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New York Hospital Queens confident it could handle Ebola


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Photo courtesy of CDC/ Frederick A. Murphy

Ebola isn’t in New York City. But New York Hospital Queens has been preparing for an outbreak, according to a panel of four of the hospital’s doctors during a press conference on Tuesday.

“Everyone here is very concerned about the Ebola virus,” said Sorana Segal-Maurer, director of the hospital’s Division of Infectious Diseases. “Because we’re located in an area where there’s a lot of international travel, we’ve taken steps to prepare for Ebola.”

The press conference was held to assure the public that the Flushing hospital was capable of handling and quarantining a patient infected with Ebola, the virus that has killed thousands in West Africa. The doctors emphasized that during this flu season, it’s hard to identify the Ebola virus because its symptoms in patients are similar to many seasonal colds.

To discern between a life-threatening illness and a common cold, the nurses and doctors in the Queens hospital ask patients about their travel history. A recent trip to Liberia lands the patient in quarantine, according to Dr. Mark Kindschuh. There are currently no patients in the hospital that are currently being held in quarantine.

“Our staff are trained to ask travel questions,” he said. But the doctors and the hospital don’t know what to do with the patients after that step, and they suggested that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention would step in.

“We do not know what those next steps are but we’re preparing for caring for Ebola patients here,” said Mimi Lim, director of Infection Control.

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Soccer and science meet in Queens with the NY Cosmos and NYSCI


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NY Cosmos

BY PAULINA TAM

Kids and their family members are invited to come kick it with professional soccer players from renowned soccer club New York Cosmos on Sunday, Oct. 5, at the New York Hall of Science and Rocket Park.

Establishing early healthy habits such as exercising and routine check-ups are important for children, said Camela Morrissey, chief marketing officer and vice president of public affairs and marketing for New York Hospital Queens.

Proceeds will be directed to the New York Hospital Queens Pediatric Asthma Center for programs designed to improve the lives of children who are affected by asthma in the Queens community.

“For children with asthma and their families, education is an important factor in managing the disease,” Morrissey said.

“Obesity is a known risk factor for asthma,” she added. “Helping overweight kids to lose weight could reduce their risk of asthma and other comorbid risk factors.”

Children will be able to learn about science and health while attending soccer clinics with the athletes. The clinics will start out with two soccer activities, one where kids will aim to kick their balls into different goals and a second, in which kids will navigate their balls through an obstacle course. The young participants will later play an actual game with the assistance of the Cosmos players in two different time slots: children ages 5 to 8 will play at 1 p.m. and for those ages 9 to 12 will play at 2 p.m.

There will also be balloon twisting, health booths and face painting. Refreshments will be served and attendees are qualified to win gifts, prizes and a special drawing.

The event starts at noon and ends at 4 p.m. General admission is $35 per person, which includes one drawing entry and $125 for a package of four tickets, including an entry per guest and a discount on a premium family membership at the Hall of Science.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Alexis Terrizzi at 212-921-9070 ext. 16 or send an email to nyhqfamilyday@thejfmgroup.com. The Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th St.

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Private ambulette fatally strikes bicyclist in Flushing


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A man riding his bike in Flushing was killed when he was hit by a private ambulette Wednesday morning, according to police.

As the ambulette was driving southbound on Parsons Boulevard at about 9:50 a.m., it struck the bicyclist as he made a left turn onto 37th Avenue from the opposite direction of the boulevard, cops said.

The bicyclist, a man in his 60s who has yet to be identified by police, was taken to New York Hospital Queens by EMS, where he was pronounced dead.

The NYPD’s Highway District Collision Investigation Squad is investigating.

 

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91-year-old woman dies in Francis Lewis Boulevard collision


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A 91-year-old Oakland Gardens woman was killed Friday when her car jumped the center median on Francis Lewis Boulevard and struck a light pole, cops said. 

Police responded to the accident around 2:45 p.m., where they discovered Ethel Zaremba unconscious in her 1990 Toyota Camry near 48th Avenue.

