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Richmond University Medical Center Team Aids Runners at NYC Marathon

November 4, 2019 – As over 52,000 runners from around the world raced through the streets of New York City in the 49th annual New York City Marathon on November 3, over 100 licensed professionals from Richmond University Medical Center volunteered their time to be on hand at the finish line to assist anyone in need of medical attention following the 26 mile race.

An army of podiatrists, translators, physical therapists, students, nurses, physician assistants, and residents in emergency medicine and surgery from Richmond University Medical Center treated over 1,500 runners in their tent located just off the finish line in Central Park. The team treated more runners following this year’s race than they had the previous year. The team arrived in Manhattan the early hours on Sunday well in advance of the race start, setting up cots, and medical equipment.

“Our staff looks forward to this event every year,” chair of emergency medicine, Dr. Harry Kopolovich said. “It’s amazing to watch so many runners from so many countries participate each year in the marathon. When you take a moment to realize what each person who crosses the finish line has just accomplished, it is truly awe inspiring.”

The medical team from Richmond University Medical Center has volunteered at several marathons in the past few years and will be back next year for the 50th running of the marathon. Many of the professionals on hand work in the hospital’s emergency department which treats over 60,000 adult and pediatric patients annually. Recently, Richmond University Medical Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification. This marks the first time the medical center has achieved this certification in its history. The Joint Commission also awarded gold seal recertification to Richmond University Medical Center in October for the continuous high standard of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain or suffering heart failure.  In the last 12 months, almost 10,000 patients were diagnosed at RUMC with chest pain and over 540 were treated for heart failure. Chest pain is the most common reason reported for seeking medical attention at the hospital which has served Staten Island for over 100 years.