Thoracic Surgery Patients Perform Free Chamber Music Concerts

From left: Nadir Aslam; Kristin Olson; Andrea Wolf, MD; and Andrew Kaufman, MD

From left: Nadir Aslam; Kristin Olson; Andrea Wolf, MD; and Andrew Kaufman, MD

Kristin Olson and Nadir Aslam, professional musicians who met when they were treated for recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) at The Mount Sinai Hospital in August 2015, ardently believe in the power of music to soothe and heal. After treatment, they asked their surgeons—Andrea Wolf, MD, and Andrew Kaufman, MD, both Assistant Professors of Thoracic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai—if they could perform free baroque chamber music concerts for staff, patients, and visitors. Ms. Olson, an oboist, and Mr. Aslam, a violinist, have since given two performances with guest musicians in the Guggenheim Pavilion, and now are working with the Mount Sinai Department of Volunteer Services to start a regular series of concerts.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Opens New Café in Linsky Lobby

From left: Jay Aldieri, Regional Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Mount Sinai Health System; Nympha Meindel, RN, Chief Administrative Officer, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; and Susan Somerville, RN, President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, at the ribbon-cutting for Who’s on First?

From left: Jay Aldieri, Regional Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Mount Sinai Health System; Nympha Meindel, RN, Chief Administrative Officer, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; and Susan Somerville, RN, President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, at the ribbon-cutting for Who’s on First?

Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s new café—Who’s on First?—opened in December with an expanded menu that for the first time includes non-kosher as well as kosher food options, a “Cuisine of the Day” station, weekly specials, a salad bar, hot food bar, and a “Grab & Go” section. Located in the Linsky Lobby of the hospital’s main entrance at 280 First Avenue—the same location as the previous cafeteria—Who’s on First? is open 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week. Four hundred employees participated in a contest to name the new café. The winning entry was from Lydia E. Hosbach, Administrative Assistant, Patient Representative Department, who received a 32-inch flat-screen TV.

Wholeness of Life Awards

From left: Laurie Chameides, LCSW; Rabbi H. Rafael Goldstein, DMin, BCC, Director of Clinical Services, Center for Spirituality and Health, Mount Sinai Health System; and Michotte Nabua, RN

From left: Laurie Chameides, LCSW; Rabbi H. Rafael Goldstein, DMin, BCC, Director of Clinical Services, Center for Spirituality and Health, Mount Sinai Health System; and Michotte Nabua, RN

Two Mount Sinai Health System employees recently received 2015 Wholeness of Life Awards from the HealthCare Chaplaincy NetworkTM for their commitment to teamwork and professional relationships in providing compassionate and respectful care to patients in crisis. A third Wholeness of Life Award was given posthumously to the family of Beth Faitelewicz, RN, a nurse who served in the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Read more

New Chairs for Orthopaedics and Neurology

Leesa M. Galatz, MD

Leesa M. Galatz, MD

Two renowned physicians and researchers—Leesa M. Galatz, MD, and Barbara G. Vickrey, MD, MPH—recently became the Mount Sinai Health System Chair of Orthopaedics, and Neurology, respectively, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Galatz was recruited from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of the Shoulder and Elbow Service. Dr. Vickrey had served for 25 years on the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she was Professor of Neurology. Read more

New Director Appointed at the Ear Institute

Peter C. Weber, MD, MBA

Peter C. Weber, MD, MBA

Peter C. Weber, MD, MBA, a noted clinician and researcher in pediatric and adult ear diseases, has been appointed Director of the Ear Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Weber previously served as Chief Medical Officer at CochlearTM Americas, and Professor and Director of Otology/Neurotology at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Read more

Use of Big Data Leads to Discovery in Diabetes

Joel Dudley, PhDAfter carefully analyzing the electronic health records (EHRs) of 11,000 patients, investigators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have discovered three potential new subtypes of type 2 diabetes.

The discovery, led by Joel Dudley, PhD, Director of Biomedical Informatics at the Icahn School of Medicine, highlights the power of new technology and the promise of precision medicine, as the Mount Sinai Health System ushers in the use of Big Data in discovering, treating, and preventing disease. The results of the study were published in Science Translational Medicine in October, 2015. Read more

The Valentin Fuster Society Celebrates Anniversary

The Valentin Fuster Society Celebrates Anniversary

One hundred forty alumni attended the 15th Anniversary Dinner of the VF Society, named in honor of Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, sixth from left, front row.

The Valentin Fuster (VF) Society, a nonprofit alumni association comprised of graduates of the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute, recently held its 15th Anniversary Dinner at the New York Academy of Medicine. One hundred forty alumni attended the event to discuss academic and clinical ideas, reconnect with former colleagues, and network with a group of talented cardiologists.

Graduates who have trained with Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart, and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital, created the VF Society to strengthen the bond among alumni and The Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more

Mount Sinai Queens Awarded for Improving the Patient Experience

Mount Sinai Queens Awarded for Improving the Patient Experience

From left: Deirdre Varona, Director, Environmental Service and Linen; Hoda Farghaly, Patient Ambassador, Environmental Service; Regina Censullo, MBA, Consultant, Labor Management Project; Caryn A. Schwab; Judy Trilivas, RN, MA, Vice President, Operations; Kyeong-Hwa Kim, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager; Claudine Brown, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager; and Kara Gelb, Consultant

Mount Sinai Queens was recently named a 2015 Success Story Award® winner—one of only 15 recipients nationwide—by Press Ganey Associates, Inc., for measurably improving the patient experience. The award recognized sustained improvements over the last three years in several areas, including nursing communications, responsiveness, cleanliness, and pain management. Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director, Mount Sinai Queens, attributes this success to the “Mount Sinai Queens Way”—a culture of caring that emphasizes listening to patients and colleagues, acting on patient feedback, and always making patient care the top priority—that was developed from surveys asking staff to describe Mount Sinai Queens. Responses such as, “kind-hearted” and “team players” became the foundation of the “Mount Sinai Queens Way.”

“Winter Wonderland” at Urgent Care Inwood

“Winter Wonderland” at Urgent Care Inwood

Children created snow globes and crowns at “Winter Wonderland.”

Mount Sinai Doctors Urgent Care Inwood hosted a “Winter Wonderland” for 160 children and their parents on Friday, December 18. The young guests created ice cream cone ornaments, built mini popsicle-sleds, made snow globes, and warmed up at a hot chocolate cookie bar. The children, who are students from Good Shepherd School; Public School 98; PS 310 Marble Hill; and Elementary School for Math, Science, and Technology, also played in an igloo teepee, went “ice fishing,” and had their photos taken with Elsa, Anna, and Olaf, characters from Walt Disney’s film Frozen©. Staffed by Mount Sinai physicians, the Urgent Care facility provides convenient access to immediate medical attention for the Inwood community, which is located in Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood.