Mount Sinai Rolls Out Observation Units

Three Rapid Evaluation and Treatment Units (RETU) for Emergency Department (ED) patients were recently opened at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. These observation units are designed to care for patients who cannot be safely discharged after their initial evaluation and management in the ED, yet may not meet the criteria for inpatient admission. They follow a model of care set by The Mount Sinai Hospital in February when it opened the first RETU in New York City.

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New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai Receives National Recognition for Nursing Excellence

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) has received national recognition for excellence in nursing for the second consecutive time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. Magnet® Recognition designation is considered the highest recognition for nursing excellence, and fewer than 8 percent of hospitals in the United States have received this honor. NYEE is the only eye and ear specialty hospital in the country to have received this recognition.

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New Superhero Debuts at NYEE

Sapheara, a new Marvel Comics superhero with cochlear implants, recently made her debut at an event hosted by the Ear Institute at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). The heroine is featured in a new comic book and teacher’s guide titled Sound Effects, in which she, Iron Man, and Blue Ear—a superhero with hearing aids—unite to protect New York City, while addressing the issues of bullying, and hearing loss awareness and prevention. The event and publications were sponsored by the Children’s Hearing Institute (CHI), an organization that supports medical research at NYEE, and Marvel Custom Solutions. Sound Effects will be distributed to approximately 150,000 New York City public school students in grades three through seven.

Wholeness of Life, and Care and Compassion Award Recipients

Five hospitals within the Mount Sinai Health SystemMount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and The Mount Sinai Hospital—recently honored medical staff members with 2014 Wholeness of Life, and Care and Compassion awards.

The award candidates were nominated by their colleagues. In their personal and professional lives they strive to achieve a balance of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being; practice health care with an appreciation for the interrelated functioning of mind, body, and spirit in illness and recovery; demonstrate respect for human beings; and promote teamwork and professional relationships to maximize patient care.

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A Patient’s Journey Through Pregnancy and Breast Cancer

In July 2013, Adele Rivas discovered she had breast cancer. Two days later, she learned she was pregnant. Ms. Rivas and her husband Luis rode an emotional roller coaster of panic and joy. At that point, they had been trying to have a baby for two-and-a-half years.

But questions abounded. Could Ms. Rivas’ stage 2b cancer be treated while she was pregnant? Would the baby be safe? And would the treatment be effective? The answer was yes to all three questions.

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“Breakfast of Legends” Honors Supporters

The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC) honored four individuals and a nonprofit organization for their commitment to the young people of New York City at its eleventh annual “Breakfast of Legends” event held Thursday, October 23, at The Plaza Hotel.

The MSAHC is one of the largest and most comprehensive adolescent health centers in the nation, and provides free medical, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, dental, and optical services to more than 11,000 underserved youth and young adults, ages 10 to 24.

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Tips for Avoiding Eye Infections from Contact Lenses

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported millions of Americans may be suffering from keratitis, an infection of the cornea, caused by improper handling of contact lenses. According to the CDC, wearing lenses too long and not cleaning them properly are the most common underlying factors of eye infections in the estimated 38 million Americans who wear contact lenses.

“Bacterial keratitis is usually treated with antibiotic drops and may require multiple return visits to your ophthalmologist,” says Marina Grapp, OD, Director, Specialty Contact Lens Service, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, “But the infection is easily avoidable with proper use.”

During Contact Lens Health Week, Dr. Grapp offers some tips for avoiding contact lens-related eye infections:

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Does a Robotic Cystectomy Offer a Superior Outcome to Open Cystectomy?

Currently, the standard of care worldwide for the treatment of patients who have cancer invading the bladder muscle (muscle invasive bladder cancer) is chemotherapy followed by surgery. In men, the surgery is called radical cystoprostatectomy (removal of the bladder, prostate, and the seminal vesicles). In women, the surgery is called anterior pelvic exentration (removal of bladder, uterus, ovaries, and part of the vagina which can sometimes be avoided). In addition, a critical part of the surgery in both men and women is removing the lymph nodes within the pelvis.

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Hernia Facts and Treatments

Merriam Webster defines a hernia as “a protrusion of an organ or part of an organ (as the intestine) through connective tissue or through a wall of the cavity (as of the abdomen) in which it is normally enclosed.” A ventral hernia arises in the abdominal wall because a weakness or defect in the abdominal muscles causes the intestines and other abdominal contents to push through. The weakness can be congenital, or it may be caused by aging or injury (i.e., surgical incision).

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