I continue to get feedback from employees that they are still hearing the hospital is closing.
WE ARE NOT CLOSING!
Please encourage your colleagues to check in here for updates and information.
NYSPQC Obstetrical Improvement Project’s 2015 Quality Improvement Award
I am happy to announce that Mount Sinai Beth Israel is the recipient of the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC) Obstetrical Improvement Project’s 2015 Quality Improvement Award. This award supports the goal of advancing improvements in identifying maternal hemorrhage and hypertensive disorders. Through the NYSPQC Maternal Hemorrhage and Hypertension Initiative, we have contributed to improving and ensure the quality of obstetrical care, as well as infant health and safety.
Thank you to our entire Labor and Delivery and Mother Baby Staff and Teams for their great work and collaboration with NYSPQC Obstetrical Improvement Project!
Hospital Operational Changes:
Medical/surgical consolidation updates as of Aug. 4th:
- 4 Linsky Neurology floor patients have been relocated to 9 Dazian Pod B
- 4 Linsky Neurology step down patients have been relocated to 9 Dazian Pod D
- 6 Linsky Family Medicine patients have been relocated to 8 Linsky
- CCU patients formerly on 9 Dazian have been temporarily relocated to 10 Dazian Pod A
I also want to shine some light on the work being done in Behavior Health, especially with our Opioid Treatment Program at 125th Street. I have asked Dr. Grant Mitchell, Chairman of Psychology Department, to provide us with an update below.
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Primary Care Unit at our OTP Program
Mount Sinai Beth Israel operates one of the first and now the largest opioid treatment program in the United States. In an effort to provide integrated health care to decrease morbidity, mortality and hospitalization rates, MSBI recently opened an integrated Primary Care Unit (PCU) at our OTP program at 125th Street. The Primary Care Unit (PCU) is supported by funding from New York State and 100 patients have already enrolled in the program. Primary care is provided to any OPT patient who is interested in selecting the clinic as their primary care provider. The PCU operates in the same location and hours as the clinic for the convenience of our patients. Patients are seen by appointment, but walk-ins are also welcomed. OTP staff employ case management techniques to maximize adherence with appointments. The program has attracted the attention of the NYC Commissioner of Health and Mental Health as well as the U.S. Surgeon General, both of whom visited the program since its inception.
U.S. Surgeon General Visits Model Opioid Treatment Center
The United States Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, recently visited the Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) at East 125th Street, one of the hospital’s 11 licensed addiction treatment clinics, to get a first-hand view of a facility that is successfully addressing the nationwide opioid epidemic.
Dr. Murthy received an overview of the program and participated in a roundtable discussion with OTP leadership and staff about the growing abuse of opioids. He learned how Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s OTP—one of the first, and now the largest in the United States—is transitioning from centers that primarily provide methadone treatment to comprehensive outpatient programs that offer onsite, integrated addiction treatment, primary care, and behavioral health care. The East 125th Street OTP is the first Mount Sinai Beth Israel clinic to offer this comprehensive care.
Leadership and staff regularly meet with elected officials and community members to get updates and obtain input on how best to serve patient needs and we discuss how collaboration at the community level is a critical component of our success. Dr. Murthy’s visit was a wonderful opportunity to offer suggestions that may have the potential to influence national policy on opioid addiction treatment and serves as an example for others.