Standing O salutes Vice Admiral David Kriete, a Brooklyn native and former Police Athletic League student, who was honored by the organization at its Duncan Center in Manhattan on May 14.
Vice Adm. Kriete, who grew up in Sunset Park and now serves as deputy commander of United States Strategic Command, took a tour of the center and spoke with kids, answering questions about his experiences.
Following remarks by chairman Robert M. Morgenthau — a U.S. Navy veteran, and former Lt. Commander and Executive Officer in World War II — the league presented Vice Adm. Kriete with an honorary plaque.
The Vice Admiral was honored by the gesture.
“It is great to be back in New York, and I was honored to be with Mr. Morgenthau. I was impressed by the young people and their thoughtful questions, and appreciative of the great work being done by the center staff. The visit back to PAL was a highlight for me,” he said.
The visit was part of an executive outreach trip by Kriete, who participated in engagements in Brooklyn and Manhattan, including a visit to his alma mater, Brooklyn Technical High School, as well as NYU Tandon School of Engineering Veterans Future Lab, the VA Center, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps units.
Growing up, Kriete attended PS 94, The Henry Longfellow Elementary School, IS 220, and Brooklyn Technical. He played baseball for many years with the Police Athletic League (68th and 72nd Precincts), the American Legion Liberty Post, and the Bay Parkway League. Both of his parents were born and raised in Brooklyn. His father worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II when he was too young for military service. Later, his father served in the Army in Korea.
They’re the tops
Three cheers for Maimonides Medical Center, which was recently ranked No. 1 for outstanding patient outcomes in angioplasty and stents in emergency cases in a New York State Department of Health report.
The report is good news for Brooklynites, says the hospital’s president.
“This marks the ninth year in a row that our interventional cardiologists have set the bar at the highest level,” announced Maimonides President and CEO Kenneth Gibbs. “The families of Brooklyn have what are literally the best cardiac experts in the state right here at Maimonides.”
The New York State report shows mortality rates for angioplasty in three categories: emergency cases, non-emergency cases, and all cases. Maimonides is the only hospital in the state to achieve significantly low rates in all three categories for the three-year period reported, and achieved the lowest mortality rate in the state for emergency cases.
And the findings confirm what most boroughites already know, says a Maimonides top doc.
“The state report confirms what most Brooklyn residents already know: in a cardiac emergency, no hospital does angioplasty better than Maimonides,” said Dr. Robert Frankel, director of Interventional Cardiology. “We attribute our extraordinary outcomes to our team approach — we work together every day, challenging ourselves and each other, to provide the very best care.”