The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.
Hospital Emergency Rooms
SAFE / SART Medical Directors and Program CoordinatorsIn the past, victims of sexual assault seeking medical attention often experienced victim-blaming attitudes and substandard care. In the 1970's, victim advocates began to develop local, state and national reforms to address these problems. Within the last thirty years, in a movement first led by emergency room nurses, care of sexual assault patients has been improved by the development of Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) programs.
SAFE programs provide sexual assault patients in emergency rooms or other acute care settings with specially trained clinicians who can provide comprehensive, sensitive, victim-center medical and forensic care. The best standard of care teams these specially trained clinicians with volunteer rape crisis advocates who provide psychosocial support, information and advocacy for sexual assault patients. In New York City, the Health and Hopsital Corporation (HHC) and organized its SAFE programs into SARTs or Sexual Assault Response Teams. Each SART serves the HHC Emergency Departments in a specific borough.
Emergency Rooms with SAFE programs are different from basic hospital care because they focus on:
THIS IS A LIST OF THE SAFE/ SART PROGRAMS THAT HAVE BEEN APPROVED AS New York State Centers of Excellence as of May 9, 2006.
Bronx SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) :
North Central Bronx*
BrooklynLong Island College Hospital*
Bernie Russell, MD, Medical Director- 718-780-2856
Sarah Hopkins, Program Coordinator- 718-780-1910
SART Coordinator: Alice Blair 718- 613-8113
Kings County Medical Center:
Lorraine Giordano, MD, Medical Director- 212-523-5659
Keri Stout, LCWS, SAFE Program Coordinator- 212-523-4727
Kim Hodges, MD, Medical Director
George Lewert, LCSW, Program Manager- 212-305-9060
Fax: 212-342-5703, Email: email@example.com
Cheryl Greenstein, PA, Site Director- 212-420-2832
Glenda Guzman, SART Coordinator Queens -- 718.334.3050
Queens Hospital*SAFE PROGRAMS THAT HAVE NOT YET BEEN DESIGNATED BY THE NYS DOH.
Staten IslandStaten Island University Hospital*:
Jean Gordon, RN, Medical Director-718-818-3044
Barbara Richardson, MD, Medical Director:
Kristen Slesar, Program Coordinator- 212.423.2145
"A Look Back" By Anastasia, a facilitator