NYP MD TopLine - July 2021
Leadership Updates
Watch the Latest Leadership Briefings

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

COVID-19 Updates
NYP COVID-19 Vaccine Update

All NYP team members must receive their first dose of the vaccine, or have an approved exemption. Employees can now be inoculated at local NYP Workforce Health & Safety (WHS) clinics across the enterprise on a walk-in basis or apply for an exemption through NYP’s new VaxApp. Read more.

Universal Masking and PPE Requirements Remain Unchanged at NYP for All NYP, Columbia and Weill Cornell Employees

Please be advised that universal masking requirements in all areas of the workplace at NYP (both clinical and non-clinical), remain unchanged regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. The latest CDC public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people only apply outside of the workplace and do not apply to health care settings or to offsite work-related events. Read more.

All Health Care Personnel with Symptoms Should Get Tested For COVID-19 Regardless of Vaccination Status

Rapid spread of the delta variant has led to an increase in COVID-19 infections among health care personnel (HCP). All HCP, including those who are fully vaccinated, must continue to adhere to proper safety precautions, such as masking and reporting symptoms. Read more.

News from Across Our Three Institutions
Imagine Program Update

Last year, Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian, and Columbia Doctors launched “Imagine,” an enterprise-wide program intended to support achievement of our vision to be the #1 integrated academic health system in the nation. The Imagine program includes several initiatives, including Front Door to Care, designed to standardize the patient experience. Read more.

A Thank You Gift to Employees from Dr. Corwin and Dr. Forese

NYP would like to thank all team members for providing outstanding care and service to patients and their families throughout the year and especially during the ongoing pandemic. As a token of appreciation, all staff will be receiving a special water-resistant, hooded windbreaker, branded with the NYP logo. Read more and review the details to ensure you receive your gift.

2021 Annual Hospital Training Has Launched

Each year, employees are asked to complete this training for additional education or to refresh their knowledge of key behaviors and steps that help ensure the safety of our patients and each other. Graduate Staff and Attending Physicians hired in 2021 do not have to complete AHT21 if they completed AHT20 when hired. Physicians not employed by NYP will complete their AHT 2021 training in the Learning Center, not Workday. Read More.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Named New York’s #1 Best Hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked No. 1 in New York and No. 7 in the nation. This is the 21st consecutive year NYP is the top-ranked hospital in New York. NYP is one of only 20 U.S. hospitals to be named to the 2021-22 Best Hospitals Honor Roll, a distinction recognizing hospitals that deliver the highest quality of care across a range of specialties, procedures and conditions. Read more.

July Blood Drive: Sign Up to Donate at a Community Drive or NYBC Donor Center

Due to space constraints and social distancing requirements, instead of NYP's usual on-site blood drives, we are promoting community blood drives and those taking place at NYBC Donor Centers. Read more.

NYPBeHealthy's Summer Refresh Program for Team Members

NYP team members can now enjoy the Summer Refresh Essentials guide for tips on cooking, de-stressing and other fun activities. Employees can also set up an onsite or virtual coaching session with a NYPBeHealthy Wellbeing Coach, available to support your overall health and wellbeing. Read more.

Cornell Store's Apple Products Sale 

All NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Columbia team members are eligible for Apple’s discounted education pricing through The Cornell Store at NYP-WC. Now through September 27, employees can receive a $159 promotional credit towards AirPods with the purchase an eligible Mac or iPad. Read more.

Spotlight on our Physicians
Columbia Expert Answers: How Long Does COVID-19 Vaccine Immunity Last? 

Dr. Sharon Chacko, Medical Director at the Farrell Community Health Center at NYP-CU’s Ambulatory Care Network and Medical Director of COVID-19 immunizations in the Division of Community and Population Health, discusses how long immunity may last, if some vaccines offer longer protection against COVID-19, and whether booster shots may be needed down the road. Read more.

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Found that Cell Therapy May Prevent Infections in Leukemia Patients 

According to a phase 2 clinical trial, treatment with a ready-made preparation of human immune cells help prevent infections in people whose immune systems are temporarily weakened by leukemia treatment. The cell preparation, known as romyelocel-L, consists of immature, human-derived immune cells that work to replenish white blood cells and help fight or prevent infections. Read more.

Columbia Researchers Found that Gene Discovery May Hold Key to Better Therapies for OCD

David Goldstein, PhD, Director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Columbia and a team researchers have linked distinct patterns of genetic mutations with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in humans. This research confirms the validity of targeting specific genes to develop new OCD treatments and points toward novel avenues for studying this condition. Read more.

Crain’s Recognizes Several NYP Leaders as Healthcare Notables

A number of NYP leaders, including Dr. Steven Corwin, President and CEO, NYP Hospital; Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine; Tiffany Sullivan, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Physician Services, NYP Medical Groups; and several others have been selected for the Crain’s 2021 Notables in Health Care in New York City list. The annual honor recognizes outstanding individuals in the health care community who have made a professional impact and held major achievements, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read moreView Crain’s full list of 2021 health care notables.

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