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January 2010 Archives

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Mary Creagh

Public Affairs

(845) 786-4225

creaghm@helenhayeshospital.org

 

West Haverstraw, NY – January 28, 2010 – Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Three-Year Accreditation by the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for thirteen of its programs. The Three-Year Accreditation by the international accrediting body represents one of the largest numbers of accredited programs of any rehabilitation facility in the northeast.

 

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Jodi-Ann Bailey

Public Affairs Associate

(718) 780-5367

jsb9010@nyp.org

 

Brooklyn, NY – January 27, 2010 – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common and debilitating disorder characterized by destruction of the lung and inflammation of the airways.  It is often—but not always—associated with smoking.  COPD is the fourth most common cause of death in the United States and is quickly becoming the third most common cause of death worldwide.  Although shortness of breath, wheezing, and cough are common manifestations of this disorder, exercise intolerance is the most significant limiting factor in an individual’s daily life. 

 

Pulmonary rehabilitation, a new program offered at New York Methodist Hospital (NYM), is a specific treatment for COPD that addresses exercise intolerance by improving muscle strength and stamina.  The primary goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to improve the efficiency of the musculoskeletal system so that the lungs are less stressed and can function for prolonged periods of time—enabling the patient to walk, exercise and perform regular activities.

 

Pulmonary rehabilitation has been shown to improve three important quality of life aspects in individuals with COPD: 1) exercise capacity, 2) severity of dyspnea (shortness of breath), and 3) health related quality of life.  Evidence also shows that rehabilitation reduces frequency of hospitalization, cost of care, anxiety and depression, and cognitive function. 

 

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Melissa Weisstuch                              

Vice President, Marketing

(914) 681-2380          

mweisstuch@wphospital.org

 

White Plains, NY – January 27, 2010) – White Plains Hospital Center today  unveiled its new and expanded Emergency Room (ER) during a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by elected officials, community leaders, special guests and the public. What they saw is a state-of-the-art facility that has been designed to put the patient first.

Jon B.Schandler, Hospital President and CEO, hailed the Flanzer Center for Emergencies and Critical Care as the “ER of the Future.” He said:  “We are very excited today for opening what is clearly one of the most advanced ERs and is truly a model for what an ER should be in delivering the highest possible level of medical care, privacy and comfort.”

 

The 26,390 square-foot, two-level facility is double the size of the former Emergency Department. It will enable the Hospital to treat 60,000 patients per year. Currently, the ER sees more than 48,500 patients annually, making it Westchester’s most active ER.

 

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At ribbon cutting ceremony for White Plains Hospital Center’s new and expanded ER were (in center photo, l-r): White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley; Paul Weissman, Hospital Chairman of the Board (holding scissors); Jon B. Schandler, Hospital President and CEO and County Executive Rob Astorino. To left of Mayor Bradley is Kylie Cappelli. She and her husband, Louis Cappelli, contributed to the new ER’s Kylie and Louis R. Cappelli Pediatric Emergency Unit. Several hundred residents and guests from the communities served by White Plains Hospital Center joined in the opening ceremony that included tours of the state-of-the-art ER.

 

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Melissa Weisstuch                              

Vice President, Marketing

(914) 681-2380          

mweisstuch@wphospital.org

 

White Plains, NY – January 27, 2010 – White Plains Hospital Center’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory has received approval from the New York State Department of Health to provide emergency and elective angioplasty, a minimally invasive procedure to restore blood flow to the heart.

 

The cath lab’s added capabilities, which are expected to take effect shortly, will provide a critical health care need for the first time to the communities served by the Hospital including White Plains, Scarsdale, Harrison, Mamaroneck, Rye Brook, Port Chester, Hartsdale, and parts of Elmsford, Eastchester and Yonkers.  The combined population of these communities is more than 250,000 and increases on weekdays to about 400,000 with the influx of office workers, shoppers and visitors—principally in the White Plains area. 

 

Teaneck, NJ – January 26, 2010 – Holy Name Hospital’s Center for Healthy Living Center for Healthy Living offers a full range of innovative and educational tools designed to keep you and your family healthy and well informed.  Each month, they offer programs comprised of health topics, targeted to all age groups.  Below is the list of events for February, to register for any of the events listed, please call 1-877-HOLY-NAME (1-877-465-9626), unless otherwise noted.

