Nearly 1,000 people participated in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month activities on Wednesday, March 2, at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Visitors picked up educational literature and giveaways, and walked through a 30-ft. inflatable model of a colon, known as the “Rollin’ Colon”—provided by the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation—that exhibits polyps and other signs of colon cancer. They also had the opportunity to talk with nurses, physicians, geneticists, nutritionists, and endoscopy staff. Forty seven attendees signed up for a screening colonoscopy. The event was hosted by The Mount Sinai Hospital Endoscopy Center.
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
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.
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.
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
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.”
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
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
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.