President's Message New York Hospital Queens

MAY 2011

Dear Colleagues:

In honor of Earth Day, we formally announced the many initiatives that make up our “green” program. A big facet of the program is reducing our carbon footprint - or the impact that operating our facility may have on our environment. We are using innovative ways to conserve energy, recycle our waste and reduce water usage and carbon emissions.  

By launching green initiatives we are setting an example for our community that we are doing what we can to taking responsibility for the environment. We also want to promote the public health message that a cleaner environment supports a healthier community.

Energy conservation initiatives also result in a cost savings for the hospital and the community.  Results from an EPA study released in February shows that for every dollar we spend to cut carbon emissions and pollutants, the public will see between $10 to $24 in health benefits, including fewer premature deaths.

Through partnerships with federal, state and city agencies, New York Hospital Queens has gained access to resources such as funding, new technology, participation in studies, benchmarking, and collaboration with industry-leading vendors and other health care organizations. For example, New York Hospital Queens is one of 13 non-profit hospitals that signed on to accept Mayor Bloomberg’s challenge to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent over 10 years. So far, NYHQ has achieved a reduction of 14 percent in total carbon emissions - and we are ahead of schedule. Many of our gains have been achieved by switching from fuel oil heat to a natural gas-based system.

As a facility that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we installed daylight and occupancy sensors on lighting, so the lights automatically turn off when they're not needed.  Heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems have also been upgraded with newer, more efficient and reliable equipment. We have trimmed the power consumption of servers and desktop computers, by using more energy efficient, compact-sized products.

We don’t plan on stopping there. This month we started a hospital-wide recycling program. We are exploring more “green” alternatives - such as the development of a green roof, the use of solar panels and the feasibility of developing a cogeneration plant, that recycles our heat exhaust into energy for heating and cooling the building.

This program supports our ability to provide a higher quality of care for patients, while enhancing the patient’s experience and satisfaction with our hospital.


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


People News

Our physicians and clinical staff frequently present their work at national medical conferences and in peer-reviewed publications:

Osvaldus Pranevicius, M.D., attending anesthesiologist, authored “Partial Aortic Occlusion and Cerebral Venous Steal: Venous Effects of Arterial Manipulation in Acute Stroke” in the March 24, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association. He co-authored the article with Mindaugas Pranevicius, M.D., of Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY, and David S. Liebeskind, M.D., UCLA Stroke Center, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.  

Dr. Pranevicius also co-authored chapter 4, “Venous Steal in Cerebral Ischemia” for the medical reference book, Therapeutic Strategies in Cerebral Ischemia, with Drs. M. Pranevicius and Liebeskind.  

Paul Freedman, D.D.S., director, Oral Pathology, presented two lectures, "The Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Oral Mucous Membrane Diseases" and "Oral Premalignant Lesions and Oral Cancer,” to the New York State Oral and Maxillofacial Society held at the Uris Auditorium in NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.  

NYHQ occupational therapists, Petrina Byrne and Emily Yuk Yee Ng, presented their graduate projects at the Occupational Therapy Association Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Byrne presented a project on childhood obesity and Ms. Ng’s project focused on adaptive aquatics therapy.  

Steven Reichert, M.D., director, Medicine Residency Program, presented a lecture about the growth and development of the NYHQ hospital medicine program at the spring conference of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine.

We are pleased to announce the following appointments to our medical and professional staff:

Jaclyn Competello, administrative director of Graduate Medical Education, comes to NYHQ from Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, where she served as the administrator for the Department of Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency Program. In her role there, Ms. Competello successfully navigated their ACGME inspection, organized the Internal Review Committee of all GME programs, coordinated CME activities and semi-annual attending physician credentialing process and oversaw the day-to-day operations and budgets for her areas. She earned her bachelor of art degree from State University of New York College at Cortland and an M.B.A. in Health Care and Management from Dowling College. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Emdee Henriquez, M.D., attending physician, NYHQ Jackson Heights Family Health Center, comes to us from the South Brookhaven Family Health Center, where she had served as an attending physician. She is board certified in Family Practice. She completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Florida International University, Miami, FL., and earned her medical degree from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. She performed her residency at the University of Florida Family Medicine Program in Coral Springs, FL. She is fluent in French and Creole and conversational in Spanish.

Negat Zeyneloglu, M.D., has been appointed the medical director of the Hospital Medicine Program. We expect the program to continue to grow and to offer its partnership to community-based physicians who choose to refer their patients for inpatient care. Dr. Zeyneloglu is a graduate of Ege University School of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey, and trained in medicine and pediatrics at Yale University Bridgeport Hospital and endocrinology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Brown University. Before joining our Hospital Medicine Program last year he served as an academic hospitalist and Associate Residency Program Director at New York Medical College Metropolitan Hospital.

