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Children’s Rehabilitation Center patient and Coleman School student, Gia, blessed by Pope For those who observe the Lenten season, it is an opportunity to take a look at what really matters in our lives. As a special time of prayer and sacrifice, many also reflect on the blessings they have received. The Rodriguez family is undoubtedly reflecting this season on a very special blessing that their daughter, Gia, received this past September. Gia Rodriguez is a 3-year-old girl from Elmsford, N.Y. She has been diagnosed with multiple genetic disorders and has very weak muscle strength that necessitates the use of a brace. Gia requires a gastrostomy tube for feeding and she also has difficulty communicating. Since birth, Gia has had to undergo multiple surgeries and, as a result, Gia has not been able to visit Italy where the majority of her family lives. But on Gia’s third birthday, her mom, Valentina, decided that they would finally make the trip. Once they arrived, Gia and her parents visited Rome to attend a mass being held by Pope Francis. According to Valentina, there were over 140,000 people in attendance waiting to see the Pope. “We got into a corner and waited,” said Valentina. “Of course, when people saw that I had to G-tube Gia a few feeds, they started asking questions and even one of the guards that was walking around starting talking to us … he said he was going to try to do his best to have [the Pope’s security] see Gia and hopefully have her chosen [to be brought up to Pope Francis].” Gia’s mom said that she had a feeling that her daughter would get picked to receive a blessing from Pope Francis and

Gia Rodriguez was blessed by Pope Francis in Rome this past September


the next thing she knew, one of the Pope’s guards lifted Gia from her father’s arms and brought her to the Pope. “When the Pope grabbed and kissed my little Gia, I was filled with so much joy; my whole family was crying, everyone around us was crying and hugging us,” Valentina said.

(L-R): Greg Burke, president of Lane Office, Mercy’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Aaron E. Glatt, MD, Mercy physician Colleen Daly, MD, Mercy board member Peter Quick, Catholic Health Services Chief Development Officer Sherry Friedman and Mercy’s Vice President of Finance and Chief Operating Officer Ron Steimel.

Gregory Burke of Garden City recently donated $25,000 to help fund Mercy Medical Center’s brand new pediatric Express Care Unit. A benefactor to numerous organizations, Burke was so impressed with the quality of care given by Mercy’s medical and nursing staff, he decided to assist the hospital in this initiative. “A significant proportion of the patients seen in Express Care are children. Thanks to Mr. Burke’s generosity, families will get the immediate care they deserve,” said Mercy’s Vice President of Finance and Chief Operating Officer Ron Steimel. “This new unit is an expression of the hospital’s commitment to providing the highest quality services to our community.” The expansion of the pediatric Express Care program is part of Mercy’s ongoing effort to address the needs of underserved communities, including individuals and families who may not have a personal physician.

Winthrop-University Hospital announces 2014 Golf Tournament Winthrop-University Hospital’s 29th Annual Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, May 12 at the Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and Wheatley Hills Golf Club in East Williston. Winthrop is pleased to announce that the Title Sponsor this year is Lend Lease, the Project Management contractor for Winthrop’s new Research and Academic Center. Gary M. Buechler, President and Managing Director, and Joseph Maraia, Executive Vice President, will co-chair the event on behalf of Lend Lease. Winthrop’s Golf Tournament is one of the major annual fundraisers for the Hospital. Last year the event raised over $591,000 in support of Winthrop’s Research Endowment. The participation of community members and Hospital supporters is vital to the success of this event, and with excitement building over the construction of the Research and Academic Center and Lend Lease’s support, this year is sure to be more outstanding than ever. “We are proud to have the support of Lend Lease for this exciting event,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO at Winthrop. “With the completion of our new Research and Academic Center looming, this is sure to be a tremendously successful occasion for Winthrop.” Winthrop’s new Research and Academic Center will be an epicenter of wellness care, research and medical study for Nassau County and the region as Winthrop takes on the tough job of confronting how personal habits, nutrition and obesity threaten our future and drive up the costs of healthcare.

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And not only did Gia get picked up to receive a blessing from the Pope once, but twice. “It’s already a miracle on its own, but twice?!” Valentina said. “I felt like God was right next to my shoulder that day and literally touched my soul and for a moment gave me peace and reassurance that my Gia was going to be okay and better yet, that she was here for a reason. She has a purpose and she is a true miracle.” Gia began attending the White Plains campus of the John A. Coleman School for early intervention services in the summer of 2013. She then transitioned into our pre-kindergarten program this past fall, where she presently receives a comprehensive program of special education, physical, occupational and speech therapy. At the Children’s Rehabilitation Center, Gia receives aquatic therapy in our state-of-the-art therapeutic pool. According to Dr. Maria A. Pici, the Children’s Rehabilitation Center’s Medical Director, “[Valentina] has faith in God, and she has faith in us and our ability to help Gia become as independent as possible.” She added, “Gia is very involved, but I believe that we’re going to make her walk one day and even remove her gastrostomy tube. I don’t doubt that that will happen.” Learn more about the John A. Coleman School at and find us on Facebook at Visit the Children’s Rehabilitation Center online at and find us on Facebook at