 

Yoga for Stress Reduction & More

Sessions available Monday or Tuesday evenings at 5:15 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. and
Friday mornings at 10 a.m. 

New series begins every 6 weeks.

Call for current start date.  

 

CPR Classes: Adult, Child and Infant

Call 201-227-6254 for dates, times & location.

 

Free Support Groups

Support groups meet monthly.

 

Bariatric Support

Fourth Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

HNH Marian Hall. For more information call 973-410-9700.

 

Bereavement Support

Call 201-833-3000, ext. 2709 for more information.

 

Diabetes Support

First Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Call 201-833-3371 for more information.

 

Moms Matter Support

Call 201-833-3218 for more information.

 

Perinatal Loss Support

Call 201-833-3124 for more information.

 

Prostate Cancer Support

Fourth Thursday, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Regional Cancer Center, HNH

Call 201-541-5900.

 

Support for Korean Cancer Patients

First Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Medical Affairs Conference Room

Call Hei Young Yoon at 201-833-3332 for more information.

 

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Cynthia Bacon

Public Affairs and Marketing

(718) 670-2515

crm9002@nyp.org

 

Flushing, N.Y. – January 25, 2010 – Each year, thousands of people in Queens experience disorders of the bones, joints and muscles. The good news is that orthopaedic problems are highly treatable and new surgical techniques have been developed that are less invasive and allow for faster recovery. There has also been tremendous progress in rehabilitation and pain management techniques that can help patients avoid surgery or aid in recovery when surgery is necessary.

 

On January 25, New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) held a free community symposium at the hospital to help area residents understand how problems that affect the bones, muscles and joints, including arthritis, can be treated.

 

The symposium featured presentations about the musculoskeletal system as well as the comprehensive treatment and rehabilitative options offered at NYHQ and in a newly-opened outpatient center in Fresh Meadows. Included was discussion on new orthopaedic procedures such as joint resurfacing that are minimally invasive, allow shorter recovery times and can reduce the risk of infections and other complications. Many of these procedures are widely used in Europe, but are only offered at select hospitals in the United States. NYHQ is leading the way in Queens to offer these services.

 

Presenters (left to right): Anthony Vucenik, P.T., M.S., Anita Liu-Chen, OTR/L, Stephen S. Mills, President & CEO, Jeffrey Rosen, M.D., Chairman, Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, William Gibbs, M.D, Director, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Alexander Golant, M.D, Tony Quach, M.D., and Magdalena Cadet, M.D., Director, Rheumatology.

 

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Amy Massimo

Director, Public Affairs

(845) 348-2773

massimoa@nyackhospital.org

 

  

Nyack, NY – January 25 2010 – As part of their Bronze Award project, members of Girl Scout Troop 40014 created a quilt to increase awareness of breast cancer and support a cause that was close to each member’s heart.  The quilt was donated to The Breast Center at Nyack Hospital and is on display in the lobby of the Union State Bank Cancer Center at Nyack Hospital. 

 

Caption:  Members of Girl Scout Troop 40014 Heart of the Hudson are shown in front of the quilt with Patricia Joseph, MD, Director of Breast & Women's Health Prevention Services at Nyack Hospital.

 

The Bronze award is the highest award given to a Junior Girl Scout.  To earn the Bronze Award, a Scout must earn badges demonstrating skills in a variety of areas and performing community service projects.  Throughout the process, the Scouts learned a great deal about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, exercise, diet, and regular physician checkups. 

 

Creating the quilt was a culmination of this process.  Construction took approximately fifteen hours, and was completed with the help and support of Vivian Burns from “So-You” studio in Sparkill, NY.

 

Congratulations to the girls on completing this project.  Nyack Hospital thanks you for your support and is proud to display this quilt.

 

Nyack Hospital

 

Nyack Hospital is a 375-bed community acute care medical and surgical hospital located in Rockland County, NY.  Founded in 1895, it is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. For additional information, please visit our web site at www.nyackhospital.org.

 

 

Interpreting Research and Evidence into Practice: Building Partnerships Among Healthcare Disciplines, Consumers, Media, and Policy Makers

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April 21-22, 2010 - Houston, Texas

 

The purpose is to promote a community of informed stakeholders in research and evidence based practice.

