From the offices of Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz:
From the offices of Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz:
The Turkish Cultural Center Brooklyn (TCC Brooklyn) and Maimonides Breast Center are inviting the public to a free Breast Health Dinner Symposium at the Breast Center of Maimonides Medical Center, 745 64th Street, February 21 at 6:3o p.m. During the dinner symposium, you can:
A complimentary Halal dinner will be served and there will be a free gift for all attendees. For those who require transportation to the event, there will be a free bus ride, departing at 6:00 p.m., to and from TCC Brooklyn, 245 Avenue U between West 4th Street and Van Sicklen Street in Gravesend.
To make a reservation, call (718) 283-8832.
Tragedy struck the Midwood community when a 15-year-old girl was struck by a car and killed at East 7th Street and Avenue O yesterday afternoon, according to an article in the New York Daily News.
Sara Kischik was clipped by a 2006 Ford van after she stepped in the road from between two parked cars at E. Seventh St. and Ave. O in Midwood about 2:50 p.m., police sources said.
Emergency workers with Hatzalah, a Jewish ambulance service, took the injured girl to Maimonides Medical Center.
The teen, who was a student at Bais Yaakov on 13th Ave., died at the hospital.
“My heart goes out to family of 15 year old Bais Yaakov girl who died today while crossing street at Avenue O & East 7,” Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) posted on his Twitter account.
Police were still investigating, but said the driver of the van remained at the scene and was not expected to be charged.
Superstorm Sandy crippled much of the New York’s infrastructure, stretching the deployment of emergency personnel and resources thin as whole sections of the city were left in the dark and rendered inoperable. New York’s hospitals are still dealing with the holes caused by Sandy’s disruption, especially by closing Coney Island Hospital, according to a report in the New York Times.
Since the storm blew over late last October, New York’s hospitals have seen a spike of emergency room patients, many being admitted in non-local centers whose staffs are pushed to the limit to deal with the influx. Doctors and nurses are working extra shifts and overtime, offices and lobbies have been converted into temporary care rooms, and extra beds are at a premium, forcing some hospitals to make emergency visits to local furniture stores to meet the demand.
Brooklyn patients, many ousted by the closure of Coney Island Hospital, have found themselves crammed into Maimonides Medical Center. Patients in Maimonides’s E.R. who normally wait four to five hours for a bed, are finding themselves waiting two to three days. According to the Times, “Almost every one of the additional 1,100 emergency patients this November compared with last November came from four ZIP codes affected by the storm and served by Coney Island Hospital, a public hospital that was closed because of storm damage.”
The Times goes on to describe the problems caused by the influx of psychiatric patients to Maimonides stemming from the closures of Coney Island Hospital and many of the adult homes shuttered by Sandy. Extra captain’s beds, which don’t have railings, had to be brought in from local furniture stores to prevent suicide attempts.
The closings of hospitals and stretching of resources and staff have severely affected the work of the doctors and surgeons as well. The Times writes that:
Obstetricians and surgeons from the closed hospitals have been particularly disadvantaged, since they are dependent on hospitals to treat their patients. Many displaced surgeons have been reduced to treating only the most desperately ill, and operating on nights and weekends, when hospitals tend to be least well staffed. “I think there’s no question that a lot of people have postponed anything that they can postpone that is elective,” said Dr. Andrew W. Brotman, senior vice president at NYU.
State Senator Mary Golden in conjunction with Maimonides Medical Center will host a Cardiac Health and Stroke Prevention Symposium, this evening, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. The panel, featuring noted medical experts from Maimonides, will be held in the auditorium of the Sts. Simon and Jude Parish Elementary School, 294 Avenue T (across the street from the church).
Speakers will include Dr. Razvan Buciuc, chief, Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology; Dr. Robert Rhee, chief, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery; Dr. Greg Ribakove, chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Dr. Steven Rudolph, director, Stroke Medicine.
“It is so important that we understand the best ways to take care of ourselves and our families,” said Golden. “That is why I am proud to be hosting this important forum in conjunction with some leading medical doctors from Maimonides Medical Center, based on cardiac health and stroke prevention. I am sure that all who attend the event will find it worthwhile.”
