2016-04-27 / Front Page

NY-Presbyterian/Queens Employee Health Initiative At Crystal

Crystal Windows CEO uses the Spirometer lung testing device. Front row (L to R): Ming-der Chang, Ph.D.; Ada Leung, RN; Thomas Chen, Crystal CEO; Christine Lee, RN.  Back Row (L to R): Dr. Joseph T. Cooke, Dr. Robert S. Crupi.


Crystal Windows CEO uses the Spirometer lung testing device. Front row (L to R): Ming-der Chang, Ph.D.; Ada Leung, RN; Thomas Chen, Crystal CEO; Christine Lee, RN. Back Row (L to R): Dr. Joseph T. Cooke, Dr. Robert S. Crupi. National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems in conjunction with New York-Presbyterian/Queens Hospital and the Chinese American Nursing Association (CANA) recently launched a special health initiative for its employees.  On the morning of April 15, 2016, over 70 Crystal employees volunteered to be test screened free of charge for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  The New York-Presbyterian/Queens initiative seeks to promote health in the local community and with employees of area businesses.  Coordinated by the Hospital's Community Health Initiative Senior Director, Ms. Min-der Chang, Ph.D., Crystal Windows was the first joint initiative with the private business community by the hospital and will serve as a pilot for other future efforts.

COPD is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the USA.  Smoking is the major contributing cause of COPD.  "Since smoking is very prevalent amongst Asian immigrants and since Crystal has a high percentage of immigrant workers, I felt this was an important test to offer our employees," said Thomas Chen, Crystal Windows founder and CEO.  "The earlier health problems can be identified, the more likely and the sooner they can be resolved.  Promoting the health and wellbeing of our family of employees is very important to me and the Crystal management."

Crystal Windows in past years has offered and facilitated many other employee health initiatives, including smoking cessation programs and morning and noontime stretch exercise classes and free fruit for healthy workday snacking.

The test screening at Crystal consisted of several steps, starting with a 5-point confidential Nurses from the CANA administer the digital Spirometer test to a Crystal employee. Nurses from the CANA administer the digital Spirometer test to a Crystal employee. questionnaire.  Based on the responses and the individual's age, employees with sufficient risk factors took the actual lung screening.  Two registered nurses from the CANA administered the quick, easy and painless lung test using a digital Spirometer.  Calibrated for a person's age and weight, the device measures total air capacity and flow rate as an individual breathes into it very rapidly and forcefully.  The employee being tested would then meet with a medical doctor from the hospital who would review the screening results, advise them of any potential concerns and recommend further medical consultation and testing if warranted. Bi-lingual staff fluent in Chinese and Spanish were available to assist with any potential translation issues. New York-Presbyterian/Queens is available for those warranting further medical diagnostics and treatment.

Dr. Joseph Cooke consults with a Crystal patient following the lung screening test.Dr. Joseph Cooke consults with a Crystal patient following the lung screening test.New York-Presbyterian/Queens Hospital offers world-class health care in almost every specialty area through its 535-bed acute care main facility, active emergency room and outpatient programs.  The hospital also maintains community medicine facilities and physician practices throughout the Borough, specializing in care for the diverse and growing Queens community.  New York-Presbyterian/Queens Hospital is a proud member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College.  Known through much of its 100-plus year history as Booth Memorial Hospital, the facility started in Manhattan and relocated in the 1950s to its current location at 56-45 Main Street, Flushing, Queens.  For more information on the hospital, the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and their numerous programs and services, visit www.nyhq.org and www.nyp.org.

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