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As a pediatrician, Dr. Katherine Grimm has watched over a generation of Roosevelt Island kids grow up, carefully guiding them through childhood’s bumps, ailments, and scary moments. Over the course of her 44-year career, she has also served as a faculty member and vice-chairman of pediatrics at Mount Sinai hospital and specialized in child abuse evaluations at the New York Center for Children. The Island resident also spent eight years serving on the...

October 4, 2018

Roosevelt Island's distinguished history in medicine, healthcare, and treatment of communicative diseases, is on display as part of the fascinating exhibit “Germ City” at the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY). 

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) contributed historic objects from its collections to this exhibit, including a sign from Goldwater Hospital. Coler Hospital loaned an iron lung, a nearly-obsolete mechanical respirator fitt...

Known by many locals simply as “The Roosevelt Island Doctor,” Dr. Jack Resnick has built a reputation for bringing a small-town ethos to his big-city medical practice. The internist and former Island resident regularly makes home visits to sick patients and is a vocal advocate for keeping elderly and disabled patients out of the hospital as much as possible. In 1981, he also founded The Main Street WIRE to give Islanders a stronger voice in local matt...

April 18, 2018

There are many hidden disabilities that people are not aware of. Sometimes even the individual suffering is not aware of it. Most hidden disabilities, such as depression, are considered, in some way, shameful or devaluing. It is for that reason that many people with these conditions keep them a secret. But living every day pretending that you feel like you are alright when you are not can be very debilitating, diminishing your self-confidence. 

When a...

March 10, 2018

Four Island women, Lisa Fernandez, Nikki Leopold, Marie Luarca-Reyes, and Sharon Williams were be honored by Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright on March 8, as part of the Fourth Annual Women of Distinction Awards. 

“In March, during Women’s History Month, we have chosen to recognize the women of today who are speaking up, inspiring others and working hard to put our community on a better path,” said Seawright. The Assembly Member is honoring ten...

October 27, 2017

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, the Coler Hospital Canteen – adorned with paintings, crochet displays, and beautiful multi-colored lighting – boasted a crowd to match. The guests extended in both directions, through and down the long, wide hallways, in celebration of the hospital’s annual art show. 

In the center of all this, sat a single, stripped-down wheelchair painted entirely red. Around it, stood seven life-sized black-and-white portraits, each...

October 18, 2017

For those of you that don’t know, we have had multiple recent suicides on Roosevelt Island. We lost two Island women due to suicide in a two month period. I believe one jumped from a window, and the other jumped off her balcony. Approximately five years ago, another woman jumped off a balcony. I believe we, as a community, need to have a conversation to address mental health in our community and learn some tools to help combat its effects. 

There is no...

August 27, 2017

Dr. Sandra Pascal has joined Island pediatrician Dr. Katherine Grimm and internist Dr. Jack Resnick at their 520 Main Street family practice. She started last week, and will be seeing children and adults.

“Dr. Pascal is a family practitioner who will bring routine women’s health care to the Island, including Pap smears, pelvic and breast exams,” says Resnick. According to Dr. Grimm, “Dr. Resnick and I thought a family practitioner would be a perfect fi...

July 29, 2017

Costa Constantinides, chair of the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee, is leading the charge to demand that plant operators in New York City, stop using the dirtiest grades of oil to power them.

June 11, 2017

According to the American Heart Association, each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. Approximately 90% of those people die because cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly known as CPR, was not performed by someone close by. 

When CPR is performed within the first couple of minutes of a cardiac arrest, the person’s chance of survival is doubled or tripled. Unfortunately, many people do not give CPR care t...

June 11, 2017

Warmer weather breeds pests. It's up to us to speak up.

June 11, 2017

A reader shares her experience with the Island's Urgent Care Center.

May 15, 2017

DASH (Disabled Association Support for the Homebound, Disabled & Seniors) is a small organization on Roosevelt Island with big-hearted volunteers who support the homebound, disabled, and seniors on the Island. We operate without a budget and depend on people’s time and goodness – and share ours within our community.

Years ago, Island internist Dr. Jack Resnick saw the lack of social opportunities for the homebound during his house calls to Island...

April 29, 2017

On Thursday, May 4, I will be giving a talk on the New York Health Act, arguably one of the most significant pieces of legislation to ever hit New York, at 7:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center. This legislation would improve our health and our finances. Its success would be an example for the rest of the country.  

If passed into law, the New York Health Act is poised to give every New Yorker, regardless of their employment status, immigrati...

April 29, 2017

Set against a backdrop of the magnificent, vibrant colors of Ioan Popoiu’s paintings at Gallery RIVAA, poets recited works full of frustration, passion, and hope in front of a full house on April 21st. The spoken-word event, part of the Open Doors project, featured Slam poet Steven Willis as well as Coler Hospital residents affected by gun violence. 

The reading was the first in a series of events dedicated to sharing the poetry and personal narratives...

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