Students Host Community Health Fair

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.

Leadership and Staff Celebrate National Walking Day

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.

Palliative Care Physicians Named Inspiring Leaders

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 HospitalInspiring 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

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.

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Enhancing Cardiovascular Care in South Florida

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

Kidney Coaches Join the Search for Living Donors

Patients waiting for a kidney transplant at the Mount Sinai Health System have a supportive new program to help them: the Kidney Coach program at the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute’s (RMTI) Zweig Family Center for Living Donation. The program recruits friends and family members to become coaches who spread the word about their loved one’s dire need for a living donor to improve the chances of finding one. Read more

Colon Cancer Prevention

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. Being that March is colorectal cancer awareness month, how can we lower our chance of colon and rectal cancer?

Only 25% of colon cancer patients have a family history. For individuals who do not have a family history of colon cancer, the onset can be attributed by lifestyle (poor diet and lack of exercise), environmental exposure, or stress. Stress causes inflammation, which ultimately suppresses the immune system and links to cancer. Read more