I wish you and your families a happy and healthy new year. I want to
take a moment to reflect on 2013 and look forward to 2014.
First, I would like to thank George F. Heinrich, former chairman of the Board of Trustees for NYHQ and Silvercrest, for his many years of service. He resigned in December. I would like to welcome our interim board chairman, trustee Gary J. Zuar who also serves as the Senior Vice President of Finance for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
As you know, a lot has happened in 2013 as our hospital (as well as the entire healthcare industry) transforms the way we provide care. We have continued to implement our strategic plan to increase access to safe, high quality care for the community via new medical talent, technology and physician practices.
Here are a few highlights that we should be proud of:
Please read on for more information about our physician practices, the
new pharmacy, and other exciting news at NYHQ.
I look forward to working together to continue our progress. You can look for more information on our goals and plans for 2014 in the State of the Hospital update (dates and times to be announced soon).
Stephen S. Mills, F.A.C.H.E.
P.S. Now, this publication is only distributed electronically. Please contact Public Affairs & Marketing 718 670-1065 to be added to distribution lists.
As noted on the front page of this newsletter, NYHQ continues to expand access to primary care and specialty services in Queens. The physician practices Bayside Primary Care (formerly known as Barra, Coman, Rawlings) as well as Queens Diabetes and Endocrinology have joined NYHQ. In addition, physicians and services have been added to the hospital’s Whitestone Primary Care and Maspeth Multispecialty Care practices. These practices are members of our New York Hospital Queens physician group, New York Queens Medicine & Surgery, P.C.
More NYHQ-affiliated physicians are expected to join the Whitestone Primary Care and Maspeth Multispecialty Care practices in 2014. We will continue to acquire and build additional practices to meet the needs of the community. Read more about these practices online! www.nyhq.org/Primary-Care-and-Multispecialty-Practices
We welcome Gregory Pontone, M.D., F.A.C.C., attending cardiologist, who specializes in Non-Invasive Cardiology. Dr. Pontone is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography. He comes to us from a private group practice where he served as a staff physician, practicing cardiology and internal medicine.
Dr. Pontone completed his fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at North
Shore University Hospital where he served as chief fellow. He completed
his residency in Internal Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
where he served as assistant chief resident. Dr. Pontone earned his
medical degree and bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.
His office is located at 14-02 150th Street, Suite A, in Whitestone Village and he can be reached at 347-625-6214. He also sees patients at Bayside Primary Care located at 44-02 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Suite A in Bayside. Please call 718-631-0500 to schedule an appointment or refer a patient to the Bayside office.
Dr. Pontone participates in all NYHQ insurances. He is a member of the NYHQ physician group, New York Queens Medicine & Surgery, P.C.
Mitchell Chorost, M.D., F.A.C.S., director of Surgical Oncology, and associate director, Cancer Center, received a three-year appointment from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) as Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at NYHQ. Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons CoC.
Cancer Liaison Physicians evaluate, interpret and report their facilities’ performance data through the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), and facilitate quality improvement initiatives based on data findings. Cancer Liaison Physicians are responsible for leading CoC initiatives within the cancer program and collaborating with agencies such as the American Cancer Society on behalf of the hospital. The CoC collects data from its accredited cancer programs and provides tools for these programs to facilitate analysis of patterns of diagnosis, treatment, and quality of care for cancer patients.
Congratulations to Johnathon LeBaron, D.O., resident, Emergency Medicine, who was the recipient of the American College of Emergency Physicians National Outstanding Medical Student of the Year Award.
|We welcome Sarah Selby, D.O., attending physician, Emergency Medicine. Dr. Selby comes to us after completing her residency in Emergency Medicine at Jacobi Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. She earned her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.|
||Congratulations to Bruce Spinowitz, M.D., associate director, Nephrology and associate chairman, Medicine, on being selected as Nephrologist of the Year by the American Kidney Fund. He will be recognized for his outstanding contributions to nephrology at the Annual New York Spring Event.|
We welcome Georgios-Efthymios Triantos, M.D., Ph.D., a surgeon who is a consultant for the General Hospital of Rhodes, as the 10th fellow to take part in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation - New York Hospital Queens Hellenic American Emergency Medicine Exchange (HAEME) Fellowship. Dr. Triantos plans to use the knowledge gained during his time at NYHQ to improve Emergency Medicine on the island of Rhodes. Michael S. Radeos, M.D., M.P.H., research director, Emergency Medicine, serves as the program director for the HAEME Fellowship.
|Congratulations to Geddis Abel-Bey, M.D., director, Obstetrics, who received the New York City Medical Reserve Corps Valued Responder Award for his outstanding service during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.|
Edward S. Bennett, M.D., attending
physician, Emergency Medicine was inducted as a
Fellow of the American College of Emergency
Physicians (ACEP) in October at the ACEP Annual
Meeting in Seattle, Wash.
Nidhi Garg, M.D., attending physician, Emergency Medicine, was elected Alternate Councillor for the research section of ACEP.
In December, we unveiled our state-of-art pharmacy located on the lower level of the hospital. The 4,500 square foot pharmacy has an automated tablet-dispensing robot, as well as an IV compounding suite that provides a sterile environment used for the preparation of IV medication. The new pharmacy will help improve medication safety.
The automated robot will help reduce the risk of potential medication
errors and will help us provide medication to patients at a faster rate.
It double verifies the type of medication and dose that will be
dispensed, and tracks inventory and medication expiration dates.
The medication is dispensed in a package with a barcode. Prior to administering the medication, the nurse scans the medication barcode, scans his/her ID and scans the patient’s ID band to submit the information to our electronic medical records. If there is an error, the nurse is alerted.
