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Pediatric Neurosurgeons join New York Methodist Hospital
Pediatric neurosurgeons Mark Souweidane, M.D., Jeffrey Greenfield, M.D., and Caitlin Hoffman, M.D., recently joined the faculty of New York Methodist Hospital (NYM). Dr. Hoffman will now be available for on-site appointments at NYM to evaluate children with conditions that impact the brain and spinal cord. Case discussions enlist the expertise of the entire team, which performs any recommended surgical procedures at NewYorkPresbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, an affiliate of New York Methodist Hospital. Drs. Souweidane, Greenfield and Hoffman are also members of the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine. “This is a wonderful opportunity to bring pediatric neurosurgery services to patients who trust New York Methodist Hospital with their care,” said Dr. Hoffman. “It is very fulfilling to meet and work with families and patients in Brooklyn and help them confront challenging diagnoses in a setting close to home.” The pediatric neurosurgery team collaborates with the pediatric neurologists from NYM’s Department
Caitlin Hoffman, M.D., pediatric neurosurgeon, during a patient examination at New York Methodist Hospital.
of Neurosciences, who evaluate and treat a wide range of neurological disorders impacting children. The Hospital's pediatric neurologists may refer families for an evaluation with Dr. Hoffman if they diagnose a condition that merits surgical intervention. Such conditions may
include tumors of the central nervous system, severe epilepsy that does not respond to medication, a cerebrospinal fluid disorder such as obstructive hydrocephalus, spinal cord compression, spasticity, brain hemorrhage, and congenital malformations of the brain, skull or spine.
“Children in our community who need a referral to a pediatric neurosurgeon may be very sick or disabled,” said Romaine Schubert, M.D., chief of pediatric neurology and epilepsy at New York Methodist. “To have access to pediatric neurosurgical care right here, in the same building as their pediatricians or referring physicians, can make a profound difference, and help us to seamlessly collaborate with a world-class pediatric neurosurgery team.” Drs. Souweidane, Greenfield and Hoffman specialize in traditional and minimally invasive procedures for a broad spectrum of neurologic conditions and disorders. However, the team stresses that outstanding pediatric neurosurgical care extends far beyond technical prowess and a repertoire of complex procedures. “The crux of pediatric neurosurgery is judgment—the judgment to determine whether a child is a candidate for surgical treatment, to understand whether a procedure meshes well with his or her pathology, and to ascertain the true risk of
performing an indicated procedure,” emphasized Dr. Souweidane, who also serves as director of pediatric neurological surgery at the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “That judgment stems from compassion for our patients that begins as soon as a child comes through the door. Any decision made must be rooted in a desire to work with the whole family, to be on their team throughout the course of treatment, and to ensure that the benefit of the care extends beyond the operating room. We are very pleased to establish a partnership with a hospital of New York Methodist's stature, and to extend the benefits of pediatric neurosurgery services to the Brooklyn community.” New York Methodist Hospital’s Pediatric Neurosurgery offices are located at 263 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Appointments with Dr. Hoffman can be arranged by calling the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center at 212-746-2363.
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New York Chapter Knights of Columbus hosts annual benefit for Calvary Hospital Local Chapter has raised more than $1,080,000 to date
Calvary Hospital recently hosted 170 people at the 36th annual communion mass and breakfast sponsored by the New York Chapter Knights of Columbus. The Chapter presented a check for $18,500 to Timothy P. Barr, Executive Vice President, Calvary Fund. For more than three decades, the local Knights of Columbus chapter has supported Calvary by making the hospital the principal beneficiary of their year-round fundraising efforts. With this latest gift, the NY chapter has raised more than $1,000,000 to date for the Hospital’s unparalleled palliative care services. Founded in 1899, the same year that Calvary was founded, the New York Chapter Knights of Columbus consists of 26 neighborhood councils located throughout the Bronx and Manhattan. To make a donation or to support the chapter’s next annual charity dinner on Friday, May
27, contact Joseph Kearns at the New York Chapter Knights of Columbus at (646) 401-4831 or John Sweeney at (718) 344-2776. For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides shortterm inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to: www.calvaryhospital.org.
