RELEASE October 24, 2012
CONTACT: Community Affairs
November Calendar Items
Events Sponsored by New York Methodist Hospital
For a limited time, New York Methodist Hospital is offering free lung cancer screenings for current or former smokers (having smoked within the past 15 years) between the ages of 55 to 74, with a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years, who have no prior history of lung cancer. A screening at NYM begins with a thorough evaluation by a program physician, followed by a low-dose, computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest, which provides detailed images of the patient’s lungs. Recent studies have shown that screening with low-dose spiral CT scans, compared to chest X-ray, reduces lung cancer deaths among older heavy smokers by 20 percent. If you think you qualify for a free lung cancer screening, get more information or make an appointment, by calling 718-780-LUNG (5864).
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.
This time of year can be especially hard when you are missing a loved one. New York Methodist Hospital offers a free Bereavement Support Group. This month the Bereavement Support Group will meet on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. NYM will also offer a Perinatal Bereavement Support Group which will meet later that evening from 8:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. on November 1. A licensed clinical social worker facilitates the group. The meetings will take place in the Buckley 8 Conference Room, 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information and to register please call 718-788-4991.
The New York Methodist Hospital Cancer Support Group, open to people with cancer and their family members, will meet on Thursday, November 1, 2012 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 6B, 501 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information please call 718-780-3593.
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 offers a Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group. This free group connects people with PH to each other and educates them on treatments and new developments for the disease. The next meeting will be held on Monday, November 5, 2012 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.
In recognition of Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month, health care professionals from NYM will be available to answer questions about pulmonary hypertension; or high blood pressure in the arteries which supply the lungs. Free educational information and giveaways will be offered. The event will take place on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Medical Pavilion Lobby, 263 Seventh Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Please call 718.780.5385 for information.
New York Methodist Hospital’s Parkinson’s Disease Program 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 November 8, 2012. The Deep Brain Stimulation Support Group meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month; this month the group will meet on Thursday, November 15, 2012. The Caregivers Support Group normally meets on the fourth Thursday but will meet on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 this month. 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.
November is American Diabetes Month, and in recognition, New York Methodist Hospital will host a free health fair, marking World Diabetes Day. The fair will feature free blood pressure screenings, free glucose screenings, and free foot evaluations; a diabetes educator, a pharmacist, and a nutritionist will also be available to answer questions. The Hospital will also offer free educational information and giveaways at the health fair. NYM will observe World Diabetes Day on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Hospital’s Carrington Pavilion Atrium, 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Please call 718-780-5367 for more information.
New York Methodist Hospital will also celebrate World COPD Day this November. The Hospital will host a health fair to spread awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Respiratory therapists will be available to answer questions and offer free spirometry screenings. Giveaways and educational materials will also be available. World COPD Day will be observed on Wednesday, November 14, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Hospital’s Medical Pavilion Lobby, 263 Seventh Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Please call 718-780-5367 for more information.
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, November 14, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, November 29, 2012 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.
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, November 21, 2012 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.
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 over 36,000 inpatients each year. An additional 300,000 outpatient visits and services are logged annually. The Hospital, founded in 1881, has undergone extensive renovation and modernization over the years. NYM offers 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.