Rep. Maloney Announces Federal Grant for NY Eye & Ear Infirmary

Aug 27, 2010
Press Release
New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney announced a $150,000 federal grant for The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEE), which Maloney helped secure in this year’s federal budget. Maloney announced the grant at a special event last Friday in NYEE’s operating room, where she was joined by NYEE’s President and CEO, D. McWillams Kessler, and the hospital’s staff, doctors, and nurses. Photos of the event are on NYEE’s website, which can be accessed by clicking here.
The federal grant will help NYEE purchase a new operating microscope, which is essential to perform surgery on the delicate structures of the human eyes and ears, many of which cannot be seen by the naked eye. The “ceiling mount microscope” funded by the grant will help improve patient safety and surgical outcomes -- especially in pediatric cases, where such microscopes are essential to see inside children’s eyes and ears.

“NYEE’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.”

“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.”

Background

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-operating specialty hospital in the Western Hemisphere. With more than 25,000 surgical cases and 225,000 outpatient visits per year, it is also one of the largest and busiest.

The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary 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.