Pediatric Cardiology Patients Celebrate Life

Pediatric Cardiology Patients Celebrate Life2

Project Sunshine volunteers Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, left, and Miss USA Olivia Jordan spend time with patient Angel Santos at the Thirtieth Annual Valentine’s Day Reunion Party.

Dozens of pediatric heart patients who have undergone successful procedures, ranging from valve repairs to heart transplants, recently returned to Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai to celebrate life and reconnect with other patients and clinical staff at the Thirtieth Annual Valentine’s Day Reunion Party.

The children enjoyed snacks and face painting activities at the event, which was sponsored by the Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Project Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that helps children facing medical challenges. The Children’s Heart Fund and Harboring Hearts also provided support.

Bringing Women’s Healthcare to Sex Workers: An impromptu meeting

Guest post by Molly Lieber, LMSW, MPH, Project Manager of the Division of Global Women’s Health in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Ann Marie Beddoe in Liberia.

 Ann Marie Beddoe, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Our Director, Dr. Ann Marie Beddoe, has traveled to Liberia, a small country in West Africa, for the past 9 years.  With a focus on gynecologic oncology, Dr. Beddoe has been focused on the continuum of care for women with cancer.  Specifically, she has worked to advocate for increased cervical cancer screening, trained local health care workers to diagnose and treat women with cancer, and has provided both chemotherapy and surgery to local patients.  Read more

Working Together to Fight Hunger

Brad Beckstrom, second from left, and Daniel Reyes, Deputy Executive Director, New York Common Pantry, far right, distribute food to Ramona Perez, left, and Jose Martell at the Bonifacio Cora Texidor Senior Center.

Brad Beckstrom, second from left, and Daniel Reyes, Deputy Executive Director, New York Common Pantry, far right, distribute food to Ramona Perez, left, and Jose Martell at the Bonifacio Cora Texidor Senior Center.

The New York Common Pantry (NYCP), which has the long-standing support of the Mount Sinai Health System, recently began delivering nutritionally balanced food directly to community providers that serve or house senior citizens. Ultimately, about 13,500 seniors a month will receive food through this new program. NYCP already provides hot meals and support services to more than 49,000 individuals a year at the organization’s 8 East 109th Street site. Brad Beckstrom, Senior Director of Government and Community Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System, who serves on the NYCP Board of Directors, says, “We strongly believe in the mission of the New York Common Pantry and provide financial support, give turkeys and hams at Thanksgiving and Christmas, partner with them on promoting healthy eating, and distribute coupons for shopping at the green markets. Many Mount Sinai volunteers also offer their services.”

Excellence in Nursing Leadership

From left: Rita Jakubowski, MSN, RN; Carol Porter, DNP, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Edgar M. Cullman, Sr. Chair of the Department of Nursing, Associate Dean of Nursing Research and Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Rosario Marasigan, BSN, RN.

From left: Rita Jakubowski, MSN, RN; Carol Porter, DNP, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Edgar M. Cullman, Sr. Chair of the Department of Nursing, Associate Dean of Nursing Research and Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Rosario Marasigan, BSN, RN.

Two clinical nurse managers at The Mount Sinai Hospital recently received the Association of the Attending Staff (AAS) 2015 Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership. The recipients—Rita Jakubowski, MSN, RN, Clinical Program Manager, Bone Marrow Transplant; and Rosario Marasigan, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory—were honored as role models who enhance the quality of the practice environment. They were recognized for their compassion, motivation, clinical expertise, and leadership, all in an effort to provide exemplary patient care. The awards were presented by AAS President Eric Neibart, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

A Milestone for the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center

From left: Paul Zucker, Vice President, Ambulatory Operations, Phillips Ambulatory Care Center (PACC); Kelly Cassano, DO, Chief of Ambulatory Care, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Burton Drayer, MD; Susan Somerville, RN, President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; Stacy Coleman, Vice President of Operations, PACC; and Elizabeth Sellman, MPA, Chief Operating Officer, Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

From left: Paul Zucker, Vice President, Ambulatory Operations, Phillips Ambulatory Care Center (PACC); Kelly Cassano, DO, Chief of Ambulatory Care, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Burton Drayer, MD; Susan Somerville, RN, President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; Stacy Coleman, Vice President of Operations, PACC; and Elizabeth Sellman, MPA, Chief Operating Officer, Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel employees joined together on Friday, January 22, for a groundbreaking ceremony kicking off renovations to the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center’s (PACC) lobby and façade. This marks the first step in an overall renovation and redesign of the facility.

