PAGNY Physicians Pioneer Community-Based Program to Improve Medical Care for Asthma Patients

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Lincoln RESPIRAR Team

A novel program developed by PAGNY physicians at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln could be a model to attack the scourge of asthma in neighborhoods where the asthma rate far exceeds the national average.

With the help of a five-year, $900,000 state grant, Lincoln and its community partners in the South Bronx have created a program aimed at improving treatment and awareness of asthma in order to reduce hospitalizations and improve the quality of life for many thousands of Bronx residents.

“The magnitude of the problem in the Bronx is enormous,” says Dr. Balavenkatesh Kanna, Associate CMO, Patient Safety Officer and Chair of PAGNY’s Research and Education Committee....

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Spotlight

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Dr. Olutoyin Alabi Aims to Improve Patient Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem

Dr. Olutoyin Alabi

PAGNY’s Dr. Olutoyin Alabi, MPH, FWACP, has been Interim Chief of Adult Primary Care Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem only since October, but she already knows her main objective: improve patient services at the hospital.

“My goal is to improve patient-centered services and ensure that we have one-stop services for the patient,” says Dr. Alabi, who is also Harlem’s Director of Primary Care Preceptorship and Assistant Clinical Professor by affiliation with Columbia University. “We don’t want patients to have to go to four or five places. We want them to have their appointments, labs and vaccinations in the same place. We don’t want to make them to shop around.”...

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Training, Research, & Education

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Three PAGNY Physicians Receive the NYC H+H Palliative Care ‘Success Award’

Dr. Fay Rim receives the Success Award from the chairs of the NYC H+H Palliative Care Council, Dr. Susan Cohen (left) and Dr. Tita Castor (right).

New York City Health + Hospitals has given its Success Award to three PAGNY physicians for promoting awareness and education of Palliative Care services at Metropolitan, Lincoln and Coney Island hospitals.

The recipients were Dr. Fay Rim, Chief of the Department of Pain and Palliative Medicine at Metropolitan; Dr. Puneeta Sharma, Program Director and Chief of Palliative Care Services at Lincoln; and Dr. Marina Ivanyuk, Palliative Care Director at Coney Island...

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Service Recognition

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Dr. Steven C. Yap Honored as Coney Island Employee of the Month

Anthony Rajkumar, (right) Chief Executive Officer of Coney Island Hospital, honors Dr. Stephen C. Yap as January Employee of the Month

The PAGNY family would like to extend hearty congratulations to Dr. Steven C. Yap, Director of Pain Management at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, for being named Coney Island’s January Employee of the Month.

Dr. Yap was honored for the transformation he has brought to Coney Island’s Pain Management Clinic, creating a pleasant atmosphere for both patients and employees. Patients who were once angry and frustrated are now happy and satisfied, colleagues say. Dr. Yap is considered by patients, staff and peers to be an excellent, committed and caring physician...

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Grant Opportunities

New Research Grant Opportunities

PAGNY is committed to promoting scholarly activities and enhancing faculty participation in biomedical research. Here is a link to the website of the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration that lists upcoming grant opportunities. And here is a link to the Fiscal Year 2017 Grants Bulletin issued by the Bureau of Health Workforce.

Here are upcoming grant opportunities:

Deadline for submissions: Feb. 13, 2017

Deadline for submissions: Feb. 13, 2017

Deadline for submissions: Feb. 21, 2017

Deadline for submissions: Feb. 21, 2017

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2017

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2017

Deadline for submissions: March 6, 2017

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Message from Jane D. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
PAGNY Chief Communications Officer

February is American Heart Month—a good time to remember that cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. President Lyndon B. Johnson first declared February as American Hearth Month in 1964—a few short months after taking office—and every president since then has done the same.

American Heart Month is particularly important for women. While heart disease is often considered a male affliction, in fact cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men.

Heart disease claims the lives of 500,000 women every year. Yet only 55 percent of women realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women and less than half know the healthy levels for such cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol.

That’s why the American Heart Association has created a “Go Red for Women” campaign—to raise awareness among women about the dangers of heart disease and to save more lives. The “Go Red for Women” campaign urges women to follow an exercise routine, eat a healthier diet, visit their doctors for important tests and talk to friends and neighbors about heart health.

As part of the campaign, the association encourages women to wear red on Feb. 3 — National Wear Red Day — to raise heart disease awareness. After all, it’s vital to pay attention to our heart health! For more information on “Go Red for Women” click here.

And, as always, don’t hesitate to let us know about your programs, achievements and successes so we can include them in a future edition of The PAGNY Advance.

Click here to email us at: advance@pagny.org

Positively,
Jane

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