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Parents return to hospital to thank doctors who saved their baby’s life One month to the day after a lifesaving surgery to repair a rare congenital defect, Owen Brent and his grateful parents, Margaret and Michael Brent of Levittown, N.Y., returned to Cohen Children’s Medical Center to thank the doctors who saved his life. Last month, the Brents awoke to discover that their normally happy three-month-old son was crying uncontrollably. “We could see that he couldn’t breathe and he was miserable, just lethargic,” his mother said. “I followed my instincts and we rushed to the emergency department.” The baby was suffering from a congenital diaphragmatic hernia with incarcerated intestine. His intestine had become stuck in the chest and needed to be dislodged because the tissue was beginning to die. During a press conference held at the hospital Thursday, Marie Esperanza, MD, a pediatric intensive care physician and Richard Glick, MD, a pediatric surgeon, explained the dramatic scene that unfolded in the hospital’s emergency room when the family arrived. “His blood pressure was unstable and he had trouble breathing,” said Dr. Esperanza. “So we immediately treated Owen with a breathing tube and brought him to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for further care. In the PICU, he was also given medications to help stabilize his blood pressure and placed on a ventilator to assist his breathing. We then ordered X-rays, and when we had the result, we immediately brought in Dr. Glick from surgery to take over.” According to Dr. Glick, Owen had a condition so rare that surgeons see it in children after birth only once or twice in their careers. “What we saw was a hole in the diaphragm muscle with the intestine going up into the left chest,” said Dr. Glick. “Usually, this is discovered in utero, but what makes Owen’s case so rare is that we didn’t learn of his condition until he was three months old.” Dr. Glick and the surgical team had to act quickly. “Every minute counted to keep the organ alive,” said. Dr. Glick. “The surgery took about an hour and a half. First we had to warm up the intestine to make sure the blood supply wasn’t compromised. When that was done, we were able to replace it.”

Next, the surgeons used special sutures to repair the bowel. Dr. Glick brought Owen back to the OR two days later to check that the bowel was thriving. It was healthy and the second surgery was completed. Owen returned home after a three-week stay in the hospital. His grateful parents report that Owen is now a perfectly healthy baby. “Owen is doing everything that he should be doing,” his proud mother reported. “He eats very well, and he’s now trying to roll over. One day, we’ll tell him about this and what a miracle he is for us.” Owen’s parents revealed that they’ve given him his own email address and that they’ve already written him a long letter describing his very eventful first four months of life.


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Almeida Lectures at American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians Board Review Course Victor Almeida, DO, FACEP, FACOEP, presented lectures on head and neck emergencies and test taking tips at the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians Board Review Course. Dr. Almeida is a partner of Emergency Medical Associates (EMA) and is Chairman of Emergency Services at Monmouth Medical Center and Kimball Medical Center, Long Branch and Lakewood, N.J. The review course was held in Chicago on Jan. 25.

Martin Presents at the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) Pre-Conference James Martin, MD, FACEP, participated in “Living the Tactical Life – Lessons and Skills from Tactical Emergency Medicine” at the pre-conference for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine National Meeting held Feb. 12 in New York City. Dr. Martin gave a two-hour hands-on session entitled, “Chest Seals and Needle Decompression.” Dr. Martin, a partner of Emergency Medical Associates, is an attending emergency physician at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, N.J. Dr. Martin most recently served as a general medical officer in the United States Army Reserve and was an emergency physician with the Special Operations Command (SOCOM). He is the recipient of two Bronze Star Medal and a Meritorious Service Medal.

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Ask An Expert By Nancy Vetter, Senior Vice President, Nexera Consulting

Attending to Nursing Care Is Critical to Reaching Performance Goals While designated recognition days are intended to prompt well-deserved gratitude, they also highlight those whom we may take for granted. National Nurses Week (May 6–12) gives us the opportunity to celebrate these important colleagues. Every day in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, nurses are on the frontline of patient care: from assessing, monitoring, and treating them; coordinating their post-discharge care; educating them and their families; and more. In fact, nurses represent the largest segment of the hospital workforce. Their impact can be felt on all the major concerns of the organization, whether clinical, fiscal, qualitative, or administrative. Therefore, organizations should bear in mind just how significant good nursing can be to achieving their goals (such as improved care quality, outcomes, patient satisfaction, and reduced costs) or these objectives will be near impossible to reach. Nexera recognizes the importance of nurses to hospital operations. We not only offer consulting support that focuses on improving and enhancing the role of nurses, we employ a team of nurse consultants to see that nursing expertise is factored into building realistic solutions that are sustainable. Nexera staff is integrated with hospital clinical and management leadership teams to help achieve, then maintain, significant improvements in service delivery and effectiveness by maximizing resource utilization, enhancing care delivery, minimizing process dependency gaps, and increasing patient and staff satisfaction. Our methodology focuses on efficiencies, relationships, and processes by evaluating: 1. What is the organization doing well, and where can improvements be made? 2. Is staffing optimized—are the right people in the right place at the right time? 3. Are the designated nursing leaders and the nursing table of organization optimal? 4. What is the level of C-suite engagement—is it adequate? In addition to comprehensively assessing procedures, technology, case management, and departmental data, Nexera’s clinical team considers institutional culture and its impact. Nexera works with hospital leaders and staff as a partner, collaborating with key stakeholders—nurses, C-suite executives, physicians, and others—to gain critical input and buy-in to the clinical and operational enhancement process, enabling fact-based recommendations as well as their successful implementation. Recommendations can range from redesigned systems to suggestions for increased nurse empowerment or leadership opportunities. Working with a strategic partner like Nexera, whose team understands firsthand what everyday life is like for nurses and hospital staff, can be a vital resource that offers hospitals the support to implement best practices and enhanced processes that not only significantly improve nursing care, but improve overall hospital and financial performance. Nancy Vetter is Senior Vice President, Nexera Consulting. She holds more than 25 years of healthcare experience in both the hospital and consulting environments, where she has had responsibility for cost-reduction and revenue enhancement efforts that have helped hospitals achieve significant savings through clinical, financial, and operational improvements. She is a registered nurse.

