NYP MD TopLine - March 2021
Vaccine Updates
Watch the Latest Leadership Briefing

Dr. Steven Corwin and Dr. Laura Forese share a number of COVID-related updates, including details on our in-patient numbers and vaccination distribution. Watch the leadership briefing.

Read the Latest FAQs about the COVID-19 Vaccine

Get the latest, up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine based on questions asked by fellow NYP team members. Read more. Learn more at vaccinetogetherny.org

What You Should Know About Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine

The FDA granted emergency use authorization for a unique single-shot COVID-19 vaccine produced by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, part of the drug company Johnson & Johnson (J&J). This third authorized vaccine provides protection, particularly against severe illness and death. Read more.

Organizational and Leadership Changes
Leadership Announcements Regarding Kate Heilpern, Pamela Sutton-Wallace, Craig Albanese, Laureen Hill, and Wilhelmina Manzano

We want to share the news that Katherine (Kate) L. Heilpern, M.D., Group Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, NYP/Weill Cornell, has made the difficult decision to leave NYP for family reasons. Read more.

News from Across Our Three Institutions
NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Opens Center for Community Health (CCH)

On Monday, March 15, NYP-BMH opened the new ambulatory care center: Center for Community Health (CCH).  The world-class CCH building allows for individualized, coordinated care from diagnosis to treatment. Read more. Watch a video about the comprehensive care offered at the CCH.

Empowering and Engaging our Patients with Open Notes

New regulations for health IT requires that health care providers must give patients timely electronic access to all types of results as well as progress notes. Read more.

NYP Celebrates Women's History Month

Women’s History Month is a dedicated time to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. This year’s national theme, “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced,” commemorates the centennial of women’s suffrage and highlights the importance of women’s voices in our local and national conversations. Read more.

NYP Recognizes COVID Day of Remembrance in New Video

New York City declared March 14, 2021, a ‘Day of Remembrance,’ marking one year after the first confirmed COVID-19 death in New York. NYP took time on March 15 to recognize and honor our patients, colleagues, and loved ones who we have lost, and reflect on the impact the pandemic has had on our lives over the last year. Read more.

Life After COVID-19 Vaccination: What You Can Do Safely

The CDC released new guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and explained which activities they can safely resume. Read more.

2021 Flexible Spending Account Changes Due to COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued guidance that allows NYP to give employees an opportunity to make mid-year changes to their 2021 Flexible Spending Accounts. These changes are in addition to the Qualified Status Changes already permitted under the IRS code. Read more.

NYP Raises Awareness and Commemorates Important Recognitions in March

NYP welcomes the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions, history, and culture of our colleagues, and help raise awareness for causes that are important to our industry and the communities we serve. Read more.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer, also referred to as colon cancer, is the third most common cancer diagnosed, and the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths, in the United States. Screening for colorectal cancer may allow for early diagnosis and more treatment options. Read more. Learn about colorectal cancer screening services at NYP.

IT Launches Application to Submit Service Desk Tickets from Mobile Devices

The new application, ServiceNow, allows for employees to submit IT requests/incident tickets from their NYP-issued cell phone or personal cell phone with MobileIron. Within the ServiceNow app, employees can scan a device asset tag and it will automatically start a Service Desk ticket. Read more.

Spotlight on our Physicians
How Columbia Women Are Changing Medicine

During March, Women’s History Month, Columbia University Irving Medical Center is sharing the stories of some of the many women who are spearheading innovation through research, patient care, and education. Read more.

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine Conducted a Study which Illuminates the Role of Gut Microbes in the Response to TB Treatment

Scientists from Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering examined samples from a group of patients treated at GHESKIO Centers in Haiti to determine how drugs that kill TB mycobacteria and other microbes in the gut affect the inflammation that accompanies the infection. Read more.

Immunologists at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Found That a Cytokine “Hurricane” Centered in The Lungs Drives Respiratory Symptoms In Patients With Severe COVID-19.

The study found that two cytokines, CCL2 and CCL3, appear critical in luring immune cells, called monocytes, from the bloodstream into the lungs, where the cells launch an overaggressive attempt to clear the virus. The study also found an abundance of antiviral T cells in the lungs of survivors of severe COVID-19. Read more.

Weill Cornell Neurologist Highlights Neurological Symptoms in Some COVID Patients

Dr. Daniel MacGowan, a neurologist specializing in neuromuscular disease, consulted in a COVID recovery ward with 40 patients. Dr. MacGowan noticed that some patients were experiencing unusual neurological symptoms: “foot drop,” nerve entrapment and damaged blood vessels. Read more.

LEAD Spotlight 
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