Recognizing Outstanding Staff at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Front row, from left: Althea Reid, Patient Care Associate; Yazmin Navarro, Manager; Terry Altilio, LCSW, Social Work Coordinator; Hinde Nessanbaum, CI, Coordinator; and Milord Baptiste, Lead X-ray Technician. Back row, from left: Cheryl Gilmore-Hall, RN; Carzei O’Neill, CASAC, Counselor; Teisha Horton-Jordan, RN; Susan Somerville, RN; Jinquan Ye, CST, Surgical Technician; and Lakiyah Glivens, Registrar I.

Front row, from left: Althea Reid, Patient Care Associate; Yazmin Navarro, Manager; Terry Altilio, LCSW, Social Work Coordinator; Hinde Nessanbaum, CI, Coordinator; and Milord Baptiste, Lead X-ray Technician. Back row, from left: Cheryl Gilmore-Hall, RN; Carzei O’Neill, CASAC, Counselor; Teisha Horton-Jordan, RN; Susan Somerville, RN; Jinquan Ye, CST, Surgical Technician; and Lakiyah Glivens, Registrar I.

Ten Mount Sinai Beth Israel employees received a 2016 Heart Award, one of the hospital’s most prestigious honors, at a lunch reception on Friday, February 26, held at Podell Auditorium. The award recognizes employees—nominated and selected by their peers—who continuously focus on patient safety, enhancing the patient experience, and making Mount Sinai Beth Israel the hospital of choice for patients, staff, and the community. Mount Sinai Beth Israel President Susan Somerville, RN, congratulated the 2016 awardees at the reception.

New Diabetes Center of Excellence Opens

New Diabetes Center of Excellence Opens

From left to right: Arthur Gianelli, President, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s; Jeanine Albu, MD; and Dennis S. Charney, MD

A reception celebrating the opening of the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Diabetes Center of Excellence, located at 1111 Amsterdam Avenue, was held on Thursday, January 21. The new facility includes spacious outpatient clinical areas, a dedicated space for a weight loss program, and proximity to the headquarters, clinical research unit, and laboratories of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West. The Center will serve a diverse population of patients on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and in Harlem. Read more

Fourteenth Annual Gala for Multiple Sclerosis

From left: Katherine Goldsmith; George J. Gillespie, III; and Joan Noto, President of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis Advisory Board. The Center was founded in 2001 with generous gifts from the late Mount Sinai Trustee Clifford H. Goldsmith and Mr. Gillespie.

From left: Katherine Goldsmith; George J. Gillespie, III; and Joan Noto, President of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis Advisory Board. The Center was founded in 2001 with generous gifts from the late Mount Sinai Trustee Clifford H. Goldsmith and Mr. Gillespie.

Two hundred and fifty donors, patients, faculty, and friends attended the Fourteenth Annual Gala of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis on Thursday, March 3, at The Plaza. Proceeds from the Gala support the Center’s multidisciplinary patient care and innovative research.

Fred D. Lublin, MD, Saunders Family Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Center’s Director, welcomed the guests and spoke of recent advances in treating multiple sclerosis. Read more

“Great Catch Awards” Presented

“Great Catch Awards” Presented

From left: Louella Rudon, Laboratory Manager, Transfusion Medicine; Alina Sanocki; Patricia Galdon, Quality Assurance Manager, Transfusion Medicine; and Vicki LoPachin, MD.

Patient safety is a high priority at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and the Great Catch Program, which teaches staff how to identify and alert leadership to potential safety issues and rewards them for their efforts, is a key component. On Wednesday, February 17, Karen Lott, RN, Department of Perioperative Services, and Alina Sanocki, Lab Tech C, Transfusion Medicine Laboratory, were presented with the Hospital’s first Great Catch Awards. Each received a crystal trophy and a certificate of excellence signed by David L. Reich, MD, President, The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens, and Vicki LoPachin, MD, Chief Medical Officer, The Mount Sinai Hospital. Their respective units also received trophies.