 

Objectives:

 

1. Critically analyze research for application in various areas of the community.

2. Describe the importance of interdisciplinary research and evidence based

projects.

3. Involve stakeholders in dialogue related to the interpretation of the research and

evidence.

 

Call for Poster and Podium Speakers

 

The Methodist Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are seeking research and evidence-based practice abstracts addressing research and evidence-based practice projects for the  Inaugural Collaborative Research and Evidence-Based Practice Symposium in Houston, Texas, April 21-22, 2010. This symposium will provide an excellent opportunity to network with researchers and knowledgeable stakeholders across practice and education to discuss problems and evidence-based solutions to many of the critical clinical, policy, and economic issues impacting today’s emerging health care environment.

 

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Wendy Goldstein

Director, Public Affairs

(516) 663-2234

wgoldstein@winthrop.org

 

Mineola, NY – January 22, 2010 – Winthrop-University Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan M. Jacobson, MD, to the position of Chief Research Officer (CRO). As CRO, Dr. Jacobson is charged with integrating research with Winthrop’s clinical and educational missions, centralizing research activities, developing effective strategies to maximize external funding and building research throughout the hospital. Additionally, Dr. Jacobson has been named Director of the Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiometabolic Research Center at Winthrop. In this capacity, Dr. Jacobson will oversee the establishment of a strong diabetes-oriented research program that will attract funding and investigators to Winthrop.

 

Nyack, NY – January 21, 2010 – The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, sponsored since 1984 by Nyack Hospital, offers support, education, and therapeutic activities to individuals affected by Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers.  This free group meets every Wednesday morning from 9:45 – 11:30 am at the Raso Room at the Palisades Center.

 

Each week, a physical therapist from Nyack Hospital leads a one-hour exercise session especially designed for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.  Members are encouraged to discuss any special problem they may have had during the week at this time, as well provide support and understanding to their fellow members.  The caregivers meet separately and have an opportunity to share, discuss issues and receive assistance and support from others in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

 

As the only group of its kind in the tri-state region, the group welcomes people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers from many communities.  For further information about the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, please call 845.358.3128. 

 

Nyack Hospital

 

Nyack Hospital is a 375-bed community acute care medical and surgical hospital located in Rockland County, NY.  Founded in 1895, it is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. For additional information, please visit our web site at www.nyackhospital.org.

 

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Maureen Curran Kleinman

Marketing and Communications

(201) 291-6310

mcurran@valleyhealth.com

 

Ridgewood, NJ – January 21, 2010 - Ridgewood resident Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System, was recently appointed Vice Chairman of the board of the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), a 108-member advocacy organization for hospitals and the patients they serve.  The appointment was made during NJHA’s 91st Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.

 

Prior to her appointment as Vice Chairman, Ms. Meyers served as Treasurer of the NJHA board.

 

 

Holy Name Physicians Head to Haiti

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Nicole Russell

Public Relations Coordinator

(201) 833-3284

n-russell@mail.holyname.org

 

Teaneck, NJ – January 20, 2010 – Two Holy Name Hospital anesthesiologists, Alan Gwertzman, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and Timothy Finley M.D will be arriving in Haiti this week to provide medical care. A member of the Center for the Rural Development of Milo (Crudem) Foundation, Dr. Finley will be arriving first at the Hospital Sacre Coeur, a 66-bed hospital, which is currently set up to treat 200 patients and is located an estimated 65 miles north of Port Au Prince.

 

According to David Butler, M.D., Holy Name obstetrician/gynecologist and Vice President of the Crudem Foundation, there are currently 15 American medical volunteers and 21 Haitian doctors at the hospital and it is fully functional, however, there are no anesthesiologists. "I immediately thought of Dr. Finley, who has accompanied me on various missions to Haiti and Dr. Gwertzman," explains Dr. Butler. "They both accepted without any hesitation." 

 

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Nicole Russell

Public Relations Coordinator

(201) 833-3284

n-russell@mail.holyname.org

 

Teaneck, NJ – January 20, 2010 – Holy Name Hospital's Hispanic Outreach Program welcomed the first Hispanic baby of the New Year, Baby Cynthia, born to Cristina and Tobias Mendoza. Following the Hispanic tradition, staff of the Hispanic Outreach program gave the Mendoza's a "canastilla" a gift to new parents of newborn essentials.

