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Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue
June is Gun Violence Awareness Month. On Friday, June 27, at 12 Noon, the Houses on the Moon Theater Company will present "Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue--gUN COUNTRY," a storytelling presentation by individuals whose lives have been affected by gun violence. The program, in the 6th Floor Auditorium, includes live music. All are welcome to attend.
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Affordable Care Forum
On Thursday, March 6, starting at 12 Noon, the Metropolitan Hospital Center Community Advisory Board, in partnership with Manhattan Community Board 11 and MetroPlus Health Plan, will host a community forum on affordable health care options for New Yorkers. Certified application counselors will be on site to help guide participants through the enrollment process. The forum begins at 12 Noon, in Room 1B35.
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2014 Legislative Breakfast
The Metropolitan Hospital Center Community Advisory Board will host its annual legislative breakfast on Friday, March 14, from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon, in the hospital's 6th floor auditorium. This year's theme is A Better Future is a Healthier Community. All members of the hospital community are invited to attend.
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Metropolitan Hospital Center Celebrates Black History Month with Former Mayor David Dinkins
Former Mayor David N. Dinkins visited Metropolitan Hospital Center on Wednesday, February 26 as part of the hospital's celebration of Black History Month. Mr. Dinkins shared stories with a rapt standing room only audience about his family and growing up, and his journey from poor boy in Trenton to Mayor of New York City. Mayor Dinkins also signed copies of his book, A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic, a revealing look at a devoted public servant and a New Yorker in love with his city. Copies of the book were on sale to benefit the Metropolitan Hospital Auxiliary, to support programs and services that lead to better care for our patients.

Learn With Us: The Silent Epidemic: Synthetic Drug Use in East Harlem
Dr. Ronnie Swift, Chief of Psychiatry at Metropolitan Hospital Center, provided an overview on "The Silent Epidemic: Synthetic Drug Use in East Harlem" to a standing room only audience on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Dr.  Swift discussed the use, abuse, and harmful effect of synthetic drugs including bath salts, others known by their street names, such as K2, Spice, Molly. The presentation was part of Learn With Us, Metropolitan's monthly series on important health topics.

Metropolitan's First Baby of 2014
Meet Shirley Martinez Aguilar, Metropolitan Hospital Center's first baby of 2014! Weighing in at 8 pounds and 6.2 ounces, Baby Shirley arrived at 1:57 AM on January 1, 2014. Both mother and child are doing well. Shirley's mother, Remedios, is originally from Mexico, and her father, Jairo, is from Honduras. She joins them in the Bronx, with their two other daughters, ages 7 and 4. The parents expressed joy tht their baby was born on New Year's Day and were very grateful to everyone at Metropolitan for the medical care and kind attention received. As estimated 1,150 babies were delivered at Metropolitan in 2013. We wish Shirley and every baby born at Metropolitan a life of health and happiness!

Baby Shirley with her proud parents Remedios Aguilar and Jairo Martinez.

Santa Makes Early Stop at Metropolitan Hospital Center!
Metropolitan hosted its annual Children's Holiday Party on Saturday, December 21, bringing the joy of the holiday season to nearly 1,300 children. Santa distributed presents gathered from various gift/toy drives organized by volunteers, community members and hospital staff. Clowns, performers and a face-painting artist were also on hand to entertain the children, who recieve outpatient care at the hospital throughout the year. "The Children's Holiday Party is a wonderful opportunity to bring joy and laughter into lives of many children in our hospital community," said Elizabeth Guzman, Acting Executive Director at Metropolitan Hospital Center. "We are so grateful to the sponsors of this event and to all of the organizations that support toy drives for our Pediatrics Department. Their spirit of giving and sharing helps make the holiday season special to our patients and their families." The Children's Holiday Party is presented in collaboration with the Metropolitan Hospital Center Auxiliary.