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Celebrating School Nurses Imagine your patient to nurse ratio as 1 nurse to every 750 patients. Meanwhile, your daily tasks include ensuring up-to-date vaccinations, completing clerical paperwork, and being "on-call" for everything from acute asthma exacerbations to accidents. Envision also acting as the case manager and sometimes the sole health care provider for your patients. School Nurses tackle this multitude of tasks daily and touch the lives of every student in their district. Within National Nurses Week, celebrated from May 6th through May 12th, Wednesday marks National School Nurse Day. This recognition began in 1972 with the goal of creating a better understanding of the school nurse role. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, there are over 73,600 Registered Nurses employed as school nurses. The roots of school nursing date back to 1902 when Lina Rogers-Struthers worked to reduce health-related absenteeism in a New York City school. Based upon her success improving attendance rates due to healthier students, other cities began following suit by hiring school nurses. School nursing is a unique career that plays a pivotal role in monitoring public health and assisting in academic success of students. School nurses wear many hats including acting as a liaison between school and community as well as an advocate for our nation's children. School nurses tackle difficult health problems for students such as mental health disorders, diabetes, obesity, asthma, chronic health conditions and food allergies. 10 million students have asthma, yet not every student has health insurance. This means for some children, the school nurse is the only health care professional they come in contact with. Facilities count on school nurses to keep every child up-to-date with immunizations and address acute illness exacerbations for every child in the district. Founded in 1968, the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) expanded out of the National Education Association. This organization includes members who form educational programs, publish position statements affecting student health, and represent school nurses in political arenas. NASN is also a provider of continuing nursing education through the American Nurses Credential Center. Additionally, the organization hosts an annual conference and members receive publications of the Journal of School Nursing. School nurses are certified through the National Board for Certification of School Nurses and must adhere to state requirements. The Scope and Standards of Practice integrate case management services and promotion of health and safety along with academic success. School nurses collaborate with a team of teachers, coaches, parents, social workers and administrators each day. These distinctive nurses consistently rise to the challenges they face including budget cuts and limited resources for speedy second opinions. On Wednesday, May 8th let us pause to celebrate the school nurses who cared for us and who care for our future students.

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Joel Harnick, MD, a pediatric cardiologist specializing in general and interventional pediatric cardiology, has joined the Center for Pediatric Specialty Care at Good Samaritan Hospital. Previously, he served as an attending pediatric cardiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Harnick earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his pediatric residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children. After a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Schneider Children’s Hospital (Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center), NY, he completed a senior fellowship in interventional pediatric cardiology at Children’s Hospital Boston (Harvard Medical School). Dr. Harnick has held academic appointments with New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and Mount Sinai Medical School. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York and the Suffolk County Medical Society/Suffolk Academy of Medicine. He resides in Great Neck. Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The medical center, which has more than3,500 employees and 900 physicians on staff, had nearly 28,000 patient admissions and nearly 100,000 emergency department visits in 2012. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.

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The Children’s Emergency Department at Orange Regional Medical Center provides emergency care 24 hours a day to ill and injured individuals from infancy up to the age of 21. The Children’s Emergency Department allows younger patients and their families to be cared for by physicians and staff specially-trained in Pediatric medicine in a safe and comfortable environment.

Pediatric subspecialists are important to the care and treatment of children in an emergent situation. Orange Regional is proud of its partnership with Pediatric subspecialists who have completed additional training in specialized fields of Pediatric medicine. These Board-certified specialists offer services in Adolescent Psychiatry, Anesthesia, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Infectious Disease, Neonatology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Perinatology, Radiology, and Urology.

The newly constructed 3,000 square foot Children’s Emergency Room at Orange Regional offers child-specific treatment rooms, a triage area and a dedicated nurse’s station. Each room is equipped appropriately to treat children and is uniquely enhanced with beautifully hand-painted murals and custom artwork by local artists that support a healing environment and help to ease fears. Flat screen televisions are also included to help divert patients from their illness or injury.

The Children’s Emergency Department also offers: • Bed-side registration and triage • Rapid lab results and diagnostic imaging • Radiation reduction program to limit unnecessary exposure

Orange Regional’s Emergency Department treats thousands of Pediatric patients annually. The goal of its dedicated Children’s Emergency Department team is to ensure children are receiving the best comprehensive emergency care – close to home. Pediatric emergency care team members include:

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• Board-certified Emergency Medicine physicians • Experienced Physicians Assistants and Nurse Practitioners trained in Pediatric Emergency Medicine • Specially trained Nurses, experienced in pediatric care • A Child Life Specialist who provides support and resources to pediatric patients and their families to effectively cope with illness and injury through play, preparation, education, diversion and self-expression activities. This Specialist offers emotional support and encouragement throughout your child’s visit and provides information and guidance to all family members • Board-certified Pediatric Specialists • Board-certified Pediatric Hospitalists who work and communicate with your child’s Pediatrician and a team of physicians to manage the care of your child while in the hospital • Behavioral Health Services • Patient Care Advocates who ensure comfort and the highest satisfaction during the emergency visit

