Harlem Hospital Puts ER Patients on the Fast Track

Harlem Hospital Puts ER Patients on the Fast Track

February 9, 2012 7:26am | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

Harlem Hospital Executive Director Denise Soares talks to staff in the hospital’s new Fast Track unit which allows visitors to the emergency room with non-emergent problems to be seen quicker. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

HARLEM—After often waiting more than 2 1/2 hours to see a doctor at Harlem Hospital’s emergency room, many of the medical center’s patients leave without being seen.

Those who remain are simply angry, and often take it out on the staff.

So when Executive Director Denise Soares announced a plan to create a Fast Track unit that would allow patients with non-emergency illnesses and injuries to be seen quickly, nurses at the hospital happily agreed to move their lounge to a smaller space to accommodate the effort.

“The nurses figured it was better for the patients who were not happy about having to wait long hours to see a doctor,” said Rhea Morris, deputy director of nursing at the hospital.

After a three-week trial run, Soares, who said the idea came from conversations with emergency room staff, snipped the ribbon on the former lounge Wednesday, declaring that the Fast Track unit was here to stay.

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Wadleigh Middle School Will Not Close As Planned, DOE Announces

Wadleigh Middle School Will Not Close As Planned, DOE Announces

February 8, 2012 7:11pm | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

HARLEM — The Department of Education announced Wednesday that it will not close the middle school at Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts after several elected officials and celebrities such as Cornel West decried the plan.

Among the vocal critics of the plan was Assemblyman Keith Wright, who compared the city’s move to close schools in the neighborhood year after year to Glen Close’s character in the classic 1987 thriller “Fatal Attraction.”

“When it comes to schools, the Bloomberg Administration is like the woman in ‘Fatal Attraction.’ You think she died, but she keeps rearing her ugly head. I hope it stops,” Wright said of the school closures.

The move came after a raucous joint hearing at Wadleigh on 114th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, held by Community Education Council 3 and the DOE, where politicians, parents, teachers, students and clergy vowed to take whatever steps were necessary to keep the school open. Mayoral hopefuls including Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Comptroller John Liu and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio all spoke out against Wadleigh’s closure.

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African-American – News

African-American – News February 9, 2012

Sharpton: Cornel West's Attacks On Me, Harris-Perry Are
Sharpton: Cornel West’s Attacks On Me, Harris-Perry Are “Arrogant” (WTLC-AM Indianapolis)
In a recent interview with Diverse magazine, Professor Cornel West attacked his former Princeton colleague and newly minted MSNBC host Professor Melissa Harris-Perry . West called Harris-Perry a “liar” and said that, “[s]he’s become the momentary darling of liberals, but I pray for her because she’s in over her head.
NAACP Concerned About Churches Partnering With Banks (CBS Local)
Alliance , Bishop G.H. Bruden , David L. Lowery Jr. , Midwest Bank , Mike Krauser , Ministers Conference of South Suburban County , NAACP , Workshop HARVEY, Ill.

Nearly half of all Fla. Grads take an AP exam (WWSB)
An annual report released by the College Board Wednesday says 47 percent of Florida seniors took an AP exam in high school.

5 African American Icons Your Kids Can Write Black History Month Projects On (WIBX-AM Whitesboro)
If you are the parent of a school-age child you know the month of February means its time for a Black History Month project.

Black Teacher Calls Haitian Student “Little Chocolate Boy” (WTLC-AM Indianapolis)
Leslie Ranier , a Black Broward County, Fla., high school teacher who was reportedly accused of pretending to throw holy water on an atheist colleague last May, now faces possible suspension forA telling a Haitian student that he “looks [like a] little chocolate boy,” a “chocolate that nobody wanted.” Ranier’s off-color remarks were captured on … (more)

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NEW LITERACY TEST TURNS BLACK HISTORY MONTH INTO A TEACHING/LEARNING PROJECT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2012
CONTACT:
Eugene Walton
dreugenewalton@verizon.net
www.EWEmedia.com

NEW LITERACY TEST TURNS BLACK HISTORY MONTH INTO A TEACHING/LEARNING PROJECT

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Eugene Walton, CEO of EWEmedia.com

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — A new Black History Literacy Test developed and published by EWEmedia aims to turn Black History Month into a dynamic teaching/learning project for everyone using its question-and-answer lesson plan. The Test is not for evaluative purposes, but rather to get attention and challenge users to expand what they already know by teaching/learning more about the historical context of their responses to the Test and change their thinking about the issues in a new way.

The Black History Literacy Test is a 100 item question-and-answer Kindle eBook distributed by Amazon.com for $2.99 per download to Kindle, iPad, Nook mobile devices AND to desktop and laptop computers. The short Black History Literacy Test Lesson Plan can be downloaded for FREE at www.EWEmedia.com.

The Test covers 8 topic/time periods:

1492-1618: Africans To The Americas -Explorers and Slaves;
1619-1774: Blacks in Colonial America;
1775-1789: Black Participation in Revolutionary War;
1790-1860: Black Resistance to Slavery;
1866-1877: Blacks and the Reconstruction;
1878-1954: Struggle and Triumph Over Jim Crow “Separate But Equal;”
1955-1968: The Civil Rights Movement;
1969-2012: Thrusting Toward the New Millennium.

For more details, visit www.EWEmedia.com

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NEW THIS MORNING

RACE FOR QUINNS SEAT REFLECTS SPLIT IN LGBT COMMUNITY: In the Council race to replace Council Speaker Christine Quinn, four likely LGBT candidates are straddling the line between their more moderate political allies and the liberal activist LGBT community a line that Quinn has herself straddled. http://bit.ly/z0qtc0

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Despite a wave of criticism and scandal, support for NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly remains strong, a new Quinnipiac poll shows. Gov. Andrew Cuomos casino and convention center plans also scored high marks: http://bit.ly/AcGpTo

* Long Island Rep. Carolyn McCarthys district will be one of the two congressional districts eliminated this year, as state legislators look to merge her district with that of neighboring Rep. Gary Ackerman, the Daily News reports: http://nydn.us/wFICrA

* New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has signaled a willingness to sign on to a $26 billion mortgage settlement between government authorities and the nations five largest banks late Wednesday night, after holding out for a more narrow immunity for the banks, the New York Times says: http://nyti.ms/yBR0Po

* Sources told the New York Post that Schneidermans consent hinged on keeping alive his lawsuit against the banks over their misuse of the electronic mortgage database MERS: http://nyp.st/AeBrJ7

* Seven months after sponsoring legislation to run a natural gas pipeline under Queens, Rep. Michael Grimm accepted $3,000 in campaign contributions to its backers, the News reports: http://nydn.us/wkHSfs

* City officials have not backed off plans to build a convention center at the redeveloped Willets Point, despite Cuomos announcement that another, larger convention center would be cited nearby at the Aqueduct racetrack, the Times says: http://nyti.ms/xXipzS

* Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver helped former Staten Island Assemblywoman Janelle Hyer-Spencer land a high-paying job at the State Education Department after she lost her re-election in 2010, the Post says: http://nyp.st/yGEIna

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