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Dear Colleagues:

In September, we were the proud host of Governor Paterson’s press conference announcing the $30 million in grants money awarded to health care facilities via the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State (HEAL NY). We were awarded $4 million toward the much needed renovation and expansion of our emergency room.

Sixty days later, a budget gap closing effort in Albany now threatens HEAL funding to hospitals that were counting on that money, including ours.

Health care is a community service. Health care providers are on the front lines of protecting New Yorkers, and health care is constantly under fire as an area that that is cut during budget actions.

Four state budget actions over the past 18 months have resulted in annualized health care cuts of $1.7 billion; the deficit reduction proposals on the table would increase that to over $2 billion each year.

Exacerbating these state cuts, recent federal budgetary actions have resulted in an additional $240 million in cuts to hospitals, nursing homes, and home health care providers. All of these cuts including the MTA tax will mean a reduction of approximately $22 million for New York Hospital Queens through 2010. Hospitals and health systems also face $10 billion to $12 billion in reductions over the next decade as the result of federal health care reform. Many health care providers will not survive this.

Any additional health care cuts may result in the elimination of needed health care services. We cannot take another blow for health care. We are opposed to the idea of pulling back HEAL monies that hospitals have been promised, in exchange for reducing the amount of cuts to Medicaid reimbursement for the hospitals.

Enough really is enough. We urge all stakeholders, which includes our elected officials, our physicians, employees and New York residents, to take a stance against further cuts to health care funding. You can state your position and be heard on this matter, by going to the following Web site: http://capwiz.com/hanys/state/main/?state=NY.


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

People & Programs

People News

We are pleased to announce new attending physicians, as well as the appointment of new medical and nursing leadership.

Mitchell I. Chorost, M.D.

Mitchell I. Chorost, M.D., has joined our hospital as the director of Surgical Oncology and associate director of the NYHQ Cancer Center. He comes to us from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he had served as the chief for Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology and the associate program director. Dr. Chorost has also held chief positions at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and SUNY Down- state Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in surgical oncology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., and his residency in general surgery at SUNY Stony Brook. He achieved his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Denistry of New Jersey and completed his undergraduate education at SUNY Binghamton.

Edward Bennett, M.D., has recently joined the attending physician staff of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Bennett graduated from New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y., and is a graduate of both the Internal Medicine (2005) and Emergency Medicine (2009) residency programs at NYHQ. He is also a 10-year member of the Queens Hatzolah Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Edward Choi, M.D., has returned to NYHQ as an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Choi graduated from Temple University School of Medicine, completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine here at NYHQ, and then received fellowship training in hyperbaric medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His academic interests include applications for hyperbaric medicine in emergency treatment and optimizing the care of emergency patients when language barriers are evident.

Bobbi Ring, M.D., has come to our hospital as an attending radiologist with specialized training in Women’s Imaging. Prior to joining us, she completed a Breast and Body Fellowship at Memo- rial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a residency in radiology at Winthrop University Hospital and an internship in internal medicine at North Shore University Hospital. Dr. Ring achieved her medical degree from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Science.

Nancy Mobyed, R.N., M.S., has been promoted to clinical director of Cardiac Services. In this role, Ms. Mobyed will evaluate the effectiveness of nursing practice and patient outcomes in collaboration with the cardiac physician leadershipto ensure appropriateness of care across the continuum of care. Since 1985, she has held positions at NYHQ as assistant nurse manager, administrative supervisor, educator and nurse manager. Ms. Mobyed achieved her bachelor’s degree from Lehman College and her master’s of science degree from Long Island University.

Many of our physicians and clinical staff also serve as researchers and educators, and they publish and present their research for the benefit of the international medical community.

At the 48th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, Daniel Lorber, M.D., associate director of the Eugene and Theresa Lang Center for Research and Education and director of Endocrinology, presented his research on "Reduced Incidence and Frequency of Hypoglycemia in an Integrated Analysis of Pooled Data from Clinical Trials of Subjects with Type 2 Diabetes Using Prandial Inhaled Technosphere (R) Insulin."

Moshe Rubin, M.D.

Moshe Rubin, M.D., director of the Division of Gastroenterology, presented research findings at the American College of Gastroenterolgy annual meeting. This research shows that real-time capsule endoscopy (a pill-sized camera that is swallowed to visualize the intestinal tract) when given in the emergency room can rapidly identify patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding who require urgent treatment. In a follow up study, Dr. Rubin plans to compare outcomes from capsule endoscopy used on high-risk patients who need urgent intervention and low-risk patients who can potentially be treated more conservatively.

Sandy Saintonge, M.D. M.P.H., attending pediatric emergency physician, presented her research titled “Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency in National Sample of Pregnant Women: NHANES 2001-2004” at the 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Todd Mastrovitch, M.D., director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Education, addressed the 18th Annual New Jersey School Health Conference sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and The Children's Hospital at Saint Peter's University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J. He spoke on the topic of "Heelies, Wheelies and Spills: An Update on Pediatric Injury."

Emergency medicine attending physicians Frederick (Al) Walther, M.D., and Amit Chandra, M.D., served as faculty at the 5th Annual Indo-US Emergency Medicine Summit, held in Coim- batore, India. Dr. Walther spoke on barotrauma and emergency department administration, and reflected on “Real stories from the ED” during a keynote speech. Dr. Chandra lectured on hypother- mia, frostbite, shock, and emergency orthopaedics.

