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.”
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
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.”
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
“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
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
The Mount Sinai Health System has entered into an agreement with Empire BlueCross BlueShield that is designed to enhance quality of care and help individuals maintain healthy habits, all while reducing the cost of care. Empire is the largest health insurer in New York State.
Under the innovative agreement, which became effective January 1, 2015, Mount Sinai will manage all aspects of care for Empire’s 48,000 commercial and Medicare members who are attributed to the Health System. This includes coordinating all medical treatment, closely monitoring the patient between physician visits, and ensuring that appropriate follow-up care is received. Patients with chronic or complex conditions will receive individualized care plans tailored to their specific needs. Read more
A Wall Street Journal article noted: “Researchers are analyzing pools of patient information collected from routine checkups to help doctors better diagnose their patients. This type of data is easier to mine thanks to the rise in electronic health records that contain information collected in regular doctor visits.”
“Big data generally refers to information that is too large—terabytes to petabytes or even exabytes of memory—to process with older standards of processing power. Researchers say it is important to do additional studies beyond data mining to learn more.” Read more
A Press of Atlantic City article noted: “ When open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplaces closed earlier this year, more than 7.1 million Americans had signed up for health insurance coverage. As millions of new patients continue to gain access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act, industry leaders are facing the challenge of providing quality care while meeting the needs of an aging population and patients with more chronic health issues. One emerging solution is the concept of ‘care teams’ that more closely engage health care professionals from all disciplines.” Read more
An NPR story noted: “Many of us get confused by claims of how much the risk of a heart attack, for example, might be reduced by taking medicine for it. And doctors can get confused, too.”
“Just ask Karen Sepucha. She runs the Health Decisions Sciences Center at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. A few years ago she surveyed primary care physicians, and asked how confident they were in their ability to talk about numbers and probabilities with patients. ‘What we found surprised us a little bit,’ Sepucha says. ‘Only about 20 percent of the physicians said they were very comfortable using numbers and explaining probabilities to patients.'” Read more