“Mount Sinai continues to invest in the future state of PACC as a first-class ambulatory care center in the heart of downtown Manhattan,” says Burton Drayer, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice, and Dean for Clinical Affairs, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Ultimately, we expect that a modernized facility will reflect the high level of quality care our talented staff provides our patients.” Read more

Helping to Establish Sustainable Health Care in Liberia

At the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia, health officials, doctors, residents, and medical students gathered for grand rounds on the importance of research that were presented by Mount Sinai’s OBGYN team.

At the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia, health officials, doctors, residents, and medical students gathered for grand rounds on the importance of research that were presented by Mount Sinai’s OBGYN team.

After suspending travel to Liberia during the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai resumed their teaching trips to the West African country last fall, with renewed efforts to improve women’s health.

Led by Ann Marie Beddoe, MD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, members of the Mount Sinai community have undertaken several initiatives in Liberia since they began working there in 2008. They are helping to train the country’s first residents in obstetrics and gynecology and have applied for a grant from the National Institutes of Health to help build a cancer center. They have also trained nurses to conduct human papillomavirus (HPV) screenings and counsel patients. Read more

Big Data Tools Help Decipher Disease Progression

Big Data Tools Help Decipher Disease Progression

The MEGENA tool has 3D spheres that help uncover precise network clusters associated with disease progression.

Two new Big Data analysis tools that help pinpoint specific genes that are actively involved in disease progression were recently made available to the public by scientists in the Multiscale Network Modeling Laboratory at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The team, led by Bin Zhang, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, published the pair of algorithm-based tools online in November 2015 in PLoS Computational Biology and in Scientific Reports, a Nature publication. The open-source tools are available to all researchers who wish to gain a better understanding of disease mechanisms in order to develop more effective drugs and create individualized treatments. Read more

Genetic Testing Under Way in Connecticut

Genetic Testing Under Way in Connecticut

In Mount Sinai’s Branford, Connecticut, laboratory, Research Associate Courtney Pietropaolo prepares DNA samples for sequencing.

In its first full year of operation, the Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory in Branford, Connecticut, has become an integral part of the Mount Sinai Health System’s efforts to better diagnose and treat disease.

The 16,400-square-foot facility, located 85 miles from New York City, has the high-throughput equipment to sequence thousands of samples monthly to uncover variations in DNA that code for Alzheimer’s and coronary disease, and cancer, among other diseases. Read more

Mount Sinai Introduces New Genetic Screening Tests

The Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory’s Executive Director, Lisa Edelmann, PhD, left, and Director, Ruth Kornreich, PhD

The Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory’s Executive Director, Lisa Edelmann, PhD, left, and Director, Ruth Kornreich, PhD

The Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory in January introduced a new panel of comprehensive pan-ethnic carrier screening tests for 281 genetic disorders, the largest currently available. Mount Sinai’s NextStep Carrier Screening also includes the most comprehensive panel of tests for 96 diseases found in the Ashkenazi Jewish population and is the first of its kind to address the largely overlooked needs of the Sephardi and Mizrahi Jewish populations.

“Building on years of in-house genetic research and technology adaptation in our clinical laboratory, we created tests that not only expand the number of diseases screened, but also increase the breadth of coverage, to improve carrier detection rates and provide more accurate residual risk estimates to patients,” says Lisa Edelmann, PhD, Executive Director of the Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory within the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences. Read more

Study Supports Palliative Care for Cancer Patients

Kavita Dharmarajan, MD, M.Sc

Kavita Dharmarajan, MD, M.Sc

Advanced-stage cancer patients who received palliative care required shorter durations of radiation treatment and had shorter hospital stays, according to a recent study at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

“Radiation therapy is very effective at relieving pain, but the standard two weeks of treatment may be too long or burdensome for some patients, given the state of their illnesses,” says the study’s senior author, Kavita Dharmarajan, MD, M.Sc, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “We showed that shorter course treatments can be equally, if not more, effective, especially when combined with other forms of therapy that put patients first, and not the tumor.” Read more