Donna Leno Gordon - 2012 Sloan Public Service Award Winner

Title

Donna Leno Gordon - 2012 Sloan Public Service Award Winner

Description

In her over two decades of service at Coney Island Hospital, Donna Leno Gordon has been a pioneer in the field of palliative care, the branch of medicine concerned with helping patients manage pain and discomfort and with easing the overwhelming emotional, psychological and spiritual distress of patients and families facing chronic or terminal illness. Under Gordon's leadership, Coney Island Hospital has become a local and regional leader in palliative care, launching its own dedicated 19-bed unit, a relative rarity among hospitals.
Combined, the palliative care programs at Coney Island Hospital have served more than 7,000 patients and their families and it receives 100 referrals each month. Gordon's program is so successful that since 2006 she has helped implement palliative care programs at 11 other HHC hospitals. Her colleagues praise her compassion, her calm, and her unwavering commitment to making palliative care a formalized part of institutionalized medicine. "Palliative care begins with dedicated clinicians, but it's often seen as the work of one or two caring staff members," she says. "I wanted to design an operationally sustainable program that gives clinicians replicable models so that no matter where they are, they can ensure that patients at the end of their lives have a voice." In addition to palliative care, Gordon is also an innovator in providing more humane, dignified care for the mentally ill. Her initiatives have reduced use of restraints and seclusion. "Donna has the reach, the scope and the heart of a champion," says Ross Wilson, HHC's Chief Medical Officer.

Creator

Fund for the City of New York

Date

2012

Source

https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/news/images/Donna_Gordon.jpg

Relation

Rights

2012 SLOAN Public Service Award Winner: Director, Behavioral Health Nursing and Palliative Care, Coney Island Hospital, Health and Hospitals Corporation

Publisher

Fund for the City of New York

Contributor

Fund for the City of New York

Format

Medium: Photograph.

Link: Fund for the City of New York

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Donna Leno Gordon, Sloan Public Service, Awards, Palliative Care, Medicine, Pain Management, Health, Healthcare

Coverage

New York

Files

https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/news/images/Donna_Gordon.jpg

Reference

Fund for the City of New York, Donna Leno Gordon - 2012 Sloan Public Service Award Winner, Fund for the City of New York, 2012

Cite As

Fund for the City of New York, “Donna Leno Gordon - 2012 Sloan Public Service Award Winner,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 20, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/292.