 

"Giving the family this gift," explains Henry Fernandez-Cos, M.D., medical director of Hispanic Outreach Program at Holy Name Hospital, "was a great way to keep the tradition of the "canastilla" while illustrating the mission of the Hispanic Outreach Program." The gifts, which were courtesy of the Hispanic Outreach Program, through donations from businesses and members of the community, included clothes, stroller, car seat, and other newborn necessities and a crib and mattress donated by Bambi Baby Store of West New York.

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Maureen Curran Kleinman

Marketing and Communications

(201) 291-6310

mcurran@valleyhealth.com

 

Ridgewood, NJ – January 20, 2010 – In 2007, The Valley Hospital introduced its Center for the specialized treatment of patients with back and neck pain.  The Center brought together multidisciplinary specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, radiology, orthopedic surgery, physiatry, pain management and physical and occupational therapy.  For the past two years the Center has offered one convenient, comfortable location where patients with acute or chronic back and neck pain can arrange to see the proper specialist and then undergo appropriate treatment.

 

Today, the Center is proud to announce enhancements to provide an even better approach to treating back and neck disorders.

 

The Center is adding the services of a Nurse Navigator, a professional who coordinates the efforts of each member of the patient care team. The Nurse Navigator is a new, key member of the multidisciplinary team that staffs the Center.  Once a patient contacts the Center, the Nurse Navigator manages their treatment plan, makes appointments and follows up with both the patient and their referring physician to ensure proper treatment and ongoing evaluation. 

 

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Phyllis Fisher                                                  

212-606-1197             

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Tracy Hickenbottom

212-606-1197

HickenbottomT@hss.edu

  

New York, NY – January 13, 2010 – Hospital for Special Surgery today announced that Mary K. Crow, M.D. has been appointed physician-in-chief and chair of the Division of Rheumatology.  This appointment is effective as of April 1.  Dr. Crow, who is an internationally recognized research scientist and a leader in the field of rheumatology and autoimmunity research and clinical practice, will bring her expertise to her new role at Special Surgery. 

 

 Dr. Crow, who has been associate chief, Division of Rheumatology, and director of Rheumatology Research at Hospital for Special Surgery since 2001, succeeds Stephen Paget, M.D.  Dr. Paget, who will become Physician-In-Chief Emeritus, will assume a new leadership role with responsibility for a wide range of educational and training endeavors as well as the further development of external support for the institution.    

 

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Amy Massimo

Director, Public Affairs

(845) 348-2773

massimoa@nyackhospital.org

 

Nyack, NY – January 12, 2010 – To recognize the contributions made by Auxiliaries throughout New York, the Healthcare Association of New York State has presented all hospital Auxiliaries with its annual Distinguished Service Award. 

 

At Nyack Hospital, Auxiliary members contribute tirelessly through volunteerism, fundraising and community outreach activities.  They manage the “New to You” Thrift Shop located in the Franklin Antiques Mall in downtown Nyack and the Hospital’s Gift Shop, hold fundraising events throughout the year such as Holiday House and the Mother’s Day Plant Sale, play a vital role in community outreach efforts such as Rockland County’s Annual YouthFest, and offer active people of all ages an opportunity to help serve the Hospital community. 

 

Are you interested in joining this vibrant group?  Please contact Mindy Rader, Auxiliary Coordinator, at 845.348.2772.

 

Nyack Hospital

 

Nyack Hospital is a 375-bed community acute care medical and surgical hospital located in Rockland County, NY.  Founded in 1895, it is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. For additional information, please visit our web site at www.nyackhospital.org.

 

 

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Nicole Russell

Public Relations Coordinator

(201) 833-3284

n-russell@mail.holyname.org

 

Teaneck, NJ – January 12, 2010 – Forty years ago, James Doolan broke his ankle so severely, that he required surgery. For the past 25 years, Mr. Doolan, a 58 year-old mechanic, had been living in chronic pain due to his injury. His function had deteriorated to the point where any activity was painful—including swimming, his favorite past-time. "Initially, my ankle just hurt in the cold," says Mr. Doolan, "Then it began to hurt all the time."

 

Motivated by a desire to live without pain and to improve his activity level, Mr. Doolan did his research, which led him to Andrew Brief, M.D., Holy Name Hospital orthopedic surgeon specializing in reconstruction of the foot and ankle. "Mr. Doolan’s profile and strong desire to improve his overall function made him a superb candidate for ankle replacement surgery," notes Dr. Brief.

