December, 2014


Jamaica Hospital among city’s best

Jamaica Hospital just received a great Christmas gift. Comments (12).

City to reduce number of mentally ill in jail

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday a plan intended to reduce crime and the number of inmates sent to Rikers Island with mental health issues or substance abuse by increasing mental health treatment to individuals throughout the criminal justice system. Comments (1).

November, 2014


North Shore unveils helicopter for faster medical service

Faster emergency treatment is on the way for borough and area residents with life-threatening injuries due to the launching of a medical helicopter at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Comment.

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Bayside supports young girl fighting brain tumor

Little Izabella Gamarra cut her waist-long brunette hair in the summer to donate it to kids suffering from hair loss to cancer and other illnesses. Comments (1).

Fundraiser Sunday for Sacred Heart student

Family and friends are hosting a fund-raiser for a 7-year-old Bayside girl who is in the fight of her life. Comment.

New surgery robot arrives at Flushing Hospital

Flushing Hospital Medical Center showed off the new robotic member of its surgical team last week. Comments (2).

October, 2014


Nick Cannon visits kids at St. Mary’s Hospital

Lights, camera, action! Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Study: Rockaway health declined post-Sandy

Two years after Hurricane Sandy tore ashore, Rockaway residents’ access to health care remains strained, but the storm has left more people with stress, anxiety and depression, a study said. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Dept. of Health briefs Borough Hall about Ebola virus

Concerned about misinformation surrounding the Ebola virus, Borough President Melinda Katz reached out to the city Department of Health, which responded by sending Dr. Jessica Kattan to brief her and the leaders of Queens’ 14 community boards so they could update their members. Comments (2).

MTA says subways are safe for riders after city’s first Ebola case

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Friday assured straphangers that travel aboard the subways is safe. Comment.

North Shore-LIJ plans biological containement unit to prepare for Ebola

The North Shore-LIJ health System announced it will pursue the development of a biological containment unit to further improve its preparedness and response to infectious disease outbreaks. The announcement came just hours before the news broke that Dr. Craig Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola at Bellevue Hospital. Comments (1).

Queens raises $420K for breast cancer research

More than 5,000 walkers strolled through Flushing Meadows Corona Park Sunday morning to make strides for breast cancer research. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Planned Parenthood breaks ground on new health care center in Long Island City

Leaders of Planned Parenthood NYC joined with a dozen elected officials for a groundbreaking ceremony for their $9 million health care center in Long Island City last week. Construction at the site -- a former hardware store and office building at 21-41 45th Road -- has entered its second phase and is on schedule to open in May. Comments (3).

W. Africa flights restricted to JFK and four other airports: Feds

Flights from West African countries ravaged by Ebola have been restricted to five airports, including Kennedy, where personnel screen passengers for symptoms of the disease, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Planned Parenthood breaks ground in Long Island City

Elected officials from across the borough joined the leaders of Planned Parenthood of New York City, Thursday, for a groundbreaking ceremony for its new health center in Long Island City. When the 14,000-square-foot state-of-the-art center opens in May 2015, it will be PPNYC’s first in the county allowing 24,000 client visits within the first year of operation. Comments (4).

SE Queens woman survives brain bleed

Tunicia Hall had been married to her husband, Raleigh, for just one month when she was admitted to the hospital with a life-threatening brain condition. Comment.

Man survives two rare breast cancer diagnoses

Sebastian Aloi was in shock when he was diagnosed with breast cancer. He had no symptoms. Comment.

NYHQ launches Chinese breast cancer support group

New York Hospital Queens is inviting Chinese cancer patients and survivors to join its Pink Ribbon Club. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill walk raises funds to help patients battling cancer

Dozens came out to participate in the inaugural Queens Cancer Walk in Richmond Hill last weekend in honor of a breast cancer survivor who lived to tell her story. Comment.

September, 2014


NYHQ expands services

New York Hospital Queens kicked off an initiative last week to make its services more accessible to immigrants who do not speak English. Comments (1).

Jamaica raises funds for sickle-cell research

Hundreds of people walked the streets of Jamaica last weekend in support of finding a cure for sickle-cell anemia. Comment.

