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New York Hospital Queens renamed NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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There’s a new name for one of Queens’ biggest hospitals.

New York Hospital Queens was renamed on July 1 as NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. The name change comes as a result of the hospital’s takeover by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, which was prompted by the need and desire to improve access to state-of-the-art care for Queens residents.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, located in Flushing, has been a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System for more than 22 years and serves Queens with 535 beds and medical services in 14 departments. Every year, the hospital performs 15,000 surgeries and delivers 4,000 babies, and also provides 162,000 ambulatory visits and 124,000 emergency service visits.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is one of the largest hospitals in the U.S. with 2,600 beds across six campuses in New York City and Westchester. It is the number one hospital in the five boroughs, and is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

It is NewYork-Presbyterian’s affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons that stands to make the merge beneficial to Queens residents who rely on NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens for health care services. Both institutions are among the leading medical colleges in the country.

“We are pleased to have strengthened our relationship with the leadership, trustees, doctors and staff of New York Hospital Queens,” said Dr. Laura Forese, president of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. “Together with Weill Cornell Medical College, we look forward to continuing to provide high-quality, patient-centered care to residents of Queens, as well as enhancing access to the world-class care offered at New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s six campuses in Manhattan and Westchester.”

“Our long relationship with NewYork-Presbyterian has contributed enormous value. As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, it is becoming increasingly important to work more closely in mutually beneficial relationships that enhance effectiveness and improve quality,” said Stephen S. Mills, president of NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. “By establishing this closer relationship with NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, one of the country’s leading academic medical centers, we will be able to offer our patients access to cutting-edge treatments in every area of medicine, as well as the same outstanding care that we have provided at our hospital for years.”


Ambulette crashes outside New York Hospital Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Two people were injured when an ambulette crashed into a fence outside of Flushing‘s New York Hospital Queens, reports said.

The accident happened at about 9:25 p.m. Thursday on Main Street near Booth Memorial Avenue, according to the FDNY.

According to published reports, the ambulette struck a car before going into the fence and off a ledge into the side of the hospital.

Two people, the driver and a passenger, reportedly suffered minor injuries. The crash is under investigation.



Girl, 10, dies after collapsing at Queens College soccer camp

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

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A South Jamaica girl died on Monday after collapsing during a soccer camp at Queens College, according to police.

Laura Palma of 97th Avenue was participating in the Flushing camp just before 3:15 p.m. when she said that she wasn’t feeling well. Seconds later, according to published reports, she collapsed and lost consciousness.

Officers from the 107th Precinct and EMS units rushed to the scene and found Palma in cardiac arrest. Paramedics rushed her to New York Hospital Queens, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Her body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.


Translation services company to open up first NYC office in Flushing Plaza

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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Translation services company CyraCom has signed a 12-year lease for a ground-floor spot in the office and retail building Flushing Plaza.

The Arizona-based company, which provides translation services for healthcare industry clients, will occupy a 23,000-square-foot space, which it expects to open this summer.

It will be the first location in the city for CyraCom, which was represented by CBRE in the deal.

The nearly 270,000-square-foot Flushing Plaza is owned by Muss Development, and already houses a mix of tenants from Time Warner Cable and HSBC Bank to the New York State Department of Labor and Dunkin’ Donuts, among others.

Muss believes the incoming company will do well in the growing Asian community, partly because of nearby hospitals.

“The building’s close proximity to several major hospitals and medical centers, including New York Hospital Queens and Flushing Hospital Medical Center, also makes this an ideal outpost for the growing company,” said Muss Development Principal Jason Muss.


Cops looking for five suspects following Flushing shooting

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Five men fled in an SUV after a man was shot in Flushing early Wednesday morning, police said.

The 24-year-old victim was shot on the second-floor of 46-07 Kissena Blvd. at about 1:35 a.m., according to authorities.

Five suspects, described as Asian men in their 20s, fled in a white Nissan SUV eastbound on Holly Avenue, police said.

The victim was taken to New York Hospital Queens in stable condition.

It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting.


Police shoot and kill knife-wielding man in Flushing

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

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One man is dead after he confronted police with a utility knife Sunday morning in Flushing, according to authorities.

The incident started when a 29-year-old man at New York Hospital Queens threatened personnel with a knife and then fled the facility, police said.

According to published reports, the man, Joseph Priolo, checked into the hospital early Sunday morning complaining of chest pains. Following his release, he returned a short time later, brandishing the weapon.

After he fled the hospital, cops were called, and at about 7:40 a.m., they began to canvas the area.

Then at about 8:24 a.m., a suspect, who fit Priolo’s description, was seen in front of 43-32 Kissena Blvd., according to authorities.

Police approached Priolo on foot and he then confronted one of the officers while holding a utility knife in one hand, authorities said. The officer then shot his gun twice, striking Priolo once in the torso.

Priolo was taken to New York Hospital Queens where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Four members of the NYPD were taken to New York Hospital Queens for treatment of tinnitus.

The investigation is ongoing.


New York Hospital Queens confident it could handle Ebola

| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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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.


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

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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.


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.



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

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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.




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

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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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.”




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.



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.



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

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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.






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.