All faculty, staff, and students throughout the Mount Sinai Health System are expected to get an annual influenza vaccination, a request that has new urgency this year. For the first time, the New York State Department of Health is requiring that all hospital personnel either receive the influenza vaccination or wear masks in areas where there is potential for patient contact, including lobbies, corridors, elevators, and cafeterias, as well as in all typical patient-care areas. This new regulation will be in effect throughout the influenza season, which typically runs from December to late spring.
Ten faculty members were named endowed professors at the 2013 Convocation Ceremony on Monday, September 30, an event that marks the beginning of the academic year for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The honorees, renowned in their respective fields—including allergy and immunology, cancer research, neuroscience, nephrology, otolaryngology, translational genetics, and transplant immunology—comprised the largest group named at one time at Mount Sinai.
The Emergency Departments at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals started transferring pediatric cases to The Mount Sinai Hospital on Tuesday, October 1, a day after the creation of the Mount Sinai Health System. These patient transfers are among the first systemwide synergies to be implemented throughout the seven campuses, and point to the fluidity of the Health System’s Inter-Hospital Transfer Center, which is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
It was standing room only at the campuses of Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary for a series of Town Hall meetings at which the leaders of the Mount Sinai Health System presented their vision for the future and how the new system will address today’s health care challenges.
The Boards of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners announced on Monday, September 30, the establishment of the Mount Sinai Health System. This new health system includes Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, seven major member hospital campuses in New York City, an extensive network of approximately 45 ambulatory care locations, 12 free-standing ambulatory surgery centers, and more than 40 clinical and academic relationships with local health care organizations—all throughout the greater metropolitan region.
The Mount Sinai Health System has launched a bold new era in community-based care that will provide world-class medical services to millions of people each year. Its vast geographic footprint includes seven member hospital campuses in Manhattan, from Chinatown to Chelsea, and midtown to Morningside Heights, as well as Queens and Brooklyn. It also extends into communities in each borough of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and New Jersey.
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, one of the nation’s leading medical schools, along with its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, will serve to integrate all clinical and research missions for the seven member hospital campuses and vast network of ambulatory facilities in the new Mount Sinai Health System.
Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, has been selected as the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), the world’s most widely read cardiovascular journal. His five-year term will begin in July 2014.
JACC is the flagship publication of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), a 43,000-member organization dedicated to improving cardiovascular care and heart health around the world through education, research, and advocacy.
A growing body of evidence suggests that the use of marijuana, or cannabis, can negatively impact the developing brains of approximately one in four adolescents, according to researchers at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the University of Montreal.
The study, published in the August 16, 2013, issue of Neuropharmacology, highlights that the younger the user of cannabis, the more susceptible he or she is to delinquency, lower educational attainment, difficulty in conforming to an adult role, and mental health issues.