News & Events
Hospital Welcomes New SVP and COO
New York Downtown Hospital is pleased to welcome Michael Fosina as its Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Michael comes to New York Downtown Hospital with over twenty-five years of health care management experience, having served for the last twelve years as Vice President and Executive Director of NewYork-Presbyterian/Allen Hospital. Prior to this, Michael was the Director of Integration and Accreditation for the newly merged NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and coordinated the first Joint Commission survey for the new entity. He began his administrative career at the former New York Hospital where he held various leadership positions.
Michael received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and his master's degree from the Columbia School of Public Health. He is Board Certified in Healthcare Management, a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and was recently elected to the ACHE Council of Regents. In addition, he is currently a Health and Aging Policy Fellow and Congressional Fellow, working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on transition of care issues. He is a member of numerous community organization boards and has received several community service awards.
We welcome Michael to New York Downtown Hospital and wish him well in his new leadership role.
Hospital Welcome New Chief Medical Officer
New York Downtown Hospital is pleased to welcome Anthony J. Gagliardi, M.D., FCCP, FACP, as our new Chief Medical Officer (CMO). He is a practicing Pulmonologist, specializing in Critical Care.
Dr. Gagliardi brings to our Hospital a wealth of experience. He earned his M.D. at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1981 and was a Hoffman Fellow in Pulmonary Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Gagliardi served most recently as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey, following years of service at St. Vincent's Hospital, where he held a number of titles including Medical Director and Senior Vice President / Chief Quality Officer. He is an expert consultant to the Office of Professional Medical Conduct of the New York State Department of Health. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases. He is also a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Gagliardi is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Gagliardi has been recognized by his students and his peers with a number of awards over the years including St. Vincent's Teacher of the Year and Hospital Department of Medicine Award. He is widely published and is a member of a number of scientific and medical societies including the American Thoracic Society and the American Lung Association.
Dr. Gagliardi will be one of the key individuals working with Hospital President and CEO Jeff Menkes as we move forward in our working relationship with the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.
The Hospital is deeply grateful to Dr. Steven G. Friedman for his exceptional service as our Interim Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Friedman will continue as Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Associate Chief Medical Officer.
Rotary Club Donates Ambulance
New York Downtown Hospital expresses its deepest gratitude to the Rotary Club of New York and the New York Rotary Foundation for their generous gift of $150,000 for a new, Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance to assist the Hospital in its 911 response and disaster relief efforts. Following upon the challenge of Hurricane Sandy, this gift came at a propitious time. The 2011 Braun Signature, Ford E-350 Diesel, Type 3 Ambulance will help to modernize the Hospital's fleet and reduce monthly maintenance costs. On their Web site, Rotary observes, "This gift renews the Rotary Club's cooperation with a hospital that has been most crucial in the aid of victims of both 9/11 and the Hurricane Sandy disaster."
The first $100K was presented to the Hospital on December 6. Representing Rotary at the event were Chair of their Board of Trustees Jim Thompson, Vice Chair Helen Reisler, Trustee Horst Schneider, Hurricane Sandy Committee Member and "Gift of Life" Chair Fredlee Kaplan, as well as Executive Director Andreas Runggatscher.
The balance of the gift was presented to the Hospital at the Rotary's Holiday Reception on December 13. Mr. Menkes, Dr. Victor Rosenberg and Ms. Cora Fung represented the Hospital at this event. The event was co-sponsored by the Rotary's good friends from the Ronald McDonald House and supported generously by the host of Turkish Kitchen, Mr. Ilgar Peker. This is the second ambulance that the Rotary Club of New York has obtained for our Hospital.
President and CEO Jeff Menkes on Hurricane Sandy
On the night of October 27, with the approach of Hurricane Sandy, our Hospital made the unprecedented decision to evacuate our patients to other hospitals. This decision was made as a result of a series of phone conferences with the NYS and NYC departments of health, the Office of Emergency Management and the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). We had been informed that the electric grid for Lower Manhattan was likely to go out, either because of the storm surge or because Con Ed would shut it down to protect its equipment.
