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WWE Superstars Visit Children in the Hospital Ahead of WrestleMania
GOOD MORNING AMERICA, April 5, 2019 — Children at The Brooklyn Hospital Center got a big surprise on Wednesday when WWW Superstars and WWE NXT Superstars stopped by. (watch the video clip)

Creating a Multi-Faith Worship Space in a Small Urban Hospital
ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL CHAPLAINS, April 2019, Vol. 20, No. 2 — What is a director of spiritual care to do when she must create a new hospital worship space with a $100,000 grant from a kind Catholic benefactor? (read more)

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Hits a Home Run for CRC Prevention
BECKER’S, March 29, 2019 — New York City-based Brooklyn Hospital brought in former New York Yankee outfielder and CRC cancer survivor Daryl Strawberry to speak about his colorectal cancer battle, Brooklyn Paper reports. What you should know: (read more)

Baseball legend raises colorectal cancer awareness
BROOKLYN PAPER, March 29, 2019 — Caps off to baseball legend and cancer survivor Darryl Strawberry, who kicked off Brooklyn Hospital Center’s colorectal cancer awareness month on March 5. (read more)

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Plans $33M Emergency Department Upgrade
CRAIN’S, January 4, 2019 — The Brooklyn Hospital Center is planning a $32.7 million modernization and expansion of its emergency department. (read more)

Teen Collects Hats, Funds for Children with Cancer
THE TABLET, December 27, 2018 — Skye Workman is a young woman on a mission — collecting hats to help cancer patients feel good about themselves. (read more)

Good News: Staten Islanders Spread Holiday Cheer to Less Fortunate
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE, December 25, 2018 — Mike Percia, owner of Gator Sewer and Mechanical, LLC, a small Staten Island-based business, collected and distributed over 400 toys to children at The Brooklyn Hospital Children’s Center. (read more)

Champions and Visionaries of Healthcare Recognized at Special Awards Ceremony
BROOKLYN REPORTER, December 7, 2018 — It was an evening dedicated to celebrating and honoring the innovative leaders of healthcare throughout the borough. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and its publisher Dozier Hasty hosted the well-attended Champions and Visionaries of Healthcare event at Dyker Beach Golf Club on Monday, Dec. 3, recognizing doctors and healthcare associates from Brooklyn’s finest hospitals and caregiving facilities for their innovative work. (read more)

Top in its class: Brooklyn Hospital Center gets highest grade for patient safety
BROOKLYN DAILY, December 7, 2018 — Congrats to The Brooklyn Hospital Center for earning the top grade in patient safety. The Fort Greene medical center is one of only two hospitals in the city to get an A from the Leapfrog Group, a national healthcare ratings organization, and the only Brooklyn A-rated hospital. In fact, only about eight percent of hospitals in the entire state received this grade. (read more)

4 NYC Hospitals Get Failing Grades in Infection Rates & Safety Measures
THE JEWISH VOICE, November 21, 2018 — A quartet of hospitals in New York City received failing grades in a new report card measuring infections and other safety measures. Elmhurst Hospital and St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Queens and Maimonides and Interfaith hospitals in Brooklyn all were given Fs for issues ranging from dangerous objects left in the body after surgery to wounds splitting open, bed sores and falls, according to the report by the non-profit Leapfrog Group. The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan received A grades. Overall, New York ranked 46th nationwide for the percentage of hospitals receiving the top grade. (read more)

Brooklyn Hospital Center gets an A for patient safety
BK READER, November 14, 2018 — The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) has received an “A” for patient safety in the latest Leapfrog Group report, announced the hospital on Thursday. TBHC has undergone a remarkable transformation since 2015, when the facility was given an F-rating by Leapfrog, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization that grades more than 2,600 hospitals across the country. (read more)

Only 1 Brooklyn Hospital Deemed Fit in Safety Check
FORT GREENE-CLINTON HILL PATCH, November 14, 2018 — There's only one hospital in Brooklyn with a safety grade worth writing home about, according to a new study. Brooklyn's 13 hospitals earned two Fs, seven Ds, three Cs and just one A in Leapfrog's Fall 2018 ratings that measured how likely a patient was to risk further injury or infection in hospitals across the U.S. (read more)

NYC Hospital Safety Grades: Mediocrity Edition
NEW YORK CITY PATCH, November 9, 2018 — New York City hospitals are taking the mantra "Cs get degrees" a little too literally. Healthcare providers in all five boroughs once again performed poorly in Leapfrog's Fall 2018 ratings for hospital safety. More than 50 percent of 44 New York City facilities graded earned a C grade and only three facilities managed a B or an A. The rankings are nearly identical to the lackluster showing from Leapfrog's spring list. In total: Two hospitals earned an A grade, one earned a B grade, 26 earned a C grade, 11 earned a D grade and four earned an F grade. (read more)

Brooklyn Hospital Center gets an A grade for safety
CRAIN’S, November 9, 2018 — The Brooklyn Hospital Center received an A grade in the latest Leapfrog Group patient safety ratings, marking a significant turnaround since spring 2016, when the nonprofit organization branded the facility with an F. (read more)

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Earns Leapfrog Patient Safety Grade “A”
BIOSPACE, November 8, 2018—The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) received the highest grade "A" for patient safety from the prestigious Leapfrog Group. TBHC is one of only two hospitals in all of New York City to get an "A" and is the only A-rated hospital in Brooklyn. In fact, only about 8% of hospitals in the entire State of New York received this highest grade. (read more)

Betting on Brooklyn Hospital: Casino-Themed Gala Nets More Than $1M for Medical Center
BROOKLYN PAPER, October 22, 2018 — It was a celebration of good health and good fortune. Hundreds of revelers on Thursday fêted Fort Greene’s Brooklyn Hospital Center at a black-tie bash featuring drinks, dinner, and the chance to win big at casino-style games. The party honored the local hospital’s commitment to providing quality treatment to the community — care that one special guest and former patient said kept him alive while at death’s door. “[The hospital] saved my life,” said David Hwang, a Tony Award–winning playwright who sought treatment at the DeKalb Avenue facility after someone stabbed him in the neck on nearby on S. Portland Avenue in 2015. (read more)

BP Adams Announces Clergy Healthy Lifestyle Challenge
KINGS COUNTY POLITICS, October 18, 2018 — Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) group of Brooklyn clergy announced the Clergy Healthy Lifestyle Challenge earlier this week. (read more)

BP Adams & Brooklyn Hospital Center Announce Healthy Lifestyle Challenge
RAISE VEGAN, October 15, 2018 — Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams is promoting a plant-based lifestyle again, and this time he has teamed up with The Brooklyn Hospital Center of Brooklyn clergy to announce a Clergy Healthy Lifestyle Challenge. (read more)

The Role of Simulation in Enhancing Healthcare Education
HEALTHCARE TECH OUTLOOK, October 2018 — Healthcare professionals of a certain age will recall that their early days of training generally took the form of the see-one-do-one-teach-one mantra, shadowing a more experienced provider and hoping an interesting opportunity presented itself or simply being told to read the policy/procure manual or the requisite skills textbook and follow through as instructed. (read more).