The robot will also help reduce medication waste. It can accept returned, unused medications that have not expired.
Want a Tour? Contact Alexander Melchert, M.S., R.Ph., director, Pharmacy, 718-670-1545.
Articles about our pharmacy were featured in the Times Ledger and New York Post!
NYHQ unveiled a newly renovated pediatric asthma mobile unit that will provide treatment directly to children at the Queensbridge Houses headquarters of Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement (Riis Settlement), in Long Island City. The van renovation and asthma care program are funded by a $326,000 grant from TransCanada through the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Riis Settlement is located in an area of Long Island City known as “Asthma Alley,” a region stretching from the South Bronx, through East Harlem and into Western Queens. This area has one of the highest child asthma rates in New York and is surrounded by manufacturing sites, bridges and transportation hubs. Too many times, the cost of care, securing appointments and finding a consistent source of care prevent children and their caregivers from successfully managing symptoms of asthma.
A pulmonologist, pediatrician, respiratory therapist and social worker from the Pediatric Asthma Center at NYHQ staff the mobile unit. Hadi Jabbar, M.D., director, Pediatric Asthma Center, spearheaded this program and will see patients on the mobile unit.
The mobile unit is parked at Riis Settlement (10-25 41st Avenue, Long Island City, N.Y.) every Tuesday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are preferred. To refer a patient or make an appointment, call 718-670-1920.
Nobel Biocare, a company that manufactures dental implants and individualized prosthetics, will donate $50,000 to our Graduate Prosthodontics Program for 2014. The donation will fund dental implants and the components necessary to restore the implants.
NYHQ is actively recruiting individuals to take part in a clinical research study, The Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: Comparative Effectiveness (GRADE) Study that will compare the long-term benefits and risks of four widely used diabetes drugs in combination with metformin, the most commonly prescribed medication for treating type 2 diabetes.
To enroll in the study, we are seeking men and women diagnosed with type
2 diabetes at age 30 or older, who have been diagnosed within the last
five years. Individuals may be on metformin, but not have taken any
other diabetes medication within the last six months. Physicians can
refer patients and interested individuals can see if they qualify for
enrollment by calling the Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research
and Education, at 718-670-1827. During the five-year study, participants
will be monitored free of charge, which includes at least four medical
visits per year.
Phyllis August, M.D., Theresa Lang director, Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education, and Daniel Lorber, M.D., associate director, Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education, and director, Endocrinology, are co-investigators in the study.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has mandated a significant change to the diagnosis and procedure coding and classification system. This change, effective October 1, 2014, requires a great deal of preparation.
The International Classification of Disease (ICD) was initially
developed to track morbidity and mortality. Specifically, the ICD-9
coding and classification system, in place for over 30 years, will be
replaced with ICD-10. This is a regulatory mandate and affects all
providers, services and care settings – not only services
provided in the hospital.
What is changing?
David Dolan (left) and Ashook Ramsaran (right) were elected as vice chairman and secretary for the NYHQ Community Advisory Council, respectively. They join Veronica Tsang (center), chairperson, to complete the council’s leadership team. The Council is a group of Queens business leaders and civic-minded individuals who assist the hospital in development, public affairs, community and government relations, and make recommendations for the improvement of facilities and programs.
Mr. Dolan is well known in the Queens community for his volunteer work and serves as a Eucharistic minister at Holy Family Parish. He also volunteers in NYHQ’s Department of Pastoral Care. Mr. Ramsaran serves as executive vice president at the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) and chairperson of GOPIO’s Tracing Our Roots Committee. He is a member of several associations and boards including the Guyanese East Indian Civic Association and St. John’s University’s Committee on Caribbean and Latin American Studies.
The Department of Pediatrics in collaboration with our 2013 Special Events Year-Long Sponsors and the Division of Public Affairs and Marketing, hosted a holiday party for young patients and children of NYHQ employees. The party included a free gift, photo with Santa (played by Frank Macchio, real estate manager) and fun activities. Team members from the New York Cosmos soccer club made a special appearance at the party.
With the main campus of New York Hospital Queens located in a residential neighborhood, it can be great for our neighbors who have easy access to our facility. But, the reality is it can be challenging to live next to a facility that is open and active 24-hours a day.
We ask all employees, medical staff, visitors and patients to make it easier for area residents to be our neighbors. When you arrive at or leave our facility and the surrounding neighborhood, please:
The New York State Health Commissioner officially declared influenza season in N.Y. on December 19, 2013. According to N.Y.S. public health law and hospital policy, this means health care personnel (including but not limited to all NYHQ employees, voluntary and attending medical staff, nursing staff, contract staff, students and volunteers) who have not received the flu vaccine now must wear surgical masks in areas of the facility where patients may be present (on campus and off-site) during the declared influenza season.
The flu vaccine is still available for health care personnel, as listed above and in the policy, via Infection Preventionists in the Infection Control office or practitioners in the Employee Health Services office.
The hospital’s policy [NYHQ Personnel Influenza Vaccination Program 2013-2014, # 9200-398], was created to enforce the legislation and is available for review via Sentact. The policy includes information about getting vaccinated, medical exemptions, declination of the vaccine and compliance.
We want to let all colleagues know that despite many improvements made to traffic rules in our hospital neighborhood, we are working with local officials to implement additional changes to try to prevent future accidents. NYHQ will also promote safety through:
Every Day, Every Time: You must be aware and careful when crossing the street or driving near the hospital, even if you are in a hurry. As careful as you may try to be, you cannot control the vehicles that are sharing the streets so you must: