UPDATE: Placement Fairs for Union Staff

As I announced last week with the transfer of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, the $500M transformation of Mount Sinai Beth Israel has started. As part of our commitment to our unionized workforce, we will be hosting a series of internal job placement fairs.

Each placement fair is specifically designed for the employees directly affected by the current changes that are occurring at the hospital.  As you know, the transformation is a four year process and each department and program will have a unique analysis and review.  At these fairs, unionized employees are able to review and select from among vacant positions at MSBI and at hospitals within the Mount Sinai Health System.

Mount Sinai remains committed to offering all union employees other union opportunities within our system at equal pay.

Above and Beyond Staff Recognition

No one wants to be woken up by a phone call requiring you to come into work due to an emergency. It can be especially disruptive if you get this call on a weekend. It’s even worse to get the call on a holiday weekend when you are expecting to be at a cookout, the beach, or enjoying time with family and friends.

But emergencies happen when you least expect it and after Phillips Ambulatory Care Center (PACC) had closed for the Fourth of July weekend, an undetected flooding occurred. PACC had an unbelievable crew from our Environmental Services Department (EVS) come to the rescue and work tirelessly all weekend to clean up all of the affected areas which allowed the facility to be ready for patients on Tuesday morning.

This would not have been possible without our dedicated EVS employees. These employees forfeited their holiday plans to ensure that our patients were not inconvenienced and able to get the required care come Tuesday.  I thank all of the employees who helped that weekend in putting our patients first.

What a great team!

One Last Thing

Our orthopedic program was surveyed last week by the Joint Commission (more on this as soon as we receive our finalized report).  While meeting with the surveyor she mentioned the security officer at the desk in the Linsky Lobby.  She couldn’t believe how many employees he addressed by name as they entered the hospital.  She said it felt like a small hospital, like a family.  The officer is Tim Bowen. What the surveyor described is the essence of our hospital, which is our staff.  That feel, that spirit is the most important part of us.  It transcends buildings and stays with us as we move forward in transforming the Downtown campus.  Thanks Tim for demonstrating the very best of MSBI.

Kravis Children’s Hospital Among Nation’s Top Centers

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Lisa M. Satlin, MD, center, Pediatrician-in-Chief, Mount Sinai Health System, with Marla C. Dubinsky, MD, Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology & Hepatology, and Jeffrey A. Stock, MD, Chief, Pediatric Urology

For the fourth consecutive year, Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai is ranked among the nation’s top pediatric centers in seven of the ten specialties measured by U.S. News & World Report. Impressively, two of those specialties achieved a Top 25 ranking: Pulmonology and Urology, each at No. 21. U.S. News publishes the rankings annually in its “Best Children’s Hospitals” guidebook, which lists the nation’s top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 pediatric specialty areas.

“These are outstanding achievements that reflect the long-standing dedication of the Kravis Hospital’s teams of doctors, nurses, social workers, and staff in delivering the highest quality of care and improving the health outcomes of pediatric patients,” says Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System. Read more

Mount Sinai Opens a Comprehensive Center For Transgender Medicine and Surgery

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From left: Barbara E. Warren, PsyD; Jess Ting, MD; Matt Baney; David L. Reich, MD; Pamela Abner, MPA; and Zil Garner Goldstein, FNP

The Mount Sinai Health System recently opened the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, one of the first centers of its kind in the United States to provide the transgender community with comprehensive primary, specialty, surgical, and behavioral health care services.

The Center serves a growing need to support patients in New York City through each stage of their journeys, from initial assessment and screening to hormonal therapy, surgery, and post-transition care, providing seamless access to affordable care. Gynecology, urology, endocrinology, social work, and nursing are among the specialties available at one location. Read more

Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder Newborn Intensive Care Unit Unveiled at Kravis Children’s Hospital

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Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder

The newly constructed Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) opened on Monday, April 4, following a complete renovation and expansion that transformed the unit into a family-centered, therapeutic space equipped with the latest technology.

