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NewYork-Presbyterian is committed to providing exceptional and compassionate care to all of the communities we serve. After listening to feedback from our medical staff, we have decided that the family medicine residency program at The Herman “Denny” Farrell Jr. Community Health Center will stay open and the faculty will remain. We will be accepting an additional class of residents in its current form as we explore the development – in close collaboration with faculty, residents and medical students -- of other potential models of primary care training and delivery in the future.
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A significant phase of the new $100 million Morgan Stanley Adult Emergency Department at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center is complete. It is open to patients as of Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Once the entire renovation is complete in 2017, the Morgan Stanley Adult Emergency Department will comprise 45,000 square feet – double its current size. The emergency department has remained open to patients throughout the renovation.
Morgan Stanley Adult Emergency Department at NYP/Columbia
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#1 in New York, #7 in the Nation: NewYork-Presbyterian Recognized for Excellence in U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Hospitals’

U.S. News & World Report survey recognizes NewYork-Presbyterian for its #1 ranked psychiatry program and excellence in numerous specialties.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, one of largest and most comprehensive hospitals in the nation, is ranked No. 1 in New York and No. 7 in the United States, according to the U.S. News and World Report annual survey of “Best Hospitals,” published online today. For the 15th consecutive year, the hospital was included in the prestigious Honor Roll, which recognizes national excellence in multiple specialties.

NewYork-Presbyterian is No. 1 in the nation in psychiatry for the first time, after consistently ranking among the top five hospitals for psychiatry over the last decade. The hospital also ranks in the top five in four additional specialties: cardiology and heart surgery (No. 3), nephrology (No. 3) and neurology/neurosurgery (No. 5) and rheumatology, a collaborative program with the Hospital for Special Surgery (No. 3).

“We are delighted that for the 15th consecutive year, we have been recognized as the leading hospital in New York and among the best in the nation,” said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. “This national recognition is made possible by our amazing team of doctors, nurses, managers and staff through their dedication to providing the highest quality and most compassionate care and service to our patients and families. Together with our affiliated medical schools, Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as our Board of Trustees, NewYork-Presbyterian is committed to delivering outstanding patient-centered care, training the nation’s finest physicians, and conducting cutting-edge clinical research. I am extremely proud of this acknowledgement by U.S. News & World Report, as it truly validates our commitment.”

A preeminent health care resource for the New York region and beyond, NewYork-Presbyterian provides general and specialty care in all areas of medicine and surgery. It is home to two renowned heart centers, the Milstein Heart Center and the Perelman Heart Institute; the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, a state-of-the-art facility designed for children, adults and families dealing with autism spectrum disorders; the National Cancer Institute-designated Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center; the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, with a strong focus on precision medicine; and the nation’s largest transplant program.

NewYork-Presbyterian’s pediatric services were recently recognized in the “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings from U.S. News. The hospital, which provides pediatric care at two major sites – NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health – was recognized for expertise in ten pediatric specialties, more than any other hospital in the New York metropolitan area.

The rankings are published at
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U.S. News Recognizes NewYork-Presbyterian as New York Region’s Top Children’s Hospital 

For nine years running, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital ranks in more pediatric specialties than any other New York metro area hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The 2015-16 rankings are published online today. 

NewYork-Presbyterian ranks among the top in the nation for children’s care in every specialty evaluated in the U.S. News survey, which includes cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. 

NewYork-Presbyterian provides pediatric care in every area of medicine at two major sites: NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Komansky Center for Children’s Health, and is affiliated with two prestigious medical schools, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College.  

Notably, the hospital ranks in the top 10 in the nation in cardiology and heart surgery. This year, a team of surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital made history when they saved the life of a one-week-old baby with the aid of a 3-D printed model of the child’s heart. The 3-D model was used as a guide for surgery on the child, who was born with a complex and deadly form of congenital heart disease. 

“Having a child in the hospital is one of the most difficult and emotional experiences a family can face,” said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. “NewYork-Presbyterian’s physicians, nurses, and staff understand these unique challenges for children and their families, and are committed to providing the highest quality, most compassionate care and service to every child and family that comes through the doors of both Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Komansky Center for Children’s Health.” 

U.S. News ranks children’s hospitals using a variety of criteria related to hospital resources and services, commitment to best practices and outcome data. In addition, a portion of a hospital’s score is determined through a national survey of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each of the 10 ranked specialties, as well as 6,500 physicians who are members of the online professional network Doximity and 1,500 nonmembers.  