The woman, while driving southbound on the boulevard, veered to the left and mounted the median before hitting the pole, according to cops. No other vehicles were involved in the collision. 

Zaremba was taken to New York Hospital Queens, where she was pronounced dead.

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New York Hospital Queens’ newly installed $1.5M robot to introduce more electronic medical recording


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre


To keep up with the health industry’s shift to electronic medical records, the New York Hospital Queens’ (NYHQ) pharmacy department is turning to a robot.

The pharmacy department moved in February to the basement level of the institution on Main Street and Booth Memorial Avenue to make room for the enormous, new $1.5 million tablet-dispensing robot, called a Pill Picker.

The new department doubled in size to 4,500 square feet and was built around the glassy machine, which stores and distributes medicine, and by June will be utilized to keep track of patient drug usage through a barcoding system.

“At least 10 percent of our patients will be barcoded at the bedside by the end of June,” said Alex Melchert, director of pharmacy at NYHQ. “What this technology gives us, once we implement the barcode aspects of it, is [for example] it will allow us to look at how many times a potential near miss has occurred. And then use that information to improve the work flow.”

The Pill Picker cuts down on time and human error in preparing the drugs, because in the past, pharmacy technicians would have to manually check and separate thousands of pills for numerous patients a day and use a paper system to verify the drugs.

Now technicians scan and load drugs into secure containers, which are checked by pharmacists and then inserted into the robot. The pill picker separates the tablets into a nest of small bags that contain one pill each. The robot can hold about 56,000 bags of drugs.

The machine scans barcodes on the small bags to identify errors, and scans the bags for damage. The robot also tracks the loaded drugs and knows the right drugs to dispense for each patient. It also knows when the department is low on specific drugs and needs to order more.

In June, when distributing drugs to patients, nurses will scan the barcodes on the small bags, the ID wristbands of the patients at their bedside and their own IDs, and the information will be submitted electronically.

“This is the future of our profession,” Melchert said. “There is no doubt in my mind that from a safety perspective we are at the forefront of medication management in hospitals.”

 

 

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Elderly Bayside couple injured in home invasion


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An elderly Bayside couple was seriously injured after two men invaded their home on Wednesday, cops said.

The perpetrators broke into the 15th Avenue home after claiming to be repairmen, according to police, who were called to the scene at about 2:30 p.m.

The suspects allegedly attacked the couple, leaving bruises on the woman’s head, before taking items from the home. Both husband and wife, who are 86 and 85 years old respectively, were taken to New York Hospital Queens in stable condition, officials said.

It is unclear on what was taken  from the house at this point, cops said.

Police are still searching for the suspects, which are described as two Hispanic men.

 

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One killed, three injured in LIE crash


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An accident on the Long Island Expressway Wednesday left one man dead and three others injured after their car struck a median and overturned, police said.

A 2001 Nissan Xterra was traveling eastbound on the roadway near Parsons Boulevard about 2:15 a.m. when it hit the median, traveled across three traffic lanes, then struck the curb adjacent to the shoulder, before overturning and coming to a rest on its roof, against a tree, cops said.

The front seat passenger, a 26-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The driver, a 31-year-old man, was taken to New York Hospital Queens in critical condition with injuries to the head and body, cops said. Two rear seat passengers were also taken to New York Hospital Queens in stable condition, with minor injuries.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Police: Suspect injures Fresh Meadows woman during attempted robbery in her driveway


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Photo and video courtesy of NYPD

A Fresh Meadows woman was injured when a man who was trying to rob her while she was in her driveway, hit the victim on the head with his gun, police said.

The suspect approached the 66-year-old around 11:15 a.m. on December 5 while she was emptying items from her car and demanded her valuables, police said. When the victim began to scream, the suspect hit her in the head with his gun. He then fled without stealing anything, according to police.

The victim was taken to New York Hospital Queens with lacerations to her head, cops said.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man, 20 to 25 years old, and 5 feet 11 inches tall. He was wearing a black skullcap and black jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Doctor fatally struck in front of New York Hospital Queens


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A car hit and killed a doctor Monday night just steps from the Flushing hospital where he worked.