Founders Ball to Highlight The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Mount Sinai Heart Collaboration
BKLYNER.COM, September 24, 2018 – Key sponsors and celebrities are showing their support of Brooklyn Hospital Foundation’s 2018 Founders Ball to be held on Thursday, October 18, 6:30 pm, at NY Marriott/Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, in Downtown Brooklyn. The evening will celebrate the recent collaboration of The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) and Mount Sinai Heart. (read more)

Celebrate the Heart of Brooklyn at The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation’s Founders Ball
BROWNSTONER.COM, September 6, 2018 – For almost 175 years, The Brooklyn Hospital Center has served Brooklyn and the surrounding region from its home in Fort Greene — an area that could easily be described as the heart of Brooklyn. Help celebrate their history of compassionate and expert medical care and ensure they continue to stay on the cutting edge of medical technology and patient care by securing your ticket to The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation’s Founders Ball. (read more)

Brooklyn Hospital Completes First Phase of Epic Transition
CRAIN’S, September 5, 2018 – The Brooklyn Hospital Center has completed the first phase of its transition to a single integrated medical records system, said Dr. Sam Amirfar, chief medical information officer. The multimillion-dollar launch across roughly 30 Brooklyn Hospital sites serving ambulatory patients is expected to provide new efficiencies for both the hospital and patients. (read more)

Shooting for a Cure
BROOKLYN DAILY, August 16, 2018 — Many thanks for the generous donation of $5,000 to The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s fight against cancer from the Shoot for a Cure initiative. (read more)

NBA & WWE Stars Visit Join Kids for Color Time at Brooklyn Hospital
RADIO.COM, August 16, 2018 — Big time athletes with even bigger hearts are paying a visit to children and their families at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. (read more)

WWE Stars, Nets Visit The Brooklyn Hospital Center
NEWS 12, August 14, 2018 — Some WWE stars and Brooklyn Nets players visited children at The Brooklyn Hospital Center on Tuesday. (read more)

Meet the New Brooklyn Hospital Board Chair
BROOKLYN DAILY, August 9, 2018 — Welcome and bienvenue to attorney Lizanne Fontaine, on her appointment as chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Hospital Center. (read more)

Notable Barristers Doing Notable Things
BROOKLYN EAGLE, August 6, 2018 — Attorney Lizanne Fontaine was recently named chair of the Brooklyn Hospital Center’s Board of Trustees. (read more)

At a Glance/Who’s New
CRAINS HEALTH PULSE, JULY 19, 2018 — Nurse, attorney and Brooklyn resident Lizanne Fontaine was recently named chairwoman of Brooklyn Hospital Center's board of trustees. She is the first nurse in the hospital's history to serve in this position. (read more)

Born on Blacktop: Docs Deliver Baby in The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s Driveway
THE BROOKLYN PAPER, July 17, 2018 — Talk about a baby on board! Doctors at Brooklyn Hospital Center on Friday orchestrated an extra-special delivery when they welcomed a pregnant mother’s bundle of joy — in the parking lot outside the emergency room. (read more)

Vows: A Near-Death Experience Led Them to the Altar
NY TIMES, JUNE 22, 2018 — Bishop Carlton T. Brown stood between a modern-day bride and a modern-day miracle at Bethel Gospel Assembly Church on May 17 in Harlem. (read more)

She Has the Power
BROOKLYN DAILY, MAY 31, 2018 – Hats off to Skye Workman. This borough tween taught us all a lesson about the power of giving. The seventh-grader at Saint Bernard Catholic Academy knew a cancer patient who lost hair as a result of treatment. “That really felt hard,” she said. As someone who enjoys a fashionable beanie, Skye thought about how wearing a hat would make the difficulty of hair loss a little easier. She started a nonprofit foundation called Skye’s the Limit at only 9 years old, and asked friends and family to donate hats for cancer patients. “My mom mentioned The Brooklyn Hospital Center as a good choice for the donations,” Skye says. (read more)

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Celebrates Community, Corporate and Legislative Service
BROOKLYN REPORTER, MAY 17, 2018 – The future of health services in Brooklyn was celebrated at the Brooklyn Hospital Center’s Third Annual Community Corporate & Legislative Breakfast on Tuesday, May 9. The event, which was held at the Brooklyn Law School (205 State Street), featured Congressmember Hakeem Jeffries as the keynote speaker. Other participants included Gary Terrinoni, CEO and president of THBC; Leroy Charles, vice president of external affairs at TBHC; and an array of local civic and community leaders. (read more)

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Earns Best Leapfrog Safety Grade in Brooklyn
CRAIN’S NEW YORK, APRIL 26, 2018 – With NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan as the lone hospital to receive an A, 2.3% of facilities measured in the five boroughs received an A grade. That was below the statewide rate of 5.8%, which ranked 48th among the 50 states and Washington D.C. The Brooklyn Hospital Center earned the only B grade in the city. The hospital said that last year it had the fewest hospital-acquired infections last year since it began tracking data. “TBHC has invested millions of dollars over the last few years to hire top doctors and specialists, who have created new approaches to care and a better quality and safer environment for patients,” Gary Terrinoni, who became president and CEO of the hospital in 2015, said in a statement. (read more)

Hail to the New Chief
BROOKLYN DAILY, MARCH 22, 2018 – The Brooklyn Hospital Center has announced that Dr. Madhavi Reddy has been appointed chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. She will also continue as the fellowship program director for the Division of Gastroenterology. Under Dr. Reddy’s leadership as the Fellowship Program Director, the division produced 45 peer-reviewed publications and presented 90 abstracts at national and international meetings. (read more)

At a Glance/Who’s New
CRAINS HEALTH PULSE, MARCH 21, 2018 — Dr. Madhavi Reddy is now the chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. She had served in that role on an interim basis since last year. She will continue as the hospital's fellowship program director for gastroenterology. (read more)

Adams Kicks Off Colon Cancer Awareness Month
CARIBBEAN LIFE, MARCH 7, 2018 – Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Thursday kicked off Colon Cancer Awareness Month by hosting a community forum in the courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall where he joined colon cancer survivors, gastroenterologists and oncology nutritionists in highlighting that the disease is curable, treatable and preventable. (read more)

Hail to the Chief: Top Doctor Awarded Radiation Oncology Fellowship
BROOKLYN DAILY, MARCH 1, 2018 – Three cheers to Dr. David Sherr, Chief of Radiation Oncology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, who was awarded a fellowship in the American College of Radiation Oncology. Fellows must have demonstrated extraordinary service to the college and to the profession through education, research, or service activities. (read more)

Rethinking Pain Meds: Beyond Opioids at The Brooklyn Hospital Center
BKLYNER.COM, FEBRUARY 20, 2018 – Brooklyn is not immune to the opioid epidemic that has taken over the country.  While the city has been fighting the drug crisis by providing the NYPD with naloxone and offering treatment centers for addicts, The Brooklyn Hospital Center is taking a different approach—limiting when opioid medications, which can cause dependency, are given to a patient. (read more)

Long-Serving Brooklyn Hospital Doctor Returns as Head of Pediatrics
BROOKLYN DAILY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018 – Say hello again to Dr. Noah Kondamudi on his second return to The Brooklyn Hospital Center, where he has been named as the new chairman of the Department of Pediatrics. (read more)

Best of Brooklyn: Doctors Volunteer to Treat Patients in Jamaica
NEWS12 BROOKLYN, JANUARY 11, 2018 – Volunteer medical professionals recently visited Jamaica to help treat patients for free. Members of the American West Indian Medical Association help to treat patients in Jamaica every year who otherwise could not afford health care. Organizer Lorna Bryant set up the charity organization in 2013 to help her homeland. "When we realized how much is needed, I got very passionate to know that we have so much here that we take for granted and that they don't have," Bryant says. (see video)

