December, 2013


NYHQ welcomes robot to sort medication for hospital’s patients

Flushing’s New York Hospital Queens has become the city’s second hospital to install a cutting-edge, drug-dispensing robot in its pharmacy. Comment

Queens College program helps post-Sandy workers

Laborers working on post-Superstorm Sandy reconstruction now have someone looking out for their health. Comment

Elmhurst Hospital hosts safety summit

Vehicular accidents involving pedestrians and bicycle riders in the Jackson Heights-Elmhurst-Corona area are so common that Elmhurst Hospital convened a daylong summit last week. Comment

Feed the Children

’Tis the season to be jolly, but not if you’re hungry in Queens. Comments (1)

Tip of the week

November, 2013

Far Rockaway

St. John’s hospital waiting to kick off $23M expansion

More than a year after Peninsula Hospital closed its doors, the Rockaways’ lone remaining acute-care facility is awaiting final approval for a handful of projects totaling more than $23 million and may be eyeing an expansion into the shuttered institution’s facilities. Comment
Fresh Meadows

It’s now 21 to buy cigs but smoking at 18 OK

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill into law banning the sale of cigarettes to New Yorkers under 21 Tuesday. Comment
Forest Hills Gardens

Queens doctor targeted over circumcisions

An organization advocating against circumcision of baby boys targeted a Queens doctor in its latest demonstration. Comments (33)

Israel applauds FDA for cracking down on trans fats

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposal to limit the usage of harmful trans fats in everyday food items has validated many years of advocacy for one northeast Queens lawmaker. Comment

Socialized medicine lowers costs

I would like to comment on the Oct. 25-31 letter “Lawsuits drive up healthcare costs” by Thomas B. Stebbins. Comment

Tip of the week


Visitors sought to reach seniors in NE Queens

Eva Megerdichian has lived in her Whitestone home for 35 years, but said that time would have been cut short had it not been for her “second family.” Comment

October, 2013


Dentists in Bayside collect Halloween candy to prevent cavities

Bayside dentists have a sweet deal for children this Halloween. Comments (1)

Lawsuits drive up healthcare costs

One of the highlights of city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign for mayor was his arrest at a protest against the closure of another city hospital. De Blasio’s primary solution was and continues to be to throw money at the problem, but unless we address the spiraling costs of lawsuits, New York hospitals will continue to close. Comments (2)
Rockaway Beach

Global relief network opens health clinic in Rockaways

A free clinic for adults without health insurance opened its doors days before the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Comment

Mount Sinai Hospital expansion to feature new operating suites

While half a dozen Queens hospitals have closed in the last decade, Mount Sinai Queens was preparing for expansion. Administrators and staff, community leaders and elected officials both past and present gathered Monday for a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating a $125 millon building project. Comment
Queens Village

Bellerose pageant winner visits SNAP

State Sen. Tony Avella joined Virginia Werner, Bellerose’s Miss New York Senior America 2013, to greet seniors at the Services Now for Adult Persons center in Queens Village Monday. Comment
Long Island City

Tip of the week


State welcomes shaky start to Obamacare

A Cuomo administration official kicked off the state’s glitch-plagued health care insurance exchange this week in Queens, where residents have more insurance options than any other county in New York. Comment

Flushing Hospital set to open new ambulatory care center

Flushing Hospital Medical Center is set to open a new ambulatory care center in an effort to change how health care is delivered as beds become scarcer throughout the borough. Comment
Long Island City

Health Dept battling bed bugs at LIC HQ

Bed bugs have been spotted inside the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s gleaming headquarters in Long Island City, but the agency has been mum about the reported invasion. Comments (1)

September, 2013

Far Rockaway

Peninsula trustee alledges fraud lead to closure

The trustee appointed to oversee the bankruptcy and eventual closure of Peninsula Hospital has accused a blacklisted health care executive of secretly operating the failed institution and running it into the ground for his personal gain. Comment

August, 2013


Queens Hospitals on Life Support

Queens is on the brink of a health care crisis that will only become more dire if two more borough facilities close. Comment
Far Rockaway

Rockaway hospital under financial strain

The future of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital — the only hospital on the Rockaway peninsula — is uncertain, according to staff members, who say that the facility has already closed its chemical dependency unit, transferred ownership of two nursing homes and has failed to expand its emergency department. Comment