Dr. Siu Lee, 55, of Woodbury, N.Y. was crossing Booth Memorial Avenue at 141st  Street around 6:15 p.m. when a Mercedes Benz struck him outside of New York Hospital Queens, said police.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said no further action will be taken at this time against the driver pending further investigation by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad.

Lee was an attending pediatrician at the hospital for the last 15 years, said a spokesperson for New York Hospital Queens.

According to the hospital’s website, Lee attended Yonsei University College of Medicine in South Korea.

 

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Fund to help family of toddler killed by alleged drunk driver in Jackson Heights


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Photo Courtesy Councilmember Julissa Ferreras

A family and community are left mourning three-year-old Olvin Jahir Figueroa after he was fatally struck by an alleged drunk driver while crossing a Jackson Heights street with his mother.

According to police, on October 11 at approximately 9:50 p.m. the toddler was crossing the corner of Junction Boulevard and Northern Boulevard with his mother after visiting a nearby market, when a white 2011 Acura struck him. The 35-year-old driver then stopped and drove the toddler and his mother to New York Hospital Queens in Flushing where the toddler was pronounced dead.

The driver, Gilbert Echeverria, was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated, police said.

Councilmember Julissa Ferreras gathered with family, residents and members of the local church on Monday, October 14 to hold a candle light prayer vigil for Olvin.

“As a new mother with a baby boy of my own, I know what it is like to have so many hopes and dreams for your children,” said Ferreras. “Olvin’s parents will never get to see him attend his first day of school or see him graduate. He had his whole life ahead of him.”

The councilmember lost two of her best friends close to 20 years ago to a fatal traffic accident also involving a drunk driver at the same intersection.

Ferreras has set up a donation fund at TD Bank to help Olvin’s family with burial expenses. The account number is 4283969885. Checks should be made payable to the “Olvin Jahir Figueroa Burial Fund.”

 

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Driver charged after toddler struck, killed in Jackson Heights


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A two-year-old boy is dead after being hit by an alleged drunk driver while crossing a Jackson Heights street with his mother.

According to police, on Friday night at approximately 9:50 p.m. Jaied Gigueroa was crossing the corner of Junction Boulevard and Northern Boulevard with his mother when a white 2011 Acura moving northbound on Junction Boulevard struck him. The 35-year-old driver then stopped and drove the toddler and his mother to New York Hospital Queens in Flushing where Jaied was pronounced dead.

The driver, Gilbert Echeverria, was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated, police said. 

 

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Pols raise concerns over planned Cosmos soccer stadium near Queens border


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Renderings courtesy of the New York Cosmos

Some politicians feel the New York Cosmos need to do everything they can to win the community.

The soccer club, which restarted recently after not playing a game in nearly three decades, is planning to construct a 25,000 seat stadium in Elmont’s Belmont Park near the Queens and Nassau border. The team currently plays at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium in Long Island.

The project has come under direct fire by Carrié Solages, a legislator in Nassau County, while on the Queens side Councilmember Leroy Comrie has brought up potential community concerns, such as increased traffic, noise and lights.

“It’s a residential community and you can understand that people want to keep it that way,” Comrie said.

The team has started to give back to the community through various partnerships, including the American Cancer Society, Long Island City YMCA and New York Hospital Queens.

The Cosmos began hosting a series of “Back to School” soccer clinics around New York for children between the ages of seven and 14. There will be four clinics around the city and Long Island this month. Cosmos players and coaches will interact directly with children at the clinics to teach them the fundamentals.

“As a native New Yorker, being able to play for the Cosmos is a dream come true, and it’s made even more special when we get to go into the community and work directly with the next generation of American soccer stars,” said Carlos Mendes, Cosmos defender and team captain.

Comrie is not against the stadium as he was with Major League Soccer (MLS) trying to put a similar-sized venue in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park for the New York City Football Club because that project called for taking land from the park. But he thinks Belmont could be a “suitable” location for a soccer stadium.