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The Fountain of Youth May be in Your Kitchen Dr. Ainat Beniaminovitz of ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley recommends improved diet and calorie restriction to help prevent disease and premature aging Did you know there is a common denominator to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s and premature aging? According to Dr. Ainat Beniaminovitz, M.D., F.A.C.C., a board certified cardiologist at ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley, increasing evidence suggests inflammation can trigger these serious health issues, and more. At a recent luncheon presentation before the Retired Teachers’ Center (A.K.A. Center for Active & Retired Community), Dr. Beniaminovitz demonstrated why improved diet and calorie restriction are the most important ways to turn off the enhanced inflammatory state causing these serious health problems. Dr. Beniaminovitz asked her audience, “Did you know that the fountain of youth and the path to a healthier and longer life may be found in your kitchen?” “Unfortunately, when we overeat and develop a significant amount of midline fat, inflammation increases dramatically,” Dr. Ainat explained. “These midline fat cells secrete many signals that regulate our daily metabolism and influence our daily food struggles, as well as lead to blood clotting, inflammation and rapid cell turnover. This process prevents time for essential cell repair, setting the stage for development of disease processes.”


Speaking at a luncheon of the Center for Active and Retired Community in Rockland County, Dr. Ainat Beniaminovitz, MD, FACC, a board certified cardiologist with ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley, surprises the audience with the message that the Fountain of Youth may be right in their own kitchen. Dr. Beniaminovitz continued, “A good diet has long been thought to be the key to longevity. There is ample data showing a nutrient dense, calorically restricted diet decreases cardiovascular disease by 30%. A good

example is the Mediterranean diet emphasizing plant-based foods, healthy fats like olive oil and nuts, fish and poultry. Interestingly, in times of famine, population life expectancy actually increased. Caloric restriction in

animals has also been shown to lead to longer life expectancy as well as decreased rate of dementia.” Dr. Beniaminovitz concluded her presentation by summarizing the major point that a healthy, well balanced diet is the key to a healthier and longer life! According to Bilha Berkowitz, Coordinator of the Center for Active and Retired Community, whose members come from Rockland, Orange, and Bergen Counties, as well as New York City, Dr. Beniaminovitz has addressed the members of the Retired Teachers Center for the past 3 years. “We are so pleased that Dr. Ainat takes the time each year to share with us new research regarding heart disease and the effects of a proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle on cardiovascular health,” commented Ms. Berkowitz. “Our members are retired and active community members who seek programs that offer personal and social growth opportunities.” About Dr. Ainat Beniaminovitz, MD, FACC Dr. Beniaminovitz is a board-certified cardiologist and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. At ColumbiaDoctors she is a full time clinical cardiologist with a particular interest in heart failure and women’s cardiovascular health.

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About ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley With offices in Suffern and Monroe, NY, ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley provides quality cardiovascular and general medical services to residents of the lower Hudson Valley, with a focus on prevention, diagnostic testing, and treatment. Its physicians and nurses, who have special expertise in women’s heart health and older adults, are committed to providing exceptional and compassionate care at every step of a patient’s treatment. CDHV physicians are faculty members of the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and affiliated with New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. The affiliation with New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center brings the vast resources of one of the nation’s top heart care hospitals close to home. ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley was founded in 1979 as Ramapo Cardiologists and later renamed Hudson Heart Associates. ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley is located at 222 Route 59, Suite 302, Suffern, NY, Phone: 845.368.0100, with offices also at 745 State Route 17M, Suite 203, Monroe, NY, Phone: 845.774.1403. Visit for more information.

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education & careers Orange Regional Medical Center honors Physicians Dr. Trapp completed his Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Orthopedics at The Hospital for Special Surgery and has specialized training in joint replacement, including revision of the hip and knee. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in Orthopaedic Surgery. In 2009, Dr. Trapp was selected as an Orange County Rising Star and in May 2010, he was selected by his peers Mark Stamm, MD

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Orange Regional Medical Center will host its private, annual Physician Recognition Awards Dinner on May 2, 2014. The event will honor Orange Regional’s medical staff for their commitment to medical excellence. Special recognition will be given to Mark Stamm, MD of Eye Physicians of Orange County and Kevin Trapp, MD of Crystal Run Healthcare for their outstanding leadership and medical achievements. The 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented to Dr. Stamm. This award is given to physicians who have continually improved the level of patient care, whose professional body of work has served to elevate their profession and who, through personal example, have earned the respect of their peers and the community. Dr. Stamm joined the Medical Staff at Orange Regional’s Arden Hill Campus in May 1981 and the Horton Campus in May 1984. He attended Medical School at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, performed his Internship at Westchester County Medical Center and completed his Residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He also served as chief resident at the King's County Hospital, Coney Island Hospital and Long Island College Hospital. Dr. Stamm is Board-certified in Ophthalmology and is a member of the New York State Ophthalmological Society, the New York State Medical Society and the Orange County Medical Society. Dr. Trapp is the recipient of the 2014 Leadership Award. This award recognizes involvement in the development of new or enhanced medical programs, promotion of staff education within the physician’s field and professional excellence. Dr. Trapp joined the Medical Staff at Orange Regional’s Arden Hill and Horton Campus in 2004 and serves as Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics and Medical Director of The Bone and Joint Center. He received his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and completed his Residency at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System where he was awarded “Orthopedic Resident of the Year� for 1999-2000.

