The Division of Infectious Diseases is a consultative service for all clinical departments at the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. The division is also available for consultation for all physicians in the community.
The Division of Infectious Diseases disseminates up-to-date information to community physicians regarding issues in Infectious Diseases and Infection Control through lectures and seminars at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and through publications.
Positive Health Management, WHMC's HIV primary care program, provides comprehensive care to those infected with the HIV virus. The Infectious Diseases outpatient clinic is a referral point for patients in the community with sexually transmitted diseases, Tuberculosis and various diseases contracted through travel.
In addition, the division is also responsible for the teaching and training of medical students and residents in Medicine, Family Practice and Surgery who train at Wyckoff.
For appointments at the Infectious Diseases clinic:
Tel: (718) 963-7671
For appointments and questions about the HIV program:
Tel: (718) 302-8481
For questions about rotation in the Division of Infectious Diseases:
Tel: (718) 963-7585
For questions about the mandatory training in Infection Control:
Tel: (718) 508-4691
All other inquiries to the Division of Infectious Diseases:
Tel: (718) 963-7586
Positive Health Management is a confidential and culturally competent multi-services HIV program. If you are a person living with HIV, Positive Health Management has a variety of innovative primary care programs that can meet your needs:
Our primary care program accepts most health insurance plans.
HIV testing services are free for individuals who are uninsured.
All services are offered in Spanish.
The Infection Control Department
The Infection Control Department, in collaboration with all medical center employees, strives to provide an environment that is safe from infection.
Infection can make patients weak and uncomfortable, lead to more time in the hospital and unless treated can sometimes even lead to death. The prevention and control of infections is a major feature of the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center patient safety program. Everyone has a role to play.
Infection Prevention and Control
Prevention is basic to fighting many infections. For example, by following the nationally recommended immunization schedule for children and adults we are better able than ever to avoid getting many communicable infectious diseases. Part of preventing the spread of infectious diseases involves proper hygiene and the use of precautions.
Hospital personnel may use protective barriers such as gloves, cover gowns, masks, and eye / face protectors and may take certain precautions to prevent the spread of diseases, depending on the disease.
How to Prevent Infection
Patients are more likely to get infections because of their illnesses and the treatments they receive. Your disease or its treatments may weaken your immune system. There is no way to prevent all infections. Sometimes you will become ill even when all the rules are followed. It is important that we work together to reduce your chance of getting an infection.
The hospital's infection control guidelines offer many ways to help prevent infections. While you are at the hospital these guidelines help ensure your health and the health of every patient.
Infection Control Guidelines:
This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.
Dr. Olga Badem, M.D.
Tel: (718) 963-7764
Fax: (718) 486-4270
To make a hospital clinic appointment, please call:
To find an Infectious Diseases physician, click:
Janice Patten-Brown, MT, BS
Director, Infection Control
Tel: (718) 963-7226