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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      January  23, 2013
                                                                                                                                  For more information
                                                                                                                   CONTACT: Community Affairs
                                                                                                                                            (718) 780-5367

February Calendar Items

Events Sponsored by New York Methodist Hospital


New York Methodist Hospital offers a free Breastfeeding Support Group for new mothers. This group, which is also open to mothers who did not deliver their babies at NYM, meets weekly on Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Breastfeeding Support Group focuses on providing encouragement and information for mothers and their newborns, from birth to three months old. A certified lactation consultant leads the group. The meetings take place in the Hospital’s Wesley House, Rooms 3K-C, 501 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information please call 718-780-5081.

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The Division of Dental Medicine at New York Methodist Hospital and the American Dental Association will sponsor Give Kids A Smile Day! on Friday, February 1, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Children, ages one to 16, are invited to attend and receive free dental screenings, including sealant placement, cleanings, x-rays and more, if applicable. Educational information will also be offered. The event will take place in the offices of the Hospital’s Division of Dental Medicine, located on the first floor of the Kirkwood Pavilion, 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Walk-ins are welcome; no appointment is necessary. For more information please call 718-780-5412.

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Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a disease indicated by high blood pressure in the arteries that supply blood to the lungs. PH affects people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds. New York Methodist Hospital hosts a free Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group. This group connects people with PH and educates them on treatments and new developments for the disease. The next meeting will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Hospital’s Wesley House, Room 7A, 501 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information and to register (required) please call 718-780-5614.

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The New York Methodist Hospital Cancer Support Group will meet on Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both a physician and a chaplain lead the group. The meeting will take place in the Hospital’s Wesley House 6A, 501 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information please call 718-780-3593.

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According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, an estimated six million people (or one in every 50) in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm. New York Methodist Hospital offers highly advanced technology and expert physicians to provide services for the treatment of aneurysms and reversal of strokes. NYM also offers a free support group for patients who have suffered from brain aneurysms or subarachnoid hemorrhages (SAH). The Brain Aneurysm Support Group will meet on Saturday, February 4, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The meeting will take place in the Hospital’s Executive Dining Room, located at 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information and to register (required) please call 718-246-8610.

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New York Methodist Hospital’s Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders offers a number of support groups for patients with neurological disorders and their caregivers. The Parkinson’s Support Group meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month; this month the group will meet on Thursday, February 14, 2013. The Caregivers Support Group meets on the third Thursday of the month; this month the group will meet on Thursday, February 21, 2013. The Deep Brain Stimulation Support Group meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month; this month the group will meet on Thursday, February 28, 2013. All support groups take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Hospital. Please call 646-704-1792 for location, more information and to register.

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Hepatitis C (HVC) is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that over four million Americans are infected with HCV. New York Methodist Hospital hosts a Hepatitis C Support Group for people living with HVC and their loved ones. The group is directed by a physician specializing in liver disorders. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Hospital’s Executive Dining Room, located at 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information or to make a reservation (required) please call 718-780-5367.

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New York Methodist Hospital welcomes families to “get their dance on” at Day of Dance on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013. Classes to be offered include ballroom, ballet, zumba, hip hop, belly dancing, hula hoop, and a salsa lesson led by two-time World Salsa Champion Anya Katsevam. As part of the event, NYM will also offer screenings for blood pressure, glucose/blood sugar, cholesterol, and body-mass index, as well as a “pharmacy brown bag” session. The Day of Dance will be held at New York Methodist Hospital’s Carrington Pavilion, 506 Sixth Street in Brooklyn, on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.) Admission is $10, and kids under 12 attend for free. To register, or for more information, go to nym.org/dance, or call 855-NYM-WELL.

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Obesity is an epidemic that impacts over nine million Americans. More and more people who are affected by obesity are seeking information about surgical weight reduction. New York Methodist Hospital offers a free Surgical Weight Reduction Information Seminar and Support Group. This month the group will meet on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During the first 30 minutes of the seminar, a surgeon will conduct an information session for individuals who are interested in learning about the surgery. A 90-minute support group meeting, open to pre- and post-operative patients will follow the information session. The event will take place in the Hospital’s Executive Dining Room, 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information please call 718-780-3288.

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About New York Methodist Hospital

New York Methodist Hospital (NYM), a voluntary, acute-care teaching facility located in Brooklyn's Park Slope, houses 651 inpatient beds (including bassinets) and provides services to about 40,000 inpatients each year. An additional 350,000 outpatient visits and services are logged annually. The Hospital, founded in 1881, has undergone extensive renovation and modernization over the years. NYM has Institutes in the following areas: Advanced and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Asthma and Lung Disease; Cancer Care; Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery; Digestive and Liver Disorders; Diabetes and Other Endocrine Disorders; Vascular Medicine and Surgery; Family Care; Neurosciences; Orthopedic Medicine and Surgery and Women's Health. New York Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Cornell Medical College and is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.