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Villar looks to Sun Homes Loans for ‘HELP’ and gets results To receive more information about the program and its benefits, Sun Home Loans has established a direct telephone number exclusively for members of the hospital community call 1-973-805-4156. When you call you will speak to a live program specialist who will discuss your needs and explain how the Sun Home Loans Hospital Employee Loan Program can H.E.L.P. Sun Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans are subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun Home Loans, a division of Sun National Bank, N.A. Equal Housing Lender. Other Products and services are not banking products, not FDIC insured, may lose value, and are not a condition of credit or any banking product or service offerings. You may inquire about these additional services when you apply.

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Melissa Villar was referred to Sun Homes Loans by a realtor who spoke highly of the firm’s excellent customer service, expertise and mortgage rates. As Villar will tell you, Sun Home Loans certainly lived up to its reputation, and than some. After speaking with Sun Home Loans, Villar learned of the innovative Hospital Employee Loan Program (H.E.L.P.). Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, H.E.L.P. is offered to members of the hospital community and their families. The unique program provides discounted mortgage rates designed for hospital employees and pre-qualifications to shop for your next home. Villar, a clerical associate at Hackensack University Medical Center, used the H.E.L.P. program to purchase a beautiful condominium, proudly closing on Feb. 10. “It’s a big step. I’m very excited,” Villar said. “Sun Home Loans was excellent. They answered all of my questions quickly, they answered all of my phone calls. I’m definitely happy that I was referred to Sun Home Loans. They were always in touch with me throughout the process.” Sun Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper teamed up to bring the emergency services community this unprecedented mortgage opportunity. The popular program offers benefits, including a complimentary evaluation of your particular financial situation, and credit repair if needed. You may take advantage of these other products and services, though they are offered separately from the H.E.L.P. Among other things, Villar was excited that the H.E.L.P. program offered a lower mortgage rate than other brokers. Villar’s purchase was a short sale, which could have been complicated, but the Sun Home Leans team made the transaction a seamless one. Sun Home Loans, a division of Sun National Bank, and Hospital Newspaper are both proud to serve the hospital community, who dedicate their lives serving the rest of us. They are the core fabric of our society. H.E.L.P. clients enjoy unmatched customer service and attentiveness throughout the process – from their initial inquiry – to closing. However, after closing, the staff is there to address other financial needs. “We have worked extremely hard to put together a group of impressive incentives for the hospital community,” said Steve Testa, Vice President Regional Sales Manager of Sun Home Loans. “We remain confident that those who are currently in the market for a mortgage will discover that the Sun Home Loans Hospital Employee Loan Program exceeds what they are able to find elsewhere in the marketplace. We have received a lot of positive feedback and its always a pleasure working with a hard-working woman such as Melissa Villar. We were glad to help her.”

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Sun Home Loans, a division of Sun National Bank, is proud to serve the heroes in our community who dedicate their lives to serving the rest of us: doctors, nurses and other hospital employees. That is why we teamed up with Hospital News to create the Hospital Employee Loan Program (HELP). With a competitive mortgage rate and discounted fees, this program helps our community heroes purchase new homes or refinance existing homes. Plus, the program comes with our pledge to get hospital employees in their new homes by their contract dates.

PROGRAM INFORMATION We understand that the current economic environment has created challenges to home ownership. Working with our own resources and Federal government programs we will create a solution that opens the path to home ownership. The Hospital Employee Loan Program delivers these advantages: » A competitive mortgage rate, available specifically for hospital employees » Discounted fees » Personal service from program specialists » Our pledge to have you in your home by the contract date

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education & careers St. Catherine of Siena is Springing into EMS Appreciation and Education St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center held the first of its quarterly Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Dinner and Lecture Series on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Watermill in Smithtown. The hospital sponsored event is an initiative to foster excellence in health care services through improved communication and education, while also showing first responders appreciation and much deserved recognition. Director of St. Catherine of Siena’s QA/PI Joshua P. Bozek, DO, lectured on Traumatic Eye Injuries and EMS Pitfalls, and Shan Ahmed, DO, MS, FACOEP, FACEP, lectured on the Altered Mental Status and Stroke Mimics. Emergency Medical Technician from the Smithtown Fire Department Edward Grove commented on the event, “Both Drs. Bozek and Ahmed were great lecturers, who presented their topics such that the EMS providers could appreciate and understand the message.” In addition, first responders from the Kings Park Fire Department, Joseph Pucci and Erica Johnston, were presented with the “Protector of the Penumbra” award. The “Protector of the Penumbra” award was developed by St. Catherine of Siena as a patient initiative in partnership with the American Heart Association. The goal is to improve administration times for the “clot-busting” drug used

in the treatment of patients who are brought to the emergency department with symptoms of acute ischemic stroke. Ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage in a blood vessel that stops the flow of blood and deprives the surrounding brain tissue of oxygen. In the absence of oxygen, the brain cells in the immediate area begin to die and release a cascade of toxic chemicals that threaten brain tissue in the surrounding area—the ischemic penumbra. When a patient receives the drug within 40 minutes of arrival emergency personnel are awarded for their diligence. Because of their timely care, they successfully aided in minimizing the long-term deficits from the ischemic stroke. Kings Park Fire Department first responders Cono Cimino and Andree Fagan were also recognized and awarded with the “Protector of the Penumbra” award for their lifesaving efforts, but were not in attendance. St. Catherine of Siena was recently recognized internationally for its patient quality achievements at the 2014 International Stroke Conference, sponsored by the American Heart/American Stroke Associations held in February. For more information about St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center or to receive a free physician directory, please call (631) 870-3444 or visit


Photo (L-R): St. Catherine’s Director of Emergency Medical Services Paul Taglienti, MD, Kings Park Fire Department EMT’s Joseph Pucci and Erica Johnston, with St. Catherine’s Director of the Emergency Department Sayed Khwaja, DO.