Holliswood Hospital shuts its doors

Another Queens hospital shut its doors this week because of financial hardship. Comments (37)

Bayside Health Event

ReBound Functional Training Center in Bayside recently held an open house for medical/health professionals. Comment

Shutdown of Corona clinic causes uproar

At the height of the back-to-school vaccination rush and in a month dedicated to spreading immunization awareness, the city Department of Health is shutting down the only free-immunization clinic in Queens next week. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Margaret Tietz team welcomes new executive director

Yoel Lichstein has already collected two decades of experience in the nursing and rehabilitation business, but recently signed onto a Queens health care facility with hopes of matching the borough’s culturally diverse landscape. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Department of Health fights bedbugs in LIC headquarters

The city Department of Health in Long Island City — the same agency responsible for preventing bedbug infestations — has a bedbug problem itself, sources told the New York Post. Comments (2)
Rockaway Beach

Old Rockaway Courthouse to become medical center

The old Rockaway courthouse, abandoned for decades, will soon undergo a makeover as it becomes a medical center, officials said. Comment

Bloomberg’s soda ban falls flat in latest ruling from the courts

Despite its second loss in court, the Bloomberg administration vowed Tuesday to continue its fight to limit sugary drinks to 16 ounces or less. Comments (2)
Floral Park

Surgeons save Floral Park teen after brain aneurysm

Floral Park teenager Miele Alexander will never forget the summer of 2013. Comment

Big Pharma will cash in on obesity

The big pharmaceutical companies must be ecstatic now that the American Medical Association has declared obesity a disease. Comment

July, 2013

Long Island City

LIC’s Citiview Connections Clubhouse gets new home

The Citiview Connections Clubhouse, a Long Island City center for adults with psychiatric disabilities, has a new location and the recent move has helped generate interest about its mission and professional services, the center’s director said. Comments (29)

Briarwood woman beats back cancer

A 27-year-old Briarwood woman diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer last month was left to fend for herself in an insurance black hole before state health care providers steered her toward a Queens facility and saved her from an uncertain future. Comment

Jamaica clinic confronts obesity

On the heels of the American Medical Association’s designation of obesity as a disease, a downtown Jamaica health clinic is launching a culturally tailored campaign to help southeast Queens fight the battle of the bulge. Comments (1)

City to spray for West Nile in northeast Queens

The city will continue its fight with West Nile virus starting Wednesday night with sprayings scheduled in northeast Queens, the city Department of Health said. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Youthmarket returns to Long Island City after hiatus

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) joined with nonprofit GrowNYC in Long Island City last week to celebrate the return of the neighborhood’s Youthmarket, an event that featured a fresh assortment of fruits and vegetables. Comment

Woodside Child Center names Donnelly COO

The Child Center of New York, a well-known Woodside nonprofit that helps at-risk children and young people across the city, officially appointed its new chief operating officer earlier this month, the organization said. Comment

Bellerose begs to be sprayed for West Nile

It has been two years since the city Department of Health put Bellerose on its list of neighborhoods to spray for the West Nile virus, and residents of the community have been left waiting for relief. Comment

Mosquitoes with West Nile traced to Pomonok in boro

West Nile-infected mosquitoes were discovered in the Pomonok area of Queens and officials urged residents this week to take steps to avoid infection. Comment

Mount Sinai honored for electronic records system

Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens in Astoria was honored last week by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society for its electronic medical records system. Comments (2)

City pinpoints West Nile in Pomonok Houses

POMONOK — The West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes in Pomonok Houses, the city announced Monday. Comment

Safety net health center launches in Jamaica

Jamaica’s public health community cut the ribbon last week on a family health center that will provide preventative care to the uninsured and special services for Queens’ transgender community. Comment

Community Board 1 approves Mt. Sinai Hospital expansion

Community Board 1 approved an application last week to allow Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens in Astoria to expand its facilities, a decision that hospital officials and community leaders said would benefit the community for years to come. Comment

June, 2013


Jamaica farmers market lures food stamp recipients

Amid a heated debate in Washington over food stamps, the Jamaica farmers market opened last week with an eye toward getting those on public assistance to think about the value of fresh produce. Comment