 

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Nicole Russell

Public Relations Coordinator

(201) 833-3284

n-russell@mail.holyname.org

 

Teaneck, NJ – January 12, 2010 – Ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blocks (PNB) for post operative pain control is a cutting-edge pain relief procedure that allows anesthesiologists to visualize the exact area to be blocked from pain. The goal is to lessen the pain after surgery and to enable patients to get home more quickly allowing for an easier recovery.

 

Under the direction of Alan Gwertzman, M.D., chief of anesthesia services at Holy Name Hospital, the medical center is currently one of only a few facilities in Northern New Jersey to perform this procedure.

 

PNB is used most commonly for orthopedic procedures involving the upper and lower extremities and may be used in conjunction with all joint replacement surgeries. This extremely safe and effective pain management option replaces past methods of using electrical stimulation and parasthesias to locate and block the nerve to lessen pain.

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Cynthia Bacon

Public Affairs and Marketing

(718) 670-2515

crm9002@nyp.org

 

Flushing, New York – January 8, 2010 – Arthur Dawson, Ph.D., member of the New York Hospital Queens Board of Trustees since 1998, has been appointed vice chairman of the Board, the governing body that oversees the 489-bed community teaching hospital.

 

“New York Hospital Queens has been fortunate to have Dr. Dawson as one of our most active trustees for 12 years.  Now, as he takes on an additional leadership role as vice chairman, our community will continue to benefit from his expertise and commitment to excellence in patient-centered health care,” said George F. Heinrich, M.D., board chairman.

 

“Dr. Dawson has helped to lead our hospital through a period of rapid growth and expansion, and now through the difficult economic situation with constricting state and federal funds,” said Stephen S. Mills, president and chief executive officer.  “He is a tireless advocate for health care institutions and physicians in this state.”

 

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Wendy Goldstein

Director, Public Affairs

(516) 663-2234

wgoldstein@winthrop.org

 

Mineola, NY – January 8, 2010 – In the latest step in his illustrious career at Winthrop-University Hospital, Steven Fishbane, MD, has been named Chief Medical Officer for the 591-bed major regional healthcare provider located in Mineola, NY. He will serve in this capacity concurrent with his role as Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Medical Director of Winthrop’s Dialysis Network – the largest Hospital-based dialysis system on Long Island with three inpatient units (at Winthrop, St. Francis Hospital and New Island Hospital) and four outpatient dialysis centers. 

 

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Maureen Curran Kleinman

Marketing and Communications

(201) 291-6310

mcurran@valleyhealth.com

 

Ridgefield, NJ – January 7, 2010 – Ann Marie Leichman, a resident of New City, NY, has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ.

 

In this role, Anne Marie is responsible for the leadership of all nursing and patient care services at Valley.  This includes providing guidance and leadership in the development and implementation of patient care, and establishing the standards for patient care, nursing practice and nursing performance at the hospital.

 

Ann Marie joined Valley in 2000 as Assistant Vice President, Patient Care Services.

 

 

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Jodi-Ann Bailey

Public Affairs Associate

(718) 780-5367

jsb9010@nyp.org

 

Brooklyn, NY – January 6, 2010 – New York Methodist Hospital (NYM) now offers a wide range of treatment options for patients suffering from tinnitus—a common problem that affects approximately one in five people. “Tinnitus is a sensation of sound in the ear that shouldn’t be there,” explained Ramez Habib, M.D., an otolaryngologist at New York Methodist. “People may hear ringing, humming, buzzing, pulsations, or other sounds.”

 

Not a condition itself, tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying condition—that in most cases is hearing loss due to noise exposure or aging. Certain medications such as aspirin, an ear injury or trauma resulting in a head injury can also cause tinnitus. The most common and successful treatment for patients with hearing loss is to use a hearing aid. “If a patient addresses the hearing loss by getting a hearing aid, the tinnitus will usually improve,” said Dr. Habib.

 

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Ramiz Habib, M.D., an otolaryngologist at NYM, treats a patient with a tinnitus inhibitor.