Learn With Us: HIV - Past, Present & Future
In commemoration of World AIDS Day, Theodore H. Lenox, MD, AAHIVS, provided an overview of HIV -- its prevalence, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment -- on Monday, December 2. Dr. Lenox discussed the history of HIV/AIDS, prevention, current treatment, future concerns as well as available resources and support. Dr. Lenox is Chief of Infectious Disease at Metropolitan Hospital Center and Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, at New York Medical College. The presentation was part of Learn With Us, Metropolitan's monthly series on important health topics.

Metropolitan Awarded Grant at Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

The Metropolitan + Avon + Supporting the Safety Net (MAS) Program, which works year-round to connect women at risk to diagnostic, treatment and support services, received one of ten grants awarded at the 11th Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, on October 20, 2013. The grant helps ensure access to quality breast cancer care, regardless of a person’s insurance status or ability to pay. Metropolitan patients, volunteers, and staff were also among the nearly 3,000 participants who walked in Central Park to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.

MAS Program staff receive grant award from the Avon Foundation for Women.

Metropolitan Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Metropolitan Hospital celebrated the diversity of our patients, staff, and community at the annual Hispanic Heritage Month festival on Friday, October 4. The event, sponsored by MetroPlus, included a special health fair and cultural festival, featuring health education and screenings, exhibits, music, dancing, and community vendors.

Learn With Us: Let's Talk About Autism
On October 3, Dr. Vidya B. Gupta presented an overview on autism -- its prevalence, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment. Attendees learned about the dramatic rise in autism cases, signs and symptoms, therapies/interventions, as well as available resources and support. Faculty from The Shield Institute and representatives from Autism Speaks also participated in the event. Dr. Gupta is an Attending Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician at Metropolitan Hospital Center, and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at New York Medical College. The lecture was part of Learn With Us, Metropolitan's monthly series of free lectures on important health topics.

La Clínica del Barrio Celebrate 15 Years!
On Thursday, September 19, the Metropolitan Hospital Family Health Center, known as La Clínica del Barrio, celebrated 15 years of providing high quality medical services in a neighborhood setting. The health fair and celebration, held at La Clínica at 413 East 120th Street (between First and Pleasant Avenues), featured health information and screenings, music, and fun for the whole family.

The Power of Aging Well Annual Health Festival
Over six hundred seniors filled Thomas Jefferson Park on Thursday, September 5, for the Power of Aging Well Annual Health Festival, organized by the hospital's outreach team and presented in collaboration with NYC Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, the NYC Department for the Aging, and MetroPlus Health Plan. Staff from Geriatrics, Nursing, HIV Services, Family Planning, Dental, Smoking Cessation, MAS, Dietary, and La Clinica del Barrio provided glucose, blood pressure and BMI screenings, as well as medical consultations with residents, and information on the vast array of services offered at Metropolitan. They were joined by representatives from over thirty community-based organizations who shared information on services for seniors. Attendees enjoyed arts and crafts, aerobics, and live entertainment performed by members of senior centers throughout Manhattan. Special thanks to all who helped make the event a success. 

Family Day Annual Health Fair
Metropolitan Hospital Center hosted its annual Family Day Health Fair on Saturday, August 3, on East 106th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues. Hospital staff and our local community partners provided health information, screenings and entertainment for the whole family. The festival is presented in collaboration with MetroPlus.

NYS Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez joins Metropolitan Hospital nursing staff at the health festival.

Metropolitan Named Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality
Metropolitan Hospital Center has been recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. Metropolitan Hospital Center earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate healthcare.
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Learn With Us: What All Men Should Know
On June 27, Dr. Gerald Matthews presented an informative overview of health issues for men of all ages. Dr. Matthews discussed general health tips, prostate health, exercise, reproductive health, the role of testosterone, and the importance of regular checkups. Participants learned about preventive care, common urological procedures, and new developments in the field of men’s health. The presentation was part of Learn With Us, Metropolitan's monthly series of free lectures on important health topics. Dr. Matthews is Chief of Urology at Metropolitan Hospital and Assistant Professor at New York Medical College.

