The Department of Spiritual Care and Education

Imam Souleimane Konate entered, his robes billowing out behind him.  He sat down and joined the others, some regulars and a few new to the group.  It was the morning of the monthly community religious leaders involvement breakfast.  Rabbi Rafael Goldstein, Director of the Department of Spiritual Care and Education introduced himself and we went around the table giving our names and congregations.  The Imam then gave the opening blessing, in both Arabic and English.

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Mount Sinai Named Health Provider for USTA

The Mount Sinai Medical Center has been named the first-ever official medical service provider and hospital of the USTA and the US Open. The five-year agreement calls for Mount Sinai to provide on-site clinical care for tennis players competing in the US Open, develop policies around injury prevention, and conduct educational outreach to promote the health benefits of playing tennis.

Mount Sinai is also the official sponsor of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, an annual tennis event for children, which takes place before the US Open on Saturday, August 24, at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Mount Sinai will have an informational booth on the grounds of the US Open, which will be held August 26 – September 9.

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Champions of Children’s Health

More than 700 attendees showed their support for children’s environmental health at The Mount Sinai Medical Center’s sixth annual Greening Our Children luncheon, held on Monday, May 20, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Connecticut.

Proceeds from the event—which featured a guest appearance from actress and author Jessica Alba—will be used to support Mount Sinai’s Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) and the Laboratory for Molecular Environmental Chemistry at Mount Sinai. The CEHC and laboratory are led by Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, Dean for Global Health, the Ethel H. Wise Professor of Community Medicine, and Professor of Pediatrics; and Robert O. Wright, MD, Professor of Preventive Medicine, and Pediatrics, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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A Transformational Gift for Children’s Health

Eric M. Mindich, a member of Mount Sinai’s Boards of Trustees, and his wife, Stacey Mindich, have provided a leadership gift to advance groundbreaking science to improve children’s health. In recognition of their generosity, Mount Sinai’s Child Health and Development Institute recently was renamed The Mindich Child Health and Development Institute (MCHDI).

“Eric and Stacey’s extraordinarily generous gift represents a critical step toward Mount Sinai’s goal of transforming children’s health,” says Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

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Mount Sinai Streamlines its Research Administration Enterprise

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has begun rolling out a series of projects for investigators in basic, translational, and clinical research that will streamline the research administration structure and make it easier to initiate and submit protocols and compete for funding.

“We are transforming and improving the research administration enterprise on behalf of our investigators,” says Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “This vital endeavor underscores our commitment to supporting innovative and highly competitive research that will lead to groundbreaking treatments for human diseases.”

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Mount Sinai Pair Transplanted in Second Largest Kidney “Swap” in History

One third of people in need of a kidney transplant will be blood type incompatible with their donor and even more will be incompatible because of harmful antibodies against their donor.  Yet sometimes, one person’s incompatibility can be another’s blessing in disguise.

Take for example Gina Dosso and her sister Maria Dosso.  Gina had kidney failure and was nearing dialysis.  Her sister Maria decided that she would like to donate a kidney to her.  Unfortunately, even though they were related, Gina’s blood had harmful antibodies that would have caused her body to reject Maria’s kidney.  In fact, Gina’s blood had harmful antibodies to greater than 80% of the population making it very difficult to find her any compatible donor.  But rather than give up, with the help of the Mount Sinai Kidney Transplant team, they were enlisted into the National Kidney Registry, an organization that helps incompatible people find other incompatible people to perform a kidney “swap” with.

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Nurses Honored with Awards of Excellence

Before a celebratory audience of colleagues, family, and friends, 19 Mount Sinai nurses were recognized as standard-bearers of compassion, innovation, and education at The Mount Sinai Boards of Trustees 32nd Annual Awards for Excellence in Nursing Practice on Wednesday, May 1, in Stern Auditorium.

“Forty-one nurses were nominated for these awards, and I consider every one of them a winner, as well,” said Carol Porter, DNP, RN, FAAN, The Edgar M. Cullman, Sr. Chair of the Department of Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer, and Associate Dean of Nursing and Research.

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