Nursing With a Passion
CARIBBEAN LIFE, JANUARY 9, 2018 – Her caregiving never stops. A Brooklyn nurse uses her free time to care for people abroad. Guyanese-American nurse technician Angela Grant, who works at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, often uses two to three weeks of her vacation time to provide charity to the needy in Guyana and a few other countries in the Caribbean. She says her drive to care for others overrides her personal desires. (read more)

The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s Staff Doing Medical Outreach Missions Abroad
BKLYNER.COM, DECEMBER 26, 2017 – Arguably, the very nature of a hospital’s work is “doing good” for their patients, families and community. However, for many at The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC), the “doing good” doesn’t stop at the end of the workday. Gary G. Terrinoni, President and Chief Executive Officer of TBHC says, “We are very proud of the hospital’s efforts here in Brooklyn and very proud of the efforts of many of our clinical and non-clinical staff abroad in various medical missions.” (read more)

The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Mount Sinai Heart Collaborate to Provide Comprehensive Cardiac Care in Downtown Brooklyn
BKLYNER.COM, NOVEMBER 27, 2017 –The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Mount Sinai Heart hosted a breakfast reception on November 16, to celebrate a clinical collaboration that provides access to comprehensive cardiac care in Downtown Brooklyn. The alliance makes it possible for TBHC to offer sophisticated preventive, diagnostic, interventional and treatment services such as electrophysiology (EP) studies and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). (read more)

Navigating the Maze: Breast Screening Options
BKLYNER.COM, OCTOBER 26, 2017 – MRIs, ultrasound, good old mammograms: the options for breast screenings are overwhelming and it’s tough sometimes to navigate the best choice for you. There’s also confusion surrounding mammogram screening recommendations. We turned to Shalom Buchbinder, MD, Chair of Radiology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC), for an expert voice to sort through the maze. “TBHC follows the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging’s guidelines, which we feel are the most sensible, are based on evidence, and ones that save as many lives as possible,” says Dr. Buchbinder. (read more)

The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s 19th Founders Ball Celebrates Record Fundraising
BROOKLYN EAGLE, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 — Football sans politics — knees neither straight nor bent, but only scarred from years on the gridiron — was the theme for The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s (TBHC) 19th annual Founders’ Ball, a keystone charitable event that raised some $1.3 million dollars in support of Brooklyn’s oldest health institution. On hand as guest of honor at the Sept. 27 event was NFL Hall of Famer and New York Jets legend, Joe Namath. (read more)

TBHC and Archer Foundation Taking Care of Law Enforcement Officers
BKLYNER, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 — In June of 2011, New York City Detective 1st Grade Fermin S. “Sonny” Archer Jr. called his wife Amanda de Geneste-Archer to report he was in a minor fender bender while on duty. A few hours later, after complaining of pain in his abdomen, Amanda received another call that her husband was in the hospital. The stress of the accident had brought on symptoms that uncovered a dissected aorta. (read more)

Brooklyn Hospital Center to Host Ball, Honor Docs with NFL Legend Joe Namath
BROOKLYN REPORTER, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 — Brooklyn is celebrating some of the world’s greatest doctors and hospital personnel. The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC), 121 Dekalb Avenue, will be hosting a fundraiser that includes entertainment, food and an evening with a legendary and beloved football icon. (read more)

12 Ways to Make Losing Weight a Little Easier
BKLYNER.COM, AUGUST 17, 2017 – “Weight loss is hard, there’s no question about that. But it’s not impossible,” says Andrea Skowronek, Registered Dietitian and Coordinator at the Weight Loss Cener at The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC). Here are 12 things Ms. Skowronek and the Center’s Dr. Pratibha Vemulapalli advise to make your success more likely. (read more)

Reception Marks New TBHC and BAM Relationship
BKLYNER.COM, JULY 26, 2017 – Two historic Brooklyn institutions recently joined forces. The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) is now a corporate sponsor of Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Between TBHC (founded in 1845) and BAM (founded in 1861), they share 328 years of serving Brooklyn! (read more)

Harlem Globetrotters Surprise Pediatric Patents at The Brooklyn Hospital Center
BKLYNER.COM, MARCH 24, 2017 – Two players for the Harlem Globetrotters paid a surprise visit to the young patients at The Children’s Health Center at The Brooklyn Hospital Center on Thursday. Hoops Green and Buckets Blakes dropped by the hospital located at 121 DeKalb Avenue yesterday afternoon and wowed the kids with tricks, signed autographs, and took photos with them. (read more)

Steps You Can Take to Prevent Colon Cancer
BKLYNER.COM, MARCH 10, 2017 – “March is officially Colon Cancer Awareness Month and The Brooklyn Hospital Center would like you to get screened for the highly preventable and detectable disease. (read more)

U.S. News & World Report Names The Brooklyn Hospital Center Among The Best Hospitals In Heart Failure
BROOKLYN, NY, NOVEMBER 29, 2016 — “The Brooklyn Hospital Center is incredibly proud to have earned the prestigious distinction of being evaluated as among the best hospitals in heart failure care by U.S. News & World Report,” said Gary Terrinoni, TBHC’s President and CEO. (read more)

OPINION: Show Your Support for Our Neighborhood Nealthcare, The Brooklyn Hospital Center
BROOKLYN EAGLE, NOVEMBER 8, 2016 — We don’t need to worry about having to travel into Manhattan to feel like we’re getting world-class medical treatment at TBHC. One reason for the confidence in TBHC is the people. The people who make The Brooklyn Hospital Center great are the same people who make Brooklyn great. (read more)

Welcome Farmer’s Market Fridays at Brooklyn Hospital Center
FORT GREEN FOCUS, JULY 24, 2016 — Hello, Friday farmer’s markets! The Brooklyn Hospital Center has launched a new farmer’s market series on three Friday mornings and afternoons this summer, beginning today and then every two weeks after that through AUGUST. (read more)

Brooklyn Community Services 150th Anniversary Kick-Off
GALA CITY LIMITS, JUNE 1, 2016 — The Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) 150th Anniversary Kick-Off Gala on Monday, June 6th will honor philanthropists and long-time BCS supporters Charles J. and Irene Hamm, builder and corporate leader Forest City Ratner Companies, NYC First Lady and mental health care activist Chirlane McCray, BCS program honoree Lanetta Darlington and BCS outstanding service honoree is Ellen Fine Levine. The gala will run from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street in Brooklyn and includes a reception, auction, dinner and awards presentation. (read more)

Brooklyn Beep Eric Adams Advocates Breastfeeding Bill
FORT GREENE FOCUS, MAY 10, 2016 — “A baby does not arrive in the delivery room with an instruction manual,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Adams, as part of his recent initiative to encourage breastfeeding in New York City, was speaking at the Brooklyn Hospital Center on MAY 6 to champion a bill co-sponsored by Council Member Laurie Cumbo, to require every municipal building to have a lactation lounge open during public business hours. (read more)

Brooklyn Hospital Center Building Sale Could Net More Than $100M
CURBED, APRIL 19, 2016 — The Brooklyn Hospital Center might be ready to sell one of its buildings for just over $100 million, Crain's reports. Last month, the hospital listed one of the buildings on its Fort Greene campus for an undisclosed amount, and bids for the project were due last week. An unnamed source told Crain's that the hospital might have received an offer as high as $115 million. (read more)

Brooklyn Hospital Center in Talks to Sell Building on Fort Greene Campus
THE REAL DEAL, APRIL 18, 2016 — The Brooklyn Hospital Center is shopping around a 21-story medical building on its Fort Greene campus, with bids for the property coming in as high as $115 million. (read more)