NRA cares nothing for safety

A 9-year-old at a shooting range accidentally kills an instructor with an Uzi set on full-auto. Comments (1).

Wyckoff Hts. hospital hosts health fair for neighborhood

Hundreds of people were treated to free health screenings and education earlier this month at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center’s annual health fair outside the hospital. Comment.

August, 2014


North Shore-LIJ announces partnership

North Shore-LIJ announced this week it was selected to be the metropolitan area’s exclusive partner of the Cleveland Clinic & Vascular Institute. Comment.

Jamaica tackles obesity

Help is on the way to fight chronic diseases in downtown Jamaica and St. Albans, two areas that are hit hard by obesity and diabetes. Comments (6).

Free screenings at Jamaica health expo

Hundreds of people are expected to participate Sunday in the annual End It Now walk and health expo, an initiative that seeks to create new policies to better protect women and girls. Comments (1).

GOP women wage war on selves

What is all this buzz about the Republican war on women? Is it just a political stunt to gain the female vote? Comments (2).

Alzheimer’s Association sends social worker to help Queens

Lydia Eliza Bovell, 81, who suffers from dementia, went missing July 17 in Jamaica. Comment.

July, 2014


Downtown Jamaica wants to cultivate healthier community

The farmers market is back in Jamaica, and that means residents, tourists and workers in the downtown Jamaica area can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. Comments (1).

First West Nile mosquitoes found in Doug, College Pt.

The city Department of Health said this week the city’s first evidence of West Nile virus this summer has been detected in northeast Queens. Comments (1).

Newest Mobile Market opens at Queensbridge

City Harvest launched its second Mobile Market in Queens recently and more than 500 families attended the Long Island City event, according to the senior director of program operations, Leslie Gordon. Comments (1).
Oakland Gardens

A kidney in honor of Kinsey

A few months ago, 6-year-old Oakland Gardens girl Kinsey Saleh became a social media star after her mother, Nadine Morsi, created a Facebook page in hopes of finding a donor willing to replace her daughter’s failing kidney. Comment.

Braunstein takes first step in protecting women

Thank you, state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside). Comments (1).
Jamaica Hills

They blew 1,324 candles for a historic birthday bash

They were all alive when World War I broke out, and on Friday they were all together celebrating their birthdays. Comment.

June, 2014


Gun control will be overreaching

If something affects 0.0000017 percent of the population, is it worth making laws that will seriously affect the remainder of that population? Comments (12).

Support smoke-free housing

On June 9, Community Board 7 passed a resolution that originated in the CB 7 Health Committee that encouraged owners and landlords of new, multi-family housing to create smoke-free housing units and to establish a smoke-free environment in the developments wherever possible. Comments (4).
Jamaica Estates

Family files civil suit against St. John’s after son’s death

A Flushing family has filed a lawsuit against St. John’s University in Jamaica Estates after their son was killed last year when he came in contact with a lethal drug during an externship where the school had placed him, according to a court summons. Comment.

St. Mary’s gets grant from General Mills Foundation

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children announced this week it was awarded a $20,000 grant from the General Mills Foundation that will go toward funding its farm-to-table and fitness programs. Comment.

Mayor wrong on mental health

The recent announcement by the de Blasio administration about a task force on behavioral health and the criminal justice system may appear to be an innocuous endeavor to evaluate the mental health needs of arrestees. Comments (1).
Little Neck

Act would reduce wait time for veterans

As your readers may know, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has come under fire for delays with veterans’ benefits and care at its facilities. Comments (2).

Retired colonel joins NYHQ to improve trauma unit

Whether he is in Queens, his native Croatia or Iraq, Dr. Slobodan Jazarevic is always up for a challenge. Comment.

Medicaid provider expands to Flushing after fraud trial

A Florida-based Medicaid plan provider, whose former chief executive officer was recently sentenced to prison on health-care fraud charges, has opened a new location in downtown Flushing. Comments (2).

May, 2014


Health center to build new Flushing facility

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center has announced it is going to build a 9,000-square-foot Flushing facility in conjunction with an affordable housing complex. Comments (4).

Obituary: Lucie Fitzpatrick, 75, had lived in Bayside

Lucie Fitzpatrick, a Bayside resident for 40 years before retiring to Florida, died at Forsythe House of Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Fla., May 15. She was 75. Comment.

