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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 17, 2013
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CONTACT: Community Affairs
(718) 780-5367

May Calendar Items

Events and Support Groups Sponsored by New York Methodist Hospital

New York Methodist Hospital offers a free Breastfeeding Support Group for new mothers. This group 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 New York Methodist Hospital Cancer Support Group will meet on Thursday, May 2, 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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New York Methodist Hospital has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to participate as an enrollment site for their Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3). Findings from the study will help shed light on ways to prevent cancer. The American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program invites men and women between ages 30 and 65 who have no prior personal history of cancer to join the CPS-3. The enrollment will take place on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in NYM’s Carrington Atrium Lobby, located at 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Visit cps3brooklyn.org for more information and to register (required).
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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, May 9, 2013. The Caregivers Support Group meets on the third Thursday of the month; this month the group will meet on Thursday, May 16, 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, May 23, 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 HVC. 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, May 15, 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 please call 718-780-5367.
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The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 1.5 million Americans, and at least five million people worldwide, have a form of lupus. Join Mona Pervil, M.D., rheumatologist at New York Methodist Hospital, as she speaks on “Lupus and the Effect of Medication.” The lecture is sponsored by the SLE Lupus Foundation. The presentation will take place on Thursday, May 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in New York Methodist Hospital’s East Pavilion Auditorium, 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Call 212.685.4118 to register (required).
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Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year about 700,000 Americans suffer from a new or recurrent stroke. May is American Stroke Month and in observance, New York Methodist Hospital will sponsor Stroke Alert Day. This health fair will feature free screenings as well as stroke risk assessment. There will be free educational information from the American Stroke Association and NYM’s healthcare professionals will be available to answer questions. Stroke Alert Day will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Hospital’s Medical Office Pavilion Lobby, 263 Seventh Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Please call 718-780-5367 for more information.
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Over 18 million Americans suffer from diabetes, the disease which occurs when the body fails to produce enough insulin or when the produced insulin does not work as effectively as it should. This month, New York Methodist Hospital is offering a free Diabetes Support Group. The group is run by a certified diabetes educator and is open to individuals living with diabetes, and those who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. The Diabetes Support Group will meet on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Hospital’s Wesley House 6A, 501 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information and to register (required) please call 718-246-8603.
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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, May 8, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, May 23, 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.

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. In addition, approximately 500,000 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.

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