Pictured (left to right) are: Carmine Musumeci, State Deputy of New York; John Sweeney, Treasurer, New York Chapter; Joseph Kearns, President, New York Chapter; Timothy P. Barr, Executive Vice President, Calvary Fund; and John C. McArdle, NYS Council.
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Huntington Hospital offers air transports through Northwell Health’s SkyHealth
When a person is in critical need to get to or from Huntington Hospital quickly because they have experienced a severe trauma or medical ailment, they can now get there through Northwell Health’s SkyHealth helicopter. The SkyHealth helicopter can travel up to 135 miles an hour, quickly getting critical patients to life-saving care. After receiving approval from the Town of Huntington, Huntington Hospital has begun using its helipad on Mill Dam Road, just a short distance from the hospital. “For people who have experienced trauma or are having a medical emergency, it is important to get patients to the care that they need as quickly as possible,” said Gerard Brogan, Jr., MD, executive director of Huntington Hospital. “We appreciate the Town and SkyHealth working with us to make this possible.” For more information about Huntington Hospital’s trauma and emergency medicine services, call 631-351-2000. To learn more about SkyHealth, please call 1-844-759-4584.
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Burke Medical Research Institutes receives $200,000 grant from the Carvel Foundation for Children’s Neurological Research
Burke Medical Research Institute (BMRI) has received a $200,000 grant from the Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation to continue its groundbreaking work developing therapies for children with injury or disease of the nervous system. The project, titled “Bridging the Valley of Death: Translating Laboratory Discovery into the Successful Treatment of Children with Neurological Dysfunction” is a joint effort between BMRI and Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY. The goal of the project is to help restore neurological function in children whose injuries or disease have left them with poor movement, vision and feeling in their bodies. BMRI’s scientists are working on developing the treatments and therapies for these diseases, while BMRI and Blythedale together will test safe and novel therapies in children with neurological impairments. The grant is for one year. The Carvel Foundation first helped fund the project in 2013, with a $500,000 grant. The BMRI team consists of Jason Carmel, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Motor Recovery Laboratory; Director, Early Brain Injury Recovery Program, Dianna Willis, Ph.D., Director of Pain Research, Brett Langley, Ph.D., Director of Neuronal Epigenetics, Kathleen Friel, Ph.D., Director of the Clinical Laboratory for Early Brain Injury Recovery and Glen Prusky, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Vision Restoration.
About Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to adult rehabilitation medicine. In 2016, Burke became part of the Montefiore Health System, which allows Burke to reach more individuals who can benefit from their intensive rehabilitation programs. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness or traumatic injury. Burke’s world-renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art treatment while its clinical researchers explore the frontiers of neurological and rehabilitation medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay. For additional
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About Burke Medical Research Institute Burke Medical Research Institute was created in 1978 to foster the development of new approaches to cognitive and motor rehabilitation. Burke Medical Research Institute scientists explore the frontiers of rehabilitation medicine the Institute is one of the only freestanding rehabilitation facilities with dedicated programs in basic research, translational research and clinical research. BMRI shares the mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay.
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Nurseâ€™s Viewpoint By Alison Lazzaro, RN
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Building a Journal Club
"That's how it's always been done." This rationale for following a specific procedure is becoming a thing of the past. Traditional practices in healthcare are being overhauled in an effort to implement evidence-based practice guidelines. Whether you are interested in improving patient outcomes or achieving/maintaining "Magnet Status," developing a journal club can facilitate new research based procedures at your institution. A successful journal club can keep your colleagues current with new knowledge, research evaluation, and improved outcomes. Other advantages of a journal club are that it can improve your ability to critique current research, create leadership opportunities for those presenting, allow staff to bond, and enable learners to develop skills to critically analyze literature. A journal club can be cost free and also minimally time consuming- fitting in perfectly with a nurse's busy schedule! Start the club by deciding on a meeting time and location. This can be surprisingly trickier, due to various shift work schedules. The club can be held on site, at a local coffee shop, or even at a co-workers cozy home. A location near the hospital may make it easier to find and promote participation. Next, select a topic. Scour through your specialty nursing journal or major medical journals. The article should be from within the last 5 years. This ensures that any potential changes made by your unit are based on the most current evidence. Is there a particular procedure that is confusing on your unit? For instance, hypothermia protocol was something that we struggled with in the cardiovascular ICU. This made for a great topic and generated much discussion at our monthly journal club. Now, e-mail out the "save the date" for the club with a copy of the article. Disseminate flyers around the unit to keep everyone abreast of the new article. Form a simple agenda covering your main objectives to keep the group focused. Start with the purpose of the research article. Find the hypothesis, variables of interest, population and setting of the study. Next, dissect the literature review. Look for current articles and types of journals that were cited. Then, look at the sample studied and compare it to the patients you see daily. Note how representative the sample is compared with your patients. Be mindful of sample selection bias and always highlight whether or not the study received IRB approval. Finally, look for implications for nursing. How does the study contribute to the current body of knowledge and how could be it replicated? With these simple tips and tricks, you are well on your way to forming a unit based journal club!
