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QUEENS, NY – A little more than one year ago, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst was the epicenter of the epicenter of the world’s worst public health crisis in a century. Tomorrow, May 18, the hospital will again make history, but for good reason as Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. will host a press conference to announce his commitment to fund two significant healthcare investments at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst.
The first of two multimillion dollar allocations made by Borough President Richards will support the creation of a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst — the first such investment at either of the two NYC Health + Hospitals campuses in Queens.
Currently, Queens children in need of intensive medical care are transferred out of the NYC Health + Hospitals system to systems such as Northwell Health, which operates a PICU at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s new PICU will allow the facility to offer life-saving intensive medical care to children right on site, while also establishing a more centralized location for Queens families to receive such critical care.
Cohen Children’s Medical Center is more than 15 miles from Far Rockaway, Long Island City and other sections of southern and western Queens — requiring trips of more than 30 minutes by car or 90 minutes by public transportation.
The second of two allocations to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst will support the conversion of two undersized operating rooms at the facility into full-size, full-service operating rooms. The expansion of the two rooms will allow the hospital to perform a wider array of surgical procedures there, while also decreasing overall surgical wait times for patients.
The other political people and Elmhurst Hospital staff on hand were, Danny Dromm Council member, Catalina Cruz, Assembly Member, Senator Jessica Ramos and council member Francisco Moya., DR. Mitchell Katz, President and CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals, and Helen Arteaga Landaverde, MPH as the CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst and many Nursing and doctors from Elmhurst hospital spoke and thanked Queens Borough President Donovan Richards for providing 5 Million dollars of funding for Elmhurst Hospital.
Ronald McDonald House New York Raises Critical Funds to support families battling pediatric Cancer and other serious Illnesses during 31st Annual Gala.
Event featured exciting live auction led by former MLB Outfielder and New York Mets hall of famer Mookie Wilson; special recognition of RMH-NY family battling pediatric cancer; and more.
Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered for Ronald McDonald House New York (RMH-NY) 31st Annual Gala on Wednesday October 25th at Pier Sixty, which raised critical funds to further the organization’s mission to advance health equity and provide care, support and services to families battling pediatric cancer and other serious illnesses.
“Helping families to stay together and focus on beating their child’s illness is at the heart of our mission at Ronald McDonald House New York”, said Dr. Ruth Browne, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House New York. “By providing vital care, support and services that address the social determinants of health, our programs ensure that there is an integrated approach to treatment that advances health equity among vulnerable and at risk populations.
This year’s Gala raised significant funds that will not only enable us to continue to support families as they fight the most difficult battles of their lives, but ensure they win.
We are deeply grateful to our honorees, Sponsors, and to all who contributed to the success of this year’s special celebration.
To begin the festivities, Dr. Browne and Bobby Grubert, managing director for Royal Bank of Canada and long- time supporter of RMH-NY, welcomed guests and recognized this year’s honoree’s for their unwavering dedication to advancing RMH-NY’s mission : Steven J Besinger , senior advisor at Howden Tiger and RMH-NY chairman emeritus; Timothy C. Gokey , chief executive officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions ; Tariq Hassan, chief marketing and customer experience officer at Mcdonald’s USA; Carla Zakhem –Hassan, chief marketing officer at JPMorgan Chase, and Rob Manfred, Commissioner of baseball.
During the program, RMH-NY also honored the Cueto family, who is staying at the organization’s House in Manhattan as their eight – year old son Oliver receives treatment for cancer.
To celebrate their continued strength and resilience, RMH-NY presented the family with honorary New York Yankees jerseys, just weeks after organizing their attendance at a Yankees game in partnership with MasterCard 2023 Gala honoree Rob Manfred.
As part of the special event, guests also enjoyed a live auction led by former MLB outfielder and New York Mets Hall of Famer Mookie Wilson, exciting activations, and a silent auction complete with a variety of stunning art pieces, collectibles, luxurious tropical getaways and more.
RMH-NY supports families from New York City, across the U.S and around the world in the fight against pediatric cancer and other serious illnesses through the house on East 73rd Street in Manhattan as well as in partnering New York City hospitals.
The 31st Annual Gala was made possible through major event sponsors including co-sponsors Howden Tiger ,AIG, and JPMorgan Chase, as well as leadership sponsors Ariel Re, Broadridge Financial Solutions, The Hartford, Mastercard and PwC.
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BY: Adal Hussain, Chief Editor for World Liberty TV , Mon July 31st 2023
The Brooklyn Democratic Party represents and advocates for Democrats from every corner of the borough. We’re one of the largest Democratic organizations in the U.S., with 1.2 million registered voters and 42 District Leaders among 21 Assembly Districts.
Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn is the Assembly member and State Committee Woman/District Leader for New York State’s 42nd Assembly District representing Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood and Ditmas Park in Brooklyn.
In January, she became the first Black woman to lead a county party in New York City when she was nominated as Chair of the Kings County Democratic County Committee, one of the largest county parties in America.
The Democratic Party as a whole is governed by committees of registered Democrats, from the national level down to state and community-level.
Every two years, Brooklyn Democrats in each assembly district (the electoral districts for Assembly members) elect two district leaders.
High-profile guests like Gov. Kathy Hochul, U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, state Attorney General Letitia James, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Reps. Hakeem Jeffries Dan Goldman, Jumaane Williams, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Former Bronx Borough President , Ruben Diaz Jr, Brooklyn’s own, Simcha Eichenstein – Assembly District 48, lieutenant governor Antonio Delgado a host of other politicos attended the packed event. Collaboration was perhaps the guiding theme of the evening, underscored of course with a celebration of Brooklyn’s role in the Democratic political machine.
“I am declaring Brooklyn the epicenter of political power – not just in New York City, not just in the state of New York, but the entire United States of America,” Hochul said, to packed house at Giando’s on the Water, people cheered and clapped.
Schumer, called to the stage, tried his hand with a few freestyle verses. “All right everybody, my name is Chuck. I bring you luck,” he began, before pivoting to urge the crowd to use its political power to defeat former President Donald Trump and to increase the party’s majority in the U.S. Senate.
New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams said. “From my Assembly member, to me, to all across the borough, we have so much power in Brooklyn if we can just get together, raise our voice and make sure the communities that need the most help get it.”
Mayor Eric Adams went on to say, some of the Most Powerful Political leaders in who of the USA, are from Brooklyn, NY. He went on to say, He is from Brooklyn, Senator Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader, Attorney General Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York, all from Brooklyn New York who went on to do great things as political leaders.
The Emcee of the Event was Joe Bova (AD49), Innovation was done by Imam Ahmed Ali, Rabbi Moshe Indig, Pastor Lawrence E.Aker III, Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, National Anthem by Anthony T.Jones (AD55) and lift every voice by Dion Simmons –Grier.
The honorees of the night were: The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA), The Hotel and Gaming Trades Council, AFL-CIO (HTC), The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) , Local 372 (DC37),N.Y.C. Board of Education Employees.
Brooklyn’s who of Who? political leaders were in attendance, hundreds of people in attendance, Kosher, Halal, foods were also served for the observing people.
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By Adal Hussain, Chief Editor Jan 10th 2023.
Thousands of nurses went on strike Monday at two of New York City’s major hospitals after contract negotiations stalled over staffing and salaries nearly three years into the coronavirus pandemic.
The privately owned hospitals were postponing nonemergency surgeries, diverting ambulances to other medical centers, pulling in temporary staffers, and assigning administrators with nursing backgrounds to work in wards in order to cope with the walkout.
As many as 3,500 nurses at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and about 3,600 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan were off the job. Hundreds picketed, some singing the chorus from Twisted Sister’s 1984 hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” outside Mount Sinai. It was one of many New York hospitals deluged with Covid-19 patients as the virus made the city an epicenter of deaths in spring 2020.
“We were heroes only two years ago,” said Warren Urquhart, a nurse in transplant and oncology units. “We was on the front lines of the city when everything came to a stop. And now we need to come to a stop so they can understand how much we mean to this hospital and to the patients.”
“Enough is enough, Sinai,” New York State Nurses Association President Nancy Hagan said outside of Mount Sinai on Monday surrounded by red-clad nurses. “What we are asking for is for safe staffing and quality care for patients. We don’t think we are asking for too much.”
The hospitals said in separate statements on Monday that they offered a 19.1% compounded wage increase to the nurses. Montefiore Medical Center also said it was committed to create over 170 new nursing positions.
With the traumas of COVID still freshly seared into their minds, New York City nurses are once again sounding the alarm that staffing shortages at local hospitals are jeopardizing the well-being of themselves and their patients.
Nurses in the Big Apple and throughout New York State are planning a series of protests starting this week to highlight what they say is a failure on the part of hospitals to staff jobs that started to become vacant after the first pandemic wave roared through the region.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said on Sunday that he and his staff were closely monitoring the situation and that the city’s healthcare system is prepared to meet any challenges that may arise due to the work stoppage.
Union officials appeared to be winning the public relations battle in this fight, with cars and trucks honking their horns in support of the strikers throughout the day. And the union officials were getting overwhelming cheers from crowd as well with their position that they were fighting to put patients over profits.
Let’s hope all parties get together as soon as possible and iron out the details and everybody is happy with the situation, as nurses are very important part of our health system and with the COVID Raging full force we need to have them back at work, right away.