.org.