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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Update on Bias and Racism

David Muller, MD

David Muller, MD

Dear students,

A lot has happened since our last update on ISMMS’s race and bias initiatives. The teaching faculty, administrative staff, and leadership of Icahn School of Medicine have an unwavering commitment to addressing these issues, and to working closely with students so that our efforts are transparent and accountable to all. Read more

Mount Sinai Roosevelt to Become Mount Sinai West

Mount Sinai West

Signage for Mount Sinai West will be phased in over the coming months.

Mount Sinai Roosevelt is being renamed Mount Sinai West, an effort that reflects a long-term brand strategy to create a consistent naming convention within the Mount Sinai Health System.

“Many of the facilities in the Health System start with ‘Mount Sinai’ followed by a geographic or service-line identifier,” says Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System. “As with the recent naming of Mount Sinai Brooklyn, we want anyone who has a health care need to know that there is a Mount Sinai facility in their neighborhood with equivalent quality, and to choose the facility that will best serve them. Mount Sinai West will continue to be the premier provider of health care services on the West Side of Manhattan.” No changes in current services, insurance acceptance, or employment are planned as a result of the renaming. Read more

Update on Bias and Racism

David Muller, MD

David Muller, MD

Over the past year there has been an increased urgency surrounding issues related to bias and racism in society at large, within our own medical school and health system and, tragically, for some of us in our own lives and families.

We’re sending this note to update the Sinai community on our ongoing efforts to eliminate bias and racism at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and our health system. We also want to acknowledge the extraordinary and meaningful work that our students are doing to bring these issues to light. As has always been the case, it is our students who are leading the charge, and who are determined to effect change both locally and globally. In particular, the Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC) and the LGBTQ student groups have inspired much of this work. Read more