The key goal of our organization is to provide mutual support and facilitate recovery with meetings, visits, by email and phone, and our newsletters.
Open discussions at our regular meetings allow informal sharing of experiences and information in an accepting and welcoming environment. A clinical nurse specialist attends most of our sessions and is there to provide individual guidance regarding ostomy management. The meetings feature presentations from physicians or other health care professionals and discuss such topics as physical fitness, nutrition, pain management, social, psychological and sexual concerns, travel tips, surgical alternatives, etc. Additionally there is an annual product fair presented by vendors of ostomy care products.
We meet monthly (except for January, February, July and August) and all are welcome including spouses, significant others, children or friends to share the experience.
We are available by phone and for personal visits. Our visitors are certified volunteers with matching surgeries/medical concerns who share their experience and knowledge regarding all non-medical concerns. Visits are made with the patient’s consent and all visitors complete a formal training program administered by health care professionals every 2 years.
For additional information about visits or to request a visitor please contact OANY.
|Ileostomies, Urostomies, urinary diversions, etc.:
BUS: Take the M101, M102, M103 or 98 bus on Lexington Avenue (downtown) or Third Avenue (uptown). You can also use the M79 cross-town bus to Lexington Avenue.
SUBWAY: Take the #6 train to 77th Street Station.
BY CAR FROM BX OR WESTCHESTER: Take the Major Deegan Expressway (NYS Thruway, I-87) southbound to
Triborough Bridge to Manhattan. Take FDR Drive southbound to 96th St. exit. Continue onto York Ave. & travel southbound to 77th St. Make a right turn onto 77th St. & continue to Lexington Ave.
BY CAR FROM BKLYN/SI: Cross the Brooklyn Bridge or go through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. Take FDR Drive northbound to 61st St. exit. Continue westbound on 61st St. to Third Ave. Make a right turn onto Third Ave. Take Third Ave. to 77th St.. Make a left turn onto 77th St. & continue to Lexington Ave.
BY CAR FROM QNS OR LI: Cross the Triborough Bridge. Take FDR Drive southbound to 96th St. Continue on York Ave. to 77th St. Make a right turn onto 77th St. and continue to Lexington Avenue OR Take the Queens Midtown Tunnel westbound to Third Ave. Make a right turn onto Third Ave. Take Third Avenue northbound to 77th St. Make a left turn onto 77th St. & continue to Lexington Ave.
BY CAR FROM NJ: Cross the George Washington Bridge to Harlem River Drive/FDR Drive. Take FDR Drive southbound to 96th St. exit. Continue on York Ave. southbound to 77th St.. Make a right turn onto 77th St. & continue to Lexington Ave.
PARKING: Discounted parking is available at Rapid Park Garage, 155 East 77th Street, between Third Avenue and Lexington Avenue. Validate parking tickets at the Hospital’s information desk, located in the main lobby (77th St. entrance).