Councilmember Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst) stood with the Latino Commission on AIDS and many other advocates on October 15, National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, on the steps of City Hall to promote awareness and HIV testing. Since the councilmember’s election, he has advocated with the commission to stop the stigma around testing for HIV. “I thank the Latino Commission on AIDS for inviting me to stand with them on National Latino AIDS Awareness Day,” said Dromm. “As an openly gay councilmember representing a district that is 40 percent Latino and also has a large LGBT community, I want to say that speaking out about HIV and AIDS is important. The more we talk, the more we will eliminate the stigma surrounding this disease. It’s important that everyone get tested. HIV/AIDS is preventable and treatable.” More than 37,000 Latino New Yorkers are living with HIV.
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Elmhurst Hospital Center opened its new Chest Pain Observation Unit Monday, capping a long-awaited, $1 million project which the staff said will ease their crowded emergency room.
“This is something that surely is needed here in this hospital,” said Antonio Martin, executive vice president of the city Health and Hospitals Corp., which operates Elmhurst Hospital Center.
The hospital, at 79-01 Broadway in Elmhurst, received $1 million in funding for the 13-bed unit from City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and the Council’s Queens delegation.
Chris Constantino, executive director for Elmhurst Hospital Center, said it had been given the funding in 2011 and started using the unit right after Monday’s ribbon-cutting.
“When we clear this out, we will start wheeling patients in,” he said.
Elmhurst’s new unit will be run by the emergency room staff with an assist by the cardiology staff. Constantino said under Medicare and Medicaid, patients who have chest pains but have not had a heart attack should be in an observation unit so medical staff can properly diagnose the best care. Patients can stay in the room for up to 23 hours for various tests such as sonograms and stress tests.
Dromm, who has taken his mother to the hospital for care in the past, said it has been a campaign promise of his to support Elmhurst in light of the numerous hospital closures that have taken place across the borough. He said Elmhurst is vitally important to the immigrant community, who often use the hospital for primary care.
“Elmhurst, in fact, is the place you go if you’re undocumented,” he said.
Queens has had several hospitals shut down over the past five, including the 2007 closing of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Flushing, the 2008 closing of Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills, the 2009 closings of Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica and St. John’s Hospital Queens in Elmhurst and the closure two months ago of Peninsula Hospital in the Rockaways.
Constantino said even though Peninsula Hospital was far from Elmhurst, the ripple effects from the shutdown have still been felt at the center, which has seen a residual increase in demand.
“This room couldn’t come at a better time,” he said.
Monday’s ribbon-cutting for the new unit was greeted enthusiastically by about 100 hospital staff members, as well as a group of visiting nurses and doctors from China’s Fujian Provincial Hospital.
“This area is going to be a great help to our patients,” said Dr. Jasmin Moshirpur, regional director for the Queens Health Network, “to our nurses especially.”
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A Greenmarket official is to present a proposal on Thursday to Community Board 3’s Transportation Committee to close a portion of 78th St., between 34th Ave. and Northern Blvd.
The board is slated to vote on the plan on Jan. 19.
During the summer, the block is transformed into a car-free community play street next to Travers Park.
“If the street is closed off on Sundays, it creates more space, which allows for a safer market and a much more enjoyable market,” said Michael Hurwitz, director of GrowNYC’s Greenmarket program.
“It just provides more space for kids’ activities, cooking demonstrations,” he said.
The market has no plans at this time to expand, Hurwitz said.
“I’m supportive of their efforts to close down 78th St. on Sundays,” City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said. “It makes more sense that the Greenmarket be on that street.”
Len Maniace, vice president of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, said the closure would make the market safer.
“When you’ve got pedestrians crossing the street and people shopping right near traffic, it’s a potential problem,” he said. “When people are shopping, they’re not necessarily thinking about traffic.”
Dudley Stewart, president of Jackson Heights Green Alliance, said the shutdown could also benefit local children.
“If it’s closed the kids could definitely play on it,” he said.
The neighborhood has one of the smallest amounts of park land in the five boroughs.
Community leaders have been pushing the city to turn 78th St. into a permanent pedestrian plaza to connect Travers Park to an open field at the Garden School, an adjacent private school.
The city is in talks to purchase the roughly 29,000-square-foot field from the cash-strapped nursery-through-12th-grade school. The property would be used as park land on evenings and weekends when school is over.
But the discussions have been dragging on for more than a year.
“I’m confident the parties are working out the details,” Dromm said. “Hopefully we’ll have good news in the near future.”
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