Celebrating a Mount Sinai Legend on his 90th Birthday

From left: Michael L. Marin, MD, FACS; Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD; Harriet Aufses; and Kenneth L. Davis, MD

From left: Michael L. Marin, MD, FACS; Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD; Harriet Aufses; and Kenneth L. Davis, MD

Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD, one of Mount Sinai’s most respected physicians, celebrated his 90th birthday with nearly 250 colleagues, family, and friends on Monday, February 8, at the Harmonie Club in Manhattan.

Dr. Aufses served as Chair of the Department of Surgery for 22 years,retiring from that position in 1996, and he currently holds appointments as Professor of Surgery, and of Population Health Science and Policy, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He also is Chairman Emeritus of The Ruth J. & Maxwell Hauser and Harriet & Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD Department of Surgery. Read more

Learning to Deliver Compassionate Care

Medical student Yotam Arens learns more about the life of patient Juan Sanabria.

Medical student Yotam Arens learns more about the life of patient Juan Sanabria.

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.

Pediatric Cardiology Patients Celebrate Life

Pediatric Cardiology Patients Celebrate Life2

Project Sunshine volunteers Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, left, and Miss USA Olivia Jordan spend time with patient Angel Santos at the Thirtieth Annual Valentine’s Day Reunion Party.

Dozens of pediatric heart patients who have undergone successful procedures, ranging from valve repairs to heart transplants, recently returned to Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai to celebrate life and reconnect with other patients and clinical staff at the Thirtieth Annual Valentine’s Day Reunion Party.

The children enjoyed snacks and face painting activities at the event, which was sponsored by the Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Project Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that helps children facing medical challenges. The Children’s Heart Fund and Harboring Hearts also provided support.

A Milestone for the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center

From left: Paul Zucker, Vice President, Ambulatory Operations, Phillips Ambulatory Care Center (PACC); Kelly Cassano, DO, Chief of Ambulatory Care, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Burton Drayer, MD; Susan Somerville, RN, President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; Stacy Coleman, Vice President of Operations, PACC; and Elizabeth Sellman, MPA, Chief Operating Officer, Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

From left: Paul Zucker, Vice President, Ambulatory Operations, Phillips Ambulatory Care Center (PACC); Kelly Cassano, DO, Chief of Ambulatory Care, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Burton Drayer, MD; Susan Somerville, RN, President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; Stacy Coleman, Vice President of Operations, PACC; and Elizabeth Sellman, MPA, Chief Operating Officer, Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

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

Excellence in Nursing Leadership

From left: Rita Jakubowski, MSN, RN; Carol Porter, DNP, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Edgar M. Cullman, Sr. Chair of the Department of Nursing, Associate Dean of Nursing Research and Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Rosario Marasigan, BSN, RN.

From left: Rita Jakubowski, MSN, RN; Carol Porter, DNP, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Edgar M. Cullman, Sr. Chair of the Department of Nursing, Associate Dean of Nursing Research and Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Rosario Marasigan, BSN, RN.

Two clinical nurse managers at The Mount Sinai Hospital recently received the Association of the Attending Staff (AAS) 2015 Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership. The recipients—Rita Jakubowski, MSN, RN, Clinical Program Manager, Bone Marrow Transplant; and Rosario Marasigan, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory—were honored as role models who enhance the quality of the practice environment. They were recognized for their compassion, motivation, clinical expertise, and leadership, all in an effort to provide exemplary patient care. The awards were presented by AAS President Eric Neibart, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Working Together to Fight Hunger

Brad Beckstrom, second from left, and Daniel Reyes, Deputy Executive Director, New York Common Pantry, far right, distribute food to Ramona Perez, left, and Jose Martell at the Bonifacio Cora Texidor Senior Center.

Brad Beckstrom, second from left, and Daniel Reyes, Deputy Executive Director, New York Common Pantry, far right, distribute food to Ramona Perez, left, and Jose Martell at the Bonifacio Cora Texidor Senior Center.

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.”