Department of Health

Queens small businesses burdened by fines, says de Blasio
Queens small businesses burdened by fines, says de Blasio
Business Terence M. Cullen 2/26/2013 at 11:59AM

Queens small businesses are suffering because of excessive fines from city agencies, while Manhattan is left practically untouched, according to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Fine revenue from the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and Department of Health (DOH) on Queens businesses has risen by $54 million between fiscal years 2002 and 2012, de Blasio [...]

More West Nile spraying in Queens this week
More West Nile spraying in Queens this week
News Billy Rennison 8/07/2012 at 9:25AM

For the fifth time this summer, the city will be spraying for West Nile virus in Queens this week. The Department Health and Mental Hygiene announced they will spray larvicide in three Queens neighborhoods beginning today. There has been one confirmed case of West Nile in the city this year — a Staten Island man [...]

Health commish leaves meeting amid ‘state of emergency;’ offers for Peninsula still on the table
Health commish leaves meeting amid ‘state of emergency;’ offers for Peninsula still on the table
News Melissa Chan 5/15/2012 at 2:52PM

Former Peninsula Hospital employees, elected officials and residents had only one hour to convince Health Commissioner Nirav Shah to consider the needs of the community before the state’s top health official silently slinked out of the four-hour meeting. “That’s disrespectful,” said Mary Kampa, 52, a former nurse at Peninsula. More than 200 people packed the [...]

Editorial Queens Courier Staff 3/06/2012 at 3:42PM

Just when we thought Peninsula Hospital had gotten the life-saving CPR it needed, it seems the facility is once again flatlining. Late last month, the hospital was barred from accepting new patients after the State Department of Health (DOH) shut down the lab. Reportedly, there was expired blood plasma and staffers handling samples were not [...]

Peninsula Hospital’s problems persist
Peninsula Hospital’s problems persist
News Melissa Chan 3/06/2012 at 3:38PM

A sinking Peninsula Hospital has had to throw more than 200 workers overboard in a buoyant effort to stay afloat. Roughly 240 hospital employees were temporarily laid off, officials said, as the embattled facility continues to struggle with bankruptcy and emergency service shut downs. The sudden terminations were instituted short-term, officials said, in order to [...]

Peninsula narrowly avoided closure, now ordered to shut down
News Melissa Chan 2/28/2012 at 9:01AM

Peninsula Hospital has temporarily halted its emergency care services after state health officials declared the hospital’s lab to be “a danger and threat” to patients. The Department of Health (DOH) ordered the suspension of the Far Rockaway facility for a period of 30 days after it failed inspections on February 23. Patients can still be [...]

Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Stay Safe on New Year’s Eve
News Toni Cimino 12/29/2011 at 1:25PM

Emergency room visits for alcohol-related injuries, illness soar on New Year’s Day each year  As New Year’s Eve celebrations in the City get underway, the Health Department reminds New Yorkers to stay safe and be aware of the potential health risks of excessive drinking. Alcohol-related emergency department visits more than double on New Year’s Day [...]

Woodside issues discussed at town hall
News Nargas Karimi 11/01/2011 at 9:40AM

Assemblymember Michael DenDekker explained the different issues that New York faces during a Woodside Town Hall meeting on October 26. “Our everyday problems mean absolutely nothing to legislators that represent Rochester, Buffalo, Tonawanda and Niagara. We talk about parking, sanitation, noise and train issues, while their issues are jobs, agriculture and property taxes,” said DenDekker. [...]