Brooklyn Hospital Center’s MAYnard Building Back on the Block
THE REAL DEAL, MARCH 29, 2016 — The Brooklyn Hospital Center is once again putting a 21-story, around 151,290-square-foot, mixed-use property across from Fort Greene Park on the market. (read more)

Brooklyn Hospital Center’s New CEO Aims To Build Networks And Trust With Physicians And Community
FORT GREENE FOCUS, FEBRUARY 25, 2016 — Brooklyn Hospital Center has found its new CEO/President after a year of searching.Gary Terrinoni took the helm this month, hired in part based on his track record helping to transform New Jersey’s Kennedy Health System from struggling to financial stability, in just two years as senior vice president and CFO. As he told the Brooklyn Eagle, he anticipates having similar success at Brooklyn Hospital. (read more)

Ringling Brothers Donates $10,000 To Brooklyn Hospital’s Pediatric Cancer Program
FORT GREENE FOCUS, FEBRUARY 24, 2016 — “More elephants, less cancer!” — Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson. The circus took on cancer today, replacing stress with smiles at Brooklyn Hospital Center, where members of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s circus presented a $10,000 check to the hospital for their pediatric cancer program. (read more)

Geriatrics House Calls Program At Brooklyn Hospital Is Building Bridges In Health Care (Part I)
FORT GREENE FOCUS, FEBRURARY 3, 2016 — Dr. Marcia Nelson is so reassuring and friendly, patients don’t even realize that their casual conversation about how they’ve been feeling, how comfortable or uncomfortable their beds and chairs are, and what they’ve been eating counts as giving their medical history. But that’s the point. (read more)

David Henry Hwang Talks About What It Was Like To Be Stabbed In Fort Greene
FORT GREENE FOCUS, JANUARY 5, 2016 — Just over one month after being stabbed in the neck in an apparently random attack just feet away from his Fort Greene home, playwright David Henry Hwang wrote a first-person account in the New York Times today of the incident and the aftermath. (read more)

Highest Quality Rating To Brooklyn Hospital For Its Dialysis Service Center
A CHILD GROWS IN BROOKLYN, OCTOBER 23, 2015 — The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) was recently awarded the highest ranking of five stars from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) for its Rockwell Dialysis Center. It was one of only 13 facilities in the New York region to receive the distinction of a five-star rating. Over 5,500 dialysis treatment facilities were rated under the CMS system, with 147 hospitals ranked from the New York City, Long Island and Westchester County areas. (read more)

New Brooklyn Hospital CEO
CRAIN'S HEALTH PULSE, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 — Brooklyn Hospital will have a new leader, some ten months after its former president and chief executive announced he was resigning to join a private-equity firm. On Nov. 16, Gary Terrinoni will succeed Dr. Richard Becker, who stepped down in March. Dr. Becker earned $1.5 million at the hospital in 2013. Mr. Terrinoni is currently executive vice president of administration and chief financial officer of the Kennedy Health System, a Voorhees, N.J.-based three-hospital network. (read more)

A Hospital in Brooklyn Gets a New President
CRAIN'S NEW YORK BUSINESS, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 — The Brooklyn Hospital Center will have a new leader, some ten months after its former president and chief executive announced he was resigning to join a private-equity firm. (read more)

The Brooklyn Hospital Center wins Hospitals & Health Networks’ ‘Most Wired’ award for 2015
BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE, JULY 17, 2015 — The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) has been awarded Hospitals & Health Networks’ “Most Wired” Award for 2015. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to infrastructure design, investment in, and direction for the TBHC wired network. The Brooklyn Hospital Center is one of only 15 hospitals in New York State to be recognized by Hospitals & Health Networks. (read more)

Infections Like Colds, Chickenpox Tied to Some Stroke Risk in Kids
HEALTHDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 — Common infections, such as a cold or chickenpox, may increase the risk of stroke in children, according to several new studies. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, director of the Vaccine Research Center and chairman of the department of pediatrics at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, in New York City states that children strokes are uncommon. (read more)

Friday Marks National Wear Red Day for Heart Disease Awareness
BROOKLYN BUREAU, FEBRUARY 8, 2014 — National Wear Red Day was celebrated Friday to spread awareness about heart disease. Doctors at Brooklyn Hospital Center are warning people of the warning signs of an unhealthy heart. (read more)

InterCloud Announces New Managed Service Agreement With the Brooklyn Hospital Center
AFN, JANUARY 31, 2014 — InterCloud Systems Inc. ICLD, a single source provider of IT solutions through cloud platforms and professional services announced today that they have entered into a two year managed services agreement with the Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC). Bill Moran, the SVP/CIO of Brooklyn Hospital Center is quoted in the article. (read more)

Brooklyn Police Officers Resuscitate Unconscious Baby
ABC EYEWITNESS NEWS, JANUARY 17, 2014 — Two New York City police officers saved the life of an unconscious baby at a bank in Brooklyn. Dr. Adebayo Adeyinka, a pediatric intensive care specialist at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, provided details on the baby's car while in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). (read more)

Marketing of Unhealthy Foods Still Common in U.S. Schools
HEALTHDAY, JANUARY 13, 2014 — There has been progress in cutting out the marketing of junk food to schoolchildren, but many American students are still exposed to in-school marketing of less-than-nutritious fare, a new study finds. Karen Congro, a registered dietitian and director of the Wellness for Life Program at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, discusses "food commercialism," the excessive marketing of junk food to kids in school and elsewhere. (read more)

Younger Adults Who've Had Shingles MAY Face Higher Stroke Risk
HEALTHDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014 — According to a new study, people who've had shingles — a viral infection also known as herpes zoster — before age 40 may have a higher risk of stroke years later. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, director of the Vaccine Research Center at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, says the research is inconclusive. (read more)

Older Women MAY Spend Two-Thirds of Their Day Sitting
HEALTHDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013 — Older women are physically inactive for about two-thirds of their waking hours, but that doesn't mean they're just sitting still. Many elderly people move about in short bursts of activity, an average of nine times an hour. The Brooklyn Hospital Center Chief of Geriatrics Yonette Davis, MD, provides tips on keeping active as you get older. (read more)

Flu Vaccine Helps Ward Off Serious Child Illness
AFP, DECEMBER 11, 2013 — The flu vaccine prevents the virus more than half the time in children and can also ward off more serious sickness, said the findings of a major clinical trial Wednesday.Kenneth Bromberg, director of the Vaccine Research Center and chairman of pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center is quoted on influenza vaccine. (read more)

Miss New York Amanda Mason visits Brooklyn Hospital Center
BROOKLYNNEWS12.COM, DECEMBER 9, 2014 — Miss New York Amanda Mason visited Brooklyn Hospital Center today to cheer up sick children. (read more)

Celebrating World AIDS Day through film
CARIBBEANLIFENEWS.COM, DECEMBER 6, 2013 — The film, “David is Dying,” a provocative drama written and directed by Stephen Lloyd Jackson, journeys through the life of a tortured soul that constantly engages in self-destruction and self-sabotage. This film was followed by a Q&A with the film's director, Dr. Leonard Berkowitz, chief of infectious diseases at Brooklyn Hospital Center. (read more)

Chicken Pox Vaccine Not Responsible for Rise in Shingles, Study Says
HEALTHDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013 — The prevalence of a painful condition known as shingles is increasing in the United States, but new research says the chickenpox vaccine isn't to blame. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, director of the Vaccine Research Center at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City, recommends a one-time vaccine for anyone aged 60 or older. (read more)

