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.”

Helping to Establish Sustainable Health Care in Liberia

At the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia, health officials, doctors, residents, and medical students gathered for grand rounds on the importance of research that were presented by Mount Sinai’s OBGYN team.

At the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia, health officials, doctors, residents, and medical students gathered for grand rounds on the importance of research that were presented by Mount Sinai’s OBGYN team.

After suspending travel to Liberia during the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai resumed their teaching trips to the West African country last fall, with renewed efforts to improve women’s health.

Led by Ann Marie Beddoe, MD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, members of the Mount Sinai community have undertaken several initiatives in Liberia since they began working there in 2008. They are helping to train the country’s first residents in obstetrics and gynecology and have applied for a grant from the National Institutes of Health to help build a cancer center. They have also trained nurses to conduct human papillomavirus (HPV) screenings and counsel patients. Read more

Big Data Tools Help Decipher Disease Progression

Big Data Tools Help Decipher Disease Progression

The MEGENA tool has 3D spheres that help uncover precise network clusters associated with disease progression.

Two new Big Data analysis tools that help pinpoint specific genes that are actively involved in disease progression were recently made available to the public by scientists in the Multiscale Network Modeling Laboratory at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The team, led by Bin Zhang, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, published the pair of algorithm-based tools online in November 2015 in PLoS Computational Biology and in Scientific Reports, a Nature publication. The open-source tools are available to all researchers who wish to gain a better understanding of disease mechanisms in order to develop more effective drugs and create individualized treatments. Read more