NYP MD TopLine - April/May 2020
COVID-19 has impacted each of us in ways that has been unimaginable as our organization works to confront the pandemic at every level. We are committed to doing everything humanly possible to support you – our heroes - and to address the safety of all staff who are on the front lines. We want to express our gratitude to each of you for everything that you are doing as our organizations work together to confront the crisis facing our community and nation.
News from Across Our Three Institutions
Testing of COVID-19-Symptom-Free Health Care Personnel Began May 4

NewYork-Presbyterian began to offer the diagnostic PCR/nasopharyngeal (nose) swab test to NYP, Columbia, and Weill Cornell health care personnel (HCP) who are symptom-free and have been in contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 or with symptoms of COVID-19, either at work or at home. Read More; Also See: COVID-19 Serologic Testing Now Available

Opportunity to Join the Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Registry

NYP invites you to join the Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Registry. The registry crowdsources data like response strategies and clinical outcomes from participants to help the health care community better understand the scope and impact of the novel coronavirus. Read More

NYP Creates Virtual Command Center (VCC) that Operates 24x7

As we respond to the clinical and operational needs that the COVID-19 virus has brought, our teams are faced with challenges that we have not seen before. Each campus initiated a COVID-19 Command Center, and across NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell, and Columbia, we have created a Virtual Command Center that operates 24x7. Read More

Study Projects Areas Most Vulnerable to COVID-19 Patient Surge

A team led by Columbia researchers have identified U.S. counties that are at risk of exceeding their critical care surge capacity limits within six weeks and estimated the lives that could be saved with enhanced social distancing and ramped up medical care. Read More

Telemedicine Training Proves Vital During Covid-19 Crisis, Increasing Access to Care

NYP’s telemedicine service NYP OnDemand, has increased from about 20-40 patients per day in February to over 300 per day in March, and numbers continue to rise. Similarly, primary care appointments using Weill Cornell Medicine’s Video Visits have gone up since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, with healthcare practitioners now fielding 700 virtual appointments per day and counting. Read More

Ryan F. Larkin Field Hospital Opened at Columbia's Baker Athletics Complex

Columbia’s Baker Athletics Complex indoor practice facility, at 218th Street in northern Manhattan, adjacent to NYP Allen Hospital, has been converted into a field hospital capable of treating as many as 288 patients with COVID-19 symptoms. Read More and View Photos; Watch the Time-lapse Video

CovidWatcher App from Columbia University Tracks Coronavirus Hot Spots in NYC

Columbia University researchers have launched CovidWatcher, an app that surveys users about their exposure to the novel coronavirus, symptoms, access to medical care, and impact on daily life. The data will be used to track the spread of the coronavirus in New York City, giving citizens real-time information about hot spots and enabling healthcare officials to deploy resources where needed. Read More

April Update from NYP InfoSecure: Beware of New Email Scams Related to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, scammers are developing new ways to trick people into handing over their personal information, or install unknowingly malicious software on their computers. NYP’s Information Security team is monitoring for online threats that could impact you at work or at home, and we advise practicing extra caution if you receive an email from an unknown sender. Read More; Also See: HR Zoom Meeting Request Phishing Scam

Employee Support Resources and Services

Bright Horizons and Vivvi Childcare Centers to Remain Open for NYP Families

Bright Horizons Centers at NYP-WC and NYP-CU, as well as Vivvi Learning Center in Lower Manhattan, are exempt from closure, and will remain open. In addition, all NYP employees will now be provided 20 additional back-up care days through Bright Horizons with no co-pay, through May 15. Learn more about back-up childcare options; Learn more about the Vivvi Learning Center, including how to register.

New NYP Virtual Support Resources

COVID-19 is impacting almost every aspect of how we work at NewYork-Presbyterian, and our day-to-day lives outside of NYP. We encourage all employees to utilize our tools, resources, and support to help you manage uncertainty during this intense time. Read More

Messages of Support from NYP Pastoral Care

In an effort to provide additional emotional and spiritual support, our multi-faith chaplains from our department of Pastoral Care and Education provided spiritual messages in the major faith traditions. Read More; View Video Gallery

Urgent Counseling Program Available for Our Workforce

NYP has launched an urgent counseling service called CopeNYP that provides staff members quick and free access to confidential and supportive virtual counseling. Staffed by trained mental healthcare professionals from the Departments of Psychiatry of Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, participants will receive emotional support and practical strategies to enhance coping during this difficult time. Read More

Introducing Employee Recharge Rooms & Additional Emotional Wellbeing Support Resources

As part of our response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, NYP has designated Employee Recharge Rooms across all hospital campuses. These rooms are restorative spaces for each of us to pause, take a deep breath, decompress, and recharge. Read More

Housing and Transportation
Emergency Housing Accommodations for Team Members

NYP is offering housing at no cost to staff, to alleviate the need for travel. The application process for rooms has been updated. Accommodations near each NYP hospital campus have been secured and are being assigned following approval of an application. Read More

Emergency Parking and Bus Service Information

We continue to explore expanded parking and busing options to make it easier for staff to travel to and from work during this challenging time. Read More

Free Citi Bike Memberships to Support NYP Workforce

NYP has established a temporary partnership with Citi Bike and Lyft to offer all staff a free Citi Bike membership to help you get to and from work if you prefer not to use public transportation during this time. This free membership includes unlimited 45-minute rides on classic Citi Bike bicycles and ebikes for one year. Read More

Please send your question or comment to Deepa Kumaraiah (dek9023@nyp.org) who will help direct your question to the appropriate department.
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