4 Success Stories in the Fight Against AIDS in 2013
HEALTH.COM, NOVEMBER 29, 2013 — It’s been 32 years since the first mysterious cases of what turned out to be acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS first began to appear. Since then, the epidemic has killed 25 million people (700,000 of those in the U.S.), but we've made substantial progress in diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Leonard Berkowitz, MD, medical director of the Program for AIDS Treatment and Health (PATH) and chief of infectious diseases at The Brooklyn Hospital Center talks about new drug therapies. (read more)

Quitting tips for Thursday's Great American Smokeout
MYFOX.COM, NOVEMBER 20, 2013 — Being mentally ready to quit smoking is the most important indicator for success, said Robert DiGregorio, senior director of pharmacy services at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and an expert in smoking cessation. For some people, graphic anti-smoking ads are a motivator. Others may decide to quit due to education and awareness about the effects of secondhand smoke on children. Still others quit because of the high cost of smoking. (read more)

Bringing Up Baby and Fretting About Vital Signs
WALL STREET JOURNAL, OCTOBER 2013 — Almost anything you can put on a baby is cute. A hat. Sunglasses. A bib (especially the one that says, “Some moron put my cape on backwards!”). But now comes the Owlet Baby Monitor—a little electronic device strapped to a sock at bedtime. It measures your baby’s heart rate, blood oxygen levels, skin temperature and more. Read Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chair of Pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, on the pro's and con's of these devices. (read more)

Halloween Candy: Is It Worth It?
FOX NEWS, OCTOBER 18, 2013 — They may be flavored with real fruit juice, but these chewy candies are mostly just corn syrup and hydrogenated oils — AKA sugar and fat. Because of that, one or two pieces isn't likely to satisfy your hunger. Karen Congro, RD, CDN, director of the Wellness for Life Program at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, gives the skinny on Peppermint Patties, caramel apples and more. (read more)

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner Undergoes Surgery to Remove Blood Clot
AFP, OCTOBER 8, 2013 — Argentine President Cristina Kirchner underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on the surface of her brain less than three weeks before crucial mid-term legislative elections. Dr. Anders Cohen, head of neurosurgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York, told AFP the procedure that Kirchner was to undergo was a common operation that can be done safely anywhere in the world. (read more)

Tom Hanks Has Type 2 Diabetes
HEALTHDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2013 — Tom Hanks, the Academy Award-winning actor, revealed Monday night that he has joined millions of Americans in a new role — that of type 2 diabetic. Dr. Jacob Warman, chief of endocrinology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, talks about long-term diabetes management strategies, including specifics on keeping a good diet. (read more)

Burger Mash-Ups Getting Fast Food Treatment
THE DAILY MEAL, AUGUST 25, 2013 — It's true, Burger King added the "French Fry Burger" to its dollar menu this SEPTEMBER--one burger patty with four French fries on top. But is it all bad? TBHC nutritionist Karen Congro points out that French Fry Burgers could be a way of keeping moms and kids from ordering an entire side of fries. (read more)

U.S. Circumcision Rates Drop by 10 Percent: CDC
HEALTHDAY, AUGUST 22, 2013 — Male circumcision rates in the United States declined 10 percent between 1979 and 2010, federal health officials reported Thursday. Over 32 years, the rate of newborn circumcision — the surgical removal of foreskin from a penis — performed in hospitals dropped from 64.5 percent to slightly more than 58 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, said that whether to circumcise an infant is really not a medical decision. (read more)

Coca-Cola Ad to Defend Artificial Sweeteners
USA TODAY, AUGUST 15, 2013 — TBHC nutritionist Karen Congro reacts to new Coca-Cola ads that claim the sweetener Aspertame is perfectly safe. Many studies confirm its safety but a growing number of physicians, nutritionists and researchers believe Aspertame may actually increase obesity in some users. (read more)

Experimental Malaria Vaccine ‘PfSPZ’ Impresses in Early Study
CBS NEWS, AUGUST 9, 2013 — America sees very few malaria cases every year, but there's still no vaccine, which helps explain why about 660,000 people die annually from malaria. But scientists are hopeful an experimental shot called the "PfSPZ Vaccine" will be safe and effective against the mosquito-borne disease. TBHC's chair of pediatrics and infectious disease specialist Dr. Kenneth Bromberg comments on the development. (read more)

U.S. Obesity-Prevention Efforts Fall Short
HEALTHDAY NEWS, AUGUST 2, 2013 — As the obesity epidemic continues among young and old alike, a new report finds the United States lagging behind other countries in evaluating and selecting the best programs and policies to curb the problem. Dr. Alan Saber, director of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, comments on the physical and economic impact of obesity in the United States. (read more)

The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation’s 2013 Founders Ball — First Fundraising Event on Barclays Center Arena Floor — Raises $1.3 M for ER Modernization for The Brooklyn Hospital Center — The Official Hometown Hospital of Barclays Center
BROOKLYN, NY, JUNE 12, 2013 — In the first fundraising event to be held on the Barclays Center arena floor, The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation raised over $1.3 million at its 2013 Founders Ball, which honored Forest City Ratner President and CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin, Data Delivery Systems, LLC CEO Eric D. Moskow, and Hospital’s VP Academic Affairs, CMIO and Interim Chief of Emergency Medicine Benson Yeh, MD. (read more)

Refinancing Debt to Stay Solvent: Q&A With The Brooklyn Hospital Center CFO Joe Guarracino
BECKER'S HOSPITAL REVIEW, MAY 23, 2013 — Earlier this year, Hospital Center CEO Joe Guarracino and his finance team helped to restructure $80 million of the hospital's debt to reduce its debt load by $25 million and cut $10 million from future payments. (read more)

Study: Older Whooping Cough Vaccine More Effective
HEALTHDAY NEWS, MAY 20, 2013 — The older vaccine for whooping cough that was phased-out in the late 1990s is more effective than the current version of the vaccine, a new study contends. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, director of the Vaccine Research Center and chairman of Pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center talks about the older vaccine and its side effects. (read more)

Boston Marathon Victims' Injuries Detailed by Doctors
NEWSDAY, APRIL 16, 2013 — Many physicians who treated children injured in the Boston Marathon bombings likened the wounds to those in war zones because of the blasts' potent percussive forces. TBHC's chief of Neurosurgery, Dr. Anders Cohen, comments. (read more)

Teen's Death From Chickenpox Highlights Need for Vaccination, CDC Reports
HEALTHDAY NEWS, APRIL 11, 2013 — The death from chickenpox of an otherwise healthy 15-year-old Ohio girl should remind parents of the importance of vaccination against the disease, U.S. health officials reported recently. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chair of Pediatrics and director of Vaccine Research at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, noted that varicella (severe chicken pox) can be deadly, even in seemingly normal individuals. (read more)

Send in the Clowns: Brooklyn Hospital Pediatric Patients Visited by Circus Performers
CARROLL GARDENS PATCH, MARCH 26, 2013 — To commemorate its inaugural performances at Barclays Center, clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey on Monday visited young pediatric patients at the Brooklyn Hospital Center. Children watched performers from The Greatest Show On Earth juggle and perform pratfalls — all while wearing red noses.(read more)

'Cruise Ship Virus' Also Sickens 1 Million U.S. Kids Yearly
HEALTHDAY NEWS, MARCH 20, 2013 — Norovirus, the infamous stomach bug that's sickened countless cruise ship passengers, also wreaks havoc on land. Many children visit their doctor or an emergency room due to severe vomiting and diarrhea caused by norovirus. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chair of Pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Research Center, comments on recent norovirus report from the CDC. (read more)

