Insight, with Our President's Message New York Hospital Queens

 February/March 2014


Dear Colleagues,

I would like to introduce a change to the hospital’s most read publications: the President’s Message and INSIGHT. Now, we have combined my President’s Message with our internal newsletter to form INSIGHT, with Our President’s Message.  It includes the latest news from NYHQ as well as information relevant to employees and medical staff.

Employees and employed medical staff will receive a printed copy with your paycheck, as you did with the former INSIGHT newsletter. Employees and medical staff, including voluntary medical staff, will receive this publication electronically as well, as you did with the former President’s Message.

Throughout the now-combined publication, you will find links that will bring you to our website,, for additional information about a story. You will also find links that will take you directly to Your NYHQ (the password-protected section of our website for employees and employed medical staff) for Employee Wellness Program updates and a photo gallery. I encourage you to click through the links and learn more about what is happening right here at NYHQ.

2014 Update:
In February, I presented the annual State of the Hospital update and talked about the hospital’s progress in 2013 and goals for 2014.  We had many successes in 2013: we expanded access to primary care and specialty services, opened a state-of-the-art pharmacy, added new clinical leaders, attested to Meaningful Use Stage 1, Year 2 to the CMS Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program and achieved excellent results on the Joint Commission Survey, just to name a few.

Building on this success, we continue to implement our strategic plan in 2014. I mentioned in my presentation that we created the Opportunity Action Plan. It is an institution-wide initiative developed to carefully reshape our organization to better perform and compete in today’s healthcare environment. Due to changes in healthcare funding, we have a 2014 financial target of at least $10 million (through revenue enhancement and expense reduction/elimination) to close emerging financial gaps.  There are about 40 teams working on six categories of projects that are designed to help us meet this target. Since the start of the new year, we are have made progress toward reaching our goal.   

I encourage anyone who has suggestions that could help NYHQ achieve this target to submit their ideas. You can:

  • Share them with a project team leader
  • Call the in-hospital compliance/opportunity action plan hotline: 718-670-2492
  • Call the global compliance/opportunity action plan hotline: 888-309-1557
  • Submit a suggestion online:

The other major message from my presentation is our ongoing and more integrated relationship with NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. NYHQ has been a sponsored member of the System since 1992. That relationship has been passive. In the current and emerging healthcare environment, community hospitals, like NYHQ, must have an integrated, active relationship with a larger, (and in our case) premier academic medical center, like NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. As a strong community hospital, we will brand ourselves with NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, and align our program growth and physician strategy with the System and with our academic affiliate, Weill Cornell Medical College.  

For employees and medical staff who were unable to attend the State of the Hospital, you can watch a recording via NYHQNET or Your NYHQ (the password-protected section of our public website).


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

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Programs & Progress

Transitional Care Unit & Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Rated “Best Nursing Homes” in 2014
U.S. News & World Report recently announced that the Transitional Care Unit (TCU) at NYHQ as well as Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation were rated “Best Nursing Homes” in 2014. Read about the methodology here.

Both the TCU and Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation also earned five-star quality ratings from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This is the highest possible rating, which is derived from a combination of quality measures, inspection survey results, and staffing ratios.

Ribbon Cutting for Pediatric Asthma Mobile Unit – Tomorrow, March 28

Tomorrow, March 28, at 11 a.m., NYHQ will celebrate the launch of the newly renovated pediatric asthma mobile unit that provides treatment directly to children at the Queensbridge Houses headquarters of Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement (Riis Settlement) on a part-time basis. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the van.  

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 4 p.m. Appointments are preferred. Members of the community can make an appointment by calling 718-670-1920. The van renovation and program at Riis Settlement are funded by a $326,000 grant from TransCanada through the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

NYHQ in the News & in the Community

NYHQ Expands Access to Primary Care & Specialty Services
As part of our growth plan to expand access to primary and specialty care services throughout the community, NYHQ acquired two physician practices, Bayside Primary Care and Queens Diabetes and Endocrinology. Additionally, another 10 specialist physicians are now seeing patients in the hospital’s growing Whitestone Primary Care and Maspeth Multispecialty Care practices. This exciting news was featured in the Times Ledger, Times Newsweekly and the Bayside-Douglaston Patch.  At press time, and through 2014, more practices are coming on board to NYHQ.

