Renowned Microbiologist Peter Palese, PhD, Honored

Peter Palese, PhD, a world-renowned microbiologist who has led seminal studies that continue to greatly expand the understanding of influenza viruses, was recently named a member of the 2014 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The organization is one of the nation’s most acclaimed honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. It includes among its current members more than 250 Nobel Laureates across disciplines and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

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Town Hall Meetings Signal the Road Ahead

A commitment to excellence in clinical practice and patient satisfaction were central themes at six Town Hall meetings in April and May, when leaders from the Mount Sinai Health System met with faculty and staff from each hospital to discuss the institution’s strategic direction and answer questions about its integration.

The meetings—which included question-and-answer sessions—summed up the progress that has been made since The Mount Sinai Medical Center combined with Continuum Health Partners last fall.

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Cath Lab Gets Highest Safety Rating

The New York State Department of Health recently awarded The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) Laboratory the highest “two-star” safety rating for percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in overall and nonemergency cases. This marks the 16th consecutive year that the Cath Lab, or one of its physicians, has received this prestigious two-star rating for safety when performing PCI. The minimally invasive procedure, also known as angioplasty, is used to diagnose and treat patients with heart disease or blocked arteries.

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Understanding the Roots of Autism

Specific cellular pathways, along which genetic mutations occur, appear to play a key role in the development of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to new research from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The findings, published online in the April 24, 2014, issue of The American Journal of Human Genetics, provide scientists with a better understanding of the complex genetic architecture involved in ASD, which has its roots in early brain development.

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A New Master’s Program in Health Care Delivery Leadership

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is launching a unique Master’s program specifically geared to give health care leaders new knowledge and skills as they confront the challenges of delivering patient care in an era of unprecedented reform. The Master’s Program in Health Care Delivery Leadership is offered through the Department of Population Science and Policy and is currently accepting applications for its inaugural cohort that begins this fall.

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Honoring Excellence in Nursing

When colleagues nominated Joshua Lasseigne, BSN, RN, CHPN, a hospice and palliative care nurse at The Mount Sinai Hospital for a clinical excellence award, they summarized his exceptional skills in a nomination letter. “He truly helps patients and families through the darkest hours of their lives with a soft voice of hope and strong loving hugs,” they wrote. “He has a passion for nursing, a sense of optimism, and is an excellent role model and mentor.”

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