Infant mortality rate remains high in SE Queens

A baby born to a mother from Jamaica is three times less likely to celebrate his or her first birthday than a baby from Forest Hills, according to a report by the city Health Department, a fact that highlights the disparities that exist among communities even as the city celebrates its lowest infant mortality rate in history. Comment
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill man celebrates Father’s Day with dad’s kidney

Leonard Burke, of Richmond Hill, spent his first Father’s Day on the heels of his second kidney transplant. This time, it was his own father’s kidney keeping him alive. Comment
Forest Hills

Parkway Hospital building to be auctioned

The building that previously housed the Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills is slated to be auctioned at the end of June with an outstanding lien of $14.86 million, according to PropertyShark. Comment

Elmhurst greenmarket opens for third consecutive year

District Manager of Community Board 4 Christian Cassagnol and Community Board 3 Co-Chairwoman Emma Brandt joined with officials from Elmhurst Hospital Center and nonprofit GrowNYC Tuesday to celebrate the opening day of the neighborhood’s greenmarket, an event that included live music and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Comment
Far Rockaway

Queens Tomorrow: Innovative solutions sought to offset hospital closings

Diagnosing the future of health care in Queens requires plenty of reflection on the past— an examination of hospital closures and overflowing emergency rooms, followed by a prescription for viable solutions. Comment

Queens Needs Greenmarkets

Hunger is a daunting and sometimes invisible problem in Queens. Even in some of the borough’s more affluent neighborhoods, working couples and single mothers struggle to feed their families — another statistic among the data showing that one in six Americans suffers from what the government calls “food insufficiency.” Comment

May, 2013

New Hyde Park

Hospital examines war wound of ancient Greek veteran

Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who served their country — no matter the century. Comment

Advocates in Flushing target domestic violence

Some of the biggest challenges for those wishing to end domestic violence can be both identifying victims and convincing them to leave their abusive situations. This can be especially true in immigrant communities where victims may already be isolated by language and culture from those who can help. Comments (1)

St. Mary’s Walk set for Belmont track

For the ninth consecutive year, St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is holding its celebrated Walk for St. Mary’s Kids with five children tapped to serve as grand marshals. Comment

Go Red dinner to raise heart disease awareness

The Queens Go Red for Women Dinner Committee and American Heart Association staffers took time out this week for a photo at Citi Field, where they met to plan their fund-raiser next month. The sixth annual Queens dinner, to elevate the cause of women and heart disease, will be held June 12 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing. TimesLedger Newspapers is a sponsor of the event. Comment
Far Rockaway

Groups tour mold damage

Hurricane Sandy left behind an ongoing health threat in the Rockaways that lingers long after the water receded. Comments (2)

Flushing school serves up city’s first all-veggie menu

Mixed greens and chickpeas replaced miscellaneous chicken parts on the menu as children at a Flushing elementary school welcomed a special guest to share a healthy lunch. Comment

April, 2013

Jamaica Hills

Queens Hospital opens redone geriatric clinic

Queens Hospital Center cut the ribbon on an expanded geriatric clinic last week, the latest project funded by state grant money to counteract borough hospital closures. Comment

Elmhurst Hospital ranked one of safest hospitals for angioplasty

Elmhurst Hospital was named the safest hospital in the borough for angioplasty, a cardiac intervention procedure in which a catheter is used to clear blocked arteries in the heart, a state Department of Health report found. Comments (1)
New Hyde Park

Ex-hockey player nets goal to help stricken youngsters

On his way to the National Hockey League’s Hall of Fame, former New York Islander, New York Ranger and Buffalo Sabre Pat LaFontaine learned the value of taking time away from hits and shots on the ice to visit bedridden children at area hospitals. Comment

Feds seize tainted food from Ridgewood depot

This is not kosher. Comment

Survey ranks Queens as healthiest borough in city

For the fourth consecutive year, a nationwide survey has proclaimed Queens the healthiest county in New York City. Comment

NYHQ Palliative Care Symposium

New York Hospital Queens is hosting its third annual Palliative Care Symposium. Comment
Long Island City

Mayor plans veto of Council’s sick pay accord

The paid sick leave deal struck last week by City Council members, business owners and union leaders was mostly well-received, with one notable exception. Comment

March, 2013


Hospital group encourges butt kicking at Flushing club

A boys’ club in Flushing allowed butt-kicking for one special day. Comment
Long Island City

