This column is written by the Staten Island Advance/SILive.com collegiate correspondent. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A very special concert took place recently at the iconic Feinstein/54 Below in Manhattan that married great performances by young musicians and a very worthy cause: Raising money for special needs patients at NYU Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities at New York University College of Dentistry. The event's program included vocal performances and amazing student jazz musicians -- many of them from Avenues The World School in NYC -- who delighted their families and friends, all who shared a commitment to raise funds to help young people with disabilities. The event was sponsored by the Russian-American Dental Society, under the direction of Dr. Rada Sumareva. and was co-emceed by Miss Richmond County's Outstanding Teen 2018, Tatiana Mroczek. The jazz brunch was also co-sponsored by Alpha Omega New York Chapter and 100 percent of proceeds were tax deductible … [Read more...] about Jazz concert benefits NYU Oral Health Center for people with disabilities
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Community leaders and officials celebrated the ribbon-cutting and opening of an expanded primary care and dental center in Stapleton on Wednesday. The Community Health Center of Richmond (CHCR) has expanded its medical office space to the second floor -- taking over Suite 200 -- at its location at 135 Canal St. "It will be my privilege to be a part of this grand opening celebration during National Health Center Week," said Anthony C. Ferreri, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, at Wednesday's event. "Especially here in Staten Island with the Community Health Center of Richmond, the perfect occasion to celebrate the delivery of high-quality and accessible primary health care services." CHCR, which refers to itself as a Stapleton-St. George facility, has been providing affordable and accessible health care for Staten Islanders since 2006. The primary care and dental center features three … [Read more...] about Expanded primary care, dental center opens on North Shore
What are the best hospitals in the country? U.S. News may have the answer in its 2012-2013 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. The 17 medical centers on this list make up less than 0.4 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Since 1990, U.S. News has ranked the top hospitals for patient care. In those 22 years, the magazine has set out to name the top skilled hospitals for high-stake medical situations, whether it's performing major surgery on a 90-year-old man or treating more spinal tumors in a few weeks than some community hospitals see in a full year. These 17 hospitals scored at or near the top in at least six of the 16 Best Hospitals medical specialties, which include cardiology and heart surgery, cancer and psychiatry to name a few. Hospitals earned points for specialty rankings, and the scoring also factored in objective measures such as staffing, survival rates and patient safety data. To make the Honor Roll, a hospital had to earn at least one point in each of six … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo U.S. News: 17 Best Hospitals in America17. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor 16. Indiana University Health, Indianapolis15. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia14. Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York13. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco12. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago11. NYU Langone Medical Center, New York10. UPMC- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center9. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston8. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.7. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, N.Y.6. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis5. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles4. Cleveland Clinic3. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.2. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore1. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
The new health care company being formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase intends to provide health care directly to their more than 1 million employees and will likely cut out parasitic middlemen like pharmacy chains and health insurers. This is a terrific idea and can only help cut down on bureaucratic red tape, while improving efficiency and saving money.Last month I was reminded why: More: Don't diagnose our president. Diagnose our enemies instead. More: Our broken health care politics are hurting instead of helping Americans First, my 94-year-old father was told repeatedly by his pharmacy that a potentially lifesaving blood pressure medication had never been ordered by his cardiologist, when it had been. It took several phone calls to fill what was supposed to be an automatic electronic prescription.Next, a patient of mine was told by another pharmacy chain that I didn’t exist when I tried — unsuccessfully — to … [Read more...] about Can Amazon & Co. help us shrink health care bureaucracy? As a doctor I sure hope so.
Falling victim to a terminal disease is one of the ultimate human tragedies in its own terms. But congressional conservatives, egged on by libertarian ideologues and the Koch brothers, are working hard to burden these people with another layer of victimization in their last weeks or months of life.They’re doing so by pushing what has aptly been termed “a cruel sham”: a federal “right-to-try” law. State versions of such laws, which have been enacted in 38 states, purport to offer a last ounce of hope to the terminally ill, by allowing them to try drugs that have not fully been tested for safety and efficacy.On the surface, right-to-try laws look like humanitarian relief from regulatory barriers for last-gasp treatments. Under the surface, however, they’re insidious. They don’t offer patients any legal or financial safeguards, they don’t help to make access to drugs greater, and their real goal—here’s where the Koch brothers … [Read more...] about Right-to-try laws are hazardous to your health–and now they’re backed by the Koch brothers