Understanding new roles will lower divorce rate

According to research, about 40 percent to 50 percent of married couples in the United States get divorced and around 60 percent of them fail in their second marriages. Comment.

Legal drinking age should be made 18

I am old enough to join the military, old enough to buy a car, old enough to own a house, but I am not old enough to purchase alcohol. As I move up in the social rankings, I should not be held back socially among my peers. Comments (2).
Floral Park

Floral Park audiologist helps 9/11 responder who lost use of right ear

A few months ago, Brooklyn resident Dan Moynihan sent an e-mail that would end up changing his life forever. Comments (2).

Lift the Medicare residency cap

Currently, a “residency bottleneck” exists. Comment.
Middle Village

Queens Impact Awards: After winning battle with cancer, teen helps others affected by diseases

Most people would give up at the times when Carly Rose Nieves decided to keep fighting. Comment.

Queens Impact Awards: His influence on the medical community is felt around the country

People who watched Joseph Lieber grow up in Forest Hills might have been tipped off that he was going to be a doctor one day by the way he would bring home organs from his father’s butcher shop and dissect them. He never lost his interest in medicine and science and decades later his passion is felt in every corner of the country. Comment.

Queens Impact Awards: Motivational speaker shares his story of triumph over mental illness

When Hakeem Rahim graduated as the first African American valedictorian from Uniondale HS in 1998, it was a sign the Hempstead, L.I. native was on the track to success. Comments (1).
Jamaica Hills

Queens Impact Awards: Queens Hospital Center volunteer focuses on others’ well-being

Giving back always puts a smile on Andrea Adams’ face, and she’ll tell you there’s nothing else she’d rather do. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Queens Impact Awards: Queens College grad dedicates career to North Shore LIJ patients

In 1978, Carmine DeSena made a choice that would end up changing his life and thousands of others. Comments (1).

Third time’s the charm in enrolling for Obamacare

In 1969, Robert Lamm of the rock group Chicago sang. Comment.
New Voices

Testing event increases HIV awareness in Rich Hill

On April 18, volunteers from the LGBT community and their allies collaborated with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis to set up a mobile HIV testing unit outside the Lefferts branch of the Queens Library, at Lefferts Boulevard and Liberty Avenue. Comments (1).
On Point

Obamacare fails to deliver lofty goals for middle class

The U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as some refer to it, has not lived up to the promise made by elected officials to millions of middle-class workers and families. Comments (3).

April, 2014


Response times of EMS must be improved´╗┐

On April 11, a neighbor of mine collapsed on Burden Crescent, a short distance from Jamaica Hospital, and 911 was called by an eyewitness of the fall at 4:45 p.m. I witnessed a Wyckoff Hospital ambulance arriving at the scene at 4:55 p.m., 10 minutes later. Comments (2).

St. Mary’s in Bayside names new president

The board of directors at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children named a new president last week who will also take over the role as chief executive officer of New York’s largest long-term child health care provider. Comment.

Kudos to Queens Quiet Skies

It is with pleasure that I read of the accomplishments of Queens Quiet Skies and other entities in convincing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to advocate for mitigation of the noise and pollution problems of aircraft flying over our communities. Comment.

Activists help women get checked for breast cancer

In December 2010, Darcy Novick was diagnosed with breast cancer. A year later she was on a lunch break from her job in Long Island City, and she happened to notice a bus from the American Italian Cancer Foundation. They were offering free mammograms and breast cancer screenings. As a result she started the Bosom Buddies Organization. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Elmhurst Hospital gets new pavilion for women

Elmhurst Hospital Center officials joined community and elected leaders to celebrate a new $16.3 million Women’s Pavilion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday. Comment.

Obamacare signups hit 865K in NYS

With the passing of the March 31 deadline, the state Department of Health announced this week that more than 865,000 residents across the state are now enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Comments (1).

March, 2014

Long Island City

Planned Parenthood to open in Court Square

Planned Parenthood of New York City will begin construction on its first health center in Queens next month. Comments (2).

Back universal free school lunch

There is simply nothing more important than the health of our children and families. Comments (3).

