Building Skills New York names Bronx ‘Worker of the Month’
Building Skills New York, a nonprofi
Building Skills New York Names Latroy Ewell
‘Worker of the Month.’
Photo courtesy of Building Skills New York
t organization working to provide underserved
New Yorkers with good paying
jobs, announced today its fi rst ever Bronx
Worker of the Month, Latroy Ewell.
Ewell came to Building Skills NY
through the Hope program. He now works
as a roofer at Bronx Commons with Klein
Last year Building Skills New York fi lled
235 NYC construction and related jobs,
with Bronx residents making up 41 percent
of workers placed.
Building Skills helps New Yorkers fi nd
work through free job training and job
placement services. Additionally, Building
Skills continues to provide on-the-job
support to all of our workers as they work
to broaden their skillset and advance their
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The New York City Department of
Environmental Protection is sponsoring
Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance
from May to October, one to two hours after
high tide, 20 minutes per week.
What are fl oatables?
Floatables are waterborne waste materials
that fl oat. Styrofoam, balloons and
fi shing line are considered fl oatables. Raw
sewage and medical waste are also fl oatables.
Help save turtles, birds, fi sh, and other
marine life from ingesting these items or
from being entangled in fi shing lines and
other assorted litter.
You do not have to pick up or touch anything.
To become a monitor, you just need
to record the various types of debris on
your favorite beach or surrounding waters,
once each week during the season.
DEP needs your help in order to be
aware of potential fl oatable problems as
early as possible.
Volunteers will receive all materials
necessary for monitoring, including letters
of authorization and acknowledgement.
If you have any questions, contact call
(212) 889-4216 or email: ozonelayerllc@
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SBH Bronx Health Talk is the fi rst
health podcast developed by a hospital in
Developed by SBH Health System
from its studios at St. Barnabas Hospital,
the podcast is available on Spotify, Apple
iTunes, Google Play, Podbean, and its
www.sbhbronxhealthtalk.org website (as
well as the hospital’s www.sbhny.org website).
The weekly 15-minute program offers
a close-up of medical and health care news
in the Bronx.
The podcast has, or will shortly, feature
episodes on adolescent health, spring allergies,
joint replacement, weight loss surgery,
addiction medicine, stroke, geriatric
care, maternal care/midwifery, varicose
veins, WIC services, contraception, and
A podcast is an original free service
that allows Internet users to pull audio fi les
from a podcasting website to listen on their
computers, phones or personal digital audio
players whenever they want.
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NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln announced
that its Department of Obstetrics/
Gynecology and Division of Neonatology
had achieved Perinatal Care Certifi cation
by The Joint Commission.
The Joint Commission accredits and
certifi es nearly 21,000 health care organizations
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and programs in the United States,
and its accreditation standards ensure a
hospital’s commitment to meeting certain
performance standards. NYC Health +
Hospitals/Lincoln is the fi rst in the public
hospital system and fi rst in the south Bronx
to receive this honor. The certifi cation recognizes
Lincoln’s rigorous commitment to
maternal and infant health.
Further, it recognizes the hospital’s
dedication to achieving integrated, coordinated
and patient-centered care for newborns,
mothers and families. Improving
maternal health has been a central focus of
NYC Health + Hospitals and the de Blasio
administration, and this effort builds on the
efforts undertaken by NYC Health + Hospitals
to ensure safe maternity care at all
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln underwent
a rigorous onsite review in October
to assess its compliance with certifi cation
standards for perinatal care. During the review,
Joint Commission experts completed
an independent evaluation of the hospital’s
perinatal health care services, as well as
the following key requirements:
• Integrated, coordinated patient-centered
care that starts with prenatal and
continues through postpartum care
• Early identifi cation of high-risk pregnancies
• Management of mothers’ and newborns’
risks at a level corresponding to the
• Available patient education and information
about perinatal care services
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln uses
the Perinatal Care standards of the American
Congress of OB/GYN and the American
Academy of Pediatrics as well as The
Joint Commission’s perinatal care core
performance measures for managing and
monitoring aspects of perinatal care that
are critical to improving and maintaining
the health of newborns and their mothers.
As a part of the review, the Joint Commission
documents that all clinical teams are
strong, connected and collaborative within
the hospital’s Obstetrics Department and
Neonatology Division, and the plan of care
for mother, baby and family comes from
communications with all relevant departments.
