Restorative Surgery That Patients Can Smile About

Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is one of only a handful of U.S. surgeons who is using an innovative new procedure to restore the ability to smile in patients with facial paralysis.

The procedure, called cranial nerve V and VII transfer, helps to ameliorate the disfiguring effects of severe Bell’s palsy and, to a lesser extent, certain head and neck cancers. It calls for the surgeon to reroute the patient’s robust masseter nerve—which activates the chewing muscles—in order to power the paralyzed facial nerves and restore facial muscle function, specifically the muscles involved in smiling. Read more

Expanding the Role of Emergency Medical Services

A new project under way at the Mount Sinai Health System aims to analyze and expand the role of the nation’s emergency medical services (EMS) to serve as a vital link in a highly coordinated system focused on the acute medical needs of the community.

The project, titled “Promoting Innovations in Emergency Medical Services,” is a collaborative effort between Mount Sinai and the UC San Diego Health System. Backed by a $225,000 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, the project seeks to eliminate the regulatory, financial, technological, and training barriers that have stood in the way of a meaningful overhaul of the nation’s emergency medical services. Read more

Enhancing Quality of Care and Reducing Costs Through a New Collaboration

The Mount Sinai Health System has entered into an agreement with Empire BlueCross BlueShield that is designed to enhance quality of care and help individuals maintain healthy habits, all while reducing the cost of care. Empire is the largest health insurer in New York State.

Under the innovative agreement, which became effective January 1, 2015, Mount Sinai will manage all aspects of care for Empire’s 48,000 commercial and Medicare members who are attributed to the Health System. This includes coordinating all medical treatment, closely monitoring the patient between physician visits, and ensuring that appropriate follow-up care is received. Patients with chronic or complex conditions will receive individualized care plans tailored to their specific needs. Read more

A Special Musical Performance for Staff

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Security Guard Will Parker, also a talented singer, actor, and composer, gave an informal vocal performance on Monday, February 2, at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Phillips Ambulatory Care Center. He sang a variety of tunes, including songs from Broadway musicals, jazz, spirituals, and a tribute to Nat King Cole. Joanne Loewy, DA, LCAT, MT-BC, Director, The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, accompanied Mr. Parker on piano; and Andrew Rossetti, MMT, MT-BC, LCAT, Coordinator of Music Therapy, Radiation Oncology, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, backed him up on guitar. The event kicked off “Celebrating Black History Month” and was co-sponsored by Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Diversity Council and The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine.

Saluting a Career Devoted to Patient Care, Research, Education, and Advocacy

Kristjan T. Ragnarsson, MD, the Dr. Lucy G. Moses Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine for the Mount Sinai Health System, was recently honored by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with its 2014 Frank H. Krusen, MD, Lifetime Achievement Award, its highest honor. The Academy saluted Dr. Ragnarsson’s longtime commitment to patient care, research, education, and advocacy. The award was established in 1972 for Dr. Krusen, a founding father of the Academy and early developer of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialty. Read more