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Northwell Health’s new Department of Dermatology focused on care, teaching and research Patients in need of medical and surgical care in the management of common and complex disorders of the skin, hair and nails can now turn to Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) for comprehensive services in dermatology care. Northwell Health Physician Partners recently celebrated the opening of its state-ofthe-art Dermatology practice at 1991 Marcus Avenue, Suite 300, in Lake Success. Led by Chairman Amit Garg, MD, the Northwell Department of Dermatology’s expert group of physicians offers world-class consultative and longitudinal care that is evidence-based and patient-centered. “We have built this department around adding value for the patients in this community, as well as supporting the physicians who care for them,” said Dr. Garg, the founding chair of the department. “Collectively, we work tirelessly to improve outcomes, provide a highly satisfactory experience, and to uphold the values of Northwell Health.”
“Getting someone healthy again is the single most-gratifying experience our physicians can have,” added Dr. Garg, one of nine fulltime faculty members in the department of dermatology, the largest on Long Island and the boroughs. “I’m proud to work alongside some of the most dedicated, knowledgeable and compassionate dermatologists in the region, who partner closely with patients in improving their health outcomes.” In delivering on its mission to serve as leaders in patient care, teaching and research relevant to skin diseases, the department is comprised of the very best physicians and visionary leaders in dermatology, said Lawrence G. Smith, MD, Northwell’s executive vice president and physician-in-chief. “We are extremely fortunate to have a dermatologist of Dr. Garg’s stature leading Northwell in its visionary approach in dermatology care.” The Northwell Department of Dermatology provides the full spectrum of general and subspecialty services, including Mohs micro-
graphic surgery, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, treatment for inflammatory and autoimmune skin diseases, patch testing for contact dermatitis, and phototherapy. The department also has expertise in cosmetic
procedures, including injection of toxins and fillers, as well as several types of laser treatments. For more information, please visit Northwell.edu/dermatology.
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THE OPUS OF HEALING—BELIEVE IN DOWISM Commack High School Orchestra Director Karen Dow Receives a Symphony of Support
For the students at Commack High School, strong ties to their orchestra director Karen Dow were seen through the loving acts of support throughout her recovery, and well after. Karen Dow was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2015. It did not take long for her to begin researching facilities and physicians. In her relentless search to find the best experts for her treatment, and after many interviews with physicians at a variety of health facilities, Ms. Dow found a sense of comfort in the physicians at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center. She met with Medical Director of St. Catherine’s Breast Health Program June Lee, MD, and St. Catherine’s Administrative Director of Reconstructive Microsurgery Diana Y. Yoon-Schwartz, MD, together they discussed the most effective treatment plan. “I totally did my research, I interviewed different doctors—Dr. Lee, led me to Dr. Schwartz—they are both amazing doctors and made me feel so comfortable,” said Ms. Dow. While Ms. Dow was focused on recovering and ultimately getting back to her best health, her students were coordinating a circle of support that would forever be remembered.
Seniors Maya Wang and Giovanna Calderon were the leaders of the movement now referred to as “I Believe in Dowism”. “I Believe in Dowism” started as a senior project for the two students and was always inclusive of Ms. Dow, the teacher they say imparted more than just music to them throughout their high school career. “Gia and I got together and decided why don’t we sell t-shirts that promote music and also celebrate our last year with Ms. Dow,” said Maya.
