NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island today announced it has received $250,000 in capital funding for neurological and cardiac medical equipment. The funding was secured by New York State Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus from the State and Municipal Facilities Program. The funding will help the hospital purchase an electroencephalogram (EEG) machine and a portable echocardiogram that will allow the hospital’s neurology and cardiology departments diagnose disorders with more accuracy and speed. The funding will also go towards a new Artisan Pro Link Special Staining System that will allow the pathology department to expedite the processing of special stains, which allows the presence or absence of certain cell types, structures and/or microorganisms to be viewed microscopically. The new funding secured by Assembly Member Frontus builds on NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island’s commitment to high-quality, comprehensive care for all South Brooklyn patients.
“NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island aims to deliver advanced clinical care to residents of South Brooklyn and beyond,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island CEO Svetlana Lipyanskaya. “We are extremely grateful to Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus for securing capital funding on our behalf, which will allow us to further improve the quality of care provided to our patients by having the requisite equipment to diagnose and treat their brain and heart disorders. And our pathology lab will now have state-of-the-art equipment to expedite their special stains.”
“It is my pleasure to support NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island with this grant of $250,000 for the purchase of new medical equipment. The hospital serves Coney Island and neighboring Southern Brooklyn communities with unparalleled care,” said Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus. “NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island provides critical healthcare services with a special emphasis on serving the public and their stewardship during the last year of the COVID-19 pandemic has proven that even further. Contributing to support the city’s public hospital system and the New Yorkers they serve is an honor.”
An EEG is an important tool in a neurologist’s arsenal that measures and records electrical activity in the brain. This test can help to diagnose and/or identify treatments for seizure disorders, stroke, sleep disorders and other brain damage/dysfunction. The portable echocardiogram machine for our cardiac care unit, will allow providers to evaluate the flow of blood through the heart and to see the effect of treatment on the valves and chambers of the heart. And, an Artisan Link Pro Special Staining System will allow providers to streamline the processing of special stains, which are currently done manually. With the new equipment, the quality of the stains will be more consistent, reliable, and independent of the technologist performing the test. Additionally, the instrument affords us the opportunity to potentially do some of the stains in-house, which offers uniformity and consistency of the quality of the stains.
“We are very thankful to the Assemblywoman and the hospital leadership’s commitment to acquiring the Artisan Link Pro Special Staining System, which is cutting-edge technology that will save time, automate the special staining process, and potentially perform some of the most advanced immunohistochemistry tests in house – making us stand-out from other labs,” said Director of Clinical Lab Operations at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island Stanislav Grinberg, MS, Ph.D.
“The acquisition of a portable echo machine for our cardiac cath lab will be invaluable in providing care in the management of patients with acute heart attack. It will provide us a tool to deliver complex care safely, diagnose post heart attack complications early, and improve overall care. We are very thankful to Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus for her generous support and the hospital leadership’s commitment to provide high quality care to our patients” said Chief of Cardiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island Sudhanva Hegde, MD.
“The EEG plays a critical and crucial role in the management of medical illnesses, especially acute and critically ill patients, where the diagnosis is unclear. It facilitates faster diagnosis and treatment and this leads to improved outcomes. The EEG is an indisputable tool in the practice of modern medicine, and we are so grateful for Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus’s support” said Chief of the Neurology Department at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island Hillary Clarke, MD.
In 2019, Coney Island Hospital performed over 5,000 echocardiograms and 3,000 electroencephalograms, and with the acquisition of these critical medical equipment, even more lives will be saved.
To learn more about NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island services, or to make an appointment, call 844-NYC-4NYC.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island is a member of the NYC Health + Hospitals health care system and has served the Southern Brooklyn community since 1875. The 371-bed hospital has more than 2,900 staff. Inpatient services account for 18,000 discharges annually and an extensive ambulatory care program serves more than 300,000 outpatient primary care and specialty care visits annually. Its emergency room sees more than 72,000 visits every year. Clinical centers of excellence include: Primary Care, Adolescent Medicine and Behavioral Health.
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