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Governor Hochul at WHMC to Unveil Plan to Combat Maternal and Infant Mortality

On January 4, 2024, Governor Kathy Hochul visited Wyckoff Heights Medical Center to unveil the third proposal of her 2024 State of the State: a comprehensive six-point plan to combat maternal and infant mortality in New York. Recent CDC statistics revealed an increase in infant mortality – for the first time in over two decades. To address this crisis, Governor Hochul will introduce new policies and legislation to expand access to high-quality prenatal care, reduce costs for mothers and families, fight postpartum depression and support infants in the first months of their lives.

Said Governor Hochul, “For the first time in two decades, our infant mortality rates…actually went up. And that is so shocking. Mothers and babies are dying unnecessarily across the nation, and right here in New York. This can only be called a crisis. And as the first mom Governor, this is personal…And I’m committed to taking action to fix it.”

She continued, “Every mother, every family deserves to have the joy and excitement associated with pregnancy and childbirth, not fear and trepidation as we bring these little people into the world. When all families have the support they need… we keep moms and babies alive, and our potential is limitless…We can do better. I know we can…So, as a mom, as your Governor, that is my commitment to all of you.”

January 4, 2024 — Brooklyn, NY — Governor Kathy Hochul unveils the third proposal of her 2024 State of the State: a comprehensive six-point plan to combat maternal and infant mortality in New York. Recent CDC statistics revealed an increase in infant mortality – for the first time in over two decades. To address this crisis, Governor Hochul will introduce new policies and legislation to expand access to high-quality prenatal care, reduce costs for mothers and families, fight postpartum depression and support infants in the first months of their lives. (Susan Watts/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)
January 4, 2024 — Brooklyn, NY — Governor Kathy Hochul unveils the third proposal of her 2024 State of the State: a comprehensive six-point plan to combat maternal and infant mortality in New York. Recent CDC statistics revealed an increase in infant mortality – for the first time in over two decades. To address this crisis, Governor Hochul will introduce new policies and legislation to expand access to high-quality prenatal care, reduce costs for mothers and families, fight postpartum depression and support infants in the first months of their lives. (Susan Watts/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)
January 4, 2024 — Brooklyn, NY — Governor Kathy Hochul unveils the third proposal of her 2024 State of the State: a comprehensive six-point plan to combat maternal and infant mortality in New York. Recent CDC statistics revealed an increase in infant mortality – for the first time in over two decades. To address this crisis, Governor Hochul will introduce new policies and legislation to expand access to high-quality prenatal care, reduce costs for mothers and families, fight postpartum depression and support infants in the first months of their lives. (Susan Watts/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)
January 4, 2024 — Brooklyn, NY — Governor Kathy Hochul unveils the third proposal of her 2024 State of the State: a comprehensive six-point plan to combat maternal and infant mortality in New York. Recent CDC statistics revealed an increase in infant mortality – for the first time in over two decades. To address this crisis, Governor Hochul will introduce new policies and legislation to expand access to high-quality prenatal care, reduce costs for mothers and families, fight postpartum depression and support infants in the first months of their lives. (Susan Watts/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)
January 4, 2024 — Brooklyn, NY — Governor Kathy Hochul unveils the third proposal of her 2024 State of the State: a comprehensive six-point plan to combat maternal and infant mortality in New York. Recent CDC statistics revealed an increase in infant mortality – for the first time in over two decades. To address this crisis, Governor Hochul will introduce new policies and legislation to expand access to high-quality prenatal care, reduce costs for mothers and families, fight postpartum depression and support infants in the first months of their lives. (Susan Watts/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)
January 4, 2024 — Brooklyn, NY — Governor Kathy Hochul unveils the third proposal of her 2024 State of the State: a comprehensive six-point plan to combat maternal and infant mortality in New York. Recent CDC statistics revealed an increase in infant mortality – for the first time in over two decades. To address this crisis, Governor Hochul will introduce new policies and legislation to expand access to high-quality prenatal care, reduce costs for mothers and families, fight postpartum depression and support infants in the first months of their lives. (Susan Watts/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)
January 4, 2024 — Brooklyn, NY — Governor Kathy Hochul unveils the third proposal of her 2024 State of the State: a comprehensive six-point plan to combat maternal and infant mortality in New York. Recent CDC statistics revealed an increase in infant mortality – for the first time in over two decades. To address this crisis, Governor Hochul will introduce new policies and legislation to expand access to high-quality prenatal care, reduce costs for mothers and families, fight postpartum depression and support infants in the first months of their lives. (Susan Watts/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)
January 4, 2024 — Brooklyn, NY — Governor Kathy Hochul unveils the third proposal of her 2024 State of the State: a comprehensive six-point plan to combat maternal and infant mortality in New York. Recent CDC statistics revealed an increase in infant mortality – for the first time in over two decades. To address this crisis, Governor Hochul will introduce new policies and legislation to expand access to high-quality prenatal care, reduce costs for mothers and families, fight postpartum depression and support infants in the first months of their lives. (Susan Watts/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)
January 4, 2024 — Brooklyn, NY — Governor Kathy Hochul unveils the third proposal of her 2024 State of the State: a comprehensive six-point plan to combat maternal and infant mortality in New York. Recent CDC statistics revealed an increase in infant mortality – for the first time in over two decades. To address this crisis, Governor Hochul will introduce new policies and legislation to expand access to high-quality prenatal care, reduce costs for mothers and families, fight postpartum depression and support infants in the first months of their lives. (Susan Watts/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)

Employee of the Month Winners

Wyckoff is honored to present the Employee of the Month winners for October and November 2023. Join us as we celebrate their commitment to Wyckoff’s mission of providing the highest level of service to our community.

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Our Lobby, once filled with social distancing,  now embraces melodies of hope and healing. Our heartfelt thanks to the Greenpoint String Quartet for sharing its wonderful performance with our patients, visitors, and staff.

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WHMC Receives Two Million Dollar Grant to Expand Gastroenterological Procedures

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center is pleased to accept a federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant for $2 million dollars from the Honorable Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, who currently serves as the Representative for New York’s 7th Congressional District.

The grant will be dedicated to the expansion of the gastroenterological procedures space to increase access to colorectal cancer screenings.

The vast majority (89%) of the members of our patient community who are eligible for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening are failing to undergo this essential preventive medicine evaluation. In 2021, Wyckoff’s ambulatory services referred 437 patients for CRC screening and only 47 (11%) completed the process. One of the reasons for this failure to screen patients is the fact that WHMC does not have a dedicated area for gastrointestinal (GI) ambulatory procedures.

The grant will provide the funds to add four new procedure rooms with a six-bed recovery area. Creating an area external to the operating room that is dedicated to ambulatory Gl procedures will allow WHMC to decrease the scheduling time for colonoscopies from months to days. In addition, it will double the monthly volume of patients served from 250 to 500, ensuring improved and timely patient access to this preventive procedure and increased compliance with colorectal cancer screening recommendations.

New York Safety Net Hospital Coalition

The New York Safety Net Hospital Coalition is fighting to end the two-tiered system of healthcare in New York.

Safety net hospitals service millions of New Yorkers, especially in low-income communities, but receive billions less in funding than other hospitals because Medicaid doesn’t cover the cost of care provided.

The Coalition is asking Albany to support the proposed Health Equity and Stabilization Act to ensure our community hospitals are strong.

Learn more at: https://www.nysafetynets.org

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