2007-04-06 / Community

PHC Receives $500,000 For Patient Info Technology Systems

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

Joining Sanders and Levine in the official presentation of the check are Mary Merrill, lab technologist and 1199 delegate; Marcia Howard of the Family Health Center and an 1199 delegate; RN Cherry Campbell and environmental service aid and 1199 delegate Fitzroy Hall. Joining Sanders and Levine in the official presentation of the check are Mary Merrill, lab technologist and 1199 delegate; Marcia Howard of the Family Health Center and an 1199 delegate; RN Cherry Campbell and environmental service aid and 1199 delegate Fitzroy Hall. With the click of a computer mouse, Peninsula Hospital Center's doctors and nurses will soon be able to access patient records and test results.

The advancement is being made possible by a $500,000 allocation by Councilman James Sanders Jr., which was presented to the hospital on March 29.

The bulk of the money will go towards a Laboratory Information System with the remainder for an Advanced Cardiac Management System.

"The Information Laboratory System gives up-to-date information to physicians and nurses and compares current tests with previous tests results," Allen Corby, the Vice President of Operations at PHC, told The Wave. "It increases the level of care and enhances the ability to treat patients." The system can also transmit information to other medical providers as well.

The Advanced Cardiac Management System works much the same way as the Information Technology System and according to Robert V. Levine, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, the ECG system is "one of the few in the five boroughs."

Councilman James Sanders Jr. tells members of the PHC family "We're moving our hospital into the 21st Century," as he presented President and CEO Robert V. Levine (right) with the $500,000 check he allocated for the hospital. Councilman James Sanders Jr. tells members of the PHC family "We're moving our hospital into the 21st Century," as he presented President and CEO Robert V. Levine (right) with the $500,000 check he allocated for the hospital. The system lets Peninsula's cardiologists access a patient's electrocardiogram records from any compatible computer terminal in the hospital or through a website portal outside the facility for prompt diagnosis and better patient care. It also can save ECG records for seven to 10 years for doctors to use for comparison purposes.

"We're moving our hospital into the 21st Century," said Sanders to enthusiastic members of the PHC family during the check presentation. "This check is [already] in the bank. All you have to do is use it well."

The councilman, who promised "a sizable sum" to the hospital in next year's budget, thanked the hospital on behalf of the patients it has served.

Levine thanks Sanders for his continued support of the hospital. Levine thanks Sanders for his continued support of the hospital. "You are saving lives everyday," he said

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