A Dose of Canine Affection at Levy Library

When a fluffy Pomeranian named Alice paid a two-hour visit to the Gustave L. and Janet W. Levy Library in November, more than 60 Mount Sinai Health System students, faculty, and staff visited her for a quick dose of canine affection.

In fact, Alice’s visit was so successful that the Levy Library plans to begin hosting visits from certified therapy dogs on the first Tuesday of each month starting in February, giving students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to unwind and relieve stress during lunchtime. Read more

Barnes & Noble Donates Books

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt recently received 1,492 children’s books from Barnes & Noble’s 2014 Holiday Book Drive. The titles, suitable for toddlers to teens, included The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Madeline, The Berenstain Bears, the Harry Potter series, and lots of classics and award winners. They will be distributed to the hospitals’ emergency departments, OB/GYN clinics, the Child Family Institute’s Psychiatry Outpatient Department, and Community Services for Children and Families. “We were elated to receive this wide selection of children’s titles for our hospital programs,” says Kathleen Dalton, Director of Volunteer Services for Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt.

Mount Sinai Reaches 100,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook

The Mount Sinai Hospital has attracted more than 100,000 Facebook “likes” (subscribers), making it the first hospital in the Tri-State area and one of only seven nationwide to attain this milestone.

The Mount Sinai Health System’s social media program is focused on thought-leadership initiatives, research and clinical education, and patient and employee engagement. More than 130 programs have been launched on 40 social media channels, including Facebook, YouTube, Foursquare, and Twitter. They include a month-long diabetes education campaign, the Aspen Ideas Festival, Nurses Week, and breast cancer survivor stories.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hosts Pediatrics Party

Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s pediatric inpatients from 2014, along with their families, were treated to a “Holiday Carnival,” funded by Protravel International, on Sunday, December 7, at the hospital’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center. Nearly 100 Protravel volunteers participated in the annual event, which featured a DJ, a magician, face painting, arts and crafts, popcorn, hot dogs, and a visit from Santa. Patients and their siblings also received a variety of toys and games.

New Web-Based Portal Advances Physician Recruitment

The Mount Sinai Health System has launched a comprehensive Web-based portal that enables physicians to locate and apply to employment opportunities throughout the Health System and organizations affiliated with Mount Sinai.

The new Mount Sinai Physician Career Portal effectively unifies physician recruitment throughout the Health System. It is expected to serve as a tool that attracts the most talented pool of candidates to Mount Sinai and its vast number of affiliated sites and institutions. Read more

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

During Lung Cancer Awareness Month, in November, staff from The Tisch Cancer Institute and the Mount Sinai Lung Cancer Screening Program helped raise awareness of the disease. At a table near the Plaza Café, they distributed information about screenings and passed out giveaways and snacks. They also registered Mount Sinai staff to participate in the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Walk, scheduled for May 2015. For more information about the walk or to register, go to action.lung.org/goto/MountSinaiThoracicOncology or contact LaVerne Powell at 212-241-2420 or LaVerne.Powell@mountsinai.org.

The Mount Sinai Health System Establishes the Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer’s Disease

Daniel S. Loeb, CEO and Founder of investment advisor Third Point LLC, and his wife, Margaret Munzer Loeb, recently made a $15 million gift to establish the Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer’s Disease in memory of Daniel’s father. The Center’s mission is to advance research and clinical care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease through discoveries in genomics, neurobiology, stem cell engineering, and other disciplines. Read more

Mount Sinai Names Chief Patient Experience Officer

Sandra Myerson, MBA, MS, BSN, RN, has been appointed to the newly created position of Senior Vice President and Chief Patient Experience Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System and of The Joseph F. Cullman Jr. Institute for Patient Care at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Ms. Myerson will collaborate with leadership to further establish a patient-centered culture across all inpatient and outpatient settings. Read more