Restorative Surgery That Patients Can Smile About

Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is one of only a handful of U.S. surgeons who is using an innovative new procedure to restore the ability to smile in patients with facial paralysis.

The procedure, called cranial nerve V and VII transfer, helps to ameliorate the disfiguring effects of severe Bell’s palsy and, to a lesser extent, certain head and neck cancers. It calls for the surgeon to reroute the patient’s robust masseter nerve—which activates the chewing muscles—in order to power the paralyzed facial nerves and restore facial muscle function, specifically the muscles involved in smiling. Read more

Expanding the Role of Emergency Medical Services

A new project under way at the Mount Sinai Health System aims to analyze and expand the role of the nation’s emergency medical services (EMS) to serve as a vital link in a highly coordinated system focused on the acute medical needs of the community.

The project, titled “Promoting Innovations in Emergency Medical Services,” is a collaborative effort between Mount Sinai and the UC San Diego Health System. Backed by a $225,000 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, the project seeks to eliminate the regulatory, financial, technological, and training barriers that have stood in the way of a meaningful overhaul of the nation’s emergency medical services. Read more

Mount Sinai Goes Red for Women

On February 6, 2015, Mount Sinai Heart’s Magnet recognized nurses partnered once again with the American Heart Association and other Departments at The Mount Sinai Hospital to organize and host the annual “Go Red for Women” Community Heart Health Fair with free screenings. February is “American Heart Month” and every year for the past 13 years, Mount Sinai Heart’s nurses have been the driving force behind the Go Red for Women health screening, which is aimed at raising awareness of heart disease among women.

This year Go Red health fair events were offered at five health system locations: The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and Mount Sinai Beth Israel in Brooklyn. Read more

Women Need to Know Their Risks for Heart Disease

Heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in women. While awareness has doubled over the last 15 years, still only 56 percent of women identified heart disease as the leading cause of death in a 2012 survey by the American Heart Association.

One in three women dies from heart attack and stroke, but many of these deaths can be prevented. Women often come to the emergency room too late because they attributed their symptoms to less life-threatening conditions like acid reflux or the flu.

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Enhancing Quality of Care and Reducing Costs Through a New Collaboration

The Mount Sinai Health System has entered into an agreement with Empire BlueCross BlueShield that is designed to enhance quality of care and help individuals maintain healthy habits, all while reducing the cost of care. Empire is the largest health insurer in New York State.

Under the innovative agreement, which became effective January 1, 2015, Mount Sinai will manage all aspects of care for Empire’s 48,000 commercial and Medicare members who are attributed to the Health System. This includes coordinating all medical treatment, closely monitoring the patient between physician visits, and ensuring that appropriate follow-up care is received. Patients with chronic or complex conditions will receive individualized care plans tailored to their specific needs. Read more