Mount Sinai Presents Groundbreaking Findings on Heart Procedure

In a groundbreaking, multi-centered randomized trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers, co-led by Mount Sinai’s David H. Adams, MD, determined that a catheter-based heart procedure to replace an aortic valve was superior to surgery for patients who have symptomatic severe aortic stenosis with increased risks. The findings, based on a clinical trial involving 795 patients treated at 45 institutions across the nation, were simultaneously presented by Dr. Adams at the 63rd Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology on Saturday, March 29, and represent a major advance for heart patients who are at high risk for surgery.

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Mount Sinai Opens First Observation Unit for Emergency Department Patients

The Mount Sinai Hospital is the first in New York City to open an observation unit for Emergency Department (ED) patients who do not meet criteria for inpatient admission, yet require further short-term evaluation and treatment before they can be discharged safely. The 20-bed Rapid Evaluation and Treatment Unit (RETU) is adjacent to the ED and is staffed by physicians, physician assistants, nurse managers, nurses, case managers, and social workers who work as a team to better assess and coordinate patient care. Similar units will be rolled out at hospitals throughout the Mount Sinai Health System in the coming months.

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A Patient Gives Back to the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute

As a college sophomore, Joanna Adler was unexpectedly diagnosed with a rare illness called Wilson’s disease, and underwent an urgent liver transplant at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Today, 16 years later, Ms. Adler remains close to her physician, Leona Kim-Schluger, MD, the Sidney J. Zweig Professor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Associate Director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute. Ms. Adler is also a strong supporter of Mount Sinai, which she credits for saving her life.

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Recognizing Extraordinary Volunteers

Nine volunteers from the Mount Sinai Health System were among 91 individuals who were honored at the United Hospital Fund’s 21st Annual Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony held at the Waldorf-Astoria on Friday, March 14. The event recognized outstanding volunteers in not-for-profit and city-run hospitals in the New York metropolitan area.

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Medical Students Celebrate Match Day

One hundred twenty-seven members of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Class of 2014 participated in the nation’s annual Match Day event on Friday, March 21. They gathered in the Annenberg West lobby to open their envelopes en masse and find out which residency programs they would be attending during the next phase of their training.

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Mount Sinai Health System Names Three Chief Medical Officers

The Mount Sinai Health System has appointed three new chief medical officers to lead The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and Mount Sinai Queens.

Vicki LoPachin, MD, a respected member of the medical community who completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai, recently returned to The Mount Sinai Hospital to serve as Chief Medical Officer.

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