The NICU is a Level III Regional Perinatal Center, which is the highest designation for complex pediatric care, and provides consultative services to other regional neonatal units. It is located on the third floor of the Klingenstein Pavilion at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai. Read more

Ambulatory Pavilion Planned for Mount Sinai St.Luke’s

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Artist’s rendering of the new ambulatory pavilion at Amsterdam Avenue and 114th Street

Renovation is set to begin this fall on a 17-floor ambulatory pavilion at Amsterdam Avenue and 114th Street that will serve as the anchor in a new master plan to transform Mount Sinai St. Luke’s outpatient care. The state-of-the-art facility will expand the hospital’s primary, preventive, and specialty care, and foster integration with all departments within the Mount Sinai Health System. Read more

MSBI Transformation Blog

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Post written by Susan Somerville, RN, President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Welcome to the first of many blog posts for the new Mount Sinai Downtown! I am Susan Somerville, President of Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and I have started this blog in order to keep you, our incredible team of providers and staff, informed of changes as we move forward with our plan to transform MSBI.

Keeping over 6,000 employees and our medical staff in the loop is a challenge. I am hopeful that Mount Sinai Downtown blog will be a place for you to visit for information, updates and news. Read more

Bedside Medication Delivery Program for Patients

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Patient Rosalene Dennis, center, learns about the medications she will need post-discharge from Lisa Martin, RN. The medications were delivered to her bedside through a new partnership with CVS Health. At left is Judith Maria, the CVS Concierge assigned to the program.

More than 300 patients at The Mount Sinai Hospital have participated in a new partnership with CVS Health that allows them to receive the delivery of their medications to the bedside prior to discharge. The service, launched earlier this year as a pilot program, is currently available in 15 units and will be rolled out to 28 units by mid-July. “We are very excited about this innovative collaboration,” says David L. Reich, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Mount Sinai Hospital. “This service is not only a convenience for our patients, but also enhances the ability of our staff to communicate more effectively about post-discharge medications. This will undoubtedly help some of our patients achieve improved clinical outcomes.”

Meet a Star Student: Kelly Hyles

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Kelly Hyles at the teaching lab for first-year medical students

Kelly Hyles, who just completed her senior year at the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at the City College of New York—and who, as a junior, participated in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE) Biotechnology and Medical Research program—was accepted for admission to all eight Ivy League universities. The CEYE offers enrichment programs to help underrepresented minority students prepare for careers in science and health care. “I worked in a research laboratory at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and it gave me the opportunity to explore my interests and show colleges that I was a serious candidate,” says Ms. Hyles. She plans to attend Harvard University in the fall—determined to become the first college graduate in her family and eventually, a neurosurgeon.

A 100-Year Tradition of Philanthropy by the Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board

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Jennifer Price, left, President, The Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board, with Susan R. Bernstein, DSW

The Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board recently marked its 100th anniversary by awarding The Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Social Work Services a $300,000 grant to establish the Mount Sinai Partnership for Excellence in Social Work Practice in Health Care. The Partnership’s goal is to provide state-of-the-art education to social workers, ensuring the highest quality of services to patients and their families. Jennifer Price, Auxiliary Board President, noted, “This gift will transform social workers’ education for the evolving health care environment.” Susan R. Bernstein, DSW, Director, Social Work Services, and Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, said, “The Auxiliary Board has partnered with us to provide care for patients and their families since its creation, and we are very grateful for its generosity.”

Transforming Health Care at Mount Sinai Downtown

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEE) of Mount Sinai

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEE) of Mount Sinai

As the nation’s emphasis on health care shifts from centralized hospitals that serve the sick to more proactive ways of keeping people healthy, and as more surgeries are safely handled in ambulatory settings, fewer hospitals will be needed.

This transformation is happening throughout New York City. A recent report by the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), titled “One New York – Healthcare for Our Neighborhoods,” cited the closure of 19 city hospitals since 2003 and annual declines in the use of city hospital beds. The HHC report noted that New York City is increasingly moving toward a “system anchored by community-based preventive care.” Read more