To minimize the risk of adverse
events occurring during labor and delivery,
the plan and processes of care are updated
regularly for any eventuality.
As part of the effort to improve maternal
health, Lincoln regularly engages in emergency
drills to sharpen competencies for
emergency situations on the unit. Staff are
required to obtain an Obstetrics Advanced
Certifi cation in Life Safety, in addition to
participating in performance improvement
activities, such as surgical site infection
best practices and participating in a project
to improve communications among the
clinical staff called, “Leveling Up of C Section
by Labor and Delivery.” Other performance
improvement activities have been
focused on hemorrhage, pregnancy induced
hypertension and neonatal resuscitation
practices. The Neonatal intensive
Care Unit has focused on the prevention of
an infection in newborns associated with IV
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Consider donating new gift items to
Jeanne Jugan Residence, located at
2999 Schurz Avenue. These items can be
sold annually in its gift shop and Christmas
Bazaar. They have a special need for
brand new toys. Other items include costume
jewelry, gift sets, electronic items,
specialty items, new tagged clothing, accessories
and collectibles. They are unable
to take VHS, used dish sets, loose
glassware/vases, books or used bedding
of any kind.
If you have a question concerning a donation
contact Joanne at (347) 329-1800.
Drop off week days if possible. Make sure
donations are securely packaged and labeled
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An Open House for the Summer Day
Camp at Lehman College Continuing
Education is being held on Saturdays,
May 18 and June 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Meet the camp director, tour the Lehman
College campus and learn about the exciting
summer we offer children ages 6-12 at
this popular and affordable day camp. C
hildren have the opportunity to engage
in academic enrichment, swimming (water
safety), computer technology, self-defense,
sports, arts and crafts and more.
Free breakfast and lunch are provided.
Numerous convenient schedules such
as full days or half days are available, as
is a choice of enrolling for July and/or August.
Early bird discounts are offered; early
registration is advised as places fi ll quickly.
The camp is licensed by the NYC Department
of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The Open Houses are held in Carman
Hall on the Lehman College campus, 250
Bedford Park Boulevard West.
For additional information or a catalog
of summer classes for adults and children,
call (718) 960-8512 or visit www.lehman.
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NYC Health + Hospitals honored 23
physicians during its annual “Doctors’ Day”
celebration. Physicians from the health
system’s hospitals, community health centers,
and post-acute care facilities were
recognized for being highly skilled, mission
driven physicians dedicated to advancing
public health. Refl ecting a range of
specialties and years of service, the awardwinning
physicians were drawn from NYC
Health + Hospitals’ multi-ethnic and multicultural
workforce, showcasing the health
system’s strength in providing culturally
competent care to all, without exception.
The ceremony was held at Baruch College,
with honorees surrounded by close family
Bronx honorees include: Belvis, Oyebisi
Jegede, MD, Attending Physician, Infectious
Disease and Internal Medicine; Jacobi,
Sheldon H. Teperman, MD, FACS, Trauma
Medical Director; Lincoln, Pronoy Kumar
Roy, MD, Unit Chief, Inpatient Psychiatry;
and North Central Bronx, Lorenzo L. Scotti,
DPM, DABFAS, Director of Podiatry.
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Stop by the PSS City Island Center, located
at 116 City Island Avenue, Monday
through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Experience
their exercise classes from gentle
yoga stretch, balance class, arthritis workshop
and tai chi as well as the fi t for life and
cardio fi t. They also offer acrylic painting,
calligraphy, canasta, health presentations,
singing group, and parties. Lunch is served
from noon to 1 p.m., suggested donation
$2. The center participants go on shopping
trips every day; i.e. Shop Rite, Dollar
Tree, Target, Kmart ,as well as theatre excursions,
boat trips, special luncheons and
more. It’s free to become a member but
you must be 60 years or above. For more
information contact Patty at (718) 885-
0727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for their
Upcoming Special Events: Fridays at
1:15 p.m., singing group with professional
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Do you need help getting to and from
your medical appointments? Transportation
services are available to seniors Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in
community districts 9, 10, 11 and 12. The
program provides door-to-door service for
all medical appointments. Their drivers are
courteous and professional; and their vehicles
are clean and handicap accessible,
including wheelchair lifts.
For further information, contact Mildred
Cardona, program director of the R.A.I.N.
Transportation Program, at (718) 882-