NYHQ & NTD Present the Healthy Chinese Community Lecture Series

At a press conference, NYHQ and the NYHQ Community Advisory Council announced their partnership with New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television to present the 2014 Healthy Chinese Community Lecture Series. Members of NYHQ’s medical staff as well as community physicians will present free lectures in Chinese about various health topics. NTD will help promote this important lecture series to the Chinese community, and will educate viewers by reporting on the topics presented each month.  Epoch Times, Times Ledger and NTD promoted the launch of our lecture series.

On March 15, David Chiang, M.D., attending physician, Obstetrics & Gynecology, presented the first lecture on healthy pregnancy and baby delivery. Mei Wu, lactation specialist, talked about breast-feeding. The next lecture will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m., in the Lang Auditorium. Dr. Chiang will discuss women's health and gynecology.

For information on upcoming lectures, and to watch videos of the presentations, visit

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

We celebrated the Lunar New Year by welcoming a baby girl, Meiomi, born here in the Year of the Horse! Meiomi was born at 12:39 a.m. and delivered by Ing-Yann Jeng, M.D., attending physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology, NYHQ. She was born to proud parents Yin Liu and Chris Gammon. This is the couple's second child.  

Reporters from World Journal, Ming Pao Daily News and the Times Ledger were among the family’s first visitors.

View photos from NYHQ’s Lunar New Year celebration, via the photo gallery on Your NYHQ (the password-protected section of our website for employees and employed medical staff).

NYHQ Attends Flushing Chinese Business Association Gala

David Chiang, M.D., attending physician, Obstetrics & Gynecology and board member of Flushing Chinese Business Association (FCBA) hosted the FCBA Gala in January.  Congress Member Grace Meng, along with Maureen Buglino, R.N., vice president, Community Medicine & Emergency Medicine; Anthony Somogyi, M.D., chairman, Community Medicine and director, Graduate Medical Education; Ann Emanuel, manager, Community Medicine; and Frank Macchio, manager, Real Estate, were in attendance.

Photo Gallery

Heart Health Awareness Month

Employees and medical staff promoted heart health awareness in February by wearing red. In addition, Emmanuel Moustakakis, M.D., director, Coronary Care Unit, and Maria Miccio, exercise physiologist, Cardiac Health Center, presented a lecture at Congregation Etz Chaim about how to maintain a healthy heart. For tips on how to maintain a healthy heart, visit the Employee Wellness section of Your NYHQ:

Community Art Garden Expands to Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation Office in Fresh Meadows

The Community Art Garden has expanded all the way to our physical and occupational therapy office on 163rd Street in Fresh Meadows! Patients as well as employees contributed to the art garden to brighten the walls at this off-site office.

Soon, the artwork collected during Phase 2 of the Call for Artists Campaign will be hung, expanding our Community Art Garden from the Radiology corridor to the employee entrance at the hospital’s main campus.

ETAP Earns Helping Hands Award

Patient Transport presented the Early Treatment of Admitted Patients unit with the first Helping Hands Award! The award is given each month to the unit that our transporters feel has been most helpful in preparing patients to be transported. Units that assist in preparing patients for transport help our patients get to their next location in a timelier manner, which, in turn, can help improve patient satisfaction, as well as employee satisfaction.

Employees and employed medical staff can view more NYHQ photos from our Lunar New Year celebration and Dress in Blue Day on the password-protected section of our website for employees:      

Important Reminders

Purchase Tickets to Watch the New York Cosmos Play!

Soccer season is starting up! Come cheer on the New York Cosmos at one of their home games. You can purchase tickets online: The first home game is on Sunday, April 13, at 5 p.m. at Shuart Stadium. The Bone and Joint Hospital of Queens at New York Hospital Queens is the official hospital of the New York Cosmos soccer club.

Join NYHQ in the 2014 NYC Walk to Cure Arthritis
Join the “NYHQ Ortho & Friends” team and participate in the NYC Walk to Cure Arthritis on Saturday, May 17 at Foley Square in Manhattan. All are invited to register as a team member or make a donation via

Marvin Leder Medical Staff Society Scholarship Applications Due April 30
The Medical Staff Society offers eight college scholarships, in the amount of $1,500 each, for the children of our employees. To be eligible, students must be actively attending college between September 2014 and June 2015. Applications and required documents must be submitted no later than Wednesday, April 30. Applications have been mailed to all employees and can be obtained on the Medical Staff Society web site:  

Save the Date: 4th Annual Palliative Care Symposium on May 6
The 4th Annual Palliative Care Symposium will be held on Tuesday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Lang Auditorium. All medical staff, physician assistants, residents, medical students, nurses social workers, healthcare chaplains and other health care professionals are invited to attend. The focus of the symposium will be ethical issues and cultural considerations that may influence palliative care and treatment decisions. Register with the Continuing Medical Education Office at ext. 1419 or For more information, go to  

Help Reduce Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. Colorectal cancer, if detected and treated early, may be curable.