CDC: 1 in 50 Poor, Straight Urban Americans Infected with HIV
HEALTHDAY NEWS, MARCH 14, 2013 — Low-income, urban communities have an HIV infection rate FIVE TIMES greater than the rest of the U.S. 2.3% or one in every 50 heterosexuals in these communities is infected with HIV. Janet Goldberg, Executive Director of TBHC's Program for AIDS Treatment & Health (PATH), explains the disparity. (read more)

Harper's Brain Cancer Likely Related to Previous Cancer
USA TODAY, MARCH 6, 2013 — Actress Valerie Harper, famous for her role as Rhoda on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and her own spinoff, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Chief of Neurosurgery Dr. Anders Cohen explains the diagnosis and its possible connection to Harper's 2009 battle with lung cancer. (read more)

Healthcare Act Prompts Race to Lessen Doctor-Patient Ratio
NY1 NEWS, FEBRUARY 26, 2013 — According to the federal government, a minimum of 50 primary care physicians are needed per 100,000 residents. New York City has a ratio of 99 doctors per 100,000 but the distribution is lopsided. Certain areas like the North Bronx have 34 per 100,000 while the Upper East Side has 261 per 100,000. TBHC's Dr. Natalie Langston-Davis, Medical Director of TGBHC's La Providencia Family Health Center, discusses the disparity and its impact on Emergency Room use. (read more)

Little-Known Respiratory Infection Sends Many Kids to Hospital
HEALTHDAY NEWS, FEBRUARY 13, 2013 — Approximately 20,000 kids under five are hospitalized each year due to human metapneumovirus (HMPV), but as yet there is no vaccine. HMPV is one of the most common causes of acute respiratory infections and shares many symptoms with the flu. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, Director of the Vaccine Research Center, and Chairman of Pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, discusses the virus's impact on children's hospital and emergency room visits. (read more)

Eating Schedule Could Affect One's Weight Loss, Study Says
NY1 NEWS, FEBRUARY 5, 2013 — According to health experts, when people eat is as important to weight loss as what people eat. A new study published in the further supports this. Clinical Nutritionist Lacey LaBonte discusses a new 20-week study in the International Journal of Obesity that looked at more than 400 overweight and obese men and women in Spain. (read more)

Titanium Cranioplasty "Happy Part" of Malala's Recovery, Expert Says
CBS NEWS, JANUARY 30, 2013 — Malala Yousufzai, the young Pakistani activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban, will be undergoing a titanium cranioplasty. This should be the last major surgery required by the fifteen-year-old, says Dr. Anders Cohen, Chief of Neurosurgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. (read more)

Disney on Ice Characters Visit Children at the Brooklyn Hospital Center
FORT GREENE/CLINTON HILL PATCH, JANUARY 23, 2013 — Characters from "Disney On Ice presents: Treasure Trove" paid a visit to The Brooklyn Hospital Center to spend time with the Center's young patients. Mickey and Minnie Mouse stopped by the Children’s Health Center and the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology unit to pose for pictures and offer hugs to their fans both young and young at heart. (read more)

Cases of Rare but Deadly Encephalitis Rising Among Kids, Report Finds
HEALTHDAY NEWS, JANUARY 17, 2013 — Despite its name, Eastern equine encephalitis occurs in humans just as much as horses. The disease is still very rare, but it’s getting more common than ever before, in part because of global warming. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Research Center, discusses strategies for preventing the disease. (read more)

Just How Severe Is This Flu Season?
HEALTHDAY NEWS, JANUARY 16, 2013 — This year's flu season is much worse than recent years, but some regions of the country have it harder than others. New York state and Boston have declared states of emergency. Vaccine supplies are running out in spots, and some emergency departments are overwhelmed. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, Director of The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Vaccine Research Institute, talks about the difficulty projecting exactly how bad this flu season will turn out and where the most cases will occur. (read more)

A Vaccine Eliminated A Deadly Killer Of Infants. So Why Do Some People Fear It?
FORBES.COM, JANUARY 15, 2013 — Pneumococcus bacterium, the bacteria behind pneumonia and meningitis, can be prevented with a vaccine called Prevnar. Some insist that Prevnar and other physicians cause more problems than they solve. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and the hospital's Vaccine Research Institute, talks about the substantial positive impact of Prevnar and other vaccines on the health of children, far outweighing any risks of immunization. (read more)

CFO Joe Guarracino: Changing the CFO Role at The Brooklyn Hospital Center
BECKER'S HOSPITAL REVIEW, JANUARY 8, 2013 — Mr. Guarracino spoke last year at the Becker's Hospital Review Third Annual Meeting, and explained the challenges of managing a complex institution. Read the full article on (read more)

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Secures New Credit Facility, Reduces Debt By $25 Million
MSN MONEY, JANUARY 14, 2013 — In two separate transactions, The Brooklyn Hospital Center has restructured and refinanced $80 million of debt, reducing its debt by $25 million and saving nearly $10 million in interest. The transactions, which eliminated the last major hurdle remaining from The Brooklyn Hospital Center's 2007 Plan of Reorganization, leaves the hospital's balance sheet significantly stronger permitting it to pursue investments in infrastructure and other capital initiatives. (read more)

Giving Plavix Before Angioplasty MAY Cut Heart Attack Risk
HEALTHDAY NEWS, DECEMBER 18, 2012 — Recent studies show that Plavix, a commonly used anti-clotting drug, lowers risk of heart attack after angioplaty and stenting. Generally, the sicker the patient, the more helpful the drug is a pre-treatment. Dr. Kenneth Ong, Interim Chief of Cardiology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, says that anti-clotting drugs like Plavix are often desirable, even though they may not reduce all-cause mortality in heart patients. (read more)

U.S. Lifestyles Thwarting Heart Health Progress
HEALTHDAY NEWS, DECEMBER 12, 2012 — Americans are quitting smoking and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, but a new report warns that cardiovascular disease — including heart disease and stroke — still causes one American death every 40 seconds. Don't look to a pill to reverse the trend. We have to eat healthier and exercise more. Dr. Kenneth Ong, acting chief of Cardiology, discusses the value of these lifestyle changes.(read more)

Is Too Much Salt a Trigger for Childhood Obesity?
TIME, DECEMBER 10, 2012 — Salt may not cause obesity in itself, but a recent study shows that salty junk food and sugary drinks often go together, leading to overweight and obese kids. Every gram of salt corresponds to 17 grams of sugary drinks among some children. Nutritionist Karen Congro suggests cooking more at home to help keep sodium intake in check. (read more)

The Argument for Organic Food Lies Beyond the Nutrients
ALTERNATIVEMEDICINE.COM, DECEMBER 2012 — A recent study in theAnnals of Internal Medicinefound little difference in the nutritional value of organic and conventional foods. While these conclusions were surprising and elicited headlines around the nation, the study pointed to another compelling reason to eat organic foods: reducing exposure to pesticides. AKaren Congro, RD, CDN, discusses the harmful effects of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, neurotoxins, hormone disruptors, developmental and reproductive toxins, and antibiotics found in conventionally grown produce. (read more)

Whooping Cough Vaccine Less Effective Over Time
HEALTHDAY NEWS, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 — Vaccination safeguards children against whooping cough, but its protective effect may lessen over time, new research finds. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg discusses a new study on pertussis (whooping cough) and the pros and cons of different vaccine manufacturing processes. (read more)

Could an Aging Face Reflect an Unhealthy Heart?
HEALTHDAY NEWS, NOVEMBER 6, 2012 — Sometimes a receding hairline is just a receding hairline. But a recent Danish study found individuals with certain signs of aging have a much higher likelihood of developing heart disease over time. Dr. Kenneth Ong, Acting Chief of Cardiology, says the study may offer doctors an important clinical diagnostic tool, if applied carefully. (read more)

