The hospital opened its doors as Queens General Hospital in 1935 and has since grown to a state-of-the-art facility with 316 beds. The Jamaica-based hospital serves central and Southeast Queens.
When St. John’s and Mary Immaculate Hospitals closed in 2008, QHC felt a need to do whatever they could to offset the loss of healthcare in the Borough. The hospital added 40 inpatient beds by the end of 2010, which helped the hospital better serve the community.
Encompassing 360,000 square feet, it now includes spacious ambulatory care suites featuring both primary and specialty services and cutting-edge equipment. It also houses four Centers of Excellence in Cancer Care, Diabetes Management, Women’s Health and Behavioral Health.
Outside of the hospital, QHC partners with clinics in the community to provide free or low-cost healthcare to people in Southeast Queens. The South Jamaica Multi-Service Center, located at 114-02 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., has been providing care for more than 30 years.
Pam Rios, associate director of the center, said the main mission of the center is to reduce the high rate of teen pregnancy in the area.
The hospital has introduced a number of new services within its facility to offer more care to its patients and to speed up the process of care so they can leave the hospital sooner.
One service is the heart failure program at the hospital’s cardiac rehab unit.
Dr. Farshid Radparvar, the director of cardiology unit at QHC, said the program introduces a guideline-based care program for patients that have suffered through heart failure.
According to Dr. Radparvar, QHC advises these patients with steps they should follow to take better care of themselves after they have had a heart attack or bypass surgery.
“We teach them: this is what you should do every day,” Radparvar said.
The exercise portion can be especially daunting for patients who are recovering from heart problems, he said. Often times, they are afraid to restart physical activity because of fear. Radparvar said they start them off slow by asking them to walk on a treadmill while monitoring their heart rate.
They also have established a cardiac rehab unit. According to a spokesperson, Research has shown that morbidity and mortality is reduced in selected group of patients. There was no outpatient cardiac rehab available to their patients and QHC cardiac rehab program was established in November 2014.
The new IV PCA pumps allow for patient management of the pain and the added safety feature of SPO2 monitoring.
This pump allows patients to administer the medication they need themselves without having to constantly call a nurse in to do it for them.
According to Dr. Edouard Belotte, in order to make sure that patients do the procedure correctly and do not give themselves too much medicine, they can set the IV on a timer or a delay so that it can be given on a specific schedule. Each patient is unique and must have their own set schedule while receiving this IV, Belotte said.
The chest pain unit has also made advances in the hospital.
According to a spokesperson, in collaboration with the Emergency Department, cardiology participates in care of the patients admitted to the observation unit. The unit has a dedicated room for cardiac testing (including echocardiograms and stress tests). The patients get risk-stratified within 24 hours and a management plan is put together for each patient by cardiologist rounding in the unit.
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