Metropolitan Hospital Celebrates Cinco de Mayo
Metropolitan Hospital Center hosted a special Cinco de Mayo Health Fair, on Friday, May 3. Representatives from the Mexican Consulate joined hospital staff and community based organizations at the event, which was sponsored by Healthfirst. Attendees enjoyed mariachis, a live DJ, and face painting, and took advantage of a wide range of valuable health information, including blood pressure and glucose screenings.
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Learn With Us:  Diabetes Lecture
On April 25, 2013, Jonna Mercado, MD, presented a Diabetes Lecture at Metropolitan Hospital part of Metropolitan's Learn With Us educational series. Dr. Mercado provided an overview on Diabetes Mellitus, its diagnosis, symptoms, management and common complications. Attendees learned about blood glucose, HbA1c levels and how to live a healthy life with Diabetes. Dr. Mercado shared information on nutrition, exercise, lifestyle factors, and the importance of early detection. Dr. Mercado is an Attending Physician at Metropolitan Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College.
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Metropolitan Hospital Auxiliary Spring Gala
The Metropolitan Hospital Auxiliary hosted its 2013 Spring Gala on Thursday, April 10, with a cocktail reception, and a fun, interactive evening of bowling and billiards at Frames Bowling Lounge. NY1 News reporter Dean Meminger attended the event, and bowled with some of the hospital’s cancer patients and staff. The fundraising event supported the establishment of a state-of-the-art cancer center at Metropolitan Hospital Center. For more information about the Auxiliary, click here. See attached press release for more information.
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NY1 News reporter Dean Meminger (right) prepares to bowl with Metropolitan Hospital patients, Auxiliary members, and other guests.

Hospital staff and other guests bowl while raising money for cancer care.

The team from MetroPlus and other guests.

Metropolitan Hospital Center Community Advisory Board Legislative Breakfast
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) of Metropolitan Hospital Center hosted local elected officials, their representatives, healthcare advocates, and community residents at its annual legislative breakfast on Friday, March 22. Congressman Charles Rangel and New York State Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez reported on how public health issues are being addressed by the federal and state government, respectively. This theme of this year's event was Working Together We Move Forward. See attached press release for more information.
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Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez (third from left, standing) with members of the Metropolitan Hospital Community Advisory Board and HHC staff.

Metropolitan Hospital Center Deputy Executive Director Gregory Atwater, Congressman Charles Rangel, and MHC CAB President Jose M. Grajales.

Metropolitan Welcomes Our First Baby of 2013
Jennifer Thomas welcomed her son Jeremiah at Metropolitan Hospital Cener on New Year's Day. Born on January 1 at 5:58 AM and weighing in at 7 lbs. 1.6 oz, Jeremiah was the first baby born at Metropoiltan in the New Year. Both mother and child are doing well. We wish them, their family, and all of our Metropolitan babies an abundance of health and happiness. Happy New Year to all!

Mother Jennifer and baby Jeremiah celebrate 2013 with staff from Metropolitan Hospital Center.

Toys for Metropolitan's Kids
On Friday December 21, 2012, members of the HHC Office of Special Projects surprised patients in Metropolitan's Pediatric waiting room with holiday gifts. Over one hundred children received presents, which included a Kiwicrate, a small boxed activity craft that allows children to make a xylophone. The gifts were donated  though the Fund for HHC's partnership with Carnegie Hall.

Holiday Magic at Metropolitan
Celebrity magician David Blaine brought holiday cheer to the children of Metropolitan Hospital, entertaining pediatric patients and attendees at the hospital's annual holiday event on Saturday, December 15, 2012. More than 550 children attended the party, where Santa Claus distributed presents gathered from various gift/toy drives organized by volunteers, community members and hospital staff throughout the year. Clowns, performers, and face-painting artists were also on hand to add to the holiday fun.

