Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Just two weeks ago, hundreds of people participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating our new hospital wing; it was the day that we opened the door to the future of health care in Queens. See "Progress" section, on page 4, to see a photo capturing the Ribbon Cutting.
This new “West Wing” signifies more than just bricks and mortar, we cut the ribbon to celebrate both the people who will work
in the new building and the additional patients to whom we will be able to provide the care and healing they need and deserve.
About five years ago, we realized that it was likely that we would need to expand the capacity of the hospital. The population in
Flushing and the surrounding areas of Queens were exploding and projections were that this growth would continue. We determined that if we were to keep pace with the growth happening all around us, then we would need to add beds, clinical talent and technology.
We also felt strongly that there should be no reason for our borough’s residents to travel to Manhattan or Long Island for world-class medical care— when the high quality care our community needs is right here.
Developing the new West Wing took a lot of planning, perspiration and perseverance. I am so proud that our team has built this
facility in the toughest economic times many of us have ever faced.
All that remains are the final touches on the building and final building inspections. In August we expect to begin to occupy the
two patient floors of the new West Wing. Department of Health inspections for Ambulatory Surgery are planned for early
August. The new lobby is expected to open its doors to patients and visitors to coincide with the Ambulatory Surgery Center
Before your eyes we have transformed from a special community hospital to a full service medical center. Our new state-of-the art West Wing and the health care professionals within our hospital are the legacy for our future.
Stephen S. Mills
P.S. This letter is very much about the future of our hospital, and, as we were about to go to press with it, we received news on
the Federal front about a short term fix in the House of Representatives that will reverse Medicare reimbursement cuts of 22
percent and increase Medicare physician payments by 2.2 percent from June 1, 2010, through November 30, 2010. We are
pleased that the short-term “doc fix” bill, as it is referred to on Capitol Hill, will give Medicare beneficiaries and physicians at
least some relief for the next few months. However, it is not enough. Congress needs to find a permanent solution to the health
care funding problem. Also, on the State level we continue our advocacy in Albany by asking the governor to stop the reduction
of funding for critical health care services. Two recent actions-- the Emergency Spending Bill and the seventh budget cut
proposed by the governor in past two years-- run the real risk of crippling New York's health care delivery system.
Hospital Wing Ribbon Cutting!
|Cutting the ribbon is Stephen S. Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer, New York Hospital Queens (pictured, center, with large scissors), he is joined by George Heinrich, M.D., Chairman of the Board, New York Hospital Queens; John Liu, NYC Comptroller; Queens Borough President Helen Marshall; Herbert Pardes, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System; as well as a patient and hospital staff, including doctors Jack Mann, M.D., and William Wolff, M.D.; 2010 Nurse of the Year Perpetua Samson; R.N. Physician's Assistant Frank Eisinger; Housekeeper Santa Roman; Engineer Peter Sokolowski; Medical Resident Andrew Nguyen, M.D.; Cook Clai Rocha; Isaac Twumasi, Emergency Room tech; and John Byas, former patient and community leader.|
It is an honor for us when other organizations select our hospital team members as advisors and leaders.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), in partnership with the American Diabetes Association, awarded
special recognition to Natalie Schwartz, M.D., Director, Ambulatory Care Center in Fresh Meadows, for using evidence-based
measures to provide excellent care to patients with diabetes.
Paul Freedman, D.D.S, Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, was elected Vice President of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, which is the national professional organization for oral and maxillofacial pathologists.
Mark W. Kindschuh, M.D., Associate Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, was elected to a three-year term as an
Advisory Board Member of the Queens Chapter of the American Red Cross of Greater New York.
Alisha Rappaport, Director, Child Life Program, Department of Pediatrics, was elected to the Splashes of Hope Advisory Board. Splashes of Hope is an non-profit organization that creates child-friendly murals in medical settings as tools for therapeutic distraction, soothing visualization, and focal points during necessary procedures.
Kayon Williams, Genetic Counselor, The Breast Center, recently was selected by the National Society of Genetic Counselors to be featured as a “Master Genetic Counselor” for an educational video series being filmed about the genetic counseling process. Only three counselors were selected nationwide.
Marie Mitchell, R.N., Vice President of Nursing Services for Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. was recently honored with a Circle of Excellence Award at the 2010 National Conference of the National Association Directors of Nursing
Administration/Long Term Care (NADONA). The NADONA Circle of Excellence Award recognizes nurse leaders who demonstrate excellence in coordination of available resources to efficiently and effectively care for acutely or critically ill patients and their families.
Our physicians and clinicians frequently present their work at national medical conferences, in peer-reviewed publications and
to the public at community group meetings.
Daniel Lorber, M.D., Associate Director of the Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education and Director of endocrinology, was published in Lancet in June for research on "Prandial inhaled insulin plus basal insulin glargine versus twide daily biaspart insulin for type 2 diabetes: a multicenter randomized trial. He presented his work at the American Diabetes Association (ADA)/Lancet symposium held at the annual ADA meeting in Orlando.
David Rubin, M.D., Director, Specialty Care Center, recently gave a presentation about HIV Care Services in Queens at the Ebenezer Baptist Church. He spoke at a community forum that addressed “HIV/AIDS: What Faith-Based Communities Need to
Know” hosted by the Rev. Calvin L. Gibson, senior pastor.