Bayside man pushes for awareness of Lynch Syndrome

A Queens man who was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago has joined the fight to help raise awareness for a genetic syndrome that a group of doctors at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital say can help save lives if detected early. Comments (2).

Hillcrest HS student contracts TB

The city Health Department is currently investigating a case of tuberculosis at Hillcrest High School after one of the school’s students contracted the disease, a DOH spokeswoman said. Comment.
New Voices

Hookah use increases among boro teens as pastime

Hookah, an Arabian water pipe used to smoke tobacco, is a time-honored tradition and social activity spanning the Middle East and South Asia. Even limited use of this water pipe to smoke the tobacco, known as sheesha, produces a pleasant, light-headed sensation. Comments (5).

Get tax credit when caring for elderly

When I travel through our communities, I often meet families caring for elderly parents or relatives. Comment.

Flushing food cooperative embarks on third season

Dozens of Flushing neighbors have signed up to skip the middle man during this year’s farming season. Comment.

Seafood infection snags Flushing markets: City

An outbreak of a rare disease has infected at least 41 people citywide, including three from Queens, whose skin came into contact with live or raw fish that was purchased at seafood markets in the city’s Chinatowns. Comments (6).

NYHQ bridges gap for Chinese immigrants with lecture series

New York Hospital Queens launched a Chinese lecture series this week to educate the community about a range of health topics. Comments (3).

Flushing couple calls attention to rare heart defect

Carolina Osorio spent the last four months of her pregnancy worrying about how her infant’s rare heart defect would affect the child. Comment.

February, 2014


Family of deaf Flushing man sues hospitals

Relatives of a deaf Flushing man who died of cancer in April 2013 are suing three Long Island medical facilities for not providing him with sign language interpreters. Comment.

NYU bungled boy’s care: State

A Manhattan hospital should have taken better care of a 12-year-old Sunnyside boy who was given IV fluids and pain relievers, sent home and later died of sepsis in 2012, a state Health Department report concluded. Comment.

Lunar baby born at NYHQ

Two proud parents took home one of Queens’ first babies born in the Lunar New Year from the hospital last week. Comment.
Long Island City

Man walks across USA, brings journey to Queens

A man walked off the Queensboro Bridge and into Long Island City last Thursday as he began the final stretch of a four-year, cross-country odyssey. Comment.

NY Hospital adds two boro practices

New York Hospital Queens acquired two additional practices in the borough this week, adding more primary care and specialty services to the hospital’s expanding network. Comment.

January, 2014


Lunar New Year baby born at NYHQ

One of the first babies born in the borough in the Lunar New Year was delivered at New York Hospital Queens at 12:39 a.m. Friday. Comments (7).
Jamaica Hills

Borough green markets offer fresh food all year long

Winter may be the time of year to pack on a few extra pounds of padding to insulate oneself against the polar vortex, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your healthy eating habits into hibernation until the spring. Comments (1).

Kim warns residents of IV fluids misuse

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) joined Asian-American health professionals last week to warn residents of the dangers of the inappropriate use of intravenous fluids in the Asian community. Comments (1).

Boro leads health law signups

The newest set of data published by the state Department of Health shows that more than 37 percent of New York residents already enrolled for coverage through the Affordable Care Act live in New York City. Comment.

Dalai Lama names first baby of 2014 born in Elmhurst Hosp.

A Woodside couple are the proud parents of a newborn girl with two special distinctions: The baby was the first one born in New York City in the new year and her name was selected by the Dalai Lama. Comment.
Long Island City

Elton John’s foundation helps fund LIC non-profit

The Elton John AIDS Foundation is providing a $50,000 grant to The Fortune Society, a Long Island City nonprofit that advocates for formerly incarcerated men and women living with HIV/AIDS. Comment.

CityMD opens Astoria clinic as its first facility in Queens

Astorians seeking medical attention have a new option after CityMD opened a new location last Friday. Comment.

City’s first baby of the year born in Elmhurst Hospital

For the second year in a row, the first baby to be born in New York City in the new year was delivered at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Tenzin Choetso, a girl, was born at one second after midnight on New Year’s Day to a Tibetan-born couple from Woodside. Comment.
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