Maya started designing the tshirts before Mrs. Dow was diagnosed—and when they learned that she had breast cancer, the senior project morphed into a school-wide initiative in support of their beloved teacher. “After we learned about Mrs. Dow diagnosis we decided to modify the theme of the shirts and make it more about the spirit of Ms. Dow—and to show her how much we all care for her,” said Giovanna. The motto Dowism was natural for the students to come up with as
Photo (L-R): Medical Director of St. Catherine’s Breast Health Program June Lee, MD, Commack High School Orchestra Director Karen Dow, St. Catherine’s Administrative Director of Reconstructive Microsurgery Diana Y. Yoon-Schwartz, MD and Assistant Principal at Commack High School
it began long before the students and teachers showed their support for her health. “It started in freshman year when we entered Mrs. Dow’s class—she would not only teach music, she would also always give us lessons at the end—and most of her lectures we would take with us even beyond the classroom. We called them Dow speeches— some about being in the moment, enjoying life and happiness,” said Maya. She continued, “In the beginning of freshman year, we thought, why don’t we take all those Dowisms and make a t-shirt one day—and that is how we came up with Dowism.” After the students designed the tshirts, they sold them and donated half the funds to an organization of Ms. Dow’s choice. She selected the Breast Health Center at St. Catherine of Siena, donating $347, which will be used toward patient services. “In solidarity and with gratitude, we hope to make a difference in someone’s life as you did with hers—thank you,” said Maya and Giovanna. Assistant Principal at Commack High School Leslie Boritz thanked St. Catherine’s physicians for visiting the school for a special welcome back gathering in February. The orchestrated message that the faculty
and students wanted to share with the physicians and medical center was, “Thank you St. Catherine’s for Bringing Dow Back!” Drs. Lee and Yoon-Schwartz were so moved by the thoughtfulness and outpouring of love shown by the Commack High School community and simply stated, “She was a wonderful patient—and she always spoke of getting back to her students.” Ms. Dow was moved to tears when she expressed, “My students—through the diagnosis— were always on my mind—they are very loving and very caring so I wanted to be here for them.” Ms. Dow only missed eight days of school after her second surgery. By the fall Mrs. Dow was back in good shape and ready to conduct again. “I did conduct, but less motion than I would normally,” said Ms. Dow. “A hardship in my life became a great blessing—especially because of the sense of community I have with the faculty, students, doctors,” said Ms. Dow. “It goes back to my teachings—a Dowism to live by— we are all in this together.” For more information about St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, Breast Health Services, call (631) 870-3444 or visit www.stcatherines.chli.org.
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Revolutionary healing at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center
In 2014, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center collaborated with students at Smithtown High School East to create visual artwork to reflect hope and healing for patients, visitors and staff. This idea of using art to help the spirit heal has been so well received, which initiated further collaboration with local student artists to once again help fill blank walls at the medical center. St. Catherine’s Director of Community Relations Heather Reynolds and Smithtown High School East Art Teacher/Instructional Specialist Dianne Shanian worked with students to produce artwork for two areas on the medical campus, including the hospital’s Intensive Care/Critical Care Units (ICU/CCU) and a special area that connects the Hospital to the Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center. A special ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently with hospital administration, staff, visitors, students and their parents. "Thanks to the creativity of the students and Ms. Shanian, revolutionary healing is ever more present at the medical center," said Director of Community Relations Heather Reynolds. St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s campus includes a Hospital, Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center, and a three-story medical office building. For enhanced accessibility from the three separate entities on the campus, there is a tunnel that
Smithtown High School East Student Chris Saracino cuts the ribbon at the ICU/CCU ceremony.
connects the Hospital to the Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center. The hospital is connected to the medical office building. The first phase of the ribbon cutting started in the tunnel. “The hospital and rehab care center has been connected since it open 25 years ago—and for 25 years the walk through the tunnel has been quite cold, lacking artwork,” said St. Catherine’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center Administrator John Chowske, “Day in and day
Hospital Association offers $2,000 Scholarship
The Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC) announces a $2,000 scholarship for college juniors/seniors or postgraduate students who are studying journalism, marketing/communication, or healthcare administration. (The scholarship is not for clinical-based study.) The Ann Marie Brown Memorial Scholarship honors the late Ann Marie Brown, who served as vice president for government and public relations for the Hospital Council from 1983 to 1993. The scholarship is administered by the Hospital Council’s Communications Committee. Filing deadline is May 13, 2016. Recipient is expected to attend the award luncheon on June 9, 2016. For more information and an application go to www.nshc.org and click on programs or please call 631-963-4156. About the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC) The NSHC represents the not-for-profit and public hospitals on Long Island. Its goal is to enhance health care for all Long Islanders through its advocacy with lawmakers, regulatory agencies, the media, and the public.