People & Programs

Professional staff and hospital leaders who are affiliated with our hospital also hold positions of leadership in other professional organizations and are often recognized for their commitments to health care in Queens.

Burton S. Wasserman, D.D.S., chairman of Dental and Oral Medicine, was elected a delegate to the New York State Dental Association House of Delegates at a recent meeting of the Queens County Dental Society. Alan N. Queen, D.D.S., attending dentist and director of the Special Needs Dental Clinic, was elected an alternate delegate to the New York State Dental Association at the same meeting.

   Our trustee, the Honorable Claire Shulman, former Queens Borough President, was awarded the 2009 Spirit Award at the NYHQ Women’s Auxiliary annual luncheon recently. The award recognizes her commitment to health care for the people of Queens. The event raised $30,000 to fund hospital enhancements

Program News

H1N1 Community Vaccination Drive
As part of our commitment as a leader in public health disease prevention and patient safety, we vaccinated 600 people against the H1N1 virus at a free community vaccination drive in Fresh Meadows, Queens. To help curb the anticipated spread of H1N1 “swine flu” virus this flu season, the federal government provided the vaccine for free, and we provided the medical and administra- tive personnel to run the event with the Primary Care Development Corporation, a non-for-profit organization that had developed the 18-location H1N1 vaccination drive.

Navigator Program for Gastroenterology
The Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine created a new program based on a successful model established by the New York City Department of Health. The model shows an improvement in patient satisfaction and outcomes with
the aid of a navigator. A navigator guides patients through the process of scheduling, counseling, supporting and following up with those who need to have an appointment or procedure. In addition to improved patient outcomes, data from the model program shows that a navigator’s attentiveness to patients leads to fewer missed appointments.

Arthritis and Heart Disease Symposium
New York Hospital Queens and the New York chapter of the Arthritis Foundation co-hosted an arthritis and heart disease symposium open for the community featuring Magdalena Cadet, M.D., director, Rheumatology, and Emmanuel N, Moustakakis, M.D., director, Coronary Care Unit. They discussed how arthritis is a common occurrence in adults with heart disease. A study
released by the CDC in May 2008 found that more than half of adults with diagnosed diabetes also had arthritis, and those affected by both had higher levels of physical inactivity that hindered the successful management of both diseases.

New York Hospital Queens Supports Our Community

One of our priorities is to maintain close relationships and support organizations that help the members of the community we serve. Many of the relationships that we enjoy today are longstanding and have grown along with this hospital. The following events are some examples:

  • Women’s Health Program for the Lions
    Our attending physicians presented a program on women’s health issues for a local chapter of the Lion’s Club. Marie Welshinger, M.D., director, Gynecologic Oncology, discussed “Women’s Cancer: What to Look For and Necessary Screenings;” Tony Tsai, M.D, director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, talked about “Menopause: What You Need to Know about Bone Health.” “Pelvic Floor Disorders,” was discussed by Bogdan Grigorescu, M.D., director, Urogynecology; and Kathy Huang, M.D., attending gynecologist, reviewed “Fibroids and Advances in Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery.”
  • 2009 Unisphere Gala
    Unisphere, Inc. is a not-for-profit public-private partnership established to help finance special projects and service enhance- ments for the Flushing Meadows Corona Park. In 2003, 15 Queens business and community leaders forged a unique partnership to generate fresh funding for the evolving mission of the park. We are one of those original partners, and it is with great pride that the hospital continues to support the park and the people who enjoy it.

Arthritis Foundation’s Annual Queens’ Leadership Dinner
New York Hospital Queens’ was proud to support the New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation at their 2009 Queens Leaders’ Award Reception on October 22. As the chairman for this event, approximately $50,000 was raised for the foundation. In addition, the hospital was extremely proud that our Chairman of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Jeffrey E. Rosen, M.D. was selected as one of the honorees. The other honorees were Queens Chamber
of Commerce Chief of Operations, Sophia Ganosis, and President of Starside Drugs & Surgicals and New York City Council Member-elect Peter Koo.
  • Hospital Hosts Update About Small Businesses
    The Queens Chamber of Commerce and New York Hospital Queens co-hosted a lecture held at our hospital titled, “A Small Business Update.” The lecture was presented by Assemblywoman Grace Meng, our state representative and member of the New York State Assembly’s Business Committee. The Assemblywoman discussed a variety of initiatives the is instituting to optimize small business success.


Progress on exterior of new building

Progress on interior hallway

Major Modernization Update

We remain on track to open the 190,000 square-foot, seven story “West Wing” by mid-2010. The temporary hoist was removed last month. Installation of the new service elevator cabs began in November, as well as the startup of use of Con Edison permanent power, major mechanical equipment and emergency generators.

The exterior sidewalk bridge that ran the length of most of Main Street in front of the hospital, was removed. A small section of the sidewalk bridge remains in place near the future main entrance area, where external construction work still continues. Relocation of the fire hydrant, curbs and sidewalks began last month.

Drywall framing is in progress in the basement. The installation of drywall is in progress on the 1st and 2nd floors. Prime coat painting and installation of acoustic ceiling tiles and lighting is in progress on the 4th and 5th floor nursing units. Ceramic tile work for the toilets and showers on the 5th floor will begin in November. All mechanical, electrical and plumbing roughing including IT cabling continues on all floors.


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