When members of Winthrop-University Hospital administration recently traveled to the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Annual Conference, they had something special to look forward to.
During the June 24-26 meeting at the Sagamore on Lake George, Winthrop was presented the 2009 HANYS Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety (Large Hospital Category) from HANYS. The award was in recognition of the hospital’s program that changed medication ordering processes leading to a very successful implementation of a Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) system that dramatically enhanced patient safety and improved the quality of patient care. On hand to accept the award were John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop, and Maureen Gaffney, RPAC, RN, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Information Officer.
Last month, I wrote about all the wonderful Farmers’ Markets in our area. We are so fortunate to be able to buy fresh local produce and other assorted items from craftspeople who are our neighbors and friends.
This month, it has come to my attention that there is a problem with some of our tomatoes. According to Cornell Cooperative Extension, there is something called late blight which is affecting tomato and potato plants. This is the same disease that caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s, so whether you have a small backyard garden like I do, or you are a major nursery, late blight is a disease to which we must all pay attention but be careful not to confuse with early blight, which is much less devastating. According to the experts, it is very destructive and very infectious. It presents with at least nickel-sized olive green to brown spots on leaves with slightly white fungal growth on the underside when conditions have been humid – early morning or after a rainfall. Sometimes the border of the spot is yellow or has a water-soaked appearance..Spots begin tiny, irregularly shaped, and brown. Firm, leather-like brown spots develop on tomato fruit.
The clergy and congregational leaders of Mineola are united in expressing outrage that our community has been violated by the vandalism that defaced the doors of our local synagogue on Friday, July 3. We wish to express our strong support for Rabbi Anchelle Perl and the entire membership of Congregation Beth Shalom Chabad.
Our nation, celebrating its 233rd birthday on July 4, was founded on the premise that men and women could worship God according to the dictates of their consciences in relative freedom and safety. For 2009, the people of Mineola have been exposed to the ugliness of bias, hate and evil on the eve of the celebration of freedom. Too many of our forebearers, along with many now serving in uniform, have suffered and died to defend liberty and freedom. We, therefore, must honor their sacrifice by speaking out at such a time as this.
The potential effects of common medications on liver function often lead to concerns about their use. Almost every medication in existence today can cause liver test abnormalities and most carry warnings to use with caution in people with underlying liver disease. We are all aware that too much acetaminophen can be toxic to the liver or that some cholesterol lowering agents can cause mild changes in liver enzymes. The real questions are: Are these changes important? How do they occur and are they preventable? The last question is the easiest to answer. Most of the minor changes in liver enzymes are not preventable. Many people take over-the-counter products called “liver detoxifiers or purifiers” in order to prevent liver injury. Although many people spend a lot of money on these natural products, the whole concept of a liver purifier is non-scientific and none of these products have been proven to be advantageous to the taker. They are, of course, advantageous to the seller. In fact, many of these products are associated with significant liver injury.
It is my hope that by the time that you read this, the stalemate that has gripped the Senate will be over.
Over the last few weeks, the residents of the State of New York have unfortunately seen government at its worst. On June 8, the Senate Republicans, with their new leader, Pedro Espada of the Bronx, derailed the end of the legislative session with a poorly thought out coup attempt.
New York State Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R, C, I – East Meadow) today announced the passage of legislation in the Assembly that will modernize the sex offender registry to provide automatic e-mail notifications to New York state residents whenever a Level 2 or Level 3 sex offender moves into their community.
Mineola is in danger. The ill-conceived consolidation plan of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo could mean the end of Mineola and the other villages. The consolidation plan is good as far as eliminating overlapping special districts. This could reduce taxes. But, exceptions should be made for villages. If 10 percent of eligible voters in Mineola, that would be about 1,100 people, petition for the elimination of a village, it has to be put up for a village-wide referendum. We have no trouble with that. But and it’s a huge but, if the county legislature votes to eliminate the villages, then Mineola and all other villages could be dissolved. In other words, the county legislature could decide our fate regardless of what we want. This is a terrible injustice. The fight against it is bi-partisan; Democrat Craig Johnson and Republican Tom McKevitt are both opposed. The village is the most efficient, economical entity in the state. To eliminate them would be madness.
The Swine Flu strikes the board of education. At least that’s what the audience of about 60 community members and school district employees thought we might hear announced on Thursday night when the June 18 Mineola Board of Education meeting was unexpectedly cancelled. After all, why else would three board members “no-show” the last business meeting of the fiscal school year? There must have been a valid, acceptable explanation, right?
Some of you may be thinking, “Oh, those three are probably making a statement of some kind because this was, coincidentally, the last meeting of our current superintendent and board president.”
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