Mission & History

The Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center opened February 2007, through generous donations from the Arthur and Myra Mahon Foundation, the Adrian and Jessie Archbold Charitable Trust, and the Dean's Challenge matching funds. The Center is named after Myra Mahon (1937-2011). Mrs. Mahon was a licensed clinical social worker. She believed that "an informed patient is almost always a healthier patient with a better chance for a favorable outcome." She understood that the "fear and mystery of the unknown often makes being a patient frightening and very difficult. Information is the key to providing comfort and, many times, acceptance of treatment."

The Center's mission is to serve as a health information resource center for patients and families to encourage and enable them to make informed decisions about their healthcare.

Conveniently located in the Weill Greenberg Center (1305 York Ave at E. 70th St.), this beautifully designed space represents Weill Cornell Medical Center's commitment to patient-centered care.

Staff & Volunteers

Staff
  • Judy Stribling
  • Consumer Librarian, Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center

Judy holds a Master of Library Science degree from the Pratt Institute in Manhattan, and Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in History from the University of Southern Mississippi. After founding and running a successful library services company and working in the pharmaceutical industry, Judy spent five years as a clinical medical librarian at Weill Cornell Medical College and Mount Sinai Medical College, before assuming her current role in July 2013.

  • Danita Norville, Circulation Desk Assistant
  • Volunteers
    • Paul DiMauro
    • Laura Lazarus
    • Barbara Sievert
    • Ingrid Sohlberg

    Services

    The Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center is staffed by a professional medical librarian who connect patients, family members, caregivers, and prospective patients to quality health information resources.

    We help you find current, credible health information that is understandable so that you can make informed decisions about your healthcare. If you are unable to visit the Patient Resource Center, we respond to questions by email, telephone, and in person at a patient's hospital room.

    At the Patient Resource Center, we provide:

    • A library with a wide selection of health brochures, pamphlets, books and online resources,
    • Computers and wireless Internet access, and
    • Comfortable lounge areas to wait between office visits
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    Disclaimer: The resources and materials provided by the Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center does not take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment from your physician or health care provider. Questions or concerns about the information provided in this document should be shared with your physician or health care provider.

    Policies

    Rules for User Conduct

    As part of its mission, the Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center wishes to maintain a safe and comfortable environment conducive to study and the use of health information resources. Visitors are expected to show consideration for other users and for members of the PRC staff.

    The following activities are not allowed in the PRC:
    1. Eating/bringing in food and/or drinking, except from non-spillable cups
    2. Using or possessing drugs or alcohol, or smoking/chewing tobacco
    3. Improper dress; e.g., no shoes, no shirt
    4. Bringing animals into the PRC, except those needed to assist persons with disabilities
    5. Solicitations of any kind
    6. Leaving a child alone in the PRC without adult supervision
    7. Theft and/or misappropriation of PRC or another user's property, or failing to report and surrender any lost items or money found on PRC premises to staff or Security
    8. Physical violence and/or carrying a weapon into the PRC
    9. Vandalism; abuse or misuse of PRC equipment or property
    10. Refusing to follow the PRC's Computer, Internet Access & Printer Use Policies
    11. Talking loudly, making noise, or engaging in other disruptive behavior; playing of audiovisual equipment that others can hear
    12. Interfering with another person's use of the PRC, such as harassment or verbal abuse of other PRC users
    13. Interfering with PRC staff's performance of their duties, such as harassment or verbal abuse of staff members
    14. Refusing to discontinue use of equipment, such as computers, printers or telephone room, after closing announcements; or refusing to leave the premises at closing time
    Computer, Internet Access & Printer Use Policies

    The Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center's computers, Internet access, and public printer are provided as a free service to patients and visitors. To ensure equal access, we ask you to abide by the following:

    1. NO FOOD OR DRINK AT THE COMPUTERS
    2. Computer time limited to 45 minutes per session when others are waiting. Visitors looking for online health information will be given priority.
    3. PRINTING LIMITED TO 10 PAGES
    4. Use discretion and avoid sensitive sites.
    5. These computers may not be used for commercial purposes, lobbying, gambling, harassment of others, spam e-mails (unsolicited mass e-mails), viewing explicit photos/videos, or downloading music.
    6. All computers are turned off 15-minutes before closing time, at 4:45 PM.