New Drug MAY Help Those Who Can't Take Statins
HEALTHDAY NEWS, NOVEMBER 5, 2012 — An experimental drug may help patients who can't tolerate statins lower their cholesterol. Some patients on statins, such as Crestor or Lipitor, experience muscle problems, but the new drug does not cause this problem and may be equally effective. Dr. Kenneth Ong, Acting Chief of Cardiology, discusses the new drug, which is derived from human monoclonal antibodies. (read more)

Did Schooling Method Spread Mumps in Orthodox Jewish Communities?
HEALTHDAY NEWS, OCTOBER 31, 2012 — Vaccines are safe and effective, but the protective effect of a vaccine can be overcome in the right situation. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Study Center at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, discusses a mumps outrbreak that took place among a well immunized population. (read more)

Smoking, Diabetes Are Risk Factors for Poor Leg Circulation
HEALTHDAY NEWS, OCTOBER 23, 2012 — New research confirms that smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels can all raise men's risk for poor circulation in the legs, otherwise known as peripheral artery disease (PAD). Acting Chief of Cardiology Dr. Kenneth Ong comments on the high quality of this study. (read more)

Malala, 14-year-old Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban, Can Recover, UK Doctors Say
NBC NEWS, OCTOBER 15, 2012 — Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, has every chance of making a "good recovery," according to British doctors in Central England where she was taken for her severe wounds. Chief of Neurosurgery Anders Cohen discusses her prognosis in this NBC News article. ()

Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Grows
USA TODAY, OCTOBER 7, 2012 — The number of people sickened by a nationwide meningitis outbreak rose to at least 91 patients in nine states, with seven deaths, health officials said, and potentially hundreds more could be affected. The outbreak of fungal meningitis has been tied to steroid shots used to treat back pain. Anders Cohen, Chief of Neurosurgery, advises patients to wait until a CDC investigation is completed before getting steroid injections. (read more)

Stressful Job Might Be Tough on the Heart
HEALTHDAY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 — Stressed out by a demanding job? It may be affecting your heart's health, research suggests. People whose jobs are very taxing but who also have little power to make workplace decisions are at greater risk for heart disease, according to a large new evidence review. Interim Chief of Cardiology Kenneth Ong, the studies are still inconclusive and other factors such as cigarette smoking and obesity should remain the focus of prevention. (read more)

Sugary Drinks Over 16 Ounces Banned in New York City, Board of Health Votes
CBS NEWS, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 — Large sugary drinks are on their way out of New York City restaurants. New York City's Board of Health today passed a rule banning super-sized, sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries. TBHC Nutritionist Karen Congro, RD, CDN, supports the ban but says it must be paired with better obesity education. (read more)

Pediatric Group Urges Flu Shot for Kids Aged 6 Months and Up
HEALTHDAY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 — The leading pediatricians' group in the United States is again urging parents to get all children aged 6 months or over immunized in preparation for the coming flu season. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of pediatrics, comments on flu shot recommendations released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC. (read more)

Cholesterol Screenings Up, But Certain Groups Still Lag: CDC
HEALTHDAY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 — Screening for high blood cholesterol among U.S. adults increased significantly from 2005 to 2009, but younger Americans, less-educated adults and Hispanics are still less likely than others to undergo testing, according to a new study. Interim Chair of Cardiology, Dr. Kenneth Ong, noted the numbers were encouraging but we need more information on how many at-risk individuals are actually being treated. (read more)

Child's Use of Certain Asthma Drugs Could Shorten Adult Height
HEALTHDAY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 3, 2012 — Young adults who used inhaled steroid drugs to treat their asthma when they were children are slightly shorter — about half an inch — than those who didn't use the drugs, a new study finds. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, Chair of Pediatrics discusses the advantages of inhaled asthma medicine, despite the risk of not reaching full height potential. (read more)

2 Common Blood Pressure Meds Fare Equally in Preventing Heart Woes
HEALTHDAY NEWS, AUGUST 27, 2012 — In a review that compared two common heart drugs against each other, researchers found no difference between atenolol and metoprolol in terms of preventing stroke, heart attack or heart failure for patients with high blood pressure who were placed on the medications. Dr. Kenneth Ong, Acting Chair of Cardiology, comments on these beta blockers, both commonly used to treat high blood pressure and heart problems. (read more)

Research Finds NYC Soda Ban Would Cut 63 Calories Per Fast Food Trip.
CBS NEWS, JULY 24, 2012 — On the heels of a public debate on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on big sodas, new research finds if the ban were actually enacted, calorie intake could go down. But according to Nutritionist Karen Congro, calorie count is only part of the issue. Sugary drinks affect how the body processes sugar, potentially leading to diabetes. (read more)

Is Caffeinated Water the New Energy Drink?
YOUBEAUTY.COM, JULY 16, 2012 — Just like energy drinks and antioxidant-rich juices, like pomegranate, have exploded in popularity, the most recent drink du jour to hit the specialty beverage category by storm is caffeinated water. Nutritionist Karen Congro, RD, CDN, talks about the pros — but mostly cons — of consuming 70–120 milligrams of caffeine per bottle. (read more)

Child Abuse Rises When Economy Sags: Risk Highest in Families Losing Their Homes
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, JULY 16, 2012 — Between 2000 and 2009, the rate of child abuse requiring hospital admission increased by 3 percent a year for every 1 percent increase in the 90-day mortgage-delinquency rate. The rate of traumatic brain injury suspected to be caused by child abuse increased 5 percent a year for every 1 percent increase in the mortgage-delinquency rate, according to the study. Dr. Stephen Ajl, Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Care, discusses the need for resources and support systems in lower-income families. (read more)

'Superbug' MRSA Making a Retreat in Communities
HEALTHDAY NEWS, JULY 3, 2012 — The number of infections occurring in community settings, such as gyms or schools, that are caused by the so-called "superbug" MRSA are declining, according to a study of more than 9 million active and non-active military personnel and their immediate families. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, director of the Vaccine Research Center, offers tips on avoiding the spread of MRSA. (read more)

How Florida Teen Survived Spear Gun Injury through the Brain
FOX NEWS, JUNE 19, 2012 — A Florida teenager is on the road to recovery after being impaled with a 3-foot long spear that cut through his skull and brain. Yasser Lopez, 16, was spear fishing with a friend June 8 when his friend accidentally shot him while loading the gun. The spear entered Lopez’s skull above his right eye, penetrated his brain, and exited through the back of his head. Dr. Anders Cohen, Chief, Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery, explains in detail exactly why his prognosis is so good. (read more)

American Kids Getting Fewer Prescription Drugs
HEALTHDAY NEWS, JUNE 18, 2012 — New research shows that the number of prescriptions written for children has dropped by 7 percent in recent years. Between 2002 and 2010, notable decreases occurred in antibiotic, cough/cold, allergy, pain and depression prescriptions. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, Chairman of Pediatrics, comments on the decline and its potential impact on antibiotic resistance. (read more)

Sheryl Crow Diagnosed with Meningioma
USA TODAY, JUNE 6, 2012 — After suffering memory loss, singer Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with a meningioma, the most common kind of benign brain tumor. Dr. Anders Cohen, Chief of Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery, was interviewed by USA Today on Crow's condition. (read more)

