New Technology That Serves as an Artificial Pancreas Is Revolutionizing the Management of Type 1 Diabetes

New Technology That Serves as an Artificial Pancreas Is Revolutionizing the Management of Type 1 Diabetes

The AP (Artificial Pancreas) system runs an algorithm on a smartphone that communicates with an insulin pump and an implanted glucose sensor.

Research under way at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is revolutionizing the management of type 1 diabetes by using novel technology that serves as an artificial pancreas and automatically enables patients to achieve more stable glucose levels 24 hours a day.

Led by Carol Levy, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease), the Icahn School of Medicine is one of nine U.S. and European sites participating in the research, and sharing a $12.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Levy is one of the study’s lead investigators. Read more

Celebrating Heart Health Month

Celebrating Heart Health Month

Cheyenne Hayward, RN, left, Coronary Care Unit, The Mount Sinai Hospital, checks the blood pressure of visitor Joan Innocent.

More than 775 staff and visitors attended health fairs sponsored by Mount Sinai Heart on Friday, February 5, Go Red for Women Day®, an annual educational event that spotlights the risks of cardiovascular disease. Participants received free screenings for high blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, glucose, and peripheral vascular disease, and learned about nutrition and diet, diabetes, stress management, smoking cessation, and relaxation techniques. Other events included exercise workshops, support group meetings, and educational lectures sponsored by Women’s Heart NY, a comprehensive Mount Sinai Health System heart program.

Learning to Deliver Compassionate Care

Medical student Yotam Arens learns more about the life of patient Juan Sanabria.

Medical student Yotam Arens learns more about the life of patient Juan Sanabria.

Medical students from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai performed special patient rounds on Tuesday, February 16, as part of The Gold Humanism Honor Society’s (GHHS) annual “Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care.” This national program encourages hospital staff and medical school students to develop more caring, compassionate relationships with patients. Twenty students visited 12 patients in The Mount Sinai Hospital Palliative Care Unit and Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, practicing “Tell Me More” interactions. The students conversed with patients about topics unrelated to their diagnoses, developing compassionate communication skills they can use in future patient interactions. Created by GHHS chapter members at the Icahn School of Medicine in 2014, dozens of GHHS chapters nationwide use the “Tell Me More” program.

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

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.”

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

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

Thoracic Surgery Patients Perform Free Chamber Music Concerts

From left: Nadir Aslam; Kristin Olson; Andrea Wolf, MD; and Andrew Kaufman, MD

From left: Nadir Aslam; Kristin Olson; Andrea Wolf, MD; and Andrew Kaufman, MD

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 Opens New Café in Linsky Lobby

From left: Jay Aldieri, Regional Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Mount Sinai Health System; Nympha Meindel, RN, Chief Administrative Officer, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; and Susan Somerville, RN, President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, at the ribbon-cutting for Who’s on First?

From left: Jay Aldieri, Regional Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Mount Sinai Health System; Nympha Meindel, RN, Chief Administrative Officer, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; and Susan Somerville, RN, President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, at the ribbon-cutting for Who’s on First?

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 Awarded for Improving the Patient Experience

Mount Sinai Queens Awarded for Improving the Patient Experience

From left: Deirdre Varona, Director, Environmental Service and Linen; Hoda Farghaly, Patient Ambassador, Environmental Service; Regina Censullo, MBA, Consultant, Labor Management Project; Caryn A. Schwab; Judy Trilivas, RN, MA, Vice President, Operations; Kyeong-Hwa Kim, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager; Claudine Brown, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager; and Kara Gelb, Consultant

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.”