 

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Jennifer Rampersad

Communications

(718) 281-8529

jrampersad@stmaryskids.org

 

Bayside, NY– January 4, 2010 - St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children announced a $10,000 grant from the NYMEX Foundation to support St. Mary’s Vehicular Access to Neighborhoods (V.A.N.) Program, a mobile healthcare program designed to bring specialized medical and rehabilitative care into the homes of children with special needs, including those in difficult-to-serve neighborhoods throughout the New York Metropolitan area.

 

Sponsored by Mitchell Steinhause, former Chairman of the Board of the New York Mercantile Exchange – now a CME Group company, and championed by Madeline Boyd, President of the NYMEX Foundation, the grant brings St. Mary’s vital work into the communities it serves by delivering teams of healthcare experts to provide state-of-the-art care for children and families in the comfort of their own homes.  The V.A.N. Program supports St. Mary’s Early Intervention program for children suspected of having developmental delays from birth to 3 years of age, and also provides healthcare services for children in underserved neighborhoods who might not otherwise have access to care, including New York City’s largest pediatric HIV/AIDS home care program.

 

Photo caption:  St. Mary’s clinician and young patients stand beside a newly “wrapped” V.A.N. thanks to the support of the NYMEX Foundation.

 

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Despite all my years in health care, I cannot say that I’ve ever seen such a challenging period.  And, the complexity that our care providers and administrators contend with in order to deliver high quality patient care and outcomes threatens to become even more so.

 

In 2009, each quarter brought a new mountain to scale, starting with the closing of two major hospitals mere miles from our doorstep. Immediately following those closings the H1N1 virus emerged.  Being located at the epicenter of that first outbreak put a great deal of pressure on our already taxed emergency room, along with those emergency departments of other area hospitals trying to absorb an influx of patients from the now-closed hospitals.

 

The second half of the year was filled with economic uncertainty for funding on the state and federal levels.  The end of the funding story isn’t written yet, but we are now certain that we cannot come through the state’s fiscal year without serious fiscal constriction.  Although as I’m writing this, the economy appears to have a few bright spots, until we really know what we must deal with on the budget and reimbursement front, we must stay on guard.

 

Regardless, those of us who serve patients have to be optimists as well as realists.  We cannot allow external conditions to take us too far off track or limit our drive to better serve the community. 

 

I’m proud that we reached a number of milestones in our clinical programs and outcomes during this tough year as well, including bringing a number of new techniques, technologies and treatments to Queens so that this community has access to them -- right here.

 

In 2010, our plan for the hospital is realistic, and can be achieved if we stay focused and continue to have the support of elected officials, community leaders, medical staff, and the large number of people who each day choose to come here for their care.  Highlights of our priorities follow, and will be further detailed in upcoming presentations and publications for our care team and community leaders:

 

·         By mid-year we expect to open our seven-story “West Wing,” the result of a multi-year modernization program designed to help us better serve patients.  The construction is on time, and on budget, which is a great accomplishment in any program of this nature, and even more so in the current environment.

 

·         We must find ways to take pressure off of an already taxed Emergency Room and the impact of the crowding on the flow of patients onto the inpatient floors of the hospital.  By the same token, we need to work more closely with our referring physicians, and our patients’ family members to create discharge process that is more timely and convenient for all involved.

 

·         We will continue to grow our medical staff and make it as simple as possible for those physicians to work with our hospital and participate in the care of their patients, both in the hospital and in their offices. Of major importance is the development of electronic medical records compatibility with physicians’ offices to include prescribing and access to NYHQ clinical systems.

 

·         Continuing to build on our performance measures in quality of care and outcomes is also a priority.  Over the past several years, we have risen to the top percentiles nationally in a number of core measures for quality care.  We need to now take this momentum and accomplishment in clinical care and use it to improve each patient’s experience by better meeting their communication and emotional needs.  In 2010, ensuring the satisfaction of each patient, their family and their physician will be front and center for each of our employees.

 

·         In terms of our clinical programs, we continue to invest in building the specialty services and procedures.  We know that primary care physicians and internists (and their patients) count upon us for access to high quality programs including cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, vascular surgery, GI, as well as the continuum of women’s health services, and a full spectrum of cancer diagnostics and treatment.

 

Our team is ready to tackle 2010 head on, and our growth, optimism, and drive continues to attract like-minded professionals who share our mission.

 

Sincerely,

 

Stephen S. Mills, F.A.C.H.E.

 

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