Quinn strikes deal on paid sick leave

A bad case of the sniffles will no longer force millions workers in the city to lose earnings after a deal was struck this week to make small businesses provide paid sick days off for employees. Comment

Dream Foundation grants final wish to Maspeth man

Raymond Finerty has long dreamed about visiting the sacred links of the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia for the Masters tournament. Comment
Rego Park

North Shore-LIJ opens Rego Park center for 9/11 heroes

Like many heroic New Yorkers, Martin Grillo was heading toward the World Trade Center while others were running away on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Comment

North Shore panel views recovery 20 years after severe brain injuries

It has been more than seven years since American journalist Bob Woodruff suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from a roadside bomb in Iraq, but his wife Lee said that was only the beginning of a new journey. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Surgeon in Fresh Meadows named in top doctors guide

Dr. Geoffrey Westrich, an orthopedic surgeon who practices in Fresh Meadows, has seen many patients in his life, but one that stands out is a Queens man who was confined to a wheelchair because his hip arthritis was so severe. Comment

NE Qns hails soda ruling

Soon after a judge struck down the so-called soda ban Monday — just a day before the new rule was expected to go into effect — some in Queens’s restaurant community said they supported the court’s decision and railed against the ban. Comments (4)

Tip of the week


[Updated] Bloomberg vows to appeal ruling to halt soda ban

Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to appeal a ruling Monday by a State Supreme Court judge that struck down the so-called soda ban Monday on the grounds that it was “arbitrary and capricious.” Comments (5)

Public health programs may lose some outlays from Washington

Across-the-board spending cuts born out of sequestration could have an impact on the public health of Queens and the state at large, according to officials. Comment

February, 2013


Protect loved ones from smoking

Our home is our refuge, an investment and the place where our families grow, but it can also be the place where our children’s lungs are first introduced to secondhand smoke by smokers who live in the building. Comment

Two Queens complexes have smoke-free living

Residents in a co-op building at Hilltop Village in Hollis can breath easy in their apartments now that it has snuffed out cigarettes and is completely smoke-free. Comments (2)

Sunnysider fights sepsis fatalities after death of son, 12

Sunnysider Ciaran Staunton has raised the banner for numerous causes over the years, but his battle to eliminate sepsis, which his 12-year-old son Rory died of last year, has been the most difficult for him. Comments (1)

Mayor lauds companies for reducing salt in foods

Mayor Michael Bloomberg lauded the almost two-dozen companies and restaurants that voluntarily reduced the salt content in their foods as part of an initiative to reduce the nation’s sodium intake Monday. Comments (1)

NYHQ opens first satellite in Queens

New York Hospital Queens cut the ribbon on its first community-based practice Tuesday night in Whitestone, heralding a new phase of expansion in a borough where many other health care facilities have failed. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Proposed QHC residence raises concerns at town hall

Scores of angry community members gathered to protest a Queens Hospital Center proposal to turn one of its vacant buildings into a residence for low-income individuals and people living with chronic health conditions, mental illness or HIV/AIDS at a town hall meeting last week. Comment

January, 2013


Nation needs better mental health outreach

First, I recommend a comprehensive education campaign for the American public and the mental health community for the public to better understand the community when communicating how to be better understood. Comment

New painkiller guidelines unveiled at Elmhurst Center

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Elmhurst Hospital Center last week to unveil what is expected to be the first step in a citywide campaign to combat prescription painkiller abuse. Comments (1)

There Goes the Neighborhood

Plans at Queens Hospital Center to turn one of its buildings into a residence for people with low incomes and people with chronic conditions and mental disabilities have raised concern in the community. Comment
Rego Park

Hospital grants free knee surgery to aid the uninsured

A Rego Park woman will be walking pain-free and enjoying other activities in the new year, thanks to a free knee replacement performed by North Shore-LIJ doctors through Operation Walk USA, a project that gives free knee and hip replacement surgeries for local residents who are uninsured and under-insured. Comments (1)

Queens Hospital housing plan alarms community

Some civic members are concerned about plans to turn a Queens Hospital Center building into a residence for people with low incomes and chronic conditions, saying they have been told it would house people with mental disabilities and HIV/AIDS. Comments (3)

Korean donors sought at bone marrow drive

The Parent Teacher Association at PS 242 in Flushing is hoping donors of Korean descent will sign up at a bone marrow drive Saturday. Comment


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