Kristin Olson and Nadir Aslam, professional musicians who met when they were treated for recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) at The Mount Sinai Hospital in August 2015, ardently believe in the power of music to soothe and heal. After treatment, they asked their surgeons—Andrea Wolf, MD, and Andrew Kaufman, MD, both Assistant Professors of Thoracic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai—if they could perform free baroque chamber music concerts for staff, patients, and visitors. Ms. Olson, an oboist, and Mr. Aslam, a violinist, have since given two performances with guest musicians in the Guggenheim Pavilion, and now are working with the Mount Sinai Department of Volunteer Services to start a regular series of concerts.
Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s new café—Who’s on First?—opened in December with an expanded menu that for the first time includes non-kosher as well as kosher food options, a “Cuisine of the Day” station, weekly specials, a salad bar, hot food bar, and a “Grab & Go” section. Located in the Linsky Lobby of the hospital’s main entrance at 280 First Avenue—the same location as the previous cafeteria—Who’s on First? is open 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week. Four hundred employees participated in a contest to name the new café. The winning entry was from Lydia E. Hosbach, Administrative Assistant, Patient Representative Department, who received a 32-inch flat-screen TV.
Mount Sinai Queens was recently named a 2015 Success Story Award® winner—one of only 15 recipients nationwide—by Press Ganey Associates, Inc., for measurably improving the patient experience. The award recognized sustained improvements over the last three years in several areas, including nursing communications, responsiveness, cleanliness, and pain management. Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director, Mount Sinai Queens, attributes this success to the “Mount Sinai Queens Way”—a culture of caring that emphasizes listening to patients and colleagues, acting on patient feedback, and always making patient care the top priority—that was developed from surveys asking staff to describe Mount Sinai Queens. Responses such as, “kind-hearted” and “team players” became the foundation of the “Mount Sinai Queens Way.”
The Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Lab, housed in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and led by Executive Director Lisa Edelmann, worked closely with clinical geneticists who see patients for rare diseases, as well as the bioinformatics team at the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai, to create a line of new tests that help inform couples of their risk of having a child with a genetic disorder. Read more
For the 17th consecutive year, The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory or its interventionists have received the highest two-star safety rating from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), also known as angioplasty. PCI—one of the most common procedures for patients with coronary artery disease—opens blocked arteries and restores normal blood flow to the heart.
Mount Sinai’s exceptional ratings appeared in NYSDOH’s recently released report on the risk factors associated with PCI at 60 hospitals across New York State from December 1, 2009, through November 30, 2012. The NYSDOH report is designed to help patients make better decisions about their care based upon a statistical review of each hospital’s data. Read more
For the first time in the United States, a patient has undergone a complex and intricate series of surgical procedures to implant a fully functional, three-dimensional (3D) printed “model” of a human nose. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai surgeons Tal Dagan, MD, Associate Adjunct Surgeon, and Grigoriy Mashkevich, MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, performed the operations on Dallan Jennet, a 14-year-old boy from the Marshall Islands. Dallan’s face was disfigured at the age of 9 after he fell onto a live power line, severely burning his entire face and losing his nose.
“The procedure is akin to a ‘nose transplant’ in that we were able to replace the nose with a functional implant,” says lead physician Dr. Dagan. “This procedure may be a breakthrough in facial reconstruction because the patient will never have to deal with the standard issues of transplantation, such as tissue rejection or a lifetime of immunosuppressive therapies.” Read more
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has created a new Center for Spirituality and Health that will develop clinical, educational, and research activities to enhance the understanding of the role spirituality plays in the prevention of, and recovery from, illness. The Center, which is an outgrowth of the Mount Sinai Health System Department of Spiritual Care and Education, will also lead a variety of initiatives that support religious expression, promote mutual respect, and encourage open dialogue. Read more
For the 19th consecutive holiday season, The Shakira Hyman Foundation has donated toys and other gifts to pediatric and adult oncology patients at The Mount Sinai Hospital. The foundation, created by Madeline Green in honor of her late daughter Shakira, recently delivered toys to the Child Life Zone at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an exceedingly common sleep disorder. It is estimated that one in five adults in the United States have OSA. OSA has been linked to many health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
OSA was traditionally diagnosed using an in-laboratory sleep test requiring the patient to spend the night in a sleep center. It is an expensive test necessitating special equipment, dedicated software for data processing, and trained technicians to conduct and score the sleep test. Subsequently, a sleep medicine provider interprets the data and provides a diagnosis and treatment plan. Under this model, OSA has been vastly under diagnosed. Read more
Over the past year there has been an increased urgency surrounding issues related to bias and racism in society at large, within our own medical school and health system and, tragically, for some of us in our own lives and families.
We’re sending this note to update the Sinai community on our ongoing efforts to eliminate bias and racism at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and our health system. We also want to acknowledge the extraordinary and meaningful work that our students are doing to bring these issues to light. As has always been the case, it is our students who are leading the charge, and who are determined to effect change both locally and globally. In particular, the Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC) and the LGBTQ student groups have inspired much of this work. Read more