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Hospital Construction: Offering the Safest Choice By Tom Perić In the quest to offer patients the safest choice, many hospitals today are frequently asked to explain to the public how effectively they guard against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). Healthcare facilities have been concerned about HAIs since the 1840s, when Ignaz Semmelweis, urged doctors to wash their hands before delivering babies. But in recent years, the degree of concern has risen as legislatures in 28 states (including New York) now mandate that hospitals publish the statistics, according to the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, a patient advocacy group founded by Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D., a former lieutenant governor of New York. Given the trend of public disclosures and the anticipated hospital construction growth in the next decade, reporting hospitals will have to consider instituting new precautions to ensure that any construction that occurs does not raise their HAIs statistics. Recognizing the growing requirement for protecting hospital patients and staff, the carpenters union, through its International Carpenters Training Fund, created an innovative training and certificate program that would teach members how to reduce the risk of contamination while working in a healthcare institution. The result was Construction ICRA: Best Practices in Healthcare Construction. The first step in forging this program was to follow Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) procedures. They are so widely accepted as the “gold standard” that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promotes their use, and the American Institute of Architects adopted them as the guiding principles for their members who design medical facilities. “Most hospitals have construction going on all the time, whether it’s a major expansion or updating older facilities,” says Alan Seidman, executive director, Construction Contractors Association of Hudson Valley. “This activity raises two vital questions for hospital administration: What training does my construction workforce have, and are they following or even aware of ICRA guidelines? “Our union carpenters and contractors recognize that working in a hospital is different from most construction jobs. They understand that every action could have a serious impact on the health of patients and staff.”

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Seidman says hospitals’ concern for patients and staff creates compelling reasons to use IRCA-certified construction workers. These include many safeguards, cost containment, reputation management and adherence to a safety philosophy. No hospital wants to face any inquiry and be unable to offer reassurance that any construction crew had been completely trained to work in their facility. There is also the issue of cost. Most hospitals accept what studies have shown, ranging from the CDC to independent organizations, that patients who are victims of HAIs remain in the hospital longer, need more time to heal and, bottom line, raise the cost of the visit. In his overview study, The Direct Medical Costs of Health care-Associated Infections in U.S. Hospitals and the Benefits of Prevention, economist R. Douglas Scott II examined the macro-economic costs of HAIs. The figures in this latest 2009 study are huge. “The direct cost [of HAIs] ranges from $28.4 billion to $33.8 billion,” when adjusted for inflation, Scott wrote in his report. While he acknowledges that taking preventive action against HAIs can be expensive, the benefits offset the cost. The viability of a hospital’s reputation rests on public perception and government institutions that assess them. An outbreak of any infectious disease, if reported in the media, can immediately tarnish a hospital’s public standing and reputation, no matter how superior it might be in other areas. Any increase of HAIs beyond the average range might link to construction, therefore tarnishing the hospital’s reputation. Taking adequate precautions beforehand by using trained personnel is the antidote to preventing this possibility. Finally, there is the issue of hospital philosophy, Seidman notes. Consumers and patients have choices in what hospital they select. Hospitals that use contractors and craftspeople trained in ICRA guidelines show their commitment to maximum quality care. The use of these contractors and craftspeople will lead to better ratings for the hospitals that employ them, according to Seidman. “We provide a mock-up of a hospital room in our training facilities and we offer hands-on training,” says Seidman. “No one comes close to the breadth and depth of our ICRA-based training.”

Alan Seidman, executive director, Construction Contractors Association of Hudson Valley Training Seidman describes the “Best Practices in Health Care Construction” training program as “fully operational” with more than 100 members having gained new certifications by completing the 32-hour course. He explained that the program consists of two parts: • 8-Hour Awareness Certification – This class provides the foundation of the program and teaches the participants awareness of the hazards, ways to minimize exposure, and proper work safety practices when working in an occupied healthcare facility. • 32-Hour Certification – An in-depth, hands-on instruction, designed to teach the participants the recognized methods of performing specific tasks such as: isolating rooms by assembling enclosures, setting up HEPA machines and installing and monitoring air pressure gauges. Pointing to specifics, he explains that training provided to apprentices, journeymen, foremen and superintendents includes but is not limited to: • Hazardous Materials Awareness • Lead, Asbestos, Silica, and Mold • Individual Responsibilities to Patients • The Structure of the ICRA Form • Regulatory Agencies and Organizations • Containing the Work Area • Work Area Classifications • Anteroom Construction • Erecting and Sealing a Soft Wall • Working within a Portable Isolation Cube • How to Establish a Negative Pressure Environment • Personal Protective Equipment Familiarization • How Secondary Infections are Acquired Tom Perić is a former award-winning journalist and president of Cherry Hill, N.J.-based Galileo Communications Inc. ( He writes frequently about construction issues and the HVACR (heating and cooling) industry.