out, we have patients traveling back and forth from the hospital to the nursing and rehab center—so we are thankful to the students for their creativity.” He continued, “They took a cold and blank tunnel beyond my imagination, and the entire nursing and rehab care center is very thankful.”
The students decided on a Healing Revolution theme for the tunnel. The exposed pipes beckoned at the industrial revolution which drew the connection to a sense of revolutionary healing that occurs at the medical center daily. Smithtown High School East Art Teacher/Instructional Specialist Dianne Shanian thanked St. Catherine’s Administration for inviting the students to place artwork, “filling the walls with artwork makes people happy, and that should not be minimized.” The second phase of the ribbon cutting took place at ICU/CCU. These units, renovated in 2012, located down the hall from the Emergency Department and Cardiac Catheterization Labs, were modernized to offer patients more privacy with state-of-the-art equipment. However, there was one area that still needed “something”. According to Nursing Manager Lisa Koshansky, “people walked pass the units, unaware of the specialized care being facilitated through the doors of ICU and CCU. Now, the art brings hope and a sense of healing.” She continued, “Each work of art affects people in different ways—it is very much appreciated.”
In addition to the artwork along the walls of ICU/CCU, students also created several pieces for the ICU/CCU family waiting room, using Georgia O’Keefe’s bold and innovative inspiration. St. Catherine’s Executive Vice President/CAO Paul J. Rowland also thanked the students, high school faculty and parents for their contributions to the medical center. He also explained that the “artwork will complement the future build for the healing environment that we have planned for the acute care areas.” The medical center will add a Serenity Plaza, which will be a dedicated place where patients, family members, staff can go to reflect, meditate or pray. The Foundation Office is actively seeking donations for this specialized area, for more information, please call (631) 862-3832. The medical center will mark 50 years in the community on September 16, 2016. The Department of Public Affairs is currently planning celebratory events that will be open to the community. For more information, please contact (631) 862-3523. For more information about St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, call (631) 870-3444 or visit, stcatherines.chli.org.
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2016 New Jersey League for Nursing Convention
“Beyond the Hospital Walls: The New Frontier”
March 31—April 1, 2016 Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City, NJ 2016 Pre-Convention Nurse Educators' Day March 30th, 2016 Tropicana Hotel
Program by... Tracy Ortelli, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
“Put to the Test: The Creation & Implementation of a Sustainable, Peer-Reviewed,Test Development Process”
Special Tropicana Room Rate—Only $59
Join us at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City for the 2016 NEW JERSEY LEAGUE FOR NURSING CONVENTION on March 30th – April 1st! There is a paradise of exciting gaming options, spectacular restaurants, superstar entertainment, specialty shops and a complete health spa to enjoy after a productive day in the Exhibition Hall showcasing your products and services. For the 2015 Convention we had over 600 attendees! This is a proven cost-effective way to bring nurses and exhibitors together to learn about the latest health care products, services, employment and educational opportunities available. Our convention is attended by a variety of health care providers including, Nurse Educators, Staff Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Managing Practitioners and Senior Student Nurses.
Our Convention schedule includes exhibit hours that provide quality time with your target audience. We have CE Poster Sessions, hold several exciting prize events and offer attendee refreshments, all in the exhibition hall that will surely draw large crowds to your booth.
Please visit the NJLN website for more details: www.NJLN.org
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Orange Regional Medical Center pledges to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in Orange County Joins forces with the American Cancer Society in a shared goal to have 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018
From L to R; American Cancer Society Senior Market Manager, Anna Trocino, Patrice Lestrange Mack, Communications Director, Health Systems Manager, Hospitals, Connie Bordenga, MD, MS, Orange Regional Medical Center President & CEO, Scott Batulis, Vice President, Operations, Sandra Iberger, Manager of Clinical Trials & Community Outreach, Jessica Gerlach and Administrator of Oncology Services, Regina Toomey Bueno joined forces to sign a pledge in support of the 80% by 2018 initiative.