Daily 'Dose' of Dark Chocolate Might Shield the Heart
YAHOO NEWS, JUNE 1, 2012 — There's more sweet news about chocolate and your health: A new study suggests that eating a bit of dark chocolate each day may cut the odds of heart attack and stroke in high-risk people. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, antioxidant substances known to have heart protective effects. Doctor Ken Ong, MD, Interim Chief of Cardiology discusses the research. (read more)

Sugary Drink Ban Stirs Up New York
WALL STREET JOURNAL, MAY 31, 2012 — As public-health officials praised New York City MAYor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban the sale of large-size drinks in restaurants and other locations Thursday, some academics and business groups called the plan an ineffective way to handle the obesity crisis and criticized it as government overreach. TBHC nutritionist Karen Congro discusses the pro's and con's of a soda ban. (read more)

Flesh-Eating Bacteria No Cause for Panic, Experts Say
HEALTHDAY NEWS, MAY 24, 2012 — Despite scary headlines by the score, most people don't have to fear that they'll be the next victim of the so-called flesh-eating bacteria disease. Kenneth Bromberg, MD, Director of The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Vaccine Research Center says that kids on sports teams and individuals with weakened immune systems are most at risk from this bacteria, though cases are very rare. (read more)

US Panel Gives Nod to New Obesity Drug
AFP, MAY 11, 2012 — A panel of experts recently urged U.S. regulators to approve what could be the first new anti-obesity drug on the market in more than a decade — Lorcaserin, made by Arena Pharmaceuticals. The drug has been shown to help less than half of patients lose 5% of their body weight, and it has to be taken indefinitely. Jacob Warman, MD, Chief of Endocrionology, talks about medical options for weight loss. (read more)

Is Combining Hysterectomy and a Tummy Tuck Safe?
HEALTHDAY NEWS, MAY 11, 2012 — New research suggests that combining two very different surgeries — a hysterectomy and a tummy tuck — is relatively safe, with no major complications seen in 65 women who had both procedures at the same time. But the rate of complications the researchers considered minor reached 32 percent.Dr. Angela Kerr, Chief of Gynecology, discusses different hysterectomy options. (read more)

Statins MAY Help Prevent Irregular Heartbeat in Elderly
HEALTHDAY NEWS, MAY 9, 2012 — The widely used class of cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins may help elderly patients with high blood pressure avoid developing atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm abnormality tied to stroke. More research is necessary, however, before statins should be presecribed for this purpose. The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Interim Chief of Cardiology Kenneth Ong comments on recent research on statins and the prevention of irregular heartbeat in the elderly. (read more)

Survey: One in Three Kids Hurt Playing Sports
WEBMD, APRIL 24, 2012 — About one in three kids who plays sports will need medical attention due to injuries sustained on the field or court, such as concussions, broken bones, and dehydration, a new survey shows. TBHC Chief of Neurosurgery Anders Cohen points out that a second concussion can be especially dangerous when it follows shortly after the initial injury. Allowing appropriate healing time is a must. (read more)

U.S. Women in Labor Longer Than They Were 50 Years Ago
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, MARCH 30, 2012 — American women today are spending about two hours more in labor during childbirth than 50 years ago, a new report says. The report's authors said several factors help explain the increase such as older maternal age and increased body mass index (BMI). Some aspects of delivery-room practice--like increased use of epidural injections--are also relevant. Dr. Michael Cabbad, chairman of obstetrics/gynecology and chief of maternal/fetal medicine, is quoted. (read more)

Moderate Drinking Might Help Men Live Longer After Heart Attack
HEALTHDAY NEWS, MARCH 28, 2012 — A drink or two per day may help lower a man's odds of death in the two decades following a heart attack, a new study suggests. Men who drank about two alcoholic drinks (between 10 and about 30 grams of alcohol) per day over a long period of time had a 14 percent lower risk of death from any cause, and a 42 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, than nondrinkers, the study found. The amount of alcohol needed for women to have the same effect was lower. Chief of Cardiology Kenneth Ong, MD, discusses the pros and cons of consuming alcohol for health. (read more)

As White Rice Intake Rises, So MAY Your Risk for Diabetes
YAHOO NEWS, MARCH 16, 2012 — People who eat white rice on a regular basis have a significantly increased risk of type 2 diabetes, a new international analysis contends. Registered dietitian Karen Congro, director of The Wellness for Life Program at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, agreed with the findings. She added that rice, a simple carbohydrate, is a high glycemic food and thus can be responsible for high spikes in blood sugar. (read more)

FDA Adds Diabetes, Memory Loss Warnings to Statins
REUTERS, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 — Health regulators are adding warnings to the labels of widely used cholesterol lowering drugs, such as Lipitor, to say they may raise levels of blood sugar and could cause memory loss. Changes to the safety information will appear on Pfizer Inc's Lipitor, AstraZeneca's Crestor and Merck & Co's Zocor. The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Acting Chief of Cardiology Kenneth Ong, MD, does not recommend changing statin usage immediately based on this study. (read more)

Pediatricians Renew Call for HPV Vaccine for Boys
HEALTHDAY NEWS, FEBRUARY 27, 2012 — The American Academy of Pediatrics renewed its call that all boys ages 11 and 12 receive the three-dose vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV vaccine has been available and recommended for girls and young women since 2006, because it's highly effective at preventing cervical cancer. Since then, other cancers thought to be caused by HPV have increased, including anal cancer and some head and neck cancers. Kenneth Bromberg, MD, chair of pediatrics and director of The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Vaccine Research Center, discusses the public health implications of vaccinating boys as well as girls. (read more)

Bread Is Top Salt Culprit
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, FEBRUARY 7, 2012 — Trying to cut back on the salt? Back away from the bread. And drop that chicken breast while you’re at it. A new study by the feds says nine out of 10 Americans are getting too much sodium, and it’s coming from some surprising places. Nutritionist Karen Congro, RD, CDN, talks about the many non-obvious places salt can end up in our diet. (read more)

Obesity Rates Plateau in U.S. Since 2000, CDC Report Finds
BLOOMBURG BUSINESSWEEK, JANUARY 20, 2012 — The prevalence of obesity in the U.S. largely leveled off over the last decade, even as some individual groups, such as boys from ages 6 to 19, saw increases, according to government data. The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Chief of Endocrinology, Dr. Jacob Warman, comments that video games and other indoor activities are part of the reason boys' obesity rates are gaining over girls the same age. (read more)

Candadian Ski Star Sarah Burke Remains Critical
THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, JANUARY 19, 2012 — Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke remained comatose in critical condition at Salt Lake City’s University Hospital on Thursday, the day after having surgery to fix a torn artery in her neck that caused bleeding in her brain following a fall Tuesday in the superpipe at the Park City Mountain Resort. The Brooklyn Hospital Center Chief of Neurosurgery Dr. Anders Cohen comments on her condition. (read more)

Paula Deen MAY Face Uphill Diabetes Fight
HEALTH.COM, JANUARY 17, 2012 — Celebrity chef Paula Deen likely faces an uphill battle in managing diabetes. Deen is famous for the fat-laden, calorie-heavy dishes she serves up on the Food Network and in her best-selling cookbooks. Dr. Jacob Warman, chief of Endocrinology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, comments on (read more)

Health Department: Whooping Cough on the Rise in New York City, Poses Threat to Infants
NY DAILY NEWS, JANUARY 3, 2012 — There’s been a three-fold increase in whooping cough cases in the city, and officials are urging anyone who cares for a baby to get vaccinated. No one has died in the latest outbreak, but whooping cough — a violent, chronic cough also known as pertussis — can be extremely dangerous to infants. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chair of pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Research Center, is quoted in this New York Daily News article. (read more)