For the rankings, visit The rankings will be published in the print edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” issue, which will be on newsstands in August. 
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Urine Test Detects Prostate Cancer with 92 Percent Accuracy, According to Study
Liquid biopsy reduces unnecessary surgical biopsies and over-treatment

A multi-center study led by NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center has found that a urine test can determine if a patient has high-grade prostate cancer with 92 percent accuracy. Dr. James McKiernan, presented these findings at the American Urological Association 2015 Annual Meeting Press Event. 

Dr. McKiernan is the urologist-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia and the John K. Lattimer Professor and chair of the Department of Urology at Columbia University Medical Center.

“This study could represent a breakthrough in how we screen for prostate cancer,” said Dr. McKiernan. “Eventually, we hope this test will replace traditional invasive surgical biopsies, which often require patients to be tested more than once.”

The study looked at 1,600 men over 50 years old without a history of prostate cancer at 25 urology practices across the country. All of the men had been previously told by a physician that they required a biopsy to test for prostate cancer. The men’s urine was evaluated with a test called the Exo106, which focuses on exosomes, small organelles containing RNA that can be tested for cancer genes. Known as a “liquid biopsy,” Exo106 is a negative predictive test, meaning that if a patient’s results are negative, there is a 92 percent chance that he doesn’t high-grade prostate cancer. 

Exo106 is the first exosomal RNA test for cancer in humans. While the test has not yet been approved the FDA and is still in trial stages, Exo106 offers clear advantages over traditional needle biopsy. Needle biopsies are invasive and often incur false positives and false negatives due to the difficulty in separating high-grade prostate cancer from other forms. Dr. McKiernan expects that adoption of Exo106 should result in a 27 percent reduction of prostate needle biopsies.

“This test is the first of its kind to detect prostate cancer, and it already appears to be more accurate than traditional biopsies,” said Dr. McKiernan. “From what we’ve seen so far, this method shows a lot of promise in both its ability to identify cancer and differentiate between types of the disease.” 

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NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Launches 10-Week Innovation Competition 

InnovateNYP will award up to $25,000 in prizes for patient engagement and provider communication solutions

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has officially launched InnovateNYP Open Challenge, a 10-week challenge to develop innovative solutions to enhance patient care and provider communication open to both the general public and hospital employees. 

“Innovation is a vital component of our mission. Following the success of our hackathon last year, we felt it was again the right time to tap into innovative and entrepreneurial talent not only at the hospital, but with the greater tech community as well,” said Aurelia Boyer, chief information officer at NYP. “To consistently deliver the best patient care, it’s important that we ask people who may have been hospital patients or visited family and friends in a hospital to offer their ideas on how to improve engagement and communication with our physicians. We look forward to seeing their creative ideas.”  

Participants are expected to work in teams of up to eight and develop an idea that falls within one of the following categories: 

Patient Engagement Solutions
• Patient Experience Personalization tool
• Patient Education tool
• Patient Entertainment tool 

Care Provider Communication Solutions
• Collaboration Dashboard tool
• Patient Document Grouping tool
• Patient Care Tracking tool

NewYork-Presbyterian will also host two in-person networking events to provide additional details and basic insight regarding the hospital’s current systems and technology. Interested participants can register, network and find all the challenge and event information as well as regular updates at

Finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas at a demonstration day. The judges will award up to $25,000 in prizes.  

#Innovation   #informationtechnology   #innovatenyp   #healthcareIT  
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Toronto to Host American Psychiatric Association (APA) Meeting, 2015;  Dr. Maria A. Oquendo Begins Term as First Latina President-elect of the APA

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting will take place in Toronto, May 16 -20, 2015. Maria A. Oquendo, MD, residency training director at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, vice chair for education at Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and an expert in the treatment and neurobiology of mood disorders, suicide and global mental health, will be inducted as president-elect. Dr. Oquendo is the second faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia to be elected in the last three terms and the first Latina to hold the position; her term as president will begin at the May 2016 APA meeting. 

Below is a selection of the informative and fascinating presentations to be given by researchers and physicians from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, and Weill Cornell Medical College. In Toronto, please visit booth #1601 for a complete list of presentations.

Marijuana in 2015: State of the Policy and Treatment 
Speaker: Frances Levin, MD
Session Date & Time:  Saturday, May 16, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Room 718 A, Level 700, South Building

Optimizing Treatment of Complicated Grief: Results of a Multicenter Clinical Trial
Speaker: Katherine Shear, MD
Session Date & Time:  Sunday, May 17, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Room 201 A-F, Level 200, North Building

Variables in How Suicide Impacts Treating Professionals: Level of Training, Type of Suicide, Notoriety of the Victim, and Threat of Malpractice Suit
Speaker: Philip Muskin
Session Date & Time:  Sunday, May 17, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Room 104 A-B, Level 100, North Building