Learn With Us:  Holiday Season and Stress - Effective Coping Strategies
On Thursday, December 20, 2012, Dr. Ronnie Swift, Chief of Psychiatry at Metropolitan Hospital Center, provided an informative overview of depression and ways to manage stress, cope with loss, and handle emotional challeges during the holiday season. Dr. Swift offered helpful information and timely insights to all who attended.
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Learn With Us:  Breast Health - What All Women Should Know
On Friday, October 26, 2012, Anitha Srinivasan, MD, MPH, FACS, Attending Surgeon at Metropolitan Hospital Center, discussed breast health issues for women of all ages. She spoke about the important role of early detection and treatment. Dr. Srinvasan was joined by Gerlyn Lucas, a breast cancer survivor, journalist and published author, who shared her personal experiences and urged women to take time out for preventative care. Attendees learned about routine preventative care, including breast lumps and cysts, surgical options, and new developments in breast health. This very informative and, at times, emotional conversation was enjoyed by all who attended this standing-room only event.
Path to Wellness and Recovery Forum at Metropolitan
The Metropolitan Hospital Center Community Advisory Board hosted the Path to Wellness and Recovery Forum on Saturday, October 20. Attendees enjoyed spirited discussions with doctors, specialists, and social workers who shared information on a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and veterans health issues.
New York Family Magazine Selects Metropolitan's Sarla Inamdar as One of NYC's Top Pediatricians

Dr. Sarla Inamdar, Chief of Pediatrics at Metropolitan Hospital Center, was named one of the city's top pediatricians, according to New York Family magazine. Dr. Inamdar was selected as one of 162 doctors, and is one of the nine doctors highlighted in the article. The annual list of the pediatricians and pediatric specialists, nominated and ranked by their peers, is intended as a guide for parents looking to find a provider for their children. To see the article, including the profiles and the full listing of doctors, follow the link below:
Metropolitan Hospital Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Metropolitan Hospital Center celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month on Friday, October 5, 2012 with a day full of health information, arts, and entertainment. As part of Take Care New York, hospital staff and representatives from local community based organizations offered a variety of health screenings at little or no cost, including HIV testing, nutritional counseling, smoking cessation information and much more. The annual event included cultural exhibits and artisan was also part of Binational Health Week, and offered in collaboration with the Consulates of Mexico and Colombia. In a addition to the wide range of information, attendants enjoyed a beautiful day with music and dancing. 

Learn With Us:   Back-to-School - Staying Healthy for Kids and Adults
On Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at 3:30 pm Dr. Jason Mack, Attending Physician at Metropolitan Hospital Center, led a discussion on how to prepare your children for school and how to keep them healthy throughout the whole year. Participants, including school age children, learned about avoiding infections and the important role of healthy nutrition. Health concerns affecting our community such as asthma, ADHD, anemia, and lead poisoning were addressed. It was a lively discussion with great audience participation. All enjoyed a lively conversation and after school snacks.
Learn With Us:  Eating Right for Life
On September 6, 2012, Dr. Nadia Duvilaire, Chief of Family Medicine at Metropolitan Hospital Center, led a discussion on eating right for every stage of life as part of the Learn with Us educational series. Participants at the Metropolitan Hospital Family Health Center (La Cínica Del Barrio) event learned about portion size, calorie counting, vitamins and supplements, and the role of exercise. All enjoyed a lively and informative presentation with active audience participation along with a light lunch.
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Learn With Us:
  Bone Health and Orthopedics
On August 12, 2012, Metropolitan Hospital Center kicked off the Learn with Us educational series with a presentation by Dr. Tyler Lucas, Chief of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Lucas discussed diagnosis and treatment of common orthopedics and sports injuires, with a special focus on keeping bones healthy and strong. The discussion included a Q&A session, where patients, staff, and community members were able to get detailed information about specific concerns. A light lunch was served full of nutrients to promote bone health. Learn With Us is a new monthly educational series on important health topics at Metropolitan Hospital, with additional dates scheduled throughout the year.

