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CornerStone Vol. 24, No. 2 Fall 2014
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First-Rate Pulmonary Rehab Program Helps 9/11 First Responder Get His Life Back
NYU Winthrop Elects Two New Members to its Board of Directors
NYU Winthrop Opens Urgent Care Center
U.S. News & World Report Names NYU Winthrop Among the Best in the New York Metro Area
At NYU Winthrop, No Man is an Island
Spotlight on Community Gifts Campaign
Hospital Participates in Major International Trial
Generous Grant Supports Alzheimer's Research at NYU Winthrop
NYU Winthrop Opens New Center for Adult Congenital Heart Disease
New Treatment Improves the Lives of Patients With MR
Swimming with Purpose: Annual Event Raises Pivotal Support for Child Life Program
A Cause to Celebrate Raises More Than $147,000 for Child Life Program
A Celebration of Life: NYU Winthrop's 16th Annual Cancer Survivor's Day
Unique Partnership Supports Families Facing Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
29th Annual Golf Tournament Raises $649,000+ for NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
Eighth Annual Black & White Ball Raises Nearly $270,000 for NYU Winthrop's CCFK
Eight and Forty Makes Donation to Department of Pediatrics
Richard A. Newhouse, Jr., Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Long Island Foundation's Generosity Changes Lives at NYU Winthrop's Hempstead Pediatric Clinic
Running for a Reason
National Awards Recognize Quality Breast Health Care
Once Again, NYU Winthrop Earns Designation as a NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center
New Patient Family Advisory Council
The STAR Program: Enhancing the Hospital Experience for Children With Special Needs
NYU Winthrop: A Pioneer in the Use of Technology to Enhance Patient Care and Safety
NYU Winthrop Debuts New Ambulances
Nurse Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
NYU Winthrop Receives "Found Money"
Garden City Foundation Continues the Tradition of Making 'Miracles' for NYU Winthrop's CCFK
Twinkle Town Makes Colorful Donation to NYU Winthrop Kids
Milestone Golf Outing to Benefit the CCFK is a Record-Breaking Success
WiSH Clinic Opens
Surviving the Holidays
Hospital Celebrates Expansion With Dedication of New Specialty Center East
NYU Winthrop Unveils New "Welcome" Sign
NYU Winthrop Opens Manhattan's First and Only CyberKnife® Center
 

First-Rate Pulmonary Rehab Program Helps 9/11 First Responder Get His Life Back

When 56-year-old Terrence Jordan of Floral Park, NY, first enrolled in NYU Winthrop's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program in September 2013, he set a goal for himself to complete the 13th Annual Stephen Siller Tunnel-to-Towers Run/Walk. On September 28, 2014, with the blessing of his medical team and his friends and family at his side, the retired FDNY Lieutenant and 9/11 first responder, now 45 pounds lighter and equipped with a walker carrying a portable battery-operated oxygen concentrator, achieved his goal.

13th Annual Stephen Siller Tunnel-to-Towers Run/Walk Terrence Jordan (above, center) celebrates with his wife, Theresa, and their loved ones, after completing the 13th Annual Stephen Siller Tunnel-to-Towers Run/Walk.
13th Annual Stephen Siller Tunnel-to-Towers Run/Walk

"Words can't express how wonderful it felt to walk across that finish line, knowing how far I've come in just one year and I have the NYU Winthrop Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and the World Trade Center Health Program to thank for it," said Mr. Jordan.

Just one year ago, Mr. Jordan, who made extraordinary sacrifices in the wake of 9/11 working tireless hours as an FDNY Lieutenant to assist with the rescue and recovery efforts, couldn't walk more than half a block without feeling out of breath and in pain. Since 9/11, Mr. Jordan has coped with a host of pulmonary-related conditions including COPD, severe emphysema, bronchitis, asthma and lung nodules. In fact, he was among the first group of officers to retire from the FDNY because of 9/11-related medical issues.

Regular evaluations, monitoring and treatment through the World Trade Center Health Program, under the medical direction of David Prezant, MD, have been instrumental in helping Mr. Jordan navigate all of the necessary treatments and testing he's had to endure over the last 13 years. But Mr. Jordan also faced the incredible challenge of relearning how to walk following a stroke in November 2010.

"I was having trouble breathing and became grossly overweight because of my lack of physical activity," said Mr. Jordan. "I needed to find something that could help me get my life back."

Then Mr. Jordan recalled that his wife, Theresa, had shared an article with him about NYU Winthrop's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program helping a retired police detective with advanced emphysema to drastically improve his life. Mr. Jordan wondered whether it too might be able to help him, so he shared the article with Dr. Prezant, who agreed the NYU Winthrop program would be beneficial.

13th Annual Stephen Siller Tunnel-to-Towers Run/Walk Terrence Jordan (seated) with some of the members of NYU Winthrop's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team.

Through intensive, supervised exercise, education, behavior modification and emotional support, NYU Winthrop's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program offers patients the oppor tunity to improve their lives by learning ways to cope with their lung conditions. The Program also helps patients gradually improve their endurance and return to a healthier, more active lifestyle through an exercise program tailored to each patient's specific needs and abilities. The Program is staffed by a teamofregisterednurses,respiratory therapists and physical therapists who are committed to meeting the unique needs of each patient.

"Often, a pulmonary rehabilitation program is the single best thing for patients with chronic lung disease," said Peter Spiegler, MD, Director of NYU Winthrop's Medical Intensive Care Unit and a pulmonologist who refers to the NYU Winthrop Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. "Our multidisciplinary team works together to create a unique plan to help each patient improve his or her quality of life and that is what makes the biggest difference."

Upon enrolling in the program, it wasn't long before Mr. Jordan began to reap the benefits, with his breathing, physical endurance and strength steadily increasing.

"When I first began the program, I couldn't walk on the treadmill for more than five minutes," recalls Mr. Jordan. "Today, I can walk five miles!"

Mr. Jordan's stamina and breathing are not the only things that have improved as a result of NYU Winthrop's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. The program, coupled with a new, healthy way of eating, has improved Mr. Jordan's overall health so much that he has stunned his surgical team with his progress. In fact, upon a recent evaluation, they concluded he is no longer a candidate for lung volume reduction surgery a procedure by which portions of the diseased lungs are removed to improve lung function.

Graduates of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program receive ongoing assistance through NYU Winthrop Eager Breathers (WEB), a free support group founded by Mara Bernstein, LRT, Administrative Director of Pulmonary Outpatient Services at NYU Winthrop. At monthly meetings led by a healthcare specialist, members discuss a wide range of educational topics, including how to communicate with their physician, holistic approaches to treatment and relaxation and stress management techniques.

"Graduates who attend our monthly NYU Winthrop Eager Breather meetings say the biggest benefit that they receive is the feeling of inclusiveness and not being alone," said Ms. Bernstein. "It really helps to go somewhere where they can share experiences with others who understand what they are going through."

"My condition has stabilized and my doctors say that I can expect to live a relatively normal length of life with the aid of oxygen therapy," said Mr. Jordan.

Though life has improved considerably for Mr. Jordan over the course of the last year, he is now committed to continuing his health journey at home, and in the company of a good friend and neighbor one who is also reaping the benefits of NYU Winthrop's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.

Joe Dwyer was recently diagnosed with emphysema and because of Mr. Jordan's success, he too recently enrolled in NYU Winthrop's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. The two men are motivating each other, replicating some of the very same exercises they have learned through the program in a spare bedroom that Mr. Jordan has since transformed into a gym.

"We have both benefitted tremendously from the program and are just so thankful to be enjoying life again," said Mr. Jordan.