New York, NY (August 2010) -- Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney announced a $150,000 federal grant for The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, which was unveiled at a special event in an NYEE operating room, where she was joined by the Infirmary’s President and CEO, D. McWillams Kessler, and hospital doctors and nurses.
PHOTO: “Seeing is believing” that a recent federal grant helped NYEE acquire an additional state-of-the-art Zeiss operating microscope.
The federal grant helped NYEE purchase a new Zeiss ceiling mounted operating microscope, essential to perform surgery on the delicate structures of the human eyes and ears. Every piece of such equipment improves patient safety and surgical outcomes -- especially in pediatric cases, where such microscopes are essential to see inside children’s eyes and ears.
“The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary’s skilled and dedicated medical professionals perform miracles every day, restoring nature’s most precious gifts -our senses of sight and sound- to patients of all ages. I can’t think of a federal investment that would pay greater dividends than helping restore the vision and hearing of my fellow New Yorkers,” Maloney said. “I thank President Kessler, and the hospital’s board members, staff, doctors, and nurses for their leadership in keeping this wonderful East Side institution running for the last 190 years.”
In an NYEE surgical suite are, from L to R: the hospital’s director of perioperative services, Editha Esquieres, RN; president & CEO D. McWilliams Kessler; and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.
“This latest, state-of-the-art microscope improves the quality of patient care and every additional instrument such as this enables the hospital to perform hundreds more procedures per year,” Kessler said. “As New York’s only dedicated eye and ear surgical specialty hospital, it is a gift that enables us to keep providing more care to New Yorkers in need of our services and for that we are very grateful.”
One of New York’s and the nation’s foremost specialized facilities, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of all diseases and disorders of the eye, ear, nose, and throat, as well elective cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, in a state-of-the-art hospital with a caring and friendly environment. Founded in 1820, it is the first and longest continuously operating specialty hospital in the Western Hemisphere. With more than 29,000 surgical cases and 250,000 outpatient visits per year, it is also one of the largest and busiest.
New York Eye and Ear is regularly ranked as one of the Best Hospitals in America by US News & World Report. It has been awarded Magnet status for excellence in nursing care, and many of its medical staff are included in directories of the “Top Doctors” in New York and America.
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is one of several historically-distinguished New York City health care institutions that comprise Continuum Health Partners, a non-profit hospital system that also includes Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Centers, and Long Island College Hospital.
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