Before the clock struck midnight on Sunday, the Hospital called a Code Yellow. All key personnel reported back to the Hospital and we began the task of moving 125 patients to safety.
I am extremely grateful to the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System (NYPHS), of which we are now a Sponsored member. With the assistance of their Disaster Relief Coordinator, we were able to place many of our patients within the System. In addition to the Cornell and Columbia campuses of NYPHS, patients were also moved to Nyack, White Plains and Lawrence Hospitals in Westchester County. The NYPHS ambulance fleet was put at our disposal and by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday we succeeded in moving all of our patients to hospitals within the System or hospitals within the city. This evacuation was completed before the storm struck.
As it turned out, Con Ed proactively shut down the electric grid for Lower Manhattan, which left us in the position of maintaining our Hospital by depending on our generator. With no heat or hot water, it was clear that we had made the right decision.
On November 3, we were visited by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius, NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and Dr. Steven Corwin, the CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Thanks to everyone's efforts, the Hospital's steam service was restored on Sunday, November 4, around 10:00 a.m. This enabled us to begin to accept patients into our Emergency Room. On Monday, the Hospital was providing emergency, medical, obstetrical and surgical services to the residents of Lower Manhattan. By Tuesday, we were able to restore full services.
There are many lessons to be learned from this catastrophic event. As the only hospital that closed prior to the storm and was subsequently able to re-open, we expect that our Hospital will work with federal, state and local government agencies and GNYHA in identifying the critical changes that will keep hospitals fully functional during similar events.
I want to thank all of the staff who diligently gave their time and efforts to assist our patients and maintain our Hospital, which is a much-needed resource for the Downtown community.
Hospital Thanks Moody's Foundation
New York Downtown Hospital is deeply grateful to the Moody's Foundation for its generous grant of $300,000 to support our Virtual Cardiologist program. As a result, the Hospital was able to purchase two, fully-equipped ambulances, each with the capability of creating a two-way information flow from the EMT or Paramedic in the field to the Cardiologist or the Emergency Room. This dramatically improves the accuracy and timeliness of information needed to support clinical decision-making.
Until recently, patients with chest pain and nondiagnostic ECGs were almost always taken by ambulance to a hospital with the ability to perform emergent cardiac catheterizations. The "Virtual Cardiologist" Initiative creates a link between first responders in the field and the Cardiologists at our Hospital. The Paramedics attach a 12-lead ECG, which transmits patient information to cardiologists in the Hospital in real time. The Cardiologist would then assist in routing the patient to the appropriate center based on the clinical presentation and ECG results. This service also enables the Emergency Department to see data from all incoming ambulance traffic, including patient demographics as well as any treatments provided, thus allowing specialists to be prepared for the patient's arrival in cases of chest pain, stroke, cardiac arrest and trauma.
The Hospital is deeply grateful to the Moody's Foundation for this invaluable, life-saving tool and for its ongoing support of the Hospital's Moody's Foundation Center for Cardiovascular Health.
Hospital Celebrates Annual Gala
Those honored on October 11th were:
Downtown Hospital Inaugural Global Philanthropy Award - Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Distinguished Physician Award - Eric Sin-Kam Poon, M.D.
Community Service Award - Julie Menin
Left to Right: Christopher Mann, Chairman, Board of Trustees, New York Downtown Hospital; Jeffrey Menkes, President and CEO, New York Downtown Hospital; Mrs. Lai Wah Fung, Trustee, New York Downtown Hospital; Eric Sin-Kam Poon, M.D., Chairman of Pediatrics, New York Downtown Hospital; Vasili Tsamis, Chief Financial Officer, Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Left to Right: Jeffrey Menkes and wife Susan; Christopher Mann; Wayne Osten, Senior VP and Director of NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System; Vasili Tsamis; Eric Sin-Kam Poon, M.D.
Left to Right: Jeffrey Menkes; Cora Fung, Associate VP, Development and Government Affairs; NYS Senator Daniel Squadron; Julie Menin, former Chair, Manhattan Community Board One.
