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Elmhurst Hospital Center receives grant for cardiac arrest training

By Bill Parry

Elmhurst Hospital Center will receive a $150,000 grant over the next two years from New York state to study medical simulation training for cardiac arrest code teams. The state funds will go to develop a novel curriculum for hospital medical teams responding to cardiac arrests, with the goal of developing training techniques that will lead to better safety and improved outcomes for patients.

“Elmhurst Hospital Center has a reputation for providing outstanding treatment to cardiac arrest patients,” Christopher Constantino, the senior vice president of the Queens Health Network and executive director of Elmhurst Hospital Center, said. “These funds will allow us to expand our team-based approach and provide additional opportunities for physicians to conduct medical research regarding cardiac care that will benefit our community.”

Overall, 26 hospitals throughout the state were selected to receive a total of $17.2 million for the cardiac arrest training. The awards are intended to provide funding for teaching hospitals to form research teams focused on a specific topic, disease or condition. It also provides a foundation from which they can seek additional funding from the federal government to build upon their work.

The funding comes from the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program, an advisory body of medical educators within the State Department of Health. Almost $103 million has been awarded since the program’s inception in 2000.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

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