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President's message

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to summer! I hope you are all doing well.

Thanks to all of you who attended the NEMG Clinician Forum on Thursday, May 19. We had a great turn-out of more than 450 viewers, and I would like to thank each of our presenters for their informative contributions. Keeping each other updated throughout this pandemic has been paramount and these online discussions have allowed us to share information and answer your questions.

On that thought, I would like to take this time to recognize Karen Brown, MD, for not only receiving the United Hospital Fund’s 2022 Excellence in Healthcare Award – please refer to the article in this issue, but also for the fantastic work she has done hosting the monthly NEMG Primary Care Town Halls. Additionally, I extend my gratitude to the many panelists who have provided valuable input to this educational series, as well as everyone who has given up their lunch hour to attend virtually. I am continuously impressed by both your creativity and dedication to great care as well as your constant support of each other. Watch for invitations in your email for upcoming virtual Primary Care Town Halls. The next one is July 19. View previous Primary Care Town Halls, in addition to NEMG Town Halls and Clinician Forums.

Coming out of the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, both the system and NEMG are dealing with some real challenges related to retaining and hiring new people within our offices. I acknowledge this challenge and understand it has been both difficult and stressful. Please note that we are working very closely with System Human Resources to process and recruit in order to fill vacancies and resolve this issue. We have tirelessly taken care of our patients and their families, often with the recognition of increased risk to ourselves. Yet amidst our staffing challenges, we continue to keep people safe and well and carry on the business of health care. My sincere thanks to you all!
For the first time in three years, people are heading into summer with a renewed spirit. I see more and more folks getting out and traveling. Kids are going to camps. Many of the activities we took for granted, as well as the ease to simply go out and visit one another is slowly coming back. With that in mind, I am proud to see our clinicians once again take some time to earn CME credit. Engaging in activities designed to support their professional development is very important to all of us. 

Your physical and emotional well-being are top priority. I encourage all of you to take part in our voluntary, confidential well-being check-ins available to all clinicians and staff. Anyone interested is asked to schedule an appointment (intranet). 

We are all in this together. To help navigate this challenging time, I urge you to take advantage of the following resources:
The Employee and Family Resources program offers confidential counseling.

Visit Achieve Solutions for more ideas.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit:

Visit the YNHHS intranet for the most up-to-date information.

System-wide, several events were held between March 6 and March 12 to honor Nurses Week. My thanks to all for recognizing this important timeframe. Read the Nurses Week 2022 article.

I wish you all a safe and happy summer. 

My gratitude to you all for your diligent work and dedication to excellence in patient care.

Dr. Richard Goldstein, MD profile photo
Richard Goldstein, MD, PhD, MHCM
Interim President and Chief Medical Officer
Northeast Medical Group