Dinner will be served during the symposium and all who attend will receive free gifts. Reservations are a must and can be made by calling (718) 283-8832.
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is partnering with Heartscan Services and Maimonides Medical Center to offer free cardiovascular screening tommorrow, September 7, and Monday, September 10.
The program is open to constituents who are 50 years old or older.
The overall test requires approximately 30- to 40-minutes per person. It’s by appointment only, so allow for enough time when scheduling.
According to a release sent by Cymbrowitz’s office:
Statistics show that heart disease is the #1 killer and stroke is the #3 killer of people in the United States. Every 60 seconds someone in the U.S. dies of a heart attack and every 40 seconds someone has a stroke. These diseases are preventable if detected and treated early.
The three step cardiovascular screening is a simple, painless, non-invasive, ultrasound package that can evaluate your risk for Cardiovascular Disease, Stroke and Peripheral Arterial Disease.
ECHOCARDIOGRAM – looks at size, shape and movement of the heart.
CAROTID ARTERY ULTRASOUND – can identify plaque in the carotid arteries which can lead to stroke.
ABI INDEX – looks for peripheral arterial disease and early diabetes.
The screenings will take place at Cymbrowitz’s district office, located at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road. Appointments can be made by calling (718) 743-4078.
Heartscan Services is HIPAA compliant and all results are strictly confidential.
Ohel David and Shlomo Torat Israel Sephardic Congregation in partnership with Maimonides Medical Center is hosting a medical symposium at 710 Shore Boulevard beginning at 7 p.m.
Speakers for the event include Dr. Rabin Rahmani, Dr. Samantha Cohen, Dr. Jason Esses and Dr. Steven Shamah.
Light, healthy food will be served by Zami Caterers. The menu design is by Yona Gindi, a registered dietician.
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, together with Maimonides Medical Center and Heart Scan Services, is sponsoring a Comprehensive Cardiovascular / Stroke Screening with Thyroid Sweep from 9:00 to 4:30 p.m., May 30 and May 31, and June 5 and June 6, at his district office, 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road between Emmons Avenue and Shore Parkway.
This is a non-invasive test that requires 40 minutes of your time. You must be more than 50 years of age to take the test. Appointments are required.
To learn more, and to schedule an appointment for either one of those days, call Cymbrowitz’ office at (718) 743-4078 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following was written by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, who survived a potentially life-threatening stroke on March 5, 2005. He shares his story, and some tips for survival:
When someone walks into my district office, the first thing they are greeted with is an elbow-high counter with an assortment of helpful literature. In addition to the constituent services my dedicated staffers provide, residents can also help themselves to a wealth of useful resources on a wide range of topics — how to protect oneself from identity theft, the 2012 New York City parking calendar, as well as information about rent laws, Medicare, and so on.
We also have a pamphlet entitled “Important Stroke Information,” with a list of warning signs as well as New York City’s “Designated Stroke Centers.” I never dreamed that one day that information would save my life.
I was planning on enjoying a relaxing day with my wife Vilma before my Sunday events and evening drive up to Albany. Snow was melting outside on a chilly Saturday morning, even though spring was only two weeks away. I had slept in a little later than usual, only getting up from bed at around eight in the morning to retrieve the newspapers by the front door.
This is when my life-changing saga began.
Did you know that when this building, at 3121 Ocean Avenue, was originally built, it won awards for design? That’s what the architect told us when we ran into him a few months back. So you’d think maybe they’d give it a paint job before they put the sign up. You know, gussy up the joint a bit; restore some of its glory.
Well, maybe this is a temporary sign. I didn’t bother to ask. Or maybe they’re waiting to get more money, since the city keeps stripping funds from public healthcare. I guess it’s better they spend the dough on something that’ll save someone’s life.
Anyway, in case you don’t remember, Maimonides reclaimed the building in the beginning of May. Before that, Coney Island Hospital owned it, but shut it down because of said healthcare cuts. And before Coney Island Hospital, it was converted from Beefsteak Charlie’s by Maimonides. Maybe when Maimonides is done with it, it’ll turn back into a Beefsteak Charlie’s and we can gather ’round and sing “Circle of Life.”
Just don’t expect to see the famous peel-n-eat shrimp anytime soon.