President's Message New York Hospital Queens

 February/March 2013

Dear Colleagues:

I’ve now delivered our “State of the Hospital” presentation to employees and medical staff at the hospital and our off-site facilities. The presentation is available to view at www.nyhq.org/For_Employees. The theme I presented was: Optimism. Realism. Action. Here at NYHQ, we have a lot be optimistic about; last year, we achieved the highest market share ever.  But the currently evolving health care environment calls on us to be realistic about how different the economics of healthcare will be in the future and the actions we need to take to stay competitive.

Hospitals are at the center of healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.” Like all non-profit hospitals, one of our main revenue sources is reimbursement. Reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid is down and is expected to continue to decrease. At NYHQ, we are pro-actively addressing the constant pressure on revenue through several focused measures, including efforts to:

  • Reduce operating costs
    • We must maximize efficiencies, and reduce variation in how we procure and use supplies 
    • We will conduct a careful review of staffing and programs
  • Maximize available sources of revenue and funding
    • For example, in 2012 our grants program secured $8.9 million in funding
    • As part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) value-based purchasing initiative, we need to meet or exceed HCAHPS benchmarks and other core measures to earn back our full Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement
  • Continue to support growth and programs with a measured, careful approach
    • New programs are needed to serve the community, and we will continue to grow in a strategic manner that drives in-patient volume (market share), and expands our primary care base

Our entire industry is grappling with these challenges. During our “State of the Hospital” presentations, I asked our employees and medical staff to take ownership of the above measures and continue to work together to provide the highest quality care for our patients.  As provisions in the ACA roll-out, we will reevaluate and adapt—to be responsive to the current fluid healthcare environment.


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

P.S. I anticipate this will be the final formally printed issue of the President’s Message. We will shift to completely electronic publication with the next issue as part of NYHQ’s initiative to “go green” and provide 24/7 access to information. The publication will continue to be available on our website (www.nyhq.org). NYHQ employees and medical staff will be alerted when a new issue is available (via a global e-mail announcement). To receive the publication directly to your inbox, please make sure we have your e-mail address. Send your name and e-mail address to Kerry McHale, kem9044@nyp.org.



Medical and Professional Staff Appointments:

William Rodgers, Ph.D., M.D., has been appointed chairman, Department of Pathology and Clinical Laboratories.  He joins NYHQ from Lenox Hill Hospital (now part of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System) where he served as chairman, Department of Pathology and medical director, Pathology Laboratories since 2008.  He served as chairman of the Lenox Hill Institutional Review Board, and as vice president of the hospital’s Medical Board. Dr. Rodgers received his medical degree and completed his residency in Pathology, and fellowship in Cancer Research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in N.Y.


We welcome two new experienced surgeons, Beth Siegel, M.D., F.A.C.S., director, NYHQ Breast Center and Christopher Foglia, M.D., F.A.C.S., Chief Section of Colorectal Surgery, who join the hospital to enhance the comprehensive surgery services available to the Queens community.

Most recently, Dr. Siegel served as assistant clinical professor, Department of Surgery, New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Siegel completed her internship and residency in Surgery at NYHQ, when the facility was known as Booth Memorial Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in Breast Surgery at Faulkner Hospital in Boston, Mass.

Dr. Foglia joins NYHQ from Danbury Hospital in Connecticut where he served as assistant program director for the General Surgery Residency Program. He also served as surgical clerkship director and clinical assistant professor of Surgery for University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Foglia completed his residency in General Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, Mass. and his fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.


We welcome Regina Khaimova, D.P.T., Cert M.D.T., supervisor, Outpatient Physical Therapy.  She comes to NYHQ from SportsCare PT of NY where she served as director, Physical Therapy.  She received her bachelor’s in Health Sciences and doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College. 


