CRR Outpatient and LOP Phase II Ramp-Up begins 6/22

June 18, 2020

We are very excited and pleased to announce, as of Monday, June 22nd, the Clinical Research Resource (CRR) will be resume research studies on the Outpatient Unit (PH-10), as we begin Phase II of the Outpatient and Long Outpatient (LOP) ramp-up. Existing and new clinical trials and research that are currently paused or modified to completely remote procedures, offer the prospect of direct benefit, and are funded by federal or foundation sponsors, will be able to conduct Outpatient and Long Outpatient (LOP) visits. LOP visits will continue to be accommodated on PH-10 with nursing staff available, while we await NYPs decision to reopen the Inpatient Unit on HP-10.  

Our goal is to ensure the safety of our participants and research staff, wherever possible.  Therefore, following NYPH and CUIMC infection control guidelines, we are limiting the number of rooms available for use, as well as the number of chairs in our waiting area.  Limited occupancy guidelines will also be applied in the phlebotomy room.  We request that you please conduct data collection remotely and limit the number of study personnel on the unit, whenever possible.

For your convenience, in order to accommodate all appointment requests, we are expanding our days and hours of operation to Monday through Saturday, 7:00am – 7:00pm.  Each day will be divided into two blocks, allowing for a thorough cleaning of the rooms in between.  Due to generally high demand between the hours of 9:00am – 1:00pm on weekdays, we ask that your participants be scheduled outside this time frame, whenever possible. In addition, beginning Monday, July 6th, the Irving Institute’s Community Engagement Core Resource (CECR), located at the Columbia Community Partnership for Health (CCPH), 390 Fort Washington Ave., will provide space for research teams to conduct phlebotomy only visits, three days a week, 9am to 5pm.  Our goal is to eventually extend this service to Monday through Friday.

As per NYP and CUIMC guidelines, study personnel are expected to conduct COVID-19 screening (form attached) on each participant no more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment, as well as at the time of arrival to the building entrance.  Everyone entering the CRR unit is required to wear a mask.  We will have limited Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available, if your department is unable to provide.

Please access the documents below to facilitate your appointment requests during the ramp-up:

From the entire CRR staff, thank you for all of your support throughout this very challenging time.  We look forward to working with you all again and facilitating your research in every way possible.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns: 

Ismael Castaneda -