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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

According to Mount Sinai South Nassau ‘Truth in Medicine’ Poll: Two-thirds of metro area residents would not attend a sporting event, watch a movie or ride mass transit because of COVID-19 fears as Long Island reopens. Eighty-six percent of respondents said they would not shake someone’s hand. A majority also are uneasy about flying on an airplane, eating in a restaurant or going to a bar, the poll showed.

55 percent of area residents said they are either unsure (30 percent) or would not (25 percent) roll up their sleeves for a COVID-19 vaccine, if one were available. In a previous Truth in Medicine Poll, sponsored by Bethpage, conducted in early February before the height of the outbreak, 55% of respondents said they would get vaccinated compared to just 45 percent now. Respondents 65 and older remained committed to getting a vaccine, with 53% saying they would get vaccinated in both polls. This poll showed that interest in a vaccine also increased depending on whether or not the respondent was diagnosed with the virus or knew someone personally who was.

One-third of area residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or know someone who was. Nearly all respondents said they will continue to wear a mask to protect themselves until circumstances change. Only 3% of respondents report that they are not currently wearing a mask.

A majority of respondents in this poll said they felt comfortable receiving medical care, going to an emergency room and returning to work, only if safety precautions were followed. Fifty-two percent said they would go to a beach or park with social distancing and sanitizing practices in place.

Nearly one in 10 respondents has either personally delayed seeking treatment or has a family member who did so for chest pain, trouble breathing, weakness in the limbs or slurred speech due to fear of catching COVID-19. Thirteen percent of those who had been infected with the virus or had a family member who was have delayed care. As the rates of COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths decline, some 25% of poll respondents said they would still not visit an emergency room. Sixty-three percent said they would seek ER care only if social distancing guidelines and sanitizing measures were enforced.

In another major area of concern, residents are eager to have children return to school. Seventy-one percent of respondents with children under the age of 18 said they will send their children back to school in the fall, although 52% will do so only with appropriate social distancing and sanitizing practices in place. Sixteen percent said they will not send their children back to school in the fall. A majority of parents believe remote learning has gone “very well” or “well.”

Concern about the coronavirus returning in the fall is high. On a scale of one to ten with one meaning “not concerned at all” and 10 meaning “extremely concerned,” the mean level of concern was 7.71. Concern is higher than average among Hispanic respondents, women and those 65-plus.

In every case, men are more willing than women to resume public activities, both with and without restrictions. Respondents under age 50, especially parents of children under age 18, are more likely to return to the workplace, go to the beach or a park, attend a religious service, eat in a restaurant/go to a bar, attend a sporting event and go to a movie than older respondents and those without children.

The Mount Sinai South Nassau Truth in Medicine Poll, sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, is a quarterly survey of Long Island and New York City residents that aims to gather data about attitudes on key public health topics and help spur education to improve public health. The poll was conducted May 11-14 via both landlines and cell phones with 600 residents in New York City and on Long Island. Poll findings are subject to a sampling error of plus or minus 3.9%. The Truth in Medicine Poll was conducted as part of the hospital’s mission of improving education around critical public health issues.

Phelps Hospital Northwell Health Walk of Reflection

Amidst the ongoing pandemic, staff of Phelps Hospital Northwell Health took a moment to participate in a Walk of Reflection to acknowledge the moment in history as an opportunity for positive change. Phelps wants to remember those lives lost to hatred, racism and discrimination. The walk was done as a sign of respect and in solidarity, not as a political statement.

The Peconic Bay Medical Center 2020 Golf Classic, presented by Dr. Stan Zinberg and chaired by John Kanas, Jr. has been rescheduled for Monday, September 14, 2020. Held at the North Fork Country Club in Cutchogue, the 2020 Golf Classic will directly benefit the Kanas Regional Heart Center. Reserve your sponsorship or foursome online.

St. Francis Hospital and St. Charles Hospital, both members of Catholic Health Services (CHS), were awarded an ‘A’ — the top grade for patient safety — in the spring 2020 Hospital Safety Score, administered by The Leapfrog Group. St. Francis and St. Charles were two of only three hospitals on Long Island to receive an ‘A’ rating from Leapfrog. Of the 145 hospitals surveyed in New York State, only 12 or eight percent received an ‘A.’ St. Francis has earned an ‘A’ 15 out of 17 times. St. Charles has earned an ‘A’ 8 times since the safety score’s debut in 2012.

Northwell Health has been named the best health system for diversity in the United States, according to the latest DiversityInc ranking of Top Hospitals and Health Systems.

Kerri Scanlon, RN, Executive Director at Glen Cove Hospital (foreground), interacts with front line staff during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York. DiversityInc has named Northwell Health to the No. 1 spot of its Top Hospitals and Health Systems rankings.
Credit Northwell Health

New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer made the list for the eighth straight year and moved to the top spot in the 2020 DiversityInc rankings for Hospitals and Health Systems one year after placing second. Northwell was recognized from more than 1,000 organizations for its ongoing efforts to formalize its diversity, inclusion and health equity strategy with a focus on enhancing the health needs of the disparate communities and the patients it serves.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center has earned top 40 national rankings for exceptional care in nine pediatric specialties – the most in the New York area – according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Children’s Hospitals. The largest provider of pediatric health services in New York State, Cohen Children’s has been ranked among the nation’s top children’s hospitals by US News for 14 consecutive years.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center is ranked in nine pediatric specialties by US News and World Report, the most in New York.

Cohen Children’s landed in the top 20 nationally in three disciplines: pediatric urology (ranking 17th), orthopedics (19th) and neurology/neurosurgery (20th). Urology jumped 22 places from the previous year while orthopedics moved up 13 spots among its peers.

The Medical Society of the State of New York now offers to physicians, residents and medical students an opportunity to talk with a peer about some of life stressors. MSSNY’s Physician Wellness and Resiliency Committee is launching a Peer 2 Peer (P2P) program to assist their colleagues who are need of help in dealing with work and family stressors. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the emotional issues related to this event, may also be troubling for our colleagues.

The MSSNY helpline is for NYS physicians that have been experiencing COVID-19 related stress. The helpline is answered 24/7 by an answering service who will connect you to a volunteer physician who can assist you. Available NOW the Helpline number is: 518-292-0140

Volunteer peers are nominated by county medical society presidents, county medical society executives, or another physician, resident or medical students. To nominate an individual please send an email to Pat Clancy, Sr. Vice President Public Health and Education at pclancy@mssny.org.