A Ball, a Luncheon, and a Festive Reunion

Beth Israel’s Second Century Ball

It was an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and celebration at the Beth Israel 2013 Second Century Ball, held on Wednesday, November 13, at the Waldorf Astoria New York. More than 850 leaders, physicians, nurses, staff, and friends of the Beth Israel Medical Center gathered to support Beth Israel’s innovative clinical, research, and educational programs. The event raised $1.75 million to expand those initiatives and train the next generation of physicians. Beth Israel Medical Center Trustee Frank J. Bisignano and his wife, Tracy, served as this year’s Dinner Chairs.

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Mount Sinai to Adopt New Diagnostic Code System

The Mount Sinai Health System, as well as every health care institution in the United States, will begin to use a more detailed set of codes to notate medical diagnosis and clinical procedures on patient medical records. This is an extraordinary undertaking that will involve several thousand faculty and voluntary physicians, practice managers, and staff in such departments as Clinical Documentation Improvement, Audit, and Compliance, who will need training over the coming months.

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Diabetic Friendly Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving is all about overindulging, but if you have diabetes, you don’t always get to enjoy it. It’s not just the apple pie and the cranberry sauce, there’s sugar hidden in most of your favorite dishes. To help you and your family enjoy a delicious meal, Mount Sinai Diabetes Center and WABC teamed up to create a diabetic friendly Thanksgiving menu. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pioneers in the Treatment of Lymphedema

Patients with lymphedema—chronic swelling of the limbs or other areas of the body due to the damage or removal of lymph nodes—are benefiting from a unique technique being pioneered by two surgeons at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, Joseph Dayan, MD, and Mark Smith, MD, Co-Directors of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman Center for Lymphedema Research and Treatment.

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Mount Sinai is First to Use a New Device for Clearing Calcified Arteries

Interventional cardiologists at The Mount Sinai Hospital in October became the first in the world to use a new device to remove hard calcium buildup in a coronary artery in preparation for the placement of a stent to improve blood flow through the artery. The device, the Diamondback 360® Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration one day before it was brought to Mount Sinai for use.

Since then, Mount Sinai’s cardiac catheterization team has performed more than 25 procedures under the leadership of Samin K. Sharma, MD, Director of Clinical and Interventional Cardiology at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Sharma says there have been no complications during or after the procedures.

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Mindfulness Meditation for Spine Surgery Pain

A joint research project between the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine is evaluating the use of meditation to decrease pain after spine surgery. This particular meditation technique has been shown in clinical trials to reduce patient’s need for pain medication for those with chronic pain, and has been shown to reduce people’s perception of the severity of a painful stimulus. Arthur L. Jenkins, MD, associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, and Patricia Bloom, MD, associate professor in the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, devised a research trial to see if teaching this technique to patients could reduce the amount of pain medicine needed to manage their pain after spine surgery.

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Celebrating a Groundbreaking and Two Galas

Mount Sinai Queens Groundbreaking

Hospital and community leaders, local legislators, and residents of Western Queens gathered on Monday, October 21, to break ground on a $125 million expansion project at Mount Sinai Queens, which will enhance emergency and outpatient care, and diagnostic and laboratory services, when it is completed in 2016.

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Mount Sinai and The Atlantic Spotlight Big Data at a Special Summit for Thought Leaders

Vast amounts of data from genomic sequencing and electronic health records (EHRs) have the potential to radically improve the health of individual patients, but first, institutions must learn how to manage the data, and adopt uniform standards that allow them to share it.

This discussion took center stage at a Working Summit on Big Data hosted by The Atlantic in partnership with the Mount Sinai Health System on Wednesday, October 23, at The New York Palace Hotel. At a roundtable discussion, 24 policymakers, entrepreneurs, and health care leaders shared their thoughts and experiences in harnessing petabytes of data for use in improving human health.

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Influenza Vaccinations Available for Mount Sinai Health System Staff

All faculty, staff, and students throughout the Mount Sinai Health System are expected to get an annual influenza vaccination, a request that has new urgency this year. For the first time, the New York State Department of Health is requiring that all hospital personnel either receive the influenza vaccination or wear masks in areas where there is potential for patient contact, including lobbies, corridors, elevators, and cafeterias, as well as in all typical patient-care areas. This new regulation will be in effect throughout the influenza season, which typically runs from December to late spring.

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