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Though there was little ground to break elected officials and leaders of the Mount Sinai Health System gathered under a big white tent on Monday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the medical center’s Queens expansion project at 30th Avenue and Crescent Street in Astoria.
Just behind the podium, as an audience of 100 or so sat listening to reminiscent tales of the hospital once known as Astoria General, stood a mountainous pile of rubble and debris with a crane sitting on top like an angel on a Christmas tree.
(BPT) - No one wakes up thinking that their day will include a heart attack or a cancer diagnosis.
Community Board 8 members discussed a variety of issues during their meeting on Oct. 9 at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, where they also approved their capital and expense budget priorities.
Free immigration assistance from a lawyer, a new service for the CB 8 area, will be provided on the first and third Fridays at its office at 197-15 Hillside Ave. in Hollis, through June. Funding came from Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and CUNY Citizenship Now.
(BPT) - Finding the perfect gift for mom and dad or grandma and grandpa often seems impossible. If they’re like a lot of seniors, they’re fairly well settled and don’t have long wish lists. Plus, it seems that many of the hottest gift ideas are tech devices, certainly not something that would be of interest, right? Think again.
With an eye toward maintaining patient wellness, a new Ambulatory Care Center at Flushing Hospital Medical Center is scheduled to open its doors to the public this month.
To celebrate the completion of the state-of-the-art facility, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Thursday, with hospital officials and employees, elected officials and other community leaders on hand for the celebration.
To ensure a healthy smile, a thorough dental cleaning is a safe bet. But Dr. Alexandra Khaimov wants to ensure her community also has a reason to smile. Until Nov. 3, children up to 18 years old can participate in the Maspeth dentist’s Good Deed essay contest for a chance to win a Kindle Fire.
Children are encouraged to write a short essay describing what good deed they did, why they did it and the result of their action. To enroll, visit DentistMaspethNY.com.
Three volunteer emergency medical technicians with the Corona Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps were arrested for allegedly stealing thousands from the organization’s bank account.
While serving as a board member and treasurer of CCAC, Daniel Dominguez, 37, stole more than $300,000, according to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The felony complaint goes on to say Dominguez used that money for jaunts to Walt Disney World and Niagara Falls, as well as purchases of luxury car service trips and fancy meals.
(NAPSI)—As we age, most of us come to depend on prescription drugs to help us live healthier, longer lives. But the very medications that we count on for better health could also land us in the hospital. Drug mishaps are especially common among older Americans, who generally take more medications to treat chronic conditions. Fortunately, with a little bit of caution, many incidents can be prevented.
(BPT) - While parents and students prep for back-to-school season, so too do the country’s 74,000 school nurses, who are charged with helping maintain a healthy, thriving student body for the 2013-14 school year.
Are you holding the newspaper farther away from your eyes than you used to? Join the crowd — age can bring changes that affect your eyesight. Some changes are more serious than others, but for many problems, there are things you can do to protect your vision. The National Institute on Aging, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, offers the following tips on protecting your eyesight and problems that can develop.
Have your eyes checked regularly by an eye care professional — either an ophthalmologist or optometrist. People over age 65 should have yearly eye exams. During this exam, the eye care professional should put drops in your eyes that will widen your pupils so that he or she can look at the back of each eye. This is the only way to find some common eye diseases that have no early signs or symptoms. If you wear glasses, your prescription should be checked too.
A legislative package related to the city’s response to Hurricane Sandy, which sailed through the City Council last week, seeks to fix a number of issues that came up since the storm from adequate supplies at city shelters to tax assessments of damaged properties.
A dozen pieces of legislation were approved by the Council on July 24 and sent to Mayor Bloomberg’s desk. They stemmed from months of testimony from Sandy survivors, responders and those involved in the recovery efforts on how to better prepare and recover from an emergency like Sandy in the future.
Nine members of the FDNY were recognized for extraordinary service in Queens last month at the annual Medal Day ceremony hosted by the department at the 69th Infantry Regiment Armory in Manhattan.
Medals were awarded for rescues from fire, water and dizzying heights. Details from the award citations were obtained from the FDNY’s website.
Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) may not make the most noise of the Democrats running for Queens Borough President. But he includes his demeanor among the tools he says are necessary to lead the borough for the next four years.
“You don’t need to scream and yell to let people know you’re upset about something, or have a passion for getting something done,” the three-term councilman said. “You don’t have to insult someone. I’ve banged on a table. I’ve yelled at the mayor. I’ve argued with the speaker, but I’ve done it in-house.
CT scans are widely used across the medical field to perform diagnostic exams, and for many patients, the risk of radiation exposure is concerning. To address this concern, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is now utilizing low-dose CT scanners in its Emergency Department and Radiology suite.
Jamaica Hospital’s state-of-the-art CT scanners boast quick scans and use high-definition technology to produce precise images, with up to a 50 percent lower dose in radiation.
Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens plans to operate, mend and improve in the next three years.
Representatives from the Astoria-based medical center presented a proposal to construct a six-story addition on the west side of its property on Crescent Street between 30th Avenue and 30th Road to Community Board 1 on Tuesday. The blueprints would require four zone variances, which CB 1 unanimously voted to support with one abstention and a few stipulations.
Senior citizens should beware of a telephone scam preying on their fears of being injured and not getting help, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said last week.
Victims are getting calls from someone in the upstate 315 area code advising that they have been “approved” for medical alert equipment at “no charge.” One number the AG said the automated robo-calls are coming from is (315) 294-5936.
With all the disasters — natural and otherwise — wreaking havoc across the country as of late, as well as the ongoing state of the economy, two presentations at this month’s Community Board 13 meeting on Monday night took on added significance.
Representing the city’s Department of the Aging, Darnley Jones said areas around the borough are still trying to recuperate from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, particularly in the Rockaways, where he estimated it will take another five years to fully recover.
Talk about timing. Just 10 days after the Boston massacre, when nerves were made raw once again, anyone passing by North Shore-LIJ Medical Center in Lake Success, LI might have gotten the scare of a lifetime, as seas of hooded alien-like figures in bright yellow suits invaded one of the hospital’s parking lots.
Not to worry. It was all part of a simulated exercise on healthcare emergency management the hospital presented in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s Center for Domestic Preparedness.