Hospital Welcomes New CNO
Hospital President and CEO Jeff Menkes is pleased to announce that Bernadette Khan, RN, M.S.N., has been appointed Senior Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services for New York Downtown Hospital. She will provide oversight and direction to all of Nursing and Nursing Education, as well as Ambulatory Nursing Services, Perioperative Services, Dialysis, Respiratory Care, and Continuum of Care.
Ms. Khan comes to our Hospital from her position as Vice President of Specialty Services at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she directed Women's and Children's Services as well as the Burn Service. She also was the Nursing lead for the Center's upgrade to its inpatient electronic medical records system and its Rapid Response Team. Prior to serving in this capacity, she was the Director of Medical Nursing at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Ms. Khan looks forward to building a team at New York Downtown Hospital based on respect and appreciation for each individual's work. She is deeply committed to the Hospital's key value of Patient First.
Ms. Khan is very excited to be a member of the Hospital team at New York Downtown Hospital and is honored to have recently been selected as a 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow – one of only two from New York. She is a graduate of Hunter College, where she earned her Bachelor Degree in Nursing and her Master in Nursing Administration.
Dr. Sultana: New OB/GYN Chairman
New York Downtown Hospital is pleased to welcome Carmen J. Sultana, M.D., as the new Chairman of our Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Sultana was born in New York City and attended the Bronx HS of Science. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins University and New York University School of Medicine. Her postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology included residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and fellowship in Pelvic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She received additional training in geriatric gynecology from a competitive Hartford/AFAR Grant, and in education as one of the first APGO/Solvay Scholars. Dr. Sultana was a member of the full time faculty and associate residency program director at Case Western/University Hospitals of Cleveland from 1991-1995, and held various educational positions including student clerkship director, residency program director, and chair of the Committee on CME at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where she reached the rank of professor, from 1996-2012.
Dr. Sultana is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the American College of Surgeons, and has served in many national organizations. She is an Examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and worked on committees for the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, the American Urogynecologic Society, Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, and Council for Residency Education in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Sultana is the author of numerous scholarly publications and book chapters. Her clinical interests include urogynecology and pelvic floor medicine, general gynecology, and care of geriatric and menopausal women.
Extended Radiology Department Hours
The Radiology Department at New York Downtown Hospital will now be offering evening hours for selected routine outpatient MRI, for the added convenience for our patients. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, scheduled appointments will be available through 9:00 p.m., for routine non-emergent MRI without contrast. Eligibility for late scheduling will be determined by the radiologists on a case-by-case basis, but will include most routine joint, brain, and spine imaging. For more information please call (212) 312-5179.
Weill Cornell Epilepsy at New York Downtown Hospital
Weill Cornell Epilepsy of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, in affiliation with New York Downtown Hospital, is dedicated to providing the best service and care for people with epilepsy. Our team of specialists is trained in epilepsy, board certified in neurology, and participates in exciting research geared to helping patients with hard to manage seizures.
Our Center is equipped with advanced technology and offers a full array of diagnostic tests for seizure classification and treatment. Our inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit utilizes both video and EEG monitoring to assess the type of epilepsy the patient is experiencing, the frequency and number of seizures, and the onset location of the seizure in the brain. Based on the evaluation, our team of specialists will review with the patient the latest advances in therapies available, including the newest anti-seizure medications, surgical treatment of intractable (hard to treat) seizures, and vagus nerve stimulators.
Weill Cornell Epilepsy at New York Downtown Hospital is a joint collaboration of Weill Cornell Medical Center and New York Downtown Hospital. It is located on the Fifth Floor of the Hospital, 170 William Street, New York, NY 10038. For outpatient Epilepsy services, please call: (212) 238-0180. For EEG consults, please call: (646) 588-2574. For outpatient Neurology, please call: (212) 312-5260.
Team: Dr. Paul D. Mullin, Dr. Douglas Labar, Dr. Steven C. Karceski, Dr. Nitin K. Sethi