Advances in Psychodynamic Psychiatry
Speakers: Elizabeth Auchincloss, MD, Eve Caligor, MD, Karen Gilmore, MD and Otto Kernberg, MD
Session Date & Time:  Sunday, May 17, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Rooms 206 A-F, Level 200, North Building 

Anti-LGBT Discrimination Abroad and Asylum-Seeking at Home: The Psychiatrist’s Role 
Speaker: Joanne Ahola, MD, PC
Session Date & Time:  Sunday, May 17, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Room:  InterContinental Toronto Centre, Lower Level; Niagara/Ontario Rooms 

The Notorious Past & Bright Future of Psychiatry
Speaker: Jeffrey Lieberman, MD
Session Date & Time:  Monday, May 18, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Room 106, Level 100, North Building

Trauma and Resilience in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Populations
Speakers: Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD and Joan Storey, PhD, LCSW
Session Date & Time:  Monday, May 18, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Room 104C, Level 100, North Building

The Role of Psychodynamic Treatments in Anxiety Disorders: a Relatively Neglected Area
Speaker: Barbara Milrod, MD
Session Date & Time:  Monday, May 18, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Room Exhibit Hall G, Level 800, South Building

Personality and Personality Disorders: Unresolved Puzzles
Speakers: BJ Casey, PhD and Otto Kernberg, MD
Session Date & Time:  Tuesday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Room 714 A-B, Level 700, South Building

A Co-Resident’s Suicide: Grieving Together and Rethinking Trainee Mental Health
Speaker: Laurel Mayer, MD, Chairs:  Matthew L. Goldman, MD and Ravi Shah, MD 
Session Date & Time:  Tuesday, May 19, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Room 101, Level 100, North Building 

The Challenges and Potential Solutions of Teaching Residents Evidence-Based Assessment and Management of Violence Within Inpatient Psychiatry Settings
Speaker: Paul Appelbaum, MD
Session Date & Time:  Tuesday, May 19, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Room 802 A-B, Level 800, South Building

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“BE FAST” When It Comes to Stroke
During National Stroke Awareness Month, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Stroke Centers Offer Tips on How to Recognize and Prevent Strokes 
A stroke can happen in an instant, changing a person’s life forever. Strokes – 80 percent of which are caused by a blood clot that blocks blood flow to the brain – are medical emergencies that require immediate attention. The earlier a stroke is recognized and treated, the greater the chance of recovery. Remembering the acronym BE FAST is an easy way to learn how to recognize a stroke and what to do to minimize its long-term damaging effects.

Other symptoms of a stroke include a sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arms or legs, specifically on one side of the body; dizziness and trouble walking; or a sudden severe headache that occurs for no apparent reason.
“When someone has a stroke, they may show either slight or extremely noticeable physical changes,” says Dr. Randolph Marshall, chief of the Stroke Division at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. “The most effective way to prevent the permanent damage associated with stroke is to recognize the signs of an attack and to seek medical attention immediately.” 
Early treatment can prevent, and in some cases, reverse damage caused by strokes, but only if the treatment begins within a few hours of onset of symptoms. One of the most common treatments is tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA), the only FDA-approved clot-dissolving drug for acute ischemic stroke. The drug is injected into an artery or vein to dissolve the clot, restoring blood flow to the brain. Another treatment is revascularization, in which microcatheters are inserted into the artery to remove the blockages and reopen the artery. For all treatment options, early intervention can improve outcomes.
 Learn more about NYP's stroke centers at

Stroke Prevention Tips
Taking the time to make a few simple lifestyle adjustments can save thousands of lives each year.
“Although stroke is very common and is the leading cause of disability in adults in the U.S., most can be attributed to modifiable risk factors,” says Dr. Ji Y. Chong, director of the Stroke Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital.  “These are risk factors that can be controlled. Treatment of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiac arrhythmias and diabetes can have a very high impact on lowering risk of stroke.”
Several lifestyle changes can greatly reduce the risk of having a stroke:

• Reduce salt intake. High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of stroke. Cutting back on salt is one of the most significant steps to maintaining or lowering blood pressure to a healthy level of 130/80 or below. Try flavoring your food with a variety of spices that may be healthier than salt.
• Improve your diet. If you are obese or overweight, you are not only more likely to develop high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, you are more likely to have a stroke. Extra weight places an added strain on your entire circulatory system, but a heart healthy diet helps to reduce stroke risk and can help in losing those extra pounds.
• Stop smoking. Smoking is bad not only for your lungs, but for your brain as well. A smoker is at twice the risk of having a stroke because smoking damages blood vessels, raises blood pressure and speeds up the clogging of arteries.
• Exercise. Exercise benefits everyone, so we should all aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days to improve our overall health.

