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SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Health Center
STAR Health Center (SHC)
Patricia DiFusco, RN, BSN
Ms. DiFusco has been involved in the care and research of HIV since 1991 and has served as the SHC Nurse Manager since 2002. Prior to her promotion to Nurse Manager, she worked as a clinical nurse in the SHC. From 1998-2001 she was Clinical Trials Coordinator for the STAR Program. She served as the Research Nurse for the Women and Infants Transmission Study at DMC from 1992-1998 and was Study Coordinator for Protocol 076 (use of zidovudine to reduce mother to child transmission of HIV) at DMC from 1992-1994.
Mary Crymes, RN, ACRN
Ms. Crymes has been involved in HIV/AIDS care since 1993 and has been the Charge Nurse at STAR Health Center since November 2003. She has an extensive and diverse background in ambulatory care nursing including correctional health, substance abuse and family planning. Ms. Crymes has a certification in HIV/AIDS nursing and has been an active member of The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) since 1998. She serves on the national board as a member of the Chapters Committee and currently holds the position as Treasurer of the Greater New York Chapter of ANAC.
Davida Haynes, LPN
Ms. Haynes has been involved in HIV Care since 1998 and serves as a STAR Health Center staff nurse and as the SHC Gynecological Coordinator. From 1998 to 2003 she worked as a nurse with Community Health Care Network, a network of outpatient clinics in the five New York City boroughs. In addition, Ms. Haynes has oncology experience working with the Visiting Nurse Service Hospice On-Call Team.
Ms. Griffith has been involved in health care since 1999. In 2006 she joined the SHC as a medical assistant where she provides a wide range of patient services and education, specializing in the unique needs of patients with hepatitis C. Ms. Griffith also provides HIV counseling and testing on-site in the SHC and in the community with the Educating People at Risk (EPAR) Project.
Ms. Morales has been involved in the care and research of HIV since 2006. Prior to working at the STAR Health Center she had the opportunity to work in the Patient Relations Department. Ms Morales was the Patient Liaison for some of the vital and critical areas of the hospital including Labor & Delivery, ICU & CCU. Ms. Morales is also very active in outreach activities which involve the SHC and the community.
Evette Williams, RN
Ms. Williams is the Nurse Case Manager for the inpatient HIV service. She has been involved with the nursing care and management of HIV patients since 1991. She collaborates with inpatient and SHC providers to ensure that the inpatient population receives optimal care from admission to discharge.