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Bernstein & Associates, Architects Founded in 1990, Bernstein & Associates, Architects, specializes in the design and construction of hospital and healthcare facilities. Our focus: high-quality design, excellent service, and client satisfaction. We have worked for over 100 hospitals and another 200 private healthcare facilities, across the United States. Our project types have included all hospital and healthcare service groups, including: Adult Day Care, Alcoholism Treatment Facilities, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Assisted Living, Cancer Centers, Cardiac Cath, Cardiology, CCU/ICU, Clinics, Coronary Care, Dental, Dermatology, Dialysis Clinics, Doctors Offices, Drug Treatment Facilities, Elder Care, Employee and Student Health Support Services, Emergency Departments, Emergency Preparedness, Endoscopy, ENT, Expert Witness, Group Practices, Hospices, Hospitals, Infectious Disease, Information Systems, Intensive Care, JCAHO Survey, Joint Commission Survey, Laboratories, Master Plans, Medical Offices, Medical Equipment, Medical Libraries, Medical Records, Neurology, Nursing Homes, Ophthalmology/Eye Center, OB/Gyn, Orthopedic, Pain Care Facilities, Pathology, Patient Safety Consulting Services, Pediatric, Pharmacy, Physical Fitness and Sports, PT/OT, Primary Care Programs, Psychiatric, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Senior Citizen Facilities, Sleep Centers, Social Services, Statement of Conditions, Surgical Suites and Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Urgent Care Centers, and USP 797 Consulting Services. The firm's projects have won design awards from Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and the Architectural Woodworking Institute, and have been published in Advance, Health Facilities Management, Medical Technology Today, Bio/Technology, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Design Solutions, Hospitality Design, Sound and Communication, Contract Design and Hospital Newspaper. Architectural Services include: programming, planning, design, construction documents, bidding and negotiation, and construction administration. The firm also offers sustainable or “green” healthcare design. The firm has a number of LEED-accredited professionals, has successfully completed numerous green healthcare projects, and has published articles on “Greening the Healthcare Environment”. Project Management (or Owner’s Representative Services) is offered as a stand-alone service through our affiliated project management company, Empire Projects, Inc. ( Bernstein & Associates, Architects - PLLC 51201 Broadway - #803, New York, NY 10001 Contact: William N. Bernstein, AIA Managing Principal Tel: 212.463.8200 • Fax: 212.463.9898 NEW YORK - HARTFORD - PRINCETON

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Cura Hospitality Prepares New Hospitality Strategies for Baby Boomers By Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Cura Hospitality Cura Hospitality, a specialist in senior living and acute care dining services management, is proactively helping administrators design appealing venues and plan new dining menu and hospitality strategies for the influx of residents from the “Greatest Generation”. As these Baby Boomers age, they expect a new worldliness and desire for food and beverage options beyond the traditional dining room. Cura elevates their experience by offering dining-related opportunities more conducive to their lifestyle. Take for example Cura-managed “home brewing” clubs, which has several residents enthused about learning how to brew a variety of beers and ales right in the comfort of their home. At the Whitney Center in Hamden, CT, more than 20 residents are members of the new “social” brew club, who meet monthly with their cook/brew master, Tim Smith, to learn the tricks of the trade on how to brew a variety of ales! “When I moved here, I never expected to participate in a brew club. It’s quite popular! What was supposed to be a social gathering for men has now grown to include women, too. It’s a lot of fun,” laughs Sanford Zimmerman, 84, a Whitney Center resident. Since December of 2012, Whitney’s brew club has brewed nine beers including a Blond Ale, Maple Brown Ale, India Pale Ale, Double India Pale Ale, Orange Wheat, and Russian Imperial Stout. French Saison and a Single Hop Pale Ale are next! The brew club brings fond memories to Zimmerman, originally from St. Louis, MO, who grew up near the AnheuserBusch landmark brewery. Now Zimmerman can help create his own brew, while another brew club member/resident, Carl Puleo, designs the bottle’s label. Ales are served in Cura-managed pubs for all residents to enjoy! As we finally leave winter behind, more and more Curamanaged communities will also be tending to their gardens. “Growers Days” at Cura have grown in popularity as older adults are keenly aware and educated on the key health benefits of the food they eat. In fact, it’s important for them to know where their food is grown and harvested.

Residents of The Bridges at Bent Creek in Mechanicsburg, PA, are part of this “growing” trend. Since 2009, residents have planted vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers, arugula, and tomatoes. With the help and instruction of a local greenhouse owner, the residents were educated on how to plant, water, and care for the plants in several raised beds constructed by Cura’s dining team members. Gardening not only improves residents’ health by helping to keep them active, gardens inspire and create enjoyment. Ron Moyer, the former CEO of Peter Becker Community (Harleysville, PA) for 25 years, is now retired and a resident at Peter Becker. “For me, gardening is a hobby and therapy which also helps me to stay active and eat healthier,” says Moyer who has planted peas, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, lima and string beans on a 50 by 50 plot located on the community’s acre-plus garden located just outside of Philadelphia. Gardening is also part of Moyer’s physical activity regimen. “I’m convinced that staying active prevents me from suffering lower back problems,” says Moyer. Some of the vegetables and herbs harvested by the residents are used by Cura chefs to prepare fresh and delicious meals. These foods are identified on the menu with a customized logo denoting “food from the garden”! To further enhance sustainable efforts, vegetable waste and wood material (cardboard, leaves and woodchips) are composted on-site and returned back to the gardens for natural fertilization. According to Becky Lockner, Cura director of partnership development, “Through our LivingLife philosophy, Cura’s goal is to encourage residents to be involved and give them a sense of purpose and belonging.” LivingLife strives to nourish, heal and uplift the spirit and body through great food, personal service and memorable dining experiences. Based upon six dimensions of overall well-being including physical, spiritual, vocational, emotional, social, and intellectual, these areas are used as a frame to put an extra twist on what we already do well – enhancing life around great food!

