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November 2018

Rob's Story


“Among the fire departments … it’s known that NewYork-Presbyterian has the best burn center around … without them, I couldn’t have gone this far.”

Firefighter Rob Wiedmann thought he was responding to a routine fire. He began his usual sweep of the Brooklyn apartment building’s interior to investigate.

Then, without warning, an explosion engulfed the building in flames.

Remarkably, Rob, a 14-year veteran of the FDNY, managed to escape the fire. But in the process, he sustained devastating third-degree burns covering nearly 60 percent of his body. His fellow first responders knew he had to go to NewYork-Presbyterian, the go-to hospital for New York firefighters.

Doctors determined that Rob’s burns were so severe that in order to stabilize him, they would need to induce a coma for two weeks. Then came the first of many skin graft surgeries. In total, Rob spent over three months at the Hospital as burn specialists, surgeons, and physical therapists worked tirelessly to help him heal.

If you were to ask Rob today, he would tell you that the team of health professionals at NewYork-Presbyterian were the real heroes. But on the day Rob was discharged from the Hospital, he got a hero’s reception—thanks to a supportive group of firefighters, doctors, and family who clapped and cheered him on as he made his way home.

Hear Rob recount his harrowing tale and long recovery in this extended interview here—one of many instances of the truly amazing things that happen every day at NewYork-Presbyterian thanks to your ongoing support. Your contributions help provide world-class healthcare for our entire community. Thank you!


Diabetes-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

NYP Thanksgiving Recipe

Many traditional Thanksgiving dishes, such as classic stuffing and pumpkin pie, are often high in sodium, fat, and refined carbohydrates, so the holiday can be challenging for those living with diabetes.

Thankfully, NewYork-Presbyterian’s team of registered dietitians and chefs have got you covered. In this Health Matters article, you will find several savory, nutrient-rich, and high-fiber dishes that pack in the flavor without excess starches and sugars.

Coupled with easy and informative how-to videos, these recipes are sure to impress your guests this Thanksgiving! For more tips on how to “tune up“ your holiday meal, read our article below.


Support New York’s #1 Hospital

NYP Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 27 is #GivingTuesday—the global day of charitable giving!

As a valued member of the NewYork-Presbyterian community, we hope that on this #GivingTuesday, you will spark conversation with friends and loved ones about why supporting New York’s #1 healthcare provider is perhaps the best gift of all.

Want to get in on the fun early? Click here to make a #GivingTuesday gift now and have your contribution matched dollar-for-dollar by a fellow NewYork-Presbyterian donor. And, be sure to stay tuned for more ways to get involved in the weeks ahead!


A Thanksgiving Menu Healthy Tune-Up

NYP Thanksgiving Menu

Before you finalize your shopping list for this Thanksgiving meal, be sure to explore our informative “Thanksgiving Menu Tune-Up” article—found in NewYork-Presbyterian’s extensive Health Library resource.

In it, you will find ways to make this Thanksgiving meal delicious—and healthy—including tips on menu planning, preparation, cooking times, and post-meal cleanup. Pair these tips with some of our simple and nutritious dishes from above for a festive holiday you and your family won't forget!


Can Coffee Help You Live Longer?

NYP Coffee

With coffee shops on every corner, it may come as no surprise to learn that an estimated 64 percent of adults in the United States drink at least one cup of coffee daily.

Reports on the health effects of coffee, however, have been mixed over the years. A recent study, published in the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine, suggests a new benefit from regularly having a cup of joe—those who drank coffee, regardless of amount or type, were likely to live longer than non-coffee drinkers.

In a recent Health Matters Q&A, Rekha B. Kumar, MD, an attending endocrinologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, outlines the study’s findings. Grab a cup of coffee and read it here!


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