New Chairs for Orthopaedics and Neurology

Leesa M. Galatz, MD

Leesa M. Galatz, MD

Two renowned physicians and researchers—Leesa M. Galatz, MD, and Barbara G. Vickrey, MD, MPH—recently became the Mount Sinai Health System Chair of Orthopaedics, and Neurology, respectively, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Galatz was recruited from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of the Shoulder and Elbow Service. Dr. Vickrey had served for 25 years on the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she was Professor of Neurology. Read more

New Director Appointed at the Ear Institute

Peter C. Weber, MD, MBA

Peter C. Weber, MD, MBA

Peter C. Weber, MD, MBA, a noted clinician and researcher in pediatric and adult ear diseases, has been appointed Director of the Ear Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Weber previously served as Chief Medical Officer at CochlearTM Americas, and Professor and Director of Otology/Neurotology at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Read more

Mount Sinai Queens Awarded for Improving the Patient Experience

Mount Sinai Queens Awarded for Improving the Patient Experience

From left: Deirdre Varona, Director, Environmental Service and Linen; Hoda Farghaly, Patient Ambassador, Environmental Service; Regina Censullo, MBA, Consultant, Labor Management Project; Caryn A. Schwab; Judy Trilivas, RN, MA, Vice President, Operations; Kyeong-Hwa Kim, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager; Claudine Brown, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager; and Kara Gelb, Consultant

Mount Sinai Queens was recently named a 2015 Success Story Award® winner—one of only 15 recipients nationwide—by Press Ganey Associates, Inc., for measurably improving the patient experience. The award recognized sustained improvements over the last three years in several areas, including nursing communications, responsiveness, cleanliness, and pain management. Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director, Mount Sinai Queens, attributes this success to the “Mount Sinai Queens Way”—a culture of caring that emphasizes listening to patients and colleagues, acting on patient feedback, and always making patient care the top priority—that was developed from surveys asking staff to describe Mount Sinai Queens. Responses such as, “kind-hearted” and “team players” became the foundation of the “Mount Sinai Queens Way.”

New Corporate Center Unifies Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai's new Corporate Services Center

50 East 42nd Street: a landmark building for Mount Sinai’s new Corporate Services Center

A landmark building at 150 East 42nd Street—a 45-story architectural jewel built in the mid-1950s—now serves as the official Corporate Services Center for the Mount Sinai Health System and the offices for 1,800 staff from nearly two dozen departments. Mount Sinai has leased six floors and is one of the building’s largest occupants. The Health System logo is prominently displayed at the building’s entrances.

“Isn’t this amazing?” said Peter W. May, Chairman, Boards of Trustees, Mount Sinai Health System, as he showed trustees, Health System leaders, and guests the new space—specifically, the new corporate boardroom, which he inaugurated with Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System, during a reception on Wednesday, September 30. Mr. May also took guests onto an outdoor terrace that overlooks 42nd Street. “This really is a milestone that has been fulfilled,” said Dr. Davis, and he thanked Leni and Peter May for providing a contribution to create the space. Read more

Transforming the Mount Sinai Hospital Campuses

Transforming the Mount Sinai Hospital Campuses

An architectural image features the modern design planned for the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

A transformation is under way at the seven hospital campuses that comprise the Mount Sinai Health System, with various projects that streamline and modernize facilities, and strengthen their ability to better serve patients.

Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System, has called this “a landmark time for our hospitals.” The changes, he says, will increase efficiency and enable Mount Sinai to “stand out as a health care hub,” locally and globally. Read more

The Tisch Cancer Institute Receives National Designation

The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been named a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center, an honor reserved for an elite group of U.S. institutions committed to researching and treating cancer.

In conjunction with the NCI designation, The Tisch Cancer Institute received a five-year, $8.5 million grant to support research and the recruitment of top physicians and scientists. More than 50 of the nation’s leading cancer researchers have joined The Tisch Cancer Institute since it was established in 2008. Read more

Kravis Children’s Hospital Achieves Major Gains in National Rankings

Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai is again ranked among the nation’s top pediatric centers in seven of the ten specialties measured by U.S. News & World Report in its 2015-16 “Best Children’s Hospitals” guidebook. Notably, for the first time, Kravis Children’s Hospital achieved Top 20 rankings—and did so in two areas, pulmonology and nephrology—and is again ranked for cancer. Other specialties also made significant gains this year. Read more

East Side Endoscopy Helps the Underserved

East Side Endoscopy, LLC, an affiliate of Mount Sinai Beth Israel, provided 253 free colonoscopies to underserved patients in New York City last year, through its special charity program that was established in 2012 in partnership with the American Cancer Society and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The East Side Endoscopy Charity Program serves patients with no insurance and limited access to health care who otherwise would not seek screening services. Read more

Hundreds Get Free Blood Pressure Check

Several hundred people received free blood pressure screenings at different locations throughout the Mount Sinai Health System in May, during National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Regular screenings are an important step in helping to control high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and stroke, but often has no warning signs. Mount Sinai Heart hosted the screenings and distributed educational information at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, and Mount Sinai Queens.