Wednesday, August 15, 2018

New Jacobi Ambulatory Chief Looks to Imrpove Wait Times


Public Hospital Veteran Looks Forward to Modernizing Outpatient Care


NEW YORK- NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi’s Chief Executive Officer Christopher Mastromano announced today the appointment of Dr. Elana Sydney as chief of ambulatory medicine. 


In this role she will oversee all outpatient clinics and implement new strategies to reduce patient wait times.

Dr. Sydney has spent two decades at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, including serving as chief resident in 1997 and rising through the ranks in the hospital’s general internal medicine, ambulatory care, and women’s health practices.

“I’ve made Jacobi my professional home because I truly believe in the mission that our health system stands for: the provision of compassionate, quality care to all New Yorkers,” she said. 

“My goals are to make sure we live up to that promise and provide the finest care to all our patients. This means improving the patient experience by making sure our staffing meets our patients' needs, improving access to our clinics, and facilitating supportive, collaborative relationships between patients and their primary care providers,” she said.

Dr. Sydney will continue to see her patients in the hospital’s clinics. One of those patients is Margaret Sapienza, an Allerton native who has been receiving care from Dr. Sydney for almost twenty years. 

“I’ve had quite a few medical issues over the years, and Dr. Sydney has always gone above and beyond to help me heal,” said Ms. Sapienza. “I appreciate having my own personal doctor and the way that she takes such good care of me.”

Dr. Sydney earned her doctorate in medicine at the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. She graduated Barnard College of Columbia University, receiving her bachelor’s degree cum laude in sociology and biology.

Each year, more than 90,000 patients receive medical services in ambulatory care settings at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi.  

To make an appointment, please call 718-918-5000.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Helping Elders Stay Cool When the Heat is On





Tips to Beat the Heat During Dog Days of Summer



By Elina Veksler, RN, BSN, VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans

NEW YORK- Though the end of July is fast approaching, it’s important for New Yorkers to remember that they are not yet out of the woods when it comes to beating the heat.

This summer, oppressive humidity combined with temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s puts older and more vulnerable New Yorkers at increased risk of heat-related health issues. 

Many elders may not realize the dangers that can arise upon stepping out into hot weather unprepared. 
When taking into consideration additional factors such as air quality and cloud cover, temperatures can often feel much hotter than they actually are, posing hazardous conditions for those already at elevated risk of health problems.

Now more than ever, it makes sense to stay mindful of hot weather health cautions. 

My colleagues and I at VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans coordinate care for homebound seniors so they can live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Because the weather may slow down or prevent friends and family from visiting homebound seniors, it is important to ensure that they are safe and comfortable at home amidst high temperatures. 

Below are a few easy ways in which New Yorkers—old and young alike—can stay feeling their best as they brave the heat. 

Drink up

One of the most important ways to maintain health during the summer is by drinking enough fluids to avoid dehydration. 

Drink plenty of water and eat foods containing water, such as fruits, vegetables, gelatin (Jell-O) and ice pops. Aim for 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day (this amount includes the water in foods). Beware of coffee, caffeine and alcohol, which can actually dehydrate, rather than replenish, the body of fluids.

Keep a healthy appetite

Though your appetite may decrease in summer months, it is important to continue to eat well. 

Be sure your daily meals contain protein (lean meats, like chicken and fish) and carbohydrates (vegetables and whole grains). Salad, fruit and other small, cool meals can be eaten throughout the day to maintain strength. 

Cool down the body
Take frequent cool baths and showers to keep your body temperature from rising too high (Be sure that the bathtub has a slip-resistant mat or safety bars to prevent slips and falls). 

Simply cooling the feet in a bowl of cold or iced water may also help sustain bring your temperature down. Having a damp cloth to wipe down your face and arms is convenient as well.

Seek out cool places

Visit your local library, shopping center, movie theater, community center, or anyplace with air conditioning. 

New York City opens cooling centers in air-conditioned places like these when the weather is deemed dangerously high. Make sure you can get to important sites like the police station, fire station, pharmacy or hospital in case of emergency as well.

Consider a temporary care for an at-risk loved one 

For elderly people who are home bound or living alone, regular visits from friends, family or caregivers offer welcome companionship when excessive heat outdoors keeps you inside for long periods of time. 

A home health aide can also be arranged for a few hours to provide peace of mind for family members who can’t reach loved ones or check in when the heat is on to make sure they are getting fluids and staying safe at home.

Get it delivered

If possible, have something brought to your home rather than make the trek outside yourself. With many eateries offering delivery, and services like Postmates or Amazon Prime able to bring almost anything to your door, you can save yourself the trouble of carrying extra things around in the heat.

Skip the sun’s peak hours

The hottest time of the day is between 10 AM and 2 PM. Avoid cooking or spending time outdoors during this period. 

If you must leave the house during a heat wave, wear sunscreen, as well as loose, light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat. 

Always keep a fresh bottle of water in the refrigerator and bring it with you when you leave the house. Be careful to avoid burns on metal, especially on walkers, wheelchairs or benches.

Elina Veksler with VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans is a Registered Nurse in charge of Clinical Review. To learn more, visit www.vnsnychoice.org or call 1-855-AT CHOICE (1-855-282-4642).


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