City to shell out $500 million to repair schools, hospitals damaged by Sandy
Central Billy Rennison 11/12/2012 at 4:00PM

To hasten the process of restoring city schools and hospitals to pre-Sandy conditions, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a $500 million emergency plan to repair buildings damaged during the storm. The New York City Health and Hospital Corporation will receive $300 million while $200 million will be appropriated to the Department of Education. More than $130 [...]

Hospitals prepare for influx of hurricane injuries
News Alexa Altman 10/29/2012 at 5:26PM

Hospitals across the city are ready for Hurricane Sandy. “We know that [the storm] is for several days,” said Terry Lynam, a spokesperson for North Shore LIJ Health System. “This is going to cause some major challenges for us.” The eastern Queens facility, linked with 16 city hospitals in the same network, raised its staff [...]

Queens Morning Roundup
News Liam La Guerre 7/30/2012 at 6:00AM

EVENT of the DAY: “Akeelah and the Bee”  With an aptitude for words, 11-year-old Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is determined to spell her way out of South Los Angeles, entering scores of local contests and eventually landing a chance to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. [Click here for more info] or [...]

Queens hospitals failing on patient safety, according to report
News Billy Rennison 3/02/2012 at 12:10PM

Queens hospitals are well below the national average in patient safety according to a recent Consumer Reports investigation. The report from the consumer advocacy group rated New York City-area hospitals in four measures of patient safety and found only five — none in Queens — above the national average. The highest rated hospital in the [...]

Preventing Hospital Readmissions
Blogs / Columnists / Voices Queens Courier Staff 2/21/2012 at 12:07PM

By Stephen S. Mills As you may have heard in the news, recently-enacted health care reform legislation will assess penalties starting in 2013 against hospitals with higher than average readmission rates for certain conditions, such as heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia. Reducing hospital readmission rates has emerged as a core strategy at both state [...]