February 2019

Jean’s Story

Jean Miller

"I didn’t think twice about it. If there’s anything you can do to make someone’s life easier … that’s doing your job."

On any given day, over 46,000 employees report for work at one of NewYork-Presbyterian’s campuses in the New York region. The doctors, nurses, and support and administrative staff work together to give our patients the best outcome possible, setting the bar for the unrivaled care you can expect from New York’s #1 hospital.

Jean Miller, a vital member of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) team, is one of those special employees. Since 1972, Jean has routinely given her all to patients and their families as they navigate trying hospital stays.

One Valentine’s Day was no exception. For some time, Jean had observed a very sick man in the ICU, along with his devoted wife, who spent every day by his side. She could see that his wife was in emotional pain, and she wanted to do something special to help.

Jean had a simple yet incredibly thoughtful idea. She went down to the gift shop and purchased a Valentine’s Day card. She then coordinated with the man’s attending nurse to ensure he could sign the card and give it to his wife. The next day, when Jean came to visit the man, his wife greeted her with joy and gratitude. In fact, as Jean states in this video, the wife carries the card in her bag to this day!

If you were to ask Jean about this act of kindness, she would humbly tell you it was "no big thing." Assessing the needs of patients and their families is simply part of her job. But the patients under her care and the employees who work by her side beg to differ.

Jean shares her story here as part of NewYork-Presbyterian’s "Amazing Things" series. It is another example of the impact your generous support has on our Hospital. Thank you for helping us deliver exceptional care to our entire community!


Everyone Can Save a Life


Did you know that cardiac arrest is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, killing one person every two minutes? And sadly, without CPR, 92 percent of those experiencing cardiac arrest will die before they reach the hospital. In fact, every minute that goes by without CPR decreases a person’s chances of survival by up to 10 percent.

These statistics paint a grim picture, but the good news is that Hands-Only CPR — which takes less than a minute to learn — can help double or even triple a person’s chances of survival.

During American Heart Month, please take a few moments to learn this simple and lifesaving technique by visiting NewYork-Presbyterian’s Hands-Only CPR page, where you will find an instructional video on how to perform Hands-Only CPR and more.

A few minutes today could help save a life tomorrow!


Have a Happy and Healthy Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate love and your health with these tips, courtesy of NewYork-Presbyterian.

For dinner, try keeping it simple. Avoid the restaurant crowds and long wait times by opting to cook a healthy meal at home. For inspiration, peruse our A Taste of Wellbeing cookbook, featuring delicious recipes from the registered chefs and dietitians of NewYork-Presbyterian.

If you buy or receive chocolates, consider placing them in the freezer to enjoy in moderation over the next few weeks. And be sure to get some fresh air and exercise by taking a relaxing walk and exploring a local park this holiday weekend.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy Valentine’s Day!


How Millennials Can Stay Heart Healthy


You may think heart disease is most common in the older population, but it is actually an equal opportunity offender. That is why it is never too early to start thinking about your heart health and making any necessary lifestyle adjustments to reduce your overall risk.

To help millennials become more proactive with their heart health, Nisha Jhalani, MD, Director of Clinical and Educational Services at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, recently participated in this informative Health Matters Q&A.

In it, she outlines important risk factors and prevention tips, as well as key questions millennials should ask their parents regarding their family’s history of heart health. Read more here.


Dr. Margaret Morgan Lawrence

Dr. Margaret Morgan Lawrence

Throughout her notable career — which began right here at NewYork-Presbyterian over 80 years ago — Dr. Margaret Morgan Lawrence remained devoted to underserved communities, and she developed pioneering programs in child psychotherapy along with other innovative methods that are still used by clinicians today.

In honor of Black History Month, learn more about the country’s first African-American female psychoanalyst and how she persevered through incredible adversity to become one of the foremost experts on children’s mental health disorders in the United States.

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