In conjunction with National Colon Cancer Awareness Day on March 4, 2016, Orange Regional Medical Center announced its pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates in Orange County by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization cofounded by the ACS and CDC). Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths; however, it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, physicians can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether. “Colorectal cancer is a major public health problem, and adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for it, but we have found that many people aren’t getting tested because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand that there are testing options or don’t think they can afford it,” said Connie Bordenga, MD, MS, Health Systems Manager for the American Cancer Society. “The truth is that the vast majority of cases of colorectal cancer occur in people age 50 and older. Colorectal cancer in its’ early stages usually has no symptoms, so everyone 50 and older should get tested. There are several screening options available including home testing kits. Plus, many public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening and there may be local resources available to help those that are uninsured.”
“We are proud to join the cause to improve colorectal cancer screening rates,” said VP, Operations, Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Sandra Iberger. “We are asking all members of our community to come together and join Orange Regional Medical Center by getting screened and talking to your friends and family who are over 50 years of age about getting screened. Together, we can help to eliminate colorectal cancer.” While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the U.S. over the last 10 years among adults 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S, despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. In fact, in 2015 in the U.S., 132,700 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed. Contact your gastroenterologist today to schedule a colonoscopy. For more information about Endoscopy services offered at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit http://www.ormc.org/Endoscopy Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. “80% by 2018” 80 by 2018 is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) initiative in which over 500 organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being
regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Leading public health organizations, such as ACS, CDC and the NCCRT are rallying organizations to embrace this shared goal. Part of the 80% by 2018 goal is to leverage the energy of multiple and diverse partners to empower communities, patients, providers to increase screening rates. The 80% by 2018 initiative consists of health care providers, health systems, communities, businesses, community health centers, government, non-profit organizations and patient advocacy groups who are committed to getting more people screened for colorectal cancer to prevent more cancers and save lives. The Spagnoli Family Cancer Center provides a comprehensive range of services for diagnosing and treating various types of cancers. From breast and lung cancer to esophageal and head or neck cancer, Orange Regional offers the latest diagnostic and cancer-fighting technologies, including robotic surgery, radio frequency ablation and the most-advanced radiation therapy technology. The Center provides treatment options, including clinical trials, and procedures locally for all stages of cancer. Trained at the nation’s most prestigious medical centers, Orange Regional offers a team of experienced physicians who are backed by our skillful, certified oncology nurses, research coordinators, navigators and caring staff. For more information on Cancer Care Services at Orange Regional, visit www.ormccancercare.org.
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Are you at risk for a fall? Good Samaritan experts help older adults stay on their feet
One out of three people over the age of 65 falls each year, and for older adults, even minor falls can cause serious injury. Consider this: according to the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 2.5 million Americans are treated in hospital emergency departments for falls each year, and more than 700,000 people are hospitalized. Older adults may be susceptible to falls for a variety of reasons. “Older adults may lose lower body strength and conditioning which may affect their balance and make them unsteady on their feet,” said Jill Bocchieri, PT, Director of Good Samaritan Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department. In addition, older adults may be taking certain medications or have poor vision which may contribute to their increase risk of falling. There are steps that individuals and families can take to reduce the risk of falling and make the home a safer environment for older adults, according to Bocchieri. Among them:
· Have a thorough physical examination by your doctor to rule out serious medical issues and review medications.
· Undergo a balance assessment. Licensed physical therapists at Good Samaritan provide free balance screenings by appointment in their convenient Union Blvd. office in West Islip.
· Learn to recognize and eliminate tripping hazards in the home. Throw rugs, dangling electrical cords and other environmental hazards can increase the risk of a fall.
· Have a vision screening to address correctible eye problems
Good Samaritan’s Physical Therapy Department holds a free, one-hour Fall Prevention Class on the second Friday of each month. Attendees learn strategies and tips including strength and balance exercises, common fall risks, and how to eliminate tripping hazards around the home. “The goal is to help older adults maintain their health and independence,” said Ms. Bocchieri. For additional information or to register for this free program, please call (631) 376-4444. Good Samaritan Hospital’s Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility offers Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy services to adults and children of all ages. For further information or to schedule an appointment please call 631-376-4109.
