The Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board recently marked its 100th anniversary by awarding The Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Social Work Services a $300,000 grant to establish the Mount Sinai Partnership for Excellence in Social Work Practice in Health Care. The Partnership’s goal is to provide state-of-the-art education to social workers, ensuring the highest quality of services to patients and their families. Jennifer Price, Auxiliary Board President, noted, “This gift will transform social workers’ education for the evolving health care environment.” Susan R. Bernstein, DSW, Director, Social Work Services, and Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, said, “The Auxiliary Board has partnered with us to provide care for patients and their families since its creation, and we are very grateful for its generosity.”
As the nation’s emphasis on health care shifts from centralized hospitals that serve the sick to more proactive ways of keeping people healthy, and as more surgeries are safely handled in ambulatory settings, fewer hospitals will be needed.
This transformation is happening throughout New York City. A recent report by the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), titled “One New York – Healthcare for Our Neighborhoods,” cited the closure of 19 city hospitals since 2003 and annual declines in the use of city hospital beds. The HHC report noted that New York City is increasingly moving toward a “system anchored by community-based preventive care.” Read more
Medical Treatment at Home
An innovative program being run by the Mount Sinai Health System has shown that certain acute-care patients who choose to be treated at home rather than in a hospital are not only more satisfied with their care but also have lower medical costs and fewer medical complications.
These findings come amid the halfway point of a three-year plan that was launched by Mount Sinai in November 2014 after receiving a $9.6 million Health Care Innovation Award from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to create a unique “hospital at home” program.
Known as the Mobile Acute Care Team (MACT), the program illustrates Mount Sinai’s commitment to being on the cutting edge of the way medicine will be practiced and creating an innovative health care system for the future, one that emphasizes outpatient, ambulatory, and home-based care with remote monitoring capabilities. The award further highlights Mount Sinai’s role as a pioneer in developing a new clinical and financial reimbursement model for patients with acute illnesses. Read more
Sweeping change in the practice of health care is leading to a transformation in the Mount Sinai Health System’s downtown footprint. A planned investment of more than $500 million will create the new “Mount Sinai Downtown,” an expanded and unified network of facilities—stretching from the East River to the Hudson River—that will provide highly skilled emergency care, urgent care, outpatient, inpatient, and ambulatory services to people living and working in New York City below 34th Street. Read more
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences—in recognition of the enormous growth and importance of its master’s programs—hosted its Inaugural Master’s Commencement ceremony Wednesday, May 11, at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center. It was the first time that the conferring of MS degrees was not combined with the MD, PhD, and MD/PhD Commencement. Read more
A former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, an influential immunologist, a renowned rheumatologist, and a distinguished social epidemiologist were honored at the 47th annual Commencement of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, held Friday, May 13, at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center.
The Icahn School of Medicine granted a total of 120 MDs, 37 PhDs, and 22 dual degrees. Two days earlier, the School of Medicine conferred 148 master’s degrees. Kathleen Sebelius, MPA, Chief Executive Officer of Sebelius Resources LLC, delivered the commencement address to more than 3,000 faculty, staff, graduates, and their families and friends who filled the hall. Read more
More than 1,300 leaders, staff, supporters, and friends of the Mount Sinai Health System celebrated a year of growth and significant milestones at the 31st annual Crystal Party on Thursday, May 5. Under a festively adorned tent in the Central Park Conservatory Garden, the guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing, and socializing.
This year’s celebration, chaired by Mount Sinai Trustee Glenn August and his wife, Debbie, raised $4.2 million. Other members of the event’s leadership included Doctor Chairs: Tania and Ahron L. Friedberg, MD; Cindie and Donald Kastenbaum, MD; Mamta and Ash Tewari, MD; Alice M. and George J. Todd, MD; as well as Friends of Mount Sinai Chair, Jonathan R. Dixon. Read more
Nearly 300 visitors and staff received free mouth and throat screenings at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and The Mount Sinai Hospital during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month in April. Free educational material about oropharyngeal cancer and its association with the human papillomavirus (HPV)—which accounts for nearly 85 percent of new cases—also was available at both campuses. “Patients who have oropharyngeal cancer caused by HPV and receive timely treatment have better survival rates than those who don’t act quickly,” says Brett Miles, MD, DDS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Head and Neck Surgeon at the Head and Neck Institute. Other risk factors for oral cancer include alcohol and tobacco use.
David C. Thomas, MD, Professor of Medicine (Internal Medicine), Medical Education, and Rehabilitation Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, recently received a 2016 OTTY (Our Town Thanks You) Award from Our Town, a local newspaper serving the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The OTTY Awards honor individuals who perform outstanding community service. Dr. Thomas is Co-founder and Medical Director of the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership, a free clinic for uninsured patients run by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students. He recently was elected Chair of the Mount Sinai Community Advisory Board, which was formed in 1979 as a Boards of Trustees committee.
Several hundred Mount Sinai Health System employees laced up their sneakers and participated in a number of 30-minute, lunchtime walks in their hospital campus communities on Thursday, April 7, National Walking Day, to raise awareness of the benefits of walking for cardiovascular health. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, National Walking Day calls on all individuals, communities, and workplaces to help in the fight against heart disease by increasing and encouraging physical activity. “Walking at lunchtime is an easy way to fit daily exercise into your busy life,” says Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, Senior Vice President of Cardiac Services for the Mount Sinai Health System.