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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

White Plains Hospital has earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), a quality program of the Commission on Cancer and the American College of Surgeons. With this accreditation, White Plains Hospital is now just one of 16 hospitals in the nation, and one of just two in New York state, to be an accredited Rectal Cancer Program.

To earn this voluntary accreditation, the Cancer Program at White Plains Hospital underwent a rigorous process over three years. This included the creation of a dedicated clinical and administrative team to focus on rectal cancer. Since rectal cancer care requires comprehensive coordination between numerous specialties, the clinical team helps to facilitate and synchronize best practices for every patient, across all departments. No other hospital in the New York Metro area has achieved this accreditation.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. The American Cancer Society estimates that the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 23 (4.4%) for men and 1 in 25 (4.1%) for women. Early detection through routine screening has been shown to significantly improve survival rates and White Plains Hospital offers a variety of techniques to diagnose and treat rectal cancer. To find out more visit wphospital.org/services-specialties/cancer-care-oncology/prevention/colorectal-cancer.



Phelps Hospital Northwell Health Walk of Reflection

Amidst the ongoing pandemic, staff of Phelps Hospital Northwell Health took a moment to participate in a Walk of Reflection to acknowledge the moment in history as an opportunity for positive change. Phelps wants to remember those lives lost to hatred, racism and discrimination. The walk was done as a sign of respect and in solidarity, not as a political statement.


According to Mount Sinai South Nassau Truth in Medicine Poll:

  • Two-thirds of metro area residents would not attend a sporting event, watch a movie or ride mass transit because of COVID-19 fears as Long Island reopens. Eighty-six percent of respondents said they would not shake someone’s hand. A majority also are uneasy about flying on an airplane, eating in a restaurant or going to a bar, the poll showed.
  • Fifty-five percent of area residents said they are either unsure (30%) or would not (25%) roll up their sleeves for a COVID-19 vaccine, if one were available. In a previous Truth in Medicine Poll, sponsored by Bethpage, conducted in early February before the height of the outbreak, 55% of respondents said they would get vaccinated compared with just 45% now. Respondents age 65 and older remained committed to getting a vaccine, with 53% saying they would get vaccinated in both polls. This poll showed that interest in a vaccine also increased depending on whether or not the respondent was diagnosed with the virus or knew someone personally who was.
  • One-third of area residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or know someone who was. Nearly all respondents said they will continue to wear a mask to protect themselves until circumstances change. Only 3% of respondents report that they are not currently wearing a mask.

    A majority of respondents in this poll said they felt comfortable receiving medical care, going to an emergency room and returning to work, only if safety precautions were followed. Fifty-two percent said they would go to a beach or park with social distancing and sanitizing practices in place.

    Nearly 1 in 10 respondents has either personally delayed seeking treatment or has a family member who did so for chest pain, trouble breathing, weakness in the limbs, or slurred speech due to fear of catching COVID-19. Thirteen percent of those who had been infected with the virus or had a family member who was have delayed care. As the rates of COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths decline, some 25% of poll respondents said they would still not visit an emergency room. Sixty-three percent said they would seek emergency room care only if social distancing guidelines and sanitizing measures were enforced.

    In another major area of concern, residents are eager to have children return to school. Seventy-one percent of respondents with children under age 18 said they will send their children back to school in the fall, although 52% will do so only with appropriate social distancing and sanitizing practices in place. Sixteen percent said they will not send their children back to school in the fall. A majority of parents believe remote learning has gone “very well” or “well.”

    Concern about coronavirus returning in the fall is high. On a scale of one to 10 with one meaning “not concerned at all” and 10 meaning “extremely concerned,” the mean level of concern was 7.71. Concern is higher than average among Hispanic respondents, women and those age 65 and older.

    In every case, men are more willing than women to resume public activities, both with and without restrictions. Respondents under age 50, especially parents of children under age 18, are more likely to return to the workplace, go to the beach or a park, attend a religious service, eat in a restaurant/go to a bar, attend a sporting event, and go to a movie than older respondents and those without children.

    The Mount Sinai South Nassau Truth in Medicine Poll, sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, is a quarterly survey of Long Island and New York City residents that aims to gather data about attitudes on key public health topics and help spur education to improve public health. The poll was conducted May 11–14 via both landlines and cellphones with 600 residents in New York City and on Long Island. Poll findings are subject to a sampling error of plus or minus 3.9%. The Truth in Medicine Poll was conducted as part of the hospital’s mission of improving education around critical public health issues.


    At the end of May 2020, the perioperative team from the Nursing Department at the NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx held a Debrief Session of all team members serving through the COVID-19 pandemic to discuss what they had learned. This turned out to be a wonderful, if not bittersweet session, full of emotion and tears, memories and commitment and bonding. The final picture says it all — a room full of colleagues who experienced an exceptional event that no one will ever forget.

    Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx was at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak.


    The perioperative team from the Nursing Department at the NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx

    The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) now offers to physicians, residents and medical students an opportunity to talk with a peer about life stressors. MSSNY’s Physician Wellness and Resiliency Committee is launching a Peer 2 Peer (P2P) program to assist colleagues who need help dealing with work and family stressors. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the emotional issues related to this event, may also be troubling for our colleagues.

    • MSSNY is seeking volunteer peer supporters. What is a peer supporter? An individual who has shared experiences, listens without judgement, can validate feelings and provide support, empathy and perspective and someone who also provides supports to systems and practices and encourages the use of positive coping skills. They also help connect the individual with needed treatment. All peers must be a member of the MSSNY.
    • Who can be a volunteer peer supporter? Physician, resident or medical student
    • How are peers trained? MSSNY will provide free training to the volunteer peer through an initial training program. This program will be offered virtually and consists of peer support and what makes a good peer, psychological first aid, and how the program will operate. There will also be other online course work that a peer can access through MSSNY’s continuing medical education website.
    • How can you become a volunteer peer? Volunteer peers can be nominated by county medical society presidents, county medical society executives, or another physician, resident or medical student. To nominate an individual please send an email to Pat Clancy, Sr. Vice President Public Health and Education, at pclancy@mssny.org.

    The MSSNY helpline is for New York state physicians that have been experiencing COVID-19-related stress. The helpline is answered 24/7 by an answering service who will connect you to a volunteer physician who can assist you. Available now, the Helpline number is 518-292-0140.