Screening for colorectal cancer involves a procedure, known as a colonoscopy, which allows a doctor to examine the inside of the large intestine. When examining the large intestine, a gastroenterologist will look for polyps (precancerous growths). If a polyp is detected it may be removed at the time of the colonoscopy.

Gastroenterology experts at NYHQ screen for colorectal cancer year-round. These experts recommend:

  • People at average risk (with no identified risk factors other than age) begin screening at age 50
  • African Americans at average-risk should begin screening at age 45
  • People with a family history or other risk factors for colorectal polyps or cancer (such as inflammatory bowel disease) should talk with a doctor about screening at a younger age and the frequency of screenings
  • Read the remaining tips in our gastrointestinal and digestive health newsletter. To access the newsletter, visit and click the gastrointestinal and digestive health newsletter link on the right side of the page.

For individuals who are uninsured or underinsured and meet other requirements, the Cancer Services Program of Queens at New York Hospital Queens may be able to help with free screenings. Call 718-670-1561 for more information.

Need to find a gastroenterologist or a colorectal surgeon? Call 800-282-6684 or visit  

Employee Wellness Program Digest

Since the start of the Employee Wellness program, hundreds of employees have learned how to live a healthier and more physically active life. If you have not joined the program, sign up and commit to improving your health.

The Employee Wellness Program offers many ways for employees to get healthier. Below are a few easy ways you can participate.

For more details on the program, visit Please note, this page is part of Your NYHQ (the password-protected section of our website for employees and employed medical staff).  

On the Employee Wellness Program section of Your NYHQ you will also find

  • Tips to improve heart health
  • Wise & Well Newsletters that include testimonials from colleagues who participate in the wellness program, discounts for employees, and healthy recipes
  • Updates on new wellness activities  

Get to Know Your Colleagues

Employee of the Month - February

Congratulations to Haifa Kalile, radiology technologist, who was selected as February Employee of the Month! Read more about Ms. Kalile on our website:

  Employee of the Month - March

Congratulations to Danielle Fleming, physical therapy assistant, who was selected as March Employee of the Month! Read more about Ms. Fleming on our website:

We Welcome New Hires to NYHQ!
NYHQ has recently welcomed 50 new employees. Read a complete list of new hires online:

People News

Dental & Oral Medicine

Congratulations to Frank Tuminelli, D.M.D., director, Prosthodontics, and program director, Graduate Prosthodontics, who was confirmed as the 2013-2014 President-Elect of the American College of Prosthodontics.

Management Information Systems

Ken Ong, M.D., M.P.H., chief medical information officer, was selected to be a poster presenter at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 14 Physicians' IT Symposium. Penny Soden, grants administrator, Public Affairs & Marketing, and Keith Weiner, R.N., M.S., information systems security officer, Management Information Systems, co-authored the poster.


Jack A. Pasquale, M.D., attending physician, was elected president of the New York /Long Island Regional Chapter of American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). Dr. Pasquale has been an active member ASPEN since 1984, serving on several academic committees and  co-authoring task force publications.                

  Obstetrics & Gynecology

Congratulations to David Chiang, M.D., attending physician, who received the 2013 Community Service Award from American Chinese Women's Association of New York.

Office of the President

Congratulations to Stephen S. Mills, president and chief executive officer, on receiving the Outstanding Community Service Award from American Cancer Society-Asian Initiatives. 

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Alexander Golant, M.D., associate director, Sports Medicine, was selected to join the Arthroscopy Association of North America 2014 Traveling Fellowship. Only several physicians are selected each year to be part of this prestigious program.

Congratulations to Ryan King, P.T., C.S.C.S., C.L.T., senior physical therapist, and his wife Yanexa on the birth of their daughter Christina Rose.


Radiation Oncology

We welcome Weisi Yan, M.D., Ph.D., attending physician, who specializes in Radiation Oncology. He came to us from NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center where he served as chief resident, Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Yan completed his internship in Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from China Medical University, and earned his Ph.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Yan can be reached at 718-670-1739.

In Memoriam

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Reverend Kathryn Barley, reiki master. She was responsible for sharing the healing modality with patients and healthcare practitioners at NYHQ and Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. Reverend Barley’s commitment to serving and healing others will always be remembered.

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