Professional and Personal Achievements and Sharing Expertise to Medical Audiences and in the Community:

In February, Carl M. Urban, Ph.D., director, Infectious Diseases Laboratory, conducted a lecture tour to hospitals in Australia and was an invited presenter at the annual meeting of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials (ASA). During his visit to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Dr. Urban gave several lectures including: Multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacteria: Why do they persist and how do you treat patients infected with these successful clones?; Emerging Gram-negative resistance in the health care setting; and Escherichia coli-the good, the bad and the ugly.

Congratulations to Danielle Gulinello, wellness coordinator, on achieving her M.P.A. in Health Care Administration from Long Island University Post.

Jennifer Tello, physical therapist, achieved her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Dominican College in Orangeburg, N.Y., and is also a certified lymphedema therapist. Also Yann Pan, physical therapist, earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.


The Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation held a lecture “Concussion Management: Update and Discussion,” led by Jason Hu, M.D., attending physiatrist.
Ellen Gutkin, D.O., attending gastroenterologist, presented a lecture on the risk factors and treatment of GERD at Flushing Library. GERD, more commonly known as acid reflux, can occur when stomach acids flow up from the stomach into the esophagus.

Bruce S. Spinowitz, M.D., associate director, Nephrology, and associate chairman, Medicine, is a co-author of the article “Peginesatide for Anemia in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Not Receiving Dialysis,” recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Phyllis August, M.D., M.P.H., director, Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education, was recently named associate editor of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 


Joseph Abularrage, M.D., chairman, Pediatrics,was featured in the magazine of Weill Cornell Medical College and Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Dr. Abularrage, who serves as professor of clinical pediatrics and liaison for curricular projects, is heading the effort for leadership training at Weill Cornell. Under a pilot program, he spearheaded a required leadership module for first-year medical students.




Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy Unit Celebrates One Year Anniversary

The NYHQ Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) Unit opened one year ago as an alternative treatment option for patients who are healthy enough to be discharged from the hospital but need to continue receiving once-daily intravenous antibiotics. The unit treated more than 300 patients in its first year without any intravenous-related complications. The OPAT unit is open seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at NYHQ. The hospital accepts direct referrals from doctors’ offices, community clinics and other hospitals that do not offer this service. For more information or to refer a patient, call 718-670-2289.


Enhancing Electronic Health Records

In January, the hospital electronic health record (EHR) transitioned to completely electronic physician notes. Electronic physician notes help improve patient safety and clinician communication. Enhancements to the EHR for both in-patient and outpatient sites are ongoing. This year all NYHQ community-based centers will transition to using the outpatient EHR, eClinicalWorks. Four community-based centers are currently operating with the system. Questions? Ken Ong, M.D., M.P.H., keo9016@nyp.org


Women’s AuxilIary Donation


On February 7, before a packed audience at one of the State of the Hospital presentations, Jody Eglinton, president, NYHQ Women’s Auxiliary presented a $133,000 donation to the hospital.  The donation marks the completion of a two-year $400,000 funding commitment by the group. For 56 years, the Auxiliary has been an integral part of our hospital, funding patient care equipment such as ambulances, wheelchairs, stretchers and new technology, hospital programs for the chaplaincy and child life as well as the Steinway piano in the main lobby.


Community Celebrates New Internal Medical Practice in Whitestone Village


A new NYHQ community-based practice is serving Whitestone Village.  Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Council Member Dan Halloran joined the community in welcoming NYHQ at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, February 12. The new internal medical practice at 14-02 150th Street is part of an ongoing NYHQ initiative to support access to a higher level of primary and specialty care services—right here in Queens.

Internists Ambrose Pipia, M.D. and Domenick Acquista, M.D., with cardiologist, Katherine Heretis, M.D., are the first physicians to practice in this new community-based facility. They will be joined by additional NYHQ-affiliated physicians throughout 2013. To make an appointment, call (347) 625-6221.


NYHQ Went Red for Heart Month


Employees and medical staff donned red to celebrate American Heart Month in February. Heart disease remains the number one killer of men and women in the U.S. but many cases are preventable. Throughout February, staff from Human Resources sold baked goods and “Go Red” pins to benefit the American Heart Association.