Certain populations are at a higher risk of having a stroke even after making the proper lifestyle changes. These include adults 55 years of age or older, African-Americans and Hispanics, those with a family history of stroke, and people who have already had a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke). In addition, women are more likely to die from a stroke than men, although attacks are more common in men.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital treats one of the highest volumes of stroke and cerebrovascular disease patients in the world and the highest in NYC. The hospital has four state-designated Primary Stroke Centers and is recognized by the American Heart Association’s Honor Roll-Elite program. Stroke patients treated at high-volume centers with specialty-trained physicians have the best survival and recovery rates.

#stroke   #befast   #strokeprevention   #strokeawareness  
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NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Launches NYPConnect, a Mobile Communication & Collaboration Tool
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has launched NYPConnect, a cross-campus mobile communication tool that securely and efficiently connects NewYork-Presbyterian staff members and providers to streamline patient care. NYPConnect earned the hospital recognition on the 2015 InformationWeek Elite 100, marking NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s third time ranking on the list of top business technology innovators in the U.S.
As patients receive treatment in the hospital, there are numerous touch points where their care team may change. Tracking patient flow while connecting relevant care team members can be a complex process. Nonetheless, throughout a patient’s stay, it is critical that accurate information is digitally available to any staff that interacts with a patient.  
“Given these challenges, as well as our focus on improving the patient and provider experience, we embarked on an initiative to develop an innovative mobile communication tool that allows all care team members to communicate easily with one another,” says Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.  “NYPConnect will enhance communication for everyone at NYP, as it allows care team members, patients, and staff to connect with each other on any device, anywhere, anytime.  We are delighted about this exciting step forward.”
NYPConnect allows NewYork-Presbyterian staff to visualize up-to-date care teams by patient, creating a patient-centric mobile care team. Since team members can change by the minute, real-time data is critical to ensure appropriate patient care coordination. Additionally, the care team is able to securely share information through individual or group member messaging, enabling streamlined discussions on treatment. By updating communication through a mobile platform, NYPConnect will retire costly and outdated paging systems.
NYPConnect also improves staff communication and significantly reduces call center volume. Approximately 33 percent of all call volume is currently from internal staff trying to identify colleagues’ contact information. NYPConnect provides staff with contact information, as well as the ability to directly call, text, email and instant message sites across all six NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital campuses, allowing easy access to consultations, procedural areas, nursing stations and patient rooms.
“Our IT Innovation Team, focused on rapid and sustainable prototyping, understood the importance of offering a scalable, yet elegant solution to improve collaboration around patient care utilizing new technologies,” says Aurelia Boyer, chief information officer, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Future iterations of NYPConnect will be developed by the NYP IT Innovation Team and will include features indicating the real-time availability of colleagues, video conferencing for multidisciplinary rounds and comprehensive search/filter capabilities.

#HIT   #informationtechnology  
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State-of-the-Art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Opens at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital

Staffed by Columbia University Medical Center physicians, the facility offers a variety of minimally invasive, potentially lifesaving procedures for heart patients
NewYork-Presbyterian is opening a new cardiac catheterization laboratory at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville. Offering a wide array of advanced cardiac procedures, the cutting-edge facility is the latest addition to NewYork-Presbyterian’s world-class heart program, ranked No. 3 in the country and No. 1 in New York State, according to U.S. News and World Report. Procedures in the lab are expected to begin the first week of May. 

 “The main purpose of our new cardiac catheterization lab is to perform safe, effective procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases,” said Dr. Mark Apfelbaum, director of the NewYork-Presbyterian Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital and associate professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. “Patients will benefit from high-quality, nationally renowned cardiologists performing these procedures, which are essential for patients who require tertiary care.”

Staffed by interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists of ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice of Columbia University Medical Center, the lab will offer a variety of minimally invasive procedures such as coronary stenting, heart biopsy, and pacemaker implantation and will be one of the few centers in Westchester licensed to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty for patients having a heart attack. 

The lab will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is conveniently located near the hospital’s emergency room, which can save precious minutes in transit for patients experiencing a heart attack. In addition to the emergency and diagnostic procedures offered, patients can also undergo routine testing via angiograms and cardiac imaging. In an angiogram, doctors take a series of X-rays of the heart to search for narrowing and blockages. Similarly, cardiac imaging allows doctors to screen for narrowing arteries via a specially designed catheter with ultrasound tips. Patients who may require more advanced cardiac care will have easy access to surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

“This facility is an outstanding addition at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital,” said Ed Dinan, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital. “By teaming with NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia, we’re providing patients in Bronxville and Westchester access to the highest quality of cardiac care right in their backyard.”
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