Helena-Joyce Wright enjoyed a successful career on Broadway, hitting the low notes as a powerful contralto/alto singer for more than three decades. But after undergoing a series of surgeries starting in 2011 to treat cancer, Ms. Wright, a longtime smoker, thought her career was coming to an end.
That is when she began therapy sessions with Daniel McCabe, DMA, a vocologist at the Eugen Grabscheid MD Voice Center at the Mount Sinai Health System, who told her he was surprised she still had such “incredible range,” despite her continued smoking. He asked her, “Wouldn’t you like to see just how good it could be?” That question was all the encouragement she needed to stop smoking for good. Read more
Nearly 200 Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency patients, friends, and family members donned red T-shirts and walked from Fort Lee, N.J., to Manhattan and back on Saturday, May 2, raising more than $25,000 to support research for the hereditary condition. The eighth annual George Washington Bridge Walk was organized by the James P. Mara Center for Lung Disease, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt. Read more
A brain surgery while I’m awake? That sounds like a science fiction novel to most of us. However, it’s now a reality with DBS.
What is Deep Brain Stimulation?
Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS, is a brain surgery designed to help improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, Dystonia, Essential Tremor, and other neurological conditions by using a pacemaker for the brain. With our focused multidisciplinary team and testing procedures, we are able to determine which patients will benefit most. Once a patient is deemed to be an optimal candidate for DBS, surgery is scheduled. Depending on the patient’s diagnosis and treatment plan, 2 or 3 surgeries will be required. Read more
The Kidney Stone Center at Mount Sinai opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Monday, April 20, at Mount Sinai Roosevelt’s Department of Urology. The new Center offers a comprehensive approach to manage and treat kidney stones, with a focus on prevention. “We have an integrated team of urologists, nephrologists, and other specialists who employ a wide range of noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures to treat and prevent all sizes and types of kidney stones,” says Mantu Gupta, MD, Chair of Urology at Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and Director of Endourology and Stone Disease for the Mount Sinai Health System. The Center has two locations: Mount Sinai Roosevelt, 425 West 59th Street, Suite 4F, and 625 Madison Avenue, Second Floor.
More than 100 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students hosted the 12th Annual Mount Sinai Community Health Fair on Saturday, April 11—an event dedicated to improving the health of residents in East and Central Harlem, neighborhoods that have experienced a disproportionate burden of chronic disease and illness. Forty community organizations took part, including the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership, Settlement Health, and Boriken Neighborhood Health Center. The fair offered 19 kinds of health screenings, including blood pressure, diabetes, hearing and vision, adolescent health conditions, obesity, and HIV. The estimated 200 adult and children attendees were also treated to live music, healthy food samples, and family fun activities. The event was made possible by funding from the Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Student Council, and the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs.
Hundreds of Mount Sinai Health System employees laced up their sneakers and participated in several 30-minute, lunchtime walks in their hospital campus communities on Wednesday, April 1, for National Walking Day, to raise awareness of the health benefits of walking for cardiovascular health. Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, Vice President of Cardiac Services for the Mount Sinai Health System, set the tone for the day, saying, “Mount Sinai is committed to teaming up to get active and make strides against cardiovascular diseases. A simple 30-minute brisk walk each day can significantly impact and improve heart health and longevity.” Walking, she says, can help individuals lower risk of heart attacks and strokes, maintain normal blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and prevent diabetes and obesity.
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) has named three physicians from the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital “Inspiring Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders Under 40.”
Laura Gelfman, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; Amy Kelley, MD, MSHS, Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; and Cardinale B. Smith, MD, MSCR, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Medical Oncology), and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, were among 40 award recipients honored at the 2015 AAHPM & HPNA (Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association) Annual Assembly in Philadelphia. Read more
Dear Organ Donor Families:
In honor of National Donate Life Month, I would like to dedicate this blog post to you and your families.
On behalf of our family and other recipient families like ours, I wanted to just say thank you to you and your very special family. We know that having to make the decision to donate was not an easy one and we are deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one. We know that our words of gratitude will never be able to convey to you the impact your donation has made in our son’s life and other recipient families like ours. However, we still wanted to let you know how much of an impact your decision to donate has made upon our lives.
The Mount Sinai Hospital and Jupiter Medical Center, in Jupiter, Florida, recently announced a new partnership that promises to enhance the quality of cardiovascular care in South Florida and throughout the state with the creation of Mount Sinai Heart New York at Jupiter Medical Center. The collaboration encompasses nearly all facets of cardiac care and calls for physicians at both hospitals to share knowledge, experience, best practices, evidence-based medicine, quality protocols, and clinical pathways for improved patient care. Read more
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by hospital leadership, staff, local elected officials, community members, and patients, Mount Sinai Queens officially opened its newly renovated Infusion Center on Friday, February 27, a long-anticipated event that brings cancer expertise and the latest medical treatment directly to the borough. Read more