Dattatreyudu Nori, M.D., Chairman, Radiation Oncology, delivered the keynote address for the Association of Indian Physician’s annual meeting in the U.K. and was the visiting professor for the Dean’s Hour at the University of West Virginia Medical Center. He presented “The Treatment of Extremity Sarcoma With Function Preserving Resection and Brachytherapy” at both events.
Additionally, at a recent function for the South Asian Heritage Society, Dr. Nori was honored by New Jersey state government officials and the Commissioner on Health of New Jersey for his excellence in medical care.
Our institution is a leader in Queens in health care, education and research. We maintain an active voice in the community on key health care issues.
On behalf of our institution, Simon Fink, M.D., attending surgeon and chairman of the Ethics Committee, voiced support for the Family Health Care Decisions Act, which Governor Paterson recently signed into law. Following is an excerpt from Dr. Fink’s
editorial opinion piece that was submitted to local newspapers:
The Family Health Care Decisions Act allows family members to make health care decisions, including decisions about the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, on behalf of patients who lose their ability to make these decisions and have not prepared advance directives.
This new law enables a physician to speak to the designated person as if they were speaking directly with the patient. It took 17 years of negotiations to pass this legislation. Prior to the passage of the Act, life-sustaining treatment could not be provided, withdrawn or withheld from an individual who had lost the capacity to make such decisions, unless there was clear and compelling evidence to show that the individual would have requested or declined treatment if competent. An advance directive, such as a health care proxy provides this guidance. The majority of people do not have advance directives and too often in the event of an emergency, such as a stroke, these documents cannot be located.
This law clearly establishes a protocol for physicians to follow when a patient lacks decision-making capacity. The new legislation requires the selection of a surrogate, which includes first the patient’s family members, then domestic partners and in cases where there are no family members or domestic partners, close friends. There are various safeguards required by the Act to prevent inappropriate decisions, including procedures for a patient, family member or physician to voice their objections to the selection of a particular person as a surrogate or to a decision made by a surrogate.
We applaud this new law, which will help us to better serve our patients and their loved ones. Even so, we continue to encourage all New Yorkers to have a health care proxy. The form and instructions are available on the Department of Health’s website: www.health.state.ny.us/professionals/patients/health_care_proxy/intro.htm
Grant Awarded for Screening Queens Residents for Cancer
On the heels of last month’s announcement of a $515,000 grant secured by state Assemblywoman Ann Margaret Carrozza for cancer and gastrointestinal diseases diagnosis equipment, we were awarded a $1.6 million grant by the New York State Department of Health for a community cancer screening program. This new award allows NYHQ to focus on early detection of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer for the uninsured population in Queens. The goal is to save lives by finding these cancers at their earliest stages when treatment has a higher chance of success.
Management Studies Program— NYHQ College
As employees grow within the organization and move into management positions, we help those making the transition to develop and hone their management skills. We congratulate the 24 recent graduates from the two-term Management Studies
Program developed by the New York Hospital Queens College.
Celebrating Diversity with our Physicians-In-Training
As a health care institution that is based in one of the most culturally diverse communities in the world, we have many programs that highlight diverse socio-cultural backgrounds; this includes race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, religion and country of origin. The Graduate Medical Education (GME) department recently developed a “Celebrating Diversity” program to educate our physicians-intraining on issues surrounding cultural competency and enhancing communication skills. Being culturally competent helps health care professionals to provide higher quality care for our patients.
Rapid Testing Lab Opening Reception
To help acquaint the Queens medical community with our new rapid testing lab in the Queens Crossing retail and office building in Downtown Flushing, we hosted an opening reception at banquet space in the building. Our laboratory team met a number of their neighbors in the building and medical professionals in the surrounding community at the reception, and provided a tour of the new lab. The new lab is located in Queens Crossing at 136-20 38th Avenue, Suite 8B, Flushing, N.Y., 11354. The phone number is (718) 886-5080.
At the recent Rapid Testing Lab
opening reception, Tom Dobranski,
More Than $850,000 Raised at Gala Featuring Performance by Bill Cosby
Surrounded by the families that he was able to help build his groundbreaking work to treat Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, Julian De Lia, M.D. is pictured, center, with the 2010 Pacesetter Award.
Left to right: Stephen S. Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer,NYHQ; Julian De Lia, M.D., pioneer in maternal fetal medicine and pacesetter honoree; comedian Bill Cosby; and George Heinrich, M.D., Chairman, Board of Trustees, NYHQ.
A number of women and their twin children joined New York Hospital
Queens at Lincoln Center to laud Julian De Lia, M.D.,
for his work to treat a syndrome affecting twins in the womb. At the
hospital’s signature fundraising event, A Spring Night Gala, Dr.
De Lia was conferred our highest honor, the Pacesetter Award.
Maternal-fetal specialists Gary Eglinton, M.D., Chairman, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Daniel Skupski, M.D., Vice Chairman, have closely followed Dr. De Lia’s pioneering work in the OB/GYN subspecialty. Dr. Skupski nominated Dr. De Lia for our hospital’s highest award.
Dr. De Lia is the founder and medical director of the International Institute for the Treatment of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome located at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare- St. Joseph in Milwaukee, WI. To further Dr. De Lia’s work and the research conducted through the institute to study Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, our hospital presented a $10,000 check to Dr. De Lia’s foundation. The gala raised more than $850,000 to support hospital programs. The event was attended by 2,500 employees and hospital benefactors and featured a private performance by legendary comedian, Bill Cosby.