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NUMC participates in Long Island Coalition for the Aging event 4499 Manhattan College Pkwy, Riverdale, NY 10471 · (718) 548-5100 www.Methodisthome.org We are a historic, non-sectarian facility in Riverdale NY, offering short and long-term care. We cover a broad range of services including Stroke Rehabilitation, Orthopedic, Pulmonary, Cardiac, Trach Care, Wound Care, Bladder Training, and outpatient rehabilitation. Our reputable home is highly rated by CMS and staffed by well trained, professional clinicians. All of our rooms are private and our physicians are affiliated with New York- Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center.
Above is a photo from an event that Marvin Berg, NUMC’s trauma outreach coordinator, was invited to speak at. The Long Island Coalition for the Aging invited Mr. berg to make a presentation at a meeting that was held at the Bristol in Westbury recently. He made a presentation on traumatic brain injury, where he discussed some of the mechanisms of these injuries. He also talked about demographics, and had data and statistics that he discussed. He spoke about how NUMC’s Level I Trauma Center receives these patients, with various mechanism of injuries that they sustain, and how they progress through our facility and on to rehabilitation. Also discussed was our fall prevention program, where we help educate our senior citizens on home safety and the prevention of falls.
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Leading Health Care Consultant urges expansion of Emergency Care and Primary Care Services in Long Beach A leading health care consultant who studied the medical needs of Long Beach in the wake of Superstorm Sandy has recommended that South Nassau Communities Hospital continue to expand Emergency Services, increase access to primary care physicians and focus on improving behavioral health services and care for the elderly. Bruce C. Vladeck, Ph.D., the former head of the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid) during the Clinton administration and the former President of the United Hospital Fund, found that there is a “significant shortage of physicians, ancillary services and specialty geriatric and behavioral health services” on the barrier island. His recommendations include: • A continuing effort to upgrade the types of Emergency Services the newly opened Emergency Department in Long Beach can provide so that it is capable of handling 65-75 percent of all ambulance calls on the barrier island; • Expanding laboratory capabilities at the Long Beach Emergency Department and adding ultrasound services there; • Adding more observation beds to the Long Beach Emergency Department; • Improving South Nassau’s existing Family Practice site so that it would qualify as a Primary Care Medical Home with 24/7 telephone access for patients; • Forming a workgroup with Long Beach, State and County agencies to undertake a “more systematic behavioral health services planning for the barrier island.”
The Vladeck study also examined the question of whether Long Beach needs and could financially support a general hospital if one were to be built. Using “relatively optimistic assumptions” about the number of expected inpatient admissions and not including initial “ramp up” costs, the study found a 50-bed hospital would lose an average of $10.8 million a year, totaling $54 million in losses during its first five years of operation. (The financial analysis was conducted by John Lavan of JL Consulting. Lavan is a leading health care financing expert who served as the former Chief Financial Officer of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.)
The estimates were based on a close examination of the 5,543 hospital stays of residents of the barrier island that occurred in 2013. That number of stays would generate an average census of 40 admissions per day, which would require a facility of 50 inpatient hospital beds, the study found. In addition to the financial losses a 50-bed hospital would generate, the study also questioned whether a hospital that small would have a sufficient volume of cases in certain specialty areas to produce quality patient outcomes. “A growing body of literature continues to reinforce the general principle that the more a particular physician or hospital sees of a specific condition, the better the outcomes. This relationship is particularly strong for certain surgeries, including cardiac, cancer, GI and prostate,” the study noted. “This relationship is also strong for both routine and high-risk maternity services…which is why hospitals performing fewer than 1500 deliveries a year are gradually closing those services.” Regulators in New York State also are generally pushing for a reduction in the number of in-patient hospital beds, “especially downstate, including Nassau County,” the study noted. Vladeck also attempted to address and update the findings of a 2006 Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century report (also known as the Berger Commission), which recommended at the time that the former Long Beach Medical Center be downsized to a 145 bed facility. Proponents of building a new hospital in Long Beach – post Superstorm Sandy – have repeatedly cited the Berger Commission findings as evidence that the barrier island could support a 145 bed hospital. As part of his research, Vladeck asked Stephen Berger, the head of the 2006 Commission, if he believed his 2006 study should still be relied upon at this juncture. “It would be a mistake, at this point, to conclude that having access to health services automatically requires a hospital facility,” Berger wrote in response to Vladeck in a letter dated Oct. 30, 2015. The Vladeck study said the focus by some community leaders on whether to replace the shuttered Long Beach Medical Center with a new hospital, which has dominated much of the public debate since Sandy hit in 2012, has diverted attention from more critical health care questions facing Long Beach residents – like the lack of primary care physicians on the island.
