Summer/2020

When Technology Supports Patient-Centered Care

A patient with congestive heart failure (CHF), who was recently discharged from a nursing home, was experiencing shortness of breath especially at night. He triggered an alert to a triage nurse specialist who called him and then sent a registered nurse (RN) to his home […]

SBH Health System Opens Geriatric ED

Located in a separate area down the hall from the trauma bay, the new emergency department at SBH dedicated to geriatric patients accommodates four patient beds and includes such features as natural lighting, non-slip floors and a dedicated bathroom. Many people age 65 and older […]

Transitioning Patients From Hospital To Home

The initial meeting didn’t go well. When Yareliz Oliveras, the Hospital-to-Home care coordinator, entered the patient’s room, she quickly saw the handwriting on the wall. “When I went in to see the guy, he cursed at me and kicked me out of the room. He […]

Doctors Make Major Diet Changes

When not discussing hospital business, their emails, texts and face-to-faces can at times pivot to such abstruse topics as hemp protein and nutritional yeast. Omega 3’s and omega 6’s. Dr. Michael Greger and Mike the Vegan. A little over a year ago, Dr. Dan Lombardi, […]

Telehealth Emerges from the Pandemic

The pandemic, as lethal as it was in the Bronx, gave telehealth much neededlife. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, the advent of telehealth was slowed by regulatory burdens. By providers schooled on the importance of touch. By government and private insurers who wouldn’t pay for […]

The Arrival of Social Emergency Medicine

Social emergency medicine is an emerging branch of emergency medicine. By definition, it’s the interplay of social forces and the emergency care system, and how they interact to affect the health of patients and the community. It is aimed at acknowledging and addressing what are […]

The Ethical Challenges of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic presented oursociety with a crisis not seen for generations. One part of the COVID crisis has deep roots in medical ethics. The challenges have ranged from as simple as wearing a mask in public, to
as complex as usage of lifesaving treatments such as ventilators or dialysis. The decisions and judgments made by national leaders, hospitals and at times individual health care providers often invoked

The Importance of Resident Wellbeing

The documentary “Do No Harm,” explores the national suicide crisis among physicians, who kill themselves at a rate twice the national average. Many of these physicians are young (under 40), a significant percentage of whom are in their first or second year of training. The […]

Covid-19 and The ‘Year of The Nurse’

As some of you may know, the World Health Organization named 2020 the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” as it is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. What a year to set aside for nurses! When picturing the year of the nurse, we imagined a celebration – not a pandemic – and certainly would have hoped for a more propitious year.

Retirement Success Is Based On Investment Return And Withdrawal Rate

To be as concise as possible, there are two components which contribute largely to the success of one’s retirement plans: investment return and how much money you need to withdraw from your portfolio, known as your withdrawal rate. This is not to say that there are not other key variables.. But those two are a good place to start when evaluating your retirement prospects.

Covid-19 from an ER Nurse’s Perspective

COVID-19 hit us like a tornado. The hospital system was completely overwhelmed. During this time, I witnessed an unprecedented loss of life. Now I am picking up the pieces, much like a survivor of a massive storm would, returning home to survey the damage.