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Flushing, N.Y., October 19, 2010 -- New York Hospital Queens received a $450,000 Community Capital Assistance Program (CCAP) grant from the New York State Legislature. Funds were used to purchase eight state-of-the art ultrasound systems to monitor routine deliveries and high-risk pregnancies, as well as diagnose fetal and maternal complications. Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, who represents the 16th Senate District, made the award possible by applying for capital funding on the hospital’s behalf.
On October 15, Senator Stavisky along with Assembly Member Grace Meng, were given a tour and a warm welcome by the entire Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “I am delighted I was successful in getting this grant for ultrasound equipment for New York Hospital Queens,” said Senator Stavisky. “In 2009, NYHQ helped deliver over 4,000 babies. These eight ultrasound machines will help Queens’ mothers, children, and the community as a whole to grow stronger and healthier, which can only benefit us all.”
Assembly Member Meng said, “As a mom who gave birth at NYHQ, I am so proud to be here and thank Senator Stavisky for working hard to ensure the safety and health of our babies.”
Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (pictured second from left) and Assembly Member Grace Meng (pictured on right) visited NYHQ and were joined by NYHQ leaders and staff from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology including (L-R) Stephen S. Mills, F.A.C.H.E, president & CEO, George F. Heinrich, M.D., chairman of the Board, Gary Eglinton, M.D., chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jeannie Jinete, physician assistant, Elenora Shimunova, ultrasound technologist, Vydiawati Sahabir, ultrasound technologist, Fatima Ilyas, ultrasound technologist.
Ultrasonography has become one of the most important diagnostic tools in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Obstetrical sonography is a standard part of prenatal care and is particularly important in managing high-risk pregnancy. NYHQ’s new ultrasound equipment, the GE Voluson E8 and Voluson 730 Pro, are capable of producing high quality 3D and 4D images of the embryo or fetus in the mother’s womb, which enable physicians to see the smallest anatomical structures and to evaluate fetal development and growth.
According to Daniel Skupski, M.D., associate chairman, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and director, Maternal Fetal Medicine, “We are excited to bring state-of-the-art technology to the physicians and patients who rely on us to manage the most complex obstetrical cases. The new ultrasound systems play an important role in diagnosing fetal and maternal complications. They are a welcome addition to our capabilities, here.”
Stephen S. Mills, president and chief executive officer of NYHQ, said, “In this unforgiving economic climate, I am thankful that we have advocates like Senator Stavisky and Assembly Member Meng, who share our commitment to bringing the highest quality care right here to the people of Queens.”
New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University.