A recent grant from Verizon has helped Alessandra Piscitelli transmit her blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen level information to NYU Winthrop's Homecare Team through Telehealth.
Thanks to the generosity of the Verizon Foundation and the dedicated staff at NYU Winthrop, more patients have a way to actively participate in their care plan while remaining independent within the comfort of their own home.
Verizon Foundation recently awarded NYU Winthrop a grant of $15,000, which enabled the Hospital’s Homecare Department to purchase additional monitors essential to Telehealth, a seven-day per week remote monitoring program. Nurses install the monitor in the patient’s home and provide comprehensive education on the purpose and use of Telehealth and disease management, directly involving patients in their care. The biometric system records a patient’s weight, pulse, blood pressure, pulse oximetry and blood glucose, filling the gap between nursing visits and physician follow-ups. Due to the continuous monitoring, nurses can intervene if any abnormal symptoms are noted and assist with medical treatment.
Alessandra Piscitelli of Garden City is one such patient benefiting from Telehealth Services. Ms. Piscitelli suffers from short- ness of breath and congestive heart failure and has a permanent pacemaker. She is regularly seen by skilled Homecare nurses who assess her health status, instruct her
on medications, disease processes and diet. She also receives physical and occupational therapy for improved mobility and social work for psychosocial support. Thanks to her participation in the program, Ms. Piscitelli reports improved stamina, as well as gratitude that she can remain connected to the hospital community without having to be readmitted.
“The Verizon Foundation’s generous grant has given patients of NYU Winthrop and their families peace of mind while they recuperate in familiar surroundings with the support they need,” said Anne Calvo, RN, BSN, MPS, Assistant Vice President – Home Health Agency at NYU Winthrop.
The grant would not have been possible without the support of Patrick Lespinasse, Verizon Foundation’s Deputy Director, Government and External Affairs, who worked with NYU Winthrop – particularly Ms. Calvo and Elizabeth Mavro, MBA, Development Associate, Grants – to identify the best fit for Verizon’s funding.
“We are so excited about this valuedand exciting partnership between NYU Winthrop and Verizon,” said Lynn Drucker, Assistant Vice President of Development at NYU Winthrop.
“Verizon’s funding is sure to make a difference in the lives of patients who need it most, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”