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HOSPITALS Calvary Hospital Founded in 1899, Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only accredited acute care hospital devoted to palliative care for adult advanced cancer patients. Its mission is to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Press Ganey has consistently ranked Calvary among the top one percent in patient satisfaction among 7,000 hospitals in the country Each year, Calvary cares for more than 6,000 patients and their families. The continuum of care includes inpatient, outpatient, home hospice, nursing home hospice, home care, and the care of complex wounds. Calvary cares for inpatients at its 200-bed hospital in the Bronx and at its 25-bed Brooklyn satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary@Home offers home care, hospice, and nursing home hospice for patients suffering from advanced cancer and other chronic and acute terminal illnesses. • Home care is available in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, and lower Westchester. • Hospice services are offered in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, as well as Nassau, Westchester, and Rockland counties. • also offers hospice services in more than 35 nursing homes in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Westchester, Rockland and Nassau counties. In 2004, Calvary opened the Center for Curative and Palliative Wound Care at its Bronx facility. Since then, a team of experienced physicians, surgeons, and certified wound care nurses has helped more than 800 patients to date with complex chronic wounds caused by complications of diabetes, cancer, venous and arterial disease, and other illnesses.

Jewish Home Lifecare is one of the premier non-profit geriatric and rehabilitation institutions in the country. The Home serves more than 9,000 older adults daily through traditional long term care, subacute care, rehabilitation services, community services and senior housing programs. These services are offered on the Home's three campuses in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester at the Sarah Neuman Center for Healthcare and Rehabilitation, as well as through our Lifecare Services Division, which provides programs throughout the metropolitan area. Many levels of care are provided by the Home's health system so that as needs change, individuals can transfer from one level of care to another. Skilled nursing and medical care are provided 24 hours a day by on-site clinical staff as well as a complement of physicians representing a full range of medical specialties. The Home also educates and trains physicians and medical professionals in geriatrics. In an unprecedented teaching program with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, over 2400 fourth year Mt. Sinai Medical School students have participated in a mandatory rotation program at the Home. A strong component of the Home's activities include conducting research to improve the quality of life of older adults. Jewish Home Lifecare is the home of the Lester Eisner, Jr. Center for Geriatric Education, the Saul Alzheimer's Disease Special Care Unit (Bronx), the Greenberg Center on Ethics in Geriatrics and Long Term Care and the Center on Pharmacology for the Elderly (COPE). The Home has added a new service titled, CONNECTIONS, an information and referral service for the professional and lay communities, connecting people to programs.

For more information, visit or call the following numbers: Calvary Hospital (718) 518-2300, Calvary@Home (718) 518-2465, and Wound Care (718) 518-2577.

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WORKERS’ COMPENSATION HOSPITAL WORKERS HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED ON THE JOB? Learn What You Must Do To Protect Your Workers' Compensation And Disability Rights! Do Not Make These Mistakes That Can Cost You Benefits 1. You must report the accident or injury as soon as possible, even if you might not lose time from work or need immediate medical care. 2. Report all injuries to all body parts, no matter how minor they may seem. If you do not report it and the injury gets worse over time, the job may deny benefits. 3. Remember, you are entitled to treatment and benefits even if you have previously injured the same body part in a prior accident. Do not let the job tell you different. 4. Your doctor controls the treatment, not risk management. If you need an MRI and the job will not approve it, the experienced attorneys at BAGOLIE FRIEDMAN can fight to get it approved at no cost to you. 5. When you are released from treatment, you may be entitled to money for your injury and disability. You may also collect for repetitive stress, cumulative trauma, cancer, hearing loss & hepatitis. 6. Contact Attorneys Ricky Bagolie or Alan Friedman now for a confidential and free consultation and to discuss your workers' compensation and disability rights. There is no fee if there is no recovery.


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Getting better…. just got better. We are proud to announce that our stunning new nursing center has opened and has private and semi-private rooms with magnificent views of Long Island Sound. United Hebrew is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, multi-service senior living campus serving the Westchester metropolitan area since 1919. Our dedicated short-term rehabilitation suite is staffed by Burke Rehabilitation professionals. The exemplary clinical team of professionals will design a personalized treatment plan for care in our nurturing environment. Features include country kitchens, recreation rooms on each floor, a courtyard garden for recreational use, private dining and family rooms and wireless internet access. United Hebrew Family of Services: • Nursing Home Care • Burke Rehabilitation at United Hebrew • Willow Towers Assisted Living Residence • Soundview Apartments for Independent Seniors • Long Term Home Health Care Program • Azor Home Health Agency For more information or to schedule a tour please call Admissions at 914-632-2804 x1148 or email Karen Nodiff at United Hebrew 391 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY 10805 914.632.2804

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Hospital Newspaper - NY May, 2014

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center proudly serves as the hospital of choice for residents of Brooklyn and Queens

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The Hospital of Kings and Queens

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center • 374 Stockholm Street • Brooklyn, NY 11237 • (718) 963 7272


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