The councilmember will gauge concerns from the community through future meetings.

The Cosmos’ plan for the stadium is still in the early stages as they have only made a proposal for the land and early renderings. A team representative said the organization is willing to work with the community to address any future concerns that they may have.

“The New York Cosmos have a strong belief in social responsibility and the desire to make a positive impact,” a representative said. “We feel that we have an obligation to be a leader in the community and we’ve shown that through our actions.”

 

Additional reporting by Carlos Montanez 

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Driver crashes into Queens auto body shop, killing 1, injuring 2


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A car slammed into an auto body shop near Citi Field Tuesday, leaving one dead and two injured.

The vehicle’s 52-year-old driver was heading southbound on 126th Street between 35th and 36th avenues around 11:40 a.m. when his 1992 Toyota Corolla rear-ended another car, said police.

After the impact, the Toyota veered across the northbound lanes into New Pamir Auto Body Shop, located at 35-01 126th Street. The car struck a pedestrian in front of the shop and two men inside of it.

All three victims were taken to New York Hospital Queens, said police

One of the victims, a 33-year-old who was standing in the auto shop, was pronounced dead.

The pedestrian, identified as a 30-year-old man, is in serious condition with severe body trauma. The third victim, 34, is in stable condition with body trauma.

According to published reports, the man killed was a worker at the auto body shop. Another victim and worker may have his legs amputated.

Both vehicles involved in the accident remained at the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

 

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NYHQ ranked tops in maternity six years in a row


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THE COURIER/Photo by Mitchell Kirk

For the sixth year in a row, New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) was awarded the Maternity Care Excellence Award from HealthGrades, a national health care rating company.

During a ceremony in the hospital’s lobby, NYHQ received the top two rankings given by HealthGrades for maternity care — the Excellence Award for being in the top 10 percent of ranked hospitals and the five-star rating for being in the top 15 percent.

“Awards are very important, particularly when you win one six times in a row,” said NYHQ president and CEO Stephen S. Mills. “Five stars from HealthGrades is a remarkable feat.”

HealthGrades currently rates maternity care for hospitals in 19 states based on several different criteria, including infant mortality rates and the number of complications that arise from deliveries. The information is evaluated from patient records by doctors and biostatisticians.

The ceremony garnered an appearance from Assemblymember Grace Meng, whose two sons were born at the hospital.

“I’ve had firsthand experience in how much this hospital deserves this award and I’m proud to represent it,” Meng said. She went on to describe giving birth at NYHQ as “an amazing experience,” praising it particularly for the orientation program it provides for new parents.

Members of the hospital’s staff said they plan on performing just as well in the future.

“We will continue to strive for a seventh time,” said Mills. Then, addressing the hospital staff sitting before him, he said, “Everybody in front of me deserves praise for the jobs that they do.”

Dr. Gary Eglinton, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who accepted the award, agreed with Mills’ remark.

“It’s a matter of continuing to do more of the same,” Eglinton said, “as all members of the team particularly maintain focus on the patient and continue to provide safe, quality care.”

 

9/11 anniversary events around Queens


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New York Hospital Queens
There will be a 9/11 remembrance service with moments of silence and a salute at New York Hospital Queens Emergency Services Memorial Site located at Booth Memorial Avenue near the Emergency Room entrance from 8:40 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. on September 11.

Remsen Memorial Park
There will be a candlelight ceremony at Remson Memorial park at Alderton Street at 6:30 p.m. on September 11. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at American Legion Hall, 107-15 Metropolitan Avenue.

Bayside Hills
The Bayside Hills Civic Association will be holding a 9/11 observance on Horace Harding Expressway and Bell Boulevard at 7:00 p.m. on September 11.

Juniper Valley Park
There will be a candlelight vigil at Juniper Valley Park, between 77th and 78th streets, at 7:30 p.m. on September 11. Bring a candle and chair.

Astoria Heights
The United Community Civic Association together with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is having a 9/11 memorial candlelight vigil at McManus Memorial Park at 81st Street and Grand Central Parkway at 7:30 p.m. on September 12.