The study also noted that Long Beach is an “extremely well educated” and “well-insured” community that is “solidly middle-class.” As of 2013, 85 percent of the non-elderly adult population had public or private health insurance. South Nassau commissioned the Vladeck study last August as part of its commitment to Long Beach to determine what medical services are most needed on the barrier island. As part of his study, Vladeck interviewed key leaders from the civic, business & health care communities as well as federal, state and local elected officials. He also reviewed government data on where barrier island residents are receiving hospital care and for what diseases. South Nassau has briefed more than 60 local community, civic and elected leaders about the results of the study and about its plans for expansion and use of the FEMA funds. That process will continue in the weeks ahead as hospital officials seek additional community input on the Vladeck study and on its proposals for the FEMA funding. The proposed plans still must undergo a series of formal review procedures at the local and state levels. Some local leaders are expressing support for South Nassau’s plans to improve access to medical care in Long Beach and in Oceanside. Mayor Michael McGinty of Island Park called South Nassau “the finest regional hospital on the Island,” noting it is “at the forefront of service and technology” and its medical staff “is without parallel both in capability and compassion for its patients.” McGinty praised the hospital’s expansion plans. “The administration continues to expand the ability of the Hospital to deliver extraordinary care to its patient population,” he said. South Nassau’s Oceanside Emergency Department is the only Level II Trauma Center on the South Shore of Nassau County. The hospital has been awarded the Joint Commission’s gold seal of approval as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care; and disease-specific care for hip and joint replacement, wound care and end-stage renal disease. For more information, visit www.southnassau.org.
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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. (www.empireprojects.com). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org NEW YORK - HARTFORD - PRINCETON
Prepare for a Career in Healthcare Sector Management at Long Island University.
Earn an advanced certificate or an M.B.A. degree in the growing field of healthcare management at Long Island University’s Hudson Graduate Center at Westchester. Demand for healthcare managers with business skills has never been greater. Responding to this need, Long Island University has launched a new Healthcare Sector Management program, offering two graduate study options in the field of healthcare administration. After completing your advanced certificate or your M.B.A. at the University’s Hudson Graduate Center at Westchester, you will be prepared to advance in middle and upper management positions in the healthcare industry. Option A: The Advanced Certificate in Healthcare Sector Management
Enhance your credentials by enrolling in the advanced certificate program. Certificate candidates will complete four healthcare sector management courses for a total of 12 graduate credits on a part-time basis in just two semesters. Option B:The M.B.A. Degree with a Healthcare Sector Management Concentration
Students in the M.B.A. program follow the standard 48-credit curriculum, normally completed by part-time students over a 24-month period, with a focus on leadership in healthcare organizations. The Healthcare Sector Management Program will be offered at Long Island University’s Hudson Graduate Center at Westchester, located on the grounds of Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase, N.Y. Courses are offered on weekday evenings and on Saturdays. “The healthcare management field is one of the few sectors of our economy we know will continue to grow significantly over the next five years,” according to Dr. Kevin Nash, director of the M.B.A. Healthcare Sector Management program. For more information, please contact the Admissions Department at 914-831-2700 or Westchester@liu.edu. Long Island University Hudson Graduate Center at Westchester 735 Anderson Hill Rd. Purchase, NY 10577
Founded in 1899, Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only accredited acute care hospital devoted to palliative care for adult patients with advanced cancer and life-limiting illnesses. 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, 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 Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. Calvary@Home offers home care and 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.
• Calvary also offers hospice services in more than 25 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. For more information, call Calvary Hospital (718) 518-2300, Calvary@Home (718) 518-2465, and Wound Care (718) 5182577. To sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.
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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