Transforming Health Care at Mount Sinai Downtown

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEE) of Mount Sinai

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEE) of Mount Sinai

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

A Paradigm Shift in Health Care Delivery

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

A New Vision of Mount Sinai Downtown

Inside CoverSweeping 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

Enhancing Employee Health at Mount Sinai

Enhancing Employee Health at Mount Sinai

Dietitian Maria Elena Rodriguez, RD, CDE, center, helped Mount Sinai employees Angela Mazzone, left, and Valerie Ruffin achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Valerie Ruffin, an Executive Assistant in the Department of Information Technology, thought that drinking homemade fruit juices was a good way to improve her health and lose weight—until she had a physical exam in 2015. “I was in shock when I was told I had diabetes,” she recalls. “My blood work showed extremely high sugar levels, the result of all the fruit juice I was drinking daily.”

Colleague Angela Mazzone, Project Manager III, Department of Information Technology, was similarly surprised when her physical exam uncovered glucose levels consistent with pre-diabetes. She always thought of herself as a healthy eater, and athletic, but the diagnosis forced her to re-examine that perception. She was now a working mom and, in reality, she was devoting less time to exercising and preparing nutritious meals. Read more

The Mount Sinai Hospital Named Top Performer

The Mount Sinai Hospital, including its Manhattan and Queens campuses, recently was named a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations.

Mount Sinai was the only full-service hospital in Manhattan to achieve this distinction, which signifies its commitment to patient safety and quality-improvement outcomes. Read more

Gay City News Honors Barbara Warren, PsyD

Barbara Warren, PsyD

Barbara Warren, PsyD

Barbara Warren, PsyD, Director, LGBT Programs and Policies, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Mount Sinai Health System, recently received a 2016 Impact Award from Gay City News, which serves New York City’s LGBT community. Dr. Warren was awarded for advancing LGBT equality and health equity over the past 28 years and for her work with the New York State Network of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health and Human Services Providers, the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Community Centers, and the Mount Sinai Health System. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recently recognized six campuses of the Mount Sinai Health System as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality.”

Seven Mount Sinai Leaders Receive 2016 Jacobi Medallion

Seven Mount Sinai Leaders Receive 2016 Jacobi Medallion

Standing, from left: Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System; Adolfo García-Sastre, PhD; Dennis S. Charney, MD; Alexander Kirschenbaum, MD; Donald Bergman, MD, President, The Mount Sinai Alumni Association, and Clinical Professor of Medicine; Albert L. Siu, MD, MSPH; and William Lawson, MD, DDS. Seated from left: Jean C. Crystal; Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA; Sandra K. Masur, PhD, Chair, Jacobi Medallion Selection Committee, and Professor of Ophthalmology; and Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, PhD.

Nearly 330 Mount Sinai Health System alumni, donors, faculty, students, and staff gathered at The Plaza on Wednesday, March 16, to honor seven leaders with the 2016 Jacobi Medallion, the highest award bestowed by Mount Sinai in recognition of distinguished achievement in the field of medicine or extraordinary service to the hospital, the school, or the alumni.

Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System, highlighted recent achievements. “As Mount Sinai continues to grow, important partnerships and opportunities are preparing our medical school and graduate students to be health care innovators and entrepreneurs,” he told the guests. He also noted that the Icahn School of Medicine, for the first time, has been ranked No. 15 nationwide in National Institutes of Health research funding. “Our 2016 Jacobi Medallion recipients are part of this extraordinary trajectory of accomplishment and embody what is best about our School of Medicine: exceptional talent, an ingrained sense of commitment, and dedication to outstanding research, patient care, and education,” said Dr. Charney. Read more

Corporate Services Center Receives LEED Silver Certification

Corporate Services Center Receives LEED Silver Certification

From left: Thomas C. Ahn, Vice President, Real Estate; Loida Ramos; and Kenneth Holden, Chief Facilities Officer, Department of Real Estate and Facilities

The Mount Sinai Health System’s new Corporate Services Center at 150 East 42nd Street has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from Green Business Certification Inc., a program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Certification requires that building projects satisfy prerequisites in areas such as Indoor Environmental Quality, Water Efficiency, and Innovation in Design. “The LEED rating system aims to help owners be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently,” says Loida Ramos, Vice President, Planning, Design and Construction. “LEED certification means healthier, more productive places, and reduced stress on the environment.”

Update on Bias and Racism

David Muller, MD

David Muller, MD

Dear students,

We continue to make incremental progress in addressing racism and bias on our campus and in our clinical environments. Below is a list of major initiatives and events since our last update: Read more

Update on Bias and Racism

David Muller, MD

David Muller, MD

Thank you to all who participated in the recent Town Hall and small group meetings. You’ve helped us better define our goals and contributed excellent suggestions, many of which are being incorporated into the interventions we plan to implement. I want to start this update with a statement of purpose that will continue to be refined over time, will help us clarify our vision and focus our efforts.

“Our goal is to undo racism in all its forms at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. For the past year this has been among our highest priorities and it will remain so for the foreseeable future.”

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