Program News

New MRI-Compatible Pacemaker
Among the 1.5 million Americans with pacemakers, it is estimated that there is a 50 to 75 percent chance that cardiac device patients will need to go for an MRI over the lifetime of his/her device. A pacemaker is a small device that's placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms using electrical pulses. Physicians in our Electrophysiology Lab have begun to implant new MRI-compatible pacemakers for our patients. Previously, MRI procedures were not recommended for patients with implanted pacemakers. Serious complications could occur if the two technologies were combined, such as interference with pacemaker operation, damage to system components, lead or pacemaker dislodgement or change in pacing.



Occupational Therapy Program
Occupational therapy focuses on maximizing an individual’s ability to regain functional independence in activities of daily living, at work, and at home, while maintaining physical, cognitive, and emotional health. To ensure the best outcomes for our patients, our Occupational Therapy individualizes the plan of care and closely supervises each patient’s progress.

On May 25, the team will host “Balance Educational Day,” open to the community. This event will be held in the main lobby to demonstrate our technology and treatment options for balance and vestibular dysfunction.  Last month, the Occupational Therapy team gave an introduction of the program our employees, medical staff and visitors. For more information about our occupational therapy services, please call 1-866-670-OUCH.

Lang Research Center Hosts Resident and Fellows Day
The Lang Research Center will host its fifth Residents and Fellows Research Day. This event is the annual highlight of the center’s ongoing program to develop research interest among NYHQ physicians-in-training.

Residents and fellows are mentored throughout the year in choosing and conducting a research study, preparing it for presentation, and then submitting an abstract to a clinical journal. Residents and Fellows Research Day 2011 will feature an anticipated 14 oral and 46 poster presentations in 10 specialty areas. The program will be held in the Lang Auditorium between 7:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on May 11.

A Spring Night Gala at Lincoln Center on May 23
Please join us at A Spring Night Gala on May 23, 2011, at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan, as we celebrate our hospital's accomplishments and present the 2011 Pacesetter Award to Eugene M. Lang.  Mr. Lang and his late wife, Theresa, have enhanced the quality and depth of our services to the Queens community with the establishment of both the Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education and the Theresa Lang Children's Ambulatory Center. Entertainment will be provided by Grammy winner and legendary performing artist, Patti LaBelle. For more information, contact Julie Varghese, or (718) 670-1564. 

 Eugene Lang  Patti LaBelle


State Of the Hospital for the Community
Join us for the State of the Hospital update for the community, on Wednesday, May 11, at 5 p.m. at our Lang Auditorium. The presentation will include a community-focused update about the hospital’s highlights and priorities for 2011. Several of our physicians will present details about our key programs and services. Speakers include Stephen Merola, M.D., Director, Minimally Invasive & Obesity Surgery; Associate Chairman, Department of Surgery; Chong H. Park, M.D., Director, Division of Cardiology; Gregg S. Landis, M.D., Director, Vascular & Endovascular Surgery; Associate Chairman, Department of Surgery; Jaime H. Nieto, M.D., Director, Neurosurgery; and Mitchell I. Chorost, M.D., Director, Surgical Oncology & Associate Director, Cancer Center.

This update follows a series of State of the Hospital sessions presented to the entire hospital and medical staff. Any physicians who were not able to attend the earlier sessions are invited to join us for this community presentation.

Our Annual Giving Programs
As of the end of April, our two new fundraising programs, the Employee Giving Program and the Physicians’ Annual Gifts Program, have raised $123,000 for our hospital. We appreciate all those who have chosen to support our hospital and encourage others to help us keep the medical center strong. To make a donation online, visit the Ways to Give section of our website or contact Barbara Beggs in the Development Department at 718-670-1009.

Our Visibility in the Community

New York Hospital Queens Leads “Go Red” Program
Diane Sixsmith, M.D., chairman of emergency medicine, is serving as this year’s chairperson for the American Heart Association’s 2011 Go Red for Women Breakfast in Queens. The breakfast will take place on June 9 at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing. New York Hospital Queens is one of the major sponsors. We encourage staff and our community to support the program. Tickets can be purchased online at or call 516-450-9160 to join the hundreds of breakfast participants who are in support of raising women’s heart health awareness.

Pictured, left to right, representing NYHQ on the planning committee meeting recently held at CitiField were Lisa Rutkovsy, M.D., director, Pediatric Cardiology; Diane Sixsmith, M.D., and Debra Cohen, director, Community & Government Affairs.

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