This interview is a special front-line discussion with Dr. John Corcoran, William Finley, and Vincent Cavallaro.
Dr. John Corcoran is the Site Director for Rehabilitation Therapy Services and Director of Inpatient Therapy Services at NYU Langone Health - Rusk Rehabilitation. He is a CARF Medical Rehabilitation Surveyor and surveys rehabilitation hospitals both nationally and internationally. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, NYU Grossman School of Medicine - specializing in rehabilitation, critical care rehabilitation and pain rehabilitation. His Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree is from Long Island University Health Sciences Center and he won the Division of Physical Therapy Academic Excellence Award. He has won two awards at the NYU Langone Health Annual Quality and Safety Day (2015) for his work on Early Mobilization (lead author of the team award) and the Children’s Hospital Safety Network Fall Prevention Program (team award).
William Finley is the Program Manager of the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Department at NYU Langone Health and is on the faculty at NYU Medical Center. He received his Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Quinnipiac University. He obtained his Master’s of Business Administration degree with a dual specialty in Accounting and Health Care Administration from the University of Scranton. He has over a decade of experience as an occupational therapist in acute care and outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. The focus of much of his research relates to biomechanics of the upper extremity and safe patient handling. His other professional interests include healthcare informatics, program development, and value based practice.
Vincent Cavallaro serves as a Vice President for hospital operations at NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn. He began his career as a staff physical therapist at Lutheran Medical Center in 1981. He was instrumental in the development and regulatory planning of a 30-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF). He assumed various roles across the rehabilitation continuum in Acute Care, IRF, Subacute, Homecare and Outpatient services. He was chiefly responsible for operationalizing multiple outpatient Rehabilitation therapy sites within the Lutheran Family Health Center Network. He assumed operational responsibilities for Neurology and Epilepsy services as the Vice President of Hospital Operations for Neurology and Rehabilitation Services. Lutheran Medical Center underwent a merger with NYU Langone Health. His degree in physical therapy is from SUNY Downstate.
The three interviewees discussed the following: the technique of prone positioning; differences between proning in the ICU vs. proning of acute care patients; challenges in treating coronavirus patients; different stages when occupational therapy and physical therapy are most effective when coronavirus patients are hospitalized; engaging with patients using telehealth; differences between providing hands-on care in a clinical setting and a telehealth approach for treatment; stresses and strains being experienced by caregivers; specific challenges that must be addressed in treating patients with different personal characteristics, such as age; questions that arise worth pursuing in future research studies; and based on experiences working with coronavirus patients, what could possibly be incorporated in occupational therapy and physical therapy education programs