Cancer Center Leadership

As part of continued steps to develop a comprehensive cancer program that integrates all current diagnostic and treatment modalities into an expanded Cancer Center at NYHQ, two longtime members of the NYHQ family take on leadership roles.

  Barry Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D., takes on the role of director, Cancer Center. This is in addition to his posts as director, Division of Medical Oncology/Hematology here at NYHQ, and as president, Queens Medical Associates. 
Susan Dicosola, M.S., CMPE, becomes the administrative director. She will continue as the executive director,  Queens Medical Associates.
Mitchell Chorost, M.D., director, Surgical Oncology, will continue as associate director, Cancer Center.
Dattatreyudu Nori, M.D., continues as chairman, Radiation Oncology. Dr. Nori who was instrumental in forging and fostering the clinical and business foundation for the Cancer Center will now transition his day-to-day management role to Dr. Kaplan. His leadership has resulted in 20 straight years of certification as a Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons. Now, Dr. Nori will be a major player in the advancement of this program as a member of the Advisory Board for the Expansion and Development of the Cancer Center at NYHQ. NYHQ trustees lead this board: George Heinrich, M.D., Art Dawson, Ph.D., and Kanak Golia.





NYHQ Marks Lunar New Year by Celebrating First Baby Born in the Year of the Snake


NYHQ celebrated the Lunar New Year by welcoming the first baby born here in the Year of the Snake at 5:08 a.m. Baby girl Sophia, delivered by Eric Fok, M.D., attending physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology was born to proud parents Mei Mei Weng and Panfei Wang.  A $250 gift card and a congratulatory basket of flowers from the hospital were among the first gifts received by the family.

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by many Asian cultures. The date of the Lunar New Year is determined by the moon’s cycle and each year correlates with one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Each of the animals holds a special meaning; the snake symbolizes grace and calmness.


NYHQ Employees Celebrate Lunar New Year


Employees, medical staff and an NYHQ ambulance took part in the annual Lunar New Year parade through the streets of Flushing. Celebrations continued at the hospital where employees and medical staff celebrated the Lunar New Year by enjoying traditional Chinese dancers and singers who visited NYHQ to perform. Asian cuisine was also featured in the cafeteria.


Call for Artists: Community Art Garden

Local artists, employees and medical staff are invited to submit original acrylic paintings for installation in a new “community art garden” being created on the hospitals’ walls. The goal for the “art garden” is to brighten the hospital for patients and visitors. Submission guidelines and additional details are available at: www.nyhq.org.  

Hallways Brighten for Pediatric Patients

New murals that brighten the hallways, patient rooms and waiting room of the Theresa Lang Children’s Ambulatory Center were unveiled in February. With funding from the Starlight Children’s Foundation, artists from Splashes of Hope painted the murals, “Children of Queens,” to showcase how the Queens community looks through the eyes of a child. The project was completed by Splashes of Hope after a year of researching the Queens community, designing the murals and painting the center. Paint was donated by Benjamin Moore & Co.

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive neurological disease that affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide. March is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month. To help raise awareness about the disease, the NYHQ Multiple Sclerosis Center team will participate in the MS Walk on Sunday, April 28, at 9:30 a.m., at South Street Seaport in Manhattan. To join the team or make a donation, visit: http://walknyn.nationalmssociety.org. The team name is “NYHQ Walks for a Cure for MS.” Proceeds will benefit the National MS Society. Questions? Peggy Murphy, 718-460-6765, ext.152 or murphy.peggy77@gmail.com.


American Cancer Society— Cancer Prevention Study-3

Take part in helping eliminate cancer. On May 22, the American Cancer Society will host an enrollment session for the Cancer Prevention Study-3 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Lang Lobby. This goal of the study is to see who gets cancer and why, and ultimately, help eliminate cancer. The enrollment process should take 20–30 minutes.

Questions? Camille Paredes, ext. 2365 or cap9074@nyp.org. Community members can access more information at: www.cancer.org/cps3.

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