2007-04-06 / Community

PHC Offers Angio-Screening For All Rockaway Residents

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

The small machine used to perform the Angio-Screening may remind some more of a portable DVD player or computer than a medical device that can save lives The small machine used to perform the Angio-Screening may remind some more of a portable DVD player or computer than a medical device that can save lives With so many of those who live in the Rockaways without medical insurance, Peninsula Hospital Center has begun a new program performing free Angio- Screening to all residents throughout the peninsula.

"It screens for corroded arteries… to check blood flow," said Jim Martinez, Administrative Director of the hospital's Imaging Services. "Patients and their doctors each receive reports and the doctor can then decide if anything else needs to be done.

"There are so many patients underserved in Rockaway, that if they have no doctor one of our own doctors can be called in." Poor blood flow can result in such problems as strokes and hypertension.

PHC was given a $100,000 grant by the New York State Department of Health for the equipment needed for the screening. Since they are not being reimbursed for any of the procedures, the screenings are being done as a community service. "We made a commitment to do it free," said Robert Levine, the president and CEO of the hospital. The screenings, which is due to start on April 16, is already booked through July. Appointments can be made by calling 718 734-3119.

Jim Martinez, Administrative Director of PHC's Imaging Services demonstrates on Councilman James Sanders Jr. the machine used in the Angio-Screening test during the councilman's recent tour some of the facility's departments. Jim Martinez, Administrative Director of PHC's Imaging Services demonstrates on Councilman James Sanders Jr. the machine used in the Angio-Screening test during the councilman's recent tour some of the facility's departments.

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