Harvest Home Metropolitan Farmers Market Returns
Metropolitan Hospital Center and its Community Advisory Board have joined forces again with Harvest Home Inc. to promote affordable, healthy dietary options for patients, visitors, staff, and residents of East Harlem and the Upper East Side. The market features fresh fruit and vegetables from local farms, and is part of a citywide effort to combat obesity and help New Yorkers stay healthy. Shoppers can pay for their purchases a number of ways: cash, EBT cards (food stamps), Green Checks, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons, WIC coupons, and Health Bucks. Health Bucks, worth $2 each, can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets. If you use food stamps, you will receive a Health Buck for every $5 you spend at the farmers market.
The Harvest Home Metropolitan Farmers Market is open every Friday through November 16, from 8 AM to 5 PM.
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Power of Aging Well Annual Health Festival
Metropolitan Hospital Center's Power of Aging Well Annual Health Festival took place on Thursday, June 21, 2012 in Thomas Jefferson Park. Presented in collaboration with NYC City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, NYC Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the NYC Department for the Aging, the event offered entertainment, art, exercise, and health screenings, along with a vast array of health-related information for seniors. Despite the hot weather, the festival was well attended, and all enjoyed an educational and entertaining event.
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Ribbon Cutting for New Pediatric Inpatient Unit
Metropolitan Hospital Center celebrated the grand opening of a new Inpatient Pediatric Unit with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 15. The new unit combines state-of-the-art equipment in an environment that fosters patient safety and care along with the comfort of patients and their caregivers.

Slavic Soul Party Performance
Metropolitan Hospital Center, along with Musical Connections, a program of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, welcomed Slavic Soul Party for a free musical concert at noon in the hospital's main lobby. Slavic Soul Party consists of nine musicians who play a blend of Balkan soul, Gypsy funk, jazz and Latin music. The hour-long performance included a tribute to nurses.

Cinco de Mayo Health Fair
On Friday, May 4, Metropolitan Hospital hosted a Cinco de Mayo Health Fair, sponsored by Healthfirst. Representatives from the Mexican Consulate joined hospital staff and community based organizations at the event, which featured mariachis, a live DJ, face painting and a wide range of valuable health information, including blood pressure and glucose screenings. The festival celebrated the rich history and diversity of Metropolitan Hospital's community.

El Diario Honors Elizabeth Guzman, CFO
Elizabeth Guzman, Chief Financial Officer at Metropolitan Hospital Center, was honored at El Diario-La Prensa's 17th annual Mujeres Destacadas luncheon celebrating "Latinas who are doing amazing work." The April 13th event highlighted the achievements of outstanding women who, by their excellence in a range of fields, serve as role models, inspirations, and mentors for young Latinas.
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Sospiro Winds Performs Concert
On Wednesday, January 25, patients, visitors, medical staff and hospital employees enjoyed a free lunchtime concert, courtesy of Sospiro Winds. The wind quintet, hailed as a "superb ensemble" and an exciting new force on the chamber music scene, performed a crowd-pleasing selection of classical, folk, and Latin music. The special event was presented by Metropolitan Hospital Center in collaboration with Musical Connections, a program of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.

Clarissa Spatas Sings at Metropolitan Hopsital Center
Metropolitan welcomed Clarissa Spatas, a rising Australian opera talent, for a special concert in the hospital's pediatric unit on January 17. Ms. Spatas performed a number of songs for an audience of patients, family, school children, and volunteers. The event was presented in collaboration with Soaringwords, which inspires hospitalized children nationwide to "Never give up!"
Neusa Alshuk, Sr. Children Counselor at Metropolitan, Lisa Honig Buksbaum, Soaringwords CEO & Founder, and Clarissa Spata

Metropolitan Hospital Center Welcomes Our First Baby of 2012
Dante Jeremiah Chano was the first baby born at Metropoiltan in the New Year and the first HHC baby of 2012. Weighing in at 8 lbs. 5.5 oz, and measuring 20 inches, Dante arrived at 12:02 AM. Mother Blanca and son were both doing well and spent New Year's Day resting, while enjoying all of the excitement that accompanies a New Year's baby. Dante joined siblings Adrian Justis, Brianna Justine, and Chastity Jaylene, all delivered at Metropolitan Hospital. We wish Dante Jeremiah and all of our Metropolitan babies and their families health and happiness.

Mother Blanca and baby Dante Jeremiah Chano celebrate 2012 along with Dr. Adrian Roznowski and Attending Physician Gladys Lee-Hwang.   

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