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Hispanic Heritage - Honoring Our Heritage. Building Our Future.
September 18, 2015
Metropolitan Hospital commemorated Hispanic Heritage Month on Friday, September 18, with a health fair and celebration at the hospital’s Second Avenue entrance. This year’s theme was Honoring Our Heritage. Building Our Future. The festivities included health education, screenings, and informational tabling from hospital departments and community partners, as well as cultural exhibits, delicious food, and lots of music and dancing.

Metropolitan PRIDE
June 28, 2015
Metropolitan staff, family, and friends participated in two NYC LGBT Pride events on Sunday, June 28. We offered health screenings and prizes while raising visibility for our programs and services.

A Celebration of Life
June 14, 2015
Metropolitan celebrated the 19th annual National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 14. Organized by the Oncology Department, the event featured musical presentations, poetry readings, dancing, and moving testimonials from cancer survivors and their families.

Senior Health Fair
June 11, 2015
The Power of Aging Well Annual Health Festival drew over 800 seniors to Thomas Jefferson Park last week. The festival included entertainment, art, exercise, and health screenings by dozens of hospital departments for seniors. The event is produced by the Metropolitan’s Outreach team in collaboration with NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the NYC Department for the Aging, MetroPlus Medicare, and a group of community partners.

CAB Annual Public Meeting
June 4, 2015
The Community Advisory Board held its Annual Public Meeting on June 4. The CAB reported back to the community on their work over the previous year and recognized individuals with awards for their work on behalf of the Metropolitan Hospital community. The CAB presented the John B. Corser MD Award for Community Health Service Award to Chief Nurse Executive Lillian Diaz.

Dr. John T. Pellicone Named Chief Medical Officer at HHC Metropolitan Hospital Center
Mar. 24, 2015
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) today announced that John T. Pellicone, MD, FACP, FCCP, FAACVPR, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer of HHC Metropolitan Hospital Center (MHC) and will lead efforts to expand access to healthcare for all, improve the patient experience, and continue providing excellent preventive care and chronic disease management to improve community health. Dr. Pellicone is a pulmonologist by training and most recently served as Chief Medical Officer of two hospitals within the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System. Read more

Anthony Rajkumar Named Executive Director of Metropolitan Hospital Center
Feb. 20, 2015
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) President and CEO, Ram Raju M.D., today announced that Anthony Rajkumar has been appointed Executive Director of HHC Metropolitan Hospital Center (MHC). Located in East Harlem, Metropolitan is an acute care, teaching hospital providing comprehensive healthcare and supportive services to residents of East Harlem and surrounding communities. Metropolitan is a full-service community hospital, with 338 certified beds and over 90 primary and specialty services, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, a comprehensive surgery department, physical medicine and rehabilitation services, and a behavioral health pavilion with inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse programs. Read more

Metropolitan's First Baby of 2015
Jan. 1, 2015
Introducing Ethan Mark Delgado Lama, born at Metropolitan Hospital Center on New Year's Day at 12:12 AM. Baby Ethan, who weighed 5 lbs. 7.8 oz., and measured 48 cms, is shown with his proud parents Hugo Daniel Delgado and Shreya Lama. Mother and child are both doing well. Join us in congratulating the happy family and wishing them many years of health and happiness! Although not the first NYC baby of 2015, Baby Ethan's birth was noted in a number of news stories.

A special visitor from the North Pole greets Pediatric patients!
Dec. 20, 2014
More than 1,200 children received gifts at Metropolitan's annual Pediatric Holiday Party. The celebration for patients and their families was presented in collaboration with the MHC Auxiliary and the Committee of Interns and Residents.

Turkey distribution
Nov. 24, 2014
On the Monday before Thanksgiving, volunteers from MUFG Union Bank returned to Metropolitan as they do every year to share their warm generosity with our patients. This year they distributed more than 150 turkeys with all the trimmings to some our neediest patients and their families. Thank you!

Breast Health Lecture
Nov. 17, 2014
Dr. Anitha Srinivasan
Author and breast cancer survivor Geralyn Lucas and
Dr. Anitha Srinivasan
Dr. Anitha Srinivasan, Attending Surgeon at Metropolitan Hospital Center, provided an update on "Breast Health: What All Women Should Know" with important information about early detection, preventative care, and treatment options. Dr. Srinivasan was joined by author and motivational speaker Geralyn Lucas, who shared her personal experiences as a breast cancer survivor. Ms. Lucas also provided audience members with signed copies of her latest book, Then Came Life. The lecture was part of Learn With Us, Metropolitan's series of informational sessions on important health topics impacting the hospital community. View flyer

East Harlem nurses welcome patients to new LGBT clinic
Nov. 12, 2014
Clifettia Grissett, RN
MHC In the News
Metropolitan's Comprehensive LGBT Health Center was featured in an article on The article, entitled, "East Harlem nurses welcome patients to new LGBT clinic" highlights the role of our nurses in creating a welcoming, safe environment for LGBT patients and includes interviews with Lillian Diaz, Chief Nursing Officer, and Clifettia Grissett, Staff Nurse in Ambulatory Care Services.

Metropolitan Hospital Center Receives Grant at Avon Walk for
Breast Cancer
Oct. 20, 2014
Judith Santana, Alma T. Rockaway and Maria Delfina Rodriguez from the Metropolitan's MAS Progtram accept the check from the Avon Foundation for Women.
The 12th annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer season continued in New York this weekend, raising $7 million to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer. HHC Metropolitan Hospital Center was one of eleven local organizations that received a grant from the Avon Foundation for Women at the Closing Ceremony. Read more

Wig it for Cancer
Sept. 30, 2014
Metropolitan Hospital Center hosted “Wig It For Cancer,” a very special event in support of women with cancer. More than 30 women attended the event and received natural hair wigs, donated by local community group Sistas Fulfilling Dreams. The event was open to Metropolitan Hospital patients, staff and other women in the community undergoing cancer treatment. Women with cancer often confront hair loss as a side effect of their treatment. The event was intended to help boost self-esteem and self-image, while creating a space for support and sharing.

Sistas Fulfilling Dreams is a group of passionate women seeking to inspire and make dreams come true. The group was organized to uplift, support and fulfill the dreams of men, women, and children in their own community. This was their first event with Metropolitan. After the warm reception they received from our patients and staff, they are eager to come back and do more.

A number of hospital departments and programs collaborated to make "Wig It For Cancer" a huge success, including Volunteers, the Infusion Center, MAS, Community Outreach, Business Development, Hospital Police, and Administration. The event was also supported by the American Cancer Society. View flyer

Teddy Bear Clinic at Back to School Health Fair
Aug. 2, 2014
Pediatrician Jason Mack led children in a Teddy Bear Clinic at the Back to School health fair at Metropolitan Hospital Center. The children, with their own little lab coats and stethoscopes. conducted a series of pretend medical exams, such as heart check-ups, body measurements and ear checks on their teddy bear patients. Dr. Mack hopes that as a result, children become familiarized with the roles of doctors and nurses so that they are more comfortable in a medical environment and less anxious should they ever need medical attention. Participants also received health screenings, school supplies, and giveaways, provided by Metropolitan, Healthfirst and X96.3.
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. View flyer
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. View Flyer
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!