Month: October 2019

Ethics: Fractious Family Muddles End-of-Life Decisions

Mr. B is an 80-year-old man with a history of prior stroke, dementia and chronic kidney disease who is admitted to the ICU from home with aspiration pneumonia, respiratory and renal failure. He is intubated in the emergency department and after several days extubated. His baseline health status is poor. He is bed- bound, unable to communicate other than basic nonverbal gestures and had been taking increasingly smaller amounts of food and liquid at home.

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SBH Health System Innovations

SBH’s recent patient innovations cover the gamut from softwa new pharmacy technology to a healthy eating initiative. Here is a closer look: SBH Bronx Health Talk SBH Bronx Health Talk became the first health podcast of […]

The Future of Neurosurgery at SBH

Dr. Ralph Rahme is Director of the Division of Neurosurgery at SBH. Most recently, before arriving at SBH in 2017, he completed a fellowship focusing on complex cranial and cerebral bypass surgery. The following is an […]

Cervical Cancer Can Be Prevented

Ana Tergas, MD, a gynecologic oncologist on the faculty at Columbia University Medical Cancer New York Presbyterian Hospital, is now seeing patients at St. Barnabas Hospital. Dr. Tergas treats vaginal, cervical, vulvar, endometrial, and ovarian cancers […]

Abuse of the Ederly

It would certainly shock people to learn that many frail elderly people in our community suffer abuse and mistreatment. Very often, it goes unreported. Estimates are that only 1 in 24 occurrences are reported to authorities.

Lung Tumor Board Established

“What does the PET scan show?Is she a non-smoker? If it were me I would recommend observation.This is not a classic small cell carcinoma.Certainly not textbook.Did she have surgery in the past? How old is she? […]

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Centering Pregnancy Program to Open

The Maternity Pavilion at SBH has embarked on an innovative endeavor to improve patient health outcomes. With the United States ranking 26th out of 29 countries in terms of infant mortality and pre-term birth, with black women being nearly 50 percent higher when compared to white women, something needed to be done.

Developing Care Models for Patients Living with Trauma

People who are high utilizers of healthcare services account for a small percentage of the patient population. They often have significant physical, behavioral and social needs and find it challenging to navigate our complex healthcare system. It is not uncommon for patients to have experienced deep trauma including various forms of violence, poverty and abuse which make it difficult for them to engage in their own care.


A Positive Blood Test Was Almost Like a Death. From the early 1980s, when it was first identified, through the mid-